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Are you digging your grave?

Published:Sunday | July 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Tony Vendryes


Without even realising it, most of us are gravediggers! Yes, the average person in today's world is working hard at digging their own grave with their teeth. The major causes of premature death are related to what you put in your mouth - what you eat. The American Medical Association has estimated that more than 70 per cent of all the visits to doctors in the US are for nutritionally-related disorders. Here in Jamaica, the major killers - heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are all diet-related problems and, as a society, we are busy eating our way to an early grave.

To make things worse, millions of dollars are spent by the food industry each year programming our people, especially our children to become even more active gravediggers. Then we spend millions more dollars treating the resulting illnesses. This is misguided and self-destructive behaviour of the worst kind. The harsh reality is that the typical modern diet of processed convenience foods promotes disease.

The cellular body

The human body is composed of trillions of tiny units called cells. Cells are the building blocks of the body. Your wellness depends on your cells. When you are healthy, it is because your cells are healthy and when you get ill, your cells have become sick. Amazingly, your body is never static or stuck in its present state. Each and every moment of every day, millions of the cells in your body die and at the same time millions of new ones are created to replace them. By the time you are finished reading this article, your body will be different to the body that began reading it. It is estimated that in any given year, your body will replace more than 90 per cent of its cells.

You are what you eat.

The new cells that your body is creating right now are made from what you eat. If we simply provide the human body with all the nutrients it needs, it has the wisdom to heal, repair, and balance itself while preventing many diseases. Your body was designed to maintain optimal health and wellness, but you need to give it what it needs by proper nutrition.

The scripture puts it this way: "You are fearfully and wonderfully made". There is a healer within you capable of incredible things if you provide your cells with what is called "cellular nutrition". Simply put, this is a way to provide the more than 70 trillion cells in your body with all the nutrients they need.

More than 22 years ago, I heard about the concept of cellular nutrition for the first time even though I had been practising medicine for more than two decades. The idea had never been mentioned in medical school. I had been having my own health challenges at the time and I decided to try the approach myself. The experience changed my health and my approach to medicine forever. I discovered that the body actually could repair itself when nourished appropriately.

The Cellular Nutrition Programme

About 35 years ago, experts in the modern sciences of nutrition, vitamins and minerals supplements along with specialists in herbs created a simple programme, which provides the human body with all the nutrients it needs. It is simple and convenient and I consider it the ultimate healthy fast food. Today, millions of people worldwide use this approach every day with incredible health benefits. It is a precise plan to supplement your diet so as to optimally nourish the cells of your body. There are three elements to this programme:

A liquid meal: a protein shake that can replace or supplement one or more meals each day. The shake is a nutritionally perfect meal in a drink that is delicious and easy to prepare. Technically, it supplies your cells with all their macronutrients - protein, carbohydrates and good fats. It is also a powerful weight management tool.

A tablet: containing a combination of vitamins, mineral and micronutrients to be taken with each meal.

A capsule: with a blend of herbs and nutrients that protects the cells, strengthens the immune system and facilitates the absorption and use of all the nutrients by the cells.

The simple discipline of consistently supplementing your diet with these nutrients can dramatically benefit your health and well-being. There is actually nothing magical about the supplements themselves. The real magic is in your body with its incredible God-given potential. This concept and this nutritional programme is unique. It is patented, trademarked and owned by a US-based company and is available here in Jamaica. So, stop digging your grave with your teeth and start building a better body with cellular nutrition.

- You may email Dr Vendryes at or listen to An Ounce of Prevention on POWER106FM on Fridays at 8:15 p.m. Details of his books and articles are available on his website