The Body “Factory”


One might compare the human body to a factory.  A busy factory.  One which runs day and night.  Normally it quiets down from time to time, but it also may be called upon to run overtime  for special productions.  And just as in any other factory, problems occur, things break and tear and need repair and sewing together and cleaning up.  The human body does all this work too.  How?  Well, it uses “energy” to do all these things.  Energy?  Where does this “energy” come from, you might ask? The answer is that this energy comes from the Body Itself.  This busy body also “makes” the energy it needs to walk around and climb stairs and drive cars and run computers and TV sets and make decisions and solve problems and go shopping and so on.    It also “makes” the “energy” that it uses.  How? 

The body creates the energy it needs from the food its owner eats.

My father was a consummate machinist.  He also worked with wood sometimes. He would build boats and shelves and garages in his back yard.  I remember once shopping with him for lumber at a home-construction store.  He picked up all the pieces of lumber, one after the other, and tossed most of them aside with a comment of contempt.  “Look at this!  They expect anybody to use THIS trash? This one’s twisted!   Look here – this is rotted –  look right here!  How awful!  I can’t believe it!” and so on.  Now think about this great factory we call the human body.  How might it comment about some of the food we consume and present to it to create energy, and repair itself, and drive cars and run TV sets and computers?   Sometimes I can almost hear other people’s bodies (mine too occasionally) as those bodies comment:  “Look here!”  “They expect any ”body” to use this stuff?”  “This is terrible!”.  And so on.

And these thoughts occur to me from time to time as I consume white bread, white rice and noodles that have no wholegrain or whole wheat in them.

Even a casual glance will reveal large numbers of people in poor physical shape and in a very active process of deterioration.  Many factors lead to this circumstance but the two leaders are lack of physical exercise and poor nutrition.  The poor nutrition is largely due to ignorance about the subject.  Nutrition is complicated and requires the use of unfamiliar words and learning new terms and concepts and there is no effective method of teaching nutrition to Americans.