1. IMPROPER EATING
Many food-related problems will slow or stop development. These include:
A. Yin Diets. Eating too many yin foods is often the most damaging type of eating for development. These are sugars, sweets, fruit, raw foods, vegetarian diets, vegan diets, or not enough cooked meat and eggs.
B. Depleted Foods. These include most refined and chemical-containing foods, and sadly, many common everyday foods like wheat, beef and even white corn and others.
C. Toxic Foods. These include many items. Here is a basic list arranged by the type of toxin in the food:
Metals or Toxic Minerals:
All shellfish and most fish are high in mercury. Wine is high in arsenic and lead in many cases. Organ meats are higher in toxic metals and toxic chemicals.
Some herbs, particular Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs contain too many toxic metals.
Others are clays such as zeolite and bentonite, which are high in aluminum, sea trace minerals, some salts, and most seaweeds except kelp. Most commercial bread contains bromine. Most tap water contains added fluoride, chlorine compounds, aluminum, and many contain copper, etc.
Toxic Chemical Compounds:
- Fermented foods are high in aldehydes, which are quite toxic.
- Nightshade vegetables, which contain a toxin calleds solanin.
- Overcooked food is high in denatured proteins and unavailable calcium, including all pasteurized and homogenized dairy products.
- All prepared foods tend to contain toxic chemicals. These are often added as preservatives, coloring, flavoring, dough enhancers and hundreds of other types of toxic chemicals that are permitted in the food supply.
- Conventionally grown food, as compared with organically grown food, also contains far more pesticide residues and these type of toxins.
- Many mixtures of food ingredients produce some toxic chemicals. For example, adding salt to water poisons it, but many people are doing this. Adding other things to water is usually a bad idea as well.
- Most municipal drinking water contains traces of hundreds of medical drugs today that do not biodegrade fast enough and find their way into the ground water. City water also usually contains residues of hundreds of toxic chemicals from industrial and even natural sources.
- Alcohol use is extremely toxic, as are recreational drugs including cannabis.
- Old or spoiled food often contains mold, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and other harmful organisms.
- Raw food often contains harmful pathogenic organisms such as parasite eggs and other filth, hepatitis germs and much more, even if it washed. This is why I only recommend raw dairy that one knows is clean.
- Even cooked pork, ham, bacon, lard and other pig products often contain trichina and other parasite cysts. This is why I suggest avoiding all pig products.
These include radioactive isotopes, energetic toxins such as that the food was prepared in a microwave oven or grown on such defective soil that the food is toxic at very subtle levels that may not be detectable with conventional scientific instruments.
Unbalanced Nutrient Content
Wheat is too high in glutamine today. Spirulina and blue-green algae are unbalanced in some way. Beef and most cow dairy is somewhat unbalanced due to hybrid use. All refined food is unbalanced such as sugars, white flour, white rice, white bread, grits, corn starch and hundreds of other products.
These include chlorella, some cilantro extracts, distilled water for more than six months or so, and chemical chelators such as DMSA, DMPS, EDTA and others. All of these tend to remove some vital minerals from the body, making them all dangerous.
Some foods just do not combine well with others and form toxic compounds in the stomach or elsewhere. The best idea is to keep meals simple.
2. IMPROPER WATER FOR DRINKING
This is sometimes an important cause. One may 1) not drink enough water (3 quarts daily for most adults), 2) drink the wrong kind of water such as alkaline water, reverse osmosis water or others, or 3) consume substances that deplete water such as alcohol, sugars and fruits, or caffeine.
3. AN IMBALANCED LIFESTYLE
This is a very common item that slows or stops spiritual development, as defined on this website. Among the most important problems are:
A. Not Enough Rest. Rest in large amounts is needed, especially for the initial stages of mental and spiritual development. Those with active lives do not like this and may not cooperate with the need for more rest.
Some people just don’t like sleeping much, or they have busy lives and more rest and sleep is difficult for them. However, sleep is a critical factor for mental and spiritual development, as subtle changes must take place in the body requiring a more sedentary and quiet lifestyle.
An important requirement is to go to bed early, preferably by 9 PM. Much more regeneration of the body occurs when one goes to bed very early, as opposed to staying up later.
B. Too Much Sexual Activity. Unfortunately, too much sexual activity and unhealthful sexual activity can slow or block the type of development advocated on this website. The reasons are that it makes the body much more yin, in all cases.
For example, losing sexual fluids makes one more yin. Picking up sexually-transmitted infections that are yin makes one more yin. Also, mixing your mental and emotional energy with that of others tends to make one more yin.
This is not to say one must become celibate. However, restraint in the sexual area is definitely best. For more on sex, in general, read Development And Sex on this website.
C. Recreational or Even too Much Medical Drug Use.
D. Chaotic Lifestyles With too Much Stress, too Much Activity, too Much Running Around, too Much Exercise, or Similar Imbalances.
4. IMPROPER FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
Missing Supplements. Certain food supplements are critical for mental and spiritual development, as here defined. These especially include kelp, at least 3 660 mg capsules daily.
Most everyone needs more omega-3 fatty acids, preferably from fish oil, not flax or hemp oil, and not krill oil. Most people need about 1000 mg daily combined of EPA and DHA.
Most everyone also needs a vitamin D3 supplement, about 5000 iu or a little more each day. Without these, we find that development slows or stops.
Other supplement may be less critical, but at times they are vital. These may include a powerful digestive aid, calcium and magnesium, zinc, selenium and perhaps a few others. This is a matter of individual differences that depends on one’s genetics and the nutritional adequacy of each person.
Too Many Supplements. Another unusual problem that slows development is taking too many food supplements. Most supplements are yin, so taking a lot of herbs, vitamins, minerals and homeopathics can make the body more yin and inhibit development as well. This is important to recall if you prone to taking many extra supplements for any reason.
Random and Chaotic Supplements. This is very common today as some people read magazines or books that confuse them. Others visit doctors, holistic practitioners, naturopaths, kinesiologists and others who recommend supplements on seemingly scientific grounds, but we find that many are chaotic, conflicting and confuse the body.
“Old” Supplements that No Longer Work as Well. Sadly, this includes Chinese herbs, Ayurvedic herbs, and almost all Western herbal medicine. Most practitioners of these sciences simply do not know enough, and even if they do, their products are often not working as well today due to subtle changes on the earth and in these plants.
Partial Supplement Knowledge Related to Nutritional Balancing Science. This occurs when a person tries to alter their body chemistry using supplements in order to “feel better” or reduce symptoms rather than to balance the body chemistry in accordance with Dr. Paul Eck’s system.
This is very subtle and hard to detect, in some cases, but seems to stop development very quickly because it prevents one from experiencing healing reactions and other symptoms that are needed to move forward.
Doctrinaire OR Ideological Eating and Supplementation. This includes using only food-based supplements, for example, or only vegetarian products, or only raw foods, or only pills that are free of binders and fillers, or deciding one will only take a few supplements, or only for a short time, etc. The ideology or concept takes precedence over balancing and strengthening the body and this stops development or slows it significantly.
5. RELATIONSHIP DIFFICULTIES THAT AFFECT THE MIND AND BODY
This can be a marriage, for example, or any sexual or even business relationship that causes so much stress or otherwise unbalances a person that it slows of can even stop development. In fact, this is a very common cause of slowed development.
As development proceeds, family relationships may also need to change or adjust, or development can stop.
6. A NEED FOR STUDY OR MENTAL EFFORTING
An interesting observation is that some mental efforting or study is extremely helpful for development. For example, reading or even watching a DVD program forces the mind into certain patterns and channels energy into the mind in specific ways that seems to assist mental development. Also, study tends to focus the mind and this is much more yang, which may be why study is so helpful.
Sadly, many people today do not read or study much of anything once they graduate from school. This is unfortunate for them and it tends to halt this type of mental development. Just reading junky novels in a superficial way or watching most movies is not as helpful. In fact, it may be harmful because it wastes your time, even if they inspire you or cheer you up.
The best type of study is to read the Bible, or study scientific literature and actually study it to learn it thoroughly. For example, reading articles on this website, and reading them slowly and repeatedly in order to memorize the material is very helpful for development.
7. IMBALANCED OR HARMFUL ATTITUDES
One’s attitudes can affect development in unusual and powerful ways. For example, the most developed groups around the world are often Christians.
Interestingly, a second group that shows a lot of development is the business community, including Wall Street people and business people, in general. I am not sure why this is so, though many business people are Christians and most have enough money and intelligence to eat well. However, their attitudes may also be important (see below).
Meanwhile, the least developed, often, are “new age” and self-proclaimed “spiritual people”, along with those who have no religious affiliation. This may seem strange. I do not understand it myself, but here are some possible explanations:
1. Belief Versus Non-Belief in a Development Process on Earth.
Christians believe in development, even if it is not exactly the same as that espoused on this website. If one believes that development is possible, it can be most helpful. It may help with discipline, focus and living one’s life in a healthful manner.
Many new age people believe they are superior and perfect as they are. This is less helpful as they are liable to work less on themselves in all areas of life.
2. Yang Versus Yin Moral and Cultural Beliefs.
New age spiritual people often follow vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diets, and their entire belief system is more yin. By this I mean they have fewer standards, and are less disciplined in every area of their lives.
They often do not like following rigid rules like the Ten Commandments, many use yin drugs such as alcohol and marijuana, they often believe in victimhood, and they are often more angry. These are all yin traits, and yin, generally, slows or stops development.
3. Positivity Versus Negativity and Depression.
Attitudes of negativity, depression and anger may slow or stop development. True Christian belief may help with these attitudes. Many new age people are in rebellion, and this is a very yin attitude. Christians, on the other hand, and business people, are “following orders” and this may make a difference.
4. Humility Versus Arrogance and Rebellion.
Christians and business people are more humble in many ways than new age spiritual types of individuals. Christianity is a humbling religion. A real business person also knows that he or she must satisfy the customer, and this is also humbling.
Many new age people are not humble, though they may fancy themselves as such. They often have a superior attitude that definitely slows and can stop development. Also, of course, if one thinks one has already “arrived”, one works less hard at actually developing oneself.
5. Politically Right (more yang) Versus Politically Left (more yin, generally).
Christians and business people tend to be more right of center politically. New age people often are left of center politically.
The more centrist and right of center people believe in self reliance, limited government under a Constitution, much more freedom, capitalism, liberty for all, guns for self defense, and the like. These are far more yang attitudes, and yang, in general, helps development.
Left of center attitudes are the opposite. They do not believe in limited government, freedom first, free enterprise capitalism (which is freedom in the economic sphere), total free speech, and other liberties that were advocated and written into law by the American founders.
Left-wing attitudes are actually far more authoritarian and old-fashioned, like the rule of kings and monarchs, even though few will admit it. For example, many new age people are fearful that we are killing the earth and flooding the planet due to global warming, a total lie they have been taught. They blame business people for this, and want a “strong central government”, meaning authoritarian rule, to keep everyone in line, redistribute the wealth “fairly” and save the earth. Authoritarian attitudes are very yin in nature, since they presume that people have no discipline and no ability to rule themselves.
6. Mentally and emotionally grounded, centered, and directed versus less mentally and emotionally grounded, much less centered and more non-directed and confused.
Another possible explanation is that the more conservative and Christian, and business people are more grounded and more directed in their lives. They follow simple rules set out in the bible or even in business. Whether for better or for worse, they are less confused because of this.
In contrast, the liberals, progressives, socialists, new age, and self-proclaimed spiritual people tend to be less grounded and centered, in my experience. They may be directed by spirit guides, psychics and gurus, but this is very questionable in many cases, and a lot is superficial in my experience. As a result, or maybe for other reasons, these people are much more confused. This adds to their yin energy.
Other. The “cardinal sins” such as pride, greed and jealousy will all hold a person back from development. Anger or bitterness can be a problem as one wakes up and sees the truth about our tawdry world with its lies and corruption. More on this subject is found in the article entitled Attitudes And Development.
8. LOW SELF-ESTEEM
This is an important factor in some cases. It discourages people and limits their ability to take risks and move forward in their lives.
9. LACK OF MOTIVATION OR DRIVE TO SUCCEED
Sloth or laziness definitely can hold back progress in some cases, as one does not work hard enough to make changes.
10. PARENTING AS A FACTOR
One’s upbringing is definitely a factor that holds some people back, though it is definitely not a guarantee of anything. Good parenting teaches a child normal discipline, a healthy self-esteem, how to rest enough, how to eat properly and how to think and care for oneself properly in every sphere of life.
Good parenting should also cultivate in a child a belief in a development process on earth. This should be a great advantage later in life when development usually occurs.
If, however, a child had to fend for himself, was around low integrity people for his first 10 to 20 years of life, had poor role models, and so on, this should be a disadvantage. It does not always work out this way, but overall it probably does.
11. SOME BIRTH DEFECTS OR ILLNESSES
Some birth defects will interfere with development in many possible ways. Also, it is possible that having a brain tumor, or some other illnesses can slow or stop development. This tends to be rare.
12. LIFE PLANNING DECISIONS
These are decisions made at some level of one’s being that affect one’s rate of development. For example, one may decide or choose that in one’s lifetime one will not develop much mentally for some reason. The reason might be to experience certain events or situations, perhaps to help others, or perhaps to learn some lesson.
13. CONGENITAL CONDITIONS
These are conditions of the mind or body that one is born with that are not genetic. They may be due to:
- Nutritional deficiencies in the mother that are passed on to the child.
- Toxic chemicals in the mother that are passed on to the child.
- Subtle or other infections that are passed to the child during gestation.
- Psychic or psychological imbalances that occur in the womb and affect the baby as a result of stress on the mother or even on the father.
- Other, such as injuries during pregnancy, the effect of taking drugs, or using alcohol during pregnancy and others.
Nutritional balancing cannot prevent all of these blocks and problems that occur during development. It can, however, help a person to:
- Build a solid physical and biochemical foundation upon which to develop.
- Clear many emotional and mental blocks that arise during the development process. This usually happens automatically, in its own timing, in wonderful ways.
- Remove toxic metals and other toxins that can block anyone’s spiritual development by impairing the functioning of the brain and much more, as well.
- Prevent or avoid, in many cases, the worst of the illnesses such as cancer and others, or at least slow them down significantly.