When a man's science exceedeth his sense,
He perishes by his ignorance.

Oriental proverb

Viewed from space today, Planet Earth looks little different from how it would have looked a thousand years ago. Oceans and continents clearly visible in technicolor, veiled in swirling wisps of white clouds--it makes a pretty picture.

Closer inspection, however, reveals big changes: less forest land, more deserts, more smoke haze, more scars. Damage, man-made.

But that's only the visible damage. There is far more damage that you cannot see: the Earth's remaining soil is depleted of life-sustaining minerals, the oceans are polluted and depleted of marine life, and many species of animals and trees have vanished.

Humans have been gradually destroying our planet for thousands of years, but with the discovery of oil and the internal combustion engine, accompanied with the human population explosion, destruction over the last hundred years has brought about a situation nearing total disaster. Still the numbers increase, still the "national economies" expand, still we exhort greater efforts for "productivity". It's as if we are passengers on a speeding Titanic, equipped with modern radar that the captain doesn't understand. The warning is there, loud and clear, but the crew is pre-occupied with attending to the comfort of passengers.

"Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad"--Euripides (485-406 BC) has been quoted many times since uttering those words. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) put it a different way, predicting that "man's half-cleverness would be the means of his own destruction . . ." Are we mad? Or just "half-clever"? It doesn't matter: the final result will be the same, and already the future of the next few generations is a most uncertain one, even for those in the most favored circumstances.

The 21st Century will undoubtedly witness the resolution of the world's overpopulation problem, and because the problem is, despite our best efforts to solve it, getting worse instead of better, it is inevitable that the matter will be resolved in the same manner by which other kinds of plagues have been terminated in the past.

Food is the main limiting factor, not only the quantity of it but also the quality--a fact that is making itself felt today where more people in the world die of semi-starvation on a full stomach than those that die of complete starvation on an empty stomach. (By semi-starvation I mean malnutrition-related disease due to poor quality food, a topic which forms the main theme of this book.)

In the distant past, when major upheavals upset the equilibrium of the Earth's various inhabitants, some species became extinct while others, purged of their weak, improved. Out of this rigorous process emerged the human race, which has survived and flourished by virtue not of physical strength but of mental strength. It is the fittest that survive, and in human affairs fitness for survival is measured in terms of mental capacity.

It is a mistake to measure mental capacity simply on a person's degree of success in financial or academic circles; a more reliable indicator is the state of their physical health and their general philosophy on life. It does not display great intelligence to make a fortune only to be worried about your health and maybe die of a heart attack or some other avoidable disease.

Most "diseases of civilization" are avoidable, and the Western world's vast and increasing health problems today are a reflection of the ignorance and "half-cleverness" of our supposedly well-informed leaders and medical technocrats, together with the money-making aspirations of the food manufacturers and the pharmaceutical industry.

Thus, while it is all very well to feel compassion for diseased and starving populations elsewhere in the world, and to condescendingly send them food supplies so they can continue to live and breed, we should not assume that we are a great deal better off ourselves. Food is the major factory in health and survival; the widespread health problems we have are direct reflections of the biochemical quality of our food. As our soil becomes more and more depleted, as our food becomes more and more manufactured, so our bodies display the evidence. Death by heart attack, cancer, asthma or diabetes is as final as that from starvation.

We must deal with our immediate problems at home stemming from poor nutrition in the midst of plenty if we are to survive as a healthy nation. Our medical experts are failing to deal with these problems because they don't understand them, so we must understand and deal with them ourselves. Whatever the adversity we are faced with now or in the future, we can best survive if we know what to expect and how to deal with it.

Due to the success of my latest book, Cancerproof Your Body its publishers, HarperCollins, conducted a market survey and found that although my earlier books have been out of print for some time now, there was still a strong demand for them. Hence this new edition of Health & Survival in the 21st Century the content of which remains unchanged except for the extra chapter (Chapter 7) which further emphasises the lamentable ignorance and short-sightedness that prevails within the so-called science of modern medicine, a drug-orientated institution this writer regards as misguided and in most cases counterproductive to human health and wellbeing.

Chapter 7 provides not only an illustration of the confused medical obsession with germs and viruses, but also an insight into the devious methods of pharmaceutical companies and the harm occasioned by many of their products.

Some of the information that follows may surprise you--in fact, I bet it will--but it will help you survive.

Happy landings,
Ross Horne