May his passing be a lesson to young athletes around the world
You don't have to be a fourth generation San Diegan like yours truly to appreciate what Tony Gwynn, Sr. did in his lifetime. He was a local legend both on and off the baseball diamond, with an unmistakeable laugh that was full of joy and a love of life. I'm sure I share my favorite T. Gwynn moment with many other San Diegans - the second deck home run he nailed in Yankee Stadium during the 1998 World Series; quite a feat for an aging player who was better known for rapping out singles and doubles like a Gattling gun.
Unless you followed his career from beginning to end, you may be surprised to see old photos of him as a fleet young outfielder. He was better known later in his career as baseball's "Jolly Fat Man" of the late 20th century, picking up where Babe Ruth left off in the first half of the century. He was carrying a lot of extra weight around by the time he passed 3,000 hits late in his career, making any talk of him surpassing 4,000 hits a pipe dream for only the most wishful of thinkers.
As Tony's career was winding down I was really getting into surfing, and I started paying more attention to my own health and what I was putting into my body. The more I learned, the more I came to realize that despite Tony's amazing achievements on the diamond, we were all missing out on the truly amazing potential of this great athlete and local icon. I was amazed by the story of Theo Ratliff, another pro athlete who faced health issues in his career but overcame them with diet and a strategic supplementation program. Granted, Theo's health issues manifested themselves differently - he had joint issues instead of weight problems - but the root cause was the same: a lack of the nutrients needed to maintain a high level of performance. Chances are, if Tony had gone to the NBA instead of playing baseball (he would have been quite an effective NBA point guard based on his college career), the rigors of basketball would have kept his weight at bay, but his body would have broken down in other ways. As Raymond Francis says "There really is only disease (cellular malfunction) with two causes (deficiency and toxicity).
During Tony's career he made his love of "soul food" well known. In the video below, Milton Mills, MD takes on the topic of "soul food" head on. It is encouraging to see people discussing health from a fresh perspective, exposing the propaganda of the AMA/FDA/ACA/Big Pharma/Big Agra crowd, and using cooperation, reason, and compassion to solve the real world problems caused by the "Health Care" Cartel.
American society is slowing waking up from the bad dream caused by too much "easy living" via fast food and disposable "pop" culture. It is time to expose the beast system and let it wither and die, so that it can no longer take away our best and brightest before their time. To that I say, "RIGHT ON!"