Do You Just Eat Whatever You Want?
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"A wise man ought
to realize that health is his most valuable possession and learn to
treat his illnesses by his own judgment." - Hippocrates
Often it is argued, "I would rather
enjoy my life and eat what I want rather than live a few years longer."
This overlooks two significant issues. First is the negative impact
that chronic conditions have on your quality of life.
Living one year
longer might not matter (now), but living a decade with Alzheimer's
disease or a lifetime with poor health will matter. Secondly, health
not only increases your physical ability, but also your mental aptitude
People are designed to live happy, healthy, and fulfilling
lives. If we are not doing so, it is often because we have dietary and
physical constraints outside of the natural state for humans." It is a tribute to our adaptability that
many people endure years of inadequate diet before a breaking point
is reached. Yet, despite our modern surroundings, we can always incorporate
lost elements from our intended lifestyle and diet.
People obtain truly
remarkable health results by simply restoring lost elements of a traditional
diet and lifestyle. An unbelievable potential for improvement is often
within easy reach when we simply reclaim the knowledge of health that
has been gradually forgotten.
Society today often makes the mistake
of acting as if all dietary knowledge has been discovered. In order
to achieve optimal health, it is vital to escape this mindset.
Remember that only 100 years ago, we did not even know what vitamins
were, and many doctors advised that vegetables should only be
eaten people who couldn't afford higher caloric foods.
It is nearly
inevitable that a broad range of generally unstudied substances exist
in our foods that are harmful, healthful, or neutral depending on dietary
intake, combinations, and individual genetics.
There is such a broad
range of variables involved in diet that no one can analyze everything
at once and definitively determine the perfect diet. For this
reason, empirical and traditional knowledge are some of the best starting
A second problem with dietary knowledge
is that a great deal of harmful information is disseminated through
press agents on behalf of industry." Most information has little
to do with health and a great deal to do with profit. The greater the
profit margin and industrialization of a food product, the more positive
press will be created."
Thus, you hear about the purported benefits
of soybean and dairy products while negative stories are run on fish
that is produced by smaller, less organized businessmen.
A classic example
is propaganda campaigns convincing most of America that tropical oils
were bad and margarine was good. That tragedy is partially documented
in the book The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife. Even cigarettes
were at one time promoted as healthy for various ailments.
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publicized studies are actually funded and (if positive) disseminated
through an industry group. If the researchers obtain a negative result,
the study generally never sees the light of day.
Of course there are
also many extremely valuable (mostly government funded) dietary studies.
Just remember that much of what you hear in the popular press regarding
diet is about as useful as what you hear regarding investing.
part two: are you complacent about nutrition?
To learn much greater detail regarding
traditional dietary and health practices, you can read The Real Story
of Money, Health, and Religion, by Loren Howe available in paperback or download at LuLu Online Bookstore