Years ago a friend told me of his new dietary program, about which he was so excited. He was feeling more energy, more balanced, and in all ways healthier. The plan he had discovered was the blood-type diet, based on the dietary patterns of our ancestors with the same blood type.
In describing what was working so well, he began with the example that he may eat broccoli, but not cauliflower. I then became the audience to a directory of rules and details that would earn honors at OCA (Obsessive-Compulsives Anonymous). At the end he tacked on the minor addendum that along with this clearly effective plan that had recruited his meticulous attention and loyal devotion, he had also coincidentally cut out sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
This is not meant to take away from the unquestionable value of improving the quality of our diets and being rather selective in our choices. Let there be no doubts about the potency of honoring our body chemistry with the substances it was designed to receive. Add to that the enthusiasm and inspiration generated by embarking on a scientifically sound plan of getting well and living in harmony with nature, and voila! … mind-body synergy in action!
I recently saw a patient who had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. She had been on two anti-inflammatory drugs for a long time, one a steroid, one not. Even on those strong medications, she continued to have some rectal bleeding on a daily basis. Her gastroenterologist had insisted over and over that her diet had nothing to do with her medical condition. She took it upon herself to do some research and decided to try a program called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. The day she began the diet her bleeding stopped. When I saw her in my office two weeks later, it still had not returned.
Choosing a healthy diet does not have to get us into a mental mess. While some programs are specifically valuable to address particular medical conditions, we all do well on a program that avoids most of the food industry’s technological intervention.
In our history as an educated culture, we seem to have reached a crucial point at which we must first detoxify our minds of past exposure to misinformation. As one small contribution to this plan of reeducating ourselves, some attention might be paid to three particularly valuable dietary elements that have a history of having been wrongly maligned: high-quality salt, high-quality fat, and naturally-occurring cholesterol.
For further study, one reliable resource along these lines, a well-researched voice of dietary wisdom since the early part of the twentieth century, is the Weston A. Price Foundation.