The past few times I’ve had friends or colleagues visit the doctor due to an illness or disease, I have made it a point to ask them what the feedback from the doctor or medical professional was. I am passionately interested in nutrition and fitness, and I know the power it has had in my life and the others around me who follow a lifestyle of close attention to their nutrition and fitness. For that reason, I am often interested in the way in which nutrition and fitness is being approached in the current state of medicine and the medical industry. Why? Because I know nutrition and fitness are an answer to many illnesses and diseases.
To my disappointment, I would say nine times out of ten I have asked a fellow co-worker or family member if their doc has ever prescribed elements of nutrition or fitness as a solution or in the least, a help, the answer is, “No.”
Obviously, every human body is not the same, so responses to diets will vary from person to person, but what we eat undoubtedly has an impact on our health. Type 2 Diabetes, my friends, is a reversible disease. Certain cancers can be attacked by removing sugars from our diets and partaking in practices like intermittent fasting.
In this article in the New Yorker, it talks about how our current USDA Dietary Guidelines aren’t helping the cause of that Type 2 Diabetes reversal and our obesity epidemic. What has been acknowledged as being our nation’s guide is guiding us right into more disease and the absence of wellness. Nina Teicholz, who is referenced in this article and who authored the book, The Big Fat Surprise, has been repeating the current findings that can help to turn these epidemics around. Two specific findings mentioned here are (1) the LCHF (low carb high fat) diet can help control certain health conditions and (2) saturated fats aren’t the food devil we’ve made them out to be.
The unfortunate news is that the Guidelines are not only leaving us without information, but providing faulty recommendations. The Wire talks about the most massive study that was done on a group of 49,000 women, showing that the low-fat diet had no positive impact on decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, or diabetes. This brings me to two conclusions – 1. We need to provide nutrition information and nutritional healing to those who are suffering from diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and epidemics like obesity. 2. It needs to be the RIGHT information.
Here in the San Francisco Chronicle, Teicholz was referenced again discussing the contradiction of the blame being put on Americans not following the Guidelines, when in fact; it is the fault of the Guidelines that these diseases continue to rise.
Nutrition must be a discussion piece when it comes to disease, and we need to use what works. It’s my opinion that the medical world needs to continue to bring food and its healing power into the discussion, but also do their due diligence in ensuring the right recommendations are made. Standing on the ground of what works and heals, which has shown to be higher amounts of good fats from sources like animal products and avocados, and lower amounts of carbohydrates, should be central to the conversations of disease. Food has the power to heal if we use the healing power properly.