HOW IMPORTANT IS DIET?
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2018, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is only the opinion of the author and is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, prescription, treatment or cure of any disease or health condition.
To an enormous degree, we are what we eat. This is an absolute truth that has always been and will never change. If one expects to become and remain healthy, one must eat correctly.
An enormous problem we encounter is that many people do not believe that their diet is very important for their health and for development. These people are often very willing to swallow vitamin pills and even to do the detoxification procedures, but they do not work well and can even make one ill if one does not follow the diets we suggest.
This short article explores this problem.
One of the major reasons for the view that nutrition is not important is that, with few exceptions, the medical profession, the public health profession, the counseling profession, law enforcement, most of the mass media, and most other leaders in industrialized societies do not teach the truth about the importance of one’s diet.
Another source of the wrong attitude about what we eat is advertising for poor quality food products that gives the false impression that these products are healthful and beneficial. Beautiful models, and impressive scenes, music and rhetoric are used to sell products that should never be sold, let alone promoted as “healthful”.
Another source of the wrong attitude is that the truth is inconvenient and distasteful to many people. They enjoy their poor-quality “comfort foods” such as cookies, ice cream, soda pop and more.
Finally, some people are actually addicted to stimulant foods such as those that contain a lot of caffeine (soda pop), sugar (candy, cakes, etc.), theobromine (chocolate), stimulant chemicals, and more.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO LEARN THE TRUTH?
Reading. Reading about nutrition can help. A problem with reading is that there is much conflicting and even malicious information on the internet and elsewhere. This can be confusing, and at times it is intentionally so.
Hopefully, the articles on this website will help and will not cause confusion. This website does not sell any food products and purposely does not accept advertisements in order to avoid conflicts of interest.
Tuning in. One can also learn the truth about diet by observing closely one’s own bodily reactions to eating various foods. To do this well, many people need to slow down and relax more. Then many people can feel and sense how the body reacts to various foods.
A problem with this method is that eating some foods will provide a temporary ‘high’ or pleasant feeling that is often mistaken for a benefit, when it is not so. Sugar, fruit, caffeine, and other stimulant chemicals can do this.
Meanwhile, some excellent foods such as lamb may cause temporary fatigue and may seem less healthful than they really are.
Nutritional testing. This can be another useful way to learn about the importance of one’s diet. Problems with this method are its cost, the fact that most doctors and even hospitals may not offer the right tests, and inaccuracies in the tests.
For example, the standard blood tests used in most doctors’ offices and clinics are not a reliable method of nutritional testing. One can be starving for minerals, for example, and standard blood tests will report normal blood levels.
Other tests are better. We use hair mineral testing, which is much better, but even this test is not always correct because toxic metals can elevate the readings of some of the nutrient minerals, and certain mineral patterns also cause elevation of the levels of the nutrient minerals.
In fact, we know from years of experience that most everyone is nutritionally depleted. We don’t need a test to determine this, but the tests help convince some people that they need to change their diets. We use the hair mineral test to assess the stage of stress, the oxidation rate and other measures, but not to test for nutritional adequacy.
Common sense. If our bodies are made of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and other food components, it makes sense that the nutrients we ingest matter a lot.
Hopefully, by combining the four methods above, many more people will become aware of the profound truth that what you eat has an enormous effect upon health.