I stumbled across this documentary the other day and it truly caught my eye. A lot of what is being said in it, if you get a chance to watch it fully somehow (below is just the trailer), is something I have believed for quite a while. I’ll get this out first thing, they do advocate a fully vegetarian diet. This is something that I’m not 100% in favor of personally because I see eating meat as healthy and naturally. Does it mean there is a point where too much is bad? Of course, too much of anything can be harmful. However, the benefits of healthy eating is a human body that protects itself. (i.e. orthomedical, look it up)
Food Matters™ talks about the failure of modern medicine to notice, as one of the commentators says, “the rhino in the room” (i.e. nutrition). This seems like a simple thing, however, the statistics show that only 6% of MDs have any background, or training for that matter, in nutrition. This documentary will explain that a majority of problems are caused by malnutrition. Even the need for herbicides and pesticides for plants, something I never considered. One commentator made the statement that the recommended dosage in Australia for Vitamin C “is the minimal amount necessary to prevent scurvy, and yet we still have scurvy.” It seems to me that the doctors are missing a piece of the puzzle. Or have we all forgotten, in this world of fast food, the statement “you are what you eat?”
An important piece of information in this documentary, which I had never heard but largely makes sense, is that cooking your food actually forces nutrients out. This means when you steam your vegetables your actually robbing your body of vital nutrients. I’m not one to advocate super raw foods, or even vegetarian diets (as stated above). Those that truly know me, know that I love food. It doesn’t matter what it is, if it smells good I’ll eat it. Italian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Paraguayan, Germany, British, Irish, American you name it I’ve probably eaten it. The point in the documentary is not to turn everyone into vegetarians. They understand meat lovers, like myself, will never fully turn. However, its important to note that the human body needs about 51% of its diet to be raw unprocessed foods (i.e. salads, vegetables, herbs, etc). This is a very simple process of eating a salad for lunch and one at dinner. Not a small side salad, but about 50% portion of your meal.
How does this pertain to me? First, as a child I was diagnosed with ADHD. My parents researched everything to find a means to control my over-hyperactivity. They did so by controlling my diet. I ate largely non-processed, non-dairy, and non-soy. Why non-soy? Soy was the worst of my reactions, and is quite possibly in everything under the sun in North America. I’d start with my ears clocking up and end with me scratching my body like a drug addict. My body, and anyone with ADHD, are drug addicted to foods that cause our reactions. I’ve virtually controlled it by maintain this very diet my parents raised me on. This is something many folks can learn from, instead of turning to Ritalin (i.e. drugs) change your nutrient.
This video, and my philosophy in general on most modern things, does not attack drugs or pharmaceutical companies as being “bad”. Drugs are a great invention of the industrial age. The problem, in the nuclear age, is that we’ve become taught that drugs are always the answer. Your fat, take this pill. You can’t fall asleep, take this pill. Etc, etc, etc. You’ve forgotten a very simple equation. One of my roommates in Washington put it very plainly, “food is meant to recharge, to replenish.” When did we forget this? I’m not quite sure, but an issue of a post-industrial society is that we think the more processed the better for us. Drugs are not bad for us, vaccines for various diseases are a great advancement in human health. But, there comes a point when it is too much. My personal philosophy on drugs is don’t take it if you don’t have to. The body is a natural healer, and I see drugs as inhibiting that process (I’ll say occasionally). Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and, of course, pain pills are drugs you should take. However, a little muscle soreness from exercise does not merit taking an Advil.
Take it from a guy that loves his meat and potatoes. Check this video out you’ll never look at fast food again.