I’m Rodger Douglas and I treat fibromyalgia with homeopathy. I use a body mind approach that revolves around simple and healthy living.
Eating is a natural pleasure that we all enjoy. In our heart we intuitively know exactly which foods are good for us, and which are not. But it’s our head that interferes and too often gets it wrong. The head takes an intellectual approach to food, which focuses on technical and theoretical aspects of food such as calorie count, food classification, and supplements.
If given free reign the head ends up creating a tasteless diet with strict rules. The heart prefers a simple approach that revolves around the senses. They live in the here and the now so they prefer local, seasonal foods that you can buy at the supermarket around the corner.
The nutritional part of this course is split into three parts: this week we’ll look at traditional foods, next week at metabolism, and in the week after at taste and sensuality.
In the late 1920s a Cleveland dentist named Weston A. Price was troubled by what he found when he looked into the mouths of his patients. In adults he found high rates of tooth decay. He was more alarmed by the dentition of his younger patients. He observed that crooked teeth were becoming more common along with facial deformities such as overbites, narrowed faces, and underdevelopment of the nose. He noticed that poor dental health was invariably accompanied by poor physical health as well as poor mental health and a whole range of behavioral problems.
He heard that there were a few communities around the world that were renowned for having healthy teeth so he decided to investigate in person. For the next 10 years he and his wife (Mrs. Price) traveled more than 100,000 miles to study the diets and health of isolated primitive peoples in Africa, South America, Australia, Polynesia, Europe and northern Canada. Now some people might be offended by the word ‘primitive’ but being called primitive is actually a compliment. ‘Primitive’ is derived from ‘prime’, which means number one, of first importance, the best. So to be called primitive means you are the first and the best. I hope someone calls me primitive one day. As a verb ‘prime’ means to prepare someone for a situation so that they know what to do, especially by giving them special information. Today my intention is to prime you to take care of your health.
Wherever Dr. Price came across communities that followed a traditional way of life and ate a traditional diet he found that the members were not only exceptionally healthy but also very happy and content.
The Loetschental Valley, Switzerland: “In this valley they have neither physician nor dentist because they have so little need for them; they have neither policeman nor jail, because they have no need for them.”
“The characteristics of the Polynesian race included straight hair, oval features, happy, buoyant dispositions and splendid physiques.”
“I have seldom, if ever, seen such happy people as these forest Indians of the far North.”
“It would be difficult to find a more happy and contented people than the primitives in the Torres Strait Islands … They not only have nearly perfect bodies, but an associated personality and character of a high degree of excellence. One is continually impressed with happiness, peace and health while in their congenial presence.”
In contrast traditional communities that had begun to incorporate processed foods into their diet showed signs of physical and mental degeneration. He documented his observations in the classic book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
The healthy cultures he studied all ate vastly different foods but they had three factors in common.
They ate locally grown foods
They ate foods in their proper season
They valued nutritionally dense foods and avoided processed nutrient-poor foods
The scholarly head mind values what is far away and distant, while the heart and hara cherish the immediate surroundings. Weston price Your task for today is to get to know your local surroundings better. , and there is no better way to do this than by eating locally. Today’s task is research based. Here are some suggestions:
Find out about local farmers markets, pick-your-own farms, farm-to-table restaurants, or locavore restaurants (A locavore is a person who prefers eating foods harvested within a 100-mile radius.)
You could consider joining a local food co-op. A food co-op is basically a grocery store that is owned by the people who shop there. Members get to decide which foods and products are stocked on the shelves. They usually offer high-quality foods at reasonable prices. Doing business this way helps keep money in communities by supporting local growers, mom-and-pop vendors, craft brewers, etc.
When you go shopping check your food labels of origin
Of you have the time and space you could plant your own garden. It doesn’t get more local than your own back yard.
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Over the years I've experimented with many types of diets on myself and on my patients. I've tried raw vegetarian, carnivore and everything else in between. In the end I found that the best way for peop