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Nutrition, Politics & Religion

by Tony Bowling on September 24, 2011

Politics and Religion seem to be subjects that one can talk (more like argue) about ad infinitum. There is no right or wrong or at least there appears to be no provable right or wrong. Is there a heaven? Are the Republicans better than …? A million blog replies later and we will be no closer to a provable fact.  No one argues about the formula for working out the area of a circle (Pi times the radius squared) because it is a provable formula that applies in all cases.

Nutrition is similar to the above two subjects as witnessed by the fact that so many people (some of them being so called experts) have so many opinions about what is best for YOU to eat (ingest).

What is Wrong?

THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE ADVICES AND OPINIONS: THEY DO NOT KNOW YOU. THEY HAVE NEVER MET YOU AND HAVE NEVER TALKED TO YOU AND YET THEY PRESUME TO KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO BE HEALTHY.

I’ll explain further, starting with an analogy: A doctor up on stage cannot look at an audience of a 1000 and  know what medication each needs (if any at all). He cannot write a prescription for the whole group that would benefit everyone in that group. That is pretty much what happens with nutritional advice: it is aimed at the masses but the masses are not even close to all being the same.

Life Style

Look at life styles: An over weight male office worker who lives in a cold climate and never exercises has different nutritional needs to an active young teen aged girl who plays tennis every day and lives in Arizona. And yet nutritionists including the government (FDA) continue to give out advice to the masses: The daily recommended amount of vitamin C is …. And maybe for those people that exist in some middle ground there is some value to some of these advices but I for one have no idea who these average people are and where they live and what they do.

Purpose

The main purpose of this blog is to discuss and isolate ways that you can use to tell if YOU need more vitamin C (for example) and to what degree should you worry or not about the health value of a burger in your diet. We’ll look at the science or art of using certain body problems as a indicators (signs) that you may need certain vitamins or minerals. For example what does it point to if your fingers are swollen in the heat and you haven’t just hit it with a hammer? We will address these things. 

Overall it is not so much that nutritional opinion is incorrect, it is usually more that it is not based on an examination of an individual’s needs. General advice given out is probably right for someone somewhere but is that person you or your family member?  It is usually well intended but even individual needs can change based on changes of life style, age, illnesses, etc.

Tony

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