Based on Dr. Harris' new idea about our inadequate micro biome and pseudocommensals in our environment as the primary NAD, is this directly contradictory to the conclusion he comes to in his Therapy vs. LIfe post :
"My car cannot fix itself. The human body often can if we just stop ruining it.
So I would encourage you to ask yourself, what are you looking for? Do you think there is a "secret"? Are you fantasizing about immortality? Is everything a tweak or a hack or a trick? Do you think every problem in your life can be fixed by changing your diet?
Or do you see life as complex and tragic but sweet and rewarding, and are happy just to stack the odds in your favor with diet and then get on about your other business?"
His post argues that we are capable of self-healing, while he is now stating that we are not. Right..?
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"Or do you see life as complex and tragic but sweet and rewarding, and are happy just to stack the odds in your favor with diet and then get on about your other business?"
Less Woodstock, more science. Is this a poetry reading?
We're pretty much screwed as a species in many ways with regard to our health. We don't find ourselves on the other side of the birth canal with the world's best genes. Those of us alive today have been pushed into a world rife with antibacterial soap, infant formula, moms who liked our hands and faces washed before each meal. And, because we're members of a culture also rife with stupidity, we may have eaten a ton of tater chips fried in canola oil and dusted with ingredients so far removed from this good earth that they might as well have come from an alien civilization. The deck was stacked against us Day 1, but by Day Whatever, we've compromised our systems by removing whatever might have been left that could be helpful, necessary, good.
So, we are living critters with systems that have issues. And diet ain't gonna cure these issues. Diet can't give us the microbes that vats of soap have washed away. Diet can't rebuild missing parts. Diet can't even ease some symptoms - it's not the food. It's your body that does the work. Some people don't see a change when they move to a "Paleo" diet. They still suffer a two-page list of symptoms. So they keep tweaking diet, adding more coconut oil or deleting eggs or, or, or.... and the real basis of their problems is that their body is angry and tired and confused and missing vital elements. There's only so much that food can do. You can add some other elements to help your body along - adequate sleep, water, sex, play - but this may not be enough, either.
In Therapy versus Life, Dr. H is saying that you can choose a diet that is based on whole foods and then get along with your life. What else can you do, really? Give your body the nutrition it requires and see what it can do. For many people, this will bring the body into alignment - not because the food is healing - it's not. The body heals itself. Always. Your inner flora and fauna should flourish if you aren't too far gone and you give it good food and good rest. But, there are just as many, or more perhaps, I have no idea how many, who will never reach that beauty, that sweet spot. You gotta pass these folks a bag of dirt and a few worms. And even then, it is the body who is the physician and nurse.
We think we are each one person, one body. But we are a collection of a million million microbes, each doing their job. We are a collective.
Jesus Christ, how many threads can we have about one comment on a blog? You PH folks must be having a slow news day. Even Sean Abbott is bored, I guess.....
Sean, why not make yourself useful and start another thread for them. Find the oldest sentence I ever wrote, take it out of context and find a newer sentence that sounds different. Be sure to take everything literally, of course...
I didn't get that from that post, and I think he has been pretty consistent in this area. He was saying that some things cannot be touched by diet, then and now. I.e. if you are eating well as in not making your health actively worse but still have a health issue, do not go searching for that magical tweak, as you will more than likely fail, or worse damage your health with some untested 'treatment'.
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