What about the Latest Magic Molecule?

Almost daily I am asked by someone what I think of the latest magic potion for what ails them.  (Today someone asked about Vitamin C and lysine for their heart because there was an article in the paper expounding on the benefits of these combined items). My answer to the question of the latest miracle discovery is this:  the work of nutrition has already been done.  There is nothing new and secret that we haven’t learned that you absolutely need that isn’t already provided by Nature.  It’s all there.  Everything we need, nicely packaged, whole and balanced just for us. Did you know that scientists have been able to take apart a whole apple to identify and isolate more than 424 different compounds (including lysine, vitamin C, co-enzyme Q and many of the other latest nutrient “discoveries” of our times?) We like to take things apart to find out how they work.  But taking apart whole foods and mimicking, replacing, reducing or isolating the various pieces is not a good idea. Once I took a bicycle apart. The pieces lying about the floor certainly did not resemble a bicycle nor were they functioning as a bicycle in that separated state. And even when I put those exact original pieces back together again to resemble my bicycle, I was left with 3 or 4 bolts and washers in my hand!  Oops.  Sure enough, some miles ride down the road that bike broke down. That is what scientists do when they create nutraceuticals.  They take a piece or pieces of a “natural source” ( such as carbon atoms from coal tar)...

The REAL- FOOD- ONLY Challenge

The typical Canadian Diet can make life a rough road paved with malnutrition, obesity and disease.   The sad fact is that this is unnecessary. We have been at this eating game since the beginning of time, why are we so confused about what we should eat? Maybe the problem begins with a misunderstanding of what food really is. The dictionary defines food as”any substance, usually composed primarily of carbohydrates, fats, water and/or proteins, that can be eaten or drunk by an animal or human for nutrition or pleasure.” Really? “Substances” can be products passed off as food, which neither nourish, nor heal, but simply give us a taste experience that makes us think we are nourishing ourselves.   When we substitute the eating of products instead of real food, we create deficiencies, fatigue and cravings for the nutrient complexes we really need to survive and thrive. True “foods” nourish and heal. They are the raw materials the body needs to rebuild cells, replace parts and replenish our tissues. How do we tell the difference between a product and real food? You know you are eating a product if it is designed or adulterated by man. A whole apple is made by nature. Applesauce in a jar with additives for shelf life is a product. An egg is a food. Boiled quinoa grains that have not been genetically engineered are whole foods. Pasta is a product….any refined flour, breads, sugars; dairy products are products …and so on. So what should we eat? The answer to this question simply lies in nature and not in the research laboratory.  For starters begin to...