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Optimum Nutrients for Optimum Health and the Current Modern Food Environment
Most of the predominant health problems of the modern society are lifestyle related: mainly linked to nutrition, water quality, air quality, and certainly physical activity. The challenges are in how to get optimum nutrients for optimum health from the food we eat. The fact that lifestyle health problems appear to persist appear to strongly suggest that the current intervention measures to contain these health problems are ineffective or significantly inadequate. The root cause of this problem appears to be originating from limitations in our present knowledge on the relationships between nutrition as part of the lifestyle determinants of health, the food environment and our optimum health. Common advice especially on nutrition, mainly from most of our health and medical care providers is often very generalized, lacking detail and specificity, necessary for effectiveness of any proposed intervention measures. Given the complexity of the current food environment, the expert advice we get from our health care providers is certainly inadequate to address today’s persistent nutrition-related health problem. Therefore, when considering obtaining nutrients for optimum health and wellness from our current nutritional environment, bear in mind that this is not in any way a simplified issue of eat whole foods, more fruits and vegetables and less of meats and processed foods., but it requires a more intricate systems approach that recognizes the complexity of our current nutritional environment. This argument is well presented by Martha Traverso-Yepez and Kelly Hunter, available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2158244016665891
Most of our health care providers including some M.Ds, nutritionists, dieticians, etc believe and/or would want us to believe that we can get adequate nutrients for optimum health through eating a balanced diet. My guess is such beliefs are based on assumptions derived from Dietary Reference Intake values, accepted as science-based by the biomedical community and policy makers. Of course DRI values are so low that it makes sense to believe that you can meet your nutrient requirement from food intake through eating a variety of foods (given, for example that one orange can provide approx. 65 mg which is within the DRI range for adults). The challenge is: can we achieve optimum health through getting our nutrients from food alone? I argues we don’t, because daily nutrients intake from food alone are ridiculously low ( Hickey and Roberts, 2004), to achieve optimum health. Nutrition is an essential component of our health and that of any living matter. The science of nutrition and heal
The concepts of nature cure as a natural health approach was well elucidated in the early 20th Century by one of the first pioneer authors Henry Lindlahr, in one of his book series of nature cure as follows: “ It is vastly more than a system of curing aches and pains; it is a complete revolution in the art and science of living. It is the practical realization and application of all that is good in natural science, philosophy and religion. “The philosophy of Nature Cure is based on sciences dealing with newly discovered or rediscovered natural laws and principles, and with their application to the phenomena of life and death, health, disease and cure”. Use of nature cure as an enabler for being the boss of your own health (taking charge of your own health) is based on the simplicity of the nature cure approach as compared to the orthodox medical approach in addressing health matters. Lindlahr (1922) argues that nature cure is considered an “exact science”, which reduces com
Most of us were raised in modern environments living modern lifestyles. Modern generations are completely detached from their ancestral (cave man type life-style and diets). Our current conventional approaches to health is based on reliance on therapeutic interventions from experts (health-care providers - doctors, nurses, etc. ) when we get diseased, i.e., we play a passive role in our own health. Natural health approaches are grounded in the philosophy which holds that, the human body has the capability of healing itself. In natural health, all healing is essentially self-healing, a basic property of all living beings . Unfortunately, the human generations of modernity have lost this inherent ability to live in harmony with nature and utilizing nature’s fundamentals that build and maintain health. Most if not all non-humans living organisms, however still preserved the ability to utilize nature’s fundamentals that build and maintain health. This explains the basis of survival