Age of Medical and Nutritional Exaggerating
Pills and Practices Effective Due to Mind Only
"Believe in what makes you healthy, because everything else is garbage"
-- Gary Hopkins
Every ritual that we faithfully do -- while expecting positive results to follow -- carries a strong potential of bringing about those results. Whether it's our prayers, meditation, qigong, tai-chi, positive affirmations -- whichever of the popular modalities on our culture market -- if repeated long enough becomes our reality.
Now, what most of us would readily exclude from this truism is medical intervention and our ever growing "wisdom of eating right". Namely, somehow we are indoctrinated to believe in their effectiveness on their own, without our minds helping.
Indeed, who could ever convince us that most of our pills, whether meds or supplements, are only effective inasmuch as we are expecting them to work.
Being reminded here of a certain medical doctor who called himself a "medical heretic", as he revealed to us: "In an average pharmacy less than 25% of all medications are really working -- the rest is a subject to the placebo effect".
And just the same could be said about nutritional supplements and dietary protocols.
So, am I really about to take a path of an "insane heresy" as if to debunk the paramount significance of that "sacred duo" in our lives? Well, let me go honest about all this, with enough modesty to assure you that this little post has no ambition to qualify for anything like a "prestigious scientific journal", lol.
Rather, it's my sheer speculation based on my own personal experience, which doesn't have to be universally valid, and a sizable pile of books which are possibly not saying anything from some other, unread, and equally sizable pile of books.
And neither will I try to convince you to fire your doctor, your shrink, or your favorite nutritionist guru -- which should also serve as a short disclaimer.
However, beside its value possibly reduced to an entertaining piece of scribbling, it just might inspire some of you to open your eyes, even if ajar -- to rethink about the overall role of medicine and nutrition in your life.
It's needless to argue about our need to eat, and our need to fix our bodies when they are functioning less than desirably, but these are to be seen as basics which don't necessarily justify everything having been invented in its name.
Let me give you a simple unrelated example. It was perfectly all right to heed your parents' warnings about not touching hot stove, or not accepting candies from strangers on the street -- but that didn't mean that for the rest of your life you were obligated to agree with everything your parents said, or are saying. Somewhere, at some point, blindly heeding our authorities grows into a pathetic exaggeration.
So, let's start with the science of nutrition where we may be doing exactly that -- exaggerating about a complexity of our nutritional needs in the process of sustaining our well being, physical and mental.
Illusion of One-Fit-All Cures
"Irony of the day: arthritis medication with a cap that old people can't get off because of their arthritis'" -- Kelli Jae Baeli
We are good forgivers, I must say.
For one thing, we keep buying stories about our nutritional needs, along with the products that they promote -- even after somewhat grudgingly witnessing how all those equally educated smart asses are not really in agreement over what's the best for us to eat.
And we keep pecking on those many supplements even after reading somewhere about our biological individuality, which doesn't really allow a principle of one-fit-all. It's about a certain mechanistic approach to our diverse nature, based on stereotyping that is also prevalent in medicine. Simply put, what may benefit me, may not benefit you, or may even screw up your physiological equilibrium.
In relativity of our uniqueness, my liver carries my psycho-bio-chemical signature, and is not the same as your liver, even though they may look exactly alike under naked eye, or under microscope. While both livers are nominally performing the same number of functions, in their dynamics they are behaving as two different livers -- so they cannot be treated a same way,
It's been said that liver gets affected by anger, like lungs get affected by sadness, or lower back gets affected by feelings of "having too much on our plate" in life. So, our organs are much more "personal" than their simple, fleshy appearance might suggest. Just remember how our DNA doesn't appear to be more than a bunch of easily recognizable protein molecules -- while in reality being the most intricate, and still most mysterious part of all of our physique.
Likewise, my heart is just as much of a "pump for blood" as yours, but it's the generator of your and mine personal emotional reality, which makes us so different.
And yet, by the model of medical mechanistic, reductionist understanding of human nature, we are "all" a little more than biological machines -- where the slogan "all men are equal" may be a part of those 300,000 yearly fatalities caused by medical clumsiness and misinterpretations.
Now, the top, progressive science is telling us how some over 90% of all our diseases and conditions are psychogene, meaning that our mind's crappy routines are making us sick. And, while one dude may keep getting a heartburn every time when mother-in-law drops in uninvited for dinner -- "out of sheer love" -- another dude may get that "same" heartburn while eating in company's lunch room and listening to the bullshit coming from his boss.
But, hey, here come their medico and their nutritionist to the rescue. One with antacids, and another with the advice to eat more alkaline foods. In other words, we are encouraged to treat our symptoms, not causes.
In the first case, the dude should change his attitude about his mother-in-law, maybe by deciding to take an active part in conversations, using some light humor, instead of cooking in his own oils of silent dislike in a style of a victimized sourpuss.
And the second dude should stop feeling so mousy in front of his boss, maybe mix some assertiveness with a dash of humor. That way he might even gain some new respect from the bully. Then neither of the dudes would resort to either antacids or to eating more barley.
You see, it's simply in our culture, ingrained into our collective belief system, to reach for pills, rather than for some unused brain potential.
The Case of Eskimo and Yogi
"My psychiatrist diagnosed me a Hypochondriac. I said: "O.K., can you give me a placebo?" -- He said: "Not for your type-2 Hypochondriac. Your type would just fake faking. Then we would have real problem." -- Brian Spillman
There is that something called a "balanced diet", as if a book, or a You Tube smart-ass is supposed to know what that "balanced diet" means translated to our particular psycho-bio-chemistry.
Even if we would forgive them for making a lab out of our kitchen, and a mini health-food store of our medicine cabinet, how to get over that alleged "basic bunch of nutrients without which no life is possible".
They honestly make me laugh, and with some of the following examples, you just might join me with laughter.
According to the experts, we need, among other important sources of basic nutrients, "five servings of fruits and veggies each day". Now, be ready for your laughing reflex -- how does that apply to Eskimo people, or Inuits, as they prefer calling themselves?
Really, they must be constantly constipated for the lack of fiber, not to mention all that magic of vitamins and minerals that they are missing by using for food whatever they can catch above and under ice.
Shouldn't we agree that the principle of adaptation in nature can only go so far, before the missing favorable conditions end up with extinction of an affected species. Thousands of species are constantly going extinct, but our Inuits keep braving unbearable cold, gloomy, depressing skies, and yes -- a "sub-human" diet, according to our nutritional wizards.
Moreover, guess what -- they even love it so much that they never bothered migrating down to sunny Florida to stuff themselves silly with oranges -- to satisfy their vitamin C requirements. Some of you might suspect that their lifespan must be shorter for all that massive nutritional deficiencies. But, don't kid yourself -- their average lifespan is 77.5 years, only 4 years less than their Canadian brothers in southern Ontario.
Even more amazing, if not bordering with miraculous, are those yogis in India, and I mean those ascetic, undernourished-looking "holy men" sitting on the side of a dusty New Delhi road and begging. With a ridiculously full head of hair (they say hair goes bye-bye in undernourished body), with an enviably clear mind, lively spirit, wisdom, and peace which no billionaire can buy -- in bodies that probably forget their last snack, let alone a "meal".
How is that for a "minimum dietary requirements necessary for sustaining life"?
As for the amount of food that's necessary to get enough calories each and every day -- well, most of us are just as guilty of gluttony as we are guilty of the rest of six "deadly sins". I, for one, fast for 19 hours and during the next 5 hours I just eat until feeling satiation, not spurred by long deprivation of food to overdo it. Of course, "emotional hunger" is out of question. Being (relatively) disciplined, I don't seek happiness through what I put in my mouth, but what I maintain in my mind and heart.
Using just moderate walks for "workouts", the amount of calories I get in one or two of those sittings is enough for this old fart who economizes with energy, not making many unnecessary moves, mental or physical.
Somewhere within the remnants of ancient Egypt an inscripted message was found reading:
"We can survive on one third of what we are eating, and with other two thirds we are feeding our doctor."
So Many Invented Diagnoses in Business of Health
"Medications, surgery, and radiation are the weapons with which conventional medicine foolishly shoots the messengers called symptoms."
-- Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The pride of our intellect's reaches, equally dignified and made unfathomable to a layman with its Latin mambo-jumbo -- as if saying how it's "too smart for an average brain" like yours and mine. What an arrogant academic vanity, should I say. Especially when we think about those 300,000 so called iatrogenic yearly deaths caused one way or another by medical crappy performance.
But again, just like with nutritionists -- we are a bunch of forgiving laypeople, some of us even seeing doctors as some deities, judging by how much they keep frequenting to their Shrines of Health, whether clinics, labs, or hospitals. If I were a cynic, I might say that they are unconsciously making themselves sick, because only doctor with his diagnosis will provide them with a soothing justification for not functioning well in life.
But I am not a cynic, I just happen to know how cynics are reasoning.
Medicine, an establishment living in symbiosis with Big Pharma, whose ethics code may be best characterized by that fired biochemist who refused his boss's order to "invent an illness that would fit their newly cooked product".
Nothing of what I am saying here is to belittle medical profession's saving many lives, but I am not even talking about medical scenarios where lives are to be saved. I am talking about that mushroomed subculture of unnecessary and preventable ills which created a crazy market for the business of medicine.
Did you know that only those medications are effective for which our cells already have receptors -- only because body can produce that same, if not superior medicine? So those effective pharmaceuticals are doing nothing other than activating our default defenses. They are not "teaching our physiology to function some new way", just "reminding" it about something that it knew all the time.
Thus, a mood-lifter molecule can only do its job because neurons got fooled into thinking that one of its natural feel-good neurotransmitters is fitting into its receptors -- like serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), dopamine, norepinephrine, or endorphin. (Not to show-off with names of what I am regularly activating in my brain-endocrine-immune axis, but to show how insanely-fancy medical terminology can be).
Almost as if professionally shooting themselves in the foot, medical wizards are admitting more and more how some over 90% of all diseases and conditions are stress-related, or a result of some other form of disorganized, emotionally dominated mentality.
By admitting it, they are eliminating their classically established pathology with causes of environmental, microbial, and genetic nature. So, suddenly it's not about that virus that "found you", but the one "you found" -- by lowering your immunity with your predominant negative reactiveness to life.
In other words, hey dude, think good stuff, simplify life, inspire yourself for generating some good feelings, remember happy moments and create new happy memories -- then don't worry about catching anything from a cold to a cancer.
If you don't believe me, go ahead, learn it a hard way, either by experience, or by reading a shitload of smart books, like I had to. As you are doing it, don't miss epigenetics, it will show you how nicely you can activate those vitality-promoting genes which will send signal to every cell of your body to function optimally.
For my last words, a question.
Are we all doomed to stay duped into believing about our "special needs" of nutrition, and a "lack of pharmaceuticals" in our bodies, and about our "fragile, delicate health"?
Or we can educate ourselves more about our resilient, self-maintaining bodies, and our powerful minds that can trigger all that biological goodness. I did it, and I love it.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Vladimir Karas