Diets: “One size fits all” or “One man’s food another man’s poison?”

For someone who is tired from being sick all the time, suffering from chronic or undiagnosed disease and who is looking at alternative and natural remedies to bring health back it can be very challenging to find the right diet and products. One might find a cure for himself and family in an all protein and fat diet; another one is vegan. The list goes on and on: carb free, paleolithic, Candida, Okinawa, raw, fruitarian, fermented, blood type, elimination and many others. Don’t forget the Canada’s Food guide. Which one do we choose? Should we try them all, experiment with our own body until we feel better? What if things are not really changing? What if they change for worse?

The single fact that all those sometimes mutually exclusive diets helped at least their creators or observed group of people in my opinion is very important. Does it mean that they all work? Or could it be because we are all different? Is it possible that one diet works better for one person, and another for someone else?

I’d like to share my personal quest for health and what helped me to get rid of migraines and nasal congestion.

I started with conventional medicine a couple of years ago. A CT scan, X-ray and specialised tests have not exposed anything wrong with me. I was told to use nasal sprays and pain killers for migraines. That is what I did until January 1st of 2013. Instead of having fun with my family and friends I had to deal with one of the worst headaches ever. The problem was that nothing worked for those headaches. They could stay with me for couple of days and sleepless nights or more regardless of how many and what pills I took.

And then magic thing happened: I won a free session with nutritionist. And that became a changing point. In short I followed the Candida diet prescribed for me excluding the products I was sensitive to and including kits and supplements that were recommended. The happy ending is that I never needed to use pills for headaches since then and my nasal congestion is gone.

But my search for the optimal everyday diet is ongoing. I don’t want to get my symptoms back again, and I also want to have an adequate diet. Digestive leukocytosis observed by Kouchakoff (1930) in human blood as a reaction to cooked foods draws my attention to raw-food diets. Raw-food advocates believe that when you switch to eating raw foods, less of a burden is placed on your system, and a natural healing process can occur. Probably the same happens on juice fasting.

The fact that some sensitivity tests are done on blood samples makes me also look more closely at blood type diet. I’m thinking about taking the full sensitivity test for maximum number of food items and see how it correlates with Quantum biofeedback SCIO sensitivity results and my blood type diet list of foods. (Interestingly enough, one third of all my sensitivities identified by SCIO matches my blood type diet list of foods to avoid.) While experimenting in this way I continue with my multivitamins and minerals to be on the safe side.

Do I have an answer to the question in the title? Of course there are common sense diet changes, which all of us could adapt to feel better. It’s widely accepted now that excluding refined sugars and oils from the diet is beneficial for everyone. I believe that just eliminating them from day to day meals (as opposed to occasional festivities) or even during some meals for part of the day will help, as our body is smart enough to cleanse itself using own mechanisms if it can get a break from time to time. At the same time I doubt if there is sufficient supporting information in favor of any one particular diet being equally good for all of us. Like there are no two identical people on the face of the earth, there can be no diet suited to nourish and benefit all uniformly. To each their own. Either using the latest technological advances, a simple elimination diet or just a “gut feeling” everyone should strive to learn as much as possible about what works best for her/him and provide that food to the body. Eliminating triggers from the diet will release the body’s resources to fix its broken parts thus healing itself. It is a rewarding and worthy exercise: taking care of the temple of our souls will enable us to realise our full potential instead of nursing the pain.

Summer 2013

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