Science is the language of the modern age. It is only challenged by religion in terms of popular belief. Roughly four hundred years ago, science began its steady progress as a social force through insight and invention. The ruling belief in invisible forces driving religion was eventually replaced by the invisible forces of protons and electrons. The accusation of being “anti-science” is equivalent to the ancient curse of heresy in the secular world. Woe be to those who challenge scientific dogma.
Searching For The Silver Bullet
The attitude of scientific certainty in all matters is, unfortunately, wide of the mark. Science has produced astounding benefits but can be notoriously abused. The abuse usually comes from one of two sources, they are the ethics of the application of the discovery and the question of who paid the bill. The fact that inventions and insights are often best left until the implications of their use is fully understood is something that the rush to market often ignores. The same is true of science that has been bought and paid for to support the need for a product or service that is harmful or useless.
We have the research to show that heart disease can be managed and even reversed through simple changes in lifestyle, and yet we are willing to take dangerous drugs to offset the symptoms. The rate of diabetes in teens skyrockets; we know the cause, and yet the problem “needs more study.” We suffer from a naive belief that science will come up with a pill or a miracle cure. We have given away our ability to act before given expert permission. It reminds me of the character from the old joke about the man who falls off a twenty-story building and is heard to say as he plunges past the tenth floor, “So far, so good.”
Nutritional Science Started in Your Kitchen
The study of nutrition in ancient times was focused on the medicinal effects of foods. The kitchen was where nutritional science was born in making healing soups, stews, and teas. It was only in the 19th century that we started dissecting the food and looking for its hidden secrets. That approach helped solve many health problems. The links between diet and illnesses such as scurvy, beriberi, anemia, and rickets helped save lives and reduce misery. The great breakthroughs were about deficiencies. The problem is that most nutritional problems in modern society are diseases of excess. It is what we are consuming in excess that is killing us. To learn how to disease proof your family, join us at our Vegan Workshop Series London 2020.
The modern diet is heavy on calories and light on nutrition.
It is filled with animal fat and protein, trans-fats, refined sugars, and chemical additives. The solution is simple: what is required is the opposite – a diet that is low in calories and nutritionally dense. A diet that fits these criteria is the one that we have been recommending to our clients and students for decades. Marlene’s latest book is filled with delicious, nutritious recipes and educational material to guide you back to health.
The drive to discover ‘what’s missing’ continues to be an institutional prejudice in nutritional science. Nutrition researchers are always excited by the latest super-nutrient hiding in an obscure tropical fruit, or the single evil chemical lurking in a common vegetable. We are searching for outlaws and miracles and ignoring the simple truth that sits before us, a macrobiotic vegan diet not only promotes health but can also assist in reversing many disease processes. It is a sustainable, healing, and delicious diet that promotes justice and health for all life, human and non-human alike.
Please Go Vegan and love all of life. The world needs you right now.
In good health,