Monday, November 23, 2015

Good Eating Habits

Dear friend of Centers for Healing,

A Living Diet

Most people come to us for complete dental revision following the Huggins-Grube Protocol because they want to live, and to live well.  Some come because they have actually been given a diagnosis. That diagnosis could be cancer or an autoimmune disease. 

Some patients mistakenly believe that the dental revision will be like a "magic pill" that will make all of their physical troubles go away. Sadly, we have to insert a healthy dose of reality for such patients. Few of them got sick overnight. Just as few fully recover overnight. Most of the time, recovery is a road, not just a step.

That being said, what you eat and how you eat very often determines how well you will do after the complete dental revision. And, last week’s words about nutrition are a perfect lead-in to a few posts on the importance of good eating habits. Remember: Centers for Healing is all about keeping the friendly communication alive and well between dentistry and biology. After all, biology is the science of life. And, we eat to live.

However, before getting into specific considerations of macronutrients (i.e., proteins, fats, carbohydrates), I think we need to explain in greater detail the importance of personally-tailored nutrition.

Eating Like Your Ancestors Ate

I always have hesitated to give my patients a detailed list of what they should and should not eat, because individual nutritional requirements can vary greatly from person to person. In fact, how well they feel after eating certain foods may well depend on our ancestral diet

Basically, the ancestral diet theoryis based on the way a person’s ancestors’ ate over the course of the past 2,000 years. Where there has been little mixing of blood lines – for example, think of the Alaskan Eskimos or the Massai of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania – it is fairly easy to determine how they’ve been eating over the course of millennia. For the Eskimos, the traditional diet is fat and meat, with usually nothing else, save a particular local vegetable, when necessary. For the Massai, it is raw meat, raw milk, and cattle blood (also raw), with little to no fruits or vegetables. Period!

For the rest of us, figuring out the ancestral diet is not such an easy matter. In the USA, for example, many of us come from a very mixed ancestry. However, that doesn't mean that we shouldn’t try to figure-out personal dietary needs, whether or not one ascribes to the ancestral diet theory. In fact, determining a person’s nutritional needs based on his or her blood chemistry usually requires anywhere from 15 to 20 hours of doctor-patient discussion. Dr. Huggins used to say that he rarely saw a patient who was eating according to his or her actual nutritional needs.

The Common Denominator

In spite of the unavoidable uncertainties regarding theories of nutrition, there is one thing I know for sure. It’s this: no matter what ancestry you come from and no matter what food your great-great grandparents ate, their diet did not include processed food. You know, “food” that is to be eaten cold out of the refrigerator, or out of a box, or heated-up in a microwave. Sort of goes without saying, if you really think about it: that’s not real food! It may have started with some real food, but it sure didn’t end up that way!

Of course, there will be variations regarding the type of carbohydrates and  grains they ate, or the amount of meat and how it was cooked, etc. For example, if your ancestors came from the tropics, then your body could probably tolerate more of the tropical fruits that are found in our present-day grocery stores. That means you can digest bananas and mangoes pretty much year round, even if you currently live way up here in northeast Pennsylvania!

Universal Truths

In the next few blog posts, I will go into greater detail about the three food categories. This includes what to look for in a healthy diet and what to avoid, no matter what your ancestry.

Always working for your best physical, dental, and emotional health.

Happy Holidays! 

Dr. Blanche Grube.

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