The Crazy western ideas of health and diet
Early 1900’s had the Tapeworm diet where you would literally give yourself a tapeworm to lose weight. Sounds carzy today right? Not really. Just as crazy thinking goes into todays dieting as well.
The Christian diet where the book “Pray Your Weight Away,” which was published in 1957. The best-seller set the trend for future titles such as “I Prayed Myself Slim” (1960), “Help Lord,” “The Devil Wants Me Fat!” (1978) and “The Weigh Down Diet” (1997), which advised readers not to confuse physical hunger for what was really spiritual hunger. In 2002, Don Colbert, M.D., published What “Would Jesus Eat?”
Calories don’t count’, 1961 book by Herman Taller, this diet said that it didn’t matter how many calories you ate as long as you didn’t eat any carbohydrates and began each meal with a shot of safflower oil.
In the midst of all the dieting pills of the 1970’s, 1972 brought the Atkin’s diet which only found its popularity in the 90’s then later Dr. Atkin’s fell on ice after a heart attack and broke his hip. From an Ayurvedic vantage point this would be obvious with the excessive intake of meat and fat which would only lead to the stress and excessive tissue built of the heart. Eating muscle builds muscle as a general rule. The excessive intake would cause a depletion of asthi dhatu or bone tissue which would be the reason for the break when he fell. Also from a Western viewpoint the diet was controversial because it advocates eating as much high-fat food as one wants, which Western studies show lead to heart disease.
The Beverly Hills diet, in 1981, was next and the public ate it up while the doctors told of the horrors of it. It was seen to be “perhaps the worst, entry in the diet-fad derby,” they stated that excessive fruit consumption can cause diarrhea, dehydration, and in extreme cases, “the blood pressure can drop low enough to interfere with the circulation of blood and the person can die.”
1980s also brought the high discipline dieting with the Scarsdale Diet. Calorie restricted to 1000 calories, two-week high-protein, and low-carb. Author Herman Tarnower, M.D., had claimed that by going on and off the diet every two weeks, followers could lose up to 20 pounds per week without any long-term deprivation of any vitamins or minerals.
The early 90’s brought the cabbage soup diet.
As the insanity grows we see the Baby food diet in 2010.
The lemonade diet, or Master Cleanse developed by Stanley Burroughs, the diet allowed only lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. Nearly 70 years later from its inception, people are still blindly trying it.
There is the 5:2 diet,
The Special K diet,
a raw food diet,
calorie counting using mobile phone apps,
the grapefruit diet
the all famous cottage cheese diet,
Blood type diet,
The China Study was written by T. C. Campbell and T. M. Campbell. which suggests that eliminating meats and dairy from the U.S. diet would lower the incidence of disease.
And there is so many many more that I have not even mentioned………
and they will continue.
Marketing, sales, based on fear.
We see today the endorsement of diets being more by celebrities and the masses just follow blindly. We also see a trend of people following other people lives stories and the journey of the person (and today it is just people, not with any actual education to come from but just their experience) which pulls people in. A healing journey. A struggle and fight and a win which then the other individual want to be part of or wants them self. Scary.
With all of these diets, it is the same. It is a religion. Nobody can tell a person that is doing any of these diets any different (like how bad a diet might be, say like the diets above that the Western Doctors even stated were not safe) and the person on the diet must share with everyone how wonderful the diet is and share their experiences trying to sell it to their friends.
Bottom line is that the need for a diet in the first place states the lack of any proper knowledge of health in the first place and the horrific way that is the norm when one is not “on” a diet.
Any way you look at it you change the way you live, sleep, eat…… your body will respond, good or bad. Do you/we know what that is though?
Just by staying up late at night one will lose weight. They will also dry out and cause other imbalances. By just waking up earlier than the sunrise one will lose weight compared to if one sleeps in. The later one sleeps in after the sun comes up the more the functions of the body slow and become heavy and clogged. One would experience this in that cloudiness that is unshakable if one sleeps in late.
If one’s life is sitting in a chair all day and then coming home to sit in a chair and watching TV, just simply changing and being more active will make them healthier.
If one eats heavy food (nutrient dense foods fall into this category) all the time simply eating less or learning what is lighter food will change the body as well as affect the mind. (gluten intolerance comes from this)
None of this is rocket science.
and then the topper of it all with the all popular fad of today, the gluten-free diet……. there is truth in everything right? the fact that there is a parody of this in this video below says enough.