If you’re in the Central Arkansas area, mark your calendar for Monday, October 19 from 6 – 8 PM. I’ll be speaking at the Arkansas Heart Hospital (1701 South Shackleford Rd, Little Rock, AR) in the Fireplace Room of the Annex Building. I will be discussing why gluten-free and “paleo” diets don’t work and what to do instead to heal your gut and overcome chronic health issues including overweight and obesity.
In case you don’t know this about me already, I have been interested in health since as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I held the belief that as long as you just ate everything in moderation, exercised, and didn’t eat more calories than you burned off, you’d be healthy. By junior high, I believed that a pesco-vegetarian diet (a vegetarian diet with fish, dairy, and eggs) was best. Then as a college undergraduate, I became a vegan because I thought this was the healthiest and most environmentally responsible dietary choice. Although I never had any problems with my weight, I suffered from asthma and migraine headaches for two decades.
The turning point was when I entered graduate school in 2003 and learned about several new concepts:
(1) Celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity
(2) Functional Medicine
(3) The energetic qualities of foods as described in macrobiotics
(4) How to use an elimination diet to uncover delayed adverse reactions to particular foods
(5) The benefits of eating offal (organ meats) and saturated fats
When I put these pieces together and changed my diet accordingly in February of 2004, my asthma and migraine headaches were completely eliminated. Although I still get headaches when I’m under fluorescent lights for prolonged periods of time, or flying in an airplane, they aren’t migraines and they go away quickly after a hot bath and a few backbends.
There is a wise statement of fact in Chinese Medicine that says, “Same disease, different symptoms.” This means that you may suffer from a different set of symptoms than I did, but you might have the same disease process. More often than not, the part of the body in which a symptom manifests is not actually the part of the body where the disease is coming from. Conventional medicine is usually only concerned with the body part that is having symptoms. Functional Medicine, on the other hand, looks for the root disease process that is causing the symptoms. Most of the time, the root of the symptoms is actually stemming from problems in the gut: microscopic holes in your intestines, lack of diversity among species of gut bugs, and micronutrient deficiencies. The remedy for this condition goes beyond gluten-free, paleo, or real food diets. Macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, etc.) still matter. To learn more, read my book and come see me Monday evening in Little Rock.
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