I am in the middle road when it comes to Western and Eastern medicine, eating a balance of all food including processed sugar or even McDonald's and such, and organic or vegetarian food. Again , one must feel out there body to see what they need and want. Genetic factors, conditions and activity must be taken into account. If you are diabetic, you may not be able to eat the sugar a young athlete can. See your physician. If you have a family history of heart disease, you may want to watch your fat even if you exercise. If you exercise and study a lot and often work late with six or less hours of sleep, you may be able to eat two dinners or two pieces of cake a day without compromising your bloodwork or gaining weight. See for yourself.
I think that often medicine and surgery are needed. Other times it is equally or more important to think yourself well. Often "disease" is in the mind. You are emotionally and mentally dis-ease and it manifests physically. However, I personally will not claim that there is an either or approach to this: Only the Western or Eastern view is not true. Truth to me is multidimensional and you must be present to sense for yourself what is true at the moment. You may, for instance, function well by eating lots of sweets and drinking lots of coffee, and sleeping less than eight hours a day. You get to say.
Often scientists will scoff at the idea of organic food. All food is organic. We do not eat metals. I am a scientist with two degrees form New York University. (See my Web site www.louzipatsis.com) I get that point of view. People that eat organic will argue that other food has huge amounts of hormones. Has any of us really done the research? Looking up different keywords with "organic" on www.pubmed.gov, the largest reservoir of medical information in the world, barely yielded any results. Most searches yielded less than 50 results each, while a search like "heart attack" yielded More than 120,000. Of these, few were relevant.
It does not take much effort or money if one cares to give their scientific results to a peer-reviewed journal such as the Journal of the American Medical Association or a the Journal of Sports Physiology and share their knowledge on organic food.This is a young area. No one has done much research on long-term health and life spans of people on vegetarian and organic diets, just as no one has done long-term research on the health and life spans of women getting artificial breast implants. In addition, you can never avoid preservatives in food completely, polluted air, etc. This does not mean choose what is right for you, it means to me to put it all into perspective.
To me it seems that people who try to avoid carbohydrates and fats most of the time, and eat only organic or vegetarian organic food may be operating from an initial subconscious or conscious thought of "I will get sick". Other thoughts may follow like "I can figure this out...how not to get sick." But the original thought is that they will get sick, and if they think they manifest their thoughts and that is the whole Truth, chances are that they will get sick!
I have studies a course in graduate oncology. Two mutations in a gene are needed. Food and chemicals may affect this. Who knows, thoughts may affect this. Often, a mutation is spontaneous. The DNA enzymes that go around correcting mistakes in the much-replicating DNA, may miss a mistake. That's all it takes. How many times have you forgotten anything on your shopping or to do list? It may be a numbers game. I do not pretend I know everything about the world or nature. We have much to explore and learn.
At the same time, as is often the case in Taoist-like seeming contradictions this multidimensional world, we do know what is good for us individually if we get in touch with and listen to ourselves. See an earlier blog by searching for "listening".
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Disclaimer: None of the above information can be taken as a substitute for advice from a medical professional, such as a physician.
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