Therapeutic Diet

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Insights into the questions and answers of diet were provided long ago in the Mediterranean by the Great Physician Hippocrates. Today the benefits of the Mediterranean Diet are championed as preventing heart disease while reducing inflammation and much more. Is it any wonder that from the home of Hippocrates this diet evolved? In addition to individual considerations such as goals, lifestyle, heredity, workplace, individual health conditions, modern research, and historical precedent, there are several key ingredients around which we organize answers to the question of diet. Fundamentally, Quality is a key consideration. Organically grown foods have consistently demonstrated higher nutrient concentrations ounce for ounce than their non-organic competitors. Additionally, the non-organic foods often contain environmental toxins, insecticides, and heavy metals that require even more nutrients for the body to adequately handle. Therefore, when possible, organic foods are preferred. The second consideration is the general orientation of diet according to blood type. We must be eternally grateful to the work of Dr. James D’Adamo in pioneering this useful framework.

Different blood types do better with a primarily vegetarian orientation (Type A) while others do better with a high protein low carbohydrate approach (Type O) and others a more omnivorous diet (Type B). Thirdly, and very importantly, we have individual Food Intolerance Testing. This identifies categories of individual foods, and combinations of foods eaten together, that a person is not able to break down, digest, and utilize. Because the process of digestion for these foods is incomplete the byproducts of their maldigestion essentially become toxins or irritants to the system. Where the irritation does the most damage is determined largely by genetic susceptibility. Certain food intolerances also show definite clinical trends. For example, individuals intolerant to potato often experience kidney problems.

In certain cases the kidney problem may manifest as arthritic pain because the kidneys have reached their tipping point, are no longer adequately filtering wastes from the blood stream, and hence deposits form in the joints. Most commonly each individual has one primary intolerance and one combination, though this varies. Unlike food allergies, most intolerances are present at birth, do not require prior exposure to the food, and do not seem to change over time.