I love this TedTalk by Dr. Terry Wahls, M.D., great data and slides about how she reversed multiple sclerosis. She talks about how she was wheelchair-bound with MS and on many drugs, and is now a healthy mom and doctor. She became a “modern-day hunter-gatherer,” because indiginous people’s diets exceed our RDAs by 200% to 1000%. Check out the chart in her slide show showing the percentage of Americans deficient in each nutrient. The top two answers were OMEGA 3 (85%) and IODINE (80%!). We’re also highly deficient in calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins. Dr. Wahls undertook to address her nutritional deficiencies, which over the course of just a few months got her out of the reclining wheelchair and onto a bike, eventually completely regaining her life.
Daily, she eats 3 cups green leaves (dinner plate), 3 cups sulfur-rich colorful vegs (broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic, mushrooms, asparagus, many more), 3 cups colorful high-antioxidant fruits and vegs—yes, 9 cups! Also wild fish and organ meats and grass fed meat, seaweed foods. Now she has dedicated her life to teaching others about the benefits of the hunter-gatherer diet and doing clinical trials to document its effects.
That doesn’t sound yummy to you? Destroying my myelin sheaths and losing the ability to walk, and feed myself, doesn’t sound yummy to me. More and more of us have these kinds of dire futures if we don’t stop eating what you see in the photo with the family of four: a week’s worth of their food, which is almost entirely processed.
Tomorrow we will talk about Dr. Brian Clement’s teaching about whether fish oil is really a good source of Omega 3. (Hint: as I’ve said in my books and speaking, fish is highly problematic both as a food and as a supplement. We’ll talk about WHY, but fish in clean water is difficult if not impossible to find.)