Health Learning

The approach to learning about health presented at the Centre will start with four main premises:

  1. Food is fundamental to our health. Without the right food our health cannot be maintained or improved.
  2. Industrial food is detrimental to our health in many different ways and acceptable health promoting food plans (diets) must be built on the principles of food sustainability.
  3. Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) offers the most comprehensive perspective on what a rounded sustainable diet consists of, rooted in the experience of many sustainable cultures from around the World.
  4. Nobody should blindly accept all traditional health promoting diets since we haven't been born into them as healthy members of sustainable societies.

Unfortunately, almost all of us have lived for years in industrial societies, eating industrial foods and were exposed to other parts of life in industrial societies that were detrimental to our health. Many of us have also been exposed to invasive and often damaging pharmaceutical treatments. Also, many of us may have some genetic, degenerative disadvantages transferred to us by our parents who were also exposed to the same health changing negative factors. For all these reasons, we should approach the change of our diets with caution. The level of caution should depend on the stage of deterioration of our health.

We deeply believe that everyone can make the first step that cannot hurt anyone and that is staying away from industrial foods. Such rejection may not be complete for a host of practical reasons, at least at first. However, the more one learns about what is wrong with industrial foods, the better decisions can be made to improve the diet. Raw industrial foods that are prepared at home can be much more acceptable (less damaging) than all the highly processed foods offered by the mainstream. Even when one still shops in supermarkets, the first logical steps would be staying away from the central aisles where all the foods are processed. Overall, the more basic the foods we buy, the more control we have over your food.

The challenge of choosing the right foods to eat is twofold and we may not always truly understand it. One part is to choose foods that will nurture us fully and the other part is to avoid or eliminate toxic foods. Eliminating industrial foods from our diet will definitely be a big step forward in reducing toxins in our food. However, while it may be a surprise to some, raw plant foods - even if grown with best organic methods - contain many natural toxins that can also be highly detrimental to our health. All grains, legumes and other seeds are by far the most important part of that group. It is not only important to avoid all industrial products that use grains, since their processing has never been with the goal to eliminate or reduce these natural toxins, it is also very important to learn how people in the past dealt with these toxins and follow some traditional sustainable principles of food preparation.

It is easy and safe to advise that staying away from industrial foods is a giant step towards our better health but after that things get complicated. In the jungle of ever new and faddish publications about diets, there is an increasing number of health professionals who have written and promoted plans that are somehow associated with the paleo diet concept which is in line with the advice to stay away from industrial foods. Many of these books have been promoted and authors spoke through the WAPF network. Their suggestions are usually complementary, yet sometimes they may contradict each other. They definitely may consider different angles and emphasis different parts of the importance of the food-health connections. At the Centre we will try to connect clients with all the knowledge and with professionals who start from the same four premises on which the Centre's health learning programs are based but beyond these principles we will not want to take any authoritative stand – health is too complex for that.

First of all, to attain and sustain health, each one of us must accept ultimate personal responsibility for our own health. In a way, we need to become our own doctors first. Of course, we all want to seek and trust professional advice from people who have devoted their lives to learning about health. If we manage to build trust with chosen practitioners and knowledge sources, based on our own increasing knowledge, that will be a big part of advancing our health. Trust means believing and beliefs have a huge impact on our physical wellbeing.

It is not only the knowledge about foods and diets that we can promote and present at the Centre. There are also some alternative non-invasive methods of health diagnosis and health treatments that could be explored and offered. It will be more in the way of demonstrating such methods so people may gain a new understanding. Such alternative healing/diagnosing methods that may be demonstrated in the Centre may include applied kinesiology, herbology, acupressure, reflexology, etc. Offering services through the Centre may be out of line since it is primarily committed to offer learning about food.

Recommended Books

Depp Nutrition

The Deep Nutrition. Why Your Genes Need Traditional Foods. By Catherine Shanahan and Luke Shanahan 

The Perfect Health Diet

Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet 

Primal Body Primal Mind

Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora T. Gedgaudas 

Gut and Psychology Syndrome. By Natasha Campbell-McBride

The Heart Revolution. The Extraordinary Discovery That Finally Laid the Cholesterol Myth to Rest and Put Good Food Back in the Table. By Kilmer S. McCully