I’ve taken the last month off from blogging in order to research eczema and topical steroid withdrawal, and how to overcome them. In this post I’ll briefly go over what I’ve learned and which way I’m heading now.
As I explained in a recent post, I just haven’t been able to find the energy and motivation to write about anything for joyofawareness.com, because frankly, my mind has been fully occupied with my horribly itchy and flaky skin. That and my addiction to porn, but I’ll save that topic for a later date, interesting though it may be. Anyway I’ve already written about it extensively, so if you’re interested check out the archives.
So what’s new?
I’ve mostly been focused on food as medicine. My diet has changed frequently in the last months, as I’ve been experimenting with various “healthy” diets such as vegan, raw vegan, paleo, keto, whole-foods-plant-based, no fat, no protein, as well as supplements like digestive enzymes, probiotics, various minerals and vitamins, green juices and so on. Nothing seemed to actually help. At all.
If you’ve never had to deal with bad skin and bad digestive health, let me tell you it’s no effing joke! Somehow these issues, being chronic yet not acutely dangerous, go under the radar, while more “serious” diseases get all the attention, like cancer and heart disease.
The conclusion I’ve come to, especially after discovering Dr. Weston Price’s work, and a wonderful cookbook called Nourishing Traditions, is that all disease we deal with here in the developed world are a result of our absolutely tragic food systems. Eczema, allergies, arthritis, heart disease, cancer, MS, Parkinsons, and on and on. These are different manifestations of the same disease. They may show themselves as completely separate from each other, yet they are all one thing: results of chronic poisoning and malnutrition due to our industrialized food systems.
All the crap most of us have been gorging on since birth has poisoned us to the point of devastation. Have you ever wondered why it seems that everybody you know is suffering some illness or other? Even young people. I remember when I was in high school, all of my friends were dealing with one health issue or another, some more serious than others, but nobody was truly healthy!
What the hell is going on? Aren’t people supposed to be generally healthy in youth and early adulthood?
Where have all the healthy people gone?
It wasn’t until I came upon the work of Weston Price that I had the epiphany I’m expounding to you today. If you’re unfamiliar with him I highly recommend the webpage for the Weston A. Price Foundation, where his ideas are being kept alive.
In a nutshell, Dr. Price was a early 20th century dentist who traveled the world in order to research the dietary habits of traditional, isolated tribes and cultures around the planet. He was suspicious of the encroaching industrialization of the food systems of developed nations and set out to find out the truth. What he discovered is absolutely mind-boggling. I recommend you check him out.
What’s even more shocking, though, than what he discovered, is the incredible fog of nutritional bullshit we have to navigate through every single day, almost a century later! There is so much misinformation, reductionism, positivistic propaganda out there that it defies belief! The fact that floored me was how incredibly simple a healthy diet actually looks.
To summarize Dr. Price’s findings, our habit of pasteurizing, homogenization, processing, canning, sugaring, factory farming,
destructive growing practices, and use of “plastic” foods such as margarine, has robbed precious essential minerals, vitamins, enzymes and bacteria from our food.
When he compared the typical western child with children from the cultures he studied he discovered vast differences in bone structure, stature, and general health. The so called “primitive” peoples who hadn’t yet been “liberated” from their archaic way of life, were actually a hundred times healthier than the healthiest westerner!
What healthy living comes down to is this: Avoid all processed, pasteurized, or otherwise denatured and aldulterated “food”. It’s no longer food. It’s poison. All microorganisms, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are found naturally in our food for a reason. We can’t pick and choose. That’s incredibly rectionistic thinking.
We should eat the way our ancestors ate, with lots of fermented foods, whole grains, vegetables, and fruit, organically grown, along with liberal amounts of animal produce. We should be mindful of where our food comes from, how the animals we eat were raised, and generally make it a point to know what we’re putting into our bodies. But wait, there’s more!
As important as the source of our food is, just as important is the way we prepare it. Soaking, sprouting, or fermenting grains and legumes, for example. Slow cooking meats and fish. Making use of all “waste” from animal products, like bones, sinew, to make nourishing bone broth. Organ meats.
This is what I’ve learned in the past month, and it’s stupidly intuitive once you get the hang of it. This way of looking at my food has drastically improved my energy and feeling of well-being, but there still seems to be something wrong.
On my way to true health
So I kept researching. I discovered something called salicylates. They’re found in many different kinds of plant produce, such as berries, oranges, many kinds of spices and herbs, and much more. This chemical seems to wreak havoc on the skin and general health of people with compromised immune systems, like eczema, asthma, allergies or arthritis. In the last three days, I’ve eliminated all sources of salicylates from my diet, and I’m feeling grand! Three days is obviously not enough to know if I’ve finally discovered the source of my misery, but I have very high hopes.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Until then, check out Weston Price and Nourishing Traditions, and find your health again!