Back To The Wild
A few weeks ago, I was recommended to listen to a podcast interview of a Dr. who once practiced traditional cancer medicine, who then did a 180 and went into total holistic style care. After listening for about 5 minutes I realized that I had heard this guy before on another podcast. The topic was different, but the message was the same. What made me gravitate toward his message was that he continued to reference observations in nature, and the contrasts of what happens when man upsets the balance. For those of you who like to listen to podcasts, his name is Dr. Zach Bush. One of the concepts that he describes is that of the microscopic changes that take place when we pick a fruit from a plant. For instance, take a tomato; when it is attached to the plant it has a fuzzy-like film over the skin of the tomato. When we pick it, that film begins to break down and the tomato begins to slowly decay. We can refrigerate it to slow down its decay, but it will eventually rot because it is no longer connected to its source of life, the plant. It turns out that the fuzzy film is actually good for us to consume. Unfortunately, by the time that tomato gets to our plate it has long since disappeared. He takes it one step further and describes how animals will often eat directly off of the plant while the fruit is still attached to its source of life. He then went on to recommend, whenever possible try to eat fruits and vegetables while they are still attached to the plant.
I thought this was a fascinating observation, and I wanted to try it. My daughter and I like to pick wild blackberries this time of year, so we gave it a go. We both had a lot of fun trying to nibble berries from the plant without picking them first. One of the big things that we noticed was how sensitive our lips, tongue and teeth can be when trying to perform such a delicate task. It was an extremely enjoyable process.
It may sound like a silly endeavor to the average member of our society. The average member stands a high probability of developing obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease in their lifetime, so I certainly don’t want to be part of that average. The whole point of the concept is to understand that there are very important microscopic forms of life that support our own life and expression of health. We have systematically destroyed much of the microbiome that gives life to the foods that we consume. This has led us to consuming more and more foods to feel satisfied, while being under nourished at the same time.
So, if our food is being produced in a way that leaves us deficient in the tiniest of bio-factors, what other tiny, seemingly insignificant necessities are we also missing? It was very apparent to us that the actual act of using our lips, tongue and teeth to discern accuracy, dexterity, taste and texture was an under-practiced skill. That level of sensitivity demonstrates how our nervous system is designed to perform such tasks with extreme accuracy.
It makes me wonder if that skill is perishable, like so many other neuromuscular movements that decline with lack of use. An example that I use quite often in practice is testing someone’s balance. Standing on one leg with the knee and hip flexed to 90 degrees for 20 seconds should be an easy task to perform. Unfortunately, well over 50 percent of the people I ask to perform this, fail, either one side or both. If they fail at something as simple at standing on one leg, it makes one question how does someone get to this point? The answer is usually slowly, and in a seemingly harmless manner.
Our way of living has slowly, incrementally, moved away from being in connection and harmony with nature and our biologic design. It has moved toward comfort, convenience, and toxicity. We have traded the physical challenges nature provides us for hard, flat, level surfaces to walk on, along with several hours per day sitting in one place with little movement. By and large we have become a domesticated species. Unfortunately for us, with domestication comes illness, and we have achieved the title of the sickest of the domesticated species on the planet.
There are those among us that have attained superior health and performance. They have done so by understanding this concept of who we are and how we were designed to live. Based upon those principles, they have found ways to fuel their bodies that support our biology, and move daily in ways to sharpen and challenge our innate potential. I think it is time for all of us to learn and apply what we can from these examples.
Lombardi Chiropractic Family Health Center
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