Açai and the Dangers of the Monodiet

We all want the nutritional silver bullet. We want that one supplement that will solve all our nutritional concerns.

I believe that accounts for the emerging popularity of single foods to take care of a health problem. The most widespread [pun warning] concern is overweight. That one problem attracts more one food solutions than any other.

The most extreme form of this obsession is the monodiet. This means you eat only one food for a short period of time. And short is the governing principle here.

The grapefruit diet, the watermelon diet, the grape cure…any of these sound familiar?

No one expects to be on one food for a long period of time. It’s just a temporary expedient to achieve a short term goal.

That’s why I question the philosophy of one superfood to take care of everything. Or even to handle a particular problem on an ongoing basis.

I believe there is a saturation effect. Sure, you may get a boost in the short term. but, after a while, the inherent imbalance in your diet and metabolism will catch up with you.

The Açai Berry

This açai berry is one of the marvels discovered in the Amazon rainforest. Having a featured role on Oprah has launched it into orbit.

Marketed as a weight loss product, it has more to offer.

Some of the benefits associated with the  açai berry are:

  • increased energy
  • improved digestion
  • antioxident effect
  • improved skin appearance
  • reduced cholesterol
  • improved sexual experience
  • better sleep

It’s possible that the last benefit follows naturally from the next to last.

The ideal processing of the berries uses the same low temperature drying that other superfoods have in preparing them for market. Liquifying it means some form of pasturization. And that means goodby enzymes.

There are supplements like Nuriche that have açai in them along with other beneficial superfoods. That makes sense to me. A balanced supplement of an array of superfoods will not throw you off balance and set up a dangerous situation.

Common sense, for me, means adopting a program that you can live with.

Superfood Technology and Nuriche

Let’s say you are leaning towards the superfood concept. Now you want to get started easily. You want the biggest bang for your buck. What’s the answer.

The following video reveals the technological basis for the superfood revolution. Chris Hayes is the speaker. He makes a recommendation I support whole heartedly.

This is a convenient way to get more information: Elan’s Nuriche Connection.

The Doctrine of Signatures–Subtle Lessons from the Intelligent Designer

The Doctrine of Signatures says that we can tell what a food is good for by looking at its color, shape, or some characteristic that reminds us of a healthy organ.

Merriam Webster’s carries a reference to this doctrine in the definition of signature, (with an obvious slam):   “a feature in the appearance or qualities of a natural object formerly held to indicate its utility in medicine.” [My emphasis.]

Except for the gratuitous, skeptical dismissal of the concept, that’s a good definition of what is a signature.

My skepticism [caution, sarcasm ahead] is that the Intelligent Designer of the cosmos would make it so easy to find good foods to strengthen a weakness. Come on, now. Life should be a struggle and a challenge. Only expert, licensed health care practitioners should know anything about healing.

I’ve watched many Dr. House episodes. It’s possible that you, just like me, have had the urge to call someone a moron. Maybe you, too, hesitate because you don’t want to hurt their feelings. Dr. House doesn’t pause for a moment. Go House!

Dr. House would be the avatar of  invalidation when it comes to the Doctrine of Signatures, or any other subtle energy concept.

It’s the materialistic assumption at work.

The last year I was in grad school I saw this so much. It was as though the materialistic, mechanistic nature of reality was so obvious, no one could even doubt it.

Whereas, I left this behind with my atheism forty years ago. We’uns not on the same page.

The item that prompted these musings on the Doctrine of Signatures was an innocent comment in Twitter by a person I follow.

“Walnuts look like mini brains,” tweeted @efacc. I replied with a reference to doc of sig, [for short.]

Got me to thinkin’. Here’s a little more of the story.

Signature comes from a fine old Latin root. It’s the sign of your nature. The way you write your name shows you in graphic format. Your autograph shows your self in a few lines.

In email your signature conveys the essential message you wish to publish.
The Doctrine of Signatures holds that the essential being of plants is represented by some appearance or quality that indicates the place of that plant in Divine Order.

Kidney beans and cashews are good for your kidneys. Men should eat grapes and women do well with pomegranate.

Just saying.

The primary proponent of this idea is Don Tolman in his The Look Doctrine.

The classic exposition in this area is by Paracelsus, The Doctrine of Signatures.

[Don’t order this. See my update.]

Bee Pollen as a Superfood

At this time of year in Palm Harbor, the oak trees are in full battle cry. People speak of pollen and sinus, signified by sigh-ness.

I saw a micro photo of oak pollen. The working end of the medieval weapon called the morning star had nothing on the dangerous look of this little beast.

You can well imagine how this spiky marvel of the oak tree can irritate sensitive membranes. And yet, many people are oblivious to this pollen. And, yes, I am among their number.

Two people told me recently of the sinus challenge presented by this oak pollen. I told them the story of my student Jeannie Horrell. She is Gary Horrell’s mom.

Gary did the video for The Money Tunes, and some other productions. Included is his cut of the Orange Blossom Special on YouTube that I did with the Green Grass Boys. There are links to these on his web site where he documents Florida Folk on video.

When Jeannie talked about her sinus problems from oak pollen, I simply recounted what I’ve heard. “Taking bee pollen acts as an inoculation against tree pollen.”

Bee pollen is one of my favorite superfoods. It’s easy to take. I like the taste of it.

Not all health food nuts like bee pollen. We who do are a minority of a minority.

I was drawn to it because of all the superfoods that I knew of at the time, it was tasty and easy to find. I was informed when I started that bee pollen is a good source of minerals, including trace minerals.

Bee pollen also has analogs of hormones that help balance the endocrine system, or so I have read.

It’s been a regular part of my diet for decades. Nowadays, several times a week, not every day.

And, finally, it’s inexpensive. This would not be so if bee pollen was popular. If the 4% of the population who shop at health food stores all got bee pollen, the price would take off like a rocket.

Recommending bee pollen to Jeannie was natural for me. She took the effort to get some at a health food store.

At the next fiddle lesson she told me that it really made a difference with her sinuses. It was a big improvement.

Now I’m waiting for my new people to say how it went for them.