What is the most basic truth about the food we eat? by Gillian Drake,
author of ”The Truth About Food: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Dangerous”
To me, the answer would be: all food is nutritious, there are no foods that do not nourish us. But if this is true, how is it that medical experts estimate that up to 85% of the current epidemic of so-called lifestyle diseases (heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and even cancer) are caused by a bad diet?
So the question becomes, how do we determine what constitutes healthy food? Scientists can analyze food and break it down into its various parts, telling us what kinds of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants and so on that it contains. But food is more than a breakdown of it parts —it contains vital nutrients beyond those which scientists have identified. You can take a machine apart and put it back together again, but you can’t do that with a living thing—the parts of a living thing form a synergistic balance of perfection that man can’t possibly hope to match.
So the answer is, the foods that nourish us must be whole foods. Foods that are refined and processed foods are not whole foods and can cause serious disease.
The Reductionist Idea of Nutrition
In the mid 20th century, nutritional scientists discovered that food could be broken down into various components such as vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats, and they ridiculed the traditional way scientists and the community at large had regarded nutrition since the time of Hippocrates, who lived more than 2,300 years ago. He believed and taught that all foods served the same purpose, that they all contained a basic nourishment which he called the “universal aliment.”
This ancient idea is now being revisited by modern scientists. For instance, in her paper, “Transcending Reductionism in Nutrition Research,” scientist Ingrid Hoffmann points out that the reductionist approach has traditionally been and continues to be the dominant approach in nutrition research. But this brings up the question about whether the parts add up to the whole. She writes, “With the recognition about the whole being more than the sum of its parts, the limitations on the applicability of the reductionist approach, and the growing knowledge about parts of diet . . . new research strategies are needed to reveal more about the relationship between diet and health.”
So if food contains more than the sum of its parts, what do we call the part that hasn’t yet been officially identified by scientists? It is has been defined as radiance, vitality, cosmic energy, or life force energy.
So all these years later, it seems that Hippocrates was right all along, that he had identified the most important element of food —its vitality, or life force energy, an essential nutrient that is present in all fresh foods. We are coming full circle, returning to this simple but profound ancient belief, but it is an idea that the reductionist approach to nutrition has missed altogether.
The Life Force Energy Content of Food is an Essential Nutrient
“Living things emit a weak radiation . . . through scientific experiment [scientists have] demonstrated that there may be such a thing as a life force flowing through the universe.” — Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
Science has proven that all things radiate; this radiation emanates from all substances and beings here on earth and throughout the universe. Nobel-prize-winning physicist Louis-Victor de Broglie (1892-1987) established that every particle, down to a photon of light, is associated with a specific wavelength. These vibrational wavelengths, or radiation, are what we might call life force energy, for they represent life itself. Without this kind of energy flowing through our bodies, we cease to function. In Chinese medicine this life force is called chi; in ayurvedic Indian tradition it is called prana; in the Polynesian culture it is called mana; in Europe, Rudolf Steiner referred to it as “cosmic etheric forces.” Edward Bach based his system of Bach Flower Remedies on the premise that every living thing radiates energy, and homeopathy stems from this same truth.
Healthy plants, and the animals that eat them, radiate this energy. And if we eat food that contains high levels of life force energy, that energy will cause us to be vibrant and healthy too. The higher the vibrations of the food we eat, the healthier we will be, and the more we will show a certain radiance —some people would say we “glow with good health.”
We also receive life force energy from other sources, such as from the water we drink, the air we breathe, the planet that we live on, and the sun that gives us light and life. So, in order to be healthy, we need whole foods, clean water, unpolluted air, a direct connection to the earth, and exposure to sunlight. If any of these are missing, it affects the healthy functioning or our body, and if all are missing, we’ll sicken and die.
The Effect of Refined and Processed Foods on our Health
By definition, refined and processed foods are lacking in life force energy. The primary goal of the refining process is to extend the “shelf life” of a food so it spoils less quickly, making storage and distribution easier, and creating greater profits for food manufacturing companies. But this process destroys the most important nutrient of a food—its vitality—and creates “dead food.” Not only does this food not nourish us, but it actually counts as “anti-nutrition,” depleting the body of minerals and vitamins and laying the way for degenerative disease.
My book, The Truth About Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Dangerous, contains over 40 charts showing the levels of life force energy of more than 1500 foods that are a common part of our diet. Simply by eating healthy foods, we can regain and maintain our health and not have to worry about getting sick. Not only do we benefit from increased energy and wellbeing, but we are also relieved of worry, and you can’t put a price on that.
Gillian Drake is a food writer, medical intuitive and nutritional consultant whose goal is to help people live healthier, happier lives. She divides her time between Eastham on Cape Cod and her home in Tuscany in Italy. gilliandraketruthaboutfood.com