[KwartzLab] Interesting Food Article (Warning: Not Safe For Foodies)
jrnelson at studiojrn.com
Tue Mar 19 09:31:37 EDT 2013
You aren't likely to get Cdiff infections without killing all of the 'good'
gut bacteria (i.e., using some sort of broad spectrum antibiotic), but
you're right in that what you eat can definitely change the bacterial
population ratios in your intestinal tracts.
Also, the guy is completely ridiculous and clearly shows a dangerous lack
of understanding of human nutritional science. While you can learn a lot
from reading a few books on the subject, it'll paint an incomplete picture
- and the bad part is, you won't know that it's incomplete.
For example, in one article I read, he mentions about how his pulse was
racing a few days into the experiment, so he blindly guesses that he was
having hemoglobin issues and that his heart was having trouble delivering
oxygenated blood to his organs. So he looks at his formula, sees that it's
missing iron, and quickly adds an iron supplement. Tada, he's all better,
so that's clearly what the problem was.
It's poor science, and completely wrong, to boot - if you're well-fed in a
Westernized country, you have roughly 5g of Fe in your body. You only need
20mg a day to make red blood cells; you certainly aren't going to run out
of it less than a week after you start.
Eating liquid, nutritionally complete diets is nothing new - doctors have
used them to treat various issues in the past.
Argh, everything about this project is frustrating. Don't even get me
started on the spiritual woo that pervades raw eaters.
On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM, Matthew McPherrin <matt at mcpherrin.ca>wrote:
> While this sounds like a fun idea (I signed up for his "trials", and
> hopefully when I move to SF I'll try it out), I'm a bit concerned.
> In particular, the human digestive tract is super complicated.
> There's a ton of different bacteria in a symbiotic relationship with
> you, and who knows what would happen if you didn't eat food for two
> months -- maybe something would die off, and you'd get super sick.
> is a real problem with people on strong antibiotics.
> Eating this for one or two meals a day is probably okay. But
> completely replacing food? The implications are pretty scary, and not
> an action to be taken lightly and without medical supervision.
> On a related note, I'm considering switching to these for my lunches.
> They're pretty tasty (fruity granola bar) and relatively complete.
> On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Christopher Vollick
> <psycotica0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:32:33AM -0400, Mark Pitcher wrote:
> >> I don't think it's off tangent at all. For many people food is an
> >> part of socializing, and the preparation of food is very ritualistic.
> >> others shopping, food prep, and eating is a waste of time and resources.
> >> And there's no reason why you couldn't do both.
> > Right.
> > I liked this line:
> >> Eating to me is a leisure activity, like going to the movies, but I
> >> don't want to go to the movies three times a day.
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