As a child, I quite liked fruitcake.
I’m strange that way.
Stranger still considering I generally dislike cake.
Except that not all cakes are created equal.
The fruitcake with which I grew up contained dried rutabaga.
An alleged-“fruit” for which young Andy had no other dietary source.
It wasn’t really the fruitcake my body yearned for.
It was the rutabaga.
It’s Not About Quantity
OK, this one’s obvious.
Anyone who grew up in a family where cleaning one’s plate was “encouraged” can agree that more isn’t better.
But it’s not about calories.
It’s about tolerability.
Think about that the next time you’re contemplating the next single-food fad diet.
Oh, such diets work.
Because they are so unhealthy.
The body creates a natural aversion to any food eaten to such exclusion.
Leading the dieter to prefer starvation to the prospect of yet another Twinkie.
It’s Not About Quality
This one’s less obvious.
Naturopathic supplements, homeopathic remedies, and conventional pharmaceuticals alike trumpet their quality ingredients.
Which is stupid.
“Quality” is a nebulous concept, particularly in health care.
For some, “quality” implies purity, and intensive refinement.
For others, it implies unrefined, whole-food sources.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Removing an “impurity” can prevent allergies.
Or it can remove a critical constituent.
Which is why ...
It’s All About Specificity
This one’s not obvious at all.
It’s definitely not sexy.
And it runs in the face of our society’s love for one-size-fits-all solutions.
Solutions that make sense - from a business perspective, that is.
Too bad treatment specificity and individualization is what works.
Which was not obvious to me at first.
After all, evidence-based medicine promotes one-size-fits-all solutions.
Unfortunately, such solutions are hit-and-miss.
More miss than hit, in fact.
Which is why everything I do – constitutional homeopathy, Bowen Therapy, naturopathic supplements, biofeedback, the Neuroemotional Technique (NET), the Neuromodulation Technique (NMT), the Neural Organization Technique (NOT), and more – has individualized medicine at its core.
With individualized medicine, you can discover whether you need more rutabaga.
Or whether you’re better off avoiding fruitcake altogether.