Accumulated Wisdom of Cultures

by Sheila on July 8, 2010

Here is a fabulous health site I want to share:

Whole Health Source

Here’s a bit about the author:

My name is Stephan Guyenet. My goal is to live well, and help others do the same. I received a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia in 2002, and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Washington in 2009. Professionally, I study the neurobiology of body fat regulation. In my spare time, I study and convey time-tested strategies for achieving and maintaining health and well-being. This blog is a free service to whoever wants to read it. It’s supported by generous reader donations. I have no ties to any company or special interest group.

You can tell that this is his  passion and truly his life’s work. This is a godsend to me.  I stumbled on it while researching metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and coconut oil.  I’m planning on perusing all of the older posts.

It is so nice to read thoughtful posts backed up by real science – the experimental kind.  I have done experimental research and truly appreciate the science of biology and physiology with respect to health and nutrition.

It’s tough though.  Stephan says:

“The bottom line is that no nutrient acts in a vacuum. The effect of every part of one’s diet and lifestyle is dependent on every other part. I often talk about single nutrients on this blog, but my core philosophy is that a proper diet focuses on Real Food, not nutrients. Tinkering with nutritional status using supplements is potentially problematic. Despite what some people might tell you, our understanding of nutrition and human health is currently rather crude– so it’s best to respect the accumulated wisdom of cultures that don’t get the diseases we’re trying to avoid.”

As a certified Wellness Coach (and an Apprentice Integral Coach), I have tried to keep up with all of the latest information.  And, it’s mind boggling to say the least.  So much quackery!

I have always had one foot in the “real world” of conventional health wisdom AND I also practice chakra healing and do energy work with my clients.  As is key in integral theory, one does not want to throw out the baby with the bath water!

We want to transcent and include eastern, western and ancient and modern perspectives.  Think of it as co-evolution.

The evolution of a functional medicine nutritional intervention: I have been researching/studying evolutionary nutrition.

Stephan reviewed The Primal Blueprint here.

If you are interested in food, fitness, nutrition and an evolutionary perspective, here are some other site you might find to your liking:

What they Don’t Tell You About Diabetes

Primal Wisdom – I especially like this one.

Mark’s Daily Apple


Conditioning Research

Let me know what you think!

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