Honest Nutrition

A Descent Into The Ocean Of Nutritional Prattle, And Coming Up For Air

by Ira Edwards



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/9/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x10.75
Page Count : 286
ISBN : 9781425101091

About the Book

Honest Nutrition is an attempt to do what textbooks and hundreds of diet books do not. Nutrition textbooks do not tell you that this science is in its infancy, nor how many "scientific" claims are open to question, based on faulty research or simple hunches. If they include some of the biochemical and physiological context of nutrition, they still omit financial, social and political aspects.

After attempting to understand the prejudice against vitamins and supplements among the industrial-medical-political Big Brother (IMP-BB) and the lack of evidence for most alternatives, there is still some useful information.

Opposing philosophies are denoted as SUPR (SUrgery-PRescription orientation) and UTHR (Unconventional Therapies, Herbal Remedies.)

Honest Nutrition uses a large alphabetical section to give easy access to useful information about many diseases and nutritional therapies.

Honest Nutrition includes information about hormone resistance diseases, cryptic infections as a cause of "unknown etiology" diseases, and the effect of nutrition on behavior and criminality.

Some claims:

1. Obesity always involves hormones, sometimes with positive-feedback loops, which is why "Just eat less and exercise" seldom works.
2. A major factor in arterial disease is viscous blood, resulting in part from a lack of omega-3 fat. Cholesterol lowering does not help.
3. Some heart attacks may be due to hormonal effects, involving the hormone ouabain, and preventable with an extract of the herb strophanthus.
4. Many, or most North Americans suffer serious lack of nutrients: vitamin D, magnesium, and plant nutrients.

The author challenges the medical establishment to examine their doctrines and learn how to help people suffering from nutritional diseases. Many technical terms are included. The non-scientific reader is asked to skip over these, to gain a useful knowledge of nutrition.

About the Author

The author earned a degree in chemistry, was employed in chemical research for Weyerhaeuser, then learned biochemistry and physiology in medical school at the University of Washington. After a year in a public health lab, a master's degree, teaching certificates, five years of teaching premedical courses at Northwest Nazarene College, I thought I knew nutrition. Wrong. I knew no more than my successful medical classmates, who still think they know nutrition.

Realizing how little I knew, I determined to learn. Finding reliable information among much academic doctrine, fake research and sales pitches proved to be near impossible. The challenge became an obsession. Several years of day and night study didn't answer all my questions, but I found enough to write an informative book that includes political, social, financial, biochemical and medical context surrounding nutritional questions.

I am biased in favor of simple, inexpensive therapy. I sell no products or therapy, and am not paid by any medical or nutritional organization.