What are the Four Pillars of a Human Diet?
They represent the strategies common to all traditional cuisines around the world.
Why are the Four Pillars of a Human Diet so important?
We need to know these strategies to be optimally healthy. Our genes have come to ‘expect’ these nutrients, and if we fail to supply our genes with them, we develop deficiency diseases. Basically, our DNA can’t work right and we can get sick.
How Did You Determine the Four PIllars?
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I was raised in St Joseph, MO, and my doctor father owned farms that were share cropped by neighboring farmers. This allowed me to get out of the city into the country and to learn. When I was going to the local college I was conscripted by my dad to take the #2 field corn to market from the storage bin on the farm. Now you know my credentials for the following statement.
#2 Field corn and soybeans are primarily used to feed commercially or industrially raised meat animals. Those fields also massively contribute to the runoff that has created the dead one off the mouth of the Mississippi River in the Gulf. Further, environmental degradation occurs from the plowing, disking, seeding, weeding, and harvesting passes the diesel powered equipment make over the fields. And the nutrient value of the soil? You can roll on the floor laughing now.
By switching those fields to organic regenerative farming pastures where the cows, chickens, goats, and pigs (yes pigs eat some grass, root, and forage) roam free together like they used to, it then handles the land issue, the environmental issues (those pastures having good microbe populations become CO2 sinks) and just as important, nutritional issues. Further, during inclement weather these animals are fed grasses like alfalfa and sileage, not grains, and as long as no chemicals are used on the alfalfa fields and the pastures, then you have organic certificate.
I just finished the audio book. I really enjoyed it and also found it extremely disturbing, but I’ve had something nagging at me which was somewhat deflected in the FAQ section.
I recently changed my diet from whatever was nearby to mostly plant-based. I have been meaning to “eat better” and exercise for years, when I got myself some what in order financially. Well… I decided that I’m going to stop putting it off and act. I have been listening to another doctor promoting veganism for some time and began that path after the New Year.
I’m going to incorporate bone broth which I’ve done here and there more often.
My concern is this. I do not see how grass fed, pasture raised livestock is sustainable if the diet is adopted globally. The percent of land needed is quite substantial for food to feed the livestock. I believe “Cowspiracy” used a hypothetical example where all US citizens went pastured raised, which essentially covered North America. Although this is theoretical I would think the ultimate goal would be to encourage all people to pursue the intake of optimum nutrition for optimal health. Eventually that would be the end result. There are other factors such as portion size which can greatly affect the amount land and the head of livestock required.
I was curious about your thoughts on that. [BTW, “Unforgiven” is one of my favorites. 🙂 ]
I ultimately decided a plant-based path (now slightly modified 🙂 ) for health and environment reasons. Again thank you for the book.
I don’t want to mix the two ideas: sustainability and health. If it turned out that we all need to eat olive oil to be optimally healthy, then we’d be out of luck! We’ve gone past the point of being able to produce enough olive oil to feed everyone. Still, if it were the case that we all needed to eat olive oil to be optimally healthy, I’d have to say so or I’d be misleading people. We first need to figure out what is healthy. I’m a doctor, that’s my job.
The job of figuring out how to feed everyone, who gets fed well and who will be malnourished, is best left for policy makers.
You might enjoy The Vegetarian Myth, which specifically refutes the idea the vegetarianism is more eco friendly.