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Your diet has little to do with what happens to you
Friday, April 17, 2015 12:15 pm Email this article
I get a lot of letters like the one that began with . . .
"I moved to MA from MD last Fall, and I believe that I need your help. I am a physical therapist, and I am keenly aware of the importance and positive impact of proper diet and consistent exercise."
People really believe that by acquiring special "knowledge" and regulating how they eat and exercise, they can change their fate. They so much want to believe this that they skip the crucial step of looking for real evidence for the position. If they did, they would find none.
My wife ate carefully and ran marathons. She died at age 66 from pancreatic cancer. You say, oh well that was only one case; in the aggregate, diet and exercise lead to better health. In the one case of low carb diet preventing type 2 diabetes, I agree with you; but in every other case, you are committing sollipsism.
Solipsism is the idea that only your mind exists. Everything else in the environment is a reflection of your mind. Therefore, your mind can control what happens to you. Notice the writer of the letter above used the pronoun "I" four times in two sentences. Ancient men built fires during the winter solstice to “bring back the sun”. They always did it and it always worked--proof that it was the right thing to do. lol
Solipsism results from fear. Human beings are uncomfortable with the idea that their lives are controlled by powerful, random, dangerous forces outside their control. You can see the major religions as a response to this fear. Think about them individually and you will see what I mean. The many diets available are another example. You eat "heart healthy" peanuts (it says so on the bottle) and adopt the Mediterranean diet. Did any one of you ever look for a randomized trial to see whether any of that really works? No. Because what you were seeking was comfort, not knowledge.
Eat what you enjoy. Don’t grossly overeat. Stop snacking. All the rest is solipsism.
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