I enjoy reading your comments, and agree with most of what you write. I seems to me that the basic principles of the Word of Wisdom are whole foods, in season, in moderation. I totally agree that the processed, artificial, additive laced diet with artificial fats is killing us, slowly and profitably. Many will see a dramatic improvement in their health by going to a plant based diet. I do not feel a plant based diet is living the Word of Wisdom.
Unfortunately, a large percentage of Americans do not tolerate the 20th century wheat for a variety of reasons, but do tolerate wheat that was grown a hundred years ago. It has been estimated that there are at least 150 chronic diseases in which gluten sensitivity plays a significant role. (Dangerous Grains, Braly) When I was practicing medicine I would guess that at least 50% of the people I saw, regardless of their condition, improved on a gluten-free diet.
The practicality of a plant based diet, without electricity and diesel fuel, would end north of San Francisco, and probably even further south in the Midwest.
Currently, much of world is experiencing an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency which contributes significantly to heart disease, incidence of cancers, birth defects, susceptibility to infectious disease, and birth defects, etc. It is difficult to obtain adequate amounts of vitamin D from a plant based diet. The other fat-soluble vitamins have a similar problem, to a lesser degree, but even plant-based beta carotene need to be converted into vitamin A. Many people have difficulty doing this due to other deficiencies.
As Weston Price, D.D.S pointed out in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, he was unable to find a plant based culture of indigenous people, free of degenerative diseases and birth defects. (www.westonaprice.org). The foundations cookbook, Nourishing Traditions is, I feel, the ultimate Word of Wisdom cookbook. I would encourage your readers to visit this web site for an understanding of the problems we face it living the Word of Wisdom.
John Gambee, M.D.
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