I almost always recommend dietary improvements to my patients. Consider Andrea, a patient of mine who once suffered from chronic asthma.
The first occurred when my guru in eating, a lacto-ovo-vegetarian headed on his way toward Fruitarianism, suddenly abandoned his quest.
Like drug therapy, I have come to regard dietary modification as a treatment with serious potential side effects. Last week, Andrea came in for a follow-up visit, and described the present state of her life to me.
These are all symptoms of an eating disorder. Andrea might have been better off had she never heard of dietary medicine. But he had been on the wagon for nearly six months when he tiptoed through the class.
After I had eaten the small portion which sufficed to fill my stomach halfway, Brother David casually mentioned his belief that it was an offense against God to leave food uneaten on the table.
Fermented foods aid digestion. But because it requires considerable willpower to adopt a diet which differs radically from the food habits of childhood and the surrounding culture, few accomplish the change gracefully.
All I could think about was food.
Nonetheless, even after this miracle I could not let go. Milk, class, milk has done this to him!
Now, all she has is a menu. This influential system of alternative dietary principles insists that all vegetables should be cooked; fruits should not be eaten at all.
Yet, I feel ill when I see her name on my schedule.
Afterwards, I volunteered to drive him home, for the covert purpose of getting to know him better. This was long before I became an alternative physician. Most everyone agreed that nothing could be boiled in aluminum, except the gourmet cooks, who insisted that only aluminum would spread the heat satisfactorily.
Citrus fruits are too acidic.I originally introduced the term “orthorexia” in the article below, published in the October issue of Yoga Journal. Some of the things I said in the article are no longer true of me, or of what I currently believe.
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