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One Man’s Food is Another Man’s Poison


In order to attain your smiling body, it’s important to realise that variety is not only eating different foods on different days of the week, it may also be about eating different foods from others, including family or friends, when you suffer particular conditions. One man’s food is another man’s poison, so goes the quote from Laucretius who lived circa 99 B.C. – 55 B.C.

I can agree with Laucretius, not only because of the traditional Chinese medical holistic approach to nutrition but because I see it frequently in my clinic. There is no single natural food that commonly harms or heals, this is demonstrated when we compare the diets of two patients of mine.

Our first patient case is Patrick an endurance event athlete. His diet is vegan, he thrives on a plant based diet that includes sprouted grains nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables and fruit. his body needs no meat, eggs or diary to be able to run, canoe, bike and swim hundreds of miles, sometimes through some of the most difficult terrain.

Our second patient case is Tomas who is an multi disciplined bodywork practitioner, who is qualified in osteopathy, acupuncture and nutrition. Tomas has a diet that consists mostly of fish, eggs, meat and low-starch vegetables. He has a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which causes severe inflammation of the spine and joints, in particular the sacroiliac joint. Tomas reduced all starch foods because it has been shown that Ankylosing Spondylitis is triggered by pathogenic bacteria in the gut called Klebsiella that requires starchy foods like beans and whole grains to grow and multiple. A vegetarian diet would have been impossible for Tomas and he is now able to enjoy an active life without the debilitating pain of his condition. Tomas would have severe pain when he eats the incredibly healthy and healing foods for Patrick. This contrast between these two diets is perfectly captured by Lucretius’s belief that one man’s food is another man’s poison. Only you can figure out which foods heal
your body.

I offer my patients a balanced variety of foods that they can check and record in their dietary diary over three months. It’s an important way for everyone to see the clinical picture of which foods increase their healing potential and which foods cause internal disharmony. I only advise on supplementing the diet with natural herbs and whole food vitamin & mineral supplements. If we look at the diets of the Sardinians of Italy and the Okinawan islanders of Japan, the longest living humans on earth, we will see that they all enjoy proteins, carbohydrates and fats in a healthy balance and eat a lot of plants.

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