This article originally appeared in the Kansas City Wellness Magazine.
Here’s a story about how Leann learned about the power of food. Leann came to me so fatigued she spent most of the day in bed. A battle over a family business had sapped her of her health. I counseled her on the SOUL approach to eating—seasonal, organic, unprocessed and local, advised her to stop all dairy products and wheat, meditate and practice hatha yoga a little every day and prescribed her some bioidentical hormones.
One year later, Leann was well enough to take a job in France. She spent a year working in the countryside, where food is still grown on small farms with little use of chemicals. Leann shopped for food daily, just like the locals. She ate mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. When she ate meat it was mostly duck, the traditional food of the area and beef from Argentina on rare occasion. Argentinean beef is grass fed, instead of grain fed as is U.S. norm. The meat of grass fed animals is leaner and healthier overall.
Within a few months, Leann’s shoulder pain disappeared completely. She lost weight without trying. It wasn’t long before she started to feel overdosed on her bioidentical hormones and began lowering the amounts she took. Then due to a mistake on her visa renewal application, she suddenly had to return to the U.S. Before she left France, she was taking only small amounts of the hormones I had originally prescribed to her.
Within 12 hours of her arrival in the U.S., her shoulder pain returned. One and ½ months later she began to feel depressed. That’s when she showed up in my office. She denied feeling stressed, since she was being paid while her visa application was being straightened out and her life was otherwise going well.
“It’s the food,” I surmised, with anger and amazement. “There is something wrong with our food compared to the food in France!”
“You think so?” asked Leann.
“You bet!” I exclaimed. “You need to take additional hormones to offset the load of hormones and hormone-like chemicals in our food and in our environment. Your body can’t do it on its own. Our food is too processed overall.”
Leann is already feeling better by increasing her hormone doses. And she is now committed to eating 100% organic plant foods and pasture-fed, chemical-free animals.
This story is an amazing illustration of the power of whole clean food to heal us. But it also makes me angry because whole clean food is a human right we don’t get in this country. As another patient asked me the other day, “Why is it so hard to eat healthy in this country? Total junk food is dirt cheap and everywhere!”
Exercise your human right to whole clean food. March is CSA sign-up time. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. The members subscribe for a fee and the farmer in turn delivers just picked fresh produce every week. Learn more about CSA at www.thedoctorcooks.com. The Farmers Community Market at Brookside opens mid-April and the KC Organics and Natural Market at Minor Park opens in early May. Both markets specialize in organic produce. You’ll feel better for it!