HJ: When learning about diet and nutrition, it is important to remember that correlation is not causation. This is one of the major problems of the mainstream approach to this field of research and one that leads to many fallacies and misunderstandings. Because the human body is such a complex system, trying to understand the factors that influence a given disease state can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Furthermore, our scientific system is based on a reductionist approach, which does not take into account the ‘whole person’ when trying to diagnose the cause of disease or illness. It is very rare that an imbalance in the body is ever caused by one single nutrient or thing and so to constantly trying to frame all understanding in this context will lead to many erroneous assumptions and conclusions about the true relationship between nutrition, diet, health and disease.
And so it is that many less than accurate conclusions about health, diet and nutrition have been established and even accepted on a large scale over the last 50 or so years. There is now a ‘backlash’ if you will against these gross misconceptions as humanity once again searches for truth in these matters. In that spirit, Kris Gunnars offers a bit of insight into the 11 biggest myths propagated by mainstream medicine over the last century. I would only add this to his conclusions — always remember it is about balance and every individual is unique. For instance, some will do better with grains and others will do better on a low carb diet. Remember that the suggestions below are guidance and not necessarily true for every person at all times.
Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition