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Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Make dietary changes conservatively

You don’t want to eat or drink yourself to death. But, you also don’t want to fall victim to some novel food philosophy or scientific idea. What to do?

  1. Continue eating stuff that science doesn’t say is unhealthy

Food that has been taken for centuries and science has not said: don’t.

Potatoes. Leek. Peanut butter.

As long as you like it and no harm is reported, you’re safe.

But, do watch out when you cross the street and buckle up in cars.

  1. Discontinue eating stuff that science says is unhealthy

Food that maybe was taken for centuries and science has now said: don’t.

Tobacco. Had a very good name. Made us calm. And dead, we now know.

  1. Don’t suddenly start eating stuff with unknown long-term effects

Margarine. A kind of butter, but soft from the fridge. Artificial sweeteners. No calories, but disturb intestinal bacteria, which makes you gain weight!

Don’t let scientist find in you what long-term harm it does.

  1. Freely add old, unsuspected stuff with questionable health benefits

Omega 3. Do we need it? Don’t we? No one says it’s bad.

Take your chances by taking it.

This way, you take the least risks.

To sum it all up, an overview of the above:

#

Known

New

Bad

Ban

Good?

Eat?

1.

+

no

safe

2.

either

+

x

x

not

3.

        no

+

x

x

x

not

4.

+

no

+

safe

– Means: No information saying this. x Means: Whatever the case.

To be conservative is not only smart with foods. It turns out that artificial grass fields, made from old car tires, give environmental pollution.

My father, who was a critical physician, always preferred classical drugs over the newest ‘miracle pills.’ He would say: My patients come to me to be healed, not to be experimented on, to reveal new side effects.

NB: No food is ”healthy.” I never saw sick food. Food can either support our health or ruin it. In the latter case, it’s unhealthy. In the former, it’s true food. Health and illness are qualities of our bodies, not of what we eat. The old saying is generally untrue that we are what we eat. (Are and eat sound the same in German.) Only the Chinese are what they eat.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1500 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". 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