If you watched Catalyst You may have seen how our gut is supposed to have “Caveman food” or at least a more natural, less processed diet.
It made me think.
While growing up, my Father who ate very well due to Mum feeding him, had a lot of gut problems, he would say he had ulcers, but I don’t know if that was ever confirmed by a Doctor, maybe it was… He would often complain about “burning up” on the inside, and burp a lot.
But He would slather on butter an inch thick, even just after WWII ended, and Mum was still on rations (I actually found the ration book). She was often angry with him for this habit.
Dad also loved his salt “I don’t see why salt is bad, they used to give us salt pills when we were in the army up north” Yes but it was very hot up there in the Islands.
So he would sprinkle salt on everything, even before he’d tasted it.
Sugar and coffee were other things, and cream.
Mum also had a sweet tooth, so there were always cakes at our place, and Dad loved those.
Now here’s the thing.
Mum was of an English background, and while Dad had his share of English blood too, Part of him was Aboriginal.
So while Mum was closer to her proper diet, peas, beans, lentils, potatoes, meat etc, She never really had any problems.
Dad should have probably fed on a diet more suited to the Aboriginal… Of course this was impractical, but we could have come up with something similar, there’s fish, there’s fruit and veg which is similar to the Aboriginal diet, it could have worked.
Not that you could get Dad to do anything fancy, he was unmovable, and kept on eating as much of the good stuff till the day he couldn’t eat at all.
My Sister had her own gut problems, Mum noted that Fish and Chips or a BBQ would cause a migraine, but like Dad, She rarely listened and suffered for it later.
When I turned 21, I asked my Parents if I could go to an Indian restaurant with them, that’s all I wanted, I’ve never been a mad party person.
We all loved the curries, and became regular customers.
However, I wonder now if that caused more damage than it was worth?
Last year I had begun to buy Indian food from the supermarket, had this intensified my UC to the point that I needed medical help?
Had it made my Dad sicker?
And if the food was bad for us, what about Mum and her English gut? Why didn’t anything seem to affect her?
It’s worth noting that unlike my Dad, I will tend to drop things completely if I feel they’re not doing me any good.
I stopped drinking coffee and tea as a teenager, and did not start drinking it again until the age of 39, because the cancer treatments had left me feeling cold inside.
But I am in a bit of a rut at the moment, and need to get out of that.
So, should I too be eating snakes, lizards, turtles, fish, wild fruit & vegetables, grubs, moths etc?
It’s unrealistic, and to my Western tastes, is a bit off putting, and I had lizards and tortoises as pets, they were family. I am not eating witchetty grubs, although a cooking teacher at high school said that her Hubby, a chef, had come home with a mystery soup one evening… She tried it and ate four bowls of it… witchetty grub soup! She said she felt revolted, but at the same time, it was delicious.
However, everything seems to suggest that possibly a Raw food diet could be the way to go, or at the very least, just using a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables.
Catalyst also mentioned that good bacteria can be added to the gut, by eating lots of particular vegetables which have the bugs already inside them, which in theory, makes fecal transplants look like treatments for emergency cases.
There is research being done in the US where they collect poo from all around the world, they will send you a kit for this, for free when you sign up online.
They are trying to trace gut bacteria and produce a kind of map, they also show you which bacteria they found in your gut, and compare your findings with others.
I think this could be worth trying.
Tonight, while having my enema, I heard Michael Jackson singing “Man in the mirror”, wise words?