of the forum on non-conventional medicines and the acupuncture european
Rome, 25-27 October 1990
Council of Europe and World Health Organization
STARVATION, OBESITY, BIOFOODS
When visiting Cuba for the sole purpose
of researching a marvellous preparation for vitiligo (which I later
discovered to be called "Melagenina"), there was a certain
phrase I couldn't get out of my mind, a phrase not at all esoteric,
but you all well know that at times phrases surface from memory that
were said many years before, with entirely new significance. The phrase
in question was said to me by a lean suntanned Cuban who, seeing me
puffing and sweating under the sweltering sun while he helped me in
my research for that product that even he knew nothing of, travelling
all over Havana without perspiring even a drop, sneered at me: "Usted
estas bien alimentado!", freely translated as: "You are certainly
well fed, my dear trophologist!".
Well we have certainly discussed diet,
problems of famine the world over, and the discussion ended in those
contradictory solemn stuffing lunches. For us cultured Europeans any
excuse is valid for a good meal: we eat for work, to conclude business
deals, to close conferences, we eat from hunger as from appetite, but
also as a means to pass the time, from habit, as a vice, when we are
happy, when we are angry, sad, disappointed, in love, satisfied...
We ought to be ashamed comparing ourselves
with animals: there is no animal that eats more than is necessary, from
pure greed; animals follow their instinct for survival, and eat only
what they need, and as much as they need: they don't eat 3 times as
much on their birthday, the contrary they have more opportunity to go
without than to overeat, as to small babies before we parents suppress
in them their natural instinct. A sick child in fact will not eat from
instinct, and he is right, we are the ones who do not understand and
force-feed until he chokes, because he needs food (as we think!). Modern
methods of bringing up children would have them eating not when they
are hungry, but to a timetable, a grown-ups (idiots!) timetable. Therefore
if hunger coincides with dinnertime, so much the better, if not, the
child eats when he is not hungry and when he is really hungry he will
cry in vain.
Who knows why nature gave us the instinct
of hunger and thirst....! We are worse than cars: no one could put even
a litre much petrol in the tank after filling it, as the petrol tank
is not flexible like our stomach; nor less than we would think of filling
it with wine instead of petrol, or petrol where there should be diesel,
but in our stomachs we can feed rubbish instead of food. If you take
the trouble to read the labels on certain products, you will realise
that there is everything in there, except for food. But we prefer to
throw these products down the toilet after first passing them through
our digestive system!
The sad thing is that we silence our
consciences, overcame by the UNO figures which grow larger every year,
now from the Cairo ("500 million people die of hunger every year!")
now from New Yorak ("40.000 children die of hunger every day!";
"500.000 women die in pregnancy or childbirth!"). We send
to them that same rubbish that we call food, and consider ourselves
generous philanthropist. We hear that the underfed are better off than
the badly fed. What do you think about that? Would you prefer not to
eat, or to eat nuts and bolts, fabric, paper, stones, drink petrol or
Often the body has only one weapon with
which to defend itself from this inundation of rubbish, that is lack
of appetite, the opposite pole of greed. Mothers whose children have
no appetite do not realise that they are in fact more fortunate than
those with children who, unable to active that defence mechanism, turn
into walking rubbish sacks, continually, growing fatter and fatter....
In Denmark, during the Second World War,
at the suggestion of Prof. Hindhede, the raising of pigs was diminished,
and the barley, wheat and potatoes usually eaten by them, were eaten
directly by humans, as well as ryebread. The consequence was a general
improvement in health and reduction in deaths from sickness. We can
find similar episodes through history from the ancient Greeks and Romans
to the notorious modern day Houn za, from Russian workers to Spanish
muleteers, from Japanese peasants to Turkish warriors, all teach us
one thing: a sober and frugal basic diet of dried fruit, cereals, wholegrains,
raw fruit and vegetables promotes energy, strength, resistance and health.
Gastronomy, as a refined art, made overtreated foods, cooked and overcooked,
promotes a degeneration of health both of the individual and the species.
In fact, a great civilisation comes out of poverty, emigration, work,
study and disappear with luxury, softness, and gastronomic eating habits.
Study history and learn from it, if you don't want to believe the trophologists.
Guess the stage we are at in our civilisation?....
Our grandfathers resisted well to adversities: they were made of strong
stuff; they were so robust that they could even give in to vices of
drinking and smoking and still live to a ripe old age (it is what smokers
don't understand when they cite them as examples of the harmlessness
of smoking); our parents' generation is already a little weaker, like
today's people in their forties. Some of us suffer from tiresome aliments:
loss of hair, going grey, backache are all quite normal for our children,
descendants of a worm-eaten tree; well, you can see them: is it normal
that a child of four or five years should wear spectacles like a whitehaired
professor, or that he has a chronic bronchitis like a croaking old woman?
Are they already condemned? Not inevitably; we can escape the condemnation,
but we have to fight hard and cleverly, everyone according to his own
needs and according to the condition of his family tree. But how? Going
back to tilling the land? No doubt, sooner or later, but in their own
way back to a more natural way of life. Without unloading the problems
onto "society", without pointless debate, each person can
do a great deal. Now we are waiting for heaven knows who to come along
and change things for us. Ecological groups who teach us about safeguarding
the environment can demonstrate a more active rate, they take certain
major decisions in their private lives: with many small actions, considerable
collective results can be obtained.
We don't need to run away to the woods
(although it would be ideal, let's not forget!), or sign up to any ecological
organisation with high ideals, but what we do need to do is to build
a way of life based on natural living for our own family, in our homes,
even in the city, even without sacrificing the car. And to do this there
are only 2 things to do: fill the machine that is the human body with
the correct fuel, that is natural foods, and come to terms with the
consequences of a lifetime of bad habits. No point coming to me saying:
"But I've been eating properly for 2 months now, why do I still
What about the other 40 or 60 years spent
slothfully stuffing ourselves with rubbish foods. So we need not only
to adjust our eating habits but also to turn attention to repairing
damage already done with concentrated food supplements to aid this recovery
and also to counteract stress and illness and fight premature ageing.
To those who object to taking concentrated
biofoods in capsules as unnatural, I could reply that there are certain
sweets on the market with no food value whatsoever which would be better
taken out of circulation. In any case, even listening to Mozart on the
radio or on a record is... against nature! But I would not give up all
the possibilities of recorded music for a live performance, even if
that would be more preferable, more perfect and more natural. I could
never get to know as many works, unless one day I may be able to afford
an orchestra and soloists to come and play for me, like the King of
France or Mendelssohn, even in my bath or out in the street or in the
car (also not as natural as the horse!). Otherwise, how long would I
have to wait to see a live performance of Schuman's "La Genoveva"
or Donizetti's "Il Furioso all'isola di San Domingo"? And
to listen to them again?
So, how many tons of soya and sesame
would I have to eat each day for a gram of colin? So, if biotechnology
has given us concentrates of natural nutritional substances which can
improve our lives, our bodies, our minds, why not make use of them?
I don't believe anyone would balk at the idea of living to a hundred
years of age in perfect health for the sake of taking a few tablets
of biofood each day.
It may seem that I have spoken too much
music, but even music is a "food", a biofood: even Beethoven
is "orthomolecular", and Vivaldi's adagios can have the same
effect as magnesium and vitamin B; and as anions, the vitamins of the
air, are beneficial to our lungs, so musical notes influence cellular
oscillation with an orthomolecular effect, strengthening "quod
est devius", warming "quod est frigidum". Music therapy
or sound therapy therefore is not just listening to music which caresses
the ear, but listening with the whole body, with every cell, according
to Lakhovsky's theory of cell oscillation, elaborated and updated by
Professor Luciano Bajardi from Torino in his "Kosmobios",
and by the Brasilian Livio Vinardi who added cromotherapy.
However, many would pull a face at the
first session of classical music, as they would at the first dish of
wholemeal pasta or at the cod liver oil capsules: people strangely enough,
for some distorted reasoning, suffer a feeling of ridiculous caution,
when faced with those good things, and while they have no qualms about
stuffing their faces with chips or fizzy drinks, wheatgerm oil or royal
jelly fills them with trepidation. "Won't it make me sick to eat
too much of this?". "Won't it be too much all togheter?".
"Perhaps it would be better to have a blood analysis and consult
the doctor, first". "Won't it make me fat, those vitamin B?".
"Do I have to take all these tablets of bone meal, garlic and kelp?
And for how long? All my life!!! A condemnation! For the whole of our
lives to be fit and healthy: torture! For the children as well? Isn't
it too early to start on these good things, full of health and vitality?".
Often, those who obviously have
deficiency problems are afraid of going to excess, a fear of poisoning
by overeating, and in fact often writers (not sure what side of the
fence they stand on) seem to advocate vitamins and minerals while on
the other hand inveighing against the danger of poisoning by an elevated
dosage, or against the uselessness of taking substances as all substances
are to be found anyway in food generally, and certain ones like pantotenic
acid, or "ubiquinone" (co-enzyme Q10) can be found everywhere,
are "ubiquitous", according to Greek and Latin etymology:
but when? Once upon a time... Now, in accordance with etymology, hospitals
would be empty and there would be no serious illnesses in winter and
in summer (in summer many people think to have no need of vitamins...).
Results are what counts! The facts speak for themselves!
By Claudio Capozza MBBS (Italy), Naturopathic Doctor (Australia) & www.laleva.cc