At MICH our approach to food is one where we consider nourishment as a holistic process that begins with the Earth and ends with the Earth. Fundamentally, nourishment is an exchange of light processes and is a movement of consciousness. Our relationship to the earth would be greatly improved if we considered the earth as a living organism, and everything we eat is, or was, living, and part of that organism. As we grapple with ecological issues and carbon footprints we realize that our attitude towards nutrition has repercussions on how we treat the planet.
Hippocrates was clear in his teachings: food first, then medicine. We often forget about the impact a change of diet can make on someone’s health. In these “modern” times, many people eat diets that are far removed from what our ancestors ate: simple fresh foods, prepared naturally and full of vital force enhancing energy.
Feed Your Microbes – Homeopaths from about a century ago were able to detect change in bowel flora in sick and hospitalized patients. Dr. Edward Bach, a bacteriologist working at the London Homeopathic Hospital set out to develop homeopathic remedies targeted at these species, and the bowel nosodes – remedies prepared from fecal bacteria – were born.
A large number of chronic diseases is linked to changes in the bowel flora (dysbiosis), to start with common intestinal problems such as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis). How does the diet impact these microbial communities?
Reduce Inflammation – The process of inflammation is part of the organism’s way of attempting to return to health. In chronic disease, the inflammatory process can get in a loop and become a limitation to the healing process. Dietary factors can increase or reduce inflammation and MICH teaches you to help your clients make dietary choices that reduce the risk of inflammation.
Help your metabolism – Many chronic diseases are related to excess weight and obesity. There is no miracle cure to help someone to lose weight, or to reduce insulin resistance and have better glucose tolerance but there is much information from long-term studies that can be used to build someone’s diet plan.
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach is quoted as saying: “A man is what he eats”. Perhaps a more accurate or holistic understanding would be: “We are how we eat, and how we eat is a reflection of how we are.”
Carla Marcelis, ND, DHom
Carla brings dedication, passion and expertise to her practice as well as her role as Director and teacher at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy.
Do you want to apply the principles of a holistic lifestyle to your life, to help yourself and others? Consult with a MICH holistic practitioner or study with us.