all Different... Really?
In truth, the inside of our bodies are more alike than different. Speaking before a group of folks, I mentioned this physiological fact. I said, "Everyone in this room has a liver, and all of your livers function the exact same way." With that, someone called out, "You're wrong; people's livers work differently!" My response was simply, "If you looked up the word liver in a medical dictionary, you'd find only one definition of its function; there isn't a definition for Bob's liver and one for Sally's, or one definition for the livers of people with Type O blood and one for people with Type A, or one for people with fast metabolisms and one for slow metabolisms. All livers function the same way; what differs from person to person is the degree of functionality." So, all organs work the same way regardless of which human being they're in. Therefore they all have the same requirements; they all need vitamin C, iodine, magnesium, etc, and they all need the same amount: enough. They all need enough vitamin C, enough iodine, enough rest, enough D, enough Omega 3 fatty acids, etc. The amounts needed will differ from person to person depending on the relative state of health of the organ, the person's environment, genetics, and their lifestyle practices, but they all need the same nutrients.
Since our bodies need the same nutrition, our bodies need the same diet. The idea that blood type, metabolic type, eye color, or zodiac sign determines one's diet is false. The article, The Blood Type Diet: Fact or Fiction? at Health101.org does an excellent job of debunking the blood type diet. But with so much blood type diet books and merchandise around, it's difficult for some people to believe that it could be a bunch of nonsense. There are over a dozen books that tout the merits of drinking your own urine, and the practice is hyped at fancy salons in upscale neighborhoods, and has followers around the world but regardless of how many seemingly intelligent people do it, all things considered, it's still an unhealthy thing to do. (Excellent articles dealing with diet can also be found on the Health101.org website.)
How did we get so far away from Nature? How did so many unhealthy things become part of our everyday lives? How did tons of practices that are not natural become the norm? Free will, that's how. Humans are the only animal capable of consciously doing things that are not in our best interest. We are the only life form that can knowingly and willingly do things that injure our insides. We're the only ones who can choose to believe in things that in reality are untrue, and we are the only ones who can choose to disbelieve that which is true. And what makes matters worse, we are the only species that has taken the practice of preying on others of our own species (for the sake of profit) and turned it into an art form. We are very programmable, and this natural human trait has been taken advantage of by those who care more about their popularity or financial gain than they do about other's well-being; they participate in the "profits before people" business model.
We're more alike my friends, than we are unalike.
I spoke above about being more the same than different on the inside; but even on the outside we're more alike than different. Think about it. Unless we were born with a birth defect, we all have two hands on two arms each with five fingers, one being an opposable thumb, a nose with two nostrils, two legs with knees, ears with stereo hearing, color stereoscopic eyesight, bipedal locomotion via two feet each with five toes, we've got two hips, two nipples, a navel, skin (different shades of the same color), and our height is within a very narrow range at least it used to be before we began consuming hormones (from milk and animal flesh). So you see, we're more alike than different on the outside too. Sure, there are different eye colors, hair colors, and skin tones, and some belly-buttons are "inies" and some are "outies", but so what! These differences are tiny compared to the similarities, right? Yet, there were times in our history when some people made a big deal if someone's hair or eye color was different, and just as ridiculous, if someone's skin tone was a different shade from someone else's. Have we progressed/matured much as a species? Well, there are still people today who hurt other people because they are a little different on the outside. But what's worse, there are a lot more people who do things that end up hurting all people's insides, and profit from it financially, and this is what accounts for the epidemic of degenerative disease we have in this world today.
What dictates what we're designed to eat is not our blood type anymore than it is our hair color; it is the form and function of our digestive system; a system that is basically the same in all human beings. Yes, some digestive systems function better than others, but they are all designed to process food the exact same way, and they all require the same nutrition; just like every other animal species we too have a species specific diet.
So why all the dietary confusion? A combination of profit motive which pushes our buttons, and the fact that humans are very programmable (i.e. conditionable, brainwashable). So how do you separate fact from fiction (assuming you care about being the healthiest you are capable of being)? Start thinking outside-the-box. Take Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Dr. Atkins and the low-carb industry, the diet pill pushers, the barbaric bariatric surgeons, the processed food manufacturers, the "alternative healers" and all the diet experts who aren't, and put them in a box, and put the box away in your closet for a few minutes. Let's explore a way of thinking that squares with Nature, and thus is in your best interest, health-wise.
How about a way of approaching lifestyle choices that combines the use of observation, science, innate intelligence, logic, rational and well-reasoned thinking, and empirical evidence, and let's use all these tools together to effectively and wisely live in balance with Nature and make your lives more pleasant, and your bodies less burdened. This way of living would surely give you the best chance of avoiding disease, unnecessary suffering, and premature death.
Sounds like this philosophy should be taught in high school, but it isn't because it would call into question many of today's societal norms alcohol consumption, eating dead animals and other things we aren't designed to eat, medicinal drug use, and the inapparent destructive habits that are imprinted upon your subconscious every day by the profit-motivated media. If enough people became aware of these things, it would severely injure our economy even more than it was injured in 2008 (from the revenue loss of those industries that directly and indirectly profit from your ill-health, like the ill-health management system we have in the U.S. as opposed to other country's real health-care systems). So you're not about to find truthful health information in our schools or on your TV (and the Internet has both, correct and incorrect information, so vet this info as a researcher and not as a student).
There are many outside-the-box articles on the Health101.org website. If you are looking to be enlightened, they will surely enlighten you. If you are looking to be empowered, they will certainly empower you. They will help you be the person you truly want to be, and not the person the profit-seeking industries and your family and friends want you to be.
You can now take that box back out of the closet those in it can't wait to tell you that everything I've just said is ridiculous, and that you'd be foolish to pay any attention to it.