Written by Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS
Dr. Melvin Page introduced me to the concept of "ancestral diet" in 1968. He told me that we are the products not only of our parents, but of genetic patterns reaching back over 2000 years. Many people have survived well over the centuries living off the surrounding land. But what a difference in lands. Foods available at the North Pole are polar opposite to what is available at the equator, which is different from the Rocky Mountains, which is different from the Mediterranean Sea coast. How does the body manage? It adapts. Over a period of time, a series of genetically identical people - sons, fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, etc. - living in one area for 2000 years will adapt their metabolic satisfaction to what is supplied in their own region.
Thousands of years ago, people pretty much stayed in that one area of their birth for their whole life. They married their neighbors and stayed put. Genetically they became very sound through survival of the fittest for that environment.
Then, we became mobile. Today you can have breakfast at the equator, lunch in Denver and dinner in Alaska. So what does that make your former genetic stability? A mess. Our bodies become accustomed to foods of the surrounding area without concern for rapid transport. What happens if you eat foods you are not genetically prepared for? What about the Nordic man who moves to Hawaii and begins to eat lots of fruits unfamiliar to his ancestry? Any wonder if he develops diabetes, or the inability to metabolize that much Hawaiian "healthy, natural" sugar?
Taken one step further, let's say that Nordic man marries a Hawaiian woman. What will their children have as a genetically stabile ancestral diet? Simple. They don't have one. Almost any food the children eat will create an unhappy digestive reaction. Food "allergies" and multiple illnesses are apt to befall them. And whose "fault" is this? It isn't a fault, it is just the natural reaction to being genetically scrambled.
Who knows what you should eat given the "melting pot" heritage most of us have? Your blood knows. When you are on your adjusted ancestral diet and I am on mine, we will both have near identical blood chemistries. Our dietary intake may vary greatly, but the chemistries will be similar.
This is how we determine the diet you should be on in the blood chemistry guided dietary selection process. Blood chemistry values are near identical for people who are eating their composite ancestral diet. When you consume the amount of carbohydrate your body does best with, you will produce this "optimum" chemistry of carbohydrate metabolism - unless you have toxic interferences. By following your chemistries, one can determine what the toxins are doing and what foods need to be increased, decreased, or left as they are. In the end, your blood serum calcium, phosphorus, glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides levels will determine how much of these foods your body requires.
The same concept applies for your protein and fat requirements. Since your genetics is relatively stable for you, knowledge of your blood values versus the optimum chemistries relative to your dietary intake can keep you aware of how close you must adhere to your ancestral diet and where you can "cheat" without causing much concern.
The purpose of blood chemistry interpretation is to provide you with a compass through the grocery store and the restaurant menu. And - the good news. We generally enjoy the foods that are on our personal ancestral diet.
One can get fooled by the contented feelings we get after eating addictive foods like sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Cravings keep your chemistry in balance. Addictions do not - but they provide stronger feelings than cravings. Addictive foods mess up your chemistries. Cravings and applied knowledge keep you in line with good health and maximum resistance to planetary challenges.
Hal A. Huggins DDS, MS, is a leading pioneer and the world's foremost authority in identifying toxic dental materials, balancing body chemistry and developing a multi-disciplined approach to reversing autoimmune diseases.