Update on Health Care and Weight . . .

Just a quick addendum to what I said yesterday about the Ayurvedic program.

After doing a little bit of searching, I found out that the reason we couldn’t BUY “clarified butter” locally is simplicity itself – as in, it’s incredibly simple to MAKE.

Really, the process is a lot like making Beef Bone Broth from scratch, which we already knew how to do. So I had my wife stop at the grocery store on her way home from work last night, and pick up 2 pounds of unsalted whole butter.

All you have to do is melt the butter over VERY LOW heat, and skim off the bubble-ish parts with a breakfast cereal spoon. When you’ve got it all melted, and all the floaty stuff skimmed off, very slowly pour the clear yellow liquid into a container that you can cover with a tight lid, watching for a “residue” on the bottom of the pan. Do not pour the residue into your container if you can avoid it. The clear yellow liquid will harden as it cools, and that is your “clarified butter”.

Health care and weight . . .

One of the worst problems in western medicine (In My Humble Opinion) is this idea that any one approach is going to work for most, if not all, people. That’s fine for setting a broken bone, but it totally fails everywhere else. You can’t treat an insulin-dependent diabetic the same as a person with ADHD.

We all know people who can eat anything they want to, and never seem to gain an ounce. I’m married to one – 15 years after we met she still can wear the same clothes she had then. At the other extreme is – well, ME. The nursery rhyme about Mr. & Mrs. Sprat could have been written about us if the roles were reversed.

So, if we’re going to ever have lasting, meaningful heath care reform in the USA, the first thing we absolutely need to lose is this notion of “a pill for everything”. The heart of that attitude is that, with any one symptom, all you have to do is give the right pill and the problem is fixed. First of all, even that is a mistake – the problem is never fixed that way, only masked. But the second problem is that what works for one person could prove deadly to another.

A while back, in an effort to lose some weight, I started drinking some “smoothies” that we made at home in the blender. We were using a recipe that we found in a very popular health-and-weight-management cook book. They tasted WONDERFUL.

And three days after I started drinking them, I got sick. Not just mildly – I had “the runs” so badly that I was in the bathroom every hour, or more often. Even after I discontinued the smoothies, I was still sick for almost a week getting that stuff out of me.

Yesterday I found a website by an Ayurvedic Medical Doctor who was saying that there are 3 basic body types, and offered a quiz. The site is here http://lifespa.com/ – but the quiz to determine your body type wasn’t working when I went there. I emailed them and got a reply with the PDF of the quiz attached.

When I took the quiz, the result was that I have a “Spring” body type, which surprised me. Thirty years ago I would have been a Winter. But, the key point for this post is the realization that, based on the dietary recommendations for Spring bodies – TWO of the ingredients in that smoothie I liked are actually TOXIC to me.

Some of what he suggests is going to be difficult for me – if not downright impossible.  Living where we do, we can’t seem to find anywhere to buy “clarified butter” – which I’m supposed to have a serving of every morning.  Even still, it’s great to have an idea what direction to head in.