The two biggest obstacles to the cure of a case are medium and long-term hidden food allergens. Because these can take days or weeks to show up after consuming the food, it is impossible to make the connection without the testing. Of course, just solving the problem is not curing the case, though most people are pretty happy at solving the problem. If I have a woman with colitis for five years that gets a cure of her condition simply by giving up eggs, then she is usually pretty happy.
But I still I have to ask myself, what is it about this person that causes them to have colitis when eating eggs when the person next door does not have this problem? So my life is constantly asking myself this question and looking for the answer. I think the highest goal in practice is to have the person make the minimum amount of changes to cure the case. I hate asking people to change anything about themselves, including diet. Yet most of them that come in with symptoms are happy to make a change to get the results they are looking for.
That doesn't mean that I am happy to have to make them do it, especially with children.
So let's think a little bit about where the obstacles to the cure can be. First of all, it helps to think if we are eating a different diet than our ancestors. If we are, then there is always the chance we are either eating something they didn't or not eating something they did. One of the most obvious ways to eat food that they didn't is to eat any food that has been developed in the last 50 years. That includes a tremendous variety of thickeners, emulsifiers, preservatives, flowing agents, etc. If you are sick or symptomatic, the best way to start addressing it is to remove any food developed in the last 50 years.
The next thing to avoid is any food with genetically modified ingredients. Of course, foods have been modified through selective breeding through the centuries to get a more productive and flavorful final product. However, the modern process of inserting bacterial DNA that causes the plant to produce pesticide proteins as in the case with GMOs, This is completely new and is likely beyond our
ability to adapt.
One of the most interesting things I like to study is what people ate in the past I mean in the middle of central Europe 500 years ago, what were people eating? One interesting piece of information that I was recently taught was that people are able to cook in animal skins. You are able to put foods over a fire in a skin and the skin does not burn even over a fire.
I can't say that I understand this a hundred percent myself other than to know that the water absorbs the heat from the skin. In any case it seems like we may have been eating a lot more cooked food than we may have thought. If you boil an animal, a big percentage of what you end up eating is collagen. It is a nutrient that is fairly absent from the modern diet.
Unfortunately, a lot the supplements for collagen are incomplete or have a lot of additives. I have been making my own and taking it for experimental purposes, so I will have a more clear idea about that in the future. Once we look at these factors, we also have to look at a person’s sleep and rest. If they are not getting good, deep or enough sleep then that deficiency will block the healing process. Especially with kids. The number one issue is the bizarre and pathological school schedule that we put our children through. A day that is too early, too long, too controlled, too boring and too stagnating is a recipe for childhood illness. This is true for both the students and the teachers.
After you consider these things then you have to begin to look for other obstacles to the cure of a case. This unfortunately, is mostly based on experience. If you have the willingness to learn, and the experiences of treating people with health problems, you begin to learn which experiences have the power to work against the body’s inherent tendency to heal. These are things like Lyme’s disease, chronic mononucleosis, root canals, antibiotic use, prescription drugs use, and many other factors The quest to uncover obstacles to the cure is key.
A small online booklet explaining our current understanding of allergies is available from www.stevenenninger.com