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[Preview] What do we mean by natural?

October 10, 2019

Actually when you think about the subtext
of many health and well-being conferences, we’re wondering what is natural,
what is our natural diet? What is our natural state of health? What should we expect of ourselves
in the state of nature? Now a couple weeks
before I came to this conference I was actually on Baker Street which
of course is where Sherlock Holmes lives. I thought, “I’m going to find
an answer there.” And as you can see there’s a restaurant
called Natural Kitchen so I went inside
and spoke to one of the people and I said, “What actually makes
your kitchen natural? And they said,
“We do lots of fresh salads and things.” So if that’s a sufficient definition
of natural, you can get yourself a coffee
and go outside. If it’s not,
we’ll probably have to soldier on. And we’re all talking about searching
for a natural way of eating. There is another conference going on,
I well imagine, in a parallel universe, where all the vegans
and the macrobiotic folk are saying that these unnatural
ketone meat-eating freaks are really in their own hell. And then we each accuse each other
of appeal to nature and we say, “Well anthrax is also natural,
so what do we mean by natural?” While we also then appeal to nature and talk about all the lovely natural
grass fed options we have. And we do this in low-carb of course. The narrative we tell ourselves is that
our “natural” diet contained fewer carbs, the unnatural number of carbs we eat today
gives us unnatural diseases and cutting carbs returns us to our natural
configuration, and let’s us be healthier. And that’s the kind of narrative I don’t think anybody would be surprised
to hear at a conference like this. And we appeal to nature, as I said. These are quotes
that I’ve got over the last few months on various tweets and forums and so on. Grass fed beef is more natural.
Sugar alcohols are just not natural. The problem with processed foods is
they’re not natural and you don’t find
high reward food in nature. So clearly we are quite obsessed
by this thing – nature, and how we do or don’t measure up to it.

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  • Reply Sian Megginson June 5, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Nice shirt

  • Reply Real Police Talk June 8, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Interesting and informative.

  • Reply Dean Riley June 15, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Tennyson: “Nature red in tooth and claw”. T.Roosevelt: “you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed…”. It is undeniable that all life lives at the expense of other life.

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