The Surprising Connection Between Diet And Politics

    Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

      The basic premise of today’s blog is that we are facing a modern diet and modern technology with a digestive system and social instincts developed under completely different circumstances. Modern life, in terms of our current technology and diet, has been prevalent for only a tiny percentage of human history.

    In terms of diet, our Western farming methods produce grain and dairy products that are “unnatural” in terms of thousands of generations of digestive evolution. This can be illustrated by my experience. Over the past three years I gradually developed non-specific dermatitis, stomach pains and pain in knee tendons. Yes, there is a connection, as will be told. Much later than I should have, I started search the internet for a solution. First, I looked to things to take for stomach pains. In a classic case of asking the wrong question, I tried the usual solutions of peppermint, ginger tea, astragalus and etc. None of these solutions offered any relief, I then asked another question and got a book called “Digestive Health with REAL Food: A practical guide to an anti-inflammatory, low-irritant, nutrient dense diet for IBS & other digestive issues.” by Algaee Jacobs.
     Jacobs explains food allergies and sensitivities and suggests a radical change in diet. Regardless of the theory, this change worked for me. The joint pains and non specific dermatitis were gone in a few days. More importantly, the stomach pains have decreased markedly.

     In terms of diet, I have been searching for a long time for the solution to the question of why socialism, which always produces special favors for the Elite and a drop in the standard of living for the rest of us, has been supported for many centuries. As Thomas Sowell has noted, in spite of continued failure, proponents of socialism are neither discredited nor discouraged.

   This bring us to another source of insight: Why We Bite the Invisible Hand: The Psychology of Anti-Capitalism. Peter Foster. His premise is similar to Jacobs–Thousands of generations have pointed our political instincts towards communalism which clashes with the kind of technology we now enjoy. Porter uses evolution to explain why we, as a species, reflexively want a government “solution” for every problem.

      In terms of the diet hypothesis, both my wife and I, she being extremely gluten sensitive, are living examples of the malignant influence of modern diet.

     In terms of the political hypothesis, socialism always fails, as will its current incarnation in needing World Government to combat the non-existent “Climate Change.” There seems to be something inborn in something so evidently wrong  and immune to being corrected by experience.

   Both the diet problem and the political problem are solved by NOT DOING CERTAIN THINGS. The diet problem by not eating certain foods and the political by not passing most legislation.  Curious indeed.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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