Unhappy with entertaining the idea that some consumer items masquerading as food can lead to malady, they assume that pretty much everything sold to us as food IS food, and that people who are sick (sickness that could NOT possibly come from poor nutritional choices), can seek remedy in the medicinal qualities of food.
So this was the outline:
- In week three of The Food Hospital a 22 year old dancer comes for help with an 8 year struggle with Crohn’s disease which causes painful mouth ulcers, sores and intestinal problems. We meet 18 year old and 27 stone Frankee who is about to undergo gastric bypass surgery. An ex Coldstream Guardsman seeks help with his peculiar condition of compulsive night time eating and a couple having problems conceiving see if they can improve their chances with a fertility boosting diet. Pixie investigates the real value of sports drinks and a group experiment in insomnia is undertaken to help understand the relationship between nutrition and sleep.
So first up we had Laura who had severe Crohn's Disease. A disease of inflammation. Laura didn't want to take the steroids traditionally used to manage this condition (it carries the risk of a lot of harmful side effects), and instead was put on a liquid and then a LOFFLEX diet, followed by a reintroduction phase where certian foods were brought back in to the eating plan. Hmm - a low inflammation diet....kinda sounds familiar. Still, this appears better than the official advice which recommends what I like to call the 'out of the frying pan and in to the fire diet' which includes eating MORE of:
- White bread
- Rice crispies, cornflakes etc
- White rice or pasta
Frankee - if you ever read this and are miserable with your current diet, please try a paleo style diet. Lamb roast and all the trimmings is not a 'diet'.
Lastly, we had a carboholic insomniac called Daniel. Jeez - he just ate shite - white, sugary shite, every day and every night! In fact the astute reader will wonder if he had Crohn's and was following official advise. He had 40% BF and given he was 46 but he looked 60+.
Now in credit to TFH they identified the hormonal impact of his diet, and sought to change his condition using dietary intervention, but they went for the slow energy release diet based upon wholemeal bread and wholemeal pasta (with margarine naturally, coz' it's LOW in saturated fat) - you know, the kinds of food that you are advised to avoid if you have Crohn's.
(Anybody else wondering why we are so confused about diet and nutrition?).
Daniel's condition brings us back to the evolutionary purpose of body fat. Sure I get the idea that BF provides warmth, but surely it is an energy store as well? And if it IS an energy store, why can't Daniel access that fat store? Surely this should be the best source of inter-meal energy given that it is an EVOLVED solution? What condition could/would/should lead to such metabolic flexibility?
Captain Kid watches this program with me. She is revolted by much of what she sees - the obesity, the growths, the flaking and scabbing, the weeping pustules. But even she has twigged that we should eat REAL FOOD. Furthermore, she can identify it!