About me

Hiking 2019

My name is Ben Rockefeller. I am a technical writer and commercial translator. This site is to publish ideas and practical information that you can use to gain health, to lose weight, and to have more energy. 

My health is my greatest pleasure and my greatest treasure. What is the most powerful thing that you can do to improve your health? Learn to cook. If I can learn to cook, so can you.

This site summarizes and simplifies a series of ideas about health, food, nutrition, and cooking from books by medical doctors and other scientists. The body is a garden, but your garden is not my garden. Who is responsible for your health? You are.

If you do not agree with these ideas, or if you find errors in the writing, spelling, or grammar, then you can write comments or questions after each article, or else you can email me with constructive criticism. This site is multi-lingual. I write in my native English, and the translation is a work in process.

Many doctors have prompted their patients to heal themselves, using these ideas and the related methods. I suggest that before you judge an idea, that you do your own research, ask questions, compare answers, and think for yourself. Of philosophies and religions there are many, but the truth is inside you. “Look for the truth, and your health will follow,” as Dr. Herbert Shelton MD, author of “Food Combining Made Easy“, put it. The strongest opponent of the truth is not the lie but the silence.

Each of us has a vital force, a spark of life, that wants to be healthy and happy. If you are healthy, then you are probably already conscious of some or all of these ideas. If you are not healthy, then let one or more of these ideas work for you, to lose weight, to gain health, or to have more energy.

Practically, all it means is a change in eating habits with a method.  It can even be cheap, if you shop around and buy local products in season. It can be even less expensive to grow your own vegetables and raise your own chickens for eggs.

Nobody is completely objective. My bias is to assume personal responsibility for health and to tend to prefer nutrients from real food before supplements. I do not sell supplements. For now, this site is a hobby, because I am happy to be healthy. I would like to diffuse these ideas and to offer services as a health coach

Good health starts in the gut with healthy digestion. What is optimal digestion? It begins with an absence of constipation, bloating, diarrhea, stomach pains, and excess gas. It continues with absorption and assimilation of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins from your food into your blood, tissues, organs, and bones. It ends with complete elimination of waste. Good digestion can bring vibrant health, weight loss, and a long life. This is ancient wisdom. If your digestion is healthy, then you are healthy. This is another assumption or bias of this website.

If your digestion is not healthy, then there is no quick solution. These ideas call for a change in eating habits, not a set of temporary restrictions.

I am not a doctor. Except for a certificate from a part-time nutrition school in Belgium (cerden), I have no formal academic qualifications to write about health, nutrition, or food. So why believe me – about your health via your food? Why? Because these ideas and these methods work. I am merely the messenger, the scribe.

To be clear, none of these ideas are original to me. To verify, you can read the references, or else you can verify independently. In their books, the doctors usually acknowledge the fact that their ideas and methods do not work for everybody all the time. They are not panaceas. They are simply ideas and food for thought. When they work, they work on only one condition, of course, which is a change in eating habits.

Let us assume that each of these eight key ideas on this site is only eighty percent certain. If you combine three ideas, then you reduce the uncertainty. Twenty percent of twenty percent of twenty percent is less than one percent (20% x 20% x 20% = .8%). So it is ninety-nine percent probable that a combination of any three of these ideas could work for you.

Many people see results of even only one idea in as little as one to three weeks. Again, if you doubt this, then I suggest that read the references and do your own research. If an idea does not work for you in one to three weeks, then you could try another idea. You could try two or more ideas in parallel. This simply requires the strength of mind to break some of your habits – for your health. The weight loss is a side effect.

Many of the original ideas are a hundred years old or more.  They have withstood the test of time. Some are ancient. Is an eighty percent chance of results not worth some of your time for your health?

Specifically, the eight basic ideas that form the ideology of healthviafood are:

My knowledge of health via food comes mostly from self-study, trial and error, and observations. This irritates many professionals, academics, and official experts like a fly in their soup. My question to them is: why in case of chronic illness is a change in eating habits the last resort and not the first resort? My question to you is: what is worth more to you – your health or your habits?

We have a food industry that takes almost no account of health at the same time that we have a health industry that takes almost no account of food. It does not matter what country you are in nor what language you speak. Even the World Health Organization points out that there are more people on earth who are obese than people who are starving. Many of the obese are malnourished. This makes no sense to me.

I am not here to complain nor to criticize, but to offer specific, practical information that you can use to maintain your health yourself, gently and naturally. Again, if you do not agree with these ideas, then you are free to leave your questions or constructive criticism at the end of each article, or else you can send me an email. Let us tolerate different opinions, but avoid political discussion on this site. Let us discuss direct observations, facts, methods, and ideas, and not personalities. 

Again, I suggest that you be skeptical. Do not believe me. Check facts. Verify. Do your own research.

You can find many other sources of honest, independent information about health via food, if you look for them, in websites, books, seminars, and courses online and offline. Many conventional and unconventional doctors also publish their ideas and nutritional methods in excellent books, websites, courses, and videos. 

If you select any three ideas on this website, then adapt and apply them to you specifically, and then consistently apply them for three weeks, I can almost guarantee results.

My own change in eating habits began about ten years ago, after I lost my mother. I learned to avoid refined sugar and to substitute small amounts of pure stevia. Gradually, I learned to cut wheat and then to cut dairy. I experimented with veganism, but it did not work for me. Then I switched to paleo. Then I found blood type eating, which explained why veganism is healthy for some people, but not for everybody. What works for me may not work for you. The body is a garden, not a machine, and my garden is not your garden.

Enjoying the company of the tribe in 2019

Regarding science, particularly the biology (physiology) of digestion, attributing cause-and-effect is never certain, but the relevant questions are always:

  • What is the science, and who is the scientist?
  • What is any personal interest or point of view of the scientist or the sponsor?
  • Is the science, as described by the scientist, based on a grand theory, or is it based on the observations (or trial and error) of the scientist?
  • What are the specific observations  (or the trial and error)? If the observations are not direct, then who made the observations?
  • Have others repeated these observations?
  • Is it possible to prove that the conclusion is false, for example in a controlled experiment or with possible contrary observations? If not, then what is the proof of the theory?
  • Can the science be used to predict with any accuracy?
  • Is it new?

I am a healthy skeptic of what is often referred to as “evidence-based medicine“. For me and my health, medicine is for emergencies, but I tolerate other points of view about health and food. Nobody has a monopoly on the truth. I’m not here to persuade you of anything, but simply to present information. 

By the way, I am not acquainted with the family that exploited petroleum and undermined honest medical education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

My hobbies are reading, watching films, bicycling, cooking, traveling, and keeping myself healthy. 

If you have a medical condition, see a doctor. Nothing in this site is intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.