About me

Hiking 2019

My name is Ben Rockefeller. I am the editor and publisher of this website. I am also a technical writer and commercial translator. This site is intended to summarize and simplify a series of ideas related to health via food. The links page includes lists of doctors, other suppliers of services and products, and their websites, but this site does not endorse any of them. Similarly, the references at the end of each article include a few commercial websites, but this is not an endorsement of their products or services.

As far as I know, this site is non-fiction. Do your own research, compare, and think for yourself. Of philosophies and religions there are many, but the truth is inside you.

I live in Belgium, but I immigrated from Germany, and I was born in the USA. Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. I write in my native language, English, but I can read the others. By the way, believe it or not, but I am not related to 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, and traveling to warm, sunny places. I am crazy about my health. If you are not crazy about your health, then what are you crazy about?

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 via food. So why believe me – about your health via your food? Why? Because these methods work, and I am merely the messenger for the doctors who are the original authors of these ideas and the related methods. To be clear, none of these ideas are original to me. For details and to verify, read the books and studies in the references. Again, I am merely the scribe. 

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 with only one condition – a change in eating habits. After reading their books and collecting observations myself, it seems to me reasonable to assume that each of these ideas is only about eighty percent certain. If you combine two or more ideas, then you reduce the twenty percent uncertainty. For example, 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 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 read the books and the references, or do your own research. If an idea does not work for you in one to three weeks, then try another idea. If an idea does work for you, naturally you will continue – for your health. You may or may not choose to try another idea. This simply requires the strength of mind to choose to truly modify your eating habits yourself for your health.

Many of the original ideas are a hundred years old or more.  Compared with other methods or expensive treatments, is eighty percent not worth your time to try it for your health and longevity?

Specifically, the eight basic ideas are:

My knowledge of health via food comes from self-study, which irritates many professionals and academics 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. 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.

The purpose of this site is not to to complain nor to criticize, but to offer positive ideas, information, and recipes that you can use to gain or to maintain your health, gently, naturally, yourself. Being about ideas, this site has a point of view, but it also invites comments and discussion. If you do not agree with these ideas, then leave your comments or constructive criticism at the end of each article, or else send me an email. Let us avoid political discussion on this site and focus on observations, facts, methods, and ideas. 

Be skeptical. Verify. Again, do your own research. I do not try to impose ideas, which are merely food for thought and a stimulus for truthful dialogue between health-conscious individuals. If you look for them, you can find many other sources of honest, independent information about health via food. Many conventional and unconventional doctors also publish their ideas about non-patented, nutritional methods in books, websites, courses, and online videos. As Dr. Herbert Shelton MD put it, “look for the truth, and your health will follow”. Think. Talk. Then act. I simply suggest that you consider these ideas and then make your own choices. 

My change in eating habits began about ten years ago, when I learned to avoid sugar and to substitute small amounts of pure stevia. By trial and error, I learned to apply a series of other ideas and methods for my health. What works for me may not work for you. The body is a garden, not a machine, but my garden is not your garden.

 

Enjoying the company of the tribe

Regarding the science, particularly the biology, with multiple inputs and multiple outputs in parallel, 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 represented by the scientist?
  • Is the science, as described by the scientist, based on a theory, or is it based on the observations (or trial and error) of the scientist?
  • What are the observations  (or the trial and error)? If the observations are not direct, then who made the observations?
  • Have others confirmed or repeated these observations?
  • Is it possible to prove that the conclusion is false, for example in a controlled experiment or 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?

For my health, I have a healthy skepticism towards what is often referred to as “evidence-based medecine“. For me and my health, medicine is for emergencies.

 

 

 

Good health starts in the gut with 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 sufficient nutrients, minerals, and vitamins from your food into your blood, tissues, organs, and bones. Continuous good digestion can bring you a healthy weight and a long life. This is not a new thought.

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