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Do you mind telling us where you found this infomation and these quotes? I think we have to be so careful about the sources of this info as may claims lack proper research and scientific evidence. Some of the best resources I've found are a couple of books by qualified nutrition professors Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, "Becoming Vegan" and "Becoming Raw." Here are the links:
Hope this helps!
Thanks for this Pam! It's sooo easy to get obsessed with all the conflicting info out there that it can take over your life and actually make yourself really ill and worry anything you eat is bad for you! Balance in all things and just cos something works for one person doesn't mean that it will for someone else. Put things in perspective, there's lots of people out there living happy, fulfilling lives and achieving great things who don't have the luxuary of choice or the information we do in the western world or access to what would be classed as "quality food/nutrition".
Please don't take this as dismissing or belittling you concerns, I have and do share many of them and still often get caught up in a turmoil of confusion of what is actually "right", what to believe/follow, etc., just beware it's not becoming an obsession and ruling your life and ironically, in your pursuit of perfect health, becoming damaging to your overall health (mental, physical, emotional, etc). I think Pam's advice is best on listening to YOUR body and finding what works for YOU personally...........and most of all "don't worry and be happy!"
Your post caught my eye a few days ago and I took the time to read up on the links you provided, and additionally researched background information I could find about Mark Sisson.
In response to your post, I have to say that many of us (particularly health-conscious people) simply worry much too much, quite frankly. We read a lot of articles and books, feeling the need to get the latest information and sometimes we go through phases (myself included) where we think "oh gosh... is what I'm consuming not good for me (based on what I read) after all??" We become concerned because, well, we have such good intentions... it bugs us that we don't know 100% for certain if what we are consuming is the right choice. This is when we need to remind ourselves, that we need to relax a bit and go with the flow of what feels good for us (in terms of our digestion; mental clarity, sleep quality... etc) We need to pay attention to when we get headaches or stomach cramps, for instance. Essentially the best thing we can do for ourselves is become "in-tune" with our bodies and see how we respond to food, exercise, artistic pursuits...
At the risk of oversimplifying, may I suggest that if we feel fulfilled and physically great; we just know we are doing ourselves good?? Can we rest assured... not worry and enjoy life knowing we (according to OURSELVES) are taking good care of our bodies??
Listen, I don't mean to "make light" of any of your (grain consumption) concerns... I read everything that comes out about nutrition too, and I scrutinize it. I keep in mind that I need to assess the quality of the studies and their purported outcomes. Are they double-blind, clinical, peer-reviewed? I also learned in school, to check how many respondents are in the studies. Are we talking thousands or could this be just one person's personal experience?
Some people are so eloquent, so convincing, write a book that just grabs the attention... more often than not, though, the information they are sharing are just theories. JUST theories. They can be interesting reads, no doubt about it, but in the end we owe it to ourselves to take everything we read with some scrutiny and figure out how our own bodies are responding to what we are doing. Mark, himself, writes that he believes "...in critically assessing everything we come across, particularly if it has an impact on our health – including anything I say." From everything I read of his, I believe he really believes that grains are NOT good for any of us, based on his personal experience with IBS. So, I disagree with him. I'm glad he feels so healthy and what he is doing works for him, but I'm disappointed in his approach of sharing personal (not clinical) information; because he does it in a way that, I feel, is biased and spreads "fear." I feel that the good, information-based nutritional articles are NOT emotional...
Anyway, this is just the long way of saying what I really mean too:
Don't worry be happy! :)
I've started getting paleo books from the library to assess their case against antinutrients. Some claim there are clinically significant outcomes associated with consuming too many. I haven't got it sorted out yet. If somebody else comes across an argument that includes citations, I would much appreciate it.