typing history and evolution.
typing exists because humans, like all animals are subject to natural
selection. The theory of natural selection states that animals (including
humans) which adapt best to the land before them grow strong and
are more likely to reproduce. Therefore they will pass on these
characteristics to the next generation which over many generations
leads to differences between individuals.
are greatly different from each other. This includes nutritional
needs, physical abilities, mental skills and more. In the west we
have taken a view that all humans are the same and pursued a one
size fits all approach to health.
typing takes the opposite stance to this. The theory took its first
steps in the 1920’s when a dentist, Dr Weston a Price traveled
the world to chart the nutrition, health and lifestyle of the different
ethnic tribes around the world. He compared the effect of western
food compared to their traditional food.
found that the there was a large variance in types of diet eaten.
He saw the Eskimos ate a diet of almost exclusively protein and
oil, from seal, fish etc. Opposite to this were tribal groups in
South America who had an almost meat free diet. The two groups,
and many in between these extremes had no cancer, heart disease,
mental illness, very little tooth decay and were what could be said
to be ‘in very good health’. When subjected to western
foods these groups would succumb to the same degenerative conditions
prevalent in the west today. He went on to conclude that people
had evolved to live off the foods before them through natural succession.
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different and individual nutritional needs were backed up by Dr
Roger Williams in the 1950’s in his book Biochemical individuality.
His work reviewed thousands of medical studies. He found that there
was a large variety in almost every measure of the human body from
organ size and shape to enzyme and blood concentrations and effectiveness.
Through his own studies and in review he showed how vitamin and
mineral requirements for individuals varied considerably. From this
he coined the term, the Genotrophic approach to health. This states
that if you fulfill your genetically inherited nutritional requirements
you will optimize your health.
individuality is expressed in the way we look. We all have eyes,
ears and a nose yet none of us look identical. This is exactly what
happens inside. We all have the same enzymes, organs and structures
but they vary greatly in size, shape and efficiency. Hence we do
not handle the food in the same way.
theory then took began to develop with two scientists each creating
a system to treat patients. Dr William Kelly used the autonomic
nervous system to classify and treat his patients while Dr George
Watson used the Speed of oxidizing carbohydrates for his treatment
protocols. Both very effective systems they did not produce complete
success and more strangely were complete contradictions off each
other. Where one said a nutrient would do this, the other would
say it would do the opposite.
lead to the biggest breakthrough in nutrition to be made by William
Wollcott in 1984. He is the founder of Metabolic Typing and who
trained and allowed me to use his theory today.
breakthrough was called the dominance factor and stated “In
every person either the Autonomic system or oxidation system would
influence the behaviour of your whole body”
simple terms the same food could have the complete opposite biochemical
effect in two people. So an apple could send my body alkaline, but
your body acidic. This means no food can be deemed healthy in its
own right but only in relation to your body.
to this various different scientific researcher and theories have
been included within the theory in a quest for the true solution
and brings us to where we are today with metabolic typing being
the most complete and powerful nutrition system in the world
typing today recognizes 10 systems within your body that need to
be balanced for true health to occur. First you need to discover
where your ten systems lie at the moment. Then consume the foods
and nutrients that seek to balance these while avoiding any nutrients
or external causes that will disrupt the systems. Using metabolic
typing you can therefore answer the fundamental questions of nutrition:What
to eat, how much to eat, what to avoid and all other surrounding
issues, EG. supplements, food quality.
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