A common feature amongst humans is the herd search for silver bullets – elixirs; panaceas.
People seek the wonder drug; the wonder exercise regimen; the wonder food; the wonder fruit; the wonder nutritional supplement; the wonder instruction for living; that one thing they need to attain perfection in health and escape possibly all illness. People want that one answer. And therefore, cyclically, something new gets released into the sphere bearing with it that answer-all promise, or an old one suddenly gains novel popularity, claiming a newly discovered previously unknown spectrum of benefits, and their flocks the herd of seekers, none wishing to be left wanting in this new promise. Then a certain spice suddenly moves up into unprecedented demand, people glutting thereon, or multitudes turn to that fruit hoping in its unrivalled promise, the said fruit suddenly becoming daily bread and an everyday snack for the multitudes. And the hopes are high and the confidence practically immoveable.
But what we need to know is that there is never just one answer as far as life and health are concerned: all things work together to produce the required results. Every food has its unique richness and confers its peculiar benefits, and the combination of these from the great diversity of choices is what makes for optimum health. It is equally important to note that as too little of a food element may precipitate deficiency and its attendant illness, so can too much of it trigger sicknesses of the glut. Why has the Lord created such a diversity of foods (animals as well as plants), fruits and spices, if we are to then isolate a tiny fraction to be overeaten? Simple studies of various items of food make the benefits to be had from them so glaring, so why this self-denial amidst such a vast array of choices? And indeed, the most important things are inexpensive. It is actually in the search for special items that much resource is expended, and yet these costly things are mostly of affected quality, some even bearing measures of risks for harm having undergone various industrial processes with only time left to reveal the range of the lost benefits and the extents of the potential harm. A simple guide phrase for food selection is, “The more of natural produce and the less of industrial products, the better; and more so, as great a diversity of the natural things as possible.” Furthermore, let us not forget water: it is probably not by chance that it is as abundant as it is on the earth. And apart from making for a sound health, these things also make for beauty.
There are indeed times when more of a substance is needed, which is when deficiency has been proven. And it is at such times that individuals need more of one or a few things. That is why supplements are so-called: “supplements,” to supplement or supply what is insufficient or lacking. Any other use of such may practically amount to abuse, bearing with it the corresponding risks. And as well, there are also health states where individuals are instructed to limit the consumption of certain substances.
We should also realize that science is extremely limited. It claims something now and 50years down the line it comes out and says, “We were wrong.” Where then is the safe haven? This is in the region of balance. Again, there is a reason everything was created. Can we take it upon ourselves to benefit maximally from that array? Can we robustly diversify our choices? Can we venture to enjoy all that we can find around us, and won’t our health states also be hugely better for it? Again, why deny ourselves when there is so much to utilize? Can’t our tastes be widely spread?