It is obvious isn't it. Our bodies are affected by what we expose them to. This is common sense for most and an assumed understanding in ancient healing traditions. Now science has confirmed this as principle (even if your MD's practice is lagging behind). If little else is agreed upon by people interested in healthy living the rule of Cause and Effect is common ground. What is not so easy to agree on is what cause leads to what effect. Is butter good or bad? Milk or soy, meat or veggie.... how about the benefits (or harms) of sun exposure? The controversies are many and fluctuate depending on trends in the health world and what authority you put your faith in. It can be very confusing.

I found these controversies confusing too and this is part of what led me to study Ayurveda. The principal of cause and effect are the core of Ayurveda's sense of balance. These principals have not changed since it’s beginning at the dawn of civilization. They have been proven over and over again and are successfully applied to the most controversial health issues of our day.

The application of ayurvedic principals are not always easy to understand and I find myself repeatedly explaining certain ones, especially those that go against commonly held beliefs.  One response from people on hearing these ideas for the first time is a sense of relief and comfort, as if something they'd felt all along has been validated.  Another reaction is complete incredulity. Whatever your response I want to clear things up.

Over periodic emails I will discuss in ayurvedic terms some of the more hotly contested players in the drama of Good versus (relatively) Evil on the health front. Though fads are ever changing, I will address some of the most contentious and confusing issues including:  milk, wheat, honey, meat, fermented foods, yogurt, ghee and butter, raw foods (and juice!), sprouts, oils and fats, tomatoes, soy, potatoes, cheese,  kale (kale and more kale),  fiber, eating local vs. eating ancestral foods vs. tribal eating, supplements and micronutrients, grazing vs. 2 meal days (how and when to eat), nuts and seeds, coffee, white rice vs. brown rice, sweet things, sleep schedule, exercise, colonics, nutrient supplements, cleansing and fasting, allergies and whatever else might come up. There is much ground to cover.

The specifics of cause and effect and how they play out in our body, mind, and spirit are not always simple. Effects can be good or bad, can be seen in 5 minutes or in 20 years, or show up in the bodies of your children. Food can have an effect on the mind. Spirit can have an effect on the body.  You can balance one effect against another (i.e. run 5 miles every day and eat steak for lunch). Some people will get different effects based on what their tendencies, tolerances, and lifestyle are like. But you can never escape the effect.  Understanding cause and effect are instrumental to guiding your own health.

With each article I will focus on one debated subject and discuss the scope of it's effects on your body, how negative effects can be balanced and when a particular thing may be good for you, but not good for someone else. I will review the qualities, elements, short term and long term effects so that you can learn to apply these valuable tools in your own life.

Stay Tuned for More-- Eden