But I like the parallel, because when you start talking about giving people nasty stuff to make them stronger, then some of them will vomit. The idea that in our current polluted environment we might want to introduce into ourselves some more toxins is pretty wonky.
Dr. Weil tries to make some parallels with the rich colors of vegetables being toxic to insects and possibly mildly toxic to humans. That sort of negative one-dimensional view of vegetables does no one any favors. We need to eat food, and our bodies do some wonderful things with the colorful bioflavonoids in vegetables. They may have begun as a mild toxin, but we’ve turned them into incredibly nurturing substances.
Then Dr. Weil makes the claim for pharmaceuticals, noting that drugs can be overdosed on when taken in too large a quantity. So a lower dose medication is possibly a toxin in the body stimulating the body to grow stronger. Given that most drugs have serious side effects in a portion of the population at the standard therapeutic dose, I’d say they are toxic enough. But the drugs suppress a body response and rarely allow the body to strengthen itself. Most drugs cause a rebound response if the patient stops them suddenly, but that is more life threatening than supportive of health.
If anything positive can be said for the idea of hormesis, it is that our bodies are resilient and can withstand a staggering amount of abuse before they fail. But anyone thinking that this in any way justifies the abuse or makes the abuse positive in any way risks becoming an apologist for the polluters and industrial contaminators of the world. Hormesis is a fact of life, but I’d like to see less of it rather than more.
- Examining Dr. Andrew Weil’s 5 Holistic Health Secrets Explained On The Dr. Oz Show (alternativendhealth.wordpress.com)
- 4 fabulous snacks for weight loss from holistic Dr. Andrew Weil (examiner.com)
- Dr. Andrew Weil: Fat or Carbs: Which Is Worse? (fitnessphoenixx.wordpress.com)
- Could Changing Your Mood Be as Easy as Changing What You Eat? (bellasugar.com)
- Fast food fan? Dr. Andrew Weil warns what to avoid (examiner.com)
- Discussing Healthy Habits with Andrew Weil, MD and Podiatrist Phillip Vasyli (nycitymama.com)