Human nutrition is complex, however, foods affect the body holistically through “food synergy.” In other words, a food is more than the sum of its nutrient parts. Also, traditional food-ways that emphasize food quality, variety, balance and moderation show great promise in protecting against disease.
This group seeks to vet the scientific literature on diet & disease, with a central question: Has the scientific community misinterpreted the data on fundamental aspects of diet, health, and disease? The group hypothesizes that what the science really says aligns with and confirms the wisdom traditional cultures have gained. Furthermore, this alignment can produce logical rather than ideological or politically-motivated guidelines on nutrition and health. This must start through education, as the responsibility of changing food habits is ultimately on the individual. For the nation to recover from its maniacal confusion about health, it is imperative that we illuminate the truth about diet and disease, especially to the future leaders - the youth - of this country. On that illumination, this project seeks to part the curtains.
Colin and Alfredo approached Professor Michael Montoya, a professor in the Anthropology Department at UCI, with the goals to (1) analyze the literature on “unconventional wisdom pertaining to diet, health, and disease” and (2) educate students about their findings. Professor Montoya felt that this project was important and that reading and writing a paper would not be sufficient. He suggested five short clips representing the videos in each clip. After a week or two of thought, Colin and Alfredo made their decision. It was now time to recruit others who share the same passion and have the skills necessary to create the clips. Soon after, David and Lisa joined the team.
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