This blog is part of a series; its original title was Heilkunst Basics : Grade Two (Three Dietary Typologies)
By definition, the lower you go within the structure of Heilkunst therapeutics, the more general is the advice that is given, and virtually applicable to everyone. Likewise, the higher up you go, the more that issues of an individual, or at least typological basis need to be addressed. Coming in to grade two of the Heilkunst process, we begin to look at our first group of typologies, as they are applied within the regimenal jurisdiction.
When it comes to nutrition, there are between one and three typologies that are likely to be recommended to any given patient. Depending on the depth and history of their diseases, there will be more or less types of imbalances which need to be corrected and maintained through a proper nutritional program. This starts to become more specific than the general nutritional advice that was given in Junior Kindergarten.
The three typologies, in order of frequency of use are:
- The Blood Type Diet – this emerged from a book called “Eat Right 4 Your Type”, which is based on an understanding of the negative reaction your blood cells have to specific foods, depending on your blood type and its biochemistry. This is a foundational typology which is applicable to everyone, as the blood type does not change. The healthier that someone is, the more tolerance they have for straying further from the strict application of this diet, but at a minimum, I recommend at least an 80-20 or 90-10 rule of application to anyone working on reversing a state of chronic illness. There’s nothing worse than getting “2 steps forward” from taking the homeopathic remedies, but then “1.75 steps back” due to an inappropriate diet.
- The Glandular Diet – This came from the work of Dr. Abravanel, who identified four distinct types of glandular dominance of which everyone has one. These are : the pituitary, the thyroid, the adrenals, and the gonads. Depending on your dominant gland (think of the similar idea of being right-hand or left-hand dominant), you will have a characteristic body type, characteristic cravings, as well as a typical pattern of where you would put on weight. The key to balancing this, when it is necessary, is to learn what your dominant glands stimulants are, and then avoid them, while focussing more on the stimulants of the gland which is the mirror opposite to your dominant one.
- The Metabolic Typing Diet – Dr. Wolcott identified this third system of typology, which I apply to patients who are in a more extreme and long-term form of chronic illness. The bottom line of this system is identifying whether someone is more a “protein” type, a “carb” type, or a “mixed” type. In conjunction with the other two typologies, a unique blend of foods can be identified which are optimal for getting you back into an optimal state of balance.
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