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Have been re-reading Vivian Perlis' great book Charles Ives Remembered: An Oral history.
I’ve drawn much comfort from Ives over the years; certainly through his music, but also with many of the corollaries between his life and my own. Our homes are within ten miles of each other, and we both shared the benefits (and challenges) of being the sons of men who were themselves geniuses ahead of their time.
Ives was a musical genius, anticipating the serialism of Schoenberg and many other elements of modern music, such as microtones, by many decades. Unfortunately, this placed him squarely in the path of the conventional musical minds of his time. What frustration he must have felt reading reviews of his work, where instead of seeing the horizon line of a new art, the reviewer merely saw an amateur composer who just wrote down the wrong notes!
Ives had no patience for these people. On top of one review, he simply scribbled the phrase ‘rot and worse.’ To Ives, these were just mediocre minds, steeped in the traditions of the past. Problem was, they taught in the conservatories, wrote the reviews and set the standards.
"Stop being such a God-damned sissy! Why can't you stand up before fine strong music like this and use your ears like a man?"
- At a 1931 concert when a man booed during one his friend Carl Ruggles's works
Reading about Ives has also reawakened in me a sense of outrage which I had sequestered a few years back. For example, as the previous blog described, I had never actually read the Wikipedia entry on The Blood Type Diet, trusting that somehow, a fair representation would emerge.
It's not that I can't handle the personal attacks, I can. It's the gratuitous assaults on the research and its benefits that I just refuse to put up with any longer. Basically if 'debunkers' are going to knock my work because it sounds like the wrong notes to their ears, they should be prepared to defend their assertions.
Like my favorite peripatetic scientist, Andrew Weil.
Dr. Weil, America’s holistic doctor and author of numerous books on the benefits of hallucinogenic drugs, seems to have a thing for the Blood Type Diet. Dr. Weil, whose book sales have been sagging for the last few years but appears to have no difficulty getting major media attention, now seems to have now taken the road common to many scientists at the twilight of their careers; that of ‘debunker’. In a short article on the AARP online magazine, Weil again argues that the Blood Type Diet should 'be sacked.'
Jettisoning his previous criticisms, including the rather odd observation that animals have blood types and yet don’t follow the Blood Type Diet, Dr. Weil, now a lectinologist and glycobiology expert, instead offers his opinions on lectins and blood types:
D’Adamo theorizes that the basis for such differences is our reactions to certain food proteins called lectins. Lectins are common in plant foods, especially grains and beans, and may be involved in food allergies and some immune disorders. But there is no convincing evidence for any interactions between lectins and the molecules that determine blood type.
Weil should really do his homework before committing himself to the further erosion of his nutrition credentials. Certainly he should have consulted the work of Boyd or Nachbar before making such claims, since he is essentially just plain wrong.
On the other end of the spectrum we have Dr. Joseph Mercola. Dr. Mercola, who for a time shared the same literary agent with me (at his request) and claims that his website is one of the most popular health sites on the internet with a very high circulation email newsletter. Mercola recently wrote in an email newsletter that following the blood type A diet and walking a lot gave him diabetes:
I am blood type A, so I switched to a high grain diet and changed my high intensity aerobic type exercises to walking like he suggested. Well, in a few short weeks my fasting blood sugar rose to nearly 130. This told me two things. The first was that I had diabetes, and the second was that Eat Right for Your Blood Type is a flawed theory that helps some, but can really harm and damage others.
Now, Dr. Mercola is a well-trained physician, so I have a hard time thinking that he actually believes this, since I doubt that any type A I know on the diet would ever call it ‘high grain.’ But imagine if you read the following; would you believe it?
I read in a book that people with legs should move around, so I walked down the street. Well, in a few short minutes I got hit by a car. This told me two things. The first was that I had to look at the stop signs more carefully, and the second was that moving around is a flawed theory that helps some, but can really harm and damage others.
What I find especially interesting is that if anybody advocates a high grain diet it is clearly Andrew Weil.
Now, I don’t have problems with either of these two guys; I just wish they would leave me out of their marketing plans. It would really be in their own best interests as well since one of the first things any salesmanship course will teach you is 'don't knock your competition.'
These detractors are clearly hitting to close to home by basically saying your and your father's life work are bunk?
It's not just scholarly factual discorse. It's just really rude.
I am a blood type “A” who’s tried both Dr. Weil’s program (paid to join his website to get Meal plans) and lost no weight or felt any better…and also, who’s tried Dr. Mercola’s recommended
Metabolic Type Diet, which by the way, typed me as high protein meat eater… What? I of course gained weight following that program. The only diet that I actually felt good on, had energy and lost needed weight with is your Blood Type and Genotype Diets…
And, for Dr. Mercola, the Blood Type Diet for “A” is a high vegetable diet with eggs, poultry and fish. The grains are but a small part of the entire program.
Wikipedia is a wonderful experiment in democracy, but it comes down to the law of averages. Like political coverage on TV, the information that people need to make informed decisions is treated as secondary to the argument over who is right. I was pleased to see Dean Ornish declare the diet wars over in his last book and I hope other "diet gurus" can let go of it as well and try to help people. This should be the mission of anyone with knowledge to share.
No sense in belonging to a group that allows criticism of others. Haven't they learned anything over all their years?
Mercola distributing the "Town of Allopath" was great and all, but he can only milk his cred so far with me.
I have recently gotten in touch with my "inner flower child", if you will, and decided that I am no longer going to allow those on the other end of the political spectrum from me to define, frame and/or mischaracterize the debate, let alone go unchallenged in the debate. Lately, I've been all about speaking up.
As a general rule, I think that speaking up sure beats sitting in silence. But then sometimes the opposite is true, as there is just no arguing--no matter how substantively and logically--with some people, so sometimes the old adage "A fool knows little and says much; a wise man knows much and says little" kicks in. But other times? It feels so good to kick some butt and take some names, doesn't it?!
The truth remains standing when all else falls to bits, and that is why the BTD is still a best seller over a decade after its release.
I'm just sayin'.
Any one who says type A is high grain hasn't read the plan.
I'm confused to hear he is blood type A which is primarily how a vegetarian is described. On his website regarding metobolic typing he claims he is a protien, meat eating type which hardly explains what an A is.Hey a lot of us are just average everyday people seeking ot nutrion experts as to improve our lives.When so called nutrion experts are all over the road map with each new wind that blows in, it make it really frustrating to wonder who is giving the right advice. Cheers!
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