This book says you can be in charge of your health by making the right food choices.
Author: Dr M. Ted Morter, Jr Publisher: Advantage Quest Sdn Bhd, 272 pages
THIS book is a comprehensive guide to how our choice of food influences our overall health. Author Dr Ted Morter leads us on a journey to discover why certain foods make us the way we are, how diseases creep in, and how we can use natural ways to help our body heal.
He goes into great detail to explain how the human body has a powerful ability to selfregenerate and repair itself – as long as it is provided with the right fuel, i.e., the correct healthful food.
The simple and scientifically rational fashion in which he makes his points is a good platform the reader can use to develop a sturdy framework for understanding the human body.
The first few chapters are rather dry because the doctor tends to go a long way to make his points; he’s quite repetitive too. I felt a teensy bit impatient with his style at first but learned to overlook it when I realised the impartiality and soundness of his views. While I can’t promise you an easy start, I can say that the content gets more interesting and will prove enlightening if you just commit to it.
I also had to come to terms with the book’s technical and rather textbook-ish format; I do wish it was livelier in presentation and contained more images than graphs and tables. Then again, perhaps these are more useful in establishing the book’s credentials and making the point that books on health should be evaluated for their substantive value even when visuals are absent.
With simple and sound theories, Dr Morter busts common misconceptions: Age as the prime reason for poor health, and our reliance on medication to heal a sick body. He proves that being unhealthy is the result of poor eating habits in the past and that medicine merely suppresses symptoms; only the body can heal itself, which is why what we consume is vital.
He wants us to rethink the general consensus that blames bad health on genetics. Our health is indeed within our control, he insists, if only we can understand that giving our body a chance is all it needs to function at the optimum level.
Dr Morter introduces the concept of “acid ash”; basically, an excessively acidic environment in our body is not a good thing because the body is meant to run on alkaline reserves.
Most fruits and vegetables are alkaline, which is why our daily food intake must follow the order of 75% fruits and vegetables, and 25% meats.
He also offers his answer to one of the most highly debated food questions of the decade: Is cow’s milk good for us? In short, no, he says, because of its high acid content, which can kill a number of nutrients in our body. If we must drink milk, goat’s milk is the better option – cow’s milk is the perfect solution for calves, not humans!
Your health, Your Choice ends with a brief summary of food combinations – what works and what should never be taken together – and a recommendation to exercise. While the author admits that there’s more to the former than listed in this book, I find his information on food combinations helpful and bitesized enough for daily practice.
Dr Morter, however, warns his readers not to obsess over healthful eating, for carrying around guilt about your diet is as damaging as carrying around excess protein. It’s a point worth noting and not one that is made in most books about diets.
And, finally, the book ends with the notion that a wellregimented exercise routine will complement healthful food consumption. People with a high pH content (less than 6) in the morning should monitor their body by giving it the kind of food that allows it to stay in the alkaline range, which is a pH level of between 6.8 and 7.4. (You can measure pH levels by testing urine with strips available at most pharmacies.)
Overall, I found this to be an enlightening and informative read that is easy to understand.