Those (few) who used to follow my political blogging know that it was often heavily anti-religious (to the consternation of many of my political-philosophy soul-mates). Though still steadfastly a non-believer — "I don't believe in Zeus, or any of the Gods that came after" – Richard Dawkins — my attitude about the whole thing has changed stylistically. Now, I essentially put it in the same general boat as agriculture, i.e., agriculture making things like Big Statism, Big Corporatism, and Big Religion (all steadfast bedfellows — or honor-bound thieves, take your pick) possible. Decentralized religion — call it tribal myth — lacks the power to harm lots of people, as Big western religions used to do (at least as antagonists) — but Islam still does.
So what does this have to do with health & fitness, you ask? Glad you asked.
Well, one of the blogs I've been linking to in my Quick Hits posts is that of Don Matesz (husband of and co-author with Chef Rachel).
That post is about the whole Muslim custom of covering women in ridiculous looking attire from head to foot (Want a laugh from my past blogging antics? See here.) causing osteomalacia and other serious health issues linked to vitamin D deficiency (and: connect the dots).
You never get sugar-coating here (not in the food porn, and not in the principles or opinions). Plenty of bloggers are happy to refrain from stepping on toes. Not me — though I'm less interested in regularly lobbing bombs as I used to be. Too happy, feeling too good, I suppose.
These people, to be generous, are out of touch with reality! Bad things happen when that happens, and the usual result is that people get harmed, many killed. Other than that, there's too many delusions to go around and I'm far beyond trying to point them all out.
Of course, they're just Muslims, and we're "enlightened" Christians, Jews, and general derivatives of same, right? Well, perhaps, and I will certainly stipulate to the obvious fact that that the two latter are far more benign to the health of humanity in general than the former.
I just can't understand the necessity, the imperative. Fear? I think that has a lot to do with it. But I'll move along. More than being a rare (I assure you) anti-religion post, I would just suggest to you that just as bizarre as it seemed at first to question the ingestion of grains and sugar, did you ever stop to realize that modern religions are even newer to our evolution?
Which brings me to the "interesting person" I referenced, above. Acharya S., AKA D. M. Murdock. Here's her main site (which is going to kick off audio — a video — so take note). She's an archeologist, and, while I read all of the "new atheist" books out the last coupla years (Dennett, Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens), I'm really more impressed by the archeological detection that demonstrates the very same theme over eons and eons (how about 5,000 BC?). What theme? Well, you'll have to check into that yourself.
She has a few videos (books you can find at that main site link), which I'll list shortest to longest.
Sun of God (3:36)
The Christ Conspiracy (53:40)
As much, or as little as you like. Have it your way. You don't have to believe in evolution to derive benefit from a diet based on the logic of evolution. You don't have to disbelieve in a deity, either.
It just helps. That's all.