What is Stop Being Confused About Health About?
Stop Being Confused About Health (sbcahealth) is passionate about understanding deepest truths about health in an age of misinformation and confusion. Sbcahealth is further motivated by the fact that the health information we receive is based on flawed understandings of science, misunderstandings of science, corporate bias in science, publication bias, corporate agendas, and on the other hand, by the sheer volume of contradictory information shared on the web daily. Sbcahealth is here to sort things out, as well as understand what true health is, and share information that cuts through the fads and delivers truth. Currently, sbcahealth’s philosophy is influenced by ancestral/traditional wisdom, some science, but also an understanding that our bodies possess a lot of wisdom.
None of the information on this site constitutes medical advice. Always consult with a licensed healthcare practitioner for concerns regarding the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Information on this site is for educational purposes only.
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Who am I?
Hi, I’m Avishek Saha and I created this site back in 2014 after my health deteriorated from following very sound dietary advice. Intermittent fasting, carbohydrate restriction, fruits and vegetables, raw milk, etc.; I’ve been on many diets and have simply learned to view the bigger picture.
I also attended naturopathic medical school to become a naturopath, but lost interest after seeing that treating the root cause of people’s problems, and truly helping them, was limited in practice by insurance reimbursement, and in general, the ‘system’ in place. This experience also helped me view a larger picture that I don’t know how to put into words yet; but most advice is focused on minutiae rather than a larger picture.
I will aim to be as unbiased as possible in discussing health here!
So why are people confused about health?
It’s quite simple. The following list is based on my experiences living in the United States my whole life.
- Corporate/capitalistic society: big pharma, big agriculture, and food industry.
- Modern medicine.
- Lost traditional wisdom.
- Stressful lifestyles.
First, the type of society we live in requires us to compete with companies to attract customers, and maintain their attention. This has resulted in the formulation of overly salty, sweet, fatty, and MSG-laden foods, that excite our nervous systems. Like rats in a cage, America has become addicted to these types of foods–think Oreos, twinkies, and McDonalds. In fact, Stephan Guyenet, PhD, believes that the highly addictive nature of these foods is the cause of obesity. (I don’t agree, but that’s another story).
Now, speaking of medicine, it is largely controlled by well-established pharmaceutical companies that have the laws in their favor. The history of modern medicine in this country involves powerful families in the early 1900s, a lot of money, and the denigration of alternative forms of medicine. As a result, students are universally taught that all vaccines are safe for children and alternative treatments to diseases should be chosen at one’s own risk. Home remedies are not a part of our education.
Next, traditional wisdom is lost. Most people living in the United States aren’t from the States. They are from Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and Mexico. On each of these continents, and in Mexico, are traditional recipes for health and healing. These traditions involve connection to nature. America involves the exploitation of nature for profit.
In my freshman year of college, my instructor on a study abroad trip in Peru exclaimed how a billion dollar drug could be found here in the rainforest. I was shocked, as my purpose there in the Amazon was to learn about the medicinal plants, not to isolate a molecule in the plant to create a drug.
Traditional wisdom doesn’t see the need for drugs, but traditional societies also faced different diseases than we do today. The more alienated we are from nature, the more strange our illnesses become. But anyway, the fact that America is such a melting pot (and perhaps it is in your country too, I’m curious so let me know), means that there is no traditional wisdom passed down from one neighborhood to the next.
The lack of tradition makes us even more vulnerable to the first two influences, because we have no system in place for understanding health. Thus, beliefs about medicine, food, and science are instilled in us at a very young age, resulting in mass brainwashing. In stark contrast, if you read “The spirit catches you and you fall down,” you’ll see how the Hmong are incredibly resistant to modern medicine. They have a strong medical tradition and doctors who try to interfere with this become quite frustrated.
Lastly, people are confused about health because they are stressed out and don’t have time to take care of themselves. Cooking, meditating, and doing yoga can seem like a chore for many.
How do we stop being confused about health?
Thus, to really stay healthy, my solution involves understanding traditional wisdom regarding food, medicine, and the earth (living “naturally” essentially), while making being healthy as fun as possible. It must be integrated into one’s lifestyle.
After all, our ancestors didn’t need expensive supplements to stay healthy. They had a reason to choose the best foods for the health of future generations: survival.
In addition to ancestral health (based on tradition and evolutionary biology), sbcahealth believes that having a healthy metabolism is critical for optimal health and longevity. Many diets and exercise routines lower people’s metabolisms and rob them of their vitality. Finally, for optimal health your bioindividuality must be added to the equation. Science and intuition can both help to understand individuality.
What do we do here at sbcahealth?
At sbcahealth, we collaborate to understand the truth about health. If you’re interested in ancestral health, having a healthy metabolism, bioindividuality, medical anthropology, and nutrition, feel free to reach out to me for collaboration in the form of guest posting or youtube live sessions.
Long term, we plan to offer ecourses and other books to help you find balance with diet for optimal health.
More about me!
Long story short, I was chubby and developed gynecomastia at 12 years old, in the suburbs of Philadelphia where I grew up. Gynecomastia, or gyno for short, is man boobs. The tissue underneath the areola is not fat, and is not modifiable via diet and exercise. I found this out after restricting sugar, carbohydrates, salt, processed foods, and drinks other than kombucha for years until I maintained 11% bodyfat (with sick-pack abs) and traded it with adrenal issues, and the lower vitality that resulted from my maniacal lifestyle.
This stemmed from body image issues I developed in my teenage years, which persisted through my late teens when I was quite lean. I thought I was fat and was insecure about my chest. I even would give women a disclaimer before taking my shirt off in the bedroom. Thankfully, having gyno forced me to work on and master my confidence and now I have zero body image issues.
I eventually became fascinated with natural medicine, enrolled at a naturopathic medical college, but then quit after seeing flaws in the practice of the medicine and after becoming disillusioned with institutionalized education in general. I wanted to learn about natural medicine because I felt that something was missing from my understanding of life. Modern life had solved the problems of acquiring food and obtaining resources for comfortable living, which allowed my parents to focus on my education rather than acquiring food or maintaining shelter, concerns which are more common in the villages of Calcutta, India, where my father is from (my mother did not have these problems growing up, as she was in the upper caste–don’t ask why, this is just the way it is in India).
I quickly realized however that modern life had not solved the problems of acquiring food and living happily and sustainably, in fact it was the opposite in a way. As you are well aware if you’re reading this, modern life has created new problems due to the industrialization and corporatization of food, medicine, and everything really.
So, I’m passionate about truly understanding health, as this is lacking in our healthcare and in 90% of health agencies that promote health. The advice most of us hear is cookie-cutter and vapid. Eat more fruits and vegetables! Nope. Don’t. I’ve followed rules like that, based on research, for years, only to find that listening to my body works better. Research is great, and I love reading research, but in addition, I plan to connect to nature, study people who have come far before us, namely, the traditional healers and doctors, and follow my gut.
Optimal health in my opinion is not about biomarkers but also about how you feel on the inside. It’s not about looks either, but an internal state where the systems in the body are in balance, or homeostasis. Here are some other random things about me.
Favorite food: basically anything with sauce (curries, really good pasta too) or flavored soups with organ meats
Favorite movies: The Fighter, Insidious III, hmm, can’t remember honestly.
Favorite shows: Anthony Bourdain’s shows on Netflix, Bizarre Foods, Black Mirror, Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del mal
Where I’d like to travel: Varanasi, India; floating markets of Southeast Asia, southern Mexico to meet some curanderos, and Radopa mountains in Bulgaria, and many more places.
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