Whole Food Healing for Aging is your source for the most scientific evidence-based information about how eating can influence the quality of later life. Not only providing the potential for changing the quality of your life, but also your relationship to chronic health issues that increasingly challenge older adults.
Whole Food Healing for Aging
This website’s focus:
- more whole (aka “real”) food in your diet
- long-term health issues
- the rapidly growing community of older adult in our society
- scientific analysis of nutritional news
What makes this site different:
- emphasizes avoidance of “manufactured” food and supplements
- focuses on balanced nutrition rather than pushing a “perfect” diet
- celebrates higher quality of life later years rather than attempting to “combat” aging
- avoids bias by not selling its own products and not trying to please advertisers
Why you should trust this site:
- scientific analysis done by a career research scientist
- specialized expertise in nutritional matters of particular interest to older adults
- personal experience with an invisible chronic disease and redesign of diet in response
My own story:
In the spring of 2011, I suddenly became aware of a “wrongness” in my body. Something wasn’t right, but I couldn’t easily pinpoint the change. With every passing week I grew more worried whether I’d make it to the end of the workday, but it wasn’t until I took vacation later that year before I could really get my finger on it.
Stress could easily explain my exhaustion at work. I worked long days and capped them off with long evenings filled with more work. I’d always been extremely Type-A. In the past, however, I was energized by my 1- or 2-week vacations. My 2011 vacation was a blatant exception. I barely found the energy to leave the cottage to dine out or to enjoy the surroundings. Instead, the longer hours I slept were completely unrefreshing. I fought to stay awake, even while reading riveting paperbacks! I just lacked the physical stamina to do much more.
After vacation, I visited my internist and related the story I’ve just shared. He told me how many things can wear people out in our fast-paced culture, prime among them being stress. Another leading possibility was the combination of meds I took for chronic low back/neck pain. Again, I stressed the point that all this had occurred over just the past few months, and I’d been taking those meds and living under similar stressors for many years. He ran some tests, the results of which were all normal.
The next few months saw visits to a raft of specialists, with batteries of tests ordered by each of them. What I heard repeatedly were just more ways of saying, “sorry, but we can’t find anything wrong with you.” Nothing has ever been more demoralizing—I knew in my heart of hearts that I wasn’t manufacturing symptoms. I loved my career, and the last thing I wanted was to watch my hours reduced by increasingly severe exhaustion. My internist diagnosed me with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (aka ME/CFS) – a negative diagnosis because nothing else fit my case.
Believing that someone must have missed something somewhere, I was referred to the Mayo Clinic. Again, a long list of specialist visits over my 8 long days there, as well as an amazing number of tests. In the end? They confirmed my internist’s diagnosis and commiserated that there just wasn’t much that anyone could do to help me.
By late 2011 I was on total medical disability, and to this day I remain incapable of any sort of work for remuneration. The keyboard in front of me, or the device in my hand, remains my primary source of connection to the big world outside my own four walls.
My life post-diagnosis
Like many who suffer the challenges that chronic diseases put on our quality of life, I’ve since followed all kinds of ideas that might make a difference. Included among these are internet gurus eager to provide online courses and programs at seemingly outrageous cost, supplement fads that provide little but empty promises (at high prices), and medical research programs that keep failing to document any real success, let alone a cause for this!
Many chronic diseases we face these days take over our metabolism. This is the set of chemical reactions that fuels our bodies and makes us who we are. Of course, food provides the energy for our bodily systems. Sadly, it’s no longer a safe assumption that much of the food meant to go into our mouths is even nourishing. It’s on this basis that I’ve dedicated my greatly reduced energy to studying the information you’ll find here in the hopes that the “big picture” approach might be of value. Compare my life today to what it was when I left the workforce, I can certainly see changes that have improved the quality of my life. Have I found a cure for or rid myself of this disease? Sadly, no, but I won’t rule that out for the future, either. Improved quality of life is huge, though!
What I’ve learned and applied to my own life, particularly in terms of nutrition, is the impetus for developing this website. Look within to find information that might raise the quality of your life or of those you love.
I have met the qualifications for and am certified as a Senior Nutrition Specialist by American Fitness Professionals and Associates.