Find Out Your Nutritional Type with This Simple Test!
Dr. Joseph Mercola
The well-known and popular Dr. Joseph Mercola has produced a You-Tube video in which he asserts that there is no one perfect diet. There are certainly general rules to live by, like avoiding processed foods, staying away from fructose (a friend of mine calls it high-fructose death syrup) and anything that excessively stimulates insulin production.
Mercola then dives into metabolic typing based on the book of the same name by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey. Dr. Mercola had worked with the metabolic typing principles for some time, and then later added his own refinements which resulted in a similar system he calls nutritional typing. According to nutritional typing, there are three nutritional types:
1. Those who thrive on a high protein, high fat diet and little carbs and veggies.
2. Those who thrive on a diet high in carbs and veggies and low in protein and fat.
3. Those who are about half and half.
Dr. Mercola goes on to say that a vegetarian diet is appropriate for about one-third of people. That statement in particular set off alarms among some of our members who brought this video to our attention.
As always, we want to look at this diet scheme through the filter of what Dr. Price observed and decide whether metabolic or nutritional typing is consistent with his findings. Our website discusses metabolic typing (http://www.westonaprice.org/abcs-of-nutrition/960-theright- price.html) and the key point is that while primitive people ate many different varieties of foods, the nutrient makeup was very similar among all groups.
Price observed that nutrient density was the key to robust health. Vegetables and grains are not dense in nutrients, particularly the fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Since Dr. Mercola doesn’t seem to like cod liver oil anymore, where do these vegetarians get the needed quantities of those vitamins? Should they just take a pill? Is that what the traditional peoples Weston Price studied did? I know a lot of WAPF members are fans of Dr. Mercola, and they may want to take a pill when they see the thumb is DOWN for this one.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2010.