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Commentary on the theory of "living" energy

This concept of nutrition is known for a long time and is interesting because its supporters are convinced that there is some kind of “living” energy in the human body. And it is transmitted through some substances, structures, but so far they have not been able to “materialize” them.
In particular, it is assumed that the lack of calories in the body is compensated by its own energy resources. Where does the energy come from, because it does not arise from nothing, but, as we know, it only moves from one form to another?
This energy is the energy of the sun. It is absorbed and accumulated by plants and fruits, which, in turn, are eaten by animals and humans, so that the energy of the sun passes into them. It goes without saying that the heat treatment of food kills "live" energy.
Currently, the most significant contribution to the development of the theory of "living energy" belongs to Galina Sergeyevna Shatalova.
Rejecting the so-called "science-based" norms of the official high-calorie-protein theory of balanced nutrition, Galina Sergeevna undertook a series of experiments with marathon athletes and climbers. Based on the research, she came to the conclusion that even with very high physical exertion, every day it is enough for a person to consume with food no more than 800-1200 kcal, instead of 5000-6000 kcal, recommended by supporters of a balanced diet. The main condition for this should be a diet consisting exclusively of products of plant origin, which retain the natural biological properties of the original products.
Based on the results obtained in the course of these experiments, G.S. Shatalova developed her own concept of healing nutrition, the main points of which are the notions that the state of human health can be divided into two categories: the state of "practical" health and the state of "actual" health. "Practical" health is characteristic of an artificial person, in other words, born of a modern, sick civilization. And the state of “actual” health is experienced by a rational person who obeys the laws of nature and eats the products that she gives him. Such a person, according to Shatalova, is capable, having mastered the necessary knowledge, to bring his body into a state of ideal health, excluding the possibility of the occurrence of diseases.
However, an ideal diet that benefits in and of itself must be combined with hardening, cleansing procedures, as well as with complex physical and breathing exercises.
Shapalova introduces such a concept as species nutrition while forming his nutrition system. However, it is based on the phenomenon of autolysis (self-digestion), widespread in wildlife, the essence of which is that the digestion of food by 50% is determined by enzymes not contained in the gastric juice of the “consumer”, but in the tissues of the “victim” itself. A “victim” can be a plant or an animal, and gastric juice only includes the mechanism of their self-digestion. In order for a product to be specific for a given organism, it is also necessary to have stereo-chemical, in other words spatial, conformity of the “consumer” enzymes to the tissue structures of the “victim”. If they come together, the food will be digested with the least amount of energy.
Shatalov writes: "The wisdom of nature lies in the fact that it has embedded a self-digestion mechanism in every living mechanism. If, say, a potato tuber contains almost pure starch, then under a thin top layer of the tuber rind contains starch-forming substances. The same applies to cereals. This one the mechanism is not designed and intended for us. It performs a more important function, providing the germ with substance and energy. " (How not to remember the ideas of Bircher-Benner!)
In her opinion, the meaning of species nutrition is that all living organisms have adapted to use the autolysis mechanism of other, moreover, strictly defined biological objects to compensate for their own expenditure of energy and matter. This type of food is decisive in nature. And since man is a herbivore, it is vegetables and fruits that should make up its specific nutrition.
Shatalova believes that eggs and fish can remain for some time during the transition to her proposed diet in the human diet, and when there are obvious signs of ill-being, the microflora of the large intestine also contains dairy products.
The transitional phase can last from several weeks to several months. At this time, it is best to observe the monodiet, which consists in the fact that only one type of food is eaten in each individual meal. During the day, it is necessary, if possible, to diversify the diet, eating vegetables, cereals, vegetable juices, herbal tea with lemon and honey, broth of rosehips with honey, decoction of seeds, previously ground in a coffee grinder with the skin.
The first time you need to eat food is not earlier than 11 hours, and before that it is advisable to limit yourself to a glass of herbal tea with honey.
The second meal (main) and last is recommended about 17-18 hours.
The main criterion for the choice of products is the safety of the "self-digestion" mechanism in them, therefore, first of all, you should avoid fatty foods.
The amount of salt in the daily diet should not exceed 2 g.
In the transition period, it is recommended to help the body with cleansing procedures that will facilitate its reorientation to the vegetable diet, but in the future the need for cleansing procedures will disappear by itself.
The proposed food system is based on the consumption of natural products not subject to refining or other artificial means of enrichment of natural products. In the process of cooking and its storage, it is necessary to process food that does not distort their chemical and biological essence and minimizes the loss of energy released as a result of the work of the self-digestion mechanism. This, according to G. Shatalov, is the fundamental difference between species nutrition and vegetarian nutrition.
According to her deep conviction, the closer the plant foods to the place of their growth, both in time and spatially, the higher their nutritional properties. From this point of view, beets, carrots or parsley, just taken from the bed, are incomparably more nutritious than avocados, oranges and bananas brought from afar. Although in the places where they grow, these fruits may be full-fledged products, but if they managed to wither after harvest or, worse, become moldy and wrinkle during transport, it is better to do with a small number of local high-grade products than to cook rich dish of stale overseas. It is necessary to remember once and for all one simple truth: the more fresh the product, the more it fills up the energy consumption of the body.
Pasta, white refined flour, polished, stripped rice and many other products that have undergone industrial processing do not represent any nutritional value. (Well, this is a fairly well-known argument for both vegetarians and dividers.)
In connection with the extreme disregard of this almost national dish of Russian pensioners, like macaroni, I would like to tell the story of one mass diarrhea (diarrhea).

When a civil war was raging in Spain in 1937 in order to alleviate the plight of the Republicans, their children were taken to the Soviet Union. Needless to say, the guys met with great attention and care. They were fed exceptionally fresh, healthy and, as G. Shatalov would put it, “live food”. But suddenly a week later the children had diarrhea, which for a month could not be stopped by anything.
Probably, this phenomenon, which is called diarrhea in medical science, would not continue for how long it would have been if one of the nutritionists did not recommend completely replacing new potatoes with pasta. Why? Pasta, which is, by definition, G. Shatalova, a "dead" food, was able to restore the health of the children, while the young "living" potatoes almost led them to death. And all because the main dish of Spanish children in their homeland are pasta and pasta (as we have - potatoes). Replacing the constantly consumed "dead" product with the exotic "live" did not go "unnoticed" for the digestive system of little Spaniards.
In all likelihood, the gastrointestinal tract, long tuned to process one type of starch (chemically and mechanically processed into macaroni), could not be converted to another starch - potato (by definition, G. Shatalova’s “species” product, which has most of enzymes for self digestion).
Then it is appropriate to ask the question: Is the food, determined by G. Shatalova as alive, always? In all cases, whether 800-1200 kcal of live food can provide our energy and physical needs, and whether such a diet, always consisting of only two meals, always leads to healing, and whether such a diet can really be considered healing?
As the above example showed, such an approach does not always benefit.
Let's try to decide in which cases this system is absolutely unacceptable. With diabetes can it be used? Absolutely not. She will even kill a non-insulin-dependent diabetic, and if necessary, compensate for this disease with insulin - such a patient will be in a coma in a few days, if not hours.
In cholelithiasis, the intervals between meals should be no more than 3-4 hours.
In almost all gastrointestinal diseases, nutrition should be fractional and frequent. Therefore, there can be no two meals a day according to G. Shatalova.
In cases of kidney disease, tuberculosis and other infectious processes, patients need high-calorie diet food.
They can’t eat according to G. Shatalova and 90% of pensioners, because their pensions are not enough not only for “ecologically clean, unrefined”, “live” food, but even for “dead” food, what food. According to G. Shatalov, miners, chauffeurs, middle and lower level medical workers, scientists and ordinary workers who live from salary to salary cannot eat.
If you follow the advice Shatalova, then breakfast should not be, because, in her opinion, "in the morning the body is full of energy, and food is not very necessary for him." Such assertions are theoretically unsubstantiated and contradict not only centuries-old experience, but also common sense. Not uninteresting in this regard, the data obtained by specially conducted observations of two groups of students.
One group of schoolchildren did not eat breakfast before classes, in the other group the children ate in the morning as usual. Observations showed that students who did not eat breakfast before classes began to assimilate material and get tired faster.
If we analyze the numerous nutritional tips issued by G. S. Shatalova each time for revelations, it turns out that they all boil down, ultimately, either to vegetarianism, or to separate food, or to food "on the verge" and raw food. They have a lot of emotions and very little science. Not only the research of nutritionists, but also our life experience suggests that nutrition should be complete, diverse, but without excess, providing the body with all the substances and energy necessary for normal functioning. Many people have individual differences in the anatomical structure and chemical composition of the body, the work of the digestive system and in the course of biochemical reactions (metabolism).
For example, it is known that cholesterol is absorbed by cells using special receptors, the number of which is different for different people. There are those (on average, one out of five hundred) who have reduced the number of receptors due to a genetic defect, and if even a small amount of cholesterol is present in food, such people at an earlier age and in a more severe form will develop atherosclerosis.
Thyroxine - a thyroid hormone - significantly affects the metabolism. In people with increased production of thyroxine, redox reactions take place more intensively, so even with a high content of fat in the diet, it will "burn out" faster. Conversely, with reduced production of the hormone in the body, there is a tendency to accumulate fat, even with a small amount of it in food.
Individual differences in the structure and function of the pancreas that produces insulin are noted. Hence the different predisposition to diabetes.
Therefore, it is not surprising that people have different food needs and its individual components: vitamins, amino acids, minerals, etc. If a child’s nutritional requirements are not fully met, his metabolism changes accordingly, he becomes a victim of infections, slows down or its growth is disturbed. If an adult does not satisfy his specific nutritional needs through ignorance or for other reasons, he develops deficiency phenomena that can lead to various diseases or increase the body's susceptibility to diseases. In the process of aging, some organs and tissues of the body may be affected earlier than others, since the genetic structure causes their special weakness. This weakness can cause an unusually high need for some specific nutrients.
The knowledge of these patterns makes it possible to competently construct a diet taking into account the needs of a particular organism. When developing nutrition, one must also keep in mind the interrelation of food components, since a deficiency or excess of one of them causes an increased or, on the contrary, reduced need for another substance.
Unfortunately, there is not a word about this in the concept of "living energy". Therefore, according to experts nutritionists, it is anti-scientific and can not be recommended for widespread use.
Such a system can only benefit those whom it does not harm. And there are, I believe, very, very few. As a rule, these are elderly people, physically healthy, but with an extremely low level of metabolism.
So who then can eat according to G. Shatalova?
Probably only Galina Sergeyevna herself and the closest circle of her devoted like-minded people.

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