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Staying Healthy in a Toxic World

Feb 28, 2018 08:51PM
by Allan Tomson, D.C.
Let’s face it, eating well is challenging. While a small sector of our food supply is improving, more often we have to “beware” of the toxic elements that aren’t good for you. Even “healthy” grocery stores sell plenty of excessive sugary and chemical-laden products. It takes time to shop healthy and requires reading glasses.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Edgar Cayce, the father of holistic medicine, channeled information for improving his client’s health. He emphasized the diet needed to be alkaline in nature. Acid/Alkaline refers to the residue left when a food is burned. The ash will be an acid or alkaline. He stated the best ratio is 70 percent alkaline (fruit and vegetables) and 30 percent acid (meats, some grains).

This is true today, with some modifications if you’re allergy prone. Acid environments are where the degenerative diseases live. How do you get an acidic body? You eat the average American diet of fried foods, high sugar, low-quality fats and chemically laden fast foods.

The Mediterranean Diet is a modern-day adaptation of Cayce’s food plan. It is based on the food profile typically eaten by people in Greece, Italy and Spain in the 1940s. It consists of whole, live foods such as seasonal vegetables, fruits, olive oil and other healthy fats, fish and some wild game meats. This plan also limits sugar and dairy.

The simple answer to the question “what should I eat? Eat a plant-based diet with some grain and fruits. If you choose to eat animal protein, know where it’s sourced and that you can verify the quality.

Dr. Allan Tomson, DC is the Executive Director of Neck Back & Beyond Healing Arts, an integrative wellness center in Fairfax, with a satellite office in Manassas. Tomson is a chiropractor with skills and experience in functional medicine, visceral manipulation, cranial sacral therapy and Cayce protocols. For more information, contact


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