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New Book: Food Energetics

Food Energetics explains how food imparts a living wisdom that is separate from the science of nutrient values. Offers an approach to diet from the perspective of ancient peoples, who understood how the energetic qualities of food affect both physical and spiritual health. Includes a comprehensive catalog of the energetic properties of myriad foods--from chicken, beef, and potatoes to garlic, avocados, zucchini, and grapefruit.

Food is more than simply fuel. It imparts a living wisdom that is beyond the science and mechanics of calories, grams, and nutrient values. Ancient peoples, through their relationships with the plants and animals providing their food, understood that their food conveyed the unique energetic qualities of its source, such as swiftness from wild deer and groundedness from root vegetables. With the rise of agribusiness and industrial food production, people have become disconnected from the sources of their food and are no longer able to register the subtle rhythms, harmony, and energies that food can convey. This separation has thrown the basic human-food relationship out of balance--to the detriment of human consciousness.

In Food Energetics, Steve Gagné shows how to revitalize our connection to food and remedy our physical and psychic imbalances with the wisdom of food energetics. He provides a comprehensive catalog of foods and their corresponding energetic properties and explains how each food affects us at the deepest spiritual level. By demonstrating how to plan meals that incorporate both dominant and compliant foods, he shows how to provide truly healthy cuisine that nourishes the body and the soul.

Healing Arts Press, 2008, 576 pages, $24.95

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The purpose of this website is to encourage you to think outside the box.

By “outside the box,” I mean to go beyond the currently accepted theories and beliefs about food, health, and human origins. I want to encourage you to think outside the box about who we are, where we came from, and where we are going!

Many people throughout the world are unsatisfied with the prevalent theories of health, nutrition, and our ancient cultural origins. This is evident from the booming sales of related publications and the massive online traffic on related websites.

Some might say such intense and rapidly growing public interest in these alternative perspectives indicates only the passing fancies and fads of those who want to believe in the preposterous, lay researchers and armchair mystery sleuths bitten by the pseudo-science bug.

To say so is naïve at best, foolishly self-deceptive at worst.

Such “alternative” points of view have been around far longer than the mere two centuries of today’s orthodox beliefs. Indeed, these same ideas have challenged the orthodox viewpoint from the moment of its inception, through inexplicable and contradicting evidence of many types. They continue to do so today.

Alternative historical viewpoints such as catastrophism, diffusionism, interventionism, and others widen the playing field currently dominated by orthodox theory with strong supportive evidence. They also change the rules of the game by entering the field with exciting and realistic possibilities rather than limitations on what is possible. When we examine all the evidence, fairly and objectively, we have no rational choice but to give these other possibilities serious consideration.

Alternative history and cultural dietary traditions are not usually linked as one unified subject, but it certainly makes sense to do so. Dietary traditions and agriculture, religious beliefs, ancient archeological sites and other cultural milestones are all integral parts of one cultural expression. They are all intimately linked by a far-reaching web that encompasses the globe and represents the very foundation and origin of humankind and civilization.

This journey has taken me around the world and hundreds of thousands of years back in time. It is the most exciting journey I know of. I invite you to join me.