Consider the Terrain Theory of Health (SquareUp Day2)

For Day 2 of Becky’s Squareup:

“Eat Up,” – is what my hubs said when he brought me half of his fish and chips from lunch. There was more to eat than you see here – and it was so sweet to be thought after I insisted I did not want anything from that eatery. This photo is also special from 2020 because it has my three guys – (left to right: son2, hubs, and son1). Oh, and notice the lime bench and yellow building? We were in Key West and quite a hot afternoon on this day, but so fun too.

Second part of the post today features a snippet from Deepak Chopra’s book, “Perfect Health.”

Note that in the first snippet (page 21) Deepak Chopra pointed out that our current culture – the doctors – tend to pay too much attention to the “differences among diseases” rather than the differences “among people.”

 In the second snippet (page 22) he noted how most “conventional” doctors do NOT properly acknowledge the “biochemical individuality” of each person —–((and may I add that most conventional doctors also have so many health issues of their own – something worth noting))  and with this in mind, remember that too often we  run to, blindly depend on  go to conventional doctors for answers when maybe we need to find a better way. A more effective way might be to LOOK THINGS UP and get learning on your own.  Too often the experts have no idea about “you” and what you need; they do not get to spend enough time with you to really find out. Only you can do this – discover what your individual needs are. And you can do this with some effort and time.

So in line with the “terrain theory” of optimal health, remember that we all need to discover more about what we need.  

Too often doctors make quick and unsound assessments.  So maybe this year you can start to learn more about “terrain theory” and learn more about body type and what you specifically have going on.

Feel like reading more about the terrain? Two suggestions: 

  1. Mr Common Sense’s article with info on terrain and LOUIS PASTEUR VERSUS CLAUDE BERNARD here
  2. Interesting terrain article here


Thanks for reading and here are two closing comics (thanks again to Linda for these fun gems)


#SquareUp Day Two






28 thoughts on “Consider the Terrain Theory of Health (SquareUp Day2)

  1. A fun post, Yvette, and yes, I do see your three guys. 🙂 I just finished adding a separate quote from Deepak Chopra to a home file. I saw Deepak Chopra in real life a few years ago in Victoria. A fascinating talk, a group meditation (the silence of a few thousand people, deafening) and he was focusing in on how to lengthen our telomeres. I will investigate more about the “terrain theory.” Interesting.

    I sent the “lettuce” picture to my daughter. She is a fan of “lettuce.” Happy New Year, Yvette!


    1. Hi – and how very cool to learn about the telomeres and now I am so curious!
      I need to finish his book and oh Erica – I have about eight books with bookmarks right now as I was jumping around – lol

      And cheers to the lettuce – hope it brings a smile

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        1. haha – actually – the multi-tasking with books can be terrible – most are non-fiction so that helps – but not proud of how may I need to get back into – and my plans are for February reading catch ups – this month I have other clean up stuff – so we shall see

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  2. This sounds intriguing. It reminds me of the time someone (who we later learned had been calling the shots for Grandma’s care) finally saw her, after a week of making what were very nearly life and death decisions, and said something to the effect that she didn’t look at all like her chart!


    1. Oh wow – that must have been annoying at the time – it seems that so many decisions are made with very little observation or speculation — and Then there is also human error and so it is best to triple check and stay on top of things – but that can be so exhausting too – guess it takes balance


        1. I’ve always wondered if I should have sued…just to make them be more careful. I didn’t have the emotional energy to even try to figure out how to do it at the time. But there should have been consequences so they’d be more careful going forward.

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        2. Hi – you mentioned a really good point-! We don’t always have the energy when going thru something like that – and then sometimes the folks that are so litigious have issues of force and entitlement – my spouse’s ex-wife (rip now) well
          She was litigious and a beat and would take anyone down – using the courts as a Tool – and would have likely sued them big time – yawn! So I rather respect the folks who Exocet healthfully after a trauma — which sounds like you did – because there is a processing phase as we cope and sundertzajd what just happened – ya know?
          And you are right – a law suit could have helped with accountability in the future – but sometimes with all the waivers folks sign – well there is not much that can be done.

          And did I mention another great book I read last year was the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande and oh my goodness – he reminded us of the many many many mistakes made in hospitals (and his book provides good arguments for how a mere checklist can help prevent many human mistakes ) but it also reminded me that so many folks have no idea about the incompetence or half-ass assessing going on! They just think that what they have is oh so difficult or complex – and I like “functional medicine” or mr common sense approach to the terrain theory of healing
          And thanks again for sharing about grandma


        3. We took a much more proactive approach after that, Grandma, and now Dad, don’t go to medical appointments alone, and when grandma was in the hospital after that my sister or I was always there with a notepad during the day.

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        4. good!
          nd sometimes just the notepad can raise accountability levels.
          when my boys played high school sports – I learned something
          If I set up the tripod and had a camera recoding the game, the refs always seemed to notice it and we think they were more fair on those days – — not if I stood behind it and policed it – but just left it there – we really noticed a difference.
          and when I taught youth science in CA – I do know how I responded to parents that were always triple checking with me – sometimes I extra made sure those students knew the terms to know because I knew their parents would check — and trust me – i am equal to all students – but I recall noticing the impact their accountability had on me —
          and so cheers to the notepad and “presence” – and may it only help and help a lot

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        5. Doctors and nurses actually seem to like it because it’s clear we are actually listening to them and caring about what they have to say.


  3. I really hope one day our medical knowledges get to the point of personalized medicine and dietary. I agreed we are different (yet the same basis). Some thing works with some people does not mean that will work for another.


    1. Hi YC
      you are so right – there are differences and then the universal things we all share – and a fine balance of what someone needs at a given time.
      And too often we have brainwashed (not you – but many) to only expect answers from a conventional doctor when they might have specialty areas and specific skills, but can often be “clueless” with rebuilding immunity and gut health – and even more clueless about individual changes we go through daily and weekly – okay – enough on that – and happy new year to you

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