There really is brain food
By Tara Bench
"We need to learn to embrace health or to fight a war against disease," said David Mickel at a seminar about whole, natural foods in the Eccles Conference Center Tuesday.
Mickel and his wife Cindy are representatives for Brain Garden, a company started by Don Tolman to encourage better use of the brain and good eating habits.
"Food that you don't eat can't help you," Mickel said.
He explained that unprocessed foods are better than drugs or medication in treating ailments of the body. Fruits and vegetables, he said, have a signature which in Latin means "sign of its nature." For example, tomatoes are red, round and have four chambers just like the heart, and coincidentally help heart problems when eaten. Cauliflower and walnuts look like a brain and nutrients found in these foods helps the brain. Others are kidney beans, good for the kidney and sliced avocados, which look like a womb are good for the female reproductive system.Mickel said with this likeness of food to the body, you are literally what you eat.
Mickel and his wife also explained pulse, a food mixture that instigated the creation of Brain Garden. It is a combination of seeds, nuts, grains, fruits and oils that when put together in certain ratios, makes the food that was known to ancient people.
The Mickels related Tolman's story of learning the Bible story of Daniel in his childhood. Daniel lived on pulse and water instead of the meats and wine the king offered him. The king was amazed at how strong and smart Daniel was compared to those who are the meats and wine, and it was due to the different eating habits.
Over 17 years later Tolman ran across the equation for the pulse mixture in a collection of ancient documents.
"The main reason I'm here is because I should be dead," said Mickel.
He said that several years ago he experienced cardiac arrest away from home. In a phone conversation Tolman told him to eat nothing but the pulse and water for ten days. Mickel said the ten day "pulse fast" strengthened his body and his heart to the point that it saved his life.
Pulse, Mickel said, acts as a body toner and anyone who goes on the pulse diet will see results. If people are overweight it will take off fat, if they are underweight it will build body mass, he said.
There is no need to go on a diet however, because pulse is good for you when eaten as a snack as well as a meal. It is healthy for brain activity and gives you energy, he said.
He also talked about how the brain needs electricity to function. It gets electricity and energy from the foods we eat, air and water, so it is important to consider all of these factors in eating and exercise habits, he said. Mickel explained that people can do exercises to build our brains and demonstrated several brainteasers.
There are several sites on the Internet that provide information on Brain Garden and the products and habits they promote. One site that tells the story of Tolman's pulse discovery and includes testimonies about the products is: http://www.y2kcp.com/bgtest.htm
For further information or a local representative call Von Hubbard at 435-753-1694 or Cindy Mickel at 801-377-0122.