Wikipedia Article on the Tomato Effect
- “The tomato effect occurs when effective therapies for a condition are rejected, usually because they do not make sense in the context of the current understanding or theory of the disease in question. The name refers to the fact that tomatoes were rejected as a food source by most North Americans until the end of the 19th century, because the prevailing belief at the time was that they were poisonous.”
- “Tomatoes were becoming a staple food in Europe by 1560s, they were shunned in North America since they were considered poisonous until the 1820s. Similarly, willow tree bark extract was ignored to provide relief of pain and fever, and it was not until the late 1800s with the commercial production of salicylate (also known as Aspirin) that this treatment was prescribed to patients. In 1753, it was established that scurvy can be treated with lemon juice. Despite this knowledge, it (scurvy) was considered an imbalance of the humors until the mid 1800s.”
Psychology Today Article on The Tomato Effect
- The tomato effect was first described by Dr. James Goodwin in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1984. He wrote, “The tomato effect in medicine occurs when an efficacious treatment for a certain disease is ignored or rejected because it does not ‘make sense’ in light of the accepted theories of disease mechanism and drug interaction.”
- Despite the research that supports use of nutritional approaches in augmenting treatment for depression and mood disorders, these approaches are considered experimental and alternative. The side effect profiles of psychiatric medications are extensive and often irreversible. The side effect profiles of nutritional supplementation is essentially nonexistent. It is mind boggling that there is not more research in this crucial area of mental health treatment.”
- “Results (from scientific studies) demonstrated that optimal mental function was found in individuals with high blood levels of specific nutrients evaluated: Vitamins B1, B2, B6, folate, B12, as well as vitamins C, D, and E.”
Excerpts from Rhonda Patrick’s E Book, part 2
(This e book contains highlights from her newsletter, which she uses to share cutting edge scientific research in the fields of health and longevity)
- At the end of the 18-month-long study, the infants who received formula with the MFGM and lactoferrin (i.e, formula that contained more of the compounds present in natural breast milk) scored higher on cognitive, language, and motor development tests than infants who received ordinary formula. In fact, their scores were similar to those observed in children who were breastfed, suggesting that the addition of MFGM and lactoferrin to infant formulas could narrow the gap in cognitive development commonly observed between formula-fed infants and breastfed infants.
- “Increased physical activity may significantly reduce the risk of depression, even among people who are genetically predisposed to depression…
…The study was based on genomic data and lifestyle surveys collected from the electronic health records of nearly 8,000 people enrolled in a large healthcare system in the United States. Findings from the study indicated that for every additional four hours of physical activity per week – roughly 35 minutes per day – the risk of having a new episode of depression were reduced by 17 percent. The protective effects of physical activity against depression were observed with both high- and low-intensity activities, including aerobic exercise, dance, yoga, and stretching.”
- “…research has demonstrated that children who have more screen time exposure have poor structural integrity in areas of their brains that support language and literacy skills. Other research indicates that high screen time is associated with poor academic performance, decreased physical activity, and negative social interactions in middle childhood.“
Excerpts from My Journal
Successful people are not necessarily successful for the reasons they think they are. When they tell you why they achieved their success, I think it’s best to take their words with a grain.
I’m a great believer in the practice of the learning about the patterns, trends, and tendencies of reality.
The degree to which a person is willing to say “I don’t know” is usually a pretty good indicator of their maturity.
You don’t need to be honest. But if you are, the amount of suffering in your life will be massively reduced.
Action creates evidence. Instead of wondering, maybe you should just do it and see what happens.