VHML has found the following tenets to be the most accurate representation of the laws of nature and vital health:
A Wooden Floor
Picture a wooden floor: the fine grain, color, shine. A fresh scent. Recount all the things that can go wrong with floors - they age; they need protection from the elements in order to keep their beauty; they can suffer from dry rot and termites and often get muddy or dusty because of how they're used.
You probably know how to take care of a wooden floor, the basic principles, even if you've never had one before because it's intuitive, it's wood.
If the floor is muddy, you wash it. Thoroughly. But you don't stop there, it takes special oils to protect it from the environment, keep its fibers healthy and flexible, wax to make it shine. Over time that wears away, the mud gets ingrained, and you have to clean again, maybe even sanding a bit to get to the better wood.
It all makes sense, doesn't it? So why can't we approach our health and bodies with the same effective simplicity?
You wouldn't oil or wax a floor that had mud, yet that is what people do when they take vitamins, eat lots of protein, use beauty creams and lotions, without cleansing first.
You wouldn't leave a clean wooden floor totally free of oil, or everything that falls upon it will stain. Same thing with the body. Without oil, our skin cannot do its job sufficiently. None of our tissues can. Toxins that can only be eliminated via digesting fats or fat-soluble vitamins are allowed to build up to dangerous levels. A floor would not survive long on a low-fat diet of only vegetable oils or margarine and neither can we. As you would cover your wooden furniture with oil as you dust, so should you treat your body, inside and out. Dust it off, oil it up.
You wouldn't spray insecticides on a trashy floor to get rid of mold, mildew or termites, yet that is what people do when they take antibiotics and anti-fungals without taking out the garbage first.
You wouldn't expect a floor to get better by taking a pill, or a series of pills, unless those pills had something that fed it. You wouldn't just say go ahead, cut off part of the floor, I don't need that part of it, unless there was real dry rot there.
People might argue a tad about what exactly to use to keep a floor looking beautiful, but you won't see so many different factions or pundits or quacks or fads, because everyone can easily see what works and what doesn't. It's all right there, right out in the open - what works works, what doesn't does not. The results speak for everyone.
People might research into what feeds and preserves a floor best, but they wouldn't create associations designed to certify some methods and discredit others without cause. No one would refuse to use linseed oil on principle, or refuse to believe in its efficacy or even its very existence.
People would think it simple to do thorough research into the care and feeding of a floor and might take the time to actually become knowledgeable rather than fobbing it off on someone else. They might neglect for their entire lives doing any real research into the care and feeding of human bodies, even those of their children.
To know for sure whether something was good at preserving a floor you'd have to test it for years in harsh conditions. Even for floors, you have to give it time. A product that says it's good is probably good for at least a day, but who knows if it got you a cleaner floor longer unless you test it with real time? And if you don't try other products, you won't have a basis for comparison. So even with floors, there's something to know, something to look for, but there should be some kind of results right away, some step taken towards a goal.
You can easily see the health or sickness in a floor, there are no doubts of either one. For humans, it's a bit more complicated. Some groups say something is bad even though there's the merest correlation. Others say something is good based on one fact that is outweighed by 20 other negative facts.
With human health, people are swayed by ideals, pre-conceived ideas, the words of supposed experts, results in a test tube, and only rarely grounded by real-world experience. Everything is taking place in their heads, but because it's called reasoning it's never compared to the state of seeing little green men everywhere, despite the fact that what happens in our heads rarely reflects the natural world accurately unless we are actively taking part in the natural world's process.
People do tend to deny that their floors are dirty until it's convenient to clean them. They accept a certain level of dirt for their floors, because life is busy and the floor is there to support that life, not detract from it. But once they reach their threshold of distraction from pleasure, they will get around to cleaning the floor. Hopefully they won't claim it's clean when it's not.
It's easy to forget exactly how nice and clean a floor can get. Uplifting to see it at its best again, and to know we were responsible.