Food, Health and Human Ecology

with Bill Tara

Part of the confusion that dominates modern trends in nutrition is a result of limited thinking. We have accepted the idea that nutrition has to do exclusively with the chemical analysis of food. We believe that reductionist thinking can reveal the secrets of the healthiest way of eating – we are mistaken.

Human nutrition can only be understood if issues such as our biological history, the impact of our diet on the environment, the social implication of our food choices and the cultural influences on our eating are taken into account. The specific nutrients that comprise our diet are only significant if all these other factors are understood. This inclusive view of nutrition is the essential feature of the Human Ecology Diet. 

I have been an advocate of a plant based diet and health activist for over 50 years. During that time, I have been involved with the pioneering activities of the emerging natural foods industry in America and the UK and established macrobiotic education centers in Chicago, Los Angeles and London, UK. In London I established the Community Health Foundation and together with Michio and Aveline Kushi was a co-founder of the Kushi Institute.

I have served as the Director of Natural Therapies in one of Europe’s premier Wellness Clinics, engaged in private health practice and been invited to 26 countries to deliver seminars on Nutrition, Environmental Health, Oriental Diagnosis.

This course reflects my study, teaching experience, observation and personal experience over these decades. It is not simply a review of nutrient needs, it speaks to a broader and deeper understanding of health and the human condition.

About The Course

The course is divided into 15 modules with print course material comprised of over 300 pages with full reference notes, and 15 video presentations.

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Upon entry into the program students will have access to a dedicated Facebook page where questions can be submitted for myself and Marlene as well as providing a discussion board for students to share experiences.

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If students wish a MACROVegan nutrition certificate testing will be offered on request.

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The MACROVegan Nutrition Program

Food, Health and Human Ecology Course Contents

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Module One – Course Notes and Video: Who’s In The Kitchen? A review of the changing attitudes about food since the 1930’s, the development of the modern food industry and the creation of the American Diet.

Module Two – Course Notes and Video: Trust Me, I’m A ScientistHow food science, food flavorists and big business manipulates our desire for poor quality food.

Module Three – Course Notes and Video: Bad Medicine. The role of the medical profession in creating public ideas about disease and the ability to prevent illness through lifestyle and diet.

Module Four – Course Notes and Video: Questioning Authority.  Social challenges to the power of medicine and healing from the 1800’s to the present. A review of leaders in nutritional and social thought and their effect on emerging ideas of health.

Module Five –   Course Notes and Video: The Healing Kitchen. The relationship of food to inflammation and disease development and the possibility of diet as a healing modality.

Module Six –     Course Notes and Video: Food for Thought. How what we eat affects sensitivity and our mental and emotional functions.

Module Seven – Course Notes and Video: Ancient Wisdom.  The ancient methods of classification of food and their relationship with climate and environment. Interpreting the morphology of plant form and growth.

Module Eight – Course Notes and Video: Diet and Human Ecology. An exploration of the ways that the principles of ecology can be used to better predict the nutritional effect of foods.

Module Nine – Course Notes and Video: The Living Earth. Soil quality is a prime factor in the nutritional values of foods. This module examines the direct effect of farming methods and agribusiness on food quality and security.

Module Ten –   Course Notes and Video: Collateral Damage. Food is grown, caught, raised or killed by people who exist behind the veil of corporate labels. The requirement for food slaves is a fundamental part of the modern industry with many implications for social and even individual health.

Module Eleven – Course Notes and Video: Bad Karma. The use of animals as a food source has increasingly been shown as a major factor in human disease and yet we continue to operate on outdated nutritional theories about their need. This module looks at the arguments that drive the conversation.

Module Twelve – Course Notes and Video: Creating A Food Ethic. In today’s world we need solid principles to guide science and social action. Nutrition requires a strong ethic in the face of diminished food security, world hunger and the rise of preventable disease among the young.

Module Thirteen – Course Notes and Video: What We Need. Nutritional science has identified the basic elements to meet the requirements of human health. This module focuses on the primary nutrients essential for health.

Module Fourteen – Course Notes and Video:  Where We Get It. This module shows the best sources for gaining nutritional needs using the Human Ecology Diet.

Module Fifteen – Course Notes and Video: Recipes for Healthy Living. In this module Marlene Watson-Tara will share 60 recipes that reflect the principles of the course including Desserts, Soups, Sauces, Main Courses and Side Dishes.