Introduction and description
The mucusless diet is a therapeutic component studied and disclosed about a century ago by a drawing teacher, prof. Arnold Ehret (July 27, 1866 – Freiburg); driven by the desire to solve all the ailments defined as incurable at the time, he undertook an “alternative” training path which led him to found the Mucusless Diet Healing System also said Ehretism.
According to Ehretism, the mucusless diet is a fundamental method for achieving complete healing, where healing does not mean the suppression of pain but: “the natural process by which the body repairs itself“.
The mucus-free diet is based on the self-regenerative potential of the human organism and on the physiological capacity to gradually remove all impediments, poisons, deposits of fermented materials, toxins, foreign chemical substances, mucus, and everything else that does not belong to the natural body. In this way, again on the basis of what the supporters of the mucus-free diet quote, germs, bacteria, or viruses would not take root but would simply pass through.
Simply put, following the mucus-free diet means eliminating all foods that create or contribute mucus from your diet. Mucus is commonly associated with secretions from the nose, facial sinuses, or intestinal enterocytes; however, in the Ehreteic healing system, mucus also includes many other sticky substances: cholesterol, phlegm, phlegm, etc., which upon entering the body with food they end up “encysting” in the colon from where they can reach all the other organs and systems.
According to Ehret, through the healing method of the mucusless diet it is possible to remove the mucus responsible for the diseases allowing the body to heal itself; the principles of this dietary style allow pathological remission, maintenance of health and optimization of vital and secondary functions.
In short, although the mucus-free diet cannot be dissociated from the whole system, it represents in itself a real food therapy; Ultimately, Ehret suggested:
- Eliminate foods containing mucus: white flour and derivatives, white rice, eggs, cheese, meat, fish, cold cuts and sausages
- Encourage the consumption of foods that dissolve mucus: citrus fruits, fresh or dried figs, raisins, raw vegetables and fruit in general
First of all, it should be specified that the mucusless diet dissociates itself from any conventional scientific foundation, therefore, it must be treated as such.
The mere web premise of the mucusless diet should be enough to discourage further study and while considering myself open-minded or free from any prejudice, I admit that I hesitated before starting to read the medical treatise dating back to the early 1900s written by Arnold Ehret, a drawing professor. Without shame, I admit that I made an unforgivable mistake… I will certainly follow my instinct next time!
In my view, Ehret and co. they discredit traditional medicine by calling it too focused on the alleviation of symptoms and not very attentive to pathological causes; in parallel, Ehretism reveals and divulges the cause of all the ills that afflict humanity, mucus, proposing its universal panacea: a mucus-free diet. As obvious as it may seem, I stress that a similar attitude, in addition to being very unprofessional (if we can speak of professionalism) and even a little offensive, is extremely disinformative and harmful to education. Medical science has always focused first of all on the search for etiopathological causes, while the use of drugs is weighted on the basis of clinical conditions as well as symptoms; certainly and inevitably, many mistakes have been made in medical history, but precisely on those mistakes people have worked to achieve nothing short of miraculous capabilities such as transplantation of organs or bone marrow.
The mucusless diet focuses on limiting the introduction of mucus with foods (?) and the purifying potential of others; Ehret defines mucus as a foreign substance, while it is a specific secretion of some histological tissues having a well-defined function (for example, as a barrier against bacterial aggression, or protection from chemical-physical stress) and which subsequently ad inflammation can be produced in excess. According to the mucusless diet, pathogens infect the body because they are kept inside; on the contrary, in reality they DO NOT infect the body precisely because they are blocked and subsequently expelled (for example, with cough or feces). In the body, mucus is indispensable and without it it would not be possible to maintain a certain overall integrity, risking contracting: gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, intestinal irritation and enteric neoplasms, respiratory tract infections and neoplasms, etc.
This diet, instead of mucus-free, seems groundless; eliminating all those foods can certainly be useful for an inconsiderate weight loss characterized by innumerable nutritional deficiencies, but it certainly does not represent a specific cure nor a universal therapy. Personally, I strongly advise against adherence to the mucus-free diet and even just reading the text.