I know many of you out there will disagree with me on this, and you have experience to back yourselves up. And I accept that. I even respect it. After all, I believe in things that a lot of other people are skeptical about - as Rabbi Saul Berman reminded us at a recent conference, all Orthodox Jews, no matter how "Modern" or "open" we call ourselves, are still, at heart, fundamentalists. So.
But I still remain a skeptic for a lot of things. Example.
In my martial arts class today, other than the initial movements, we did no actual martial arts. Because my shoulder is still bothering me, and because my friend J, who got me started, strained her back rather badly yesterday, Master K. decided that today we'd do reflexology. Which means we sat on the floor, and I rubbed my toes. Master K, noting that J could not reach her own feet comfortably, had her lie on the floor on her back while *she* did the rubbing. We were the only ones there.
For those who don't know, reflexology is the the idea that every part of the body is mirrored on the feet, so you rub the right spot on the feet, and that will affect the mirrored part of the body.
J *did* feel a lot better when she sat up. But note. She'd been lying on a resiliant surface, a matt, while someone rubbed both of her feet for about a half hour, and foot massage is very relaxing. There are a lot of nerves in the foot, as anyone who has ever indulged in toe sucking knows. Me? I felt. Well, my feet felt good. I can't see how it could possibly be dangerous, so I went along with it.
And it would probably have felt even better if someone else did it, like so many other things. :) Hey, jonbaker....
We then went on about diet, and here came something else that. Well.
I avoid sugar. I avoid processed sugar, I avoid honey, I avoid maple syrup. I avoid fruit juices. For that matter, if I were doing things right, I'd avoid white flours and rices. Why? Because these are all simple carbohydrates that enter my bloodstream too quickly for my pancreas to catch up. But, see, the orgin of the sugar doesn't matter.
So, here was my instructor saying that honey was better than white sugar because it's "natural". Well, honestly, honey is processed pretty much as much as white sugar, except that instead of being done in a factory, it's done inside a bee. And most honey we eat is pasteurized, cooked, and purified anyway. "Natural" doesn't mean better. It just means...well. Hmmm. I mean, sucrose is found in nature - we get it from the purely natural sources of sugar cane and sugar beet. It's just cooked and purified.
I didn't say anything. I didn't exactly keep a straight face during the toe rubs, but she interpreted it, and mostly correctly, as me having fun. Because I was.
But I do wish we could have done some kicks and blocks and punches and falls today. I missed them.