Guest Post by A. Hack
Gillian Anderson: carrotsThere has been a multitude of diets touted in the press in recent months, adding to the growing list of ways in which we are told we can lose weight, become healthier and achieve the perfect physique; but a new diet being recommended by nutritionist Professor Klondike Von Shaffenburg looks set to re-write the rules. In The Hair Colour Diet: How being in Tune with your Pigmentation can Change your Life, Professor Shaffenburg sets out his diet, which centres around eating only foods that match the color of your hair.
Pamela Anderson: bananasRedheads like Gillian Anderson, he explains, should stick to foods like carrots, tomatoes, red peppers, red meat (eaten raw) and fruits like strawberries and rasberries. Pamela Anderson, on the other hand, should stick to foods like bananas, lemons, yellow peppers and egg yolks.
In an interview with Nutrition Insanity magazine this month, Professor Shaffenburg says that people who dismiss his work as 'Utter drivel' have obviously not read his book.
"People in mainstream nutrition are terrified of new ideas," he suggests. "If everyone realised that the conventional thinking on nutrition is wrong it would turn the food industry and the medical establishment on their heads."
"The science is complicated," he goes on to say. "We all have differing levels of colour molecules in our hair, and this is reflected in the levels circulating in our blood too. Molecules of a similar colour reflect light of a similar wavelength, due to the pattern of electrons in their atoms. This means that when the red chemicals in our blood from food - such as the lycpene that is responsible for tomatoes being red - meets the hair colour molecules, we maximise the metabolic synergies and promote optimum health."
Professor Shaffenburg is no stranger to controversy. In 1992 the Swedish government shut down his Swedish Optimum Nutrition University - from which he received his professorship - amid a flood of allegations. A number of participants taking part in a clinical trial at the university alleged they were being asked to take part in unreasonable activities about which they had not been told beforehand. The trials for Professor Shaffenburg's 'Colonic Cockroach Therapy' were halted immediately.
Only time will tell whether this new diet will prove to be the holy grail of human nutrition. In the meantime, it is the unfortunate consumer who is left to try to navigate the maze of options now on offer.
Professor Shaffenburg, who is 40 years old and an albino, has been living on milk, egg whites, coconut and refined sugar since inventing his diet in 1998. He can be contacted at Ward 16 of The London Clinic for the Terminally Ill via his care nurse, Gladice.