Originally posted in slightly different form January 14, 2013 
Shortcuts enable the brain to deal with the mismatch between the capacity, the computational power, of the brain, and the need to process some of the information.
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The fact that we have a smaller brain, that we can’t process all the information, has, from an evolutionary perspective, forced the brain to be more sophisticated, to decide what’s important and what’s not important, to have a plan. “What am I going to do? What am I going to need for the future?” This is the core of intelligence: thinking what information is important, not important and so on.
But sometimes, mental shortcuts can lead us astray. You can find one example in some followers of “natural” or “holistic” medicine. The error comes in accepting the same understanding of illness and health as the conventional Western medicine they distrust or reject. Instead of drugs, they’ll take herbs or homeopathics; instead of surgery, acupuncture or other less invasive therapy.
It’s unconventional treatment pursued in a very conventional way – a way that depends on linear, mechanistic thinking.
And that thinking, as we’ve noted, is a real limitation of the conventional model.
This mechanistic thinking also drives the belief (and hope)  that if only a chronically ill person could get rid of their mercury fillings or root canals or cavitations or implants, their health may be restored. But what we repeatedly see in clients with severely compromised health from decades of progressive illness is that dental factors are just one of many physical and energetic burdens on the body. As we wrote before , dental factors are often just “triggers to deeper, more ingrained health issues.” Some people may tolerate amalgam fillings or root canal teeth for years – just as long as the body is able to effectively excrete the toxins. But should it fail and toxins accumulate, from dental sources or elsewhere…then you have problems.
When we analyze a client’s biological terrain, current dental conditions and complete health history, we typically see burdens building from a very young age and accumulating over time. “Simple” and “easy” health complaints are treated with drugs, which add to the burden and often generate more symptoms “requiring” more treatment. The illness progresses into deeper and deeper phases. Eventually, the person may turn to non-allopathic therapies, but if they’re used in the same mechanistic way, positive results tend to be short term.
For healing, the body’s self-regulating mechanisms first must be stimulated. You have to spur its innate clearing and healing ability so it can finally begin excreting the accumulated toxins. Once you do, other interventions – cavitational surgery, say, or mercury removal – should prove more successful.
Going this route requires a change in thinking – a willingness to go beyond simplistic explanations and superficial gestures toward cure. It requires expansive thinking and acceptance of the dynamism that life, by definition, is.
Consider the study on the link between autism and industrial diets  that some reduced to the sound byte “high fructose corn syrup causes autism.” But that’s not exactly what the paper said. What it did suggest is that the metaoblic effect of HFCS prevents or limits the assimilation of minerals and other factors that allow the body to excrete heavy metals such as mercury. This, in turn, may facilitate the absorption of pesticides, which have also been found to contribute to autism and an array of neurological disorders.
The “Redox/Methylation Hypothesis of Autism”…proposed that oxidative insults arising from environmental exposures, such as Hg and pesticides, can cause neurodevelopmental disorders by disrupting epigenetic regulation. The macroepigenetic Mercury Toxicity Model expanded in this paper provides additional support for the “Redox/Methylation Hypothesis of Autism” while contributing important insight into the oxidative stress feedback mechanisms that may occur as a result of malnutrition resulting from dietary exposures to toxins. The delivery of children exhibiting autistic behaviors might be associated with the prenatal diet of their mothers. The severity of these behaviors can be further exacerbated by toxic dietary exposures of the children, which can improve with dietary changes aimed at eliminating these exposures. Children with autism could well be exhibiting an epigenetic response to several neurotoxic substances at once, including, but not limited to, inorganic Hg, Pb, OP pesticides and/or HFCS. The combined effect of these substances acting together is likely greater than the sum of the effects of the substances acting by themselves. This effect likely reduces neuronal plasticity and impairs learning capacity in autistic children. [emphasis added]
Not just one factor but many factors involved in dynamic relationships, compounding and complicating problems that each could cause on their own. Underscoring this: Within the same week as the above study made news , there was word of other new studies clarifying other factors at work in the development of autism, including immune system disturbances , obesity during pregnancy  and genetic factors . Maybe further research will show that dietary factors drive these components; maybe something else.
Even then, as yet one more study  reminds us, a single dietary factor can cause different results depending on the make-up of the diet as a whole.
You’ve got to look at the big picture. Always.