Food should nourish the body, please the palate, and satisfy the soul. When I was a kid, growing up in Phoenix, food did just that. We ate some crappy stuff, beef at every meal, white bread, white rice, canned vegetables, fruit on occasion, and lots of cakes and pies. And of course bacon and eggs for breakfast most every day. No wonder I grew up looking more like a pear than a human. But back in those days, the food we ate, didn't cause cancer, ALS symptoms, degenerative disorders and death. Well, maybe, high cholesterol and heart disease, but certainly not the troubles that food today does.
top two crops in America today are corn and soy. From those two we get
High Fructose Corn Syrup and hydrogenated soy oil. A large percentage
of those crops go into those two specific items. Both are in MOST
processed foods, and are heavily used in the fast food industry.
McDonalds fries are bathed in HFCS so that they taste sweeter and brown
better. Most infant formulas contain the equivalent amount of HFCS as
is in a can of Coke. Both of these crops are liberally doused with
glyphosate, Roundup. Monsanto, the company that developed glyphosate
has steadfastly continued to market this stuff as biodegradable and as
safe as water for the environment. At least until just recently, they
can no longer legally claim that. And research is linking overuse of
glyphosate to HUGE problems in the environment, including crop die-off,
loss of soil fertility, and development of superweeds. There are
regulated safe levels of residual glyphosate, pesticides and other
toxins for the foods we eat. That in itself should scare you. Do they
test all the food grown, or just hope the farmers are adhering to the
guidelines and not trying to save their crops by spraying ever more
poisons on them to stave off weeds and bugs?
According to a study by the EWG,
blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins,
including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides, and chemicals from non
stick products. Of the 287 chemicals EWG detected in umbilical cord
blood, it’s known that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals; 217 are
toxic to your brain and nervous system; and 208 cause birth defects or
abnormal development in animal tests. Clearly, when babies are born loaded with toxins in their blood, it’s a sign that toxic exposure is too high.
the mid-90's, the number of Americans suffering from at least three
chronic diseases has nearly doubled. Our life expectancy has dropped,
and sadly, infant mortality has increase. Diseases that once were rare
are now commonplace and are approaching epidemic levels.
1. Autism now affects one in 88 children, compared to one in 25,000 in 1970, CDC figures
2. Type 2 diabetes in the Us increased by 176% between 1980 and 2010
Alzheimer's is rising at alarming rates. It's estimated that 5.4
million older Americans now has it. AD raes have DOUBLED since 1980
Infectious diseases caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria now may
cause as many as 105,000 deaths each year. With most of those
infections having been contracted in hospitals. CDC estimate
write about this stuff here on my blog all the time. Some things are
changing. The Germans banned GM plants from their country until further
environmental and health studies are done. India has banned anymore GM
crops. France is trying to get a TOTAL ban on glyphosate use in their
country. Peru has banned ALL GM plants. Five states now have bills in
the works to requite labeling of all GM foods sold in in their states.
Maybe someday in the future, food will be better, maybe. I sure hope
so, for your children's health, and their children's, and theirs as
You can help, buy organic. When at the local
Safeway or wherever you shop, ask the produce manager if the zuchini are
Genetically Modified or not. Refuse to buy them if they don't know.
And do it loudly. Get noticed, raise a stink, demand healthy food.
It's your life, and death.