“We have drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently. It’s the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable that can be made by mass production methods in central factories, and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market. Then after here develops a suspicion that these foods are inadequate to support life, Modern advertising steps in to propagandize the people into believing there is nothing wrong with them. That they are products of scientific research intended to afford a food that is the last word in nutritive value … And the confused public is totally unable to arrive at any conclusion of fact… and continues to blindly buy rubbish that is killing them years ahead of their time. The American people have been humbugged into digging their graves with their own teeth!”
Dr Royal Lee 1943
Doesn’t the above quote sound like it was said today? How did we get to the point where cancer heart disease, diabetes and a multitude of degenerative diseases are affecting such a high percentage of the population? I have one word for you Convenience. At the end of World War II there was an increase of women in the work force and a returning GI’s. There was also an abundance of empty factory’s that manufactured food for the GI’s that were not needed for supplies. It didn’t take long for someone to figure out they could retool the factory to make fast and convenient food. They marketed it towards the working people as a way to feed the family a fast and healthy meal easily, I.e. the TV dinner and breakfast cereals.
Fast forward to present day and you see fast food everywhere, factory farms and any kind of “food” in a box you can imagine. With the huge increase in chronic diseases it isn’t hard to see the correlation. In practice as a chiropractor I began to see how chronic musculoskeletal problems were worse in people with poorer diets. Well it goes back to the saying you are what you eat. When you eat a whole food non processed diet you are giving you body genuine replacement parts. Just like you can buy a cheap part for your car, you do that for your body when you choose to eat a food product. Imagine that if you did this for your car over time you would be driving a piece of junk built with non-original parts. Every piece of food you put in you mouth is either helping to build your body or make you unhealthy. My nutrition work began when I addressed my own health problems and came to the realization that my Healthy diet wasn’t that Healthy. After addressing it by going back to basic human nutrition I saw dramatic changes in my health. Here are some basic changes that can be made that would vastly improve the health of most people.
- Avoid pre packaged food
- Prepare you own food
- Avoid white flower, sugar and white rice as they offer calories with no nutritional value
- Eat more raw preferably organic vegetables and produce.