The quality of food in America (and around the world as Westernization continues to interfere with traditional food cultures) has become a topic of highly intense debate in the last few years. For those who do their research, it has become apparent that the degradation of our food supply has reached a point where the general public is no longer getting enough nutrition to remain healthy throughout their entire lives. Some of the more obvious culprits include:
1. Genetically modified foods (GMO’s).
2. Over-processed foods that are stripped of living organic compounds, then flavored with table salt or added sugars so that it will remain “fresh” on the shelf indefinitely.
3. Fast foods that are fried in rancid vegetables oils, then flavored with table salt or processed sugar.
4. Modern preservation methods that destroy the health benefits of the food and causes it to become highly acidic.
5. Pesticides and herbicides that are sprayed abundantly on conventional and GMO crops.
6. Depleted and over-used/over-sprayed soils that are void of trace minerals, live bacteria, fungi and many of the other nutrients typically found in rich, fertile, unadulterated soil.
Most Americans don’t stand a chance of being healthy anytime soon…unless they change their diets, start exercising more, and demand better quality food and a return to traditional farming methods that do not include poisonous chemicals. This will require a joint effort across the nation, it will require that the majority step forward and do their part to not purchase foods that they know are damaging to their health, and it will require that people search their surroundings and find places to buy their food from local farms and farmer’s markets. At the least, shop from the organic sections at grocery stores. Awakening Americans to this reality has proven to be quite difficult though, as most people tend to avoid the discipline involved with diet change, especially when that change includes giving up addictive sugars and chemicals that keep people going back to the foods that harm them. Additionally, it isn’t really discussed enough on public television or radio station broadcasts, most of whom are sponsored by commercial food industries, so many people simply do not know that the food they eat is the root-cause of their health problems. The connection between the food we eat and our health has been severely damaged by conventional medicine, which has been very reluctant to accept this truth, which could be detrimental to their profit from drug sales. Also, clever food industry marketing has fooled people into ideas that are simply not true, such as the famous “Got Milk?” campaign that uses celebrities who show off their milk mustache after having a drink of pasteurized, highly acidic milk from a factory-farmed cow that was contaminated with antibiotics and growth hormones. The messages have been incorrect for decades, the politics have been corrupted beyond repair, and the result has been disastrous to the health of America and all who have adopted the Western diet. It is predicted that by the year 2030, more than half of the money spent annually around the world will be spent on healthcare for diet-related diseases. This is un-sustainable and humanity would be foolish to continue down this path of self-destruction.
If we do not change our food and agricultural issues there will be many epidemics and plagues in our future, most of which have already started to creep into the medical history records over the last few decades. Most cancers, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, digestive problems such as Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis or ulcerative colitis, obesity, and many, many more diet-related diseases are all the result of the poor quality of food over a long duration of time, as well as other lifestyle factors such as smoking or drinking excessive alcohol, a lack of exercise, or high levels of stress, drinking chlorinated tap water, taking antibiotics, or all of the above. Degenerative diseases are late-stage symptoms of the accumulation of toxicity and acidity in the body (including emotional stress and environmental toxicity) and/or a damaged gut flora, and they are indicative of a weakened immune system that is not protecting the person from disease. People are dying before their time is supposed to be up, their bodies are shutting down before their spirit does. While most people are aware that poor quality food and toxic lifestyle habits will harm them, few are willing to accept the responsibility of their bad food addictions and lifestyle habits. We are truly at a cross-roads. Many family lineages may not survive for more than a few more generations. Others, who go back to traditional foods and traditional methods of food preservation, will thrive and push forward to tell the tales in another era of mankind, if there is another era of mankind.
Medical professionals who have criticized the quality of food in America as a main culprit of these diet-related diseases have often been ridiculed or literally “shut-down” in their practice by those who adhere to the ways of modern medicine and its anxious desire to have everyone taking as many prescription medications as possible. Many simply move out of the country where they can continue their practice without interference from the FDA, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture or a number of other regulating authorities who seem determined to keep the poor quality food on the shelves of our grocery stores. Dr Weston A Price, a dentist in the early 1900’s, was one of those health professionals who was ridiculed by many and heralded by others for his research involving the development of teeth in people who eat Westernized foods compared to those who continue to eat their traditional, ancestral foods. His findings are hard to dismiss as evidence that the quality of food we eat is driving humanity into a state of poor health that it has never seen before. This is an excerpt from his website:
Dr. Weston A. Price (1870-1948), a Cleveland dentist, has been called the “Isaac Newton of Nutrition.” In his search for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to unstudied evidence among human beings. Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them–isolated nonindustrialized people.
The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected–nutritional deficiencies.
Price traveled the world over in order to study isolated human groups, including sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, Eskimos and Indians of North America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South America. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of primitives on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors.
In Orlando, you can find traditional, unadulterated, healthy and wholesome foods at various farmer’s markets and local co-op markets that are opening on a regular basis, which is a relief for those who want out of commercialized food. Places like Home Grown Co-op (downtown Orlando), Maya Papaya organic farm (Oveido), and Nadoona Orlando Food Co-op (near 528 and Goldenrod), among others, offer items like local honey, organic vegetables, fruits and leafy greens, raw dairy, grass-fed and pasture-raised meats and eggs, fermented foods, as well as many other food options for healthier living. Fresh Farm Direct 2 U offers a wide variety of fermented foods, raw dairy, and locally-grown and produced meats and foods that are grown and processed in traditional ways that you cannot find in grocery stores today, with bi-weekly pick-up locations throughout Orlando. Steve Moreau, president of the Orlando Chapter of the Westin A Price Foundation and an Acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Medicine, operates Farm Fresh Direct 2 U. Once upon a time, this was how people bought food, straight from the farmer. Some restaurants around town offer locally-sourced or organic foods that are healthier for you than what you will find at franchised restaurants. It is my opinion that we need to return to the traditional and ancestral ways of community and planetary support, and traditional foods and methods of preservation. For our health, for our happiness, to support local businesses, and for those who come after us.