There are many things threatening the health of Americans today, from chemicals in lawn treatments, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and supplements, to the actual food supply itself. Much of my work for the past ten years has focused on the pollution of the U.S. food supply, although I have also recently branched out to include other sources of pollution that are driving a downward trend in the health of Americans. My main focus, however, is still the U.S. food supply.
When I began my research 10 years ago, I found it hard to believe how polluted U.S. foods had become, especially compared with the rest of the world, and what it was costing us as a nation. Eventually I came to accept that our foods were knowingly contaminated to increase profits in the industrial farming and food manufacturing industries.
Eventually I realized that the majority of Americans were completely oblivious to the significant nutritional deficiencies that were driving serious illnesses and obesity. Most of my patients were blaming themselves for their health and weight problems. I was shocked to discover that America’s newborns have one of the worst survival rates in the developed world despite our superior neonatal medical technology and an abundant, all be it, polluted food supply. Likewise, 1/3 of all U.S. children are already obese today in the U.S. which does not bode well for their future. Many of the pollutants in American foods, are known obesogens.
I also learned that American children today will live shorter lives than their parents, which is an unheard of phenomenon in the history of the world, as each generation usually lives longer than the one before it. Finally, between 2016 and 2019, life expectancy in the U.S. population declined for the third year in a row. Again, this is unheard of unless there has been a catastrophic event such as a nuclear bomb.
These things are not happening in other developed nations. They are happening here in the U.S. We are officially the wealthiest unhealthiest country in the world today. (Don’t even get me started on the COVID-19 pandemic, a veritable pandoras box of mis-management that is costing thousands of unnecessary deaths in July 2020.)
The problem is that most Americans have no idea how dangerous the U.S. food supply is or what impact it is having on them and their health. Although I was appalled by the onslaught of pollutants bombarding Americans, I came to understand that if polluted food could kill us, clean food could cure us. Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” He was right.
It has become my mission in life to teach people the amazing healing power of clean eating. When I began to apply this approach in the treatment for those with eating disorders, my outcomes, which were good already, jumped to another level.
The benefits of eating clean go beyond the resolution of eating disorders. I have example after example of how clean eating can resolve medical conditions such as Chrohn’s, MS, cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, etc. Many of my patients with specific eating disorders found that they could trust food again. Clean food acts differently than polluted food. It behaves. It doesn’t give you a food baby, brain fog, inflammation, or insomnia. And you can eat a lot more of it and not gain unwanted weight. Most of my patients are surprised at how much more they can eat without gaining middle fat or unwanted weight in general when they are eating clean.
In other words, a calorie is not a calorie, as some slick marketers of polluted poison would have you believe in an effort to make you feel guilty when you can’t stop eating their addicting products. Skip the guilt. It isn’t your fault and you are not crazy or lazy. You are just eating foods designed to get you addicted to them by attacking your brain, your gut and the hormones that regulate weight and wellness. Self-discipline isn’t the issue when you are being deceived about the safety of the food.
Do we all have to take responsibility for our health and well-being? Absolutely! But first we have to know what we are up against. Otherwise we are at the mercy of those who would exploit us for their own personal gain.
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