As Marg points out, the U.S. pharmaceutical industry doesn't help either, by offering a pill (the more expensive, the better) for every symptom. It
goes beyond that, however. Big Pharma has for many years exerted undue influence on the development of medical school curricula. For example, it is
no coincidence that medical schools offer minimal coursework on Human Nutition.
In the introduction to "The Great American Detox Diet" (from Alex Jamieson, fiancee of Morgan Spurlock -- Academy Award-nominated director of the
documentary movie Supersize Me), an osteopathic physician acknowledges the benefits of 'preventive eating':
"Like most doctors today, I did not get any formal training in preventative (sic) nutrition, and this, I now realize, is a serious shortcoming of our
medical education system."
Source: The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (vegan chef). Rodale Press 2005 ISBN: 1594862311
BTW, a newly published book for both kids and adults will help to decode what is in commercially produced food in the U.S. The full title is "Chew
on this: everything you don't want to know about fast food" by Eric Schlosser (author of Fast Food Nation) and Charles Wilson. Here is a link to
the full description of this new book:
The underlying problem, though, is the pervasive influence of American corporations on basically every aspect of American life.
Knowledge is power, however. For example, in a recent newsletter from the Organic Consumers Association, when I learned that corporations such as
Whole Foods successfully lobbied the U.S. Senate to water down the definition of what is in common ingredients of manufactured organic foods, I
decided to discontinue all my food shopping from Whole Foods, Wild Oats, etc., and just purchase food through local farmers markets, my membership
food co-op and local L.A. independent food stores such as Erewhon, Co-opportunity, and independently owned food stores in Little Tokyo. For mail
order, I also recommend Goldmine Natural Foods online. That link is:
[edit on 12-6-2006 by FutureLibrarian]