Originally posted by ZeroKnowledge
I think that exaggeration in this case is counter productive..........But it does not cause ALL illnesses. Half of Europe was wiped out when no one
heard about preservatives/food color/artificial sweeteners and co. And everybody ate organic then.
You are right and you are wrong. Your correct assumption is that ALL diseases and illness is caused by food, this is not correct. Genetics has a large
part in passing on certain genes that show weakness to certain parental combinations that allow for diseases such as cancer and diabetes, etc.
You are incorrect when you stated that half of Europe was wiped out while still organic. In this instance the food didn't have anything to do with
it; you are referring to the black plague which was caused primarily by bad hygiene and garbage/dead bodies in the streets. General lack of proper
food handling allowed for rats to infest all common middle to lower class housing at the time and rat feces mixed with food products started a big
part of the illnesses at the time. The bubonic plague is a very dangerous disease, and while it was alone devastating, it was solely carried by rats
and transferred because of general human mis-handling of daily necessities like cleaning and maintenance of habitats.
As far as the O.P. is concerned, I completely agree. Food additives and preservatives are a huge, if not 99% cause of major obesity and other
illnesses in this country and all over the world. I admit myself of being "addicted" to crap like Burger King and Pizza Hut on a far more frequent
basis than I really should, however so many people don't realize that where there is money to be made, the health of the individual is expendable.
So many different food production companies rely on cheap additives to provide for our growing population so that they can survive too. Organic food
is outrageously expensive, but rightfully so because it takes time to make it right, not to mention safe.
Many of you don't realize that whole industries are linked to a single cause; in this case the O.P. is correct in stating that additives lead to
obesity and illnesses. To the previous posters arguing longer lifespan, I have these rebuttals and questions:
1. Why is our lifespan longer now than before? (Your answer: Advances in medicine and drugs/surgery)
My answer: Of course this is correct, but if taken into context with food additives, how many of you depend on drugs for one illness or another?
Probably a huge part of the population. Now here is the kicker............How many of you take multiple drugs to counteract the SIDE EFFECTS of the
other drugs? Probably just as many if not more of the same statistical number.
My father is Diabetic. He is taking over 12 drugs twice a day to counter act previous surgeries from a heart attack and abuse of his body due to bad
eating habits over the last 5 decades. The doctor ADMITTADLY in front of me said that half of the drugs were to counter act the side effects he
experiences from taking the TWO drugs that he actually NEEDS to survive.
Now take this context with food additives and the medical connection: Eating improperly and eating additives/preservatives/chemicals/pesticides will
lead to illness naturally, so lifespan is extended by medicine by taking a drug right? Ok, I can concede that, but don't forget the other 11 you need
to take to counter act those.
2. Food additives aren't causing all disease and illness? (Your answer: People before additives weren't living any longer and were just as
Again I can concede some of this, but again it comes down to context and social standard. Take smoking for example, while mildly off topic and me not
being a smoker, take this into consideration.
The Native Americans who have lived here for hundreds of years before we came to America had smoked Tobacco and Peyote respectively with almost no
documented cases of cancer, which is why you always see the old wrinkly chief smoking the pipe. While today's standards have smokers dying off in
their 30's on a regular basis. Simply put, chemical alteration to make it addictive.
This is the same process used by food companies not only to preserve, but to make their food "taste" better to you. I will give you another great
A friend of mine heard about a technique of switching soft drinks from regular to diet for no other purpose than to see the amount of sugar intake and
chemical alteration that could affect her body. Within the course of a few months, without changing the amount consumed or the frequency of the
consumption, she lost over 20 lbs. just from retaining water due to the high sugar concentration.
My mother is big into organic foods as well and is average considering most women in their 60's. She recently started an organic diet in the last
three months, and I can tell you from an eye witness point of view, she lost at least 20 lbs. just in the first 2-3 weeks. So I absolutely agree with
the O.P. on the organic vs. traditional food argument. However you must be cautious where you get it as some companies claim to be organic, but use
the same chemicals in order to tap into the market that has rejected their traditional food line.
In the last year I started a process that most people would consider crazy. I purchased a complete set of high grade surgical stainless steel cooking
pans for around $5,000. This will be the last set of pans I ever purchase in my lifetime and my children's lifetime. The process of cooking is valid
in this argument because it can also lead to removing valuable nutrition and vitamins from the food we cook on a regular basis. The process involves
cooking with water instead of oils/fats. The cook time is only 15 mins. for a whole chicken breast, cooked vegetables and whatever else you want to
Before I started researching the food additives consequences I would have considered this to be a move of madness, I could have purchased a car for
that much! But because I have seen firsthand and researched everything the O.P. stated and can validate 95% of it to be true, I completely support
this idea and hope that more people will jump on the same research bandwagon to a healthier lifestyle. Only then might we need less drugs to survive
and start living longer on our own terms, not the FDA's.
[edit on 8-4-2010 by Kingalbrect79]
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