Fast food is Killing Americans and should probably carry a warning from the surgeon general. The fast food American diet is a disaster and the epidemic diseases are increasing. These foods are so common today but destructive of our health. We are digging our graves with our teeth with what we eat.
This Need not be So
There is a solution to this massive, “spare-tire” problem. I call it the “Ideal Meal.” Good food, good company, good conversation, and time to eat it. Savor the flavor of the food, the company, and in sharing the light and truths of God. The ideal meal nourishes body, mind, and spirit and is one of the joys of life. We will share some of the facts as to why epidemic diseases are increasing as a result of diet and give you solutions to this crises problem.
Humorously, but wisely, our good friend Dr. Fred Bohman offers the valuable suggestion that one of the best things you can do while eating is to chew each bite 29 times! Turning it into liquid mixes it with the saliva and then the stomach knows what is coming and secretes the right amount of acid and sets up the digestive system. He further told us, “Drink your food, and chew your drink!” Similarly, with liquids, let the stomach know what is coming. The Lord designed the body to heal if we will nurture it properly.
We Are at a Crisis
We all remember how the tobacco industry lied to us in years past that cigarettes were not harmful to your health. It was a status symbol for men to smoke – to be like the Marlboro Man, a macho symbol. Then later, in the interest of money, the industry enticed women to smoke and doubled their income.
When the American population learned how bad smoking was, legislation followed to educate us, and smoking decreased dramatically. No smoking on airplanes, no smoking in restaurants. Then the tobacco industry went to third world countries to pedal their poison.
We served a mission for our Church in 1997-1999 in the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoir), and we witnessed the tobacco industry inviting young people to free movies and gave them cigarettes to get them hooked. They would give the young people cigarettes and a job to be vendors for them. Smoking increased rapidly, and now they are suffering from these lies perpetrated on them. The tobacco industry has done this aggressive activity in other third-world nations as well.
Now, we have a major food crises instead of a tobacco crises, and the American people and the people of the world need to stand up for truth in packaging and in the choices they make in what is on their plate. Fortunately, many are. Three times a day we stand at the altar of our table. What do we worship? The food industry like the tobacco industry is driven by money and not for your health.
Diet Related Disease
Weston Price showed many decades ago that the increasing diseases plaguing Americans were in large measure diet related. Now diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart attacks, cancer, osteoporosis, autism, the list could be longer but must include stress – the major killer; stress cannot be avoided, but how to deal with it is the key. All these health challenges are dramatically increasing and with them depression and despondency, which in turn is causing the suicide rate to be epidemic.
Again, This Need Not Be So
We should not be surprised at these challenges. They are the signs of the times. The Lord has warned us that in the “Last Days perilous times shall come.” “…thus saith the Lord… In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarned you…” “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1-7; D&C 89:4) We will give critically needed solutions. Let us first look specifically at some of the causes of these dietary challenges, unbeknown to most.
As documented in the book and the DVD “Food, Inc.” we have a major conspiracy in America. Our Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is “in bed” with Monsanto – putting the smaller farmers out of business who refuse to use their GMO seeds or try to grow their own seeds. Knowing harmful effects on health, many countries have banned GMO seeds.
Scientists have testified before Congress that the glyphosate in Monsanto’s herbicide “Round-Up” is hazardous to our health. Like with the tobacco industry, America is waking up to the several problems created by “Food, Inc.” Just this month (10 August 2018) the jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in a cancer trial with the statement during the hearings, “This jury found Monsanto acted with malice and oppression because they knew what they were doing was wrong and doing it with reckless disregard for human life,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a member of Johnson’s legal team. “This should send a strong message to the boardroom of Monsanto.”
GMO foods are common in the US, as well as the ingredient, MSG — both of which are very harmful to your health. It is good to look for the label GMO free.
High Fructose Corn-Syrup
Michael Pollan in his book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, documents the pervasive and harmful effects of high fructose corn-syrup (HFCS). It is hard to find processed foods and drinks that don’t use HFCS as the sweetener. Developed in the 1970s, HFCS became a huge economic success in the 80s, but from a health standpoint, it is subtle disaster. HFCS is linked as one of the main causes of the obesity epidemic as well as to the diabetes epidemic. It tends to suppress the satiation sense, so that when we have eaten enough, we don’t know it and overeat. It also tends to be addictive. Its abundance in the American diet – especially in sodas — is often causing liver problems. As a synthesized sugar, the body doesn’t know how to digest it and turns it into fat.
In a similar way, most people don’t know table sugar is a slow poison. Read the books, Sweet and Dangerous by John Yudkin and Sugar Blues by William Dufty. Dr. Lorraine Day has a CD, Eye See; Prevent and Reverse Eye Diseases, in which she documents the causes and the cures for many eye diseases and that sugar contributes to eye cataracts. I used to wear glasses; now I don’t.
Pollan further shows in his book that the fast food industry is a disaster to America’s health. (Read also, Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schosser, who is interviewed in the DVD Food Inc.) Most of your processed foods use vegetable oils – which you don’t want to eat if you are interested in your health. Some are very good – coconut oil for example.
Annually, an estimated 73,000 Americans get illnesses and some die from resistant strains of E-coli as a result of the contaminated ways meat is processed in this country. See the DVD, “Food, Inc.” and the book by the same title. You’ll never want to eat another piece of meat again unless it is organic or raised yourself. Grass fed is the best fed!
Bad Fat – Good Fat
There has been a false tradition that fat is bad. There are good fats and bad fats. The Weston Price foundation has some excellent guidelines in this regard in follow up to the excellent pioneering research of Dr. Price. Good fat is good for you and does not make you fat. It is an excellent source of energy and avoids insulin resistance, which has become epidemic as well. Dr. Benjamin Bikman of the Life Sciences Department of BYU told the students in a devotional that majority of them had this disease and it is common throughout the world. – (Click on image below for video)
Additional Options for a Good Diet
Americans don’t eat enough fermented foods and are typically Vitamin K2 deficient. As I point out in my book, Vitamin K2 will guide calcium into the bones and teeth, where we want it to be. And it will get calcium out to prevent the deposition and even remove calcium from areas where we don’t want it to be, like soft tissues and arteries, for example, where calcium can cause hardening of the arteries. K2 is critical for keeping our bones strong and our arteries clear. Those are majorly important health concerns, and K2 is a very important nutrient for those health issues.
Vitamin K2 works with Vitamin D3, which people at high latitudes are often deficient – contributing to many of the auto-immune diseases. There are essentially no cases of MS for countries close to the equator. It is easy, and extremely worthwhile to supplement these two vitamins.
If possible, grow your own garden. Buy organic foods and encourage the stores you shop at to offer the same. The American diet is strongly meat and dairy centered, which moves the body’s pH to be too acidic. Cancer cells have been shown to not be able to grow in an alkaline environment. A plant-based diet moves the body to a more alkaline level. Like Thomas Jefferson counseled, one should leave the table before being full and use meat more as a condiment.
If the dairy products you bought in the store were feed to a young calf, it would die. I grew up milking cows and drinking raw milk, which is good for you. It is very difficult to buy it now and is often illegal to sell.
My Best Counsel
I have overcome several health challenges in my 82 years on this planet by dietary changes. The best counsel I have to give comes from the Lord in Doctrine Covenants Section 89. I regard the counsel here as “gold” as it relates to health and finding the hidden treasures of Truth (D&C 89:19) as one nurtures body, mind and spirit. As we prepare for the Lord’s Coming, taking care of this sacred temple (our bodies) is indeed wise so “that the destroying angel” will pass us by “as the children of Israel…” (D&C 89:21)
We do not need to be affected by the “Fast Food” epidemic that is killing Americans. Let us be wise; read labels; encourage others to avoid these slow poisons and to trust in the Lord’s counsel.
David W Allan