The other day a good friend told me about another acquaintance whose daughter had just passed away last Tuesday from a ten-month battle with cancer. Poor little girl. She was only eight-years-old... I have experience with dealing with childhood cancer so I can understand somewhat their suffering. May god rest her soul and comfort the parents.
This morning I went to the grocery store. I walked by the racks that have the processed poisons (er, I mean processed foods). I never buy that stuff. We picked up our veggies and fruits and then went to the check out counter. There, I noticed that, "Gee! The shelves where the processed human foods are sure do look a lot like the shelves where the processed cat and dog foods are. In fact, they look exactly alike!"
If you don't pay attention closely, you might be eating your cat's dinner... It might even be healthier!
The increase in cancer deaths (even with the massive decrease in smoking cigarettes) can be attributed to many things. Some things may be difficult for us to control like the air we breathe or the location of factories from our homes.
It is easy, though, to control what we put into our bodies.
Human food. We know this isn't healthy.
It is common knowledge that processed foods cause obesity and cancer in humans (as well as many other maladies)
Seriously. It's in a can or packaged at a factory, is there any question that it has all sorts of chemical goodies in it?
The diet of people in the west (Japan too) have continually been on a course of more convenience. This makes a situation whereby the consumption of processed foods increase as the years go by.
It isn't a coincidence that as more and more people eat processed foods that more and more people get cancer. Recently, more and more cats and dogs are getting various sicknesses and diseases like cancer.
More and more people feed their animals processed foods that are causing these illnesses. I think there is a pretty easy to figure causative correlation going on here, don't you think?
Question 1: Do you think the chemicals in processed foods are safe? Do you think that chemicals can cause diseases like cancer? If so, don't you think it is a good idea to eliminate these chemicals in your diet or at least cut them down greatly wherever you can?
Question 2: Do you think you should you be feeding yourself or your child processed foods?
My son's typical breakfast: Raw veggies and fruits: carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, cashew nuts, tomatoes, orange slices, melon slices (and two boiled broccoli). Add to this homemade raw veggie & fruit juice and 1/2 slice bread and one small sausage. Glass of bottled water. We never give him processed foods for any meal! My breakfast is all these fruits and veggies blended into juice!
Getting rid of all the processed foods and poisons we eat and drink is not a 100% sure-fire way to prevent cancer and diseases, but it is a pretty strong shield. And, I mean, in this day and age, why not make the best effort to cut down these poisons coming into our body? In many ways, we cannot control pollutants in the environment and where we live, but we can make a better effort to protect our bodies and our children.
It's a pretty simple equation, I think. You can do your best to eat right now or pay the price later. Your choice.
Note: My dear friend, Timo Budo wrote, "Hey buddy, I read yer rant about processed franken-food. In my case you're preachin' to the friggin' choir. You seen the flick "Forks Over Knives" ?" Here's the trailer:
Definitely thought provoking. I remember seeing studies that showed that certain foods have a lot of chemicals that haven't even been fully tested yet, and the chemicals that have been tested- a lot of them cause problems in humans!
However, there is another angle that you didn't cover;
We all know that the older you get, the more susceptible to health problems we become- Has the life expectancy increase over the years, allowing people to live longer into their age affected the statistics of national health and the requirement of government funding for healthcare services?
That is a question that I find thought provoking.
I still agree though that people should eat as healthily as possible, but with the economy pressing down on the people, their budgets are tight, which means that they're more likely going to buy cheap, processed good instead of the slightly more expensive, healthier goods. Right?
a documentary that does a good job of touching upon this subject is FORKS OVER KNIVES. the film making isn't all that great, but the message is.
Just to add more proof that you are right:
* I remember reading how Japanese women can increase their cancer rates by moving to the US: https://www.google.com/search?q=japanese+women+move+to+us+cancer+rates
* The processed foods contain little to no nutrients. They are also overloaded with harmful combinations (iron, HFCS) that hurt the immune system, promote weight gain, allergies, etc. I doubt the pesticides are the culprits. (Look at the farmers.)
* Following the advice of Sissoun and the Ancestral Lifestyle people means you won't be worrying about cancer that much. Maybe supplement it with some of those Sardi articles and books on LRC:
You're lucky. You can buy Tsuno rice bran oil. In fact, go there. Take a tour. Also visit Yuzurihara. Take pictures. It will give you hope for humanity to see your fellow Japanese residents beating cancer, living long, and looking FANTASTIC!
I'm not sure if I totally believe the premise that it actually is easy to control what one puts into our bodies. First, one is limited to what one eats by both local availability, and almost as importantly, income. Next, one has little control as to the kind of air and pollution that enters our lungs. Or for that matter, the degree of sunlight that one gets. Finally, and possibly the most important, one has very little control as to the amount of stress one gets subjected to in our modern societies.
I for one, feel that the nutritional value of food is in many cases almost as important, if not as important, vs. how it was processed. If one just googles "decreasing nutritional value of food" one can find many articles.
Human cancers have been on the rise, and so has industrialization of society. How one puzzles out cause and effect is quite difficult. But one can say that there seems to be definitely some degrees of correlation.
The same goes for animals. As an example: say 40+ years ago, all now modern societies were much less advanced. The animals generally spent much more time outdoors, received more exercise, were probably happier, if one can judge things of that nature, and ate fresher foods. How one puzzles out the exact problems, or one to one correlations, I am unsure.
Some chemicals are suspected in being carcinogens. Some chemicals pretty much can cause cancers in some animals. The catch is, when experts test using white mice, for example, almost everything will increase their cancer rates. If one feeds them too much, too little, no enough variety, too much variety, etc. Again, it is quite difficult to find a 1:1 correlation for humans. That being said, my "hunch" is that the closer to ancient traditions and environment, the better it is for the body.
Regarding many fresh fruits and vegetables, to make them more transportable, cheaper, longer lasting, and more delectable to consumers, consequently have more chemicals than packaged grains, for example.
I agree that one should do what one can to get healthy. In many cases obviously it is easier said than done. Who pays for decreasing health? In one way or another, everyone pays, either financially or socially. But increasing costs do not necessarily correlate to increasing outcomes, the USA being a prime example. I believe that some medical care is actually dangerous for the patient. As "food for thought" I believe that the BMJ had an article that stated when doctors when on strike in every industrial society, the death rate went down.
As to what happens to national debts, they are inflated, written down, bankrupted, or obliterated by war, are they not?
I'm not sure if processed food is the sole culprit to increasing cancer rates, but I believe it doesn't help matters.
One can hope that living a good life in all ways, is a way to a long life. Unfortunately, in many ways life is not like a chequing account: just because one deposits good things, does not mean that one will receive good things in the future.
History tells the story of those at the prime of their life that die for no attributable reason... If the Greeks are to be believed, when Pandora's box was opened, it brought all the trouble into the world. At least it also brought into the world hope.
I'm researching for a book and collecting photos for our website. The Google Photo search revaaled a beautiful photo of a little boy with a bowl of fresh healthy food...
Leading me to this website. How refreshing to see another child eat the same food as our children! It is so very rare. Thank you for sharing.
We are from Australia.
Great work and we will link to your page to share your blog.
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