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Health Blogger Under Fire: Defend Freedom of Health Information & Choices!

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Today I’m expressing my opposition to what’s going on in the State of North Carolina. A blogger named Steve Cooksey of Diabetes Warrior maintains a chronicle of his health journey, detailing how how he’s managed his disease.

The North Carolina State Board of Dietetics (members of the American Dietetics Association) has formally objected to his blogging activities, and he is now facing 120 days jail time. For what, you may ask. Writing about how he is healing himself without drugs and conventional approaches to his diagnosis of Diabetes.

When he was originally diagnosed, he was recommended to take insulin and consume the Standard American Diet of government recommendations, including My Plate (formerly the Food Pyramid) and a regimen of pharmaceutical drugs. Since then, he has been in the process of reversing his condition by not taking conventional advice.

If you read his blog and you don’t agree with his recommendations, then you certainly don’t have to take them. He’s not a doctor, nor does he claim to be. Steve is merely sharing his experience in the hopes that it may benefit others.

That should be just fine, right? Not really.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Here’s the biggest problem with the ADA or any other large entity giving out health recommendations. Their information is based on corporate sponsorship, which everyone should boycott and disapprove. We are supposed to get sound, unbiased health advice from doctors. But we all know doctors receive kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies, and incentives to push one drug over another (name brands over generics).

The ADA is no different. If you look at their sponsor list, it’s full of companies selling toxic, harmful products. If you have ever attended any of their conventions, you’ll know that the booths and sessions there represent corporations like Nestle, Coca-Cola, foods with chemicals, pesticides, hormones, and everything else. Basically, junk food aplenty and then some. If state Dietetic Boards are objecting to this, you had better believe it’s only a matter of time before other states follow suit.

Two years ago, I wrote a post about how the ADA wouldn’t admit that organic foods are more nutritious than conventional. This post has a link to the ADA site with specific information about annual amounts donated by sponsors. The only information now available is on this link showing annual report information, but with no specific annual amounts from each sponsor listed. I contacted the ADA today with a phone call to obtain that information, and I was told that I could send an e-mail and request it. We’ll see what happens.

In a nation with an increasing population of overweight, heart-disease ridden, cancer developing individuals, we don’t need to be told to eat more chemicals, artificial foods, and toxins.  For many years, the standard advice has been to maintain a low-fat diet which encourages the heavy consumption of plants and grains, but cautions against consumption of fats and animal products.

These companies, who sell many of these products being recommended by health authorities to the general population to “manage” disease, have absolutely no business sponsoring any activity or information where health advice is being delved out. EXCEPT that this type of activity IS big business to them.

How else do you think these companies are controlling most the food in this country? Don’t believe me? Take a look at this diagram:
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At least 5 of the companies in this diagram are major ADA sponsors: Coca Cola, Pepsi Co, Unilever, Kellogg’s, and General Mills.

So why should the ADA or any other entity care that Steve Cooksey is blogging about how he healed himself with natural means?  Because ultimately, Steve didn’t follow their dietary and medical advice. Instead, he did his own research and learned ways to heal himself.

He chose to follow a diet that is low-carb and high in protein and fat. Steve eliminated the use of all medications – insulin, cholesterol, and blood pressure in one month. This is a direct threat to the information the ADA or any other large, powerful entity gives out about health and nutrition. 

This is a violation of Freedom of Speech. We have the right to “furnish nutrition information on food, food materials, or dietary supplements” (section 9) and to “furnish nonfraudulent specific nutritional information and counseling about the reported or historical use of herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, sugars, enzymes, food concentrates, or other foods” (section 10).

How can you make your voice heard about this?

Sign the Petition. All petitions need 10,000 signatures before they will be looked at by anyone in Washington, so PLEASE. Take a moment and sign this petition to protect our health freedoms and rights –  to make sure that in the future, you and anyone else can buy a book that doesn’t tow the party line on conventional health, to be able to write or blog about your own health experiences for others to read, to be able to look up information online which can someone the answers they so desperately need, or to allow yourself or anyone else to be able to receive counsel from someone who is not a doctor or RD/LD (Registered Dietitian or Licensed Dietitian).

Or, send an e-mail to:

info@ncbdn.org

governor.office@nc.gov

In your message, make a respectful request to review the limits and boundaries of the law and the § 90-368: Persons and practices not affected, regarding sharing nutritional information with the public. The N.C. Board of Dietetics “Guidelines” and “interpretations”, and that this movement oversteps the limits of the law. Here’s a good template letter on the Heal Thyself web site.

Or, call Toll Free: (800) 849-2936.

By making contact with one of these entities, you are helping to ensure a future where we have choice and freedom to obtain health information or share information with others. Don’t allow our basic freedom to be able to have these choices to be placed in jeopardy. Blog about it, post on social media networks, and make your voice heard!

Want to learn about an exciting series coming to Public Television which provides great information about health and nutrition awareness, from experts in the field? Visit the Health Quest web site for more details.

Read this interesting post from Grist about how consumers are losing their faith in big food

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. speaks about how nutritional support can eliminate disease in the body

Further reading about why we can’t trust big food corporations and the entities like the ADA which recommend we eat their products:

Reading labels in the store – don’t be fooled by marketing lingo - reading labels is important, but understanding that these foods are largely empty of nutrition and contain toxins that are harmful to our health is the other side of the equation
Fortified and processed foods – are label claims about nutrition true? - many foods recommended by entities like the ADA, mainstream medical professionals, and the government are highly processed and chemical-laden foods which don’t make us healthier
4 ways to avoid GMOs in the foods you buy – many of the foods recommended for us to consume by conventional health contain genetically-modified ingredients which are harmful to our health

Is cheap food really cheap? The hidden cost of industrial food - the money you spend on the food you eat really is directly correlated with how healthy you are

 

 

 

 

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American Dietetic Association Refuses To Acknowledge Benefits Of Organic Food

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It should come as no surprise to those who are faithful to sustainable, traditional ways of eating that many far and wide oppose our beliefs about returning to nutrient-dense and older ways of growing, preparing, and selling food.  It is our duty to take a stand against agencies that seek to bring down the potential of great health we have in our communities by speaking out against literature and “research” which makes false claims.

Because of this transfer of false information, there are many people led astray in trying to decide what’s truthful information and what isn’t. The American Dietetic Association is one of the primary organizations relied on by the public for sources of health and nutrition. For decades, the ADA has provided a wealth of information about these topics. Unfortunately, they have been guilty of releasing  much incorrect information, much to the detriment of the masses. As with many topics on nutrition, they have taken a stand about organic food, and it is this:

If you visit their web site, you will find a definitive statement claiming that “no scientific evidence shows that these foods are healthier or safer than conventionally grown foods.” They maintain this stance despite the following research conducted by their Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group which reveal that plants grown in organic systems contain higher levels of nutrients and an organic diet avoids the serious health risks associated with pesticide exposure.

Unfortunately when agencies like the ADA who are followed so closely by individuals, health centers and organizations, physicians, and other entities recommend information to the public of this nature, many don’t realize the harmful effects their guidelines have on general health. By failing to support this important information, the ADA is undermining one of the best ways we as a civilization have of combating degenerative illness and disease, as well as degradation to our environment and economy. According to the Journal of Applied Nutrition, across the board, organic foods are superior in nutritional content and contain less toxic materials than conventionally grown foods.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The ADA also refuses to acknowledge the dangers of chemical ingredients and the genetic engineering of foods grown and sold on the market. It is interesting to note that this organization is a non-profit with a healthy donor list comprised of many influential and powerful corporations and individuals including, but not limited to, the following (with donation amounts listed for 2008):

  • Pepsi Co ($25,000 to $49,000)
  • Cargill ($10,000 to $24,000)
  • General Mills ($100,000 in 2008)
  • McCormick & Company ($5,000 to $9,999)
  • ConAgra ($5,000 to $9,999)
  • The National Cattleman’s Beef Association ($10,000 to $24,000)
  • National Dairy Council ($10,000 to $24,000)
  • Unilever Best Foods ($1,000 to $1,999)

Each of these corporations are well-known and documented to produce industrial food in the form of meat or dairy products, grains, and many packaged, processed foods containing toxins and chemicals found to cause health problems when consumed by human beings. One great source of information for this is the movie Food, Inc. Also, visit the Organic Consumer’s Association for reliable information about the effects of Monsanto’s product, Roundup. Sustainable Table has reliable data and sources detailing the dangers of pesticides and other harmful chemicals that are used in every aspect of our food system from meat to dairy to grains to soy to produce.

According to the American Dietetics Association web site, the ADA’s purpose is the following:

“The American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) is the world’s largest charitable organization devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. ADAF is the philanthropic arm of the American Dietetic Association and a 501(c)3 charity”.

How could a charitable organization be so closely tied with big powerful corporations? Seems that there is a conflict of interest here. So if you were wondering whether the American Dietetic Association provides factual, scientific information about health, food, and nutrition, it bears mentioning that their philosophies and recommendations about what to eat are right in line with what industrial food companies sell to consumers.  All you have to do is follow the money – some of the most profitable and powerful food corporations in the world, as it turns out, are some of the ADA’s biggest sponsors.

“Smells like money to me!” – Food, Inc.

School lunch woes

One prominent place you can see the influence of the ADA at work is in managing school lunch menus for children. I’ve personally had conversations with the registered dietitians who run the school lunch program in my city, Boise, Idaho and gotten pretty much nowhere. I started an effort and was joined by a small group of parents and other concerned citizens last summer. We brought the film ‘Two Angry Moms‘ to our city in October of 2008. The dieticians watched it, and were almost completely unaffected by its important message.

Our goal was to make much needed changes to our menus by doing research, providing reliable evidence of the negative effect the food served by the school system has on children’s health, and have a discussion after the film about what we could do together to change things for the better. The head dietician got up to speak after the film and said, “it’s nice to know we’re one of the good guys!” To which the majority of the audience was utterly appalled and in disbelief.

It’s been over a year and nothing has happened (yet). The persistent idea held by these dietitians that children need low-fat foods and that processed foods are just fine and healthy to consume is not only annoying, but it is permanently damaging to our children’s health. This is one reason among many that I am thankful we are homeschooling this year.

ADA guidelines and recommendations for health

From my own experience, I have observed that the general teachings of registered dietitians (like many conventional doctors and nurses) include following a low-fat diet with “lean meats” that are “skinless and boneless”, little “red meat”, and “whole grains” (which include many processed foods such as store-bought breads, crackers, pasta, cereals, bagels, and  tortillas). We are also told to avoid healthy fats like butter and lard, cut sodium from our diets, and are encouraged to consume polyunsaturated fats such as vegetable oils (which seems contradictory given the fact that most of the processed foods they tell us to eat are high in salt!).

Registered dietitians remind us frequently to count calories, watch fat, and maintain portion control. So, eat less and cut out the things that give us staying power and keep us from getting hungry sooner – fat and protein. No wonder people are always hungry and can’t maintain their normal weight!

They do recommend eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, but do not stand behind the idea that organic is superior for health.

Because their  beliefs include eating a lot of processed, industrial foods, it seems unbelievable that anyone would actually follow these  teachings. But the reality is, it’s these very ideas which have brought our nation and many other developed nations into the heart disease, Diabetes, obesity, and other degenerative diseases epidemic we now find ourselves in.

Anyone reading this who understands the importance of real food and traditional foods in the role of health knows that dietary fat is critical in maintaining health – but not just any fat…we need real butter, lard, and tallow from healthy animals raised naturally. We need grass-fed meats and poultry, and pasture-raised eggs. We need sustainable, organically grown fruits and vegetables. We also need naturally-fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and lacto-fermented vegetables.

In short, we need REAL FOOD. Can we achieve this? Of course we can!  It just takes some education and determination. We need the real foods from nature as intended by our Creator to make us healthy. People have been eating this way for millennia. It’s only been in the last 100 plus years that we’ve seen a sharp decline in our good eating habits, and consequently, chronic degenerative disease.

So I ask this simple question:

How could modern-day science possibly succeed at altering and improving on something from nature (i.e., real, whole foods) that have worked to nourish our bodies for so many thousands of years?

This post is part of Cheeseslave’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival.

This post was featured on the Organic Consumer Association’s News Headlines page on August 21, 2009. Visit their site and read about organic and sustainable news there.