Improving Health Through Nutrition Information

Government and independent sources have conducted thousands of studies over the past century on minimum daily needs of vitamins and minerals. The information they have produced is both confusing and conflicting. Many have the purpose to promote certain remedies for artificial quick fixes. Information already accumulated indicates whole grains, sprouts, fruits, and vegetables grown in mineralized soil are healthy and the required amount is low in comparison to red meat, processed wheat, and other foods. Education programs must be aimed at both growers and consumers.


The average vegetable travels 1,600 miles from grower to consumer. Many preservatives, dyes, and waxes are added to prevent spoilage and to artificially improve their appearance. In concentrated forms, many of them can cause immediate death. The body accumulates these preservatives in the cells as toxins so, over longer periods, these poisons cause serious illnesses. Three quarters of all adults are affected by arthritis and rheumatism. Even isolated societies, which have been healthy for years, once introduced to Western diets, develop the same degenerative diseases and crimes they don't even have words in their language to describe.

Additives, preservatives, and the consequential health problems are still present in the cattle and poultry industry, especially due to methods used in the United States. Meat we purchase in the super markets cannot compare with that which our parents or grandparents ate. The present goals in production are purely economical (make it grow faster, fatter, increase yield and aesthetic appearance in the market). Research indicates meat is less nutritious and probably one of the chief contributors to cancer and breakdowns in the immune system.

Why are cattle still being injected with growth hormones to make them reach market in a shorter time causing meat to contain more fat and cholesterol? In poultry it keeps them constantly producing eggs. The accelerated life cycle of the laying hen means it constantly produces 24 hours a day during an abbreviated nine-month life in comparison to the lower production on a farm during a normal 4-5 year production cycle. This adds to heart disease, stroke, and circulatory problems in those who eat them.

If chemical estrogen is injected into cattle to keep them fertile so they will be more productive, growth hormones are injected, ingested by humans has the same effect it does with livestock. Many girls are presently coming into puberty as young as 9-10 years old.

The aging process is speeded up and people are beginning to age faster than their parents or grandparents. The average age is being extended in the world but those seventy years or older ate better meat, grains, and vegetables than today's generation. We can only speculate the effects present day eating habits will have over the next 20 or 30 years. Many people in the United States are suffering from malnutrition and over 70 million are overweight. Nevertheless over 90% of those who diet are unsuccessful. Foods they eat, which used to be both delectable and healthy, don't taste good anymore. They leave us hungry, our body craving the missing vitamins and minerals.

Statistics tell us, although meat is not the only contributor to increased disease it definitely has added to the overall incidence of cancer, 1.2 million every year. Almost a million Americans die from heart disease every year. The United States now ranks 89th among nations in per capita death rate. When we know antibiotics, being fed to meat animals, induce bleeding and eventually break down the immune system, we can be sure those who eat that meat will have the same effects.

Hay and alfalfa the cattle are fed is now missing a majority of its minerals and vitamins. The same is true of grains and vegetables we buy in the super market, the meat we eat contains little food value. Someone even tested a cereal box and found it had more vitamins and minerals than the cereal it contained. Has this increased profit for cattle and dairy corporations been worth the increased expense to the consumer in terms of disease, diminished food value, and skyrocketing cost of health care?

Food Additives Airborne And Dermal

We can personally make a difference by our purchases. Our purchases of yesterday have made the world of today. Our purchases today make tomorrow's world. Because of the growing popularity of Health Food markets we are finding these same nutritious products at competitive prices at a growing number of super markets. Now that many super markets are offering them even some restaurants are beginning to serve them. Many fast food restaurants are now offering salad bars as an alternative.

Our knowledge concerning minerals and additives and our willingness as buyers to act upon that information as consumers, will make a difference, not only in our lives but will expand it to include many others. Natural food markets are growing in popularity and some super markets are offering organic and natural food sections. It is happening, slowly opening the way to healthy eating.

The price differential between organic food and mass marketed foods is narrowing. As the public continues switching to healthier food that differential will begin to equal chemically produced food. It is distribution and market demand, which has added to the cost of organically produced food.

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