Written by Pedram Shojai
Directed by Mark Van Wijk
Cancer, heart disease, infertility, mental disorders, and other degenerative diseases are widespread today. They have not always been so. A variety of experts in this film agree that the diet and lifestyle that sustained traditional cultures for thousands of years are not the source of the problem. People around the world have been eating highly valued saturated fat and cholesterol for a long time. Fat, cholesterol, and traditional foods are not the problem To find the solution to a recent problem, one must look at recent changes.
A lot has changed in the last hundred years. We are now exposed to thousands of untested chemicals. We have isolated ourselves from nature. Our food is no longer food. In my most recent trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina I noticed a sign very prominently displayed on the doors of a local Dairy Queen. It said, “Treat Center Only. No food available at this location.” The message is a little disturbing but at the same time has an element of almost refreshing honesty. It pretty much says it all. The processed sugar we consume as the primary offering at “treat centers” is eight times more addictive than cocaine. GMO Frankenfoods introduce genetic variations never before seen in nature.
Do you suppose all these changes to the basic ways we sustain ourselves could be at the root of our modern health issues? The experts in this video think so. They further point out that the health of plants, animals, and humans is all connected. When we chemically force crops to grow in depleted soil, the unhealthy results ripple up the food chain. We can’t expect to remain healthy eating animals that have been subjected to concentration camps and torture chambers. One suggested solution to these problems is to disrupt the industrial food system and buy local. I agree. We all need to be more disruptive. The thumb is UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2015