Real Healthcare 101 Lesson Two. Section a.

Thanks for coming back to class today, everyone. Today's class lecture is titled:
FOOD by any other name….

I am old. I know this because when I was growing up, I could read a food label and understand it. Now I cannot.
I know that it is not because of my eyesight. I was at the Ophthalmologist just last month, and got the newest of the new fangled triple action , almost X-ray vision, bi-focals, which in addition to being just FIERCE, let in 32 times more oxygen than my old new-fangled’ contacts did.
My eyesight is better than ever. So it must be something else…

It is…

Sometime, somewhere, they switched languages and definitions on me.
It’s like the whole men are from Mars, women are from Venus thing. We use the same words, but they don’t mean the same things…
Case in point: FOOD

A simple word, this… FOOD. One syllable, easy to pronounce, in fact, it was my nephew’s first word. (This was little surprise to us, being that his dad's a chef). But what does it mean?? It depends on who you ask…

For me growing up, FOOD had a root organic origin, which means things that grew out of the ground, or things that ate things that grew out of the ground. Apparently, this is an old paradigm. Today FOOD means:

Things that may or may not have a root organic origin, are harvested not by a manure covered farmer, but a lab-coated Pharmacist who has only seen farms on TV. In fact, what you think of when you hear the word FARM is another one. Today, ‘Farms’ are really feedlots. Massive, offal smelling (not a mis-spelling) areas where animals stand around waiting to die, while they eat and excrete… (poop)

When things that grow out of the ground are used, they are turned into unpronounceable, non-nutritious things that harm your body, and the things that eat things that grow out of the ground now are fed things that they never naturally eat (including, other things that eat things, and each other)

Am I not making sense? Actually I am, but like the labels on the stuff that is called FOOD, you have to really read closely…

So the problem is that I have to learn, at my old age, a new language, AND NOBODY TOLD ME. I have been speaking the wrong language for God knows how long, and nobody told me… sad. This is like the whole
‘Rosetta Stone total immersion system’. You learn the new language by having to speak it immediately.

I had never heard of, for example ‘Copper Gluconate’ until yesterday, though it appears that it has been used in ‘FOODs’ that people eat for quite some time now. Copper Gluconate is then, in this new language structure, FOOD
Copper Gluconate is ’Acceptable’ for use according to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), whose mission statement says in Part:
The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.


Now That’s some lofty and beautiful prose, but check this out…

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Toxics Release Inventory programs, this same Copper Gluconate is Toxic. Toxic as in poisonous
The EPA mission statement says:
EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

So um… is there some disharmony here?? Is somebody lying?? Am I having linguistic issues again??

In Canada: Copper Gluconate is classified as expected to be toxic or harmful, suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative (meaning that it builds up in the body, and is not expelled).So, in essence, you consume it, and it does not leave your body… It is a FOOD by any other name….that stays in your body, poisoning you, and builds up… You cannot expel it…
This sounds NOTHING like FOOD to me.
But then again, I cannot understand this new language. But I am learning…

Here’s another one for you: What’s in ‘Hamburger’?

Simple: Lean Ground beef, spices, and maybe some breadcrumbs. Right? Um… not so much

Try up to 100 different cows (primarily used up dairy cows) E-Coli , beef trim and other meat parts, such as heart muscle and weasand meat (the smooth muscular lining which surrounds the oesophagus from the larynx to the paunch) and the cow’s own feces (poop)...
A USDA study found that 78.6% of the tested ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal matter.

A study by Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona, found that due to beef and poultry contamination, the average American sink contains more fecal matter than the average American toilet. According to Gerba, “you’d be better off eating a carrot stick that fell in your toilet than one that fell in your sink.”


Surely feces can’t be FOOD. Can it?

Well, according to the FDA it is. Consider this. Arsenic (yes the deadly poison) is apparently Ok to eat. Therefore it too is FOOD:
Smelters produce arsenic dust, which is made into a chicken feed supplement. Chickens excrete (poop) most of the arsenic, and their poop is then fed to cows, which are then slaughtered, and sold to/bought by/prepared by and for/fed to humans.
Some of the arsenic is bioaccumulated (there’s that word again) by the cows. But what is not, is pooped out, and eventually leeches into the water supply…
According to an LA Times article:
Farmers feed 1 million to 2 million tons of poultry litter to their cattle annually, according to FDA estimates.
Using the litter -- which includes feces, spilled chicken feed, feathers and poultry farm detritus -- increases the risk of cows becoming infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union.
That's because the spilled chicken feed and the feces contain tissue from ruminants -- cows and sheep, among other mammals. The disease is transmitted through feeding ruminant remains (cow/sheep corpses) to cattle.
http://articles.latimes.com/2009/oct/31/business/fi-feed31

So, a quick glossary to help you learn this new language…
Copper Gluconate, Arsenic, Feces, feathers, all are FOOD

That’s about enough for today class, I’m not feeling too well….
We’ll continue with this section on our next class…
Cough. Gag, wheeze… um. I just threw up in the back of my throat… excuse meeee……..




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Christian idiot.
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