Hi hi. My intro ran a little long.
I am a new, gradual convert to nutritional healing. Many of my local friends have already gone on allergy elimination and detoxification diets, committed their consumer dollars to Community Supported Agriculture, organic foods, and adapted to a vegan, vegetarian or modified vegetarian diet, so I feel that I'm just cottoning on to what most/many Americans already know about food.
My interest in nutritional healing was piqued by the news in late February that H.R. 4167 had an impending vote in Congress. The more I read about and researched the origins of this bill, the angrier I became. My mom died of cancer seven years ago, and asked me to start on organic foods. I wasn't paying that much attention because I was pretty confident food product manufacturers wouldn't put carcinogens in food -- only tobacco companies and alcohol companies would put carcinogens in their products ;-). Then I read about potentially unsafe levels of acrylamide in my favourite guilty pleasures, potato chips and French fries. I concede that results are inconclusive, and there is much to learn about acrylamide, but as someone with a higher susceptibility to cancer, I started to worry that perhaps I was too ignorant about food safety. I have stopped eating potato chips and French fries.
I also learned about the alarming levels of mercury in seafood. As a seafood fan, woman of childbearing age, and a mother of a four-year-old, it made me sad to learn that my best bets for daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids were cod liver oil, flaxseed, and fish oil, and not the delicious halibut, mackerel, swordfish, and ahi tuna. I read a lot, but was slow to fully understand the damage mercury poisoning can do.
H.R. 4167 passed on March 8. I am aware that the U.S. would like consumers to self-insure their health care, and I believe that maybe 70% of consumers wouldn't be able to finance their cancer treatments. Not being a millionaire, I thought maybe I should fix my diet and exercise plan so I can die in a less costly way, like in a motorcycle accident or get shot because some hood didn't like the fact I carry no money.
I bought tofu and miso for the first time and will probably add more vegetarian and Asian foods to my family diet. I'll likely make some more budget tweaks so I can afford organic vegetables and fruits. I'm also reading Is Our Food Safe? and The Crazy Makers.
I'm also prone to depression and anxiety, especially in the months of November through February, perhaps because of a lack of daylight and sunshine where I live, so I'm always interested in healthful, energy-increasing "highs" that fight off depression and anxiety.
Sometimes I think I am crazy, and maybe heading toward a whole foods diet will help me be less crazy--at least that is my hope--but I wonder if I'm being too alarmist: after all, if there were carcinogens in the food products, people with Internet access, research skills and some critical thinking skills would already know and be avoiding the foods, which would hurt the profits of the food manufacturing giants. The government couldn't expect present and future generations of people to pay for the current war, older people's Social Security payments, their mortgages, and their healthcare costs all at once, right? And Americans wouldn't elect representatives that would vote in anti-consumer legislation, right?