Masters of Health Magazine January 2017 - Page 33

nourishing basics

licensing boards controlled by representatives of state medical societies associated with the AMA.

Because of massive public demand and support from the health industry, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education (DSHEA) Act of 1994 mandated that the FDA regulate dietary supplements as foods rather than as drugs. However, the influence wielded by big pharma and giant food corporations remains rampant in many countries through globalization.

By means of a controlled media, the industry determines what is fed to the public at large about how people should eat, medical protocol, and nutrition.  A number of their proclaimed ”experts” write books promoting their radical diets and unscientific beliefs.  In addition, policies are made on the false assumption that medical experts or dieticians are nutrition experts when in fact medicine, dietetics, and nutrition are all very different professions.  Various magazines and newspapers use catchy headlines and radical diets to sell their publications.  Writers who have little or no knowledge of nutrition may quote an expert out of context to make the reader think they (writers) are credible.  This is only part of how a lot of of misinformation reaches and confuses the public. 

In addition, big pharma and the giant food corporations give large grants to universities to influence the curriculum and obtain studies favourable to their products.  According to author and former corporate biochemist Paul Stitt, Ph.D. in “Beating the Food Giants” (Natural Press, 1993), they care little if any about your health and well-being.  Their objective is to get you hooked on their product so they can make huge profits.  Many of their products are not even real food.  They are addictive products such as coffee, soda, and other caffeine products; adulterated food, full of flavour enhancers such as MSG; refined sugar/flour; margarine and other hydrogenated/damaged oils/fats.  GMOs are their latest infusion into our food supply.

Corporate control of our food system from seed to plate contributes to market abuses and is a threat to competition, food affordability, and supply.  Today, only four companies control up to 90 percent of the global trade in grain.  Further to Willie Nelson’s call to “Occupy the Food System, http:// you can also make an impact. Use your ECONOMIC POWER and BOYCOTT products from unethical corporations!

Corporate giants also have their influential advisors on the Food and nutrition Board (FNB),  the National Research Council (NRC), the National Academy of Sciences, the Centre for Science and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), and similar organizations, such as the ANTZPA in Australia and New Zealand, and the Codex Alimentarius in the EU.  By classifying calories as a nutrient (energy), instead of a unit of measurement, the FNB can justify the promotion of such products as white flour and refined sugar.  Recently, food processors spent $5.6 million to lobby against the new school lunch rules, proposed by the USDA, which would have brought more fresh food to school cafeterias.  Congress succumbed so far as to agreeing to call pizza a vegetable.  Unfortunately, many dieticians follow the recommendations of the FNB and NRC.  They are also taught that choosing a variety of foods from the “Basic Food Groups” (set up by the industry) will provide the Minimum Daily Requirement (MDR) or Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of all the nutrients needed for good health.  They consider nutritional supplements to be unnecessary, when in fact science reveals a very different story.  Read “Dirty Medicine-The Handbook” (2011) by Martin J. Walker and its review in UNCENSORED ( magazine, issue 25, page 95.

The MDR and RDA, set by the NRC, were not products of scientific studies, but of negotiations and voting by a committee (Committee on Dietary Allowances, 1980) of industry agents. Subsequent clinical studies and reports indicate that RDAs for many nutrients are far below what is required for optimal health.  In fact, only a small part of the total number of nutrients needed for human health was being measured at all.  With this barrage of misinformation and since one type of diet is not suitable for everyone, it is no wonder the average person is confused about nutrition and how to eat.  Do you listen to the FNB or the NRC?