How The Organic Label Kills, Part I
There are about 2 reasons to eat. People eat for pleasure and to nourish their body. In the past 22 years, I have had the pleasure to witness the Organic food evolution. As we have more and more Organic food, we have more and more obesity and sickness. ??What’s up with that!!
This has bothered me and has been kicking around in my mind for some time. ??Why is Organic not enough to keep us healthy and is there another indicator that would let us know if our food is capable of giving us the nutrition and quality of life we are seeking? Could the Organic label be leading us to eat dangerously unhealthy foods?
I will preface my conclusions with some history. In the late 1980’s some Americans got the notion that food should nourish the body. They also figured that squeezing the tomatoes, looking at the color and sniffing was not enough to determine if food was healthy. They then developed something called the California Organic Act of 1990. For many years, this was the gold standard. Food labeled thus, was free of pesticides and met certain standards.
Many, including myself, were impressed with this and purchased food that was labeled as being in compliance with these standards. I still recommend that people, who want organic, eat food that meets these standards.
I noticed that people who were eating organic for a while looked pretty sickly but when my patients started eating organic, they perked up and started looking and feeling better. This suggested to me that there may be some long term adverse effects of eating organic. Read on.
In the past 2 years I have lived outside the United States. The same produce I ate in the United States was difficult to recognize. Celery was 3 feet long because the tops were included, grapefruit had more seeds than flesh, broccoli heads were 1/3 the size, oranges were yellow or green – I could go on. After 2 weeks of eating this stuff, I had more energy than when I was eating 100% organic in the United States. This is when I suspected that there was more to healthy food than the organic label.
I when I lived in the United States, I shopped at one of the high end groceries in town. They had an organic produce section as well as a regular produce section. One day, I was talking to the produce manager and remarked that the organic peaches looked a lot like the regular peaches. He said, “Yeah, I keep telling the stock boys that when we run out of organic, they can’t just fill the bin with regular produce.” In other words, the bins labeled organic were often just the regular produce relocated a few feet.
Later, I started an organic buying club. I could tell you about the miraculous healings that occurred but, that would be digressing. The produce was shipped in 50 pound crates labeled organic. The individual fruit or vegetable was not labeled and strips of little organic stickers were included with the shipment so that the produce could be labeled. There were so many organic stickers that my daughter used them to decorate her possessions. You get my drift. The same stickers, in a busy produce department, could find more sinister uses.
With organic produce commanding a much higher price than regular produce, this is a moral hazard. The temptation is great, the rewards are great, the penalty nil and the opportunity is so easy. Besides, who would know?
We consumers have been duped. We have equated the organic label with healthy food or food that will advance our objectives of better health. This is often not the case.
My father once said that life can only come from life. So, if we want our food to give us life, we have to start with life giving food. Our world has become so complex that it is getting difficult to tell what a life giving food is. This is a very important determination to make.
The GMO’s Labelled as Organic Scare
It doesn’t end there. While living in what many would call a third world country, I met a Shaman from Peru. I had picked up a parasite and asked him what he would advise that would rid me of the parasite naturally. He recommended a strict diet that included grapes with seeds. I thought this was curious and I asked him what about organic. He shrugged his shoulders. He told me the seeds were more important. When I asked him why, he told me: A plant that does not have the power to regenerate itself is not able to heal the human. Then it hit me. People have been eating genetically engineered and devitalized food for decades. These foods now bear the Organic label.
The seedless grapes, seedless oranges, seedless watermelon… These foods, even in their organic version, cannot impart health to you. Evidence of this is the prominence of grape seed extract. If people ate grapes with the seeds, the intestinal tract would create its own extract as the seeds moved through the intestinal tract to the rectum. The most recent addition to the miracle supplements is the watermelon seed extract. You can see where this is headed.
Another health robbing aspect of organic food is the distance that it travels from farm to consumer. I know, you have heard about the loss of nutrients during the journey, the waste of fuel in the transport process, picking fruit before ripeness…. What if I told you there is a more fundamental flaw? Plants adapt to the environment where they are grown. This means that a plant grown in a particular locale, makes nutrients and compounds to optimize its survival in that environment. For example, a pineapple is adapted to a tropical environment. If a person in a temperate environment makes pineapple part of their diet, they will crave a warm environment and worse yet, will not gain nutrients and biological materials needed to adapt to a temperate environment. Take this a step further. The Pineapple manufactures compounds to protect itself from the micro-organisms present in the tropical environment. It has not been exposed to and does not prepare protection against the organisms in a temperate environment. So, the person who eats food that is transported from far away, develops a built – in weakness of their immune system.
The designation “Organic” does not consider this factor. Food grown in Central America is not likely to be of great benefit to someone living in NY, even if it does carry the organic label. In fact, the quest for organic farmlands has led to an increase in the disparity between where a food is grown and where it is consumed. The Organic designation has worsened the biochemical mismatch between us and our food. This has lessened the healing powers of our food and destroys our health.
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