A Food Industry That Ignores Health, a Medical System That Ignores Nutrition

A Food Industry That Ignores Health, a Medical System That Ignores Nutrition

It is a universally acknowledged fact that people who eat healthier foods have healthier and more attractive bodies than those who eat a very poor diet. Why is it, then, that doctors always look to medicine and surgery to “solve” every health problem, rather than addressing the diet first?

While it’s true that in regard to certain health topics, like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, doctors admit that an improved diet can help improve health, they will simultaneously deny that many other diseases and health conditions can be affected in any way by an improved diet.

In fact, a doctor who suggests that nutritious food may heal (or even assist in healing) a patient with cancer will risk the loss of his medical license. At the minimum, he will be ostracized within the medical community.

Why are medical doctors so adamant that most health problems are not caused by poor nutrition? To understand this, you need to know how the food industry works.

Food is not merely harvested from farmers, packaged, and sold to consumers. Today, most foods are turned into “food products” that bear little resemblance to their natural origins. Refined beyond recognition, much of the nutrition is removed in the manufacturing process. Once the food is packaged, packed in boxes, and shipped to stores, the customer doesn’t even realize how little food they are getting for their money, much less how little nutrition they are getting.

A Food Industry That Ignores Health, a Medical System That Ignores Nutrition

These food manufacturers don’t care about nutrition or natural, healthy foods. They care about profit. By turning food into a food product that they can sell at a high profit (by using the cheapest and sometimes barely-edible ingredients).

In order to maintain their strangle-hold on the food market, these companies spend huge amounts of money on advertising to convince consumers that they need these taste-enhanced, conveniently-packaged foods. They also spend exorbitant amounts on lobbyists to keep the FDA and lawmakers from placing restrictions on their food products, including any labeling that may alert customers to the unhealthy contents within the food.

But what connection is there between doctors and the food industry, and what incentives do doctors have to eschew the correlation between good food and good health? There are complicated ties between food companies and drug companies, with some patents for food products being held by companies who also manufacture pharmaceuticals and medical devices. One such company is Johnson & Johnson, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods, which owns the rights to Lactaid and to Splenda, an artificial sweetener linked to many serious side effects. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/consumer-brands-owned-ten-companies-graphic_n_1458812.html ]

With a conflict of interests like this, and the well known influence that pharmaceutical companies have on doctors, by wining and dining them and paying for “conference” trips that look more like fancy vacations, it is no wonder that many doctors turn a blind eye to the effects that processed food has on American health.

Wendell Berry, a farmer and American author who wrote a collection of eight essays titled Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community, wrote that in today’s world, there is no connection whatsoever between health and food, because the food industry is controlled by manufacturers that pay “no attention to health,” and the medical industry which has little regard for food.

That, in a nutshell, is exactly where America is today. Until doctors stop listening to the brainwashing and recognize that food plays a huge roll in our health, nothing will change. The food industry, which makes its profits on the backs of millions of sick Americans, has no incentive to make a change they have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Doctors have little incentive either, because they risk the derision of their peers. Therefore, it is up to the consumers the patients to demand that doctors pay attention to nutrition and their overall health as a whole, when treating them. Only then will mindsets change, and a shift toward a true union between food and health can begin.