FOOD TECHNOLOGY RUN AMUCK
Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and
March 3, 2006
Nothing symbolizes Western culture and advancement more than modern
technology. I remember many years ago excitedly passing around my fax
as if it were magic to use telephone wires to transport photos and text
instantly around the world. Now we have camera-cell phones, iPods,
communications, bank cards, and in the not too distant future, chip
that will take over all electronic functions in our life. The downside
electronic technology is barely even considered. The headaches and
cancers from cell phones, our total loss of privacy, and rampant stress
being plugged in and accessible 24/7/365 are all very real results of
When it comes to the rapid changes in food technology since WW II, I'll
most people have never taken a moment to consider that the current
our physical health is likely due to eating food that is no longer
compatible with our physical bodies.
Food technology came out of the need to store food for long periods of
as well as to package and ship food over a distance so that it wouldn't
spoil. In simpler times, drying, salting, pickling, canning and
covered much of the food preservation process. Some of these methods
actually have the ability to preserve nutritional value along with
sure the food is appetizing and edible. A longer shelf life for
also saves manufacturers countless dollars from waste as well as the
to provide wider varieties of food than ever before.
However, in recent years, as methods of processing food have become
sophisticated, these methods have incrementally diminished the quality
food. Anyone who has ever eaten a juicy, vine-ripe tomato fresh from
garden knows the rock-hard grocery-store version is a far cry from the
thing. Food, or that which passes for food, is now a commodity in a
well-designed box, loaded with additives to make it look and taste
and treated like any other commercial product with no regard to its
to give us life or take it away and we wonder why we are a nation of
chronically-ill people. Sad to say, food technology starts in the labs
the world's great chemical conglomerates before the first seed is
the farm and ends on the tip of our forks. In fact, it is very hard to
escape from eating manipulated food.
What Happened to Our Farms?
Following is a quote from Kirkpatrick Sale who wrote in The Nation,
"When U.S. industrialism turned to agriculture after World War II.it
it with all that it had just learned on the battlefield, using tractors
modeled on wartime tanks to cut up vast fields, crop-dusters modeled on
wartime planes to spray poisons, and pesticides and herbicides
from wartime chemical weapons and defoliants to destroy unwanted
was a war on the land, sweeping and sophisticated as modern
can be, capable of depleting topsoil at the rate of 3 billion tons a
and water at the rate of 10 billion gallons a year. It could be no
way: If a nation like this beats its swords into plowshares, they will
be violent and deadly tools."
According to biochemist, Dr. Ross Hume Hall "Man can never be more than
he eats." In his 1974 book, Food for Nought he wrote:
Nourishment of the American populace has undergone a startling
transformation since WW II. A highly individual system of growing and
marketing food has been transformed into a gigantic, highly integrated
service system in which the object is not to nourish or even to feed,
force an ever-increasing consumption of fabricated products.
Dr. Hall was concerned that "The transformation has gone unmarked by
government agencies and learned bodies." And that "The effects of the
transformation do not lend themselves to traditional methods of
and social analysis." Hall also said that "The energy crisis and
food/population imbalance are issues that are flogged to justify
intensification of a machinelike agricultural system, at a biological
that mounts every year."
Presently there are about 2,500 pesticides, herbicides, and food
used in the food industry. Reliable sources tell us that potatoes can
contaminated with up to 29 different pesticides. You can get more
information on this type of abuse at The Organic Consumers Association
www.organicconsumers.org <http://www.organicconsumers.org/> .
What about the Science of Nutrition?
Back in the 1800s, life was not yet a packaged commodity and promoting
trade above all else was not the main focus of public policy and law.
growth of the natural health industry, in what was an unfettered free
enterprise system at its best, showed a public desire to enjoy the
and freshness of foods, and there was even a growing number of
health-promoting specialty foods, food concentrates and herbal elixirs
represent the precursors of today's health food stores and dietary
At the same time, the modern medical community, led by the American
Association, pooh-poohed the idea that diet and nutrition had anything
with health. After all, with the discovery of germs and the adoption of
Louis Pasteur version of the "germ theory" that promised to save all
from all future diseases, once synthetic drugs had been developed to
each and every one of them, the need to even give nutrition a second
During the time this same unfettered free enterprise system allowed
people to support the ever-growing nutrition industry, several colossal
nutrition deficiency epidemics occurred. Almost laughable in
these epidemics are perfect examples of how the arrogance and ignorance
the germ-fixated modern medical community reacts, confronted with a
The first crisis involved the many unexpected outbreaks of scurvy
end of the 19th Century. In 1898, the American Pediatric Association
published a report that the growing scurvy epidemic among children was
to a bacteria-caused ptomaine poisoning. The fact that the scurvy issue
already been dealt with as a nutritional deficiency a century earlier
withstanding, fixation on germs blinded medical "experts" from using
sense. The new belief that scurvy was really an infectious disease also
persisted during WW I and was used to explain why there was an outbreak
the disease among soldiers. Medical "experts" claimed that in
conditions it was lice that transmitted scurvy to the soldiers.
When the truth became out, these scurvy outbreaks were found to be a
vitamin C, caused, in many cases, by drinking boiled milk in the
call pasteurization, which was and still is being used to protect
from germs believed to be found in raw milk. Boiling milk destroys much
the nutritional value of milk including destroying the vitamin C in it.
so many people, particularly children, depending on milk as a main
Vitamin C, the lack of it caused a deficiency.
Another famous example of professional blindness to simple truths, are
now infamous pellagra epidemics that went on for over a century. So
on that old bugaboo.germs.. medical experts on both sides of the
were convinced that pellagra was caused by all manner of exposures to
corn, germ-infected sheep, and fungi-contaminated corn excreted by
to name some of the more prominent theories.
As the pellagra outbreaks persisted, particularly in the southern U.S.,
panic was everywhere. In some places, pellagra victims were put into
isolation and there was talk of general quarantines. Medical teams at
now-venerated Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the very model of
best in modern American medicine, were forbidden to even discuss any
in hospital there. At the same time, a new theory of the cause of
was emerging..pellagra was caused by airborne insects.
Something drastic was needed to address this national crisis, so the
government formed the Thompson-McFadden Commission to study the issue.
dismissing any dietary connections with the plague, and the suggestion
it was brought in by Italian immigrants, the official finding was that
pellagra was caused by stable flies.
However, there was one level-headed and obscure Public Health officer
Dr. Joseph Goldberger who went south and bothered to notice things with
powers of observation untainted by germ theory mania. He visited the
either in rural areas or insane asylums, where many were now housed to
isolate them. It was through this simple system of scientific inquiry
observation that he found his answer and announced it at a medical
conference in 1915.
Goldberger realized that pellegra was not an infectious disease; it was
caused by germs. What he observed was that every single victim of
was a person who ate mostly corn but did not vary his or her diet with
foods. Goldberger came to this conclusion by simply noticing that, in
asylums, while all the inmates were sick, not one single worker in any
insane asylum had pellagra and all of these people not only ate what
inmates ate but they also had varied diets which included nutrient-rich
vegetables and meats.
Goldberger's findings were rejected by the Thompson-McFadden Commission
1915 and the germ-theory armies vehemently campaigned against such
claiming that his ideas were dangerous.
While Goldberger continued to do experiments to prove his ideas until
died in 1930. However the epidemic disappeared not soon after thanks to
better diets available by then and the isolation of niacin in the
laboratory, the specific nutrient that was lacking in the diet -the
cause of pellagra.
My book, The Miracle of Magnesium proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt,
magnesium deficiency can cause, trigger, or worsen 22 diseases
heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines, severe muscle cramps, high
pressure, and elevated cholesterol. However, magnesium is either
outright rejected by a medical establishment that promotes patented
medications with innumerable side effects for all these conditions.
The ongoing disconnect between food and life not only occurs in
food technology labs around the world but also in universities
When medical research started discovering vitamins, nutrition, such as
modern medicine understands it, became a subset of biochemistry. By the
1950s, researchers thought they had discovered all the vitamins and,
as this sounds, getting on with the real study of nutrition fell by the
Worse yet, while the scientific community could claim to have
vitamins, the FDA, with the help of the AMA, ratcheted up a campaign to
rid of what the FDA referred to as "nutritional nonsense".or, whatever
FDA, the AMA or their backers disagreed with, a campaign that continues
today, despite massive public support of nutritional health.
Presently, nutrition may be regarded as a subspecialty of Internal
yet there is a whole medical specialty called Bariatrics (Weight Loss
Management), which deals with the end result of poor nutrition!
nutrition itself is not a medical specialty; it was given over to
who develop those famous school lunches and hospital fare and who
diets to people based on the four food groups and prescriptions from
who know very little about nutrition.
Even the recently discovered vitamins such as coenzyme Q-10 aren't even
regarded as such. Allopathic medicine files them under optional
supplements and not the essential nutrients they really are. All
and minerals are coenzymes and cofactors in the metabolic processes of
body. We are finding out more about them as they are depleted by drug
therapies and poor diets. For example, statin drugs create a deficiency
coenzyme Q-10. And diets deficient in B vitamins and magnesium are
responsible for elevating homocysteine, an amino acid that is a much
marker for heart disease than cholesterol. Even gene expression is
controlled by vitamins. For example, studies of genetically obese mice
that if those mice are given sufficient B vitamins in their diet they
become obese-in a vitamin deficient diet they express their obesity.
Even these few examples of nutritional imbalance are earth shattering
should receive BANNER HEADLINES. But there is no nutrition propaganda
machine. Instead there is the commodification of our food and the PR
makes us all addicted to food laced with chemicals, fat, and sugar.
The Failings of Science
Science studies nature and natural law dissecting things into smaller
smaller bits. What it does not study is modern corporate food
itself and its effects on the population. While the majority of our
dollar is spent on processed food and junk food, no research money is
on finding out what this type of food does to the human body. We also
no idea of the effects on the nutrients in foods throughout the
stages of food modification: agricultural practices; harvesting
storage methods; and food processing, refining, packaging, and
William Longgood who wrote "The Poisons in Your Food" in 1960 knew the
extent of food fabrication long ago and is famous for the following
Virtually every bit of food you eat has been treated with some chemical
somewhere along the line. Dyes, bleaches, emulsifiers, preservatives,
flavors, buffers, noxious sprays, acidifiers, alkalizers, deodorants,
moisteners, drying agents, gases, extenders, thickeners, disinfectants,
fungicides, neutralizers, anticaking and antifoaming agents,
curers, hydrolizers, hydrogenators, and many others. These are the
the food technician.His alchemy can make stale food appear fresh,
unsanitary practices, mask inferior quality, substitute nutritionally
inferior or worthless chemicals for more costly ingredients.
Sugar, Dairy, and Wheat
These three commodities make up the most commonly eaten fast foods and
foods on the market. Sugar in our bloodstreams is a mere 2 teaspoons,
compulsively imbibe sodas that contain 10 teaspoons in 12 ounces. Who
how much sugar is lurking in the super gulp cups that you can barely
Dairy is no longer as safe as mother's milk and has a long list of
against it, including triggering juvenile onset diabetes and cancer.
has been hybrid to resist frost, pesticides, and herbicides and not to
enhance nutrient content, yet it is eaten my most people several times
in the form of toast, bagels, rolls, sandwiches, cakes, pies etc.
Sugar versus Artificial Sweeteners
Even worse than sugar, presently our "better living through chemistry"
us ingesting over 5,000 products with a chemical sweetener that
formaldehyde when broken down at body temperature. It's called
with the brand names of NutraSweet and Equal. Efforts in New Mexico to
the substance have mounted an aspartame industry lobby attack equal to
war. Go to www.dorway.com <http://www.dorway.com/> for action alerts
you can help ban this poison.
What about Dairy?
Cows are injected with Bovine Growth Hormone that is supposed to
more milk production but instead produces cancer causing hormones and
mastitis in the cows. Mastitis-or inflammation of the cow's udder, is
treated with antibiotics even though cows are given these drugs as part
their daily regimen. Unfortunately, antibiotic resistance that produces
fatal infections in the human population can be traced to the overuse
antibiotics in animals.
You can go to www.notmilk.com <http://www.notmilk.com/> and read
Cohen's assessment of the dangers of milk. But not before you read
benefits of real milk at www.realmilk.com <http://www.realmilk.com/> .
"real milk" proponents feel that organic milk from cows fed on grass
provides valuable nutrients, which are lost in the process of
and homogenization and whatever else is done to milk in the highly
mechanized dairy industry.
Wheat is grown on land stripped of minerals, hybrid and genetically
engineered (GM) to withstand the environment that includes assault with
deadly chemicals. All GM foods tested on animals show damage, yet we
even know if the wheat we are eating is GM because the government does
require GM foods to be labeled. After harvest, wheat is stored in silos
can easily develop mold. In fact, many people who think they are
wheat or have an overgrowth of yeast (see www.yeastconnection.com
<http://www.yeastconnection.com/> ) may be allergic to mold in wheat or
other grains. Wheat is milled to remove the nutritious wheat
goes rancid and reduces shelf life. After removing about 80% of all the
vitamins and minerals from wheat, manufacturers boast that their
are "fortified" by tossing in a few milligrams of synthetic nutrients
pretense of making the product healthier. The resulting white flour
from wheat is then paired up with sugar and fat to produce expensive
confections with packaging that costs more than the raw materials.
Food and the WTO
I began to study the World Trade Organization and Codex Alimentarius
the World Trade Center bombings. Codex is the WHO and UN organization
creates food and food supplement regulations for international trade. I
scheduled to fly to Toronto a few days after September 11th but had to
car instead. I drove with a former government official and we shared
concerns about access to food imports when borders are shut down during
national emergencies. Meetings I had throughout the next week with
government and NGO agencies about food safety confirmed my worst fears.
There were people and agencies at the international level that were
laying out controls on our food supplies.
Over the next several years I became involved with the health freedom
movement and traveled to two Codex meetings. There I learned that food
food supplements are being manipulated by the WTO purely for the
trade and decisions made have nothing to do with health or nutrition.
grave concern that many of us feel is that WTO trade agreements will
the free flow of quality food and food supplements -only making way for
quality standardized products.
Such a battle already rages in the matter of GM foods. The WTO wants GM
foods to be commercially available worldwide. However, the European
(EU) has demonstrated great suspicion about the safety of GM foods and
allow them to be sold in the EU. In May 2003 the United States, Canada,
Argentina filed GM food trade complaints to the WTO against the
Union (EU) for suspending the sale of GM foods since 1998. A ban on GM
foods, as imposed in the EU, according to GM producers, is not
"scientifically justified." The WTO ruled on this complaint and cited
inability of science to justify that GM foods were significantly
from non-GM foods.
The WTO issued its interim ruling on February 7, 2006, and found that
and six of its member states had violated international trade rules by
barring entry to GM crops and foods.
Global Implications of Codex
The following may be a little difficult to grasp but prior to the
the GM trade complaints, an obscure international committee, the ad hoc
Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology,
submitted reports to Codex in March 2002 and March 2003, recommending
adoption of four global guidelines it had drawn up regarding the
of GM foods. They were adopted in July 2003 as new global standards.
paved the way for the legitimacy for the complaints and shows the power
The WTO ruling on GM foods is very recent-February 7, 2006, so we don't
yet what is actually going to happen. We are sitting on the edge of our
seats wondering whether the EU will concede or will it say that the WTO
powerless to enforce such a ruling. If the EU faces off against the
perhaps that will diminish its power and give us new hope in saving the
supplement industry. Only time will tell.
The GM issue has been raging for decades and the evidence mounts every
that GM foods are unsafe for human consumption. To keep current of what
happening with GM foods, visit The Science in Society site at
www.i-sis.org.uk <http://www.i-sis.org.uk/> . One of the founders of
organization is Dr. Mae Wan Ho, a traditional scientist who several
ago became a strong opponent of GM foods. Her most recent article on GM
foods, Feb. 6, 2006, is called "Dozens Ill
<http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GMBanLongOverdue.php> & Five Deaths in the
Philippines." In it she gives the most recent body count on GM foods
are being documented near GM corn fields in the Philippines. Dr. Wan-Ho
lists the following "Damning Evidence Against the Safety of GM Food and
Feed" in her well-referenced article.
Pregnant female rats fed GM soya gave birth to severely stunted
progeny and others in the litters that died within three weeks (see
GM-soya affected cells in the pancreas, liver and testes of young
mice (see main article)
Rats fed a Monsanto GM maize developed serious kidney and blood
Villagers in the south of the Philippines suffered mysterious
illnesses when a Monsanto GM maize hybrid came into flower; antibodies
the Bt protein in the GM maize were found in the villagers, and there
been five unexplained deaths (see main article)
A dozen cows died after eating a Syngenta GM maize and more in the
herd had to be slaughtered due to mysterious illnesses
Dr. Arpad Pusztai and colleagues found young rats fed GM potatoes
were damaged in every organ system, including an increase in thickness
the stomach lining to twice that in controls 
Scientists in Egypt found similar effects in mice fed another GM
The US Food and Drug Administration had data dating back to early
1990s showing that rats fed GM tomatoes had developed small holes in
Chickens fed Aventis' glufosinate-tolerant GM maize were twice as
likely to die compared with controls
New research demonstrated that a harmless protein in bean when
transferred to pea caused inflammation in the lungs of mice and
reactions to other proteins in the diet ("Transgenic pea that made mice
ill," this series)
Since a high percentage of our produce is already contaminated with GM
our best advice is to grow, shop, and eat organic foods. Support
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and local organic farming. Join a
where you can buy a share in a local organic farm and receive regular
deliveries of organic produce. www.csacenter.org
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Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, herbalist,
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Dean is the author of over a dozen health books, the latest of which is
"Death By Modern Medicine".
Elissa Meininger is vice president of Friends of Freedom International
co-founder of the Health Freedom Action Network, a grassroots citizens'
political action group. She is also a health freedom political analyst
can be heard on the natural health radio show SuperHealth, broadcast
on station KEBC (Information Radio 1340) in Oklahoma City.
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