Seriously... You Said What?

I had mistakenly presumed that after 35 years of clinical practice-I thought I had about heard it all! Wow… was I wrong! Although I am certain there will be someone who would consider this statement to the contrary, I have always considered myself as one that would see both sides of a situation before making a judgment. I certainly, like everyone have an opinion on most topics; yet, I typically make judgments based on facts not emotions. When it comes to the management of individual’s health-I do believe more of what is provided today is better termed, “sick care,” rather than, “healthcare.” This in principle is based upon the fact, that most people are being treated for symptoms of a condition and not the cause of the condition/illness itself. Having just stated that-it probably would make for a good future article. But for today, suffice to say, the topic I want to address is how the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) industry has funded a study in order to try and claim that healthy eating is a, “mental disorder.” That’s correct-attempting to eat healthier is to be construed as a psychological disorder.

We live in an age of pseudo-illness, from obesity to ADHD. These “diseases” are legislatively created, given a CPT code, which allows for pharmaceutical prescriptions to be written, reimbursements to be made and pharmaceutical companies pockets to be filled. Yet, most of these diseases are a label attached to an arbitrary list of symptoms; not necessarily a disease in and of itself. In the latest gambit of intellectual perversity, scientists at the University of Northern Colorado claim that people with a passion for nutrition may be suffering from a mental disorder. The latest pseudo-disorder to take the Academy by storm is called Orthorexia Nervosa (ON), which is characterized as “a pathologic obsession for bio-logically pure and healthy nutrition,” says Ryan M. Moroze, MD. In other words, if you strive to maintain healthy eating habits, according to these individuals, you might just have an emotional/ psychological problem. The researchers deduced the “disorder” from a single case study on the obsession of eating healthy. The psychologist behind the study insists that eating healthy can turn against you if you insist to know where food comes from, how it is prepared and what goes into it. Symptoms include taking extra time to prepare food and setting guidelines about what you will and will not eat. I completely understand that any obsession has the potential to become dangerous. But where does this end? Is this not just another way of how various groups get together in order to substantiate their own cause-typically based on greed and to some degree at the expense of general population and their own personal health? Never mind the fact that more than 90% of the food system in the United States is littered with processed foods, which have been produced with lots of carbohydrates, sugars and trans fats, and little nutrients. Nor the fact that major diseases-real disease-that plague the United States are very much food -related, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. According to food expert Michael Polian, this is the first time in history when people can be both overweight and malnourished. If you are interested in learning more about this watch the 2014 documentary entitled, “Fed Up,” found on Netflix. It is my own personal belief; but, in response to American population health epidemic, the healthcare industry itself and Big Pharma have pumped out a steady stream of pills and medications to treat the diseases, both those that are real and pseudo-real, that often times they created. In actuality, our primary source of medicine should come from food-not prescriptions. Please do not misunderstand-I do believe that an individual’s obsession could have a negative influence on their daily activities and lifestyle. However, at a time when our country’s population is growing larger and truly sicker by day-this is another blatant attempt at defocusing many of the real issues affecting our health. Everyone should be concerned about the purity, safety and healthiness of the foods they eat. It is important to always remember to eat a well-balanced diet, which means incorporating a wide variety of different plant-based foods and proteins. Stepping back and looking at the individuals pushing this type of label on us shows highly questionable motives. It suggests that psychiatry in some aspects is embedded with the pharmaceutical industry that makes the drugs to “treat” every one of these “disorders.” It is often these companies that are wielding influence behind the scenes to invent more mental health categories with the toxic products as the answer. It is apparent and a big pill to swallow, (pun intended), that the truth does not always prevail when it comes to the multifaceted, lobbyist influenced healthcare industry, Big Pharma, USDA and FDA. If what was factual, truthful and helpful to the general well-being and health of the population was even considered-do you think we would have to be lobbying and attempting to pass legislation just to have labeling on packaged food to list the ingredients of what’s in it, say whether it contains GMO influenced products, and notate what the governments recommendation is for sugar on it label rather than just the content of sugar in the product? It has been lobbied off the ingredient label. Let us not be so naïve to assume that big business is not influencing what is grown, how it’s grown, how it’s processed, how it’s packaged and how it marketed. So ask yourself, “if you are a person concerned about what is in the food you put in your body as the fuel that the cells use to replace old cells with new ones, in order to not only maintain, but, improve your health-are you pathologically obsessed?”   If yes- then I am too! I will always remain intrigued by the fact that those of us who are seeking and interested in eating real food are considered the odd/weird, in today’s society. So if, what I want to eat by others is called “health food,” what do they call the food they eat? Interesting isn’t it…seriously? This article is authored by Dr. James R. Grilliot, a chiropractic physician and director of Natural Wellness Centre. 

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