It is becoming increasingly clear that chronic inflammation is the root cause of many serious illnesses - including heart disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer's disease. Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins (like secondhand tobacco smoke) can all contribute to such chronic inflammation, but dietary choices play a big role as well. (Andrew Weil, M.D.) Dr. Weil has some excellent information on the Anti-inflammatory Diet and the Anti-Inflammatory Pyramid - http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet
The overwhelming majority (roughly 90%) of chronic diseases are not inherited, but result from environmental damage to cellular DNA or cellular processes (from http://www.diseaseeducation.com/). Environmental damages cause or increase inflammation.
What would you would say (or do) if you entered the kitchen while dinner was being made and on the counter next to the salt, pepper, and other spices was a tray of food coloring, "artificial flavorings, an injector for water and animal protein (to plump up the chicken), MSG, and only 50 insect fragments for the chocolate dessert (According to the FDA, a chocolate bar may naturally contain pieces of insect and rodent hair. They don't consider it "adulterated" unless there's 60 or more insect fragments found in a 100-gram sample. Dump the garbage, and cook the real stuff? How awful to realize we are consuming all that and more on a daily basis with a highly processed based diet.
Another resource, The Stupid Diet by Dino and Delia Prato, offers to simplify your life, make you healthier, and feel better, and save money (on the fake food, and on the doctor bills resulting from inflammation caused by consuming a nutritionally poor, artificially enhanced diet). Published by Envita – http://www.envita.com