Today is the day to review the one most compelling reason to take care of ourselves and our families by buying and eating organic. This discussion was prompted by a ghastly news story about a baby that was born in Afghanistan recently. I'll spit it out: the baby had two heads.
The situation was such that the parasitic head could be removed relatively simply, because the baby started out months ago as twins. However, the two heads became attached and the second body that would have been the twin did not develop. On top of that, there was another normal baby born, so the pregnancy should have developed into triplets. I am including a picture (above) of the two normal, healthy baby girls; if you search the story you can look at the affected baby before the surgery, if you can stand it. Unlike the Huffington Post, I do not post pictures with my articles that are likely to shock and horrify my readers.
But there is nothing more serious facing us today than the fact that our babies are made out of the substance of our own bodies. A woman takes one cell from her body (half a cell, actually) and one cell from her partner, and creates a baby out of the resources within herself. That is where babies come from: their mothers. The contribution of a baby's father is not the baby itself but how it develops after receiving the genetic material from him. That is the simple fact: women make the babies.
There are, by now, far too many terribly abnormal babies being born. It would be no shock, unfortunately, to learn that abnormalities are occurring in war zones that are subject to exposure to chemicals and fumes, the by-products of war that cannot be avoided by the innocent. And it hardly matters whether damaged genetic material came from the mother or the father, or whether it was introduced from the environment. I can understand, in a way, the collateral damage that is produced when war happens. What I cannot understand or excuse is the war that is being waged on unborn babies right here in America, in the name of money.
Young women and mothers go to the stores in huge numbers every day in America, often looking for the familiar foods that they grew up on. I can think of any number of breakfast cereals, additives that are used to flavor milk chocolate or strawberry, salad dressings and greens, and innumerable products that we all grew up with. For myself, I think of Snickerdoodle cookies, which I ate so much that I don't like them anymore. I literally ate them until they made me ill at ease with their very aroma.
It seems that there is a creeping awareness in consumers in the First World that we need to be careful what we eat. But ironically, it is in the First World that the food industry is complete irresponsible, sprinkling chemical additives into food that they do not know enough about. I shudder when Deborah of the cooking show, "Extra Virgin" speaks of the Wonder Bread she ate as a child, compared to the handmade bread that her husband Gabriele introduced her to in Tuscany.
I also notice that both Chuck Hughes and Rachael Ray have put on quite a bit of weight lately, as they tell the rest of us how to eat. As I go on with my personal struggle to maintain my health and reduce my weight, it isn't hard to conclude that I am not going to take advice from Chuck and Rachael. Chubby Paula Deen was blithely hawking her butter and sour cream until she crashed into diabetes, which everyone could see coming. I didn't get diabetes from what I ate; I got it from a case of Acute Pancreatitis that took my health away. It drives me crazy to watch people actually throw their health away.
But it is another thing entirely to shop in all honesty, buying what you know and love, thinking that what you are buying today is the same thing that you ate in the Fifties or Sixties. It is not--the food industry is meddling with the products on the supermarket shelves and we are seeing the terrible result: conjoined twins and the ordeal of Juliana, the baby who was "born without a face" right here in America. These congenital conditions develop before birth; it is the inevitable result of "junk food junkies" who don't care what they eat or what their children eat. It is the inevitable result of well-meaning consumers who think that what they are buying in the supermarkets is safe and wholesome.
You have to watch out for yourself; the food industry is not concerned with health, but with profit margins. If the addition of a chemical will make bread last longer on the shelves so that someone will buy it before it gets moldy, that chemical will be added to factory bread recipes. You wouldn't use it—you couldn't even find it for sale. But if you have never turned a package over and looked at the list of ingredients, I implore you to do it the very next time you shop.
I also urge you to start looking for the word "organic" or "certified organic" on the labels of everything you intend to eat or feed to your family. Look for it on ingredients you buy such as flour, tomato sauce, soup and dairy products, and learn to make things yourself like the Big Six. Look for a review of the Big Six in my next article.