Prior to 1950, life consisted of small farming and mostly mom and pop businesses. Fresh milk delivered to your door every morning was the norm.
Soon after everything started to change; not necessarily for the common good. Industrialized agriculture was encouraged by government in cahoots with big businesses. The over-use of pesticides, vaccinations and antibiotics went in full gear at warp speed. Small restaurants and bakeries were quickly replaced by fully mechanized eating places. These corporations spread like viruses in every nook and cranny of a more or less balanced society.
By the 1990’s, problems with diabetes, obesity could not be contain. Starting in the fetus, the consumption of mass-produced, fried, greasy and sugary foods was leaving no child, woman, man or animal behind. New Pesticides and atmospheric pollutants started to add to hormonal balance disturbance. Over-eating went from bad to worse when the smoking ban went into effect. For many the addiction to nicotine was replaced by high fructose sugary products.
By the end of 2013, endocrinologists recognized the simple fact that pollutants like POPs were exacerbating an already out of control situation. Persistent organic pollutants, known as POPs, have the potential to harm humans and other organisms even at low concentrations commonly found in ordinary foods.
So far, 2014 has not shown any change in the obesity or diabetes stats. The medical discipline is still looking for ‘something’. However the obvious is put aside.
Over-eating, gulping sugar in sweet sugary liquid forms and sitting for long hours will make people accumulate weight and become sick.
If ‘lung cancer’ is blamed on tobacco users for the most part , over-weight individuals have to deal with type II diabetes and its complications like neuropathy, retinopathy, putrefaction, stroke, just to name a few. Cancers, obstructive sleep apnea, severe asthma, pneumonia, cardiovascular illness, liver problem are also medical disorders that are common among over-weight patients.
What have we accomplished so far?
Are we really looking for solutions or is it business as usual?
A reduction of life expectancy!
What is the content in the majority of salad dressings?
Depending of the brand names, most contain soy bean oil as the main ingredient, up to twelve grams; high fructose corn syrup, up to two grams; salt or sodium chloride, up to 600mg and preservatives to maintain long shelf life, etc. Soybean oil is extracted from the seeds using a known toxicant, hexane, a constituent of gasoline, and then refined (bleaching process). It is difficult to find the benefits of this oil. What is celebrated is that soybean is a moneymaking business, $38.9 billion revenue in 2010.
Studies have demonstrated for many years that pesticides are harmful not only to our health.
Fetal DDE exposure may promote rapid growth starting in the immediate postnatal period.
Disturbs thyroid hormones.
Affect hormones that can influence children’s normal development, learning, and behavior.
Persistent pollutants that have been used in many consumer products and household materials, including foam padding in furniture, carpets, baby products and transportation, including automobiles PBDEs and the pesticide DDT, compounds may affect hormones that can influence children’s normal development.
However pesticides are not mention in the labeling of food, neither on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Socioeconomic inequities Pesticides in our food: disadvantaged populations suffer higher levels of exposure to pesticides in food due to low income and organic pricing.
Exposure to pesticides occurs during pregnancy therefore a Woman’s fetus is affected by poor nutrition as well as multiple common environmental contaminants in the air, water and food. Young Children are the most vulnerable to toxicants.
Diabetes mellitus are at high risk for hemorrhagic stroke
In 2010, about 47 million adults in the United States have metabolic syndrome, and the number continues to raise. Some people are at elevated risk for metabolic syndrome because of medicine prescribed to correct other illnesses.
Patients with metabolic syndrome have a 1.5- to 3- fold increase in the risk of stroke and dependent diabetes mellitus are at high risk for hemorrhagic stroke from macrovascular disease or plaque rupture.
From the farms to the fields: contaminated environment.
Farmers have been relentlessly told to give antibiotics to their animals for preventive measures. Food was also enriched with antibiotics to increase weight gain in farm animals. To make matters worse, waste from contaminated crops or antibiotics fed animals is used as fertilizer in fields.
Medications that have an altering effect on perception, emotion, or behavior have been recorded to induce weight gain. Actually, a majority of psychiatric medications are known to generate weight increase and ultimately obesity in some patients. Therefore increasing illnesses such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, diabetes, etc., that can cause problem. They are antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anti-psychotic drugs.