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I've made another discovery while reading Sane Living in a Mad World by Robert Rodale: That Robert Rodale also started Prevention magazine -- and that the magazine he founded has become almost completely corrupt with regards to its original principles. Hopefully you are
familiar with Prevention and have read a copy or two or ad pamphlets for it in the last few years,
or this may not mean much to you. But, it appears that Rodale started the magazine based on organic/whole food principles, basically the idea of "grow what you can yourself, make that your goal and work out whatever compromises from there that you have to" that I myself pushed in an earlier blog post ( Consider the following quotes from Sane Living...:

"For me, the Prevention system of eating works beautifully. Of course,
I have the advantage of living on the Organic Gardening Experimental
Farm, where we can get natural, organic foods almost all year long.
But believe me, you can do almost as well by shopping for and eatng
foods that have real nourishment in them and avoiding completely the
junk foods that are thrust at you in the supermarket. There are still
natural foods available -- meats, beans, fruits, vegetables and certain
whole grains."

That gives you the gist. Now considering what Prevention is like today, consider the following:

"In my opinion, the main reason modern nutrition doesn't provide a
happy and simple way to eat is that nutritionists insist that we have
to eat all foods, even the worst kinds. Dieting is all right, they
contend, but just eat less of everything instead of cutting out some
foods completley. I'm sure the food experts take that position to
avoid conflict with the food industry, which is an important part of
the nutrition establishment. Eat ice cream, say the nutritionists,
because ice cream has a little calcium. What nonsense! Sure, ice
cream has a little calcium. But it's loaded with stuff we don't need
-- sugar, saturated fats, and chemical additives. Why should we take
in a lot of the bad to get a little bit of the good? Certainly we
shouldn't do it to sustain the fiction that everything sold in
supermarkets has real food value."

His reasoning (most of it supported by scientific evidence, both then
and today) regards the fact that you need less whole foods to satisfy
your hunger and nutritional requirements than you do refined and "junk"
foods. But even more important than that, is the fact that eating
empty (refined/junk) foods causes an imbalance in your body of
nutrients. You find yourself eating a lot of calories, but still
needing many vital nutrients. Your body is quite aware of this, and
gives you hunger or cravings that force you to eat more. The cravings
are usually very general -- something creamy, something salty,
something sweet or fatty -- and represent foods that in their whole form contain
the nutrients you're missing. For example, a craving for salt might
represent a lack of electrolytes (which are easily supplied by whole
fruit or fresh juices) or a need for whole protein and essential fatty
acids, such as one would find in fish or eggs. But if you feed
yourself a cream doughnut instead, you can bet that the craving will
keep right on going until you either eat a lot of doughnuts or
something more substatial (whole). As you might imagine, this sort of
behavior can lead to crash cycles and addictions.

Now on to the meat of this article. Given all this, is it a bit
shocking that Prevention now prominently features articles like "Eat
Ice Cream -- And Lose Weight!," "Peanut Butter for your Health!," (not
that all peanut butter is bad), and so forth? It should be pretty
self-evident that these articles are in EXACT opposition to Rodale's
aims. Not only that, but consider all the articles Prevention bombards
people with about this or that food being a "silver bullet" for good
health. There are no "silver bullets," the basic concept and the only
concept is whole foods, processed less, less polluted, with a healthy
dose of exercise. But besides that, there are no "silver bullets" when
you're loading yourself down with partialy hydrogenated oils and
sugar. You can eat as much acai berries or pomegranates or whatever
the hot tip of the week is and STILL get one of our country's favorite
diseases (heart disease, diabetes, cancer) if you're balancing it out
with hot dogs and candy bars.

I'll finish with a suggested "pyramid" of where to buy your food.

1. Your own garden

2. Local farmer's markets

3. "Meat market"-type local grocery stores with local produce

4. Health food stores, organic groceries and organic co-ops (There is
an organic grocery in Fort Wayne on Sherman Blvd., and very nice
farmer's markets and similar stores on Smith Rd., Knoll Road, Lower
Huntington Road and Warsaw St., among others)

5. Ethnic grocery stores or your grocery's organic section -- ethnic
groceries often have a wide variety of natural foods, fresh and with
minimal processing AND minimal ingredients.

6. Buy from your grocery's produce section, being sure to wash fruits
and vegetables before eating and avoiding the skin of most produce to
avoid the lion's share of pesticides. Your "big" grocery's produce is
spotless because it has generally been sprayed 8 to 50 times with
pesticide, sometimes so much that licking the skin is a quite
unpleasant sensation.

As to other products, buy them as unprocessed as possible and do as
much of the processing as you're reasonably able (this falls under the
category of giving yourself more exercise as well!), and when making
choices between different brands/similar products, go for the one with
less ingredients and/or more naturally-occuring vitamins. Become
familiar with the chemical names of vitamins so you can tell if they're
artificially added; vitamins are good but there are thousands of
nutrients not listed--and therefore not added--in your everyday whole

William A. Otis

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Posted: Saturday September 1, 2007, 11:43 am
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