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What The Heck Should I Eat?
Dr. Pedram Shojai is with Dr. Mark Hyman, a tireless crusader for human health who is fighting the fight for us all to maintain or improve our health through our food. Mark is busy within the IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine), is a 10 time New York Times best-selling author, is also the Founder and Director of the Ultrawellness Center, has recently completed the docu-series -The Broken Brain – and is the Director of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic – Center for Functional Medicine. WOW that is enough to tire anyone out but Mark says he knows best to recharge his batteries.
Everyone, including our typical standard doctors, have been taught and believe that “food” is energy for our bodies and that we only need to discipline ourselves to eat the right foods in moderation. Dr. Mark is providing us with more specific information and scientific discoveries to re-define and redesign our definition and purpose of our “foods.”
With an epidemic of declining health around the globe, Dr Mark compares our food choices to the programming and coding required to make and keep any computer running efficiently, the junk-in junk-out principle. This comparison is very accurate in that our food consumption is so much more than a source of energy and that food regulates every single function of our bodies. Our food ideally, should provide our bodies with the codes to help our microbiome, to know how to create healthy stem cells, and help our genetic blueprints to protect and provide a way to avoid the chronic, preventable disorders and diseases which have become rampant.
The dilemma about what to eat or not to eat has been “created by design” to fund the multi-trillion dollar global food industry which “privatizes the profits and socializes the costs.”. It’s no wonder we are confused about our food. Consequently, Dr Mark’s new book Food, What the Heck Do I Eat? (written as a guide to food) helps us decipher the truth and choose which foods to consume and which to avoid in each food category.
Our bodies contain ten times as many bugs -(bacteria viruses etc) as cells so Dr. Mark calls it “the matabalome of the microbiome.” Eating for survival should not cause us to need a degree in biology nor should the government subsidized commodities of wheat, dairy, corn, soy, sugar or palm oil require us to have a degree in marketing to simply eat good, healthy food.
When you follow the money of advertising you’ll understand why and how the big food industry giants are controlling the markets and publicised information which are causing the stress and confusion in what to eat or avoid which seems to change almost daily. When you consider the fact that the Farm Bill is funded with ½ billion dollars spent by about 600 Lobbyists it is easy to see what is causing our confusion. Given that $7 billion per year is spent on soda for the poor alone it helps put things into perspective. The corruption and deceptive advertising and government policies are the root cause of our confusion.
The country of Chile, in South America has implemented an 18% soda tax, killed Tony the Tiger and posted warning labels on sugar cereals among other positive steps, in an effort to stand against the corrupt food advertising campaigns. In a few U.S. school districts, K-12 education system, food waste has been decreased by 50% just by remodeling the cafeterias, and removed packaged foods and microwave ovens. These changes have been quite well received.
In conclusion, Dr Hyman explains the destruction caused by palm oil production. This has a negative stronghold in the food supply and creates footprints in politics, in carbon, in human rights, and in water rights. Be aware and conscious. Regenerative farming practices can help solve climate change, change our diets and change violent tendencies. Live and eat in a way that doesn’t break the bank, get your copy of the book here: Foodthebook.com.