Food Is Not Your Enemy

How To Fix Obama’s Health Plan Before It’s Too Late

Dr. Mark Hyman, who’s on the forefront of changing the way medicine is practiced in this country, has posted a 9-point plan for fixing our health-care system on his site. It’s spot-on, emphasizing the need for preventative care and a change in the mindset that our every ill should be solved by taking a drug or going in for surgery. I highly recommend reading it.

Dirty Birds

“Poultry was the most commonly identified source of food poisoning in the United States in 2006, followed by leafy vegetables and fruits and nuts, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

This story, from The New York Times, underlines why 1) We need better government regulation of our food supply and 2) We should not eat factory-farmed chicken.

Thankfully, the Obama administration is actually paying attention to food-safety issues. As far as chicken goes, it’s really no wonder that the commercial chicken is infected. The birds are literally stuffed into small cages, living their lives on top of each other, their beaks cut off so they won’t injure each other, their feathers falling out. The chicken that costs 98 cents a pound in the supermarket comes from sick animals. And no surprise, sick animals can make humans sick.

Vote with your pocketbook to stop this practice. If you spend a little more for organic/free-ranging chicken, you’ll be getting a healthier, more humanely treated chicken that tastes better and is better for you. If enough Americans make the switch to organic chicken, it sends a message to companies like Perdue and Tyson that we’re no longer interested in consuming dirty birds.

Cheerios Not a Wonder Drug After All
May 13, 2009, 2:33 pm
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General Mills, maker of the world’s best-selling cereal, Cheerios, got busted for making claims, in violation of federal law, that Cheerios will lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a warning letter posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s Web site yesterday, as reported by

Turns out there’s insufficient scientific evidence for these grand promises, and the cereal’s packaging and Web site don’t include the mandatory disclaimer which should say that Cheerios will have these effects if eaten in conjunction with an overall healthy diet rich in fiber, fruits, and vegetables.

In other words, if your diet consists solely of McDonald’s and Cheerios, your heart disease risk does not decrease.

The warning letter represented the FDA’s first action against a “mainstream food product” in more than nine years and showed the agency is exerting its authority under President Barack Obama, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

This is good news. It’s about time the food industry is taken to task for making these kinds of shaky health claims. Even the most sugary, junk cereals now appear to be healthy based on box messages that tell us all about their “guaranteed whole grains!” The miniscule amount of whole grains added to these cereals does not suddenly negate all the sugar and additives.

While regular Cheerios are totally fine as a breakfast choice, it’s just good to know that the government is putting it out there that Cheerios are a cereal, not a drug.