Food Matters

Watched a very compelling documentary yesterday called Food Matters.  From the title, I expected it to be another documentary attacking big farming and the chemical practices it requires.  Instead, this program focused on the concept of orthomolecular science.  Orthomolecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body (i.e., vitamins and minerals).   One doctor interviewed for the program (Andrew W Saul) said that despite news stories saying vitamin supplements aren’t helpful and may be harmful, there have only been 10 deaths attributed to vitamins in the past fdecade, compared to tens of thousands who die from prescription medications.  I found the stories of cancer patients being cured by mega doses of vitamin C intriguing.  I was especially interested in the idea that Niacin may help depression.  Millions of people are on anti-depressants, and maybe they just need more Niacin.  Shouldn’t doctors be telling people to at least try it?

We’ve spent hundreds of millions of dollars looking for cures to cancer.  What if it’s just nutrition?  I have done some research on the Gerson Institute, and it seems far more successful and legitimate than even the best clinic in its results, and especially its cost per patient.  It’s crazy and irresponsible that this method isn’t being taken seriously by the mainstream.

D. Sanjay Gupta just did a special on “The Last Heart Attack” which says that changing diet is more effective than medication and often surgery.  Perhaps he will be able to help people remember that “we are what we eat.”  The diet is strict and would take some effort, which is why most people will continue to opt for a pill or intervention.  But maybe, if this becomes a medical movement, and it teams up with the local food movement and the environmental movements, maybe more restaurants will start to serve healthy, nutritious food, and it will become easy and commonplace.

Of course, as Charlotte Gerson says, our abused and overused soils only typically receive phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium, when they ideally need dozens of nutrients. If our plants are vitamin and mineral deficient and our bodies cannot manufacture these essential compounds, where else are we supposed to obtain them from?  Supplements may be the key, yet the U.S. Congress is currently considering making these supplements more difficult to obtain, thanks to lobbying by the pharmaceutical companies.

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The Food Matters DVD is available online from netflix, or at the foodmatters website.



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