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Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's Time to Upgrade Your Biological Software

A very persuasive article based on a simple premise: eat real food.  Read on and you'll find out why this article is definitely worth sharing...

We are in the midst of the single biggest global epidemic of chronic disease in the history of human species. We will spend 47 trillion dollars over the next 20 years dealing with it. 90 percent of people who have it are not diagnosed, and in America alone it affects one half of the population. This chronic disease is "diabesity," and it is preventable.

The most basic things Hyman says you can do to be more healthy: eat real food.

That seems like simple enough advice, but there is a huge sector of the U.S. economy -- a loose conspiracy, as Hyman calls it -- that is set up to thwart your efforts to be healthy because it is more profitable for this industry if you are fat and unhealthy.

Hyman points out that while the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation spends $100 million fighting childhood obesity in this country, the food industry spends that in four days to promote junk food and processed food. In fact, the worse the food is for you, the more the food industry spends to promote it.

Spend they can, and spend they do. Hyman tells Big Think:

There is a loosely organized conspiracy to promote disease and obesity. By default or by design, one-third of our economy profits from people being sick and fat, so Big Food, which is industrial food, Big Farming, which is agribusiness, and Big Pharma all profit from making people sicker and fatter.

That is why Hyman says most of what is consumed in America today is not really food. "It’s factory-made science projects" that Hyman says may resemble food, "but are actually Frankenfood."

So why do we consume it? Marketing is one reason we've already cited. But consider another one. Emerging science has shown that our food addiction is worse than that of cocaine and heroin addicts. In fact, its not even up for debate. "When you take...


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