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It's old news to naturopaths: whole foods heal better than isolated chemicals

Wednesday, November 05, 2003
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: lycopene, whole foods, pharmaceuticals


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This article describes a study in which researchers found that lycopene, the long-heralded "active ingredient" in tomatoes that prevents prostate cancer, apparently doesn't work alone.

This is news? Herbalists, naturopaths and holistic nutritionists have known this for literally hundreds of years. That's why holistic health practitioners generally recommend whole foods -- because they know that phytochemicals in plants work synergistically, never in isolation.

It's only Western medicine that is surprised to find lycopene doesn't work as well in isolation. Because the Western approach to medicine, promoted heavily by pharmaceutical companies, is based on the misconception that whatever healing properties certain plants or herbs might contain can be isolated, extracted and possibly synthesized under patent protection.

Through this process, nearly 25% of all pharmaceuticals actually come from plants. The history of medicine, in fact, has its roots in botany. But you wouldn't know it by the rhetoric coming from the FDA today: "herbs are dangerous!" they cry. Meanwhile, they promote and uphold the sale of highly toxic pharmaceuticals that blatantly kill more than 100,000 Americans each year, even when used correctly. Pharmaceuticals are now the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Back to the study: I commend the researchers involved with this, because they're asking important questions. In fact, the results of this study support the notion that whole foods, not isolated chemicals, have far stronger healing properties when it comes to human health.

Broccoli reverses cancer. Pumpkin seeds reverse prostate problems. Flax oil reverses heart disease. And superfoods like chlorella treat and even reverse a long list of diseases and complaints. It's about time more researchers studied these well-demonstrated cause / effect connections, for it is ultimately nature, not the pharmaceutical industry, that holds the answers to human health.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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