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The U.S. food industry, FDA and USDA are highly corrupt to protect profits, not people

Thursday, March 25, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: Canada, processed foods, junk food companies

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The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation is taking courageous steps in trying to ban junk foods -- the kind of steps you'd never see U.S. government departments take since they've been corrupted by the influence of food manufacturers and junk food companies. In Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation calls body fat "The New Tobacco," meaning that food, not tobacco, is now the leading cause of heart disease. Yes, you read that right: food is the leading cause of disease. How can that be?

The answer isn't complicated: people are consuming a record volume of refined, processed foods that exhibit three critical properties:

1) They are nutritionally deplete. This is especially true of all refined grains like white flour, white rice, instant oats, and other similar items. They've all had their natural oils, fiber, vitamins and minerals stripped during the manufacturing process.

2) They are made with ingredients that cause cancer, diabetes, brain damage and other disorders. These ingredients are called metabolic disruptors. They include sodium nitrite, hydrogenated oils (found in virtually all margarine products, shortening products and baked cookies or crackers), high fructose corn syrup (found in most soft drinks), aspartame (found in most diet foods and drinks), monosodium glutamate (a proven excitotoxin), homogenized milk fats and other similar ingredients. These ingredients are used to add color or flavor to foods, yet they directly promote chronic, deadly diseases in the human body.

3) They are dead. Simply put, all processed foods have had the life cooked out of them. They barely resemble foods from nature. They've been overprocessed, overcooked, preserved with chemicals, pasteurized, homogenized, and possibly even irradiated. These are no longer the foods the human body needs, they are "products" that generate revenues for food manufacturers while adding absolutely nothing to the nutritional foundation of consumers.

The goals of Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation closely mirror the goals of the Consumer Wellness Research Center, which fights for radical changes in food laws and FDA regulations that would protect consumers, not corporate profits. The CWRC wants to ban all hydrogenated oils, require disease warning labels on all foods made with sugar or corn syrup, ban the use of aspartame, ban the sales of junk foods in our nation's schools, and initiate other positive changes to protect the public health. These changes are strongly resisted by the FDA, USDA and food manufacturers in the United States for no other reason than they are corrupt organizations who have literally conspired to generate massive corporate profits at the expense of public health. The fact that known cancer-causing ingredients such as sodium nitrite are even allowed in our foods is proof that these agencies are not interested in protecting the public. The FDA, in particular, would much rather see the U.S. public in a state of chronic disease, since that generates enormous profits for the pharmaceutical companies the FDA strongly favors. (If people aren't sick, they don't need drugs, get it?)

Once again, thumbs up to Canada for stating the obvious: our food is making us chronically ill. As an American, I'm ashamed that my own country can't find the courage to say this. Too often, we blame Canada, and yet it's Canada that has it right. You see, only Canada can see this issue clearly, without the influence and corruption present in the United States. The U.S. is the world's largest exporter of disease and death thanks to its junk food, soft drink and sugar industries, and when you have so much money being generated by exporting disease, you're very unlikely to hear the unbiased truth locally. Our government policies are designed to protect big business (i.e. big campaign donors) and not the health of the public.

But the people are fighting back. Through organizations like the CWRC, people are raising their voices about the deadly nature of our food supply. If our groceries are killing us, maybe it's time we started questioning what's going into those foods in the first place. And the closer you look, the worse the picture gets. The last thing U.S. food companies want is for people to start asking questions about where their food comes from and what's in it. Those are precisely the questions I intend to keep asking right here.

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All the health gains that have come about by getting Canadians to cut down on their smoking are being gobbled up by an ever-worsening obesity epidemic, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is warning. To counter the trend, the Heart and Stroke Foundation yesterday released an "action plan" calling on governments and the food industry to take a series of corrective measures. "The reality is that we live in an obesogenic society and large numbers of people are not going to be able to control their weight until we make environmental changes that allow us to eat well and be active in our daily lives," Ms.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

In late 2013, Adams launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where he conducts atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. With this 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 to low levels by July 1, 2015.

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. 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 now 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 ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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