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U.S. Surgeon General says prevention is the health cure, and that means nutrition and fitness

Tuesday, May 18, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: food politics, soft drinks, obesity

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U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona is trying to educate the public and policymakers on the importance of disease prevention. He says, "We can't afford to go on the path we're on now," meaning that as a nation, we simply cannot afford to spend ever-increasing dollars for health care, treating diseases after they've become full-blown epidemics. The solution, says Carmona, is to invest in prevention.

He's right. More than 90% of all diseases can be preventing entirely through lifestyle changes -- namely, good nutrition and regular physical exercise. Avoidance of envrironmental toxins, household poisons and toxic chemical ingredients in personal care products would also help. Prevention is far cheaper than treating full-blown diseases, but that's actually part of the problem the Surgeon General is running up against: organized medicine doesn't really want people to prevent diseases, since that would mean a drop in prescription drug profits, lab tests, surgeries and other big revenue producers for the medical industry.

It sounds harsh, but it's absolutely true: there's no incentive for organized medicine to promote good nutrition, physical exercise and disease prevention. No corporation profits from it. Hospitals would lose patients, drug companies would see their revenues plummet, and doctors would be unemployed. The full employment of our "modern" medical system depends on the vast majority of Americans being diseased... or at least diagnosed with fictitious diseases like Attention Deficit Disorder or "fear of public speaking."

Kudos to Richard Carmona for saying what needs to be said. We do need to invest in prevention, and that means educating people about what's healthy. But getting out the right message seems impossible in today's political climate where food politics dictate public policy. Big Sugar holds tremendous sway over the White House. Soft drink companies bitterly fight any hint that their products might promote obesity. Growers of corn and wheat absolutely deny that their milled grains (like refined white flour) promote diabetes. Everybody in the food industry says, "It's not us!" Meanwhile, the nation keeps getting fatter by the day, with startling increases in obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and many other diseases over the last twenty years.

It is time to disregard the profit motives of the pharmaceutical industry and food companies and, instead, start telling the truth about foods and fitness. The FDA needs to step in and require all obesity-promoting foods to be labeled as such. Soft drink advertising needs to be banned outright. Refined white sugar and flour should be banned (only whole grains should be allowed in the human food supply). And taxpayer dollars need to be spent on public education campaigns to fight the hype and propaganda of the fast food industry.

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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.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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