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Originally published February 21 2009

Promixity to Fast Food Restaurants Boosts Risk of Stroke

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

A study presented at the International Stroke Conference in San Diego reveals that living near fast food restaurants boosts stroke risk by as much as 13 percent. The upshot of the study is that we should all be careful what we live near. Living near farmer's markets and food co-ops might be a lot healthier choice than living near fast food restaurants.

This study all provides evidence for cities that may wish to restrict the density of fast food restaurants in order to protect the health of their citizens.

Sources for this story:

ABC News: Living Near Fast Food Ups Stroke Risk
More Fast-Food Joints in Neighborhoods Mean More Strokes - US News and World Report

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American spending on fast food has increased eighteenfold since 1970. The world of fast food is only one of many changing influences but may be the most dramatic. In his book fast food Nation, Eric Schlosser notes that American spending on fast food went from $6 billion to $110 billion annually in the last thirty years. He states: Fast food is now served at restaurants and drive-thrus, at stadiums, airports, zoos, high schools, elementary schools, and universities, on cruise ships, trains, and airplanes, at K-Marts, Wal-Marts, gas stations, even at hospital cafeterias...
- Food Fight by Kelly Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen
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In 1970 Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000 they spent more than $110 billion. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music combined. All of these factors mean free radicals are more active and damaging than ever. Nutritional medicine, supplementing our diet with vital antioxidant vitamins and minerals, is the only means we have to supercharge our body's natural defense and immune system.
- What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You by Ray D. Strand
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Eating fast food is the surest and quickest way of becoming overweight and unhealthy. The fast food industry is a multi-billion dollar business, and its goal is to make money on our addiction to unhealthy foods. If you have a weight problem, don't want one, or you just want to live a healthy non-toxic lifestyle, do not eat fast food. This food is processed, packaged and chemically altered. If you do not have a problem with your health or your weight and want to indulge from time to time, that is your choice.
- The Big Fat Health and Fitness Lie by Craig Pepin-Donat
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On any given day, one out of four Americans opts for a quick and cheap meal at a fast-food restaurant, without giving either its speed or its thriftiness a second thought. Fast Food is so ubiquitous that it now seems as American, and harmless, as apple pie. But the industry's drive for consolidation, homogenization, and speed has radically transformed America's diet, landscape, economy, and workforce, often in insidiously destructive ways. In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food, in 2000 they spent $110 billion.
- If It's Not Food, Don't Eat It! The No-nonsense Guide to an Eating-for-Health Lifestyle by Kelly Harford, M.C., C.N.C.
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The fast food industry, on the other hand, first came onto the scene in early 1950s with a few hamburger and hot dog stands in Southern California. Today it not only fills every corner of American society, it is all over the world. McDonald's alone has 31,000 restaurants worldwide, with nearly 2,000 new ones opening up every year. An average American eats about 3 hamburgers and 4 servings of French fries every week. Nearly half of the money they spend on foods goes to the fast food restaurants -- more than $110 billion a year.
- Healing Our Planet, Healing Our Selves: The Power of change Within to Change the World by APC Books
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