Food as Medicine — The Answer to Mounting Health Crises
Why is it that the United States accepts as “normal” an ever-more deadly epidemic of chronic disease that now affects 145 million people (60% of the population have at least one chronic disease, with 42% suffering from two or more), while spending $3.8 trillion a year on health care, meanwhile chalking up more deaths from medical malpractice and pharma drug side effects, than any other nation in the industrialized world?
Why is it that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been able to trigger hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and premature deaths in the US among the elderly and those in poor health—those suffering from pre-existing, chronic medical comorbidities such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, lung disease, and liver disease?
The title of Dr. Robert Lustig’s new book, Metabolical, is a play on the words metabolic, meaning the workings of the body, and diabolical, as Lustig explains, “the workings of food, pharma, and the Feds.”
In Metabolical, Dr. Lustig lays out the damage to our gut, microbiome, liver, and entire body (our “metabolic balance”) caused by the post-1970 modern diet of processed food.
Processed foods, or to be precise, lab- and industrially- processed “food-like substances,” featured in supermarkets and convenience stores, served up in restaurants, schools, cafeterias, nursing homes, and your own kitchen, are omnipresent, cheap, convenient, deliciously and addictively sweet and/or flavored, but unfortunately poisonous.
Big Food’s culinary Armageddon is aided and abetted by Big Pharma, Big Biotech, and indentured public officials who deliberately and profitably focus on the symptoms of toxic food and chronic disease, while ignoring the cure for America’s deadly chronic disease epidemic: healthy fresh food, raised organically and regeneratively, and a healthy environment.