As we gander out onto the savannahs of Africa, to the migrating herds of zebras, contemplating on the question—What makes food therapeutic?—we know the answer for the zebra's food comes from high quality and high quantity grasslands. Unfortunately, for ruminants, one-half of planet earth's grasslands have disappeared in the last 100 years. Habitats are vanishing, ecosystems collapsing—leaving 1/4 of the world's mammals on the threatened list for extinction.
It's a bit more complex when considering what makes our food therapeutic because we are omnivores—more choices and more possible confusion. For example, last week I mentioned the brand new study, just published, by a high profile team of Harvard scientists entitled, Red Meat Consumption and Mortility. The study concludes that eating red meat of any kind increases one's mortality. And, it was endorsed by Dean Ornish MD in his comments regarding this research, Holy Cow! What's Good for You is Good for our Planet.
Not everyone agrees with the conclusion drawn or the methodology used by the Harvard team. One such individual is Deborah Gordon MD, who emailed me after reading last week's Forward Thinking, stating that many of the science writers that she follows criticize the science behind the conclusions. Dr. Gordon makes some important points in her blog article, Harvard Missed a Big Point about Meat.
Whether you subscribe to a pure paleo diet or something more vegetarian, both sides in this discussion agree that ORGANIC is a must when talking about food. Dr. Ornish really brings it home in his article, Holy Cow, where he makes the following points:
I think we can agree that this is not a pretty picture. But it's even worse. Here are some slides from my talk and upcoming book, the De-Evolution. Lets look at what is occurring on our planet.
De-forestation: Above we talked about the fact that one-half of the grasslands are gone. But that's just part of the vanishing ecosystem. One-half of the earth's wetlands have gone. One-half of the tropical rain forests are gone—the very lungs of our earth. One-third of the coral reefs have died—the rainforests of the oceans. With such habitat destruction, so goes the loss of species, particularly the higher ones. One-quarter of mammals are on the threatened list, one-third of the amphibians are on the threatened list, most all of the mammals and large fish in the oceans will be gone within 50years.
CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations): CAFOs are cauldrons of blood, antibiotics (70% of antibiotics produced in the US are used in the livestock industry) and grain (60% of US is fed to animals. Feedlots produce 300 million tons of manure a year, and animal run off has caused a dead zone the size of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico. A modest CAFO with 5,000 swine will deal with as much feces as a city of 20,000 people. Except that it doesn’t have a sewage system. The waste produced by CAFOs is solid, liquid and gas and it damages the land, water and perhaps most of all the atmosphere. The livestock industry produces 18% of all CO2 equivalent emissions on the planet and contributes more to climate change than driving cars.
The mighty Mississippi River: The Mississippi drains 40% of the United States. 40% of the continental US’s run-off comes down the mighty Mississippi and is dumped into the Gulf. Millions of tons of fertilizer, human and animal waste, pesticides, herbicides, drugs and industrial chemicals spew constantly into the Gulf. The second largest dead zone in the world is at the mouth of the Mississippi, expanding out into the Gulf. As I said, it is the size of the State of New Jersey. Fish, coral, crustaceans and marine mammals are dying while a blanket of algae, bacteria and jellyfish are growing unchecked. Jellies are creatures with a 500 million year history and they survive well in a low oxygen milieu and their preferred foods is plankton (bacteria and algae). We have altered the basic chemistry of the sea, life is moving back in the direction of a world that existed at the dawn of creation.
Dead Zones: Oceanographers have sounded the alarm! There are now over 405 Dead Zones in the oceans, and they are growing in size and numbers annually. A few decades ago, its estuaries, sounds, bays inlets, coastal shores, kelp forests and thousands of cora reefs were teaming with a rich biodiversity of over 2 million species whose interwoven life benefited the global ecosystem. We have thought our oceans to have an endless capacity to overcome our polluting ways.
We must globally face the truth—the mess of the earth's ecosystems. The starvation, sickness, pollution, ecosystem destruction, chronic sickness are all human caused. We are the problem. Going organic in our farming practices and eating patterns globally would set our world right. There is really no other acceptable choice, and the consequences of not going for it are most likely the Sixth Mass Extinction. We all, especially us in the holistic medical community, need to seriously get involved in being—can I say it— activists for what I term in my book "globally-local" organic farming. But more on that next week.
Consider the following as a regular part of your diet:
Energy Sustain, Ultra Minerals, Phyto Power and Number 7 Systemic Booster
Dose: Energy Sustain- one scoop (included in container), Ultra Minerals- 2-4 capsules, Phyto Power- 1-2 capsules, and Number 7 Systemic Booster- 1 tsp.
Benefits: Energy Sustain- The power of organically grown millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and chia, all especially processed to liberate their vital nutrients- high in protein, amino acids, complex carbs, fibers, vitamins and minerals. Ultra Minerals- providing 72 minerals (negatively charged, nano sized, elements) derived from organic plant vegetate of the Mesozoic Era (that is really Deep Time my friends—65 million years ago). Phyto Power- giving you intensive phytochemicals derived from wildcrafted 4 species blueberry, 3 species of rosehips and 4 species of dandelion including the roots and flower. The magnified power of flavonoids from blues, reds, yellows and greens—polyphenol/phytochemical power. And last, but definately not least, No. 7 Systemic Booster provides additional phyto power with organic pineapple, tart cherry, pomegranate and cranberry, not to mention five of our pedigreed Bulgarian probiotic strains and supernatant, carnitine, carnisine, fructo-borate, vitamin D, folate, inulin, and nucleic acid derived from barley sprout that lower high blood suger levels.
Significant amounts of high amount foods turn our body's genetic potential on.
The Last Quiz Answer:
This intelligent creature is the Wild Dog of Africa. They live in packs of 6 to 20. They are very sociable and there is little intimidation amongst the social hierachy. The entire pack is involved in the welfare of the pups - both males and females babysit the young and provide food for them.
They are truly a military operation when on a hunting mission. If you've never seen a documentary of the wild dogs hunting, the Planet Earth Video has captured one of their hunts—it's amazing. They are a will oiled machine.
Tragically their numbers are dwindeling and they are down to about 5,000—another mammal biting the dust.
Industrialized Agriculture drives De-evolution
This entry was posted on March 22, 2012.