Meanwhile, Pepsi has a new fat-blocking soda with fiber.
While watching portions of CBS This Morning and The Late Show (Letterman), two news stories caught my attention. One was about untreatable heartburn and the other about a new fat-blocking soda with fiber.
Both reminded me of the same point—our entire system of healthcare and food producers simply have no clue when it comes to our health. Once again, I am reminded of the sage words of that great American philosopher:
“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.” — Wendell Berry
You may have heard of GERD, that’s the kind of acid-reflux that we hear the most about, but now our scientists have discovered a different kind of heartburn that is not responding so well to the standard drug treatments. From a recent WSJ article (See link below):
New research suggests that in many people, heartburn may be caused by something other than acid reflux. But gastroenterologists are often stumped as to what it is and how to treat it.
Up to one-half of GERD patients don’t get complete relief from even the strongest acid-reducing medications, called proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), and most don’t have any evidence of acid erosion when doctors examine their esophagus with an endoscope. Gastroenterologists have dubbed this condition non-erosive reflux diseases, or NERD.
In a lengthy article that contained well over 1,000 words, there was almost zero information regarding the fact that our bad food choices are the culprit in the vast majority of our health issues. Whether those health issues are life-threatening diseases or some form of indigestion like GERD or NERD. And even when they mention food, they NEVER suggest that we adopt the natural diet for our species permanently. Instead, they give this lame advice:
There is surprisingly little research on whether certain foods may cause heartburn. “Why not try diet first instead of drugs?” asks Jan Patenaude, director of medical nutrition at Oxford Biomedical Technologies, Inc. The South Florida lab company tests patients’ blood to see if it forms an inflammatory reaction to any of hundreds of foods. Patients then stop eating any suspect food, then gradually add them back to see if their heartburn returns.
It gets worse. While doctors in America are perplexed about the cause and treatment of heartburn, the nutritional geniuses at Pepsico have launched a new soda in Japan. As reported by ABC:
Dubbed the “Pepsi Special,” the soft drink set to go on sale Tuesday contains dextrin, a fiber that distributor Suntory claims helps reduce fat levels in the body.
Eager to appeal to young, health-conscious men, Pepsi has put out a comical ad on its website showing a businessman trying to chose between a woman dressed in a pizza costume and another in a burger outfit. The message – you don’t have to give up either, if you drink the Pepsi Special.
This is Pepsi’s first venture into the healthy cola market. Rival Kirin, better known for its beer, released its own sugar-free, dextrin soda this summer: the “Mets” cola.
The Bottom Line. These are two excellent examples of just how dysfunctional our entire system of food and healthcare has become. It’s laughable and sad at the same time—and we need some serious leadership to shake some sense into the collective brains of the American public.
Stories like this should shock a few people into realizing that Wendell Berry was absolutely right. Our food and healthcare industries are only concerned about money and if we really want to be healthy, we can’t heed the advice of either. That’s because not a single person in those two industries has a financial incentive for us to be healthy.
So my “blinding flash of the obvious” message for you today is that your only option is to take charge of your own health. Learn how to do that in the 4-part kit following these two absurd articles. —My 651st consecutive daily blog—
- Source article. Why Your Heartburn Drugs Don’t Work – WSJ.com.
- Source article. Pepsi Introduces Fat Blocking Soda – ABC News.
- Earlier blog. “Harmony” for the ages—from E. O. Wilson and Wendell Berry
- Earlier blog. Is our food addictive in America? Or just a bad habit?
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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