Monthly Archives: August 2009
As a Health Coach, I tell folks all the time that just because something is promoted by the healthfood industry and can be purchased in a healthfood store does not, in fact, make it healthy. Recall the major scam about soy and how it was promoted (and still is) as healthy back in the early 90′s. Consumption of soy is linked to all manner of ill health, in particular, hypothyroidism. Menopausal women who buy into the ploy of soy typically end up overweight, losing their hair, and depressed (are you listening, Oprah?). The effects on younger folks are no better, and for those unfortunate infants who were fed soy infant formula – well, they have a lifetime of hormonal issues to deal with once puberty hits (if it hits at all for the boys). Israel and New Zealand have banned the use of soy infant formula, by the way. Still think it’s the best thing for your baby?
I think many of us these days are disallusioned with the red tape laden bureaucracy we call “government”. It is rare to find a public servant who actually takes his/her job seriously and does an excellent job at the same time. Dr. Jason Newsom is one of those public servants who was actually trying to make a difference in people’s lives. Unfortunately, he was fired from his job running the Bay County, FL Health Department for his “out of the box” strategy for reducing obesity in his jurisdiction. He posted anti-obesity messages on an electronic sign outside the Health Department such as “America Dies on Dunkin” and “French Fries Thunder Thighs”. A county commissioner who owns a donut shop and a couple of lawyers who own a Dunkin Donut franchise in the area forced him to remove his sign by threatening a lawsuit. Feeling the pressure from such local high flyers, the County Health Department asked him to resign or be fired.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been traveling up and down the East Coast. The relative inability to procure quality food while on the road gave me an excellent opportunity to check out how “regular American fare” has changed over the past couple of years (or in this case, hasn’t changed at all!). Despite the growing number of people who recognize that high fructose corn syrup is 100% bad for you and causes all manner of deadly inflammation throughout the body, I was shocked at how regular processed foods still contain large quantities of this deadly, cheap sweetener. High fructose corn syrup is literally everywhere! It’s in basically all nonorganic condiments, breakfast bars, cookies, crackers etc. It’s also in fruit juices geared toward children and babies! Given that high fructose corn syrup is the single biggest reason for the large, protruding American belly that plagues over 80% of our over age 25 adult population and the exploding levels of childhood obesity, it is shocking that more people are not shunning this ingredient and falling all over themselves to get to the healthfood store where quality products can be found without corn syrup of any kind in the ingredients list. Forget the crunches, sit ups, and Pilates core work. It is extremely difficult to get rid of that belly if one consumes this ingredient with any regularity.