The “Health Ranger” On Nutrition

[BPSDB]Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews and self-styled “Health Ranger” thinks we’re all ignorant when it comes to our health. He writes:-

“As an observer of human behavior, one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever witnessed is really smart people dying of diseases that are easily preventable through basic nutrition”

Basic nutrition is this: “eat food, fresh if possible, not too much, mostly plants”. Add “move around a bit” and you have all the lifestyle advice you will ever need but this is too simple for the “Health Ranger”. His idea of basic nutrition is:-

“vitamin D, plant juices, targeted supplements, superfoods, etc.”

I’m sure I don’t know why the “Health Ranger” has selected vitamin D in particular but can someone please tell me what is natural about any sort of vitamin pills? Assuming the vitamins in them have not been synthesised in a chemical plant they will have to have been extracted from food and made into the pills by an industrial process. And what happens to the food from which they have been extracted? Discarded as industrial waste?

Plant juices are fine if you want an additive-free drink but for nutitional purposes, why not just eat the plants? Better for your budget – just compare the prices of fruit juice and fresh fruit, for example, next time you are food shopping.

The notion of “targetted supplements” is profoundly disempowering, transfering as it does the responsibility of feeding ourselves to a health guru. Targetted supplements are necessary to treat deficiency diseases (eg vitamin C for scurvy) but no-one with easy access to fresh fruit & vegetables, dairy products, meat and fish need suffer from them.

“Superfood” is a bit of Big Altie advertising spin and means nothing.

He also mentions the dangers of “pharmaceuticals” but I am not sure whether he means recreational drugs or medicinal drugs here. As a man who enjoys the occasional pint I am not about to condemn anyone who chooses a different recreational substance. As for medicinal drugs, it is true that they should not be taken to excess but then the same is true of his beloved vitamin D.

Incidently, the fellow NaturalNews Health Editor, Barbara Minton, displays some spectacular ignorance on the subject of food supplements:-

“Your right to eat healthy food and use supplements of your choice is rapidly vanishing, but every effort has been made to keep you in the dark about the coming nutricide. Codex Alimentarius is scheduled for full
global implementation on December 31, 2009, and not a word has been spoken in main stream media about this threat to humanity. Yet, according to the projections based on figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a minimum of 3 billion
people will die from the Codex mandated vitamin and mineral guideline alone”

“Codex Alimentarius”, despite sounding like a medieval Papal Bull, is a set of international guidelines requiring that food supplements for which medical claims are made will have to come with evidence supporting those claims. Aly-Med types who claim that garlic extracts cure or prevent this or that disease will have to supply evidence. Food shops will continue to sell garlic cloves without hindrance.

As for Minton’s claim that “a minimum of 3 billion people will die from the Codex mandated vitamin and mineral guideline alone”, if I had read it somewhere other than on the NaturalNews site, I would have assumed it was some sort of spoof. To the best of my knowledge, the taking of vitamin pills and mineral supplements is an aberation of the Western (or Westernised) worried well. The vast majority of the world’s population get their nutrients from food, can’t afford supplements and don’t use them so even if the sale of supplements without prescription was banned (which is not being proposed), the death toll would be zero.

Minton’s gigadeath stupidity may seem extreme but it fits in with Adams’ conspiracy theory that the governments of the world are colluding with Big Pharma and Big Farmer to keep us nutritionally ignorant in order to boost the profits of said corporations (not one shred of evidence for this paranoia of course). Naturally Mike Adams, Health Ranger, has seen through the conspiracy on your behalf and urges you to frustrate the corporations by taking supplements.

Remind me. Who manufactures vitamin pills and mineral supplements?

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One Response to “The “Health Ranger” On Nutrition”

  1. Camilla Says:

    Hi,
    I think you have some good points but I think you are forgetting that ordinary food is going to be deprived of nutrition even harmfull. Bovine cows, gm fed chickens, gm salmon is in the water already, supposedly it will take over and real salmon will become extinct, real canola is disapearing and so is corn, many foods will face this destiny. This combined with codex on supplements will be devstating to the world.

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