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Back to The Basics of Human Health; Avoiding the Fads, the Trends, and the Bold-Faced Lies Perfect Paperback – June 4, 2007
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If you decide that you want to learn more about these perspectives, then you could read more detailed discussions offered in books by Gary Taubes, Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig, or by visiting the Weston A Price Foundation.
have often wondered if these criticisms we have read are correct, particularly if we have never read or had access to a clearly and concisely written early history of the USDA, FDA, and US Govt's role in such affairs. In my opinion this booklet offers a clear, concise history and has the virtue of being honest right up front in saying that the author does not claim to know anything for certain, is relying on sources that may or may not be or be proven fully accurate with time as regards nutrition, as we are all learning. The history she has presented and sources it is based upon might well be or prove the most accurate part as what diet to pursue is more controversial in today's complex world. If you want to know the insidious role the US Govt and its USDA, FDA has wound up playing in our food and water supplies right from the beginning, this is the book for you! I have read Ralph Nadar and other people concerned about these things in more recent times, but this "retro" approach was a shocker and gives credence to those who have written in more recent times about an insidious role. Furthermore, some of the issues that arose decades ago are ongoing and affecting us all today. I am tempted to say this booklet should be mandatory reading in high school with some helpful instruction there that counters pursuing the diet suggested willy nilly as diet is best discussed with a physician and nutritionist.
--A day later -- I got back on the web specifically to do all I can to endorse the reading of this easily read book.
I don't want an ad homimum (attack on a person) argument left by one reviewer to continue to dissuade others from
studying this book if there is any chance of that. Of special interest beyond the aforementioned history of the FDA and federal govt's role in our modern disease culture, is the explanation of whole vitamins vs. synthetic vitamins of of how and why the latter- which are currently the only kind recognized by MD's and researchers in studies--often do great harm. The sections on natural food and soil and the relationship are also most informative. The recommended diet includes only healthy organic foods and animal proteins from properly raised animals and is cited from the work of a pair of MD's well-known for using a high protein diet to control insulin and a useful warning about going on the diet without talking with an MD first is included. It is chiefly the diet part of the book that I feel readers need to handle with their own cautions as diet is quite individual when medical conditions are involved and sometimes even when there are no obvious medical issues. This is an author who likes the Eades, Taubs,
Sears works on diet, pointing out what's good that each said. Finally, the book is actually quite riveting as well as being just under 100 pages long, so it is a good primer, as one has said, for anything more indepth a person might want to read later. --- The response of a friend of mine who farms to this book was to realize how damaging the pesticides he uses to farm with are and to better understand how serious soil erosion is from improper farming. The authors has chapters on how the quality of American soil and thus the nutritional value of our crops has been seriously depleted over time and how in time this can lead to harmful dust bowl conditions all over again and other problems if we don't take proactive steps to stop this. --- Finally, here on 1/25/14 I am adding that if anyone has doubts about what a battle it is to get the FDA to do what it ought to be doing to protect all of us, subscribing for a year to a citizens' drug publication such as the one mentioned below will be a real eye opener. Without the active action of concerned citizens, many of our most dangerous pharmaceutical drugs would still be on the market causing serous injuries and deaths to satisfy the greed of the pharmaceutical/medical establishments. Public Citizen, Worst Pills Best Pills News, 1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009.