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The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children Paperback – Illustrated, December 27, 2007
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About the Author
- Paperback : 352 pages
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1585426261
- ISBN-13 : 978-1585426263
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.93 x 9 inches
- Publisher : TarcherPerigee; Updated ed. edition (December 27, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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America has the most overweight yet the most diseased nation in the world and it's a result of malnutrition. This basic mental chemistry comes from essential vitamins and minerals that are no longer in our diets or soils. We have forgotten what organic soils rich minerals do to make and how vegetables taste fresh and picked days not months for when they are ripe. I have personally studied nutrients for over 30 years and have found them to be the only way I have avoided wanting to not be on this planet anymore due to my lyme disease. Even your ability right now to grasp what I'm saying is being limited by the foods we are eating. Being devoid in nutrients limit and slow us from being able to consider so many things that we need to do to make this world a better place.
100 years ago our food system was completely different from what it is right now. We have to go back and get the vitamins and minerals in our food chain or we will not be able to stop this erosion of morality and breakdown of society. I hope that you will take what you know of me being a rational, logical and pragmatic thinker and take what I have learned and try and change the tide of perception about our food chain.
The will to kill someone it's not about what objects are around them. We all have anger and we all have ups and downs but we don't go kill people. Red Bulls are not breakfast. We have to look to what our makers gave us to give our bodies essential brain function and the ability to think rationally. There's nothing complex here but we have lost sight of such a basic thing in our great Rich Nation that is so poor when it comes to our food system..The attached book is something I read 20 years ago almost and this woman saw what was happening a long time ago. It's not too late to take the corporations out of our kitchens and get back to the basics in our food system. Organics and soils rich in nutrients can give us the vital things we need to think clearly as human beings..
With that said, mercy, the book is a bone-dry read. I found 'Fast Food Nation' by Eric Schlosser and 'Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health' by Marion Nestle to be better written and more interesting. I lost count how many times I was overcome by MEGO Syndrome (My Eyes Glazed Over) while reading 'The Crazy Makers.' Her writing style is more in line with a college dissertation. Also, some reviewers took great exception or felt she was thoroughly discredited by Ms. Simontacchi praising God in her introduction as well as mentioning Focus on the Family run by religious zealot James Dobson. Granted, as an agnostic, I found her religious associations did give me pause, but it's not like the lady was saying if the people would simply accept God then everything would be hunky-dory. There is some solid info in this baby.
Ms. Simontacchi is a big proponent of breastfeeding, abstaining from sugar as well as artificial sweetners and getting back to basics about eating fresh and not processed foods. She also takes to task rampant coffee consumption, low-fat diet fads, and pretty much anything popping out of the industrialized food business.The author repeatedly acknowledges that many aspects of food consumption and brain dynamics are still scientifically unanswered and that she makes many assumptions based upon inferences. Ms. Simontacchi's heart is in the right place, but other authors give a better presentation.
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著者は権威ある栄養士。やたら甘い加工食品や、いわく身体に害をもたらすコーヒー、遺伝子組み替え小麦を売るメーカーに警鐘を鳴らしつつ、消費者には自制を訴え、最後に著者ご自慢のレシピを紹介する。「ビタミンB群を採りなさい」「ソフトドリンクよりも水を飲みなさい」「小腹がすいたときに食べるものは」といった類いの話がてんこ盛りだが、米国の一般家庭を想定しているため、参考にならないものが多かった。おまけに「○○のおかげでうちの子供たちは賢く丈夫に育ちました」という著者の家族自慢の記述があちこちにあって鼻につく。米国のファスト・フード業界を深く掘り下げた《Fast Food Nation/Eric Schlosser》とは似て非なる著書であることを強調したい。
However, this item was purchased as a used book in good/nearly new condition, and unfortunately when it arrived, it was not! It has been heavily read and I was disappointed with my purchase.