From A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens: “From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children; wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable. They knelt down at its feet, and clung upon the outside of its garment.
‘They are Man’s,’ said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ‘And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.‘”
We’ve just passed through the holiday season, where many people think of others, generously going beyond themselves by giving to those in need. Churches, schools and social organizations put out calls to assist the poor by stocking food pantries and other welfare programs with “non-perishable goods”. Could we in actuality be unconsciously promoting the demise and continued debasement of the most needy in society by the boxes and cans that we give them?
A non-perishable good is just that: a food item produced with the deliberate intent that it not perish, i.e. that it not go bad or rot if left unrefrigerated for long periods of time. It is a food item produced with the MERCHANT in mind. It’s intent is absolutely NOT focused on the CONSUMER, nor on the health of that consumer. It is also the unfortunate circumstance in our country that the appetites of rich and poor have been acclimated to an increasing saturation of sweetened and sugary foodstuffs. When my friends from Europe come to visit me they always complain that American food is sickly sweet, often times tasting to them like so much over-sweetened Styrofoam. In my experiences of being poor and living among the poor for a time (destitute and in a domestic violence shelter), I observed that the poor, who often had the worst health, consumed the worst diet. I realized – from sugared cereals to beer to fruit snacks to Spaghettios, with little or no fresh fruits or vegetables in sight – that the sweet tooth of the American poor is the enslaver of the American poor.
Many poor Americans are also ill, yet few, if any, make the connection between their poor health and bad diet. Even those who do realize the correlation sigh and shrug their shoulders because even if they wanted to, they believe they can not afford a healthy diet. So, for generation after generation, waves of victims fall prey to diabetes, cancers, dental problems, birth defects, addictions (seeking nutrition the body craves where it can’t ever be found) and the silent epics of candida, hypothoridism, etc. Here we see Ignorance and Want, the children of Poverty, in all their horror; tied down with the chains of white sugar, white flour and processed foods. Ignorant to the fact that their diet is their killer, and in Want because of that which they lack but know not to seek or value the Poor remain as they are, for they have never known any other way. Hand them a salad and they turn up their nose at it… having never known the real nutrition from conception onward.
Let me demonstrate what I mean. A typical list of foodstuffs available from a food pantry would contain the following
The heat from the canning process deprives most foods of a majority of their nutritional content because organic minerals, vitamins and nutrients are turned, by the heating process, into non-digestible inorganic material. Sometimes the body doesn’t even recognize as food that which is the end result. Many times sugar is also added as a preservative measure. Salt and other chemical additives, preservatives and flavorings are added, too, in an attempt to make up for what was lost by the canning process.
To digest this now non-whole food… (it was WHOLE when it was RAW), the body must then draw what minerals it needs to digest the food from it’s own stores. So the typical poverty-stricken American’s body is forced to turn to self-cannibalism, pulling what little organic supplies it has (from rarely obtained real nutrition) out of the cells of it’s own bones, muscle, organ and tissues. This is because the body needs a whole host of companion minerals to assimilate others.
A notorious example is calcium. Americans are the highest consumers of dietary calcium in the world, yet we have the highest rate of osteoporosis in the world. WHY? Because you must have silica, manganese, copper and other minerals to digest and assimilate calcium, which calcium must be ingested, in the first place, in a form that the body can recognize and use!
Canned chili, canned beans – In addition to the sugars formed during processing, added sugars
Canned soups – sugars from processing, added sugars
Canned fruits – sugars formed from processing, added sugars
Canned vegetables – sugars formed from processing, added inorganic salts
Milk (canned) – sugars from processing, added sugar, cow dairy allergen
SUGAR AND SPICE AND NOTHING NICE
Bottom line: Americans out consume the world in sugar. We are sugar junkies in royal denial. We lie to ourselves by renaming and reformulating and chemically re-inventing our poison, but sugar is still sugar is still sugar. Corn syrup is processed using mercury and Nutra Sweet is a poison toxin too… but, hey, no calories!
Desserts & candies – additives, sugars, toxic sweeteners. Non-nutritive! (Actually all these cakes, jellos, tapiocas, etc are extremely nutritionally repleting)
Chili powder, spice blends and packets – would be great if not for the additives, especially sugar and MSG
Baking Powder – mainstream brands contain aluminum, proven as a factor in causing Alzheimer’s disease
Corn starch – denatured, not healthy
Vinegar – most of the vinegars in today’s market are actually made from petroleum. Raw apple cider vinegar is what our forefathers used, not this fake stuff.
Yeast – obviously not good for the Candida sufferer
Pancake syrup – sugars, additives, preservatives
Fruit jams/jellies/preserves – sugars, toxic corn syrup
Catsup/Mustard – sugar, toxic corn syrup, nightshade allergen
Salad dressing – hydrogenated fats, egg allergy, additives, preservatives, sugars
Brown sugar – actually today’s form is brown-colored white sugar.
White granulated/powdered sugar – non-nutritive and actually repletive. BAD for candida because it feeds it.
This would require a whole ‘nother post. If you’d like to know more, check out the writings of Mary Enid.
Shortening – bad fat (hydrogenated)
Vegetable Oil – bad fat ( canola oil is toxic and most vegetable oils blends are not much better. The best oils for cooking are butter/ghee or coconut oil)
margarines, spreads – hydrogenated, false/bad fats
Peanut butter – nut allergy, sugars, additives, hydrogenated fats
THE ISSUE OF WHEAT
For many of the religiously inclined, myself included, wheat is considered the staff of life. But today’s wheat is not your Bible’s wheat. Many of the seed stock is GMO, and even among organic crops, the gluten content is much higher today than it was in the past. I’ll go into this further in other posts, but I’ll say this for now: After studying it out for myself, I believe we should eat yeasted breads and pastas ONLY as a LAST resort and NOT as a dietary staple. Sprouted non-yeasted wheat flatbreads and crackers can be substituted, and the palate must be trained to accept new forms of wheat, such a wheatgrass or Rejuvelac.
Pancake flour and other baked-good box mixes – white flour, white sugar, made with eggs and milk: a paper-mache for the gut and BAD for candida
Wheat flour – gluten allergies, actually goes rancid with long shelf life. Better to eat sprouted. If milled, should only be used fresh.
White flour – non-nutritive and actually replete the body. BAD for candida because it feeds it
Pastas (macaroni, egg noodles, spaghetti, lasagna, mac& cheese, etc) – white-flour based. BAD for Candida
Cracked wheat/creamy wheat/oatmeal – gluten-rich allergen… many times years old (very stale, if not rancid) by the time the consumer eats it.
Granola, boxed cereals – gluten-rich allergan, added sugars. The heated expeller-formed processing for popping, flaking, flattening and custom-forming the grain used in boxed cereals nearly nudifies it of any nutritional value. (Removal of the germ so it wont’ rot on the shelf. Ahh… non-perishable). Therefore, chemical vitamin sprays are applied make up the problem legally, but are, alas, not nutritionally. No matter how much you inundate it, the body can not assimilate fake vitamins and minerals.
Baby Cereals and Formulas – This one angers me. Both are consumed way too early, introducing the baby’s body to the allergen-forming process. The poor, of all people! should be the most encouraged to breastfeed. On a healthy diet, this is the best and most affordable for both Mother and baby …. for the short-term and long-term. Nursing should be encouraged as the exclusive nutrition until the baby’s canine teeth are in. Baby Cereals? Formulas? Phoey!! These man-made money-motivated concoctions to replace and manipulate mothers and the mother-infant bond line the gut with it’s first “paper-mache” glue, thus preparing the baby for a lifetime of health ailments.
Americans ignore their bodies signals and consume what pleases King Tongue. Many more United States citizen are allergic to gluten, dairy, nightshades and sea-foods than is realized.
Cow’s milk & cow dairy products (cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese) – dairy allergen, feeds candida, causes mucus to form and build up throughout the body, aggravates thyroid conditions, etc. People with O+ blood, Native Americans and Polynesians especially susceptible to cow milk allergy. (Raw goat’s milk, on the other hand, is said to contain capryllic acid which fights candida.)
Eggs – allergen, mucus forming within the body
Potatoes – nightshade family allergen. Also, most potatoes grown in the US have toxic anti-fungal chemicals sprayed on the skin, which soak into the vegetable. These chemicals AGGRAVATE candida. Organic only known safely consumable potato.
Tomatoes (fresh, canned, sauces, salsas) – nightshade allergen. Americans over-consume the nightshade family, especially the tomato, either aggravating an allergy or causing one. Added sugars from processing, including toxic (mercury-derived) corn syrups
Nuts and their Storage Lock me up (haha). No, seriously though… There is a toxic mold that grows on peanuts. Most of the nuts sold in stores are rancid. Nuts should ALWAYS be kept in the refrigerator.
THE LIES WE PRODUCE TO TELL OURSELVES
Even when Americans do turn to fresh fruits and vegetables, they are usually not grown locally, let alone organically. In our selection, we choose the “tissue paper” instead of the stainless steel girding. This is especially true of the poor who are trying to feed their families good nutrition they will actually eat on a very limited budget.
head lettuce – worthless nutritionally, especially as grown for mass consumption. Green leaf lettuce far healthier.
Instant Potatoes and other non-perishable pseudo-vegetable servings – nightshade allergy, additives, preservatives, sugars
Salad dressings – to gag it all down, of course… full of hydrogenated fats, additives, preservatives, sugars… basically negating any good effects your salad may have had.
Bananas – non-organic variety is thimeserol-laced (allergen). Bananas are often picked green and gassed to force to ripen. Should NOT be consumed in the summertime in the US, since it’s an old crop by then AND causes the blood to be attractive to mosquitoes.
Just 1/4 pound of animal protein per week during the winter months is sufficient for human nutrition. Consuming animal protein during the rest of the year is not needed or necessary.
Processed meats (hotdogs, bologna, lunchmeat) – nitrates, excessive animal meat consumption.
Pork products – many faiths from Moses to Mohammad to Brigham Young hold that meat from the pig is unclean. I respect and believe such traditional generational dietary wisdom.
Canned beef & poultry meat – meat, sugar from processing
Canned tuna – seafood allergy, sugars from processing, high mercury levels and pollutants in much of today’s seafood
I repeat, could we in actuality be unconsciously promoting the demise and continued debasement of the most needy in society by the boxes and cans that we give them? It is my suggestion that we are doing just that. We are in fact, as Amy Tan so succinctly put it, saving fish from drowning.
A pious man explained to his followers: “It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. “Don’t be scared.” I tell those fishes. “I am saving you from drowning.” Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes.”
To me, there is something really fishy about such Christianity or do-good-ness. Isn’t the whole point of all these efforts for the poor that the poor PERISH NOT?!! Proper nutrition and nutritional education would be a far better action, a far better way to share our means, than the pitiful poverty-prolonging non-perishable non-food drives.