2022

The Great American Diet

Perhaps you are one of the few reading this post who knows all about this subject, nevertheless, you are here now, so you might as well take a few minutes and continue reading and, after you do, please spread the information, especially to young people and women on the threshold of pregnancy, because: No, not enough is said about our Great American Diet! Certainly, very few in our Television, or Media World would even broach the subject of Any Negativity regarding the Greedy Industrial Food Producers, Cruel Factory Farming, or the Corrupt Lobbying Organizations that dictate the unscrupulous Laws pertaining to them. Pretty Awful!

Where it comes to myself, I am at that stage of life when it really doesn’t matter any more whatever I choose to ingest into my body, because my diet isn’t going to affect my longevity that much at this juncture! Nevertheless, I strongly believe that our overall Diet as Americans, especially, is a vital subject, mainly because of the effects it has on the young, as well as future generations.

On NPR, Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist stated that the US is undergoing a: Nutrition Crisis! This is due to our Ultra Processed Food Production on every level. We, in the United States, have the Worst Diet in the Entire World according to Nutritionists, although we spend two to three times more money on our Health – which is greatly and adversely affected by our Diet – than Europeans. Shameful! We say that our country is an “Experiment,” and, it seems, that we are Experimenting with All and Everything, one of which is causing our Nutrition Crisis! Studies also indicate that Iceland has the Best Diet, and that’s why they have managed to avoid Chronic Diseases and Alzheimer’s. Just think about that!

What To Do?

In order to tackle any problem one has to go back to its roots, and in studying our Dietary Issues we must go back to their beginnings. Hereunder is a very informative and interesting short article on that subject: Food System History – Timeline

The Great American Diet offers us, the consumers, an amazing variety of products that inundate our relatively affordable flagship fast food establishments such as McDonald’s, KFC, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut and the list goes on, as well as all the fast food in outlets like the marts at gas stations and elsewhere. Hard to resist, really, especially so for people with a limited food budget, as well as laborers and other workers who are on limited time! Moreover, the processed and packaged food products in our upscale grocery aisles, whether frozen, in cans, or in a container with their beautiful packaging, tempting ingredients, so easy to eat immediately, or to prepare in a jiffy also contain too many bad-for-your-health ingredients, because most have: excessive sodium; added sugars; saturated fats; refined grains; preservatives; hormones; pesticides; coloring agents and dyes etc. etc. making for a Perfect Nutrition Crisis that is causing Obesity and Chronic Diseases to our Population and placing us at the forefront of Any Nation in this regard! Moreover, we are exporting that fast food with its lethal ingredients all over the world! This is truly terrible!

Are Organic, Green and Sustainably Harvested Products the Answer? Of course they are! However, they are quite expensive, and with Inflation hitting us these days, they have even become more expensive, and, frankly, unaffordable for the majority of our citizens. We have to ring the bells and sound the alarms about this issue and raise enough awareness about it so that the Government begins Subsidizing Organic Farming and Products and Immediately Stops subsidizing the corrupt and unconscionable Processed Food Manufacturers and Factory Farming Producers, including electing politicians who will not succumb to the Lobbying Organizations of these Corporations that continue to pad their wallets! This is not a Quick Fix Suggestion. It will take years before the country reverses to Organic Food, Clean Water and Everything else. Meanwhile, we will continue to boast the Highest Obesity rates, as well as the Sickest People in the world much to the pleasure of Big Pharma that will relentlessly persevere in coming up with more pills for curing our diseases, making us, again, the number one consumers of medicines in the world! It is unconscionable!

Moreover, while Organic Foods are much better for us we do not know if we are getting enough nutrition from all those plastic bag packaged vegetables and fruits that sit in warehouses and on trucks for a long time and who’s aroma and nutrients? have been sucked out of them! Also, that same produce is being harvested and packaged by slave labor, which,  sadly, makes all of us slave owners! The International Labor Organization has just published its report stating that 1 out of every 150 Humans in our World is a Slave! Many are sold as child brides, others are sex slaves, drug cartel mules, shelling shrimp, filleting sardines, working in mines, and the list goes on! We should all be very ashamed of ourselves!

At this point, you might say to yourself: I’m just going to wing it, because there are more horrid things going on in our world than I can do anything about! In a sense, we are all doing that and praying for the best outcome, and, where nutrition is concerned, relying on our good genes if we have them, although, and aside from inherited genetic weaknesses, our Diet does sometimes trigger certain inherited diseases which might have otherwise remained dormant in our systems.

Two cases amongst many that are recently being discussed:

Ingesting Tylenol during Pregnancy may lead to Autistic Children:
Pregnancy: Does Acetaminophen Heighten Risk for Autism or ADHD?

The Parkland Murderer, Cruz, and what was mentioned about his Mental Issues and the fact that his mother was a drug addict while pregnant:
Nikolas Cruz’s defense says his brain was ‘poisoned’ by birth mother’s addictions in death penalty trial

This leads me to conclude that Any Foreign, Unnatural and Inorganic Elements that we ingest into our bodies could possibly lead to Genetic Deformities and Diseases over time that affect us personally, or that we pass on to our children, or theirs. How about if we do that Now and Then such as eating at restaurants that do not offer Organic Foods, or ordering a pizza, or having a frozen meal for dinner? Now and Then is Okay! It is the Continuous Usage that worries me, and the fact that, at the end of the day, the greedy, self-serving political and corporate elites aren’t the least bit worried about millions of Humans suffering the consequences of their Negligence and Corruption rather than taking Immediate Steps to Reverse our Nutrition Crisis!!

Take care of Your Diet, and that of your families, and do please continue to talk about this Vital Health issue until something gets done!

2022

Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Several years ago a friend suggested a book titled: Walking On Eggshells by Jane Isay describing with personal insights and honest interviews the interactions between Adults, Other Adults and Children, the young and the grown ones. I read it, loved it and wished that I had stumbled upon it when I was much younger, and when it would have been much easier to stick an adhesive tape over my lips rather than spilling it all out! However, I am of that segment of a generation that grew up in the tumultuous sixties and that had decided to be avant-garde about what we imagined to be important  issues, one of which was to do away with hypocrisy, double-speak and masks! We were going to tell it like it is, spill the beans, do away with tippy-toeing around issues like the generations before us! Oh my! Add to that “revolutionary” attitude the fact that I am an Arab Woman, who was living (at the time), in a traditional society and you can bet that all this was sometimes a hard sell! Did we succeed? Not really! Looking at our Planet right now where hypocrisy, double-speak and masks abound, it seems that we are even worse off today than the generations before mine! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

The Lethal Virus that invaded our World, and that is still alive and kicking its way around, sickening, killing (about 400 US Humans per day!) and doing mischief opened the door for many to cope and to adjust to a new reality. One of those realities was Zooming! Families, alumni, book clubs, business meetings, seminars, academia and, of course, our vaunted television hosts began to Zoom in earnest. However, many in the media, especially, still, and after almost three years of doing this, haven’t quite gotten the hang of it, and I chuckle to myself when I see them interviewing a guest. They often barely allow that guest to return their: Welcome to the Show (or whatever greeting they chose to start off with) while hardly waiting for that same person to respond before disappearing him/her from the screen and mouthing off. They also do the same at the end of their interview barely giving their guest the courtesy of saying: Thank you for inviting me (or whatever they want to end with) before cutting them off and rudely disappearing them again, mostly mid-sentence! It is so offensive, and technologically lame. Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Then we have the shrill bombardment by Big Pharma of inserting an ad almost every five minutes into Every Single Program on television! I am not surprised, of course, because ads are the prime reason for the existence of television to begin with, the second being Runaway Capitalism! However, I am disgusted and annoyed by this continuous intrusive assault! Thank Heavens that I can pre-record and zap through their rude invasions. Whom are they really directing their obnoxious – and it really is obnoxious! – advertising to? Me and You? After all, we can’t just ask our doctors for the product that they are ramming down our throats because our Health Insurance companies (for those of us who have them) are the deciders of which products, and from which manufacturer, to sell us. Are they aiming their distasteful advertising at the Doctors who do not have the time to watch television, and who are visited by Pharma Reps to sell them products and sweeten the deal with all those vacations, perks and lures in order for those so-called “Do-No-Harm” Professionals to prescribe products whether we need them, or not; whether they are appropriate or not? Opioids Anyone? Or, is it simply “Corporate Media Welfare” whereby Pharma pads the wallets of all the over-paid, under-achieving television executives and personalities? Obviously they are not speaking to most of the hoi polloi! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Globalization is another one of those ideas that seems to be faltering these days, and showing fissures that have, mainly, hurt the underdeveloped Humans of our World, while allowing Corporations to rake in the Profits and feed their Greed. One very annoying aspect of this Globalization are the Call Centers situated in such places as India, the Philippines and other countries where the Agents are woefully under-trained and where you often cannot understand their heavy unintelligible accents resulting in our concerns/issues/questions not being properly addressed as we wait “on hold” for umpteen hours! Then there are the other unscrupulous Call Centers ringing you umpteen times a day in order to Scam You! I believe that they are aided and abetted by Insiders! Shameful! While our Government has closed down some of those Fly-By-Night Outfits, they keep reemerging! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Then there are those Polls! I remember when I was a teenager, and later into my twenties, when I answered the Questionnaires in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and how after I tallied my results I would go into a Funk for failing to be: the sexiest chick on the block; the trendiest girl ever; the smartest genius that exists, and so on! The whole trajectory of my dismal-looking future would be determined by those results! Well! Nowadays we have Polls, almost all of them Non-Sexy Political ones, and almost all posing their Slanted, Biased Questions in order to arrive to the Conclusions that the Pollsters have cunningly pre-determined. Moreover, they usually Poll about Two to Three Thousand People, and then base the results on that selection. However, “The People” often Outrightly Lie to those Pollsters, as one Poll Guru outlined. Nevertheless, the Blood Pressure of the Nation is measured by the Poll Results, Hyped by the Media and Quoted by the Specialists, and the Sheeple swear by them and act on them! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Lastly, I would really love to know who are all those People listening to the Thousands of Podcasts; downloading the thousands of Apps; reading the Thousands of Newspapers and Magazines that are On Line, or are on Paper; perusing the Thousands of Blogs (including mine) that are available? Who has that much time to read/listen to anything but one, or two of these publications a day? After all, whether you avail yourself of the content of the Right leaning, the Left leaning, the Middle, the Subjective, the Objective, or Whatever, you end up with Repeat, Repeat, Repeat and hardly ever change your beliefs, because we Humans are Obdurate! And that’s precisely why, at this particular time, we have demonstrated how Dangerously Divided and Polarized we are on almost every issue under the sun, including, and most importantly, The Truth! Quite Ridiculous, isn’t it?

Of course, there is Much More “Ridiculous” going on in the World, and I’m sure that you have your own list! For today, these are my mine! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!