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Feb. 19, 2016

(NaturalNews) When it comes to America's food industry, profit trumps public health all day, every day. Whoever can sell the lowest quality food for the highest price wins, which is why Big Food companies like Kellogg's, Kraft, General Mills and a few others, hold a monopoly on our food supply. Junk-food junkie turned nutrition and health coach, Kelly Hayford, knows this all too well, which is why she wrote a book exposing our "fake-food culture."


If it's Not Food...Don't Eat It! describes how toxic chemical additives found in most processed foods affect our weight and overall health. The following is a snippet from her book:


When Betty first came to me she was in constant pain. She was taking seven different medications, had severe osteoarthritis, could barely walk, and had to catheterize herself daily. She had heard that making certain dietary changes could be beneficial to her health, and that there were natural herbs and supplements that might be helpful as well.


But she didn't know much about it and because her condition was so severe, she doubted that such an approach could actually do anything for her. In addition, her healthcare plan did not cover such expenses. Betty came to me only because the price of her medications was increasing to a level she could no longer afford, and her persistent friend had insisted.


Replacing medications with healthy food

Upon reviewing her food diary, a requirement for all incoming clients, I asked Betty if any of her doctors had ever inquired about her diet or given her any dietary guidelines. She told me that none had ever asked. Her food diary revealed a Standard American Diet (SAD). It looked like something an average American might be eating, and that was the problem.


Betty was skeptical about my recommendations at first, but I kept encouraging her to give them a try. "Trust me," I would say, "the results will convince you." Out of desperation she reluctantly followed my advice, and was delighted, when in just a few short weeks, she was able to go off four of her medications, became virtually pain-free, could walk without using her walker, had lost a few pounds, and was generally beginning to feel much better. In addition, Betty's latest cholesterol test results were below what they had been when she was taking cholesterol-lowering medication.


What did Betty do to achieve such dramatic improvements in her health in such a short period of time? It might surprise you to know that Betty didn't cut or count calories or carbohydrates or fat, go on a special diet, deprive herself of favorite foods, take a special pill or herbal formula, undergo hypnosis, or start an intensive workout program.




Taking chemicals out of your diet

She simply made the switch from the low-quality, chemical-laden processed food brands she had been eating for years to higher quality, additive-free natural food brands of the same foods. She also began to include a small amount of whole, fresh, natural foods, primarily a couple of fresh fruits or vegetables, into her diet each day.


How can this be so? This is so because the most popular brands of processed, packaged chemical-laden foods (pseudofoods) so widely consumed today are injurious to the body. In fact, poor eating habits characterized by the regular consumption of these fake foods, saturated with refined sugar, sodium, unhealthy fats, and toxic chemicals, are the greatest weapon of mass destruction the world has ever known. Not a weapon in the usual sense, but a weapon nonetheless, as a result of the devastation it is causing, as Betty was experiencing. But Betty isn't the only one suffering.


As a result of the regular consumption of low-quality nutrient-deficient food, our nation has recently entered into the beginning stages of a major health crisis; a health crisis of such magnitude that it has the potential to change life in America as we know it.


This poor eating syndrome is the most insidious kind of weapon of mass destruction because, aside from the obvious diet-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, few people realize that it is the root cause of all chronic dis-ease. I use the term dis-ease as it encompasses not only established diseases, but any symptoms or conditions people experience that cause their bodies or minds to become ill at ease.




The standard American diet

In America between 1980-1997, the average per capita consumption of major food commodities per person, per year included:


- 111 lbs. red meat - 580 lbs. dairy products


- 29 lbs. ice cream - 53 gallons soft drinks


- 66 lbs. fats and oils - 39 gallons alcohol


- 150 lbs. wheat - 24 gallons coffee


- 154 lbs. sugar


For more on Hayford's book, pick up a copy here today!