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TRANS FAT BAN? – If the FDA follows through, millions of lives will be saved

As reported on CNN, (November 7th, 2013):

‘The Food and Drug Administration today took a step toward potentially eliminating trans fats from the food supply with a preliminary determination they are no longer “generally regarded as safe.”

Trans fats are found in a variety of frozen, canned and baked processed foods. Partially hydrogenated oils are the major dietary source of trans fats in processed food. Trans fats have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

If the preliminary determination is finalized, according to the FDA, then partially hydrogenated oils will become food additives subject to premarket FDA approval. Foods with unapproved additives cannot legally be sold.’

WOW! If the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) really intends to follow through with the phasing out of trans fats, this will become the greatest “breakthrough” in advancing the general health of the masses, well … perhaps, since the polio vaccine!

Final removal of trans fats from the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) List, and ultimately from the mass marketing of prepared foods, would prevent untold human suffering from a cascade of diseases and would save the health care system (i.e.: tax payers), billions of dollars over the years.

One only has to quickly review a few of the links to research papers showing the ravages of trans fats upon multiple functions within the human body, in my last blog on the subject,

https://ophealthchoices.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/the-health-scourge-of-trans-fats/

to realize that the time for its removal is long overdue.

My main concern with the FDA announcement, is the provisional words it uses in its press release, words such as “if”, “potentially eliminating”, and “preliminary determination”.

You can be sure that the multi-billion-dollar fast-food, junk food and prepared food industry sectors will continue to resist the changes every way they can. Trans fats spell massive profits for them!

Will the lobbyists win? Stay tuned.

Other Links:

F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/health/fda-trans-fats.html

FDA Finally Pulls The Plug On Trans Fats: http://www.organicauthority.com/blog/organic/fda-finally-pulls-the-plug-on-trans-fats/

FDA Trans Fats Ban: Gradual Phasing Out of Trans Fats: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/349620-fda-trans-fats-ban-gradual-phasing-out-of-trans-fats/

FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats in Foods: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20131107/fda-ban-trans-fats?ecd=soc_tw_110713_news_fdatransfatban

 WebMD: Kicking Trans Fats to the Curb

FDA: Trans Fat: Taking the Next Important Step http://blogs.fda.gov/fdavoice/index.php/2013/11/trans-fat-taking-the-next-important-step/

FDA Targets Trans Fat in Processed Foods: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm372915.htm

(NOTE: Use the FDA Website links, above, to make use of the 60-day Comment Period.)

The 47-Million-Dollar COVERUP

It cost the GMO ‘Syndicate’ (i.e.: prime players such as Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer, Dow and food-processors such as Kraft, Nestle, Coca-Cola, etc.), approximately $47-million to protect us from knowing whether or not the food we consume may contain its patented, experimental, genetically modified (GM) secret-sauce, against our wills.

It is socially oppressive, demeaning and totally inappropriate for GM-food producers to command us to basically “shut up and eat”… It’s a slap in the face of all intelligent, concerned consumers who demand to know what they and their families are eating.

One has to wonder how much worse these frankenfoods really are (than we already suspect), such that the GMO Industry has to spend $47,000,000 to keep it secret.

Still too many unknowns to let this ride

As described in our previous blog1, there are still far too many unknowns, to let this arrogant industry simply have its way.

GMOs and the disease explosion; are there links?

Is there a connection between the wide proliferation of GM-foods and the explosion in occurrences of diseases such as childhood invasive cancers, autism spectrum disorders and the vast range of digestive diseases?

The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that the number of children diagnosed with all forms of invasive cancer in the year 2004 showed a 28.6% increase, compared with those in 1975 (from 11.5 cases per 100,000 children to 14.8 per 100,000)2. Why?

Autism and autistic spectrum disorders in children, in recent years have risen epidemically. The Nov-Dec, 2004 issue of Public Health Reports states that, “Reported rates of autism in the United States increased from < 3 per 10,000 children in the 1970s to > 30 per 10,000 children in the 1990s, a 10-fold increase.”  3 Why? The paper concludes that “…the rising incidence of autism should be a matter of urgent public concern.”

The statistics on increases in digestive disorders are also alarming. Why?
Digestive Diseases News Spring/Summer 2009 published, The Burden of Digestive Diseases in the United States, a report sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).4 It reports that:

  • Deaths from gastrointestinal infections more than tripled between 1979 and 2004.
  • Ambulatory care visits for inflammatory bowel disease between 1979 and 2004 increased by almost 40 percent.
  • Diverticular disease hospitalization rates increased 16.4 percent between 1996 and 2004.
  • Ambulatory care visits for gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) nearly tripled between 1992 and 2004.

Until we have conclusive independent research answers to the possible connections between the GMO-adulteration of foods and the explosion of disease conditions, any States that continue to allow ongoing cloaked foisting of such products upon its citizens, are subjecting their entire populations to the status of lab rats.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) is calling for a “moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term independent safety testing, and labeling of GM foods, which is necessary for the health and safety of consumers”. 5

The current GMO testing and approvals process, on the very face of it, is a closed “inside job”. While the GMO Syndicate is obliged to report its test results to the FDA, the food safety agency has allowed the GMO Syndicate to carry out its own, private testing, and worse yet, has given the industry a blank cheque to award itself its own safety approvals, thus clearing the products for market. Where is the independent peer-reviewed scrutiny? Does this approval protocol not have the appearance of a scientifically corrupt process?

The longest study period that the GMO industry has reportedly used for its safety approvals is a mere 90 days.6

The alarming results of the first independent two-year GMO corn-fed rat study shows a completely different story about the potential risks of long term human exposure to GM-foods.

A full report of this study, and additional background can be found at the link below:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/22/superbugs-destruct-food-supply.aspx

“First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study Finds Genetically Engineered Corn Causes Massive Tumors, Organ Damage, and Early Death”

-Mercola.com

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/22/superbugs-destruct-food-supply.aspx

Where is our food-safety-protector, the FDA, in all of this? Well, it appears that the situation became somewhat more conflicted when President Obama appointed Michael Taylor, a VP of Monsanto, as US food safety czar at the FDA.7 Many citizens who are aware of this conflict with the public interest have been demanding Taylor’s removal from the FDA, but so far have not met with success.8

We seem to be on out own, folks!

Are there solutions to the GMO-labeling impasse?

The YES vote lost by the narrow margin of 3%. To Californians and to others across the country who support honest disclosure, Prop37 was only the opening salvo on something that should have been nipped in the bud years earlier.

There are enough informed consumers that are incensed by the misrepresentations and $47-million spent by the GMO Industry, to withhold the information that we as consumers need to make critical healthful informed food-choices we feel are necessary to protect our growing families.13

It somehow seems unconstitutional for the GMO syndicate to obstruct our free-will choice and right to obtain information on what we are ingesting.9

Must we the people have to launch a torrent of Class Action suits, simply to gain access to basic information about what’s in our food? If that’s has to be done, then we must begin it.

Consumers must also begin demanding a moratorium on GM foods until long term independent safety testing, as well as labelling, are both fulfilled, as the AAEM calls for.5

Thirdly, it’s now up to consumers, in their own interest, to begin boycotting the products we know or suspect may have GMOs in them. That may cause temporary inconvenience to our eating habits until satisfactory NON-GMO products are found. But it also puts immense pressure upon the food (and food snack) industry to say, “Hey, buy my products, because they’re GMO-FREE!”

The next step in successfully beating the GMO-Syndicate, is to insist that our new food suppliers immediately commence certification processes so that they can boast on their labels that they have been genuinely certified “NON-GMO” through a reputable certification agency.

Thankfully, some agencies are beginning to work with honest food producers to achieve this new standard of disclosure, and will ultimately be winners for doing it.10, 11, 14

The starting pistol for self-determinative action on the part of consumers, was fired on November 6th, when the GMO Industry successfully squelched the YES vote on Prop. 37. We consumers may have lost the battle of Prop37, but with the aggregate force of our individual actions, with the use of our wallets, and by clearly speaking out, we most certainly can win the war.12, 15, 16, 17

References:

1. http://ophealthchoices.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/california-is-prop37s-gmo-labeling-armageddon/

2.  http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/childhood

3.  Public Health Rep. 2004 Nov-Dec; 119(6): 536–551. doi:  10.1016/j.phr.2004.09.003 PMCID: PMC1497666 What’s going on? The question of time trends in autism, by Mark F. Blaxill, (PubMed Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1497666/)

4.  (Source Link: http://www.spotlighthealth.com/about/ddnews/spr09-2.php) Read the full report online at www2.niddk.nih.gov/AboutNIDDK/ReportsAndStrategicPlanning/BurdenofDisease/DigestiveDiseases.

5.  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine Paper on Genetically Modified Foods http://aaemonline.org/gmopost.html

6. First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study Finds Genetically Engineered Corn Causes Massive Tumors, Organ Damage, and Early Death http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/22/superbugs-destruct-food-supply.aspx

7.  Who is Michael Taylor, really? Monsanto, the FDA and a history of evil: 25 Oct 2012 – “The person who may be responsible for more food-related illness and … US food safety czar,” writes foremost healthy food consumer advocate … www.naturalnews.com/037678_Michael_Taylor_Monsanto_FDA.html

8.  Activists Call for Food Safety Czar’s Ouster – The LA Weekly Blogs: 31 Jan 2012 – Occupy cornfields! Support is growing for a petition calling for the ouster of Michael Taylor, a senior adviser… http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2012/01/michael_taylor_fda_petition.php

9.  Statement on Election Results from the California Right to Know Campaign: “Narrow Loss; Movement Victory!”
http://www.carighttoknow.org/electionstatement

10.  Everyone deserves an informed choice http://www.nongmoproject.org/about/

11.  The “Non-GMO Project-Verified” Seal http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/understanding-our-seal/

12.   “Prop 37 Defeated But GMO The Big Loser” – by Jim Ewing, Author of Blog: Postcards From A Green Planethttp://jimpathfinder.tumblr.com/post/35248254853/prop-37-defeated-but-gmo-the-big-loser

13.  Did California Voters Defeat the Food Movement Along With Prop. 37?  Tom Philpott, writing in the The New York Times Magazinehttp://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/11/what-we-learned-defeat-gmo-labeling-california

14.  Certified Naturally Grown: http://www.naturallygrown.org/

15.  CA’s Prop 37 Failed. Now What?: http://monsantoboycott.com/featured/cas-prop-37-failed-now-what/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

16.  Boycott “NO” on 37 Supporters: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_26638.cfm

17.  TEDxMileHigh – Robyn O’Brien – Patriotism on a Plate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWXrRftyOMY

Supplementary Information:

On November 6th, California will be the American bellwether battleground between consumers’ right1 to know which foods on store shelves contain GMO-ingredients, versus the self-anointed ‘right’8 of the GMO Industry to continue withholding such information from consumers (i.e.: mothers who wish to make their own healthiest-possible informed food choices for their children).

In nominally the most open and free country in the world, why is it that US citizens even have to struggle to defend such rights when more than fifty other countries have already lead the way in GMO labelling?

Many questions not answered

  • Why all the secrecy? 8
  • If your company’s GMOs were all that great, wouldn’t you want to brag about them on the product label?
  • Why rush to market with so many health and safety questions unanswered? 2, 3
  • Are there correlations in the rapid deployment of GMO-foods and the near-epidemic increases in food allergies (I,e,: gluten), autism, inflammatory bowel diseases and other digestive and metabolic problems, cancers, infertility, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and many other disease conditions?4
  • Why have the GMO-proponents not done any long-term animal studies to simulate human lifetime exposures, as done by French research team? 5
  • Why have GMOs not been pulled from the market pending further long-term studies by independent researchers to confirm findings of the Italian study (Showing massive tumour growth in 2-year rat study)? 5, 6, 7
  • Why hasn’t the FDA taken the lead in protecting our food safety, as they are mandated to do?
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Follow the money

The American Agra-Food Industry is both huge and powerful. It seems that those who have most of the business now, want all of it, both domestically and globally. The Food industry giants seem to be trying to emulate the success of Big Pharma which has made untold $Billions by producing and patenting synthetic versions of natural functional remedies that they could then sell to their captive Medical Health Care Industry. The Mega Food Industry believes that if it can proprietorially change a bit of genetic code on ultimately ALL of our food, ultimately it will be able to hold everyone on the planet hostage.

Sound Orwellian? Just look at how far the industry has encroached so far. Due to the far too compliant (or complicit?) regulatory bodies, the GMO proponents have been given a blank cheque to conduct their own version of fast-track research, award themselves their own safety approvals, and rapidly deploy their products throughout the marketplace, without having to disclose anything to the end consumers.

Nearly 80% of the foods we now eat have a GMO component to it; and we weren’t even asked!

To deliberately deprive consumers the option of making their own informed decisions regarding their food components is alarming enough. But to infiltrate and manipulate the governmental regulatory bodies whose mandate is to ensure our food safety, such that the public at large unwittingly becomes the test laboratory for unproven GMO products is unconscionable. It appears almost unconstitutional, if not outright corrupt. The appointment of a Monsanto Vice President to the position of Food Safety guru at the FDA 9, does nothing to instil confidence in the integrity of the institution. Instead, it has resulted in creating the impression that the FDA itself may have become part of the problem.

While shocking in its sheer brashness, the pattern of the FDA bowing to the interests of big business, to the detriment of public health is not new, and has already been played out over decades with many pharmaceutical drugs and with the history of allowing deliberately misleading listing of trans fat10 content on food labeling.

If the FDA is so inept (or worse) as to allow the entire country’s citizenry become a population of ‘lab rats’, then at the very least, THIS lab rat along with many others demand the right to have GMO labeling so that we can choose to be in the placebo group!

If Armageddon is defined as the place where the final battle will be fought between the forces of good and evil, then, on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, California will become Prop37’s Armageddon. There is no middle ground here.

The viciousness with which the GMO proponent-side has been attacking highly-respected health-conscious professionals such as Dr. J. Mercola and others is a national disgrace11. Their reasoning for wanting to continue depriving the public of such knowledge is spurious and self –serving in the extreme12, 13, 14.

The FDA should never have allowed the matter to deteriorate to this level.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) calls for a moratorium on GM foods

The AAEM has called for a “moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term independent safety testing, and labeling of GM foods, which is necessary for the health and safety of consumers”. 7

California: Vote YES on PROP 37

We all hope that Californians will vote “YES” for Proposition 37, for the good of California, and thus, for the good of the nation, because, If mandatory GMO-labeling occurs in California it will spread across the country.

What we must still do to protect food purity

Apart from whatever the outcome of Prop. 37, there is a significant movement already underway of real-food producers and consumers who specifically seek out non-GMO products that proudly post labels that state “NON-GMO” – as a badge of honour – on their packaging, so that informed shoppers can make their own healthy food choices, going forward 15, 16.

The more this movement is driven forward by consumer demand, the more people will be able to have control over what they wish to consume. The massive California Agra-Food industry could quickly find that further disrespect of consumer’ wishes would be economically crippling to their industry.

In the meantime, it is important that we all do our own advocacy and due diligence in boycotting known GMO products so that GMO producers will ultimately find it economically advantageous to switch back to the demanded marketing of real foods that are not owned, adulterated or tainted by GMO maleficium.

Supplementary Information:

  1. Yes on 37 Respect the rights of American people to choose:   http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/gmo-label-california-prop-37/
  2. World Health Organization. (Internet).(2002). Foods derived from modern technology: 20 questions on genetically modified foods. Available from: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/biotech/20questions/en/
  3. Genetic Roulette – The Gamble of our Lives (Documentary): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnlTYFKBg18&feature=youtu.be
  4. Fact-checking about GMO foods http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/fact-checking-gmo-foods/#autism
  5. Food Chem Toxicol. 2012 Nov;50(11):4221-31. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2012.08.005. Epub 2012 Sep 19. Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize. Séralini GE, et al. (PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Long%20term%20toxicity%20of%20a%20Roundup%20herbicide%20and%20a%20Roundup-tolerant%20genetically%20modified%20maize)
  6. First-Ever Lifetime Feeding Study Finds Genetically Engineered Corn Causes Massive Tumors, Organ Damage, and Early Death http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/22/superbugs-destruct-food-supply.aspx
  7. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine Paper on Genetically Modified Foods http://aaemonline.org/gmopost.html
  8. From your Friendly GMO proponent who won’t voluntarily label: “TRUST US” http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qyKGn20Ifhk
  9. Michael Taylor appointed as senior adviser to the commissioner at FDA by president Obama: http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/dark-history-monsanto/
  10. The Health Scourge of Trans Fats: http://ophealthchoices.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/the-health-scourge-of-trans-fats/
  11. Breaking News Alert! Dr. Mercola Attacked by Biotech Bullies http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/10/31/dr-mercola-attacked-by-biotech-bullies.aspx
  12. Prop 37 Countdown: How Much Confusion Can $32 Million Buy? http://healthfreedoms.org/2012/10/01/prop-37-countdown-how-much-confusion-can-32-million-buy/
  13. How Much Will Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Really Cost? http://documents.foodandwaterwatch.org/doc/GELabelCost.pdf
  14. Myths and Facts of Proposition 37 http://cfsactionfund.org/why-we-need-prop-37/myths-and-facts-of-proposition-37/
  15. Everyone deserves an informed choice http://www.nongmoproject.org/about/
  16. The “Non-GMO Project-Verified” Seal http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/understanding-our-seal/

Not a food

The best way to describe trans fats or TFA (trans fatty acids), also called partially-hydrogenated oils, is that they are a form of manufactured or synthetic fat which is unfamiliar to the body’s digestive system.

The Food industry touts the advantage of trans fats as slowing food spoilage from rancidity. But therein lays a clue about the danger of trans fats. If microbes that normally cause spoilage can’t recognize trans fats as food, then it’s NOT food. To bacteria and molds, trans fats are more akin to a soft plastic than true fats.

It’s the same for humans. Continuous consumption of trans fats causes a virtual cascade of problems in the body which can lead to or exacerbate many forms of cardiovascular disease including coronary disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), stroke, arteriosclerosis, as well as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity7, 8, cancer and other potentially fatal diseases.

As the body attempts to digest trans fats, the trans fats cause systemic inflammation4, liver dysfunction, and damage to the function of the cell membranes.1, 4

Trans fats may compromise fetal and early infant growth and development,2 cause infertility in women, and contribute to cognitive decline6.

The consumption of trans fats raises blood levels of the unhealthy low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol, while reducing levels of healthy, high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol.5

The cumulative costs to our health care system over decades of industry-masked pervasive use and consumption of trans fats in our food has to be in the tens (if not hundreds) of billions of dollars.

So why is it allowed?

All about shelf life and profits

If trans fats are so toxic, why is the food industry allowed to use them so pervasively? Follow the money; it’s all about shelf life and profits. Think of the profits of having 10%, 30% or 50% less spoilage, or the commercial advantage of being able to extend the expiry dates of products by 800% or more! Furthermore, trans fats can be made very cheaply, thus they further heighten the profit margins of the mass food producers.

Industry has known all along

Knowing, full well, the negative physiological effects of trans fats upon consumers, the food industry has been quick to respond, but not as you might think. Rather that remove trans fats from the processed foods we eat, instead, whole new industries and profit centres sprang up as their way of pretending to fix the problem.

Since trans fats cause higher production of bad cholesterol (LDL), a whole new market for premium-priced “low cholesterol” foods was created. Not to miss the action, the pharmaceutical industry jumped in with its cholesterol-lowering “statins” and has enjoyed a virtual feeding frenzy, to this day, selling statins (with its own associated health risks)11, 13 to combat cholesterol.

Little attention has been paid to the fact that trans fats and statins also lower good cholesterol (HDL), which is used by the body to convert sunlight into Vitamin D12. Deficiency in Vitamin D causes another whole cascade of health problems.

Deceptive labeling

Enlightened consumer-complaints, that the disclosure of trans fat content on product labeling is confusing and misleading, have so far fallen on deaf ears.

Even worse, it appears that Government regulators allow, in fact, foster deliberate industry deceit of trans fat content, through false and misleading labeling gimmickry.

Food producers are allowed to put “0 g” of Trans Fats on their labels if the amount is 500 mg or less per “serving”.14  By reducing the serving size to a fraction of what a person would realistically use, one will frequently encounter products (i.e.: some brands of peanut butter, for example) that will say “Trans Fats: 0 g.”, and show “hydrogenated vegetable oil” as the second or third ingredient. So, unsuspecting conscientious mothers may still be loading their kids with trans fats, consciously making an effort not to do so, all because of trick labeling.

(A good tip when it comes to buying peanut butter, is to reach for the jar that describes the ingredients as “just peanuts”. The peanut oil will be separated at the top, but all one has to do is thoroughly mix it once, then keep it in the refrigerator so that it will remain mixed.)

The fact remains that, from a nutritional point of view, the consumption of trans fats is not safe at any level9. To the body, it’s a foreign chemical like any other toxic substance and should not be allowed in our food. Yet, there it remains.

The news isn’t all bad, though. With no credit due to the regulators, but rather to an enlightened public using internet communication tools such this, a growing number food processors, restaurants, etc. are acting ahead of the regulators, to reduce the use of trans fats in their products in order to preserve their markets.9

However, honest labeling, at the very least, must still be made mandatory.10

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  1. Kilmer S. McCully, Martha McCully,  “The Heart Revolution”, Book; Harper Perennial, ISBN: 0-06-092973-1 (pbk.), pp45
  2. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:212-5. “Role of trans fatty acids in health and challenges to their reduction in Indian foods.” (Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296340)
  1. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2009 May;63 Suppl 2:S5-21. “Health effects of trans-fatty acids: experimental and observational evidence.” Mozaffarian D, Aro A, Willett WC. (Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19424218)
  1. Atheroscler Suppl. 2006 May;7(2):29-32. Epub 2006 May 18. “Trans fatty acids – effects on systemic inflammation and endothelial function. Mozaffarian D. (Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16713393)
  1. Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2011 Jul;31(181):56-9. [Trans-fatty acids–effects on coronary heart disease].[Article in Polish] Karbowska J, Kochan Z. (Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21870712)
  1. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2011 Jul-Sep;5(3):161-4. Epub 2012 May 1. “Overview of trans fatty acids: biochemistry and health effects.”Bhardwaj S, Passi SJ, Misra A. (Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22813572)
  1. Postepy Hig Med Dosw (Online). 2010 Dec 27;64:650-8. [Dietary trans-fatty acids and metabolic syndrome]. [Article in Polish] Kochan Z, Karbowska J, Babicz-Zielińska E. (Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21228440)
  1. Mercola.com Website, How Trans Fats Accelerate the Obesity Epidemic; Mercola, JM. (Website Link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2006/11/11/how-trans-fats-accelerate-the-obesity-epidemic.aspx)
  1. Mercola.com Website, Trans-Fat: What Exactly is it, and Why is it so Dangerous? Mercola, JM. (Website Link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/07/19/trans-fat-part-three.aspx)
  1. Science Daily, “Call for Truth in Trans Fats Labeling by US FDA: Study Shows How Deceptive Food Labels Lead to Increased Risk of Deadly Diseases”; (Website Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110103110325.htm)
  1. NaturalNews.com. “Statins news, articles and information” (Website Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/statins.html)
  1. NaturalNews.com – Vitamin D precursors require cholesterol for conversion. (Website Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/036491_vitamin_D_deficiency_starving.html)
  1. NaturalNews.com – Cholesterol is required by the body to synthesize vitamin D. Do Statin Drugs Cause Vitamin D Deficiency? (Website Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/027897_statin_drugs_vitamin_D.html)
  1. Deceptive Food Labels Can Result in Significant Intake of Trans Fat: http://www.a-health-blog.com/deceptive-food-labels-can-result-in-significant-intake-of-trans-fat.html

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The System

“Spending on health care is rising more rapidly than earnings for workers and their families.”1

When it comes to acute medical care in North American hospitals, we rank among the top nations in the world. US and Canadian hospitals are performing exemplary work in trauma, organ transplant, open heart, brain and other surgeries that save thousands of lives every year.

When it comes to chronic health care the record is abysmal.

The Social Security Advisory Board’s 2009 Report on “The Unsustainable Cost of Health Care” (http://www.ssab.gov/documents/TheUnsustainableCostofHealthCare_graphics.pdf) shows that spending on healthcare is growing faster than the national income and is expected to grow another 70% in the decade of 2008-2018.

The top 4 (of 8) cited reasons in descending order are technology (includes a significant cost of drugs component), insurance (i.e: protection against unanticipated large out-of-pocket expenses.), aging and demographics (1.e.: baby boomers), and “health status of the population” (i.e.: increases in chronic diseases and obesity).

With sky-high drug costs in the top category, one has to question how many non-drug options might be employed to significantly reduce healthcare costs and perhaps even deliver a better quality of health care.

For Starters, consider the following:

  • There are 200 million prescriptions written per year for beta-blockers to treat heart attack and stroke patients. The American Medical Association reported on a large study that showed little or no benefit to the patients with cardiovascular disease, with possibly even harmful effects in some cases.2
  • The “’over-giving’ and broad-scale use of antibiotics in the community, (is) a practice which has the effect of unnecessarily speeding up the ability of bacteria to evolve their defences.”3.  Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/greatest-threat-to-human-health-20110216-1awai.html#ixzz29PQbsek0. 3.  This is leading to alarming increases in resistant bacterial strains in hospitals, all-too-frequently causing the deaths of already immune-compromised patients.
  • America’s healthcare-system-induced deaths are the third leading cause of the death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. There are12,000 deaths per year due to unnecessary surgery, 7000 deaths per year due to medication errors in hospitals, 20,000 deaths per year due to other errors in hospitals, 80,000 deaths per year due to infections in hospitals, and 106,000 deaths per year due to negative effects of drugs. (Source: http://www.health-care-reform.net/causedeath.htm)4. ,11.

What can be done to improve healthcare?

  • Smoking cessation is something that would significantly contribute to reduced healthcare costs. In a free society such as ours one of the best ways to achieve smoking reduction is through education. There have been great strides in the last couple of decades as smoking gradually loses its social appeal.
  • Reduce over-use of antibiotics (see 3.)
  • Reduce over prescribing of drugs (see above)
  • Medical doctors must learn nutrition: (Front cover of  the prestigious journal “Science” shows that disease prevention comes from food, not pharma5.: https://twitter.com/FarmToBottle/status/253842503046926336/photo/1)5. Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Medicine’, had it right from the beginning when he said, “Let food be thy medicine.”
  • All healthcare practitioners, food suppliers and governments must provide incentives (example) 9 and education to the public on diabetes prevention10 through weight management, proper diet, avoidance of fructose loading6, avoidance of trans-fats, along with the value and benefits of proper exercise.
  • Our Governments’ and public focus on disease prevention and health promotion will be the only way to save our healthcare systems.  Currently 75% of our healthcare costs go to diseases that are preventable. This insanity can not be sustained by taxpayers.
  • Governments must enforce honest food-product labeling
  • Governments must allow integrative and complementary medical clinics to practice alongside with conventional medical clinics (on the same funding formula as their unchanging colleagues enjoy). Conventional clinics that do not keep up with informed consumer demand would gradually be forced to change, or fall by the wayside.
  • Drug plans must also cover patient use of health-promoting natural supplements along with the already funded pharmaceutical drugs that usually have serious side effects.  Some insurance company health plans have already begun doing this when a patient’s doctor request patient reimbursement for product cost that the physician believes will hasten the recovery.
  • Governments should have a funding formula, similar to that for drug plans, for natural supplements which have proven efficacy and are recommended by the patient’s health professional.
  • Governments could also give tax allowances (or tax credits), under the same provisions as stated above, for insurance companies and for taxpayers who use natural supplements to carefully maintain their good health.
  • The Health Care System must be made more Transparent, Efficient and Accountable. All facets of the the Health Care delivery system must be reconfigured in light of: 1. Promoting Prevention First, 2. Providing Improved Care Team Coordination, 3. Improving Electronic Record Keeping and Inter-Departmental Information Transfer Coordination, 4. Improving the Objective Application of Evidence-Based Treatment, and 5. Providing More Affordable 24/7 Access.  This trend has already begun.12

What can YOU and I do about it?

  • Start by protecting yourself and your family with self-education, by doing all the due diligence you can. We must become our own best Health Care Advocates.
  • Learn how to read trick product labelling that give only part of the information you are seeking, and often that in deliberately confusing ways. (Trans fat labelling, for example, is design to deceive the consumer into believing in many cases that the product contains far less than is actually present.)
  • Keep after your politicians and demand honest disclosure in all product labelling. There must be quantitative disclosure of ALL ingredients such as trans fats, GMO7. content, etc.
  • Make relentless use of petitions and emails. They should be sent at every opportunity to politicians at state/provincial and federal health department bureaucrats and legislators.

Supplementary Information:

References:

1.  http://www.ssab.gov/documents/TheUnsustainableCostofHealthCare_graphics.pdf

2.  http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345488/title/Common_heart_treatment_fails_to_help

3.  http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/greatest-threat-to-human-health-20110216-1awai.html

4.  http://www.health-care-reform.net/causedeath.htm

5.   https://twitter.com/FarmToBottle/status/253842503046926336/photo/1

6.   http://ow.ly/i/ZJV4/original

7.   http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/22/superbugs-destruct-food-supply.aspx

8.  http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/10/11/your-health-vs-bureaucrats

9.  http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/10/08/bisc1009.htm

10. http://bsfurl.com/WlcU/1d5W/1Ru0

11. http://www.drbarrydworkin.com/2012/10/07/sunday-house-call-415-october-7-2012-flawed-studies-flawed-drugs-and-people-die/

12. http://www.accountablecarestories.org/

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