Remember Jane Goodall? She is the naturalist who became famous for her work with chimpanzees. She has written tons of books. The newest one is on a topic that's very relevant to this blog: how the food we eat affects our health.
Jane Goodall's book Harvest for Hope discusses Dr. Fuhrman and his approach to eating. Dr. Fuhrman says he has never met her, and was pleasantly surprised to find that he was mentioned in a book.
DiseaseProof reader Frederick Conroy emailed the following review (which I have edited slightly for length):
Last week Jane Goodall's book Harvest for Hope--A Guide to Mindful Eating was on the front shelf of the airport bookstore which I stopped in while I was visiting the Phoenix area. Her book is a complete affirmation of the work which has been done in nutrition and natural healing by Dr. Fuhrman, Colin Campbell, and John Robbins. The book is educational, informative, and enlightening.
Jane Goodall's book begins with a look at the dawn of man's existence, specifically that of our ancestors, the prehistoric humans. Ms. Goodall traces our evolution from tool use to man's first use of fire for cooking. For those of us who have attended Dr. Fuhrman's lectures on The Greatest Diet on Earth, where he begins by asking us what we know about man's ancestor the ape, Jane Goodall's concentrated studies in primatology and anthropology are excellent reference to trace our development.
For example, do we know that our DNA differs from that of an ape by only 1.8%. If you accept Darwin's theories on evolution, and what is accepted by most scientists today, then it follows that the diet of the gorilla or chimpanzee can serve as a guide to the types of food man has evolved from which may be beneficial to him. The ape subsists primarily on a vegetable based diet, with some nuts, some fruits and a little meat.
After sharing this with us, Dr. Goodall leads us to the deplorable conditions in slaughterhouses, feed farms, and pig factories—heavy with steroids, antibiotics food thick with pesticides, and genetically modified foods. All of this is passed to us when we eat the pig, chicken, or cow.
There is a chapter on the uses of pesticides whose origins were tied to the use of gas in World War 1 in France. It is tragic to read of our helplessness to stop the large agricultural companies from doing business any differently. Is it really so difficult to see that it is impossible today when the consumer is in many cases as smart as the owners of these companies that the health of the consumer is more important than the simple minded and narrow pursuit of profit?
In one unforgettable passage, Jane Goodall reviews a case study which took place in Mexico in 1994. There were two groups of children studied. The two groups ate the same foods, they came from the same social and economic levels, and they also were raised in similar environments. However, the first group was raised in an area where natural organic methods of farming were used; and the second group lived in an area where pesticides were sprayed everywhere and on everything. The children in the valley where the pesticides were sprayed "had difficulty performing basic eye hand coordination tasks, such as dropping raisins in bottle cap." When asked to draw human figures, this same group which had been exposed to pesticides could only draw designs which did not resemble humans at all.
Speaking for myself, as a witness to those people whose lives have been changed by ordinary everyday acts -- for example, by the threat of genetically modified foods, by the conditions on "factory farms", by the silence of those who sell "Cheap" Food that leads to disease and obesity, and by those who disregard the effect on the Environment and on our lives of pollution and pesticides, I give deep heartfelt thanks that Jane Goodall has spoken out so creatively and passionately. I could trumpet the praises of men like Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Herbert Shelton, and Howard Lyman all day long; and I am sure you all would agree with me. These are the men who are the real leaders, and these are the men who are asking us to take control of our own lives. They are setting an example we should follow. Jane Goodall is that rare voice who has the power to change the world we live in, and she is asking us to join her in this battle to make our world really a healthier and more wholesome place to live.