Disease Proof

Not Only At The 4H Fair But Everywhere

Editor's Note: This is Dr. Fuhrman's follow up to this post: The 4H Pledge. This Week is Our County's 4H fair.

America is certainly beautiful and one of the best places in the world to live, but our population of proud Americans has let their health deteriorate. We are not living up to our heritage as leaders in technology, in health, in fitness, and in doing what is right for humanity. The image of overfed, fat and sickly Americans has become a common joke the world over.

The number of obese Americans is higher than the number of those who smoke, use illegal drugs, or suffer from other physical ailments. A poor diet and even being moderately overweight is a major risk factor associated with highly prevalent, serious diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and the diet-style that creates these diseases fuels out-of-control medical costs.

In the 20th century, the average American diet shifted from one based on fresh, minimally processed vegetable foods to one based on animal products and highly refined, processed foods. As a result, Americans now consume far more calories from fat, cholesterol, refined sugar, animal protein, sodium, white flour, and far less fiber and plant-derived nutrients. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer have skyrocketed. Our diet is killing us and resulting in a health care crisis no economy can afford.

The saddest part is the needless medical tragedies that cause so much unnecessary suffering, with deaths and serious chronic diseases arising out of nutritional ignorance that never had to occur in the first place. How do we measure the pain, suffering, and emotional distress thrust upon individuals and families as a result of this staggering epidemic of broken hearts?

Wrong information begets bad results and good information begets good results. Consider these three critical points.

  • Americans have adopted a distorted viewpoint that doctors and drugs are the answer to all their health problems.
  • Unhealthy food is addicting
  • Low micro-nutrient intake leads to overeating

These three simple facts helped create the problem that is killing most Americans, and solving these simple truths is the solution to what ails America.

Very few people take advantage of modern nutritional science that can bless us with the potential to live longer and in greater health than ever before in human history. Many rally against the criticism of their junk food (junkatarian) lifestyle and food addictions. We can see this everywhere and even in the comments posted here. They make it clear how powerful food addictions are, and the desire of many to want to squelch this much needed message and purpose.

We have a mission to change Americans and it will not be silenced.

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Alicia - August 4, 2009 12:56 PM

I couldn't agree more. I think it is sad that most of the country is so addicted to unhealthy food that they can't make the changes that they need to.

Thank you for continuing to champion the cause of healthy eating!

Molly S - August 4, 2009 3:31 PM

Emily has taken many lumps, perhaps one to many, but the sentiment of many of the critical responses is sound, these post are self absorbed. Boring too. Emily are you being an editted? You should ask a friend or family member to read your writings. Brainstorm on ways to make them less about you and more informative. that might help.

Greg - August 4, 2009 6:23 PM

I'm not sure exactly what Molly was talking about, but this was a great post Dr. Fuhrman. Clear message, interesting read, love the photo choice. Post like these on Disease Proof are exactly why I subscribed because they really inspires me to strive for a healthier live style.

Now if only we can get more none-veg to read this blog.

Manda - August 4, 2009 11:40 PM

Unfortunately, there are few docs like Dr. Fuhrman who will tell us the truth and steer us towards disease prevention(not to mention living a more energetic, active, and capable life. Although, I do tend to wonder if the doctors really know the truth about nutrition. Working as a nurse and medic, I don't think many actually do, and yet they do not find it important to learn.

aunt cia - August 5, 2009 8:27 AM

Thanks, Dr Fuhrman, for your post. I am so encouraged that you would do what you're doing for the sake of truly helping the people of America. Observing the obese population around me and how dangerously close to being there myself I was is one of the things that helped me to choose to be a nutritarian. I am so thankful I was introduced to your writings when I was. It was a life saver for me. Keep going, Dr!

Monty - August 5, 2009 12:55 PM

Could the real cause of obesity be declining intelligence, making people too stupid to realize that they are being operant-conditioned by advertising to grasp at low-nutrient high-calorie foods (or the brand names and packages) on the supermarket shelves? And do they get started with junk foods(and also smoke, booze and dope) as children by watching the adults around them shop?

Jacob Park - August 5, 2009 10:39 PM

@ the self-absorbed comment: I may be mistaken, but I think the very point of Emily's posts are to be about her. They are all a snapshot or thoughts of the life of a nutritarian in a world that is anything but. I enjoy hearing from another commentator on this blog.

Not that you don't do a good job, Gerry, it is just nice to have some posts on here that are from someone who isn't Dr. Fuhrman's paid blogger. =)

Gary - August 6, 2009 1:50 AM

I was surprised to see comments pop up out of no where on this blog. I always wondered why there weren't that many, but i was impressed that the writing was so focused. I teach science in high school and I love the coverage on health.

However, I too do not like Emily's posts. I've been skipping them, but I was surprised by the last few lines in this post. I expected more from Dr. Fuhrman. This sounds like a tantrum:

"We can see this everywhere and even in the comments posted here. They make it clear how powerful food addictions are, and the desire of many to want to squelch this much needed message and purpose.

We have a mission to change Americans and it will not be silenced."

Anyone else feel this way? Sorry to be harsh to the good doctor. This just took me back. Dr. Fuhrman is usually so level headed and wise. This is out of character for him.

Michael - August 6, 2009 7:19 AM

I don't think intelligence has much to do with it. There are plenty of intelligent people who are overweight and obese. The abundance of high calorie, low nutrient food is a recent phenomenon that has rarely occured in the past. I think there is a multitude of factors. Addressing only one won't fix it.

unhealthy foods - March 9, 2010 4:55 PM

the problem of obesity is a major disease in the world today, people always prefer junk food because it is easier to prepare and may even say that richer than healthy food. Almost half of children suffer some degree of obesity and these data are increasingly alarming

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