Excellent article by Karen Brucoli Anesi on the Food & Nutrition page that quoted Myra Miller (Herald, June 1).
In reality, most folks dont have a chance. Everyone is bombarded with PR, time constraints, financial constraints, peer pressure, lack of accurate knowledge and want of convenience.
Many of our food products are just not what they used to be (such as the farmed salmon mentioned in the article), and people stubbornly tend to continue with what they believe and always have done. And your government is of little help.Its guidelines mostly are bought and paid for by industries far more interested in their profitability than anyones health.
The bottom line is you are what you take into your body (food, drink and air) and how you use it. Ninety percent of all health maladies (and many mental maladies) today are related to your food and drink intake, what you breathe and how you exercise (or dont). All of these are individual lifestyle choices.
A fascinating recent scientific study found that junk food (high-fat, high-calorie) diets elicit addictive behavior in rats similar to the behaviors of rats addicted to heroin. The study showed that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat, pushing people into obesity. This confirms the addictive properties of junk food (and drinks).
Taking neurological interactions with diet a bit further,according to the book Food and Behavior A Natural Connection by Barbara Stitt: The American way of eating is precisely the sort of diet which will cause brain malfunction. A malnourished central nervous system will inevitably lead to serious physical and behavioral problems, problems which no amount of medication or psychiatry can touch.
There is so much more that could be said, but that would require a series of articles that would last at least several weeks.
Bob Thompson, Vallecito