Big Pharma/Big Food – A Look Behind the Curtain
(Part 3)

“…..breakfast cereals are a multi-billion dollar industry that has created huge fortunes for a few people. A box of cereal containing a penny’s worth of grain sells for four or five dollars in the grocery store — there is probably no other product on earth with such a large profit margin. These profits have paid for lobbying efforts and journal sponsorships that have effectively kept any research about extruded grains out of the scientific literature and convinced government officials that there is no difference between a natural grain of wheat and a grain that has been altered by the extrusion process.”

"In our society, chronic illness is normalized."

— Dr. Toby Rogers

We continue our series with the intention of lifting the veil on facts which are under reported, even misrepresented in mainstream news. It’s our conviction that, if we understood the details at work in the background, we would be better equipped to make personal and policy decisions, which impact our wellbeing individually, as families and as a community.

If we had more journalists who were concerned about facts which mattered, we would not be so ignorant of the deals behind the scenes that affect not only our food choices and medical choices, but our very existence as a human race.

Instead, we are faced with a growing lack of concern about informed consent. Without truly being informed, we can only passively consent. Perhaps this may be what the “powers that be” are counting on.

This may seem like a bold statement, but bear with us as we initiate a brief exploration of the darker corners of the food industry. Here, we can only begin to lift the curtain on the collusion between manufacturers, regulators, educators, and lawmakers.

Calley Means, a former food industry insider, asserts that we must move public policy to incentivize healthy behaviors, but that requires that individuals develop a curiosity about the cellular nature of our bodies. 

Too easily, we succumb to the flashy advertising claims inherent in the promotion of fast foods, cereals and snacks. We remain blissfully unaware of the hidden ingredients, the stripped nutrients and the devastating production practices of our food processing companies. Not to mention the lies and misrepresentations inherent in the “health recommendations” of agencies we have presumed are looking out for our best interest.  

For example, many, if not most, Americans eat boxed cereals. Because these are fortified with synthetic nutrients, the USDA can claim that they are as healthy as the grains from which they are made. Many of these cereals, however, contain at least 50 percent of their calories as sugar.

Most of us are oblivious of the detrimental effects resulting from the standard practices of the food processing industry. For those who eat boxed cereal, the forbidden secret is not only that the nutrients have been stripped from the grain, but that harmful additives (meant to enhance flavor and texture) are secreted into the “slush”, which is then shaped and colored to appeal to the eye.

The article cited here is an eye opener and worthy of your read. Here’s just a taste:

“Food manufacturers get around the labeling requirements by putting MSG in the spice mixes; if the mix is less than fifty percent MSG, they don’t have to indicate MSG on the label.”

Speaking of articles worthy of your attention, here’s another, more brief article, which illustrates the conundrum we face when submitting to the recommendations of the very agencies which are in collusion with the food processing industry.

Russel Blaylock, a renowned neuroscientist, addressed the concern of substances that act as excitotoxins. These chemicals have devastating effects over time, including development of headaches, seizures, strokes, tumors, and Alzheimers. 

Alas, we must scrutinize even our coveted “energy bars”. As you examine the labels, be aware that many ingredients are concealed by the use of names we don’t recognize. Furthermore, some nefarious substances are not required to be listed. Here are some of the more obvious headliners featured in Blaylock’s book:

These additives always contain MSG—
Monosodium Glutamate
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein 
Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extract
Textured Protein
Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour

Additives that frequently include MSG—
Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Natural Flavoring
Natural Beef or Chicken Flavoring

Additives which may contain MSG and/or Excitotoxins—
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein

If you think the above list is daunting, consider that Dr. Blaylock was writing in 1996. Imagine what other subterfuge has been imposed upon the unsuspecting public in the ensuing years!

MSG is only one element of toxins we need to consider.

*JWLABS is in no way affiliated with Dr. Robert Blaylock and we do not receive any compensation from the sale of his book.

Gary Ruskin, executive director of US Right to Know, reports:

“….documents reveal the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a record of quid pro quos with a range of food giants, owns stock in ultra-processed food companies, and has received millions in contributions from producers of pop, candy, and processed foods linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other health problems.

The findings are a part of a recently published peer-reviewed study that examined a trove of financial documents and internal communications obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) request.

“If we’re ever going to solve the problems of obesity and diabetes in the US and elsewhere, then we’re going to have to tackle the corruption in our health institutions.”

“….Ten percent of food stamp funding goes to sugary drinks….We have a metabolic disaster happening among our kids.

“….Pancreatic cancer, many kinds of cancers are highly tied to prediabetes and metabolic dysfunction…..Food is systematically making people sicker to treat it.

“50% of American adults have Diabetes or prediabetes, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, or allergies. Any condition you could possibly think of is now going up, [even] as we’re spending more money

“Health care is the largest and fastest growing industry in the US. In health care, the more money we spend, the sicker, fatter, more depressed, and more infertile we are getting.

“The solutions are simple. We need to stop subsidizing poisonous food. And we need medical providers to say clearly not to eat toxic food.”

In this interview, Means emphasizes facts of which we are woefully uninformed:

“….15% of our kids have fatty liver disease now. The CDC, in 2021, said that 40% of kids between 5-12 are clinically obese…and of course, now we have a miracle cure for it. It’s not about having kids eating healthy – now we have an injection that the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is an institution totally owned by Pharma, are now saying that obese 12-year-olds should have a weekly lifetime injection to “cure” obesity.

It’s so tragic and unconscionable, because it has terrible side effects and metabolic issues.

We must also consider the right to “informed consent”. With the events of the last few years, it has become apparent that this concept is no longer held high in the minds of those who would enforce the dictates handed down by bureaucrats, many of whom never practiced medicine. But if we don’t have the information required to discern our best choices, this principle is tacitly withheld.

Means continues:

“….We’ve weaponized our food to be very addictive…it’s the added sugars. It’s the seed oils, the highly processed grains that turn into sugar in our blood…

“….and if we steer public policy to decrease those three ingredients, what would that do to the human capital of the country?

“….We need to stop recommending poison. We need to stop subsidizing poison.”

He then addresses the massive amounts of funding granted to highly processed grains and sugar and contrasts that with another fact.  

“… Only .4% of government subsidies goes to fruits and vegetables.” Furthermore, he notes that “

….in 78% of the states in the U.S., the largest employers are Walmart, a food retailer, or a hospital….” This is significant because the representatives we’ve elected must reflect the desires of their constituents, meaning their priorities are determined by those who have the power in these states, not the average consumer.

Studies are still being propagated which promote sugar as a good cheap source of calories. And there are still current studies which question the role of sugar in obesity. This is a direct effect of funding from the large food and beverage companies and others.

The good news is that there seems to be a bottoms up revolution happening as people become more aware. We hope to contribute to your recognition of the mechanisms in play so you and your loved ones can make more informed decisions. As we continue to flesh out the labyrinth of vested interests which has shaped our understanding of what’s good for us, we will ultimately provide guidance to help you navigate the hospital system, should the need arise. 

Meanwhile, let us know of any issues you would like us to address, or share information you think may contribute to our efforts to curate material meant to enlighten our readers.

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2 thoughts on “Big Pharma/Big Food – A Look Behind the Curtain<br>(Part 3)”

  1. Here in the US we are so enamored with technology that we seem to be blind to any potential problems. We tend to feel that the most important goal is to “lead the pack” in technology. Europe, on the other hand, has many more restrictions on technology in the production of food. As a result, they have a cleaner and healthier diet.

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