Monday, August 31, 2009

The Swine Flu-H1N1 versus Good Food

The Swine Flu, also known as the H1N1 Flu is in the front page of the Maui News today. It seems to be covered a lot with the upcoming winter and the beginning of yet another flu season.

The part that seems to really be of concern and distinguishes this Flu from many of the others is the death rate levels are higher in the 25 to 49 year old people. Most flu seasons have seen their share of deaths that seem to affect the elderly and the sickly part of the population.

Everyone seems to be stumped about this "new" type of flu and the effects it has on the middle aged population.

The first thing that comes to my mind and could probably be debated, debunked or just cast off as not a factor is the dietary habits that the 25 to 49 year old people have and have had over the years.

This is the age group that has virtually been raised on pre-packaged, highly processed foods. Either from the Supermarkets or just the habit of eating from fast food establishments.

Considering that there are reports after reports of people with the onset of diabetes and many, many other health issues at earlier ages, not to mention obesity, I really wonder how much the diet of this particular group is a factor in all of this.

The foods that are predominately eaten are high in salt and fats, hold very little actual nutritional value and our health system reflects that in the increase of medical costs.

Having and eating food that has been grown in soils that are properly managed and contain the right nutrients and then are consumed by people or the animals that people eat, seems to me a vital part of the equation.

For many years our foods, plant or animal, have been grown or fed in soils that is almost manufactured by the addition of nutrients and then supplemented in their actual production and packaging.

The animals, especially beef have had to adapt to living off food that they were never intended to consume. Watching movies like "King Corn" and seeing the beef "finished off" before slaughter by high doses of corn, and not even the best part of the corn. In many cases corn grown through questionable methods, really opened my eyes to the health of the Cattle. The last month of "finishing off" cattle can erase much of it's nutritional value, even when raised on healthy grown grasses.

The majority of cattle are kept in feed lots for a month or more to be "fattened up" before slaughter, many of
them are on the verge of dying just before they are sent of to the slaughter houses.There are many that are referred to as "fallen" cows, which means they are too sick to even move about on their own.The same goes for many of the other animals we consume.

I am a meat eater and believe that as an omnivour, people were meant to eat many things. An expert on the
subject Jerry Brunetti has presented at the annual Maui Body and Soil Health Conferences, as well as many other distingushed conferences such as AcreUSA and the, brought up the information that scientist found the average human long ago as a forager, was very likely to consume as many as 60 different types of food a day.

Today, we are lucky to vary our diets by very many foods at all.

The nutritional benefits of such a variety of food was probably the basis of their health and medicine.
 the tribes would probably still be healthier on the whole.
In summing up, I would submit that taking a ground (soil) up approach to revamping our food supply and getting people to switch to more locally and hopefully organic or close to organic foods, would probably make us all safer as the flu season arrives and this "new" Swine Flue H1N1 sweeps through our schools.

Just expecting to get a new "drug" to counteract each and every flu seems to me like a never ending cycle and will only force the mutation of viruses in the future.

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