TAKING BACK THE PLANET-AND OUR HEALTH: Key to Good Health Is Detoxifying Our Food and Environment

By Ferrie, Helke | CCPA Monitor, December/January 2007 | Go to article overview

TAKING BACK THE PLANET-AND OUR HEALTH: Key to Good Health Is Detoxifying Our Food and Environment


Ferrie, Helke, CCPA Monitor


"Some of us were miraculously presented Each with a goose that laid a golden egg. Myself, I killed the cackling thing and ate it. Alas, man and many of the other recipients Died of gold-dust poisoning."

-Muriel Spark.

Almost everything that is known to nourish life or heal disease has become yet another corporate golden-egg-laying goose. The "gold dust" from their eggs is a poison more addictive and more fatal than crack cocaine or alcohol, and is responsible not only for the spread of cancer and chronic disease, but also for global warming.

To learn about these connections and how to take back the planet and our health, we turn to two of the most exciting and creative people working in food politics and cancer therapy: Health Canada whistleblower Dr. Shiv Chopra, who first saved Canada's food supply and then Europe's from the carcinogenous bovine growth hormone, and Charlotte Gerson, who is well-known for her superb information on truly effective non-toxic cancer therapy. (She has also published a fabulous new book, which is reviewed elsewhere in this issue.)

Dr. Chopra recently unveiled his Five Pillars of Food Safety, a project to ban synthetic hormones, antibiotics, and slaughterhouse waste in food-producing animals, and all genetically engineered seeds and pesticides in agriculture. He has already presented this proposal to various countries and is now taking it across Canada. Both Chopra and Gerson are supported-by international scientific research and their lifetime experience-in their assertion that these contaminants are the wholly avoidable causes of cancer, most chronic diseases, birth and brain-developmental defects, antibiotic resistance, the so-called hospital bugs, and prion-mediated Mad Cow Disease.

What Dr. Chopra and his fellow scientists, especially in the European Union, want to achieve politically is to detoxify the world and truly nourish humanity-the same prescription which has made the Gerson therapy so extraordinarily successful in countering the increasing toxicity of our environment. Health is dependent upon "eating only foods from which nothing has been removed, to which nothing has been added, and which would go bad if you didn't eat it immediately," says Gerson.

Dr. Chopra would add that those subtractions of nutrients and additions of drugs, pesticides, and foreign genes are indeed the sources of the diseases the Gerson therapy treats so effectively.

The life work of these two people has proven that the causes and the cure of chronic disease, as well as their prevention, are solely a function of how we treat Nature around us and in our bodies. Consider the 2007 Worldwatch Institute report: the raising, maintaining, transporting, processing, and marketing of the livestock that produced the 276 million tons of meat consumed in 2006 are responsible for more global greenhouse gas emissions than cars and airplanes combined; also, almost all the annual global grain production is used for animal feed and uses up the largest portion of water and land. This economy, "like a cancer, is consuming the very systems that we need to survive," observes Erik Assadourian, the Worldwatch report's director.

In fact, "cancer" is now no longer a metaphor. Because meat and milk products come contaminated with cancer-causing antibiotics, hormones, and pesticide residues, this disease-promoting diet also turns us into exploitable resources for a medical industry whose "gold dust" is mostly fool's gold- whose drugs do not cure, but "make the sick get sicker, quicker," as Dr. Sherry Rogers has famously put it. The drugs then go on to cause additional environmental contamination in the world's rivers and groundwater, once they leave human and animal bodies after having done their damage there.

Indeed, the cancer industry has in the past 50 years grown as fast as the weapons industry. Significantly, the makers of war promise to bring peace through poisons and radiation, and the cancer industry promises to reduce cancer by the same methods-yet we have less and less peace and more and more cancer.

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