What about our food? Paracelsus would argue -- real food is food, but processed food is poison. Literally. Because processed food has been overloaded, and you've been overdosed. What allows the food industry to overdose us, and why is it legal?
Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used to raise chickens, pigs, cows and other livestock, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs, despite growing alarm over antibiotic resistance.
The bottom line is that FDA officials just don't act as if they are the protectors of health that the public expects them to be. Instead, time and time again, they have shoved problems under the carpet, perhaps hoping the problems will be forgotten or solved through voluntary action.
Packaged foods acquire long shelf lives when their chemical properties are manipulated so that bacteria cannot grow. While this gives a perception of safety and sterility, it actually means that ingredients of any quality can be used and the food will never go bad.
Modern food science has discovered that by using chemical additives we can now make old food appear almost as good. As a result, additives are now used in nearly every packaged food. This trend lies at the heart of our health problems.