The Western Diet as a Lethal Disease Vector
Emerging research indicates that the Western diet could rightly be considered a ‘Disease Vector’ on par with influenza and other infectious diseases.
The CDC likes to track disease vectors like influenza and hepatitis, but the concept that immune status determines susceptibility, or the vital role that diet or environmental factors such as sunlight-mediated vitamin D levels play in whether you contract an illness or not, is mostly ignored by them.
It could be argued that the CDC would be far more effective in their mission of “Collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health” if they paid equal attention tracking dietary vectors of disease creation, such as per capita high-fructose corn syrup or happy meal consumption, or environmental chemical exposures, instead of myopically fixating on an outdated, though hugely profitable germ-centered model of disease causation.
Take the Western diet, for instance, which is increasingly the subject of preclinical and clinical investigation as a disease vector disturbingly effective at generating disease within the human body.
At GreenMedInfo.com, one of the 126 “Problematic Actions” we have indexed is the “Western Diet,” which has been found to cause over 20 distinct disease states or adverse health effects, including various lethal cancers. Here is a list of the Western diet linked diseases:
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Colon Cancer
- Lipid Peroxidation
- Sperm Count and Quality
- Bone Fractures
- Cardiac Hypertrophy
- Escherichia coli Infections
- Insulin Resistance
- Intestinal Permeability
- Liver Disease
- Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Oxidative Stress
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Type 1 Diabetes
We highlighted a human clinical study where participants were given a regular, all-American meal of a hamburger, quickly resulting in pathological changes to the blood vessels including vasoconstriction, oxidative stress and inflammation.1 Simply adding a hefty side of avocado to this “disease vector” canceled the observed adverse cardiovascular effects. If the addition of a little raw avocado can do this, imagine what would happen if people ate completely different, following in the ancient, health-promoting dietary traditions of China or India?
So, what is the archetypal Western pattern diet? Generally, it is characterized by the intake of GMO-grain fed animal products, sugary desserts (mostly produced from GMO corn produced high fructose corn syrup), copious quantities of oxidized vegetable oils rich in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, from you guessed it: GMO corn, soy, cottonseed or canola oil, and finally refined grain products, featuring wheat, whose dark side includes over 200 clinically confirmed adverse health effects.
Keep in mind that, historically, food has been one of the primary tools of biological and cultural imperialism. The story of wheat’s role in driving humankind through the cultural event horizon of the Paleolithic to Neolithic transition, as well as expanding and securing Roman rule throughout the ancient world (which we explored in the Dark Side of Wheat), for instance, speaks to the power of certain foods we depend on to concretize and maintain socio-economic and even psychological power structures. How many countries, for instance, has the US waged war against that already had McDonald or Starbucks franchises in place?
As the World Health Organization uses the lapdog-like global mainstream media apparatus to ramp up expectation for a new pandemic ‘bird flu’ virus, folks need to take a sober look at what’s at the end of their forks. When we continue to eat food that is already vectorized with transgenes designed to kill insect life, and has been demonstrated to be lethal to animal life, should we be surprised that will be more likely to contract fatal infectious diseases? The inner ‘soil’ will largely determine what grows there. If it is organic, nutrient replete, non-toxic, it will give rise to health. If it is devoid of the correct nutrients, overly-cooked, irradiated, infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, etc., it will give rise to disease. And there is no vaccine to prevent, or drug to treat, the adverse consequences associated with these basic dietary choices.
1 GreenMedInfo.com, Avocado: The Fat So Good It Makes Hamburger Less Bad