Sunday, March 8, 2015

Whaaaaaaaat? Eating healthy is now a mental illness? Who was it in WWII who did the same thing, creating and labeling "disorders," as an excuse to kill people?? And what about all the organic farmers and health food stores that assist in providing this healthy food for "mentally ill" people--what happens to them?????

Is Opting Out of Processed Food the New Eating Disorder?

March 3, 2015

It’s time for an intervention. We need to talk.

Are you concerned about the stuff they call “food” at the grocery store? Do you opt for whole foods most of the time, and feel unwell if you eat so-called “junk food”? Are your views about food causing you to make changes in your day-to-day life? Do you believe there is a connection between the food you eat and your physical and mental well-being??

Then, it’s time to face reality. If you choose to eat food without chemicals on a regular basis, you, my friend, are mentally ill.

It’s called Orthorexia Nervosa.
******(see below)***A study found on PubMed explains. (Wow, it’s like they know me.)

Orthorexia is an obsessive-compulsive process characterized by extreme care for and selection of what is considered to be pure ‘healthy’ food. This ritual leads to a very restrictive diet and social isolation as a compensation. Orthorexics obsessively avoid foods which may contain artificial colours, flavours, preservant agents, pesticide residues or genetically modified ingredients, unhealthy fats, foods containing too much salt or too much sugar and other components. The way of preparation, kitchenware and other tools used are also part of the obsessive ritual.

Huh. They say that like it’s a bad thing.

Don’t despair. If you’re a sufferer, there’s help. The same study states:

Treatment of orthorexia require a multidisciplinary team involving physicians, psychoterapists and dietitians. In some cases, antiserotoninergic drugs may be required as part of the treatment.
So the long and the short of it?

If you want to be healthy, you’re sick. You need a team of doctors and dietitians to cure you from trying to be healthy. And maybe some medicine. The desire for good health is an illness, and Big Pharma and Big Medical wants you to be better. And by better, they mean you should have no hesitation whatsoever about consuming the garbage passed off as food in the grocery stores.

Wow, I’ll bet that raising as much of my own food as possible really means I’m in need of intervention.

Just to clear up any confusion, it’s not about weight loss. Doctor Thomas Dunn is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Northern Colorado who co-authored a paper in Psychosomatics, outlining the diagnostic criteria for the disorder. “It’s different than going overboard because you want to be skinny. Rather, it’s linked to people who are trying to be as healthy as they can be.” (source: New American)

Corporations are losing money when you make healthy choices.
Gosh, do you think this could have anything to do with plummeting sales for processed food companies? There are a lot of corporations with skin in the game. An article on Natural Society by Christina Sarich noted that sales are down for the following food manufacturers (Wait – is my orthorexia nervosa showing when I say that the word “food” should never be followed by the word “manufacturer”?)

ConAgra (Hunts, Swiss Miss, Chef Boy Ardee)
Kraft (Oscar Mayer, Jell-O, Maxwell House, Velveeta)
Campbell’s Soup

Of course, companies like this have a very vested interest in making you think you’re crazy for not eating their offerings. And they have big advertising dollars. Perhaps that’s why the mainstream media is FULL of articles letting you know you have an eating disorder – because their advertisers need you to think you’re nuts. And it’s a two for one deal for the media outlets – they can push treatment options that are available from their other advertisers.

For example, our good friends at CNN (who, incidentally had an ad in the sidebar for a Big Pharma medication on this article) explain:

There’s now a name for people dangerously addicted to all things healthy — a sufferer of orthorexia nervosa. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for “clean” or “healthy” foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat. They rigidly avoid any food they deem to be “unhealthy,” or spend excessive amounts of time and money in search of the “most pure” foods…The condition is under-studied, and no one knows how widespread it is.

Articles from The Wall Street Journal and ABC News make it seem as though by refusing to consume processed foods or GMO foods, you are at risk of becoming malnourished. In the extreme examples they give, it’s obvious there is a far deeper issue than a desire to avoid junk food and eat clean. Most of us that opt for healthful, healing diets don’t obsess over things like broken egg yolks, yet we’re all grouped together by the media.

Meet the “Experts” Who Think Healthy Eating is a Sign of Mental Illness
What’s more, the people who should be able to help identify eating disorders are being professionally indoctrinated. Last year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics received a “fact” *cough* sheet outlining the alleged benefits of processed foods from the International Food Information Council. It’s important to note that the IFIC receives funding from Cargill, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Yum! Brands (the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, and WingStreet), General Mills, Mars, McDonald’s, Monsanto, PepsiCo, and Red Bull. You know, all of the companies that produce the recommended processed foods that will benefit your diet. Here’s a look at that handout, if you’re interested.

If you wonder why many people are so confused about what constitutes good nutrition you need look no further than the propaganda being spouted by these so-called “experts”. There is a real problem when the people sponsoring the nutrition lessons are the very purveyors of GMO crops, potato chips, soda pop, and fast food.

Many people are out there trying valiantly to make the best possible choices for their families on limited budgets, but they must combat the constant disinformation and now, scrutiny with regard to their mental health. These folks are being deliberately deceived by food manufacturers, but even worse, by professional societies like the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Maybe if there wasn’t so much toxic garbage out there being offered as “food”, people wouldn’t have to be so diligent about what they consume. Maybe the people with the real mental disorders are the ones pushing the chemical laden, non-food crap in a bright, cheerful box, a box that contains things which are known to cause cancer, reproductive difficulties, hormone disruption, gut disorders, and inflammation.

Maybe they should come up with a name to identify those who display enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and disinhibited or bold behavior.

Oh yeah. Wait. They did that already. There is a diagnosis for those people.

They’re called psychopaths.

And they’re the ones calling healthy eaters crazy.
Let me enable you with these resources:

What to Eat When You’re Broke

The Eat-Clean series

The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Nutrition 101: How Processed Foods Make Us Fat, Malnourished, and Sick

The study driving this news is found below on PubMed:

Orthorexia is an obsessive-compulsive process characterized by extreme care for and selection of what is considered to be pure 'healthy' food. This ritual leads to a very restrictive diet and social isolation as a compensation. Orthorexics obsessively avoid foods which may contain artificial colours, flavours, preservant agents, pesticide residues or genetically modified ingredients, unhealthy fats, foods containing too much salt or too much sugar and other components. The way of preparation, kitchenware and other tools used are also part of the obsessive ritual. People with orthorexia often have a history or features in common with anorexic patients. They are very careful, detailed and tidy persons with an exagerated need for selfcare and protection. Women, adolescents and those who practice sports suchs as bodybuidling or ahthetics are the gruops at higher risk. A short test has been suggested as a screening tool and useful for early diagnosis of the disorder. Treatment of orthorexia require a multidisciplinary team involving physicians, psychoterapists and dietitians. In some cases, antiserotoninergic drugs may be required as part of the treatment.

PMID: 18524314 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Thursday, March 5, 2015

March 5, 2015 - Fluoride Update

New Study Draws Connections Between Water Fluoridation and ADHD in Children

A recently published study has found an association between widespread exposure to fluoridated water and increased Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) prevalence among U.S. children.

The study comes from the Department of Psychology at Toronto’s York University and was published in the Environmental Health journal. The researchers studied data on ADHD among children age four to seventeen collected in 2003, 2007 and 2011 as part of the National Survey of Children’s Health, as well as state water fluoridation data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected between 1992 and 2008 . It is the first study to analyze the relationship between exposure to fluoridated water and ADHD prevalence.

The team discovered children living in areas with a majority of the population receiving fluoridated water from public water systems “tended to have a greater proportion of children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. ” The researchers concluded that “this study has empirically demonstrated an association between more widespread exposure to fluoridated water and increased ADHD prevalence in U.S. children and adolescents, even after controlling for socioeconomic status (SES). The findings suggest that fluoridated water may be an environmental risk factor for ADHD.”

Previous studies have shown rats exposed to fluoride chemicals also exhibit ADHD-like symptoms. Other studies have found impaired learning and memory among rats that drank 5 mg/L of sodium fluoride treated water for six months or 20 mg/L for three months.

The paper advises that further studies are needed to understand the relationship between fluoride exposure and ADHD. ADHD was also prevalent in higher rates for males, children of low socioeconomic status (SES), older children, and for children whose parents had a high school education compared to those whose parents did not graduate highschool.

The team also found that fluoridated water is not the only source of fluoride intake for U.S. citizens. As the authors note, “the U.S. is one of the most widely fluoridated countries in the world, with approximately 74.6% of the population receiving fluoridated water for the prevention of dental caries.” Americans are consuming Fluoride in public water systems via the addition of chemicals, including hydrofluorosicilic acid, sodium fluorosilicate and sodium fluoride.

The study comes on the heels of a study published in the BMJ’s Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, which confirmed Fluoride’s negative effect on the thyroid gland and a possible connection to depression, weight gain, and other negative health effects. Researchers with the University of Kent in England examined thyroid activity for those in areas with fluoridated water and those without. The team examined 95 percent of the English population in 2012 and 2013 and found high rates of underactive thyroid were 30% more likely in areas with high fluoride concentration. An underactive thyroid can lead to depression, weight gain, fatigue and aching muscles.

The researchers reference a previous study that found exposure to water fluoridated at relatively low concentrations and a reduced IQ among children. Based on that study they believe “it is plausible that fluoride is also contributing to attention-related symptoms given its association with lower IQ.”

Other examples of health problems related to water fluoridation include a 2010 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Survey, which found that approximately 41% of 12-15 year olds suffer from dental fluorosis, a consequence of fluoride overexposure. Dental fluorosis results in yellowing and pitting of the teeth.

For more on the history of Fluoride, health issues, and conflicts of interests with the CDC check this article.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fluoride Updates - 2015

February 9, 2015  

Good news! Well-known consumer advocate and legal consultant Erin Brockovitch posted the following message on her Facebook account this past week expressing her opposition to fluoridation:

“Hey... Flint, Michigan. I have been conducting my initial review of your water treatment records. Clearly, we all know this mess you are in is economically driven and not a true water quality crisis.

So, if its economics, why are you spending as much as $3.00 per person (person not connection) adding Fluoride to the drinking water? Last time I checked Water Treatment professionals weren't pharmacists... so what's up? This is an expense you don't want or need... adding any drug to Drinking Water is a problem... Please spend your resources on cleaning up the Drinking Water and stop pumping out drugs. 

More to follow.”

Please show Ms. Brockovich that you support her opposition to fluoridation by liking, sharing, and commenting on her post. Let’s help her comments go viral on the internet!

More Mandate Legislation

Last week we told you about new legislation in both Connecticut and Minnesota that could end the existing statewide fluoridation mandates in both states, giving municipalities control over fluoride levels in their drinking water. About a dozen U.S. states mandate fluoridation. This week we learned that there are bills in two more states dealing with fluoridation mandates.

In Georgia, HB129 has been introduced and co-sponsored by five representatives. The legislation would eliminate the requirement for petitioning 10% of voters and a mandatory referendum vote to opt-out of the statewide mandate, and instead gives local governing bodies (county commissioners, select boards, city councils, etc.) the ability to end fluoridation by passing a simple motion or resolution. Just last week the Fayette County Commission passed a resolution supporting this legislation, and the bill has already moved on to second reading, so support is needed ASAP. If you live in Georgia and would like to get involved in this campaign you can contact local organizers End Fluoridation Georgia (email:

Meanwhile in Hawaii, legislation has been introduced to create a fluoridation mandate for all communities with 1,000 or more public water connections. Similar legislation has been introduced on an annual basis for years but fortunately has never gotten as far as having a public hearing or vote. In fact, in 2003 Honolulu--the state capitol and largest city--passed ordinance 66 prohibiting the use of the public water supply as a “means for delivery of chemicals for medical or dental purposes.” If you live in Hawaii and would like to organize or join the campaign to keep the drinking water fluoride-free, please email FAN’s Campaign Director (

Campaign Tactics to Consider

If you live in a community that is currently not fluoridated, then please consider starting a campaign to pass a resolution like Honolulu’s Ordinance 66. Successful passage of a resolution prohibiting the use of the water supply to deliver medical treatments should act as a safety net protecting your community from the pro-fluoridation lobby when they eventually descend upon your city or town.

If you live in a state that mandates fluoridation the ultimate goal is obviously to end the mandate and prohibit fluoridation. However, while you campaign to end the mandate at the state capital, consider also implementing one of these strategies at the local level to increase awareness and reduce fluoride’s impact on the community.

Consider passing a fluoride infant warning
Campaign for fluoride-free bottle-filling stations and water fountains

Urge your council to pass a resolution asking state health department officials to certify that any additives to the city's water supply, including fluoride, are safe and lead-free. Councilors in Eureka Springs, Arkansas passed such a resolution that included a letter signed by councilors stating:

“We ask that the proof be in the form of a letter, both from the supplier and the Carroll-Boone Water Board, showing a complete, independent analysis from reputable laboratories both here and in the country of origin, of the compound, containing all the trace ingredients, a guarantee that the compound is safe for use internally and externally, if added to the water supply, and a guarantee that they will be liable if the compound is proven to be damaging to the health of the individual consumer. We believe that, if this should not come to pass, we have the legal right to ask for an alternative to this water."

The goal is to be creative, to use every resource and tactic available to you, and to end fluoridation by any legal means possible. 

News you may have missed:

-Fluoride Fiasco: Byron Residents Downstream of Plant (Australia)

-Doomadgee Decides Against Fluoride (Australia)

-Op-ed: Sonoma County Fluoride Action Committee Meeting Review (California)

-Novel Fluorinated Surfactants Discovered in Firefighters’ Blood (USA)

-Bethel Selectmen Offer to Schedule Info Session on Fluoridation (Maine)

-Pease Well Contamination. Senator Shaheen Pushes for Blood Tests (New Hampshire)

-Anti-fluoride Movement Intensifies North of Boston (Massachusetts)

-Radio: Fluoride Debate Is Still On In Some Massachusetts Cities (Massachusetts)

For more fluoride media visit FAN’s News Archive.

Thank you,

Stuart Cooper
Campaign Manager

Fluoride Action Network