Do you want to have the freedom to decide what you and your family have for dinner? Do you want to know what foods have proven health benefits?
What nonsensical questions… of course you do!
But you may be surprised to find out that in the United States as well as in Europe, your right to decide what you eat – and to know about the health benefits of the food you eat – is under assault by several levels of government.
If you don’t believe me, ask Monte and Laura Bledsoe, owners of Quail Hollow Farm in Nevada, in the US. Just this past October, an inspector from the Southern Nevada Health District showed up at a private farm dinner and demanded that nearly all of the homegrown food be destroyed because there were no receipts for it, and because the food was not USDA certified.
Not only were they forced to throw the food away, they were ordered to douse it with bleach – and were forbidden even from feeding the food to their pigs! (To read all of the details of this shocking violation to your health freedom, go to www.farmtoconsumer.org.)
The ‘food police’ clearly don’t know a healthy food from a Happy Meal. In fact, there have been so many ridiculous and downright hilarious actions and pronouncements by various ‘authorities’ that I can’t avoid mentioning them any longer. As humorist Will Rogers wrote: “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”
So let’s start with these two:
- “Water doesn’t prevent dehydration!”
No, I’m not kidding. According to the Daily Telegraph 20 November 2011: “European Union officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact. Producers of bottled water are now forbidden by law from making the claim and will face a two-year jail sentence if they defy the edict, which comes into force in the United Kingdom next month.”
- “Prunes do not help constipation!”
This ridiculous pronouncement was also brought to us by the same folks at the European Union who decreed that water doesn’t prevent dehydration. They wrote: “The Panel concludes that the evidence provided is insufficient to establish a cause and effect relationship.” (Perhaps their mothers never fed them prunes?)
Both of these examples are from Europe, but there are no shortages of examples in the United States as well. Take a look:
FDA says: “There is no fundamental right to freedom of contract”
This is the title – verbatim – of part IV, Section B-4 (page 27) of the FDA’s brief in the case of Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defence Fund v Sebelius, ‘Number’ C 10-4018-MWB, filed 26 April 2010.
Freedom of contract is the freedom of individuals and corporations to form contracts without government restrictions. But apparently Americans don’t actually have this freedom any more.
But that’s not all from the US medical authorities. Page 26 of the ‘Farm-to-Consumer’ case says:
“There is no generalised right to bodily and physical health”
Apparently the authorities have not read, or perhaps do not believe the part of the Declaration of Independence that says: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…”
It would seem that the medical authorities believe that happiness does not include bodily and physical health. But that’s not all! Page 25 of the ‘Farm-to-Consumer’ case states:
“There is no right to consume or feed children any particular food”
Here I’ll defer to an authority on American government, who actually wrote many of the founding documents of these United States:
“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
The situation is really bad, folks! In another case, an American ‘Judge’ (quotation marks on purpose as he amply demonstrated that he doesn’t deserve the title) decided:
“You have no right to consume milk from your own cow”
In the case of Mark and Petra Zinniker (and others) versus the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, ‘Judge’ Patrick J. Fiedler issued the following orders – quoted here verbatim:
- “No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd”;
- “No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow”;
- “No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;” [and]
- “No, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice.”
Let’s carry ‘Judge’ Fiedler’s thoughts to other logical conclusions by substituting ‘house’ for ‘cow’:
- Plaintiffs should have no right to own or rent a house
- Plaintiffs should have no right to live in a house
- Plaintiffs should have no right to paint their house blue or white
These assaults against your freedom are already happening – but not in Iraq or Afghanistan where brave American and UK soldiers are told they are “fighting for freedom”!
The hushed-up truth about the health benefits of cherries and walnuts
Another prime example of this is the walnut industry, which is now under attack by the medical authorities for stating that walnuts improve blood vessel function and may reduce heart attack.
The US medical authorities sent a warning letter to Diamond Foods, Inc. which stated: “Your walnut products are drugs…” because Diamond Foods mentioned actual scientific studies proving that walnuts improve blood vessel function.
According to Bill Falloon of the Life Extension Foundation (thanks, Bill), the US National Library of Medicine has 35 peer-reviewed scientific papers that support Diamond Foods’ claim that eating walnuts improves blood vessel health and may reduce heart attack risk.
What a joke! The National Library of Medicine – which is an agency of US medical authorities, mind you – maintains for full public access 35 studies showing that walnuts may reduce heart attack risk, yet the FDA has threatened legal action if the growers and suppliers of walnuts mention in public that walnuts may reduce heart attack risk!
The same absurdities are happening to cherry growers. Despite studies showing that cherries can reduce the risk of gout attacks, the authorities have sent warning letters to Michigan cherry growers ordering them not to publicize actual scientific studies proving that cherries and cherry juice prevent gout attacks.
Wake up and join the battle for food freedom
If you haven’t done so already, consider joining the Alliance for Natural Health (www.anh-usa.org), which makes it easy to communicate your opinion with ‘just one click’ to your US Representative and both US Senators. Our UK readers can join the Alliance for Natural Health Europe (www.anh-europe.org), which makes it easy to contact your MP/MEP and campaign about the draconian measures that threaten to take away your freedom to choose what to eat and how best to take care of your health.
The Alliance will keep you in touch with how the food freedom battle is going with automatic weekly (and more often when urgent) emails summarizing what’s happening on every food freedom front.
Please become active in the fight for food freedom to preserve your right to decide what’s for dinner! I know, it sounds like a joke, but as you’ve just read, the threat is real, and it’s getting worse.
It’s actually much more important for all of us to ‘fight for food freedom’ here at home than to ‘fight for freedom’ in Iraq or Afghanistan. Imagine our soldiers coming home to a country where the right to choose what’s for dinner and to learn the health benefits of food are gone, as ‘Judge’ Fiedler and the medical authorities have plainly stated!
The words of Thomas Jefferson are worth repeating: “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as the souls who live under tyranny.”8
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Volume 6, Issue 2 – February 2012
Full references and citations for this article are available in the downloadable PDF version of the monthly Nutrition and Healing issue in which this article appears.