A lot of disorders such as diabetes, autism, hypertension, obesity and depression could have a common cause — leaky gut, where the contents of intestines leak into bloodstream and then affect the pancreas and brain. Junk food feeds the candida albicans, which lives in the intestine harmlessly, but giving it lots of processed sugar lets it escape the intestine and become Systemic Candida, a fungal infection. Also, BT corn kills its own insect pests by punching a hole in the gut of the insect — but of course, Monsanto tells us it won’t punch a hole in OUR gut, oh no, not that, because we are so very different from beetles, right? You want to bet your health on that?
If all this science stuff makes your eyes glaze over, just take away this one thing — Industrial Agriculture food is a likely cause of a lot of cases of autism, depression, obesity and diabetes. Cheap food isn’t cheap, it just passes off its costs to somewhere else. Moreover, a big problem of modern civilization is surplus people who are unemployed; well, they should be working in small scale, healthy, positive EROEI agriculture. I took up vegetable gardening and fruit orcharding 12 years ago to see if it was true that “we need Industrial Agriculture because we ordinary people can’t produce our own food.” I found that we are not so helpless. We can indeed produce our own food, and producing our own food is a great act of Resistance.
In 1990, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study listed depression as the 4th leading cause of disease burden worldwide. In 2000, the GBD listed it as the #3 cause. In the latest GBD study from 2010, it is now listed as the 2nd leading cause of disease burden and disability in the world. Over the same period of time, our understanding of the link between the gut and brain has undergone tremendous leaps forward whereby we now know that health and function of the brain is intimately linked to the health and function of the digestive tract. A loss of the gut’s ability to prevent passage of microbes from the intestines into the bloodstream has been identified as a cause of Major Depressive Disorder by researchers from Belgium. Fungal candida possesses an ability to escape the confines of the intestinal tract and travel throughout the body, even when the…
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