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Old 09-08-2005, 01:39 AM
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Default Healthy food is cheaper than unhealthy foods

Healthy foods are actually cheaper than popular manufactured foods
by the Health Ranger (Mike Adams)
Posted Jul 6, 2005

After sharing health information with people, I'll hear some of them
say things like "Okay, I get it, but it's too expensive!" They're
meanwhile sipping a Starbuck's coffee and driving a brand new car,
and telling me that it's too expensive to buy a $29 bottle of
vitamins, or superfood supplements, or something else that would do
them a world of good.

It makes you wonder, where are people's priorities today? People are
reluctant to invest money in their own health, and I find that
absolutely astounding. Many of these very same people are buying
$300,000 homes, and spending several thousand dollars per month on
house payments. Perhaps it's just $500 to $1000 per month for
apartment payments, but that's still a big chunk of cash.

Then of course, they have their car payment on top of that, adding
another two to four hundred dollars per month easily. They've also
got their insurance payment, their monthly restaurant bill, and
clothing bills. All the entertainment -- albums, concerts, movies,
and Starbuck's coffee. They still say, "But I can't afford to be
healthy. Mike, you're talking about all these things, but I can't buy
any of it! I'm living in poverty. I don't have an extra dollar." I
tell them, "You've got enough food to feed yourself pretty well.
You’ve got enough money to buy all that food - you can afford good

Good nutrition is less expensive than junk nutrition
Like most people, you're probably spending money right now on bad
nutrition. I can show people how to spend less money on groceries
that are better for them than the highly processed, high-markup brand
name foods they're spending a fortune on (and that are giving them
chronic disease and obesity). I can show people how to actually save
money. With the money saved, they can buy high-density superfood
supplements, whole food concentrates, high end herbs and vitamins, or
other nutritional supplements. Spending the same money that you're
spending today, I can show you how to be a heck of a lot healthier.

Brand-name rip-off foods
The processed foods, the popular brand name foods, are the most
expensive of all. These deliver the least nutrition for your dollar.
If you buy anything in a pretty box, anything that's been processed,
anything that's been advertised on television or something that comes
with a coupon, you have been conned. You are getting ripped off. Most
foods that have coupons are so overpriced to begin with that the food
manufacturer is still making money even after you redeem the coupon.
If you really want poor nutrition and want to waste a lot of money on
foods that aren't doing anything for you health-wise, then buy all
the groceries that are advertised. Buy all the stuff that other
Americans and people around the world who don't know anything about
health tend to buy.

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Observe people and learn
When you go into a grocery store, observe people: watch who buys
what, how healthy or diseased they look and what economic status you
think they have. You will begin to notice some interesting patterns.

One is that those who seem to be having the most financial trouble
are buying the foods with the highest markup. They are unable to make
good decisions about what foods offer nutritional value. They buy
things like instant macaroni and cheese, dinner mixes, potato chips,
and carbonated soft drink beverages. They buy foods that are
nutritionally worthless, but cost a lot of money. You can go to any
grocery store and observe this yourself.

At the same time, you'll notice that people who tend to be healthy,
who seem to be aware of what's going on around them, who look
intelligent, whose eyes light up, who have some energy evident in the
way they hold their bodies and in the way they interact with others
around them -- these people are intelligent shoppers. In their carts,
you'll notice they have lots of fruits and vegetables, lots of raw
food ingredients, and you'll see that they tend to buy things in
bulk. They'll buy bulk ingredients like brown rice, beans, or
legumes. They actually pay attention to what they're buying by
reading the ingredients labels, for example.

Contrast this to the everyday grocery shoppers: these are the
everyday people who don’t really pay attention to nutrition. They
don't make good choices. They basically pull things off the shelves
that they've seen on television. They choose foods based on what
they've been told to buy through promotional advertisements, public
relations, and other efforts, including food lobbying.

Lobbying is how the USDA came up with the new "Food Guide Pyramid,"
by the way. It's pretty much the "Drink More Milk" pyramid. It was
heavily influenced by the dairy industry. Look at how much milk it
says we should drink now. Apparently, all humans are supposed to eat
from cows utters, which is rather interesting, given that there is no
nutritional requirement for any human being to eat from any cow.

The everyday shoppers who buy all of this garbage that's been
advertised are chronically diseased. You can see it at a remarkably
young age. Even when they're teenagers, you can see the disease
starting to progress. If these people happen to be in their 30s, 40s,
or even their 50s and beyond, you can see the progression of this

I don't want to be judgmental in saying it, but it is sometimes
painful to look at these people. Sometimes I just feel so much
compassion for them, I want to help them. But in many ways, most of
them aren't ready to be helped. It's also a bit frightening, if you
think about what's going on in their bodies. All of this
degeneration, this lack of flow, and stagnation that's happening in
their bodies... the stress on the organs: the pancreas, the liver,
the spleen, the kidneys, the heart. You look in their shopping cart
and think, "Oh my God! How can these people buy this stuff?"

= = = = = = = = =

Your health reflects your grocery cart
A person's external health is a perfect reflection of what their body
is experiencing. It's the same vibration, the same energy, coming
from their face, their eyes, their skin, their posture. It’s all
reflected right there in that grocery cart, with the foods and
beverages they've chosen. Of course, it's all brand-name stuff, lots
of processed meat, and frozen pizzas. Carbonated soft drink beverages
are almost always in the cart. Usually, there's some form of ice
cream, cookies, or crackers with hydrogenated oils. There's typically
lots of cheese, and there's always a gallon of milk in there, it

Sometimes there's some fruit punch, or some of those other garbage
fruit drinks. There's always lots of sugar, white flour, and instant
foods like macaroni and cheese and the microwaveable TV dinners.
There are usually lots of fried foods as well.

I look at this and find it quite disturbing. Sometimes I try to shop
off-hours, so I don't see what other people are buying. I just want
to ask these people, "Do you know what you're doing here?" Sometimes
when they're with children, then I go a little bit crazy, just in my
own head. I think, "These poor kids." I bet they've been diagnosed
with ADHD and the kid's suffering from obesity here. Sometimes it’s
just a 7 or 8-year-old girl who’s overweight. The kids are climbing
all over the parents, and you can tell they've got behavioral
challenges. You look in their carts, and sure enough, all the foods
have MSG and artificial food coloring. All of these chemical
additives are in these foods.

Sometimes, I look in people's carts and I can't find one thing in
there that's natural. There's not one thing in there that's from
nature, nothing that's healthy. There’s not even a bottle of water in
there. There’s not one fruit, vegetable, nut or seed.

Your grocery receipt tells your health future
I wish I had some way to show these people a flashcard and they would
instantly just get it. They would get the idea that all of that
disease they're experiencing is directly a result of these foods in
their grocery cart. It is cause and effect. "A" causes "B." If you
buy and eat those groceries, you're going to have these diseases. I'm
talking about all the big ones: heart disease, diabetes, cancer,
osteoporosis, depression, bowel disorders, and Alzheimer's disease.
All the common diseases begin with the foods, right there in the
shopping cart.

However, if you take a family like this and sit down to have a
conversation with them, talking to them about the importance of
nutritional supplements to get high-density nutrition, they will tell
you, "We can't afford it." What do you mean you can't afford it? You
just spent $150 on garbage food! You can't afford to feed your kids
decent nutrition, and give them one multivitamin a day, one healthy
oil capsule a day? They'll say "Nope, can't afford it. We just spent
all our money on groceries

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You can't even GIVE them good nutrition
You know what's even crazier? If you were to actually give that
family the nutritional supplements they need, just flat out give it
to them, they wouldn't even take them. Why? Most likely because it
doesn't taste like a cookie. It's not part of their pattern. The only
way to get a family like that to actually eat something that's
nutritious is to force it into the foods that they're buying anyway.

You'd have to sell macaroni and cheese with spirulina powder. Of
course, then it would be green and they wouldn't want that. You'd
have to have margarine with cod liver oil. Then again, it would be
expensive. They wouldn't buy that; they would buy the cheaper
margarine, the one that's more heavily advertised, because it's
cheaper to manufacture and cheaper for the consumer. That's what
they're going to buy.

It really becomes difficult to try to get good nutrition into the
bodies of people who refuse to understand what nutrition can do for
them. They refuse to accept information even from those who are
trying to help them. They refuse to make any changes in their life
whatsoever that require effort, that require breaking their existing
pattern of disease, malnutrition, and mass consumption of sugary
foods, pizzas, processed meats, and other similar disease-promoting

Teach the nation about nutrition
Here's the big challenge in this country and around the world in all
industrialized nations. The big challenge is: How do you teach a
population to make healthy food choices? How do you really accomplish

Our society is paying an enormous price, probably in the tens of
billions of dollars each year, just from the fact that people aren't
healthy. Actually, it's got to be over $100 billion by the time you
add up the loss of life, the medical costs, the loss of quality of
life (not just the longevity but quality of life), the loss of work
productivity, the loss of good minds -- because nervous systems
degenerate when people start consuming these foods. So even though
you may have someone who lives to be 65, they might live the last 30
years of their life in a state of perpetual confusion because they've
been consuming all of these foods that deplete the nutrients that
protect the nervous system. The cost is tremendous. It's probably the
biggest cost facing society right now. It far exceeds the cost of
energy in our society. It adds up to more than what we spend on oil.

Government bureaucrats teach nothing
So how do you teach this population how to make healthy food choices?
This is what the USDA has been pretending to do for many decades.
They first pretended to do that with the old version of the "Food
Guide Pyramid," which was basically an advertisement for the grain
industry. It said, "Everybody eat more grains!" And people did, and
now we're all diseased.

= = = = = = = =

So they came up with a new one in the Spring of 2005, and the new one
is basically the "Milk Pyramid." It's the "Milk and Meat Pyramid."
There are still quite a lot of grains thrown in there too. Of course,
this remains useless to people. It's less useful than the old one,
because they took out all the pictures of food for some reason. Now
it's just this giant rainbow with a person running up the stairs on
one side.

A rainbow? What does this mean for people? Apparently you have to
actually log onto a website to get your food pyramid, because there
are 12 different food pyramids now. Do you think all these families
that claim to have no money, that are living in poverty, are going to
log on? You think they've got a couple of PCs sitting around the
house, or a Mac? Are they just going to log on and print this out on
their color laser printer? Is that what the USDA thinks they're going
to do?

Let's suppose they somehow manage to do that. Well, what advice do
they actually get? They’re told, "Drink more milk! Eat more meat!" In
fact, the whole new Food Guide Pyramid can basically be summed up in
four words: Eat more of everything. That is the USDA's message.
That's right, we as Americans are basically supposed to eat more
meat, drink more milk, eat more grains. Then somewhere in the fine
print, it says, "Know your limits." Oh, like Americans know their
limits. If we knew our limits, we wouldn't be diseased right now. We
wouldn't be obese, and two-thirds of the population wouldn’t be

End the food politics corruption
Let's talk about what limits there should be. I say there should be
limits on how much influence the food industry has over this pyramid,
because it has the fingerprints of big food corporations all over it.
That's why the message is "Eat more of everything". The USDA does not
have the courage to say "eat less" of anything. They won't even tell
you, "Eat less sugar." Can you believe that?

What kind of food guide pyramid is that? It's the kind of pyramid
that you get when there's a lot of payola going on, when there's a
lot of under-the-table money being handed out. When there's a lot of
corruption, you get a food guide pyramid like we have today. It's
basically saying, "Eat more of everything, eat less of nothing."

Given that we're already overweight and obese, and given that our
population already cannot make good decisions about how to buy
nutritious foods, how is that message supposed to improve things?
"Eat more of everything, eat less of nothing, drink more milk, and
eat more meat." How is this supposed to make people healthier?

I'm going to make a wild prediction here. Five years down the road,
as this silly pyramid continues to be propagated around the country
and taught to schoolchildren, people are going to get even more
diseased. How's that for a prediction? Sad but true. This is not
going to solve the nutrition problem in this country. You'll also
notice that the Food Guide Pyramid doesn't really tell people to
consume healthy nuts, healthy oils, and fish oils. It mentions it in
the fine print somewhere, but it's not a prominent part of the
message, although it should be. The main message is all about milk.

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What we need: an Honest Food Guide
What we really need to do is get all the big food company people, all
the USDA corruption people, and all the consumers who really don't
want to make good decisions about food, and we should let them have
their own little country. They can go off and do whatever they want.
In the meantime, here in the US, or in any industrialized nation, we
should have an honest food guide, don't you think? An honest food

In fact, I've come up with one called, "The Honest Food Guide", found
on We should have our own system, where we
actually teach people how to be healthy. Then we should have our own
society, where our children aren't labeled ADHD, where they don't get
doped up on heavy narcotics just to attend school, where people live
long lives and don't have huge medical bills, and where we don't have
corruption and collusion between the USDA and the food companies that
just want to sell overpriced, low nutritional density foods to a
population in order to make money.

In such a nation, we can actually do some of the important stuff for
humanity. We can focus on reforming education, teaching our children
how to be creative leaders in the world, teaching them how to be real
contributors to what's important for humanity. We can help them
explore the arts and philosophy, help them be healthier and more
spiritual if that's a path they choose. Perhaps they can contribute
to science, mathematics, or real medicine, instead of this garbage
that passes today as "scientific medicine."

In such a society, we can do some amazing things. But it can only
start from a foundation of outstanding nutrition. We have to have
healthy nervous systems in our population if we're going to do these
great things as a civilization. Today, we're not even close to that.
Today, we're still poisoning our population through these dangerous
foods. We’ve got these metabolic disruptors all in the food supply.
I've written about this at great length in the book "Grocery
Warning", which is found at I've covered all
of these dangerous ingredients in detail.

We've crippled our entire population
It's a shame, because as human beings we're capable of so much, yet
we actually achieve so little, as a nation, and as a world. Our
people don't even come close to achieving their full potential. They
say we only use 10 percent of our brains. That's on a good day, you
know? You get people who are buying these brand name foods, and
probably 99 percent of their neurons are in stasis, because they're
not really connecting any more. They're all getting diagnosed with
dementia and Alzheimer's. You've got kids that can't even learn. That
should be the most natural thing in the world; kids should learn
automatically. If they can't learn, there's something wrong with the

= = = = = = = =

I say we teach people how to really make healthy food choices. Let's
have an honest food guide that we can get into their hands, which can
really show them the foods that cause disease and the foods that
promote health.

Better yet, let's have this created by somebody who has no ties
whatsoever to the food industry. That would be somebody like me,
although it doesn't have to be me. Believe me, I don't want this to
be about me. I want this to be about the nutrition. Somebody needs to
do this, and I just didn't see anybody doing it.

People need to be able to make good choices. They need to actually
have a list of things that they should eat less of, since the USDA
doesn't have the honesty or the ethics to say, "Eat less" of
anything. But I'm willing to say it:

You should consume less red meat, less milk and dairy products, less
refined sugar, less refined and milled wheat, and less salt. You
should eat no monosodium glutamate, no chemical taste enhancers, no
excitotoxins, no artificial chemical sweeteners, no artificial
colors, nothing that's been processed, refined, or packaged. You
should eat nothing containing sodium nitrite, and nothing that's been
smoked, such as smoked meats. You should eat nothing that's heavily
advertised, or sold with seductive marketing practices, and so on.
For the complete list, check out, and
see for yourself.

Eat more natural, healthy foods
Now, what should we eat more of? Well, we should eat more of the
things that promote health. How's that for an incredibly unique
idea?! Again, I'm not trying to take credit for this, as I'm not the
first one to think of this by any means. There are many other people
(on whom I've based my work) who deserve credit for this.

What should we eat more of? The things that promote health, such as
raw vegetables and raw fruits. Blanched or cooked vegetables are fine
too. I'm just talking about things from nature -- the root
vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, sea vegetables. If you're
going to eat meat, it should be organic, free range meat, and only in
strictly limited quantities. Free range eggs are good. They’re much
better than eggs from the standard imprisoned chickens that we get in
the common grocery stores.

We should eat more blueberries and all of these incredibly potent
berries. We should eat more foods of all the different colors --
purple eggplants, orange carrots, yellow onions, red tomatoes, green
peppers. We should just eat the colors of the rainbow in their
natural form, because these colors are potent disease-fighting

We should eat sunshine, actually. We should consume it into our skin.
We should consume more water. We should get more fruits. We should
get avocados, high fiber products, and whole grains. These are the
things we should consume if we wish to be healthy.

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And to really get your nutrition and be the healthiest you can be,
you should eat superfoods. High density, high nutrition supplements
based on whole foods or whole food powders. These are products based
on spirulina, chlorella, blueberry powder, spinach powder, or kale
powder. Broccoli sprouts are fantastic, and they provide high-density
nutrition. These are the kinds of things that people should consume
if they wish to be healthy.

Then again a lot of people will say, "I can't afford it." Yeah, I
guess not -- never mind. It is a lot cheaper just to eat all that
garbage, and spend half a million dollars on medical bills in your
last 14 days of life because you need heart bypass surgery,
chemotherapy, some kind of organ transplant, and lots of intensive
medical care before you pass away. Yeah, you're right. That's a
cheaper way to do it. No need to spend an extra dollar on real food
from nature instead of a discounted 2-liter bottle of soda.

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