I’ve noticed that my healthiest and oldest clients are the ones who were raised eating out of the garden. Now even the food companies are jumping on the health wagon as more people seek to improve their health with food and diet changes. Americans don’t like their reputation as the fattest nation in the world, and we are doing something about it. As more people look at their food choices with making healthy changes in mind, beware of turning to “Diet Food”. If you don’t already know this, you should be aware: there are dangers lurking in food that you should avoid at all costs.

What is “diet food“?  How about “sugar-free“? Food that people eat when they are on a diet, right?   Food is food, isn’t it?

Well, isn’t it???

Sometime it is, and then again, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it is laboratory created… or added to…and it becomes a little bit toxic, in a low-level way. What is “a little bit toxic”, you may ask? Well, not toxic enough to knock you down immediately, like cyanide. It’s a low-level toxicity that you should be aware of, a stealthy kind that collects in your tissues and builds up over time. There are substances that are not fit for human consumption that are added to some foods, that can cause health conditions and damage down the road. Some of these substances cause symptoms that may stump your doctor, causing him or her to either misdiagnose your health issue, or else tell you they don’t know exactly what is causing your symptoms, they can’t really pin down the cause, etc. What are these chemicals and what do they do? How can they be eliminated or avoided? That’s what I want to talk to you about.

How do you know if it’s your food that’s making you sick? If you’re paying attention, you can determine whether what you’re about to eat is real food or chemicallyaltered food. That is, if there is an ingredient list available. Here is an example of a straightforward ingredient list:

Do you think this list of ingredients is for food? It sure is long, and I can’t even pronounce some of the words here. What I can tell you is that this list is NOT for a diet food. Read it, would you eat this stuff? Ask yourself this: What is Polysorbate 60? What is Sodium Stearoyl? How about sodium acid pyrophosphate? Why is the corn starch “modified”? What do all those words ending in -phosphate mean? When did we start adding all this gunk to our food? Scientists know what they are, but even though they have to list these chemical additives for you so you can make an informed decision on what you want to eat, my guess is they don’t expect most people to care enough to read the ingredient list or even understand it. The majority will just take the package label at face value, and consume these packaged foods without doing their homework. If the packaging makes it look good, and tells you it’s Grrrreat!  lots of people will even feed it to their children without a single hesitation. Beware of food that requires a degree in chemistry to comprehend the added ingredients.

Here is another ingredient list. This time it is for a food that is advertised as a “diet food” and also one that is supposedly “good for you”.


Read the list of ingredients. Do you see anything in the list that raises red flags? Do you see any warnings? YES!!! YOU DO!!! What does that do to change your perception of this food product? Aspartame is one of the most dangerous chemical sweeteners on the market. It has been known to cause (at last count) 92 different unhealthy side effects in people, me included. I recently stopped using aspartame products and all my pain disappeared, plus some other bad personality-related stuff I was experiencing. Unbelievable, yes. True, yes. I have also noticed my heart palpitations have ceased. I was having them almost every night after I went to bed. I’ve dropped five pounds, my belly is flatter, and I feel more calm and unflappable than when I was using products containing this chemical. Oh yes, and that annoying little dry cough I had is gone. Interesting to note those changes after reading the list of side effects I found on the Healthy Holistic Living website.

Aspartame is not the only chemical sweetener out there, but it’s the most dangerous. There are others as well. The problem with these laboratory additives is this: not only do they cause disease, they also cause weight gain. Sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, acesulfame K, Stevia, and tagatose are the most common added sweeteners besides sugar. The only two in this list that are actually non-damaging are stevia and tagatose. The others cause all sorts of dangerous health conditions, from leukemia and other cancers to hypoglycemia, heart problems and diabetes. Unbelievable that the FDA doesn’t ban them, but that is where the FDA has dropped the ball…in the US, at least. Other countries don’t allow this stuff in their food. I wonder if it has anything to do with the huge medical conglomerate needing more and more victims…er, patients.

Acesulfame Potassium, or Acesulfame K, is another chemical sweetener that has been used in many edible products, gum, food and drinks. It has been shown to cause COPD, leukemia, lung cancer, thymus gland tumors and breast cancer.

Sweeteners aren’t the only dangerous food manipulation we should steer clear of, but for most of us it’s “the sweeter the better”. I’ve heard people say things like “Well, I have to die from something” while holding After you realize you’ve been munching out on chemical-laden foods for awhile, you might be feeling a bit alarmed. Could you now be  thinking about those latest aches and pains, or that Type 2 diabetes, or even that last migraine headache, and wondering if your dinner actually caused it? Waiting for the brain tumor diagnosis? That may actually be the case.  As soon as I started looking into our diet, I started making changes. I also started telling people I knew and cared about. Lots of even very smart people are blissfully unaware of this food issue, and even think it’s no big deal because their symptoms are so mild at this point. Like I said, it’s a stealthy thing, and the symptoms get worse over time.

Do you remember what I said at the beginning? The healthiest and oldest people I know were raised on food their families grew themselves. They spent lots of time outdoors in the garden. They ate out of the garden. These are the people who are living well into their 90’s, hale and hearty. I met a guy last year who had just celebrated his 107th birthday. He was raised on a farm, ate out of the garden for most of his life, and spent plenty of time outdoors. Hmmmm, do you see the connection? Have you had an AHA! moment yet? I hope so, that moment was the whole point of this article.

Whole, organic food is where it’s at if you want to live a long, healthy  life. Grow it yourself if possible. Stop eating packaged chemicals. There, it doesn’t get any plainer. So what are you waiting for? Donate or throw out all that processed food, and go get the fresh stuff. You can reverse alot of the little aches and pains you have right now. You can eliminate some of that belly fat without a chemical, just buy fresh. You can live longer by living cleaner. You can stop disease in its tracks without the help of a doctor or another chemical (pill). Your body is self-healing if you give it what it needs to do so. Care about your body and it will take good care of you for many long years to come.