Industrial Food and Chronic Illness

 In Addiction, Autoimmunity, Detoxing, Diet, Environment, GMOs, Organic, Sugar

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Date: January 29, 2018

Episode Description

It has become apparent that there is an increase in diseases that were once rare.  Industrial nations, who should “have it all” are now suffering in ways that are new.  In their book “What’s Making Our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It” authors Vincanne Adams and Michelle Perro easily lay out the problems and the solutions to these new illnesses.

Dr. Risk’s Thoughts

There has been many episodes about food on this show, but none about the quality of those food choices.  Often people tell me organic is too expensive, or out of their reach, without understanding the value of making those choices.  If we are making choices for real food (like vegetables) and then those foods are GMOs or sprayed with pesticides, it’s important for us to understand the harm we are doing.  Personally, my body is extremely sensitive to additives, and pesticides and for many years I have made this change over.  If we increase the demand for “real food” and good quality in it, it will then become more easily accessible to everyone.

Guest Information

Michelle Perro, MD, is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-five years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. She has both directed and worked as attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics, a holistic urgent care clinic for children. For the past four years, she has been an integrative physician at the Institute for Health and Healing, part of Sutter Pacific Medical Center.

Vincanne Adams, PhD, is a professor and vice-chair of Medical Anthropology, in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Adams has previously published six books on the social dynamics of health, scientific knowledge and politics, including most recently, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina (2013), and Metrics: What Counts in Global Health (2016). She is the editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly.


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