Orthorexia: Really?

'Summer' - A tribute to Arcimboldo by Philip Edmondson

‘Summer’ – A tribute to Arcimboldo by Philip Edmondson

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinions, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum”. (Noam Chomsky, The Common Good, 1998)

The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or slowest form of poison”. (Ann Wigmore)

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. (Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma)

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society” (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

Among the rising tide of Orwellian dis-info we now find the message that eating right is now wrong and probably even pathological. (health = sick). Step away from that locally grown, organic produce, now, or else! OK, so what is really going on here ? Orthorexia nervosa is being proposed as the latest addition to a growing lexicon of dodgy diagnoses listed in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5) a so called “Bible” recommended to mental health professionals. By way of disclosure, as a retired health and mental health professional, you may want to know that I have found this eminently weighty volume to be exactly the right size and weight to serve as an improvised door stop. While it has been considered by many to represent a valuable classification and diagnostic tool, the DSM series has come under increasing, well deserved, criticism. Just recently, we find that the DSM’s politically saturated task force have admitted to collaborative relationships among government, academia and industry elements vital to the development of pharmacological treatment for mental disorders. (David J. Kupfer M.D., DSM-V Task Force Member Disclosure Report, May 2, 2011).

If approved, Orthorexia would take its place amongst a lexicon of dubious diagnostic categories such as: Disruptive Mood Disorder (temper tantrums), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Two Year Olds, Adolescence, Social Activism, Political Dissidents, Alternative Media, most cats), Major Depressive Disorder (normal grief, Basset Hounds), Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (boredom), Minor Neurocognitive Disorder (Senior Moments), General Anxiety Disorder (Everyday Worries); to cite just a few eligible for medication and other allopathic treatments. Fortunes will soon be made, with the advent of state-mandated compulsory vaccinations for these hypothetical, and other real or projected conditions; if this dystopic trend is allowed to continue.

Orthorexia nervosa (health food eating disorder) is named for the Greek “ortho” meaning straight, proper or correct” by American doctor Steven Bratman, who claims that he developed an unhealthy obsession with eating “proper food” during his time at a rural commune and was “seduced by righteous eating”. This complaint sounded sufficiently serious to a group of Italian researchers who then developed an ORTO-15 questionnaire with a cut off score of 40+ signifying Orthorexia for sure. (pathological eating behavior) .

Given that I both love cats and enjoy just a touch of self-diagnosed, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, I have refused to take this test. Still, I find these research results interesting with their female-male ratio of two to one.

Most of these Orthorexia studies have been conducted within population sub-groups considered to be at risk, such as health care professionals. Turkish doctors, we learn, scored just above 40 and Turkish street performers a bit higher at 56.4 percent. Opera singers scored some 81.1 percent and Spanish yoga teachers; most at risk with their 86 per cent. Some reassurance, depending upon your point of view, might be found in the fact that Austrian dieticians, using the Bratman test, yet another questionnaire, only 12.8 percent could be classified as Orthorexic. (Rebecca Reynolds, UK Daily Mail, April 10, 2015). I also find it interesting that these researchers excluded pregnant women and Olympian athletes from their studies since these sub-groups seem to be at serious risk given their likely concerns with healthy eating.

In contrast to this Orwellian nonsense, Dr. Joseph Mercola has taken an admirable, oppositional (defiant) , stance against Monsanto’s genetically modified Franken food, and power and control obsession with making anything natural into something synthetic and patented, hence becoming something akin to our Homeland Security of Food. Never mind the fact that Roundup, Monsanto’s number one herbicide has been recently outed as a likely cause of cancer. (Jon Rapport, Activist Post, April 15, 2015):

“…the United States Department of Agriculture (and non-GM seeds that they cannot control are potential security threats. USDA has even begun putting in writing, directives on how they can keep organic farming ‘contained’. “Mercola: (September 17, 2012).

Undaunted, Mercola and others continue to warn about the consequences of consuming dangerous amounts of sugar. In the eyes of our corporate controllers this dangerous situation is now becoming acute with an increasing number of courageous awake and aware farmers, at considerable personal and financial risk, currently banding together to embrace non-GMO products. Even worse, several major mainstream grocery outlets such as Safe-Way, mindful of customer demands, who vote with their checkbooks, have added an impressive array of organic and non-GMO products. Whole Foods and other health oriented chains, catering to potential orthorexics are also doing very well.

I resonate with Zen Gardner and am a regular follower of his ongoing web site blogs laden with sane advice for those of us in search of any kind of relative balance in the face of increasing oppression. Zen advises, in his “Junk Food Habit”, ( February 18, 2015) that junk foods are OK, once in a while, given the reality that our cravings are induced by highly addictive additives as elements in a not so slow genocide for profit and control. Here one might consider a possible reality that these fast foods mostly appeal to our poor, overly- stressed and their children. Zen postulates that this toxic spew of tasty ingredients have the potential to cause near-permanent changes within our brain’s reward circuitry, that might also trigger obesity…and who knows what else.

The World Health Organization estimates that at least 2.8 millionpeople die every year from diseases linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes or stroke. In plain language, their findings indicate that Franken-food habits are killing 40% more people than war, famine, dictatorships, murders and politicians put together do. These facts alone, offer an entirely new dimension into the study of social-collective trauma and genocidal de-population agendas. (Zen, February 19, 2015).

And still, as Michael Pollan describes, thanks to a succession of awful farm bills, vicious tactics and flaccid USDA rules, many American farmers are currently paid to grow massive quantities of (inedible) GMO corn. There is some good news in reports that a record number of these farmers are now switching to non-GMO crops in 2015.While this may sound encouraging, the controllers have stepped up a nationwide campaign against those defiant foodies who prefer to grow their own fruits and vegetables; by outlawing their modest home garden plots as “violations of community standards”.

As dark as this may seem there may be a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Mac Donald’s sales are steadily decreasing and they have left Iceland due to lack of revenue. Should you find yourself in Reykjavik, you may want to visit the last Big Mac with cheese and chips now located in the country’s National Food Museum, nicely displayed, with no preservatives needed, under glass.

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