Dr. Feingold on World War II and The Food Industry

>> Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I thought that I would add a few excerpts from books today. This one will talk about the food industry after World War II, and the science behind the colors. Also, on how we have changed our way of eating. Jane Hersey author of "Why Can't My Child Behave?" His will follow. These guys are my favorite Feingold people.

World War II is a turning point for many statistics. It signals a sharp drop in the age at which depression is likely to start. It also marks the point at which behavior problems in children gradually begin to rise to epidemic proportions.

Dr. Feingold noted, " The first half of my almost fifty years as a physician were spent as a pediatrician. During this pediatric experience I had exposure to thousands of children with a great variety of aliments. Yes I had no recollection of a high frequency of hyperactivity and behavioral problems through all these years." But in the years following the end of World War II, the use of synthetic food additives increased dramatically. They continue to increase as do the problems of hyperactivity, depression, and the incidence of suicide.

In Dr. Feingold's Book, "Why Your Child Is Hyperactive", he describes the story of food additives. Here is a few paragraphs from the book.

"....Beginning in the Post-Civil War period, it moved gradually from damp cellar and barn to gleaming laboratories; after World War II it spurted technologically and synthetically, into the multimillion-dollar business of today. (The Food Industry)

All allergists, as well as other medical doctors have wrestled with the subtle additives time and time again in both external and internal disorders. In some way, it has been a losing battle because of the food of them. One item is delisted by the government; another rises to take it's place. One additive doesn't quite do its job of preserving, binding, coloring or flavoring, and the chemist are quick to construct a "better" product.

Prior to the days of Abe Lincoln, there was no formal food industry in the United States. Many people grew what they ate, using natural colorings or flavorings as the ONLY additives-natural juices of fruits and vegetables. Crude time-proven substances and methods were employed for preservation: spices, smoke, and salt. Cooling or freezing between blocks of sawdust-coated ice.
Those who shopped at market stalls could be assured that the products had come out of the ground or off the smoke racks with little alteration.

But with the migration to the cities, the pattern of life changed irrevocably and so did the food supply. Enterprise was needed to feed the new city dwellers. Preservatives were required and the old methods were unsufficient to handle large quantities of food. Spoiled food meant smaller profits-enter the nonnatural chemical additives!"

Wow I would say. He is correct though. After reading his book I was glad that I got to. It is so wonderful. He is a highly intelligent person who could grab your attention quickly with his knowledge of the one diet that made him who he was. After reading this book, as well as Jane Hersey's "Why Can't My Child Behave", you will be convinced that this program is what is seems to be. I have pictures of the books with a link to amazon for you to order. You will learn how Dr. Feingold came upon the idea of how additives and preservatives react to a hyperactive child as well as an autistic child. Enjoy reading.

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