All posts tagged: Michael Pollan

Whodunit? Killer Food

For more than a century now, medicine has recognised a link between this Western diet and the historically novel set of chronic diseases that now kill most of us in the west: heart disease and stroke, obesity, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Michael Pollan, Cooked a Natural History of Transformation. Something, somewhere has gone wrong. Just as we thought that our food was as good as it was ever going to get a silent, though highly effective, killer began terrorising our food landscape. As is usual in such cases, initially no one noticed. Early victims were laid to rest without anyone believing anything was amiss. Over the years the killer became more confident, more brazen and more assertive claiming ever more victims. To such an extent that those looking out for the public good have come to accept that there is a serial killer on the loose. The killer’s modus operandi is to enter our food and inflict any form of chronic disease – hyper-tension, fatigue, diabetes, obesity, food cancers, tooth decay, supressed immune systems. We feel the …