Monday, February 4, 2013

"The Hundred-Year Lie" - A Book of Truth

Randall Fitzgerald compiled a powerhouse of information of what governments/individuals are doing to alter our food supply in some monetarily beneficial way to them but at the loss and suffering of the majority. Fitzgerald labeled his book The Hundred-Year Lie because the lie began in earnest in 1906, the year the US Congress enacted the Pure Foods and Drugs Act, the first law of its kind giving the public a false sense of security about the safety of its foods and medicines. He goes on to expose what "natural flavors" really mean, the harm in vaccines, the ludicrousness of supplements as being beneficial rather than the chemical harming substances they really are. He discusses in detail about how fluoride got dumped into our water supply, which resulted in the company getting paid by the government for preventing tooth decay in people rather than paying $8,000 a truckload to haul off and dump their toxic waste somewhere (p. 130-1).

Fitzgerald gave data from a variety of valuable sources that I want to follow up on for my own and further knowledge. Some books he cited that are valuable about teaching about man's inharmonious relationship to the environment are Marla Cone's 2005 book, The Slow Poisoning of the Arctic, Schlink's 100 Million Guinea Pigs: Dangers in Everyday Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics, and the ethnobotanist Plotkin's Medicine Quest. Other books he introduced relate to health, for example, Fitzgerald introduced the The Saccharine Disease by Cleave a British physician, Revolution at the Table by Levenstein who presented a history of food including the complex wizardry of food chemists, and Blaylock's Excitotoxins which exposes the dangers of MSG, aspartame and other chemical concoctions. 
However, the nine-hundred-page book, Diagnoses in Assyrian and Babylonian Medicine (2005), which demonstrated a wise and in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology and complementary, holistic medical treatment caught my attention. The author deduces that the following revelations of an advanced society existed 4,000 years ago.
  • "Ancient physicians were trained as specialists in dentistry, neurology, gynecology, pediatrics, and other areas of medicine, and they utilized the medicinal properties of more than three hundred Mesopotamian plants in their treatments.
  • Careful observation and experimentation produced treatments that evolved over hundreds of years. Some of these ancient treatments are still in common use today within Western medicine, one being the practice of surgically draining fluid from between the lungs and chest of pneumonia patients by making an opening in the fourth rib and inserting a drainage tube.
  • These ancient doctors were able to measure pulse rates and used metal hammers to tap below the knee to test reflexes, just as we do today.
  • They cleaned surgical wounds using bandages treated with ginger and cedar, both antiseptics; they treated blindness with raw liver, which we now know corrects the vitamin A deficiencies that cause night blindness; they used marijuana to treat pain and nausea, just as we do for cancer patients today; they treated women with irregular monthly cycles using a medicine made from date pits, which we now know contains estrogen."
The ancients had great understanding of healing, and Fitzgerald showed that the Bible's New Testament in "The Gift of the Magi", and that the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh given to Joseph and Mary 2,000 years ago was in total the gift of life, and that these items were the most essential medicines of the ancient world! Myrrh is a tree resin and prized as an antibiotic, which was used by physician healers in Persia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome to clean and dress wounds. Frankincense, another resin, is both an anti-inflammatory and antifungal, and like myrrh, it is also a powerful pain-reliever.
At the end of his journey to discover and write about the chemicals used in our world so blindly today, Fitzgerald ended up at the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida where he went through their full three-week detox program. Before going to HHI to detox, he had his blood drawn and sent off to Accu-Chem in Dallas for a reading of the chemicals in his body. The test cannot test the occurrence of all the drugs in the world as there are just too many, with thousands more added to the list every year, but the tests Fitzgerald underwent tested a few hundred, and many of them were present in his body, some at alarming levels.
For three weeks, Fitzgerald did multiple therapies - magnetic, hydro, colon cleansing, etc - used no deodorant, shampoos, make up (haha), cologne (perfume, body lotions, etc), and he drank highly purified and then remineralized water, toxin removing wheatgrass, raw fruits and vegies (heat kills enzymes and HHI is a totally raw food lifestyle center). At the end of three weeks, Fitzgerald retested with Accu-Chem and discovered a drastic drop in his toxicity levels in his body.  
He pretty much concludes his book promoting prevention of diseases through lifestyle change and living in harmony with the planet we humans seem so determined to destroy. If we truly want to prevent illness and speeded aging, we shouldn't wait to fix our rooves in the rain ... his astute conclusion.

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