What Qualifies as "Health Food"?

Did you know that the role of chiropractic in the Olympics continues to expand with the first ever inclusion of chiropractic in the Olympic Village Polyclinic? Dr. Bill Moreau, D.C. is the director of sports medicine clinics for the USOC and a few years ago I had the privilege of taking a class on adjusting the lower extremity by Dr. Moreau. I was impressed by the depth of his knowledge and experience. I’m inspired! I think I’m going to put on my roller blades and pretend I’m speed skating…

Dr. Pamela Wells

What Qualifies as "Health Food"?

dietcoke is bad for youAre we to believe that Coke is good for your heart?.. a product with an ingredient list that reads like a chemistry experiment?!! Apparently, using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar qualifies Coke as a “heart healthy” food!

It turns out that Diet Coke is the most prominent sponsor of the Heart Truth campaign, of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has issued a letter to the NHLBI asking the agency to end its partnership with Coca-Cola in the program. In a statement, Michael Jacobson, executive director of the center compared the sponsorship with allowing Phillip Morris to fund a government anti-smoking campaign.

“Coca-Cola promotes heart disease by marketing drinks that contribute to obesity,” Mr. Jacobson wrote. “Coke has long sought to affiliate with or co-opt health groups and associate its brand with athletes and models. I fervently hope that N.H.L.B.I. officials understand that letting Coke bask in their agency’s good reputation does American hearts far more harm than good.” well.blogs.nytimes

While I’m on this rant, are we really supposed to believe that Olympic athletes eat at McDonalds? And what is a chicken McNugget anyway? Hint: Only one of its 38 ingredients is chicken. 13 ingredients are derived from corn (binders, emulsifiers, fillers, preservatives and partially hydrogenated corn oil) while several completely synthetic ingredients (leavening agents, antioxidants, anti-foaming agents) come from petroleum refineries and chemical plants.

“A Full serving of Nutrition Facts,” pamphlet published by McDonald’s (2003)


Food Rules

  • If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
  • Avoid foods you see advertised on television.
  • Eat only foods that will eventually rot.