Column #322 November 5, 2021
Getting healthy and staying that way has been my primary focus since 1999. Prior to that I was just another ignorant American who ate the Standard American Diet (SAD). I assumed that if what I ate tasted good, my body would figure out how to function with whatever I fed it and I’d live to see another day. The only fly in the ointment was that all my friends were starting to struggle with chronic diseases (some had died). I was also feeling “old” and beginning to think I’d better start getting annual checkups because I might be needing some meds like everyone else.
Luckily I didn’t take the checkup route. After working with professional livestock nutritionists and reading some of the recommended scientific literature, I learned about the Omega-3 deficiency and what it meant. I learned about the importance of essential nutrients and what it takes for any whole food choice to be a complete food that optimizes health and well-being. Everything I learned was based on nutritional, biological, and anthropological science and, the neatest thing was, the best food was grass-fed beef which I raised on my ranch. So I changed my diet and got into the grass-fed meat business believing that everyone would want to be healthier.
Some years later I provided meats for Omega-3 studies conducted by the NIH. I talked to some of the researchers and they were very much focused on nutritional science and in turning around the trend of increasing incidences of chronic diseases. That really excited me to have people like that on the same side. But guess what? My confidence in the CDC and the NIH was destroyed during the past 18 months for multiple reasons.
First off. The top Omega-3 promoter at the NIH was “retired” because of his singular focus on improving human health. Then, starting in March 2020, I watched the CDC (and its leader Fauci) totally trash science during the pandemic while ignoring the injuries he caused most Americans as a result of his dictates.
My disgust for the CDC only heightened when I recently learned it had changed its definition of what is a vaccine and what it’s supposed to do.1
Here’s the August 26, 2021, CDC’s definitions of Vaccine and Vaccination:
“Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.
“Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.”
On September 1, 2021, the CDC’s definitions of Vaccine and Vaccination became:
“Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but some can be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.
“Vaccine: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.”
Take note that for years the definition of a vaccine was that it stimulated the body to “produce immunity to a specific disease” which “protected” the body from “getting that specific disease.” Now a vaccine only stimulates an immune response that produces a nondescript level of protection but not immunity.2 3
Those changes define the new experimental mRNA vaccines, but the new definition no longer defines the old-fashioned vaccines that have been in use for many centuries. The new description is purely political to support the bureaucrats who demand that every single person, no matter their status or risk level, must get the jab. In nearly every American court this would be criminal. But its shenanigans like these that have become standard practice for the CDC, bureaucrats, and certain political rulers. Alarmingly, some professional medical people think the vaccines are harmful for younger people and those with natural immunity.4
The CDC also did definition swapping when they started demanding mask mandates. Up until the pandemic, masks were considered worthless for preventing the spread of viruses. They were useful for filtering out large particles, but not tiny viruses. Even Fauci agreed with OSHA’s mask valuations in February 2020. But he soon learned it was politically expedient to recommend them and not longer after that he recommended the wearing of two masks.
Our government is not looking out for the mental and physical health of the citizens. Its decrees are politically motivated for the enrichment of the medical and pharmaceutical industries and for maintaining the power bases of corrupt politicians. It’s why food labels are essentially worthless in terms of providing useful nutritional information. It’s why the medical community does not push really hard the importance of nutrition for improving immunity and curing diseases. It’s why the FDA and other bureaucrats deem it illegal for people to state that proper nutrition can actually cure a chronic disease.
The upshot of all this is that our food system is marketed on feel-good rhetoric and science be damned—even when it comes to marketing health foods. When our website started in early 2000, I posted articles based on science. I was shocked by how blatantly most health food marketers used nonsensical feel good slogans to market nearly every form of food or supplement known. And many highly acclaimed books spout absolute nonsense that is treated as dogma by the health food gurus. It’s no wonder nearly every American is totally confused about what is and is not a good food to eat for optimizing health and well-being.
To combat this everyone must be a student for life. Just because we went to school, that doesn’t mean we know it all or if we know anything. We learn daily from our experiences and from others. But we must be careful from whom we take advise. Myself, I always start by asking questions and getting cross references. It takes time away from fun and games, but it pays in the long run to be better informed. And quite often, the truth ends up being really simple and straight forward.
For instance, on land and in water the foundation food for animal life is the green leaf—the primary source of Omega-3. The best whole foods for humans are those that are low glycemic, nutrient dense and diverse, with 1:1 ratios of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Once you learn which foods provide all three of those important parameters, then you’ve got optimal nutrition down pat if you stick with the science.5
To your health.
Ted Slanker has been reporting on the fundamentals of nutritional research in publications, television and radio appearances, and at conferences since 1999. He condenses complex studies into the basics required for health and well-being. His eBook, The Real Diet of Man, is available online.
Don't miss these links for additional reading:
1. CDC Emails: Our Definition of Vaccine is "Problematic" from Techno Fog
2. The Vaccines Cannot Do What Is Asked of Them by eugyppius
3. Alex Berenson speaks on reporting and COVID-19 by Jillian Parks from Hillsdale College
5. Food Analysis: EFA, Protein to Fat, Net Carbs, Sugar, and Nutrient Load by Ted Slanker