Alzheimer’s could be the most catastrophic impact of junk food | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 06:  Junk food si...

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 06: Junk food sits on a table as British Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver announces a partnership to attack state-wide obesity on March 6, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. The Victorian Government and the Good Foundation will pledge together over AUD5 million to bring Oliver’s ‘Ministry of Food’ to the state to help teach cooking techniques and nutrition to participants and help combat obesity as part of the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

This is an excellent article by George Monbiot in the Guardian. Ir’s well worth reading. Check it out!

via Alzheimer’s could be the most catastrophic impact of junk food | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Personally, I have a good friend with Alzheimer’s and have watched him deteriorate  over a number of years. I do not know if he was fond of junk food in an earlier life but if there is a remote risk of causal relationship, then in my view the case for heavy regulation of the junk food industry is compelling.

George Monbiot concludes as follows:

A scarcely regulated food industry can engineer its products – loading them with fat, salt, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup – to bypass the neurological signals that would otherwise prompt people to stop eating. It can bombard both adults and children with advertising. It can (as we discovered yesterday) use the freedom granted to academy schools to sell the chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks now banned from sale in maintained schools. It can kill off the only effective system (the traffic-light label) for informing people how much fat, sugar and salt their food contains. Then it can turn to the government and blame consumers for eating the products it sells. This is class war, a war against the poor fought by the executive class in government and industry.

We cannot yet state unequivocally that poor diet is a leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease, though we can say that the evidence is strong and growing. But if ever there was a case for the precautionary principle, here it is. It’s not as if we lose anything by eating less rubbish. Averting a possible epidemic of this devastating disease means taking on the bullies – both those who mock people for their pathology and those who spread the pathology by peddling a lethal diet.

What do you think?

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4 responses

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  2. It is rare that I agree with George Monbiot about anything but he is right about junk food and bad diet being one of the causes of Alzheimers.

    Drinking on an empty stomach which knocks all the vitamins and minerals out of your body, is another cause as is using aluminium saucepans, Bisphenol A (present in till rolls, tin cans, hardened plastics and food wrapping.

    Many essential vitamins have been removed from the food chain by intensive farming methods designed to produce cheap food and by the Alimentarius Commission which George Monbiot knows about along with his colleagues at the Guardian, but chooses not to write about.

    The medical profession in the form of the NHS does not even recognise that food of good quality is medicine and Government Ministers do nothing about school dinners despite Jamie Oliver or about the levels of sugar and salt used by the food industry.

    My late stepfather had Alzheimers after a stroke caused by deep depression following the death of my late mother.

    He always ate well and took an interest in everything before that time, so for him and many others the fact that he stopped reading, getting out and about, seeing friends made him visibly worse even though my sister and I looked after him at home for 3 years at our own expense.

    There is a case for vitamin supplementation under medical supervision and for people not to smoke skunk, pot and take other drugs which are now causing a dementia epidemic (1.25 million cases in the pipeline) amongst the ranks of 65 plus year old woman who were the “Flower Children ” of the 1960,s but are now the Guardian readers of today.

    What is needed now, is little short of a revolution:
    1)Variable tax on foods to promote healthy eating.
    2)A ban on Bisphenol A
    3)Life imprisonment without parole for major drug dealers or the death penalty(to be decided by a referendum)
    4)Lower limits on sugar, salt, chemical preservatives and E numbers on food.
    5)Pedestrian free zones in Cities policed by extra policeman to encourage walking and exercise
    6)Reintroduction of cookery lessons in schools
    7)Discouraging drinking on an empty stomach

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