Why freedom depends more than ever on our health and fitness

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A nation is only as strong as the people – the individuals – of which it is composed. If we admit this simple, obvious fact, what about the health of our nations today? Look around at your fellow men, women and children. How did we get here? And who ultimately benefits?

A doctor measures a man’s waist. (Shutterstock)
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A new government-funded program aimed at tackling the ever-growing problem of childhood obesity will put the focus on changing the parent’s behavior rather than the child’s. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

It is an indisputable fact that over the past 100 years, ordinary people in the developed world have become sicker and sicker. Why? Our diet, which has changed profoundly, is an obvious culprit. The negative effects of the new industrial diet were evident from the start. The great pioneering dentist Weston A. Price charted the emerging effects as part of a world adventure that became the seminal book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration (1939). In an effort to understand the declining health of patients, especially children, at his dental practice in Ohio, Price intuitively assumed that what they were eating was the cause. This leads him to seek out traditional societies and groups around the world that do not yet follow Western-style industrial diets in hopes of discovering what people really need to eat in order to thrive and grow to their full potential.

Price found that, despite regional differences, all traditional peoples exhibiting optimal health built their diets around nutrient-dense animal foods: organ meats, especially liver; fatty pieces of meat; blood products; milk and cheese; eggs; Seafood; and fatty products such as butter and lard. This is exactly the kind of diet that we in the West were rapidly moving away from in Price’s time.

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Now such a diet is but a distant memory, a speck in the rear-view mirror of our civilization. Today, we build our diet around foods that our ancestors would have eaten very little of or not at all. This means, in particular, refined carbohydrates and toxic vegetable-based fats – vegetable and seed oils – that less than a hundred years ago were only considered suitable for use as engine lubricant (really – look it up). And what happened? We are getting fatter and unhappier, suffering from increasing diabetes, cancer, bowel dysfunction, infertility, immune disorders, depression and other mental disorders.

At the same time, we suffer from increased exposure to a wide variety of harmful chemicals. Essential to many of today’s most important industrial and agricultural processes, including the production of plastics, these chemicals wreak havoc on our hormonal systems, lead to infertility and encourage our bodies to gain weight. Tucker Carlson’s recent documentary, The End of Men, in which I played a major role, brought much-needed attention to these substances that compound the effects of widespread poor nutrition. In fact, according to one reproductive health expert, if current sperm count trends continue, we as a species may cease to be able to reproduce naturally within the next 30 years. This is an existential problem.

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A file photo showing plastic bags and other waste collected from the waters of Manila Bay, Philippines, on July 3, 2014. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)

How did this happen? Food has been recognized as a tool of social control since at least the days of Plato. In The Republic, written nearly 2,500 years ago, Plato’s Socrates stated that a light vegetarian diet would help the workers of his ideal society to control their tempers and accept their humble lot. Throughout the twentieth century, social planners, philosophers, and eugenicists advocated changing the diets of ordinary people, including adding chemicals such as sterilizers to water to better control them.

The truth is, however, that the weakening and disease of the general population has occurred in a haphazard fashion, and is as much the product of chance as of planning. The triumph of the lipid heart hypothesis, for example, which justified the abandonment of animal fats in favor of vegetable and seed oils, owed perhaps as much to the fact that President Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack in the Oval Office as to faulty science, personal rivalries, and the commercial desire to turn industrial waste products into profitable “healthy” goods. Industrialization, urbanization and population growth are also clearly to blame for massive changes in diet and lifestyle and are far from planned.

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Bottles of Canola Harvest brand canola oil, produced by Canadian agribusiness firm Richardson International, are seen on the shelf of a grocery store in Beijing, China, March 6, 2019. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo)

However, the beneficiaries are still the ones we might expect if this was all really a grand plan or conspiracy. Corporations: they sell us the perverted food and poison the environment. The medical regime: they offer expensive ad hoc treatments instead of addressing the root causes, and deliberately mislead about the efficacy and side effects of their “medicines”. And, of course, there is a government that governs a docile, dependent populace, not a mass of healthy, motivated, independent people. This is why a health and fitness movement cannot be apolitical today: its targets must be the very organizations and structures that benefit so much from keeping us physically and mentally weak.

Our health and freedom also face a new threat that may be even greater than any before: The Great Reset. Despite the copious window dressing – “we need to make the world a fairer place and also save it from climate change” – the reality of the Great Reset is a brutal consolidation of elite power. Corporations, hand in hand with government, will gain complete control over life, including the way we eat.

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A sign promoting McDonald’s ‘PLT’ burger with a Beyond Meat plant-based patty at one of 28 test restaurants in Ontario, Canada, in this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo (Reuters/Mo Doiron)

Like the great social transformation of the Neolithic, when man went from hunter-gatherer to sedentary farmer, the Great Realignment was also built on a fundamental transformation of food production and consumption. A global plant-based diet, most likely enforced through a system of carbon credits, will complete our alienation from the life-giving foods on which our ancestors thrived. Moreover, producing enough plant-based food to feed a global population of 10 billion will require a massive intensification of the worst chemical-based agricultural practices in use today, as well as the near-universal adoption of genetically modified organisms, with the potential for severe unintended consequences for the environment and health. We can be sure, however, that our leaders will continue to eat the fine organic foods to which they are accustomed today, including those animal products that the rest of us will be denied.

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A banner for an event at the Convention Center ahead of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on May 22, 2022. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)

The only way to counter the globalism of the Great Reset is by strengthening individual nations, and that, as I said, means building the power of their citizens as much as electing the right politicians. We need to return to local food systems that prioritize the needs and well-being of people, not mega-corporations and corrupt politicians in their pockets. This is much more than just looking or feeling better: our very freedom hangs in the balance.

The views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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The Raw Egg Nationalist is the author of the Eggs Benedict Option, which is available from Amazon and other retailers. He tweets @babygravy9.

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