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The Age of Survival Economics

Survival economics have been in existence since life began on Earth. The primary instinct of all life on Earth, be it plant or animal, is survival, and perpetuation of its own kind. Mankind has been no exception.

With the discovery of the New World, the Colonial powers of the West extracted immense wealth from the rest of the World. New settlements and new countries were founded. The new countries rose to immense prominence such as the US, and others such as Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Australia, etc. to lesser prominence. They prospered and grew, along with the US, as the Lands of Opportunity. Nobody, but nobody could equal the growth, the innovation, the power, and the wealth of the US. The dollar became the Reserve and Official currency of the World in 1944, and was proclaimed as such in Bretton-Woods, New Hampshire, USA. All the world’s debt and trade was denominated in US dollars. The dollar was convertible to gold at 35 dollars an ounce. The US became the master of the world. The only country that would not buckle was the war damaged USSR. The Cold War was instituted to destroy USSR. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1989 through it own internal decay and weakness. The End of History was proclaimed and Western Liberal Ideas were proclaimed as supreme and immutable like the Laws of Nature.

But it was not to be so. Man made concepts cannot be compared to the Laws of Nature. Economic systems are concocted to serve the economic interests of the ruling elite. Laws and ideas are created to brainwash the masses. Eventually, the system starts breaking down and no laws or recycled ideas can save it. We are at such a period now.

Despite denials, the world is in recession. Actually, some areas of the world are in depression. Wages have stagnated, especially in the EU, Canada, and the US. Jobs created in the US are low wage and part time. Attempts to stimulate the economy through quantitative easing have not worked. SNAP {food stamps} have been expanded to help the poor. Under President Obama, the SNAP program has expanded from twenty three million in 2008 to nearly forty five million in 2016. The food program is a double edged sword. It keeps the poor from starvation but it entices them to buy junk food and drinks which leads to obesity and ill health. They buy processed food because it is cheap. At the same time, the SNAP program is a huge subsidy for giant Agri business, food processors, and giant food chains.

There can be no recovery because the US is suffering from negative energy flow which is reflected in the growth of debt, individual, corporate, and governmental at all levels. Wages are stagnating. Whatever positive energy there is, goes mostly to one percent of the population, the ownership class. Some energy goes to around five percent of the population, the overseer class. The overseer class faithfully serves the ownership class, and some members are abundantly rewarded. The Precariat Class which is around ninety percent of the population gets very little, if any, of the positive energy flow. The Precariat Class has some positive energy flow in the form SNAP, etc, which is a form of subsidy to giant corporations.

In the end, everything flows to the ownership class. Tax cuts, deregulation, and infrastructure renewal will not help because it will be based on more debt. Survival Economics is already the Modus Vivendi for the Precariat Class. Massive violence in society could be next.

Quo Vadis, Obesitas.

Obesity is one of the major problems of the Western World. It is probably the major health problem of the US, and to a lesser extent of Canada. Basal Metabolic Index is a ratio between weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. It is recommended to be less than 25, above that number obesity begins. Morbid obesity is hundred pounds or more over the recommended weight. Some statistics indicate that sixty six percent of the American population is obese, and seventeen percent are morbidly obese. There are varying degrees of obesity from very mild to extreme.

Obesity is a serious side effect of the present economic system. Everything man does has negative consequences for life on earth. Human kind is destroying the life on earth. Obesity is associated with many diseases, including dementia, strokes, diabetes, heart disease, various cancers, etc. The primary cause of obesity is processed food. Processed food is dead food, nutrient poor, and loaded with toxic chemicals. Dead food is for the living dead. Fresh food is biologically alive and active. It is full of nutrients and energy.  All natural sugars, amino acids, and fatty acids are Levo or Dextro rotatory, and they easily move from levo to dextro and vice versa. All natural fatty acids are also in cis configuration, all synthetic fatty acids are in trans shape. All natural fatty acids have curvature, or cis in their carbon chain. The reason there is a curvature in the chain is because hydrogen atoms attached to the carbon chain are mainly on one side of the chain, hence the curvature. Trans fatty acids or synthetic fatty acids are straight and stiff. They are hard to metabolize or utilize to build and repair the supportive tissues of the body. They are dead and they are stored in the body; the “cemetery” of dead food in the body is obesity.

The processing of food is a highly profitable business, but with disastrously negative health results. In capitalism, the bottom line is what counts. Exitus acta probat. I used to tell my patients  that the three greatest medicines in life are: fresh air, fresh water, and fresh food. Have a nice healthy meal.

Unfortunately, obesity has a very bright future and the diseases associated with it. The processing food industry has an even brighter future, being enhanced by genetically  modified foods.

The embalming Industry of Food.

Embalming is an ancient art. Famous individuals were embalmed for posterity. The most recent example of embalming a famous individual was Nikolai Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union. Food was not  embalmed. However,it was preserved, mainly through natural processes to ensure food supplies for late fall, winter,and the early spring season. Processes included drying food such as figs, dates, grapes as raisins, sliced and dried apples, pears, apricots, and plums as prunes. Meat was preserved through salting and smoking. The nutritional value of food was preserved. Grapes were also preserved in juice form, called vine. Olives were preserved as cold-pressed oil. They were kept in wooden or clay containers. It was a high art and ingenuity kept it simple.

Modern methods of preserving food are essentially embalming food. Truth be told it is embalming for profit. Huge profits. Industrial agriculture and the embalming of food is a huge industry in the US, it accounts for at least thiry percent of the gross domestic product. First, the nutrient value of the food is destroyed; second toxic chemicals which enhance the taste are added ;third, chemicals, (toxic again!), are added to extend the longevity of these products that are called “food”. These products are packaged in beautiful boxes, plastic containers, and plastic bags. Packages are labelled with claims like,”all natural”, “builds strong bones”,”naturally delicious” etc. I used to tell my patients when they bought a paper box of food to throw away the food and boil the box and eat the soup; it had more nutrients. I was being sarcastic but I made my point. Processed and embalmed food is dangerous to ones health. The profits are huge, but so are the side effects…

I used to tell my patients to eat fresh fruit, beans, greens, and garlic. Fresh water, fresh food, fresh  air are essntial for health. Let us look at the many side effects of embalmed food: Obesity. Close to fifty percent of Americans are obese,and seventeen percent are morbidly obese. Chronic fatigue. “Embalmed” food has no natural nutrients and provides very little energy. (The body also requires more energy to digest it which explains why you feel sluggish after consuming it.) Chronic illnesses such as diabetes, juvenile and late onset, hypertension, heart disease, cancers of all kinds,etc. The embalming food industry claims that they are concerned with keeping  food costs down. This is a hypocritical claim. This processing does not come cheap and is ultimately very expensive. Just look at our list of side effects. Life expectancy is also deacreasing. It is around seventy years for men, slightly higher for women. The fate of the US depends on fresh, healthy food. Embalmed food, despite huge profits, leads only to the grave. Time will tell.