Goods on Grain and the Big Agra-Government Alliance
by Ilana Mercer: The
Managerial State’s Media and Medical Lapdogs
is the second part of a conversation with Karen De Coster, CPA.
De Coster is an accounting/finance professional and a
freelance writer, blogger, speaker, and sometimes unpaid troublemaker.
She writes about economics, financial markets, the medical establishment,
the corporate state, food politics, and essentially, anything that
encroaches upon the freedom of her fellow human beings.
Two months after he had started following the food philosophy you
espouse, and 30 pounds lighter, I told the spouse that he was a
Karen De Coster fan. Thinking that I was accusing him of some indiscretion,
he barked, "What the bleep are you talking about?" He
was then informed that his almost overnight weight loss and newly
found well-being were due to your recommendations about low-carb,
primal/paleo eating. Before KDC, my husband had been gaining weight
and swooning – not for any romantic reason, mind you, but, likely,
from a prediabetic condition. Although we were raised on real food
and had always eaten "things natural," the spouse was
wedded to carbs – bread, rice, and mounds of pasta. Then he began
eating like nature intended, and has never looked back. Tell us
what he (and millions like him) was experiencing, what "going
paleo" means, and why it cured him.
COSTER: If Sean, who had supplemented real food with some bad
foods, was so dramatically affected by a total switch to the paleo-primal
lifestyle, imagine how others would be transformed by it! Most Americans
eat a diet dominated by pre-packaged, highly processed foods, even
more so than fast food. In fact, during your next trip to the grocery
store, survey the contents of peoples’ carts and you will observe
that most carts are loaded to the gills with boxes, bags, and cans
of processed foods, along with a cornucopia of sugar-laced, liquid
Michael Pollan has often spoken about how grocery stores are laid
out so that shoppers are tempted to buy as much convenience food
as possible. Staples such as milk are always the furthest items
from the entrance door so that shoppers have to weave their way
to the back of the store, and along that path will be the industrial
food machine’s most profitable (in terms of profit margin) items
such as pop and snacks. Pollan challenges shoppers to stick to the
perimeter of stores, where the whole foods are found.
refer to the modern diet of convenience as the SAD (Standard American
Diet). However, I always refer to the food system that produces
the SAD as the Industrial Food Machine. There is nothing uniquely
American about this diet at all. These foods are created by the
industrial system. The industrial machine is churning out what I
call ‘chemicals laced with food.’ The designation "American"
is used because America had the industrial infrastructure to produce
these foods, though many of them did not even originate here. Our
industrial system has been very efficient with food production while
it is heavily backed by a political subsidy scheme, so America is
really the first country to fully embrace the lifestyle of eating
inexpensive, processed crap that takes little or no preparation
time. The term Western Pattern Diet would be a more accurate description
of what has actually taken place.
industrial diet is no longer uniquely American. Due to the efficiency
of our production and distribution channels, we have exported our
convenience food ways all over the world. Add to that the American
political machinations that support and maintain an omnipotent corporate
state (system of government-business alliances), and you have a
mega-industrial organism that is fully supported by the power of
adopt the paleo-primal way, that essentially means that they give
up the industrial diet that consists mainly of refined grains; processed
foods in a can, bag, or box; carbohydrate-rich snack foods; refined
sugar; refined salt; sweetened, liquid calories; industrial oils;
fast foods; and maybe even industrial meats that are the end result
of confined animals loaded up on processed grains, steroids, and
I don’t always
like the term "paleo" used alone, because the original
"paleo diet" is more restrictive and a tad doctrinaire.
It calls for the elimination of all foods not available during the
Paleolithic era, which essentially means Neolithic foods such as
dairy. I like to think in terms of adopting a real food lifestyle
as vs. a dogmatic diet. "Diet," to me, implies the short
term; such as someone wanting to lose weight fast to fit into a
wedding party dress. A lifestyle is a shift in thinking from the
short term to the longer term. This change in lifestyle means defying
the conventional wisdom that has been heavily influenced by politicking
and powerful special interests.
Giving up the
industrial diet is difficult in the short term because of the intentionally
addictive properties of modern foods. Refined sugars – and replacement
sweeteners – and refined salts are just as addictive to some people
as nicotine or heroin. Yet people don’t like to be told they are
addicted to carbs, but it’s not difficult to see that behavior in
people who are close to you.
It has taken
a long time, but finally, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has received
the bad rap it deserves. Always, the industrial system is ready
to trot out yet another "food" that is cheap to produce,
and it hooks consumers with carbohydrates and refined salt. Two
of the cheapest items found in so many foods, HFCS and soybean oil,
are heavily subsidized by the government-agricultural alliance known
as Big Agra. While HFCS is starting to fall out of favor due to
a media thrashing of the product’s downside, soybean oil seems to
be in almost everything, and that’s because soybean subsidies have
increased exponentially since about 1997.
I think people
seem to forget how resilient the human body is in terms of healing,
and at any age. One doesn’t have to be a twenty-something to experience
the power of going paleo-primal. Quitting the industrial diet and
gravitating toward real food, even on an 80-20 mix, brings most
folks much success and quick healing for all the various things
that ail them. Cutting out gluten, sugar, processed foods, and industrial
oils alone will usually produce a drastic change in weight, health,
and/or appearance. The paleo-primal lifestyle brings one back to
eating the kind of food that humans evolved to eat.
that carbohydrates are not bad because they are carbs; it’s the
kind of carbs that we are eating nowadays that are destructive.
So many foods are processed and refined. Refined grains are a staple
for most people in America because they are a source of cheap calories.
Real carbs from real foods – potatoes, vegetables, and fruits –
are not the root of the carb addiction in people. True, some folks
just have to stay away from carbs as much as possible because they
can’t adapt. Additionally, some people may enjoy the natural fructose
in fruit, but they keep their fruit intake at a minimum to avoid
eating too much simple sugar.
Whenever people hear that one generally avoids pasta, breads, cereals
– grain-based products – you get the stare. "Everything in
moderation," people will intone. "Some whole grain products
are essential to your health." True or false?
It’s amusing to see how often "essential" and "grains"
are used together, and no, grains aren’t essential for robust health.
For starters, they are not nutrient dense. Additionally, they are
loaded with carbohydrates, hence their addiction. For many people,
it’s not much different than eating sugar. When considering the
importance of the three macronutrients – carbohydrates, protein,
and fat – carbs are the only one not essential to sustain life.
are cheap thanks to the existence of powerful political-business
alliances robbing taxpayers to redistribute booty to Big Agra. To
counter the anti-white attack of earlier years (white potatoes,
white flour, white rice), the whole grain campaign was created.
The government and its assorted offshoots – grain lobbies and national
nutritional organizations in cahoots with the medical establishment
– ramped up the crusade to brainwash consumers on the whole grain
question. The Whole Grains Council still uses the slogan "Eat
Grains at Every Meal."
people are still walking around in the fog of the unknown, believing
that whole grains are, as you noted, "essential" for life
and health. The government-Big Agra alliance established grains
as the foundation of the federal food pyramid, and since that time
we have witnessed 30+ years of mounting obesity and the prevalence
of modern disease. The industrial food system is churning out a
zillion gimmick products to leverage the pro-grain propaganda, and
the marketing whizzes excel at throwing simplistic slogans at consumers
through advertising channels. Still, people order wheat bread in
restaurants, and most of it is nothing more than white bread with
caramel coloring added. And they don’t have a clue! They think they
are making the "healthy" choice. Other breads are labeled
"whole grain," but they only contain a portion of whole
grain flour. Understandably, people are confused by the terminology
of wheat, whole wheat, and whole grain. Most of this market is very
Not only are
grains not essential, but it’s also important to remember that grains
can be destructive to some people. We have not evolved to eat grains,
and some people cannot adapt to grains without suffering adverse
health effects. Furthermore, grain eaters become sugar burners instead
of fat burners, and then they can’t understand why they keep getting
fatter on their "healthy" diet. Another point that most
people don’t understand is that modern wheat is not your grandfather’s
wheat. Modern wheat has been cross-bred and hybridized many times
through the years, so its molecular structure has taken a drastically
anti-nutrients (gluten, lectin, phytic acid), and our bodies cannot
break down these anti-nutrients. That is why many traditional foodies
will soak, sprout, and ferment grains, even though those traditional
methods don’t necessarily make grains a whole lot more digestible.
What did you cook for your Christmas feast?
Pastured ham from a half hog that came from Melo Farms, my pork/chicken
farmers. The pig led a happy pig life, spending her days foraging
the pasture and eating organic supplements. Probably something made
out of fresh-grown yams, too. I get them from a local farmer who
is not a big government certified organic, but he doesn’t spray
and he applies organic methodology. Lastly, Brussels sprouts are
a great early winter vegetable here in Michigan. I have a huge stalk
fresh-picked. For drink, I get fresh-made Michigan apple cider (Honeycrisp
apples) from Hy’s Cider Mill. I make drinks with the cider, local
honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps something to "spike"
"Spiking" is especially essential in an era of galloping
statism. I call it "medicating." As the Irish say, "Water
is a good drink if taken in the right spirit." Thanks Karen.
Best of Ilana Mercer