Video Transcript: The Standard American Diet & Increased Cancer Rates
Dr. David Brownstein: Let’s go back to diet. I call this the basics. Basic number one is: let’s eat a better diet. When we were growing up, we learned in elementary school the food pyramid. The food pyramid showed that we should eat the majority of our food as grains. I remember there was a big loaf of bread there and crackers and grains were down in that big part of the food pyramid.
Fats and oils were up on top and it said, “Use sparingly.” Well, I could tell you we followed that food pyramid since it was introduced, I believe, in the early 1970s or late 1960s. And, the consequences of us, the American people, following this food pyramid was that we ate more grains, we limited our fats and oils in our diet, we switched our fat intake from primarily animal fat products to using polyunsaturated vegetable oils like corn oil and soybean oil and some other oils that are commonly sold in the grocery stores.
The consequences of that is we’ve become the most obese people on the face of the planet. We have more diabetes than we know what to do with. We have more metabolic syndrome than we know what to do with. And I say it’s a direct result of following the USDA’s recommendation of following the food pyramid.
Ty Bollinger: Following the “SAD” American diet.
Dr. David Brownstein: It makes people sad and it makes people fat and makes people diabetic. Certainly, once diabetes comes into play, cancer and other illnesses follow suit as the blood sugar goes up, since cancer cells require blood sugar to function and to rev their metabolic rate.
Ty Bollinger: So, Dr. B, you just mentioned the “SAD” American diet; the fact that we got the pyramid with the grains and the oils at the top, very few, use sparingly. What should a health food pyramid look like?
Dr. David Brownstein: Well, in one sense, maybe we could flip the food pyramid on its axis and make the grains “use sparingly,” because grains turn into sugar very quickly. I frequently tell my patients to limit grains in a diet and to use a lot more fats in their diet, because fat slowly releases into the body.
So what should it look like? I say people should eat whole foods, free of pesticides, free of hormones, and organic food, absolutely. Organic animal products can be very healthy for people, such as organic eggs and organic meats and any organic product. It definitely needs to be free of pesticides, because we know pesticides are not metabolized well in the body.
There are carcinogenic studies with pesticides. If we get enough of them in our body, and certainly with the hormones they’re feeding the animals and the conventionally raised animals, that’s a big problem. I think that’s one of the things that’s causing one in seven women to have breast cancer and one in three men to have prostate cancer.
Ty Bollinger: Just off the top of my head, I’m thinking… so the hormones in the meats, the chickens… could that be one of the reasons that so many young girls are going into puberty so early?
Dr. David Brownstein: Well, there’s no question that’s one of the reasons girls are going into puberty so early. There’s no question that’s why breast size has increased over the years, and there’s no question that’s why breast cancer has increased. For men it’s prostate cancer. There’s no reason they need to feed these hormones to the animals. They should be limited, and since they are going to feed them to conventionally raised animals, the only thing we can do is to eat a better diet.
When we were growing up, we learned in elementary school the food pyramid. The food pyramid showed that we should eat the majority of our food as grains, and use fats & oils “sparingly.”
The consequence of following the food pyramid is the American people have become the most obese people on the face of the planet with rampant diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
People should eat organic whole foods that are free of pesticides and hormones.
Hormones in food are causing early puberty and increased breast cancer and prostate cancer rates. Since hormones are fed to conventionally raised animals, the only thing we can do is to eat a better diet.