How the Modern American Diet (MAD) Destroys our Bodies

Something has gone terribly awry in the long and tumultuous history of the diets used by humanity to consume, mainly in the last two thousand years or so when humans burned far too many bridges between himself and Mother Nature.

Now more separated than ever from the original, pristine state of wellness that was originally intended by Mother Nature, a much more destructive paradigm of separation from nature and wanton aggression toward it prevails. For example, the infamous April 20, 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil explosion and the months long oil gusher that immediately followed destroyed vast quantities of vital marine life for generations to come throughout the Gulf region. Sadly, farmers and cattlemen continue to burn down the world’s largest remaining rain forests around the world at unprecedented rates illustrates this continuing madness quite well.

Unfortunately, even the wisest people are continuing to destroy nature in their own bodies through the modern American or modern day diet (MAD) which is loaded with counter-productive foods and food additives. The MAD diet makes it very difficult even for those sincerely interested in finding and eating only the healthiest foods available, because it seems everywhere one goes, junk food and liquor stores abound at every corner of the block and supermarket. The following is a list of some of the most destructive foods of the MAD diet and how they do their damage:

Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc., contains huge amounts of phosphoric acid, carbonic acid and citric acid that dramatically interfere with the absorption of calcium and possibly other minerals too. Unfortunately, nearly all soft drinks contain high concentrations of sugar and often caffeine that disrupt the delicate blood sugar balance and pancreatic function leading to high triglycerides, hypoglycemia, diabetes, circulation problems, etc., while boosting the rate of oxidation (free-radical) damage (aging process) throughout the body.

Commercially available bread contains phytates and disproportionate amounts of phosphorous that are notorious for interfering with calcium absorption. Other problems related to commercially available bread is it is usually filled with too much sugar which can severely disrupt one’s blood sugar balance. Other food high in phytates and phosphorous also include most other whole grain cereals and beans. Because most of these are considered a natural part of the diet and exist in many natural foods, they are not easy to avoid completely, but we can avoid most of them. Of course, all refined carbohydrates such as white bread, donuts, packaged cereals, cake, and all other such sweet deserts, etc., are even worse.

Coffee which comes from the coffee bean, also contains phytates which can interfere with calcium absorption. If not de-caffinated, high concentrations of caffeine can cause overstimulation, exhaustion, fatigue and addiction. Other problem drinks include chocolate milk (also high in phytates and sugars), soda, beer, liquor, and other alcoholic beverages widely known for all kinds of health and mental problems.

Homogenized, pasteurized milk and cheeses can do more harm than good by causing improper absorption of calcium and fats which often end up being deposited on the arteries causing arterialsclerosis. Sufficient quantities of all vitamins and antioxidants are needed to help protect the body from the damage caused by pasteurized and homogenized dairy products.

Barbecued meats, hotdogs and fried foods are some of the most destructive, cancer-causing elements in the MAD diet. They are, especially when fried in oils, contain some of the most destructive free radicals ever eaten. When oil is fried, it is oxidized rapidly, becomes rancid and therefore extremely toxic and filled with highly reactive free-radicals (molecules missing and electron) that immediately rip apart vital cellular membranes and DNA leading to rapid aging, heart disease and cancer.

How the body compensates with poor mineral assimilation: In order for the body to maintain a constant level of calcium ions in the bloodstream (otherwise one would instantly die of a heart-attack), the parathyroid gland must work overtime to produce much more parathyroid hormone when too many vital minerals such as calcium are missing from the bloodstream which in turn depends on what is being absorbed from the diet.

Parathyroid hormone works by removing calcium and other vital minerals from the bones and teeth making them more porous, softer and less dense. Parathyroid hormone works so aggressively that calcium dredged up from bones is often misplaced causing bone spurs, kidney stones, and arteriosclerosis or damage to the sides of the arteries while blocking the small capillaries throughout the body. Sugar also plays a major role in the destruction of the vital circulatory system.

What is there left to eat? It may seem nearly everything eaten has too many negative consequences and there is nothing left over. However, one’s diet should be high in raw fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, blackberries, cherries, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, red cabbage, lettuce, etc. For an excellent source of protein, eat fresh organic cage-free grass-fed eggs, sardines (contains health rejuvenating nucleotides such as DNA and RNA, choline, and other memory enhancing agents), salmon, chicken, turkey, pumpkin seed (vital for prostate health and hormone production), sunflower seed (high in zinc), almonds (anti cancer), peanuts, pecans, etc.

Herbs one should include in one’s diet are turmeric, ginger root, kelp (for trace minerals), ashwaganda (help fight stress and poor libido), and for men: saw palmetto, pygeum, and nettle (all three herbs together help prevent prostate problems). Other great foods to include in one’s diet are: chlorella, spirulina, raw oats, hemp milk, bee pollen, pine pollen, and aloe vera. My own personal diet is even more exclusive and highly advanced. As a result of keeping to this very strict regimen, I enjoy tremendous benefits.

Antioxidants and mineral supplements: Because the MAD diet is nearly always grown or produced above mineral depleted soils(1), nearly all the vital 72 minerals needed by the healthy human being are missing! This universal mineral depletion of our soils caused by several decades of insane, unsustainable methods of agriculture(2) is one of the most serious global catastrophes of all time!

I cannot overemphasize the importance of minerals and getting enough of them into the diet to avoid all sorts of serious health consequences such as fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, rheumatism, arthritis, tooth decay, gum disease, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Today, the best way to do this is to take (chew well and/or mix with plenty of natural juices and ionized water) multiple mineral supplements and some of these, such as the dolomite in large quantities.

For example, mineral intake should include:

Amino-Max (by KAL) two tablets daily

Trace Minerals (by KAL) one daily

72 Colloidal Minerals and Trace Elements such as Energy Boost 70 (by Morningstar Minerals) and Ionic Minerals (by Bio International) take two tablespoons daily with at least ten ounces ionized water.

Or one can simply take the popular liquid formula: Miracle 2000 which contains all vitamins and minerals needed by most individuals.

One might benefit from taking whatever antioxidants one can find and reasonably afford to take and learn which natural foods contain them the most. Antioxidants come in a huge variety of different forms including vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, niacinamide and other B-complex, selenium (mineral), glutathione peroxidase, alpha lipoic acid, grape-seed extract, beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, hesperidin, rutin, zeaxanthin, and trans-resveratrol. Nearly all the vitamins either are antioxidants or provide vital material for antioxidant activity in the metabolism. There are many antioxidant formulas found in your local health food store such as Super Nutrition Antioxidant Power for example.

The subject of antioxidants is well-researched. I cannot list all the benefits and diseases one can prevent or treat with antioxidants. A whole library of information can be and has been written on all the benefits of taking antioxidants. However more recent research has come up with mixed results(3) yet I still believe antioxidants, especially those found in the healthiest foods, to be beneficial.

Many antioxidants typically prevent: premature aging, cataracts, retinal problems, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, nerve problems, brain problems, depression, anxiety, etc. One needs to know which antioxidant protects which part of the body before doing any serious treatment of any disorder. For example, Zeaxanthin and Lutein are known to protect parts of the retina of the eyes (especially at the center of vision) and the flexibility and clarity of the lens and cornea.

Go here for my latest and most advanced diet and nutritional research. This information may shock you.


1. Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious?

2. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

3. Antioxidants: Beyond the Hype

4. Evolutionary Discordance of Grains/Legumes in the Human Diet:

5. Dangers of Milk and Dairy Products – The Facts:

6. The Hidden Dangers of Caffeine: How Coffee Causes Exhaustion, Fatigue and Addiction:

7. The Health Dangers of Fried Foods:

This article was written by Shaktivirya (Russell Symonds), the author and creator of this website, Science of Wholeness ( More information and movies related to the above article can be found here: Super Nutrition, Antioxidants and Herbs.


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