There are some things that make me shake with anger. A few:
People on the subway who play music without headphones.
All of the Twilight books, movies, merchandise and fandom.
Health and government professionals who tell lies for their own personal benefit.
The last one on the list is unforgivable, and unfortunately it happens constantly. This article, Big Food Exerts Unhealthy Influence on America’s Nutritionists, which I read on Grist.org, discusses a problem that I sometimes briefly forget is all too prevalent in the nutrition industry.
The processed food industry is trying to woo dietitians into promoting products that are usually labeled as “unhealthy” or “snack food.” With endorsement from a nutritionist or dietitian, these products receive credibility from a professional who’s job it is to tell the public what and how to eat right. The nutrition field is already rife with conflicting views, lies, and unclear data, and it’s only discredited further when dietitians partner with Big Food companies who’s goal is not public health, but to make a buck.
Often, food companies sponsor events for the American Dietetic Association, and other industry groups, providing housing, event space and food for free - an attractive option for groups lacking funds. But now these conferences are packed with booths for companies like Yum! Brands, Pepsico, General Mills, McDonalds, etc, and they are seriously influencing the people who matter.
A recent conference held a panel titled A Fresh Look at Processed Foods, which was attended by hundreds of RDs and health professionals. One panelist, Lindsey Loving of the International Food Information Council, announced to the audience that processed foods, “represent sources of important nutrients for consumers and should be eaten along with fresh fruits and veggies.”
How could a trained RD take this seriously? Impossible, right? Wrong. Unfortunately RDs and nutritionists can be bought, if not with a paycheck, then with fancy hotel rooms at conferences, free flights, gift baskets, and further recognition. I often find that dietitians partner with brands to make themselves more visible, giving them the opportunity to attend events, meet professionals and test new products. The dietitian’s customer base grows and the food company gets acknowledged by a trusted and trained professional. The cycle continues…
Dietitians and nutritionists who work with brands are breaking a code of ethics that is crucial to performing their job successfully and credibly. They are damaging the profession’s reputation and harming consumers, just to get ahead. If a dietitian wanted to make personal gains without any regard for the public, they probably should have gone into finance instead. Please leave the task of bettering the health of our nation to those who actually want to make a difference.
I am pleased to present to you the testimony of my cousin, Jackie Hontiveros Lozano, whose dengue was cured by the common “tawa-tawa” local weed. I hope this helps you somehow and let me know if it works for you too! :)
—- —- —-
Cure for Dengue: TAWA-TAWA Originally posted by Jackie Hontiveros Lozano on her Facebook account
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
To everyone out there, we all know that Dengue is popular these days. I had dengue back in Nov 2009 and based on my experience, I drank TAWA-TAWA tea and I got well instantly, without being confined in the hospital because my platelets didn’t drop to the bottom.
I insist (not just ‘suggest’) that you give TAWA-TAWA tea to the patient. It is a weed you could find anywhere, maybe in your own garden (esp now it likes the rain). We have it randomly growing in our garden in QC. So far I’ve seen them in most front yards in any village, found them in small bush patches in Makati streets, Parks in Makati, Fort BGC, Cebu, and a huge kind in Boracay.
I’ve heard many stories of tawa-tawa saving lives especially young children who’s platelets drop dramatically, and it definitely worked for me.
Why not just give it a try? Even if doctors don’t have much comment about it, it’s a safe and tasteless tea drink that could just save your life. It’s even free. Here’s a link for photos and recipes:
Sometimes it has a maroon color spreading from the center of the leaves, but most of the time its leaves are green. The puffy flowers also vary, either maroon or white. And just to make sure, after searching many empty lots and countless weeds because it does have some look-alikes, I have concluded TAWA-TAWA is the only one whose leaves aren’t symmetrical. One side is bigger and lopsided. (This is completely my own conclusion, but it does help) Our helper suggested you boil the roots with it as well (so I did).
I actually like the taste very much. Also, you don’t need to believe me, but I did end up laughing a lot for no reason after drinking all that Tawa-tawa. Maybe because I was so happy I got well easily without spending for hospital bills. I just spent on daily blood tests for monitoring my platelets, and Biogesic was my only medicine. My ate got dengue a month before me but we didn’t know about tawa-tawa yet so it cost her a lot for her confinement.
Anyway you can call me if you need some, I’ll gladly send you a bottle and some samples. I’ve been on the lookout for tawa-tawa weeds since last year, thus keeping track on where I spot them. Try to find some the next time you go out. Stay safe and Dengue free everyone!
(successful tawa-tawa patient) Number withheld — please email JACKIEHLOZANO AT GMAIL DOT COM if you’d like to get in touch