The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein by Dr. David Minkoff.
When you get down to it, the eating habits of modern human beings aren’t that much different from our ancient ancestors. Yes, ancient man didn’t have fast food, but the biggest difference all these millions of years later is the quality of food we eat.
In the Paleolithic Era, man obtained protein from animals that roamed free and weren’t exposed to pollution, so the overall nutritional health of humans was at a high level.
If we still ate like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did, there would be no need for protein or vitamin or mineral supplementation because our food would provide it all.
Things changed about ten thousand years ago at the dawn of the Neolithic Era, when humans settled into communities, began farming, and domesticated animals.
In our modern-day era, these animals are fed GMO corn and soybeans that are laced with toxic herbicides like Roundup. These modern methods have caused plants, animals, and much of the soil to become highly polluted over time and ultimately created the problem we face today: a lack of clean protein sources.
The steak we eat most likely comes from cows that ate GMOs and glyphosate-saturated corn. High-end steakhouses often tout “corn-fed beef” as a delicacy, as if corn is the cow’s natural food! Not only that, but they were probably given artificial hormones to fatten them up before slaughter and antibiotics throughout their entire lives.
The meat is then processed, placed on Styrofoam pads, and wrapped in cellophane. These packaging practices significantly increase the levels of toxic chemicals contained in the food. It’s a formidable challenge today to obtain clean, healthy food, but it’s equally as challenging to find food that isn’t packaged in toxic materials.
It’s Not Just the Beef that’s Polluted
It’s nearly impossible to go to most grocery stores today and find non-polluted protein sources. The “mass manufacturing” of chicken, fish, milk, eggs, and other foods focuses on quick, convenient, low-cost production that sacrifices nutritional quality.
When left to their own devices, chickens wander freely and eat grubs and worms, but modern-day poultry breeders raise them in a controlled environment.
Nearly every modern commercial egg farm keeps chickens in small cages. Lights stay on for long hours so the birds believe it’s daytime, encouraging them to produce the maximum amount of eggs possible. Farmers feed them grain meal, and they never roam free or see the outside world. It’s a totally unnatural existence.
Some companies claim to sell pastured eggs, but they stretch that term to its limits. They keep the chickens in a barn with a small door — the birds don’t go outside because they can’t find the door or get through it, but the eggs are still labeled as “pastured.”
Now, there are companies that adhere to sound production processes and make truly healthy products, but the sad fact is that a high percentage of the food packaged in modern countries is polluted. In other words, don’t believe the hype.
Is There Hope for Change?
There is good news in the midst of this problem: change is coming. However, there is also some bad news: the change is very slow and faces powerful foes.
The American population is becoming more informed regarding food production practices, and they’re beginning to use their dollars to vote for cleaner food.
Big Agriculture and Big Pharma have an enormous influence on the government. The current head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is a former Monsanto executive. (If you’re not familiar with that name, Monsanto is a very powerful chemical company.)
If you watch a grocery check-out line for an hour and see what people are buying, it’s no wonder we’re sick. Soda, chemicalized and glyphosate-laden cereals, fast food, frozen meals, and contaminated meats are turning us into a race of suboptimal people.
The only way to put a wrench in the works is to simply stop buying polluted foods and demand cleaner sources of protein from the powers-that-be. If you’re concerned about your health, that’s my challenge to you: vote with what you put in your mouth.
For more advice on stopping the scourge of polluted proteins, you can find The Search for the Perfect Protein on Amazon.
Dr. David Minkoff is board certified in pediatrics and served as codirector of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Palomar Medical Center in San Diego, California. With his wife, Sue, he cofounded LifeWorks Wellness Center in 1997, and in 2000, he cofounded BodyHealth, a nutrition company that offers a unique range of dietary supplements to the public and medical practitioners. A forty-two-time IRONMAN finisher, Dr. Minkoff is passionate about fitness and continues to train on a regular basis. He and his wife reside in Clearwater, Florida.