The Earthly Quest for Edible Foodstuffs

Spokey the Alien eschews the drive-thru.

No drive-thrus for me, thanks

No drive-thrus for me, thanks

…by Joska Ramelow


In part one our alien friend Spokey was left sufficiently puzzled over man’s handling of his own food sources with many toxic end results for the consumer. How can the law makers in authority who have the food safety monitoring bodies and scientists in academia working to the ends of bringing no harm to the public, end up with increasingly opposing results? The puzzlement by now had reached an exponential growth rate in poor old Spokey’s head.

He examined further examples of this and found the following…

When we consume most sweets, biscuits and cookies, and soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), we do not metabolize the sweetener in a conventional way. The pancreas and liver do not react in the normal way when exposed to this type of sweetener and insulin resistance develops in the liver. The brain, which consumes most of the glucose does not get the signal that we are sated, and asks for more and more… We are looking at a new form of addiction here. This has already led to an ‘at serious risk’ assessment of nearly 50% of the young US population from childhood to adolescence, which is followed by China. A new term of ‘Diabesis’ had been coined by some researchers in the field. A meta study conducted by the University of Toronto pronounces on the ensuing epidemic that is fast heading in our direction. This very readable piece of sound investigative scientific work goes into all aspects of this public health crisis already spiralling out of control. This has hit any town in our industrialized countries with junk food on their supermarket shelves and fast food outlets in their High Streets.

“Fructose, insulin resistance, and metabolic dyslipidemia.”

Heather Basciano, Lisa Federico and Khosrow Adeli*

Clinical Biochemistry Division, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Taking into consideration that a typical western diet not only contains high levels of fructose but is also rich in both fat and cholesterol, synergistic interactions among these nutrients can readily occur leading to a greater degree of insulin resistance and dyslipidemia. In conclusion, emerging evidence from recent epidemiological and biochemical studies clearly suggests that the high dietary intake of fructose has rapidly become an important causative factor in the development of the metabolic syndrome. There is an urgent need for increased public awareness of the risks associated with high fructose consumption and greater efforts should be made to curb the supplementation of packaged foods with high fructose additives. ”


Yet, at the same time when dealing with these sweeteners we are also dealing with casomorphins, a substance derived from bovine milk products that contain casein which splits in the stomach to become casomorphine and, like the empty carbohydrate sweeteners, docks onto morphine receptors in the brains. The milkshakes that can contain up to 1200 calories in it’s large size are often on offer together with the HFCS sweetened cookies and thus provide a veritable double whammy to our health. No wonder, our friend Morgan Spurlock, the bulging hero of ‘Supersize me’ was told by his medical team after two weeks of his thirty day experiment on fast food to immediately stop, if he did not want to risk lasting liver damage and suffer grave consequences to his health.


”First, there is another word we need to know – Peptide. Proteins are composed of peptides. Some peptides can be similar enough to other peptides that our body may respond to them in similar ways, such as when they bind to receptor sites on our cells. This is the case when a peptide from milk makes its way intact into our brain and binds to “opioid receptors.”

Here is what the European Food Safety Authority (efsa) have to say about the health problems associated casomorphins and detrimental health effects in their conclusion section of a 107 page report published in 2009:

“Based on the present view of available scientific literature, a cause-effect relationship between the oral intake of BCM7 or related peptides and aetiology or course of any suggested non-communicable diseases cannot be established.  Consequently, a formal EFSA risk assessment of food-drived peptides is not recommended.”

They completely overlooked the fact of opioid receptor binding activity and went on a long wild goose chase for diabetes and other ‘non-communicable diseases.’

Yet again, no real help from the authoritative sides for any concerned parent.

Spokey asks, “Could the findings have anything to do with ‘incentives’ by what he learned to be known as ‘lobby groups’, that supposedly gain influence at the highest levels of decision-making in public life? He was given to understand that there are powerful interests in this direction at work and found that in order for China to enter the stage of international Trade they had to change 7000 rules and laws to completely open their gates to fast food outlets and the import of Soy beans form genetically modified crops. This destroyed their own soy farming agricultural heritage together with the assault on their heritage and biodiversity on thousands of variations of their own rice. Could Spokey be right in his assumption that these changes may have been instigated on the behest of these very powerful lobby groups? Books like F. William Engdahl’s ‘The Seeds of Destruction’ give a deeper insight into this problem.

A savage food toll

We are thus consuming foods, or what passes for them, in form of sweet-tasting empty carbohydrates and these metabolically atrocious sweet substances together with their high lipid cousins, mostly from cows milk, cause the body to demand more of it, without any degree of real satiation. The body does not release those hormones that make us feel happy after a good quality meal. The body is on a ravenous rampage demanding more of the same in form of pizza, pasta, tomato ketchup, white buns and rolls, together with soft cheeses and milk shakes and thousands of other such processed foods. This is a sure recipe to build vast amounts of fat into the system, since the only way for the liver to deal with it is to convert it into triglycerides and store it as body fats.

The daily intake of just under an ounce of natural sweeteners is normally exceeded 3.5 to 5 times with the Standard American Diet, (SAD). The consequences of which are unfolding in front of our very eyes today.

But now back to our own conclusive parts on the journey in the food quest with alien friend Spokey.

He went to visit a nutritionist friend who told him the following about bitters and Spokey began to see shafts of light appearing again after a gruelling journey into the darkest secrets of today’s nutritional nightmares.

The role of bitters in good gut absorption


Bert, the nutritional advisor and friend of Spokey told him that nowadays we increasingly avoid bitter foods, such as certain culinary herbs in the form of oregano, parsley, or veggies like Belgian endive. In this way we stop supporting our gut lining that forms in the stomach and lower down in the intestines. The mucous lining is one of the most important active barriers to prevent leaky gut syndrome and facilitates the absorption of nutrients into our system, as Spokey knew already.

Alien guts work differently, by the way.

Bitter is one of the basic essential five flavours that has largely disappeared from supermarket shelves, or was scientifically bred out of salads and lettuces to imbue them with a sweeter taste.

The bitter taste is one key element to ensure that the gut stays healthy.

It is important to have bitter flavours before a meal, as it will stimulate the rapid development of gut lining to proper digestive performance levels.

Here some information on the preparation of meals with bitter endive.

Some of the key chemicals found to disturb a healthy gut lining are, according

Uwe Karstädt

Uwe Karstädt

to Uwe Karstaedt, a foremost German natural healer, antibiotics, the contraceptive pill and a host of other drugs such as chemotherapy in cancer treatments.

The silver lining…

So we as individual consumers have the power to demand better food qualities to avoid a progressive erosion of our health. So the simplistic government formula of five a day does not touch these issues at all, but seems to act more as a distraction than an act of good democratic stewardship. However, the problem with quality of food and food security was being looked at by 400 researches who were commissioned by the world bank, the UN affiliated Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and other such institutions Here is what they came up with as regards solutions to the world food crisis for 7 billion people expanding to 9 billion by the year 2050.

The IAASTD report, its implications and its suppression

The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) was a multi-disciplinary review of international agricultural systems sponsored by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other United Nations affiliated organisations, tasked with assessing agriculture’s capacity for feeding a growing population and supporting sustainable development. Its report, based on four years of work by over 400 authors working through a democratic bureau process and ratified by 57 nations in 2008, called for root and branch changes to the world food system, specifically stating that “business as usual is not an option.”

Two of the leading authors (Ishii-Eitman & Ching, 2008) summarise the IAASTD report’s key findings as follows:

  • Agriculture involves far more than yields: it has multiple social, political, cultural, institutional and environmental impacts and can equally harm or support the planet’s ecosystem functions on which human life depends.

  • The future of agriculture lies in bio-diverse, agro-ecologically based farming and can be supported by ‘triple-bottom-line’ business practices that meet social, environmental and economic goals.

  • Reliance on resource-extractive industrial agriculture is unsustainable, particularly in the face of worsening climate, energy and water crises; expensive, short-term technical fixes – including transgenic crops – do not adequately address the complex challenges of the agricultural sector and often exacerbate social and environmental harms.

  • Achieving food security and sustainable livelihoods for people now in chronic poverty requires ensuring access to and control of resources by small-scale farmers.

  • Fair local, regional and global trading regimes can build local economies, reduce poverty and improve livelihoods.

  • Strengthening the human and ecological resilience of agricultural systems improves our capacity to respond to changing environmental and social stresses. Indigenous knowledge and community-based innovations are an invaluable part of the solution.

  • Good decision-making requires building better governance mechanisms and ensuring democratic participation by the full range of stakeholders.

Instead of moving to act upon the report’s recommendations or even seriously addressing or debating the fundamental issues the report raised, the World Bank and FAO and other key organisations have ignored the report and denigrated its legitimacy, from the FAO’s High Level Food Summit in Rome in 2008, two months after the report’s ratification by 57 governments (Ishii-Eitman & Ching 2008) through to the present day. The acute food crisis of 2007-2008 and ongoing poverty and malnutrition provide evidence of structural failure of the dominant market-centric organisational and institutional agricultural framework. Perversely, key international institutions and influential agricultural development foundations continue to offer intensification of this same framework and its technologies as the solution (McMichael & Schneider, 2011). This situation is a classic manifestation of the Einsteinian aphorism that “you cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it”.

On this note, F. William Engdahl, the author of ‘Seeds of Destruction’ expresses in his latest book ‘Target China’ that the health and fertility of the people is being deliberately put at risk by the introduction of fast food together with the unregulated use of terminator seed based nutritional ingredients.

He relates that the US-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had actually declared fast food as unhealthy and as significantly increasing the risk of diabetes. It comes as no surprise that the author highlights the fact that after the introduction of fast food twenty years ago, China has become the grand central for diabetes but other chronic illnesses consistent with problems associated with leaky gut syndrome are also on the rise. This is a demographic time bomb ticking for the Chinese health services and society as a whole. A further aspect relates to fertility. Animal models showed that rodents fed on infertile seeds were dying out within three generations due to failing reproductive functions. This will not only produce declining fertility in the Chinese population but also has caused entire bee populations to be affected in addition to the novel pesticide neo-nicotinamide, which got banned by the EU.

Our visitor, Spokey, would probably have to sit down now and wonder in front of a cup of tea why the human species does not realise that one of their favourite sayings ‘what goes round comes round’ is not really being taken for what it is.

In our living environment everything is interdependent on each other and lives in a mutually meaningful whole which is an expression of universal law on earth. The destruction of man for profit and greed cannot be at the service of a higher cosmic consciousness. It is more likely profoundly irritating the natural cosmic ‘weather patterns’ and in the times of great upheaval will most likely go the way of all things that did not fit the evolution of organic growth and consciousness on this higher level. It is all a manifestation of higher energies which aggregate on our material plane known as Qi, Prana or vital Ether.

As found with chaos theory and fractal patterns of organisation, the old hermetic dictum ‘as above so below’ is very alive and kicking, Spokey thought.

As an interesting aside the trajectory of asteroids were much better predictable once the mathematics of chaos theory were applied. So, this closes the circle and in a very simple gesture of individuality. We recognise it is us who hold the little fractal keys to decide what we want to pay for and eat and cause a big effect on the grander scale. If we apply the insights and intelligence following the model of a fractal collective or swarm. In this way we can make a very big difference to embracing real evolution, not the theory if it, observe its real workings with awareness and thus become co -creators in a very practical way, as we look out for ourselves in the light of the challenges to our own health.

This could come in the form of turning the colourful wrappers to it’s flipside and start reading the back labels and ingredient lists when we shop next. We pay with our hard earned cash for each one of those items listed.

This is where the journey begins to make a profound difference of whether we want to by the entry ticket to a destructive ride on a ghost train with ghost food into the bargain, or do we join the living on the trail of abundance and biodiversity again.

Spokey would probably look over our shoulders each time we have learned a little more and it would bring a smile to his face, before he would re-enter his craft in the parking lot and disappear into the inter dimensional space-time of his existence.