A potted history
The 1950s, for a starting point, which is similar to now because they too had been wooed into thinking that manufactured chemicals were all beneficial and anything modern was good. This was immediately post-war, which saw the massive growth of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, both of which had hugely benefitted from WW2.
This was the post-union golden age in the USA, where large manufacturers were enabled by lack of workers’ rights. This meant potentially unlimited growth, however education was less accessible, so your degree actually meant something, and your technical skill, often gained in your workplace from an apprenticeship gained on leaving school, was duly rewarded.
A high level of employment meant that consumer confidence was relatively high. In the UK, properties which had been impossible to maintain during the war period were now being snapped up by this population of eager consumers, who set to work spend, spend, spending on new-fangled fabrics and trendy furniture.
A golden time for many, still miserable for the rest, the 1950s saw huge interest in marketing, methods of communicating and advertising, on which my father founded his career as a commercial artist.
Moving through to the 70s, and we see the ‘natural backlash,’ and the food counter culture, which my father was again a big part of. Both of my family doctors as a child were homeopaths as well as conventional doctors. The enmity that we see now between natural health and conventional medicine did not yet exist, and so as a child, I was just as likely to be prescribed herbs or homeopathy as an antibiotic. At that time, the pharmaceutical companies had not yet seen fit to condemn anyone in opposition, and perfectly normal people did not see fit to argue over science that does not exist.
Do you see the difference between this and today? Today the Board of Nutrition and the medical community are entirely dominated by the food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. They endlessly repeat a mantra of guidelines that aren’t even correct.
You are told to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The benefits of increasing your consumption continue on a steep trajectory until you hit seven. The World health organisation recommend 9-15. The reason for this lie is that it is not possible for producers of fresh fruit and vegetables to have a member of the board of nutrition on the payroll to represent them. This lie alone ought to tell you that something is wrong with your reliance on advice from authority figures that you used to unthinkingly trust.
The medical community, meanwhile, are apparently taught that all natural medicine is to be condemned and replaced with pharmaceutical products. This change has happened in my lifetime. The doctors themselves seem to be unaware of this change, presumably the free holidays have affected their memories.
This attitude percolates down to the point that people scrap daily online that everything ‘scientific’ is good and anyone that does not subscribe to their viewpoint is bonkers or stupid. Science is sponsored. As with all statistics, the results are used to paint a picture, but that is all it is. In a vast number of cases, the science does not exist, because the science does not attract profits for companies who have had it all their own way for decades, with budgets bigger than entire countries.
The only way to reach the truth, or to get the level of treatment that is possible, is to find out by yourself. Find out what to eat, find out how to solve problems that medical science cannot solve, of which there are many.
Someone online mentioned trusting a professional the other day. My experience of professionals, whether they be financial, scientific or medical, is that they are paid to give you information that is limited by the scope of their day-to-day jobs. You cannot expect them to be interested in their subject, because they have a salary to spend and holidays to take. Trusting a professional is not an option.
The only answer is to find out by yourself. The world is not improving, and you are not stupid. Trust nobody, there is a lot of money invested in keeping you stupid.