A Christmas Present and a New Year’s Resolution


The annual present orgy at the Lord household did not disappoint this year. My new son-in-law, Alec, spent his first Christmas day with us, and noted that he’d never seen a Christmas celebration quite like it. Not being a conspicuous consumption guy, I personally have qualms about the excess of the day, but I try to suppress those for the greater good.

Every year, however, I find at least one gem in the pile of presents. Last year, my daughter Diedre bought me Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States,” which oddly enough I’d never read before. This year’s winner is a short book called “Food Rules (an eater‘s manual),” by Michael Pollan. We all know about the horrors of the food industry in America (if you don’t, read “The End of Food” by Paul Roberts, or rent “Food, Inc.”), but this little piece just sets forth some common sense rules for healthy eating. And it was a really easy read. I finished it in a few hours.

Which leads me to my New Year’s resolution. Pollan makes the obvious point, which we get intellectually but so easily lose sight of in our everyday lives, that the food industry and the health care industry are inter-related in their corruption. The food industry makes far more profit from processed food and meats, the staples of the unhealthy Western diet. Meanwhile, the Western diet leads to incredibly higher rates of chronic health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and heart problems, where most of our health care dollars are spent. Of course, the health care industry and the food industry both contribute heavily to Republicans. So, this year’s healthy eating resolution is different. It’s not about my waistline or my longevity this time. It’s about politics. If I can stop overeating, cut out the processed foods and sodas, and eat more leafy vegetables, The Conagras, ADM’s, and Pfizers of the world will have fewer dollars to contribute to scumbag Republicans.

Your of course welcome to join me — “Food Rules (an eater’s manual).” We can help ourselves and make the world a better place at the same time.


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    Once again, I think you inferred something that wasn’t there. The part about the too much time was your fourth sentence. I said I agreed with the second and third ones.

  2. I forgot to add that I liked your reply, especially the part about agreeing with the too much time. I’m walking in your shoes on that one too.

  3. The problem is systemic across party lines, and has been even dating back to the ancient Greek and Roman forums. You can’t tie it to just one party any more than you can any other party. For example, The American Health Care Association is a big contributor to the D party. If you look at the amount contributed by the health care industry from 1990 to 2008, it’s almost an even split (R’s are a little more) between both parties. The only way to eliminate such influence is to enact reform, which will never happen because of the big money industry and the greed of those on both sides of the aisle in both the House and Senate.

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    Are you sure about your interpretation of my post? The points you make in your second and third sentences are valid, but there’s nothing I said in my post that’s inconsistent with those points. My only point was that by eating in a healthy way we take money out of the hands of those who contribute to Republicans.

  5. You’re such a conspiracy theorist. Obesity and chronic illnesses associated with ones diet isn’t motivated by politics, but rather just plain bad eating habits and lack of exercise by individuals from diverse backgrounds and races. It’s not because one is an R, D, or I, or Hispanic, White, Asian, African American, European, etc. You have way too much time on your hands to be able to dream this one up.

  6. Thanks, Bob! Just so happens that I got a gift certificate from B&N…I will put it to good use, and take your suggestion!