Book Review — The Truth About Food: the Good, the Bad and the Downright Dangerous

Gillian Drake
The Truth About Food: the Good, the Bad and the Downright Dangerous

2013, Shank Painter Publishing, North Eastham, Massachusetts

Warning: trying to eat healthfully may cause serious food confusion. "Eat fish! Don't eat fish, it's toxic! Vegan is best! You need animal protein! Go raw!" We're bombarded with food messages and we can't trust the food industry or government agencies to help us know what's best to eat. How can we find the truth? Nutritional consultant and medical intuitive Gillian Drake sorts it all out in The Truth About Food. Using objective, timely and scientifically-driven information, Drake's unique approach is based on food quality and not just vitamin and mineral value. The total nutritional value of a food includes its vitality and vibration. Using a calibration method based on applied kinesiology, Drake thoroughly investigates everything we eat, from snack foods and nuts, to soy and rice products, to vegetables and beans, and finds the good, the not-so-bad, the bad, and the downright dangerous in each category. Food myths, such as eggs are bad for you (they're not), and a burger is the worst part of a fast food meal (the bun is worse), are exposed.

Processed supermarket food is designed to generate profits, not to make you healthy. Extended shelf-life habitually trumps nutritional consideration. While healthy food consists of a combination of many nutrients, including energy from the sun, processed foods lack many of these components, and they contain a host of undesirable additives as well. Taking all this into account, processed foods actually have negative nutrition! Buying organic food may seem more expensive initially, but there's more to consider than the bill at the check-out line. Cheap food is less nutritious. The lack of nutrients create imbalances in your body which can leave you undernourished, and that's what causes food cravings. You need to eat two pounds of Cheerios to get the true nutritional equivalent of two ounces of organic oatmeal! So now you're undernourished, overweight and sick. Plus, you've spent $3.79 on a box of cereal compared to 60 cents for a bowl of oatmeal. When you add in the cost of medical treatment and other side effects, including damage to the planet, cheap food is actually outlandishly expansive!

Gail Lord is a freelance writer living in Massachusetts. Please send book review copies to 51 North Street, Grafton, MA 01519 or email