Choosing Healthy Foods Now Called A Mental Disorder

PepperseggplantsBy Mike Adams for Natural News:

In its never-ending attempt to fabricate “mental disorders” out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they’ve invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.

This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you’re “mentally diseased” and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs. The Guardian newspaper reports, “Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder” and goes on to claim this “disease” is called orthorexia nervosa — which is basically just Latin for “nervous about correct eating.”

But they can’t just called it “nervous healthy eating disorder” because that doesn’t sound like they know what they’re talking about. So they translate it into Latin where it sounds smart (even though it isn’t). That’s where most disease names come from: Doctors just describe the symptoms they see with a name like osteoporosis (which means “bones with holes in them”).

Getting back to this fabricated “orthorexia” disease, the Guardian goes on to report, “Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.”

Wait a second. So attempting to avoid chemicals, dairy, soy and sugar now makes you a mental health patient? Yep. According to these experts. If you actually take special care to avoid pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified ingredients like soy and sugar, there’s something wrong with you.

But did you notice that eating junk food is assumed to be “normal?” If you eat processed junk foods laced with synthetic chemicals, that’s okay with them. The mental patients are the ones who choose organic, natural foods, apparently…

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    First…its an article by the Guardian…no respectable science is required, nor is any fact checking, so considering them a serious threat to healthy foods and organics is like believing that Sarah Palin is a thoughtful conservative intellectual.

    Second, I can see the point the article makes, as there is a TINY percentage of health food fanatics who go to almost psychotic extremes to protect their health as if even small amounts of whichever food they've demonized as an instant killer will leave them with bleeding ulcers, heart disease, cancer of the everything and more after only a spoonful.

    Those people are classically insane. Delusional. Nuckin' Futs!

    But the rest of the people who exercise rational thought and consideration in their diet are perfectly normal…and generally a damn sight smarter than the average consumer who will eat anything in front of them.

    Natural News may have some interesting tidbits…but they also have some advocates who are so violently partisan that they remind me of anti-abortion protesters from the Southern Baptist Army of God. Mike Adams (I've read a few of his other over-the-top articles) is very much such a person. Fanatics of any kind are to be avoided…period. They aren't rational…they're on a crusade, and if you aren't with them you're against them.

    I'd chalk this article up to rabid overreaction to a pathetic rag of a news source (Guardian) and its poorly put together premise and low rent pseudo-science.

    • Dave

      Given your suggestion that the article is based on 'pseudo-science', I wonder if you can reference the study that leads to the conclusion that the affected people are a “TINY percentage of health food fanatics”?

      “Those people are classically insane. Delusional. Nuckin' Futs!” – perhaps (good work here showing that you're above low rent pseudo-science), but what's your point? Are you suggesting that they don't deserve to be treated?

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Well the Guardian article mentions a new classification among existing eating disorders…a new nervosa. It doesn't really take much study to know that nervosa (anorexia, bulemia etc) aren't universal…they're just a modest percentage of mental illness like any other. If you assume that the article as it stands is only referring to worst case scenarios where patients have a fetish-like behavior and a morbid irrational fear that controls their behavior in all circumstances…then that would represent a very small percentage of people.

        Notice that I don't pay respect to the Guardian, because they're a rag that doesn't provide any follow up…just interviews and statements…no raw data. Thus its entirely fair to call it pseudo-science. I also don't respect Mike Adams, because like a flaming cunt, he dredges up an article like that and then screams from the rooftops that “they're coming to take you away for eating healthy!” Fear mongering bullshit.

        Now, given that in Mike Adams article, his usual scare tactics and wild over the top claims wouldn't be helped by admitting that this disorder is a minor new phenomenon of the 21st century as food-anxiety and alternative diets are a bigger part of the modernized world than ever before, it makes sense that he wouldn't feel any need to be any more accurate or truthful than the Guardian would. The Guardian runs headlines for shock value and to increase readership…Mike Adams manufactures and sells outrage and fear. I respect neither of them.

        And since I'm not the hack writing either article…I neither need nor require a sticker of certification regarding pseudo science. The article section above is where the scrutiny and thought belongs…the comments section is the free fire zone. I'm not a newspaper, I'm not a health food chronicler…therefore I'm off the hook. I have no stake in this aside from disrespecting bullshit where I find it.

        I am suggesting by default that people with an illness that overrides their common sense should get help…implying otherwise and hunting for minutiae you can re-interpret and spin for the sake of argument only makes you look like you might qualify for the same help. The primary point of my comment has been re-iterated here…there is a grain of truth in both articles, but the wild hype and spin surrounding them both means that caution and distrust by readers is called for in both cases and somewhere in between lies something closer to truth.

  • EcstasyOfApostasy

    So are all vegetarians insane now because they refuse to eat anything that's even touched a dead animal? Wait… Don't answer that. In a country full of restaurants that will give you a free 60oz steak if you eat the whole thing in an hour, I don't think I have the patience for the replies I might get. >.<

    This looks like just another backlash against the so called “Green” movement to me. Damn hippies trying to live and eat how humans were actually supposed to! Don't you know you're all crazy?! Now eat this whole genetically modified turkey fried in genetically modified corn oil, and here's your chemical, hormone and mucus milkshake to wash it down! If you finish in an hour, you get free cancer!!! :D

    • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

      I eat about 60-80% vegetarian dishes and the rest mixed; however after dating a vegan for 3 years who eventually would not even use the same utensils as me, um yeah that is pretty much a mental illness there when she had no medical or real ethical issues with it but would look on at a fork with dread if it were to get loose and touch one of her plates in the dishwasher.  

  • DeepCough

    Y'know, the photo certainly depicts some very, shall me way, “Freudian foods” there.

  • Hadrian999

    i've seen what the far end of a long life is like,
    taking actions to get to that point seems insane to me.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Damn straight…life is short…eat more bacon :-)

  • 5by5

    Ok, wait — NOT wanting to poison yourself is a disease, which mandates that you should be taking psychotropics????

    That is the stupidest fracking thing I've ever heard of. That is Sarah Palin-level stupid.

    When will they diagnose the mental disease predominant in psychiatrists who feel compelled to overmedicate their patients? What should we call it, hypermedicalizatosis?

    • Dave

      Did you read the article? Where exactly does it mention psychotropics?

    • Sakuragreenlily

      Usually the treatments for these disorders do not require medication. It's usually cognitive-behavioral-therapy and exposure therapy. It's not a bad thing to try to eat as healthy as possible. It is a bad thing to starve yourself, sacrifice your relationships, and nearly destroy every other aspect of your life in the pursuit of the “perfect” food.

    • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

      There is no medication mentioned in the article I could find, did you even read it? 

  • ben

    Your “analysis” (if you can even call it that) of orthorexia is laughably demonstrative of your own poor reading comprehension. Diagnosis of the disease focuses on whether the individual has unhealthily sacrificed relationships, health, or some other indicia of a healthy lifestyle for the sake of eating “pure” foods. I learned this from the same article you linked to.

    I hope you have the good sense to understand that if someone starves herself because she cannot find any pure foods that day, then she likely suffers from a disease. The article nowhere states that healthy eating is bad or that junk food is good. Surely you'll admit that obsessively focusing on food's purity can be taken to such an extreme that even you would say it's unhealthy.

    • Gomi

      Exactly. The key word here is 'nervosa.' For example, no one's claiming cleanliness is bad when it comes to OCD patients who wash their hands repeatedly. It's not the washing that's bad, but the behavior around it. It's not about the food choices, but about the behavior surrounding that food choice.

      • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

        My aunt who had OCD scrubbed her fingerprints off and it took her a long, long time to get a passport because of that.  

    • GoodDoktorBad

      First I'd like to address this statement:

      “I hope you have the good sense to understand that if someone starves herself because she cannot find any pure foods that day, then she likely suffers from a disease.”

      What you call “starves” and “likely suffers from a disease” could also be called a rather healthy practice called “fasting”. Something alot of people could benefit from in this country.

      Your “analysis” assumes alot too. Does the world really need such specific labeling for so-called “conditions” that could fall under a much wider diagnosis of say psychosis, or the all inclusive OCD labeling. I realize some labeling is necessary, but I realize the label itself is neither a diagnosis or a cure.
      So, it is essentially meaningless, or worse, downright confusing……

      • ben

        I hate to harp on a single topic, but are they simply not teaching reading comprehension in schools anymore? You quibble about fasting, but I clearly wrote that it is unhealthy when a girl starves herself “because she cannot find any pure foods that day.” Fasting is a wonderful practice with both health and spiritual benefits, but it isn't done for lack of pure foods. It is done for the sake of fasting. Can you read simple English?

        • GoodDoktorBad

          “could also be” were my chosen words. Articulation on my part doesn't equal comprehension on your part either, eh? Also, the word “fasting” does not in itself denote whether it is voluntary or not. It simply means, “not eating”. A vegeatarian who has only hot dogs and hamburhers available to eat that chooses to fast for a day by default is not diseased. Making your own choices, however “harmful” they may turn out to be, will never be a sickness, though the results of those choices may indeed be. Its ultimatly up to the individual to find his way, not the responsibilty of well meaning but often tyranical people disseminating “psycho-babble” for ego building and profit…..

          If you hate to harp on a single topic, then focus on something else

          • justagirl

            are these hamburgers and hotdogs on buns?

          • GoodDoktorBad

            Smooooooches!

          • justagirl

            YIKES! and away!…

      • Dave

        The key phrase is right there in the first paragraph:

        “a serious psychological condition characterised by an obsession with healthy eating”

        Obsession. Not just preferring to eat a particular way, but doing so obsessively. Nothing to do with voluntarily fasting in the short-term.

        Generally, I agree with you that people and conditions are somewhat overly-labelled, BUT in this case, I think it does make some sense. You can't just lump everyone with eating disorders together; clearly the treatment for someone who chooses 'good' food over all else, including his/her own well being, cannot be treated the same way someone suffering from anorexia, who needs to be treated in a different way from someone suffering from bulimia, etc.

      • Sakuragreenlily

        The reason it is important to “label” correctly is so that treatment is more specific. There is a very different treatment course for someone who has OCD where they obsessively order things, wash their hands, etc. and someone who nearly kills themselves trying to find the “perfect food” and refusing to eat otherwise. Aside from the quacks who will medicate anyone for anything (yes, these people do exist) a good doctor would not diagnose this unless it was severely interfering with a person's life, AND the most effective treatment for these disorders (anorexia, OCD, anxiety, etc.) Is usually CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and not drugs. Sometimes drugs may help take the edge off, and some patients will use them. But in any case where only drugs are used, the second the patient is taken off the medication, the disorder returns. Because no one should be dependent on a drug, it is much more appropriate to use CBT. I hope that clears things up for you.

  • Danimal44

    This is great. I look forward to seeing some fat-ass therapist get a time slot on daytime TV to rattle on about how choosing wisely is a disorder.

  • Lizzy

    ANYTHING is a mental disorder if it gets to the point of seriously impairing a person's ability to lead a normal, balanced life. An obsession with organic, unprocessed health foods can be just that – an obsession. It's only a new disorder because inorganic, processed foods have not been part of the human condition for all that long.

    • GoodDoktorBad

      The obsession lies in people trying to make others more “normal” when “normal” can't even be defined. “Normal” is a matter of opinion and almost never fact……

      • Tuna Ghost

        I think any mental health professional would use the term “healthy” rather than “normal”. And before you say it, yes, there is a standard of health, both personally and in regard to society.

        • GoodDoktorBad

          If the heirarchy agrees, then it must be true? Bullshit……

          All hail Zombie Ghost and her standards…..may they serve you the bland soup you love so dearly…….

          • Tuna Ghost

            What hierarchy are you talking about? I sometimes wonder if you fully understand some of the terms you use.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Human behavior cannot be standardized. Therefore no behavior is particularly abberant, however innapropriate certain behaviors may seem at times. All possibilties will be played out.
    The belief in behavioral and psychological norms is the basis of psychiatric “science” which is really more of an arm of the control octopus we call society. While this “science” can't really define normalcy, perfection or any other esoteric state of being and awareness, still it seeks to enforce its code onto us, directly or indirectly through diagnostic labeling and promotion of forms of mind control. (ie. prescription mood altering drugs)

    “Orthorexia”- gee thanks all you “behavioral scientists” for more self-absorbed meaningless terms designed to bring your industry more profit and power. Ego-maniaical zombie control freaks must die…….

    • Tuna Ghost

      how do you reconcile your “no behavior is particularly abberant, however inappropriate” idea with “ego-maniacal control freaks must die”? Wouldn't you say there is a conflict somewhere in there?

      • GoodDoktorBad

        No

        • Tuna Ghost

          Allow me to elaborate. You say that “human behavior cannot be standardized” and seem to take a fairly liberal, or at least relaxed, view towards behaviors others consider “aberrant”, and yet cast judgement on behavioral scientists, obstensibly for being “ego-maniacal zombie control freaks”. Asking if you notice a conflict in those two views as you've expressed them is my polite way of saying “there is a conflict between those two views”. You contradict yourself, sir. Are there no aberrant views, or are there? If not, why are you so upset with behavioral scientists for catalouging a new facet of an already existing disorder?

          • GoodDoktorBad

            “Ego-maniaical zombie control freaks must die…….”

            The statement was pure sarcasm designed to suck in over-intelectualizing know-it-all's like yourself……

            The meaning of the statement “human behavior cannot be standardized” is true regardless of the attempts
            by people to make it untrue. (ie. pschychiatrists, “mental health professionals” etc)
            What people like to refer to as “norms” are ideals, not realities. Ideals are rarely achieved, and when they are to some measure -achieved, they are usually replaced by some other unrealistic and unattainable ideal.
            Personal ideals and norms are obviously “normal” (a personal mental/ emotional homeostasis within their host) and give us PERSONAL stabilty, sanity, dignity etc.
            What I harp on is the across the board attempt at the standardization of human behavior at the mass level. At this level, my reference to the word abberent applies. I believe a more realistic generalization can be applied to the human experience. We are capable of anything. No one is abnormal. Repugnant, perhaps.
            Normal simply cannot be defined in absolute terms, yet people are judged to be “abnormal” all the time.
            How can this be? Here comes the ego trotting in to save the day with an illusion.
            There in lies the tyranny, the constant attempt to control the uncontrollable. To arbitrarily apply personal ideals as standards for everyone. Frankly, some of the most tyrranical deeds have ben commited under the guise of an authority figure with “good intentions”. All the schooling in psychology and pharmacology in the world doesn't raise anybody to the level of a god or infalible judge. Certificates and diplomas serve mainly to exagerate ones self image to grotesque proportions which allows them to toss away other viewponts that don't fit into their “box”.

          • Tuna Ghost

            As noted elsewhere, no mental health professional uses the word “normal”. They prefer “healthy”. Because they are doctors. The fact of the matter is, some behaviors are unhealthy both personally and socially. In areas like this there can be grey spots where “healthy” is hard to define, or where one has to choose between healthy personally versus healthy socially, but nobody is looking for “normal” in this situation and I'm wondering why you keep bringing that word up.

            “Abnormal” only exists in relation to a system, and those sorts of systematical perspectives on behavior are very useful when dealing with large numbers of people. Obviously they break down on the personal level, but this isn't news to anyone.

            The only people trying to get you to act “normal” are advertisers, in whose eyes “normal” is simply “the state most suited to getting you to purchase our products”.

            “All the schooling in psychology and pharmacology in the world doesn't raise anybody to the level of a god or infalible judge. Certificates and diplomas serve mainly to exagerate ones self image to grotesque proportions which allows them to toss away other viewponts that don't fit into their “box”.”

            Uh huh. You realize how revealing this type of anti-intellectualism is, of course?

  • Guest

    “Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder”
    They key word here is FIXATION. It IS a mental disorder when it gets into an unbalanced fixation.

    this is just the same as anorexia. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be slim, but when you get obsessed with that then its a disease.

  • Dewayne

    More pantie flashing, bra strap showing bimbo sapiens will suffer from this disease than anyone else. After all, if the little pathetic whorish single mom pop music fan doesn't look like her slut bag “gods” on the television, then that stupid bitch will starve herself. There is nothing wrong with eating sugar, as long as you don't eat too much like a retard. You are INSANE if you support the superficial disgusting suburban prostituted life of “healthy eating.” Those people are nothing more than desperate housewife suburban scum bags trying to be better than someone else.

    • EcstasyOfApostasy

      How… Let me count the sexist epithets in that paragraph….

  • not your name.

    Yeah I've seen people with this disease and have been waiting till it finaly becomes offical. Oh yeah and I can't wait for them to find a name for the disorder that makes people not know what words mean. I like how the authour of this piece doesn't understand things like degrees and subtle diffrences (which interestingly is part of the disorder he's trying to debunk.) .

  • KarmaTiger

    This 'article' is a gros oversimplification. It's like saying anorexics are just 'paranoid about being fat' while completely ignoring the psychological issues that lead them to the need for that level of control.

    I blog about this stuff on TheHungryI.org and take it so seriously I actually put myself on a 100 day starvation diet to show first hand what damage is done to the human body by eating disorders, since there are twits out there who mock EDs and claim it's all “made up”. Sound familiar there, Mikey?

  • YetAnotherDave

    If you can't tell the difference between 'can be' and 'is', your mother has no business allowing you to use a computer.

  • Jonas

    “So attempting to avoid chemicals, [...] now makes you a mental health patient?”

    Yeah I'm pretty sure it would… :)

  • justagirl

    what the fuck is pictured here? god damn peppers and eggplants!!??? W-T-F!?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Lets just replace all the diagnostic labels with the statement “The Devil Made Them Do It”.

    ………and of course replace the psychiatrists with professional exorcists. “Cast out those evil spirits”

    The blind are forever led by the blind it seems……….

  • shrink

    “…some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs”? “attempting to avoid chemicals, dairy, soy and sugar now makes you a mental health patient”? Oh for Pete's sake. This author clearly has not done any research into the diagnostic methods of mental disorders. Psychologists don't simply zone in on a particular trait and then label an individual as having a disorder – they look at the big picture (look up “multiaxial assessment”). There is a difference between being a perfectly functional individual who happens to be a bit of a health freak, and an individual who has some sort of anxiety disorder which is manifested in a variety of dysfunctional behaviours (one of which may be an UNHEALTHY obsession with food, as is often the case in, for example, anorexia). It is the latter individual who would be considered unhealthy, NOT the former.

    • shrink

      Besides, it's just incorrect to state that a new mental disorder has been invented when the final decisions regarding changes to the diagnostic manual won't even be made until the year 2015.

  • Guestie

    This reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow- she's now suffering from osteopenia because of her 'healthy' eating habits.

  • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

    It's like this…Anorexia in no way implies that dieting is a mental disorder, nor does OCD for hand washing. Healthy foods are just one more a template upon which a neurotic person can develop a disorder.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      well put!

  • Sakuragreenlily

    The reason it is important to “label” correctly is so that treatment is more specific. There is a very different treatment course for someone who has OCD where they obsessively order things, wash their hands, etc. and someone who nearly kills themselves trying to find the “perfect food” and refusing to eat otherwise. Aside from the quacks who will medicate anyone for anything (yes, these people do exist) a good doctor would not diagnose this unless it was severely interfering with a person’s life, AND the most effective treatment for these disorders (anorexia, OCD, anxiety, etc.) Is usually CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and not drugs. Sometimes drugs may help take the edge off, and some patients will use them. But in any case where only drugs are used, the second the patient is taken off the medication, the disorder returns. Because no one should be dependent on a drug, it is much more appropriate to use CBT. I hope that clears things up for you.

  • Joycecarter100

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  • Joycecarter100

    Watch the film at … http://thecorporation.com/ . “The Corporation” Is an incredible film. A MUST see for everyone. This alleged “great” country – is all about money and power and control. This great nation could not even help people in need during a hurricane. If you think this country is out to protect you – you better wake up. The FDA – etc . Also you should read Dr. Mary’s Monkeys. Sign up for the free newsletter “Dr. Mercola has. mercola.com. I suggest u open an email account like yahoo, juno, etc and get only his newsletters in that email. He has wonderful info about health, computer info sometimes, funny cute videos, and more. Also read all the articles on Dr J V Wright’s website. http://www.tahomaclinic.com/
    http://tahomaclinicblog.com/category/dr-jonathan-v-wrights-articles/ buy his books.
    And Dr Steven Green DDS one of his books is online for free at…http://www.antiagingdentist.com/eclectic.html
    also get his other books at… http://www.antiagingdentist.com/media.html

  • Linda

    If this is the case, then Michelle Obama is mentally ill.

  • Linda

    If this is the case, then Michelle Obama is mentally ill.

  • Vi0let_femme

      My body CRAVES healthy food.  some people get urges to eat junk food and I get urges to eat fresh fruits and veggies, like watermelon and cucumbers..
    Now that I know I am crazy does this mean I can apply for a disability check ?

  • Vi0let_femme

      My body CRAVES healthy food.  some people get urges to eat junk food and I get urges to eat fresh fruits and veggies, like watermelon and cucumbers..
    Now that I know I am crazy does this mean I can apply for a disability check ?

  • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

    My aunt who had OCD scrubbed her fingerprints off and it took her a long, long time to get a passport because of that.  

  • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

    I eat about 60-80% vegetarian dishes and the rest mixed; however after dating a vegan for 3 years who eventually would not even use the same utensils as me, um yeah that is pretty much a mental illness there when she had no medical or real ethical issues with it but would look on at a fork with dread if it were to get loose and touch one of her plates in the dishwasher.  

  • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

    There is no medication mentioned in the article I could find, did you even read it? 

  • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

    There is no medication mentioned in the article I could find, did you even read it? 

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