What Is the Definition of Nutrition?

What is the definition of nutrition? Nutrition is the sum total of the processes involved in the taking in and the utilization of food substances by which growth, repair and maintenance of the body are accomplished. It involves ingestion, digestion, absorption and assimilation. Nutrients are stored by the body in various forms and drawn upon when the food intake is not sufficient.

I have read and still read the great philosophers, going back to the Greeks …. but I was appalled when I realized that those truly great men of those times seemed to know virtually nothing about nutrition. How could this happen? Why was nutrition ignored? That is the greatest puzzle of all time, as far as I am concerned.

You may say that wild animals don’t know anything about nutrition and they do all right. Well, the important thing here is that animals know what to eat and drink by instinct …. while man long ago lost his powers of instinct. Thus, man needs nutritional knowledge and an animal doesn’t.

Where will we get our nutritional knowledge? Man knows about science and about a thousand and one other things but about nutrition he knows virtually nothing. That happens to be one of the sciences about which man is blissfully ignorant …. even though his welfare, existence, health and life itself depend upon it. How did this ‘boner’ happen or come about? Ah, that is the burning question and I’m afraid Tobe cannot give you the answer.

I have diligently searched for information on the study of nutrition and I am thunderstruck to learn that in America the study of nutrition at the university and research level only began in 1894, by a scientist named Atwater. Its progress since that time has moved forward at what I would call a snail’s pace. Yes, while there are millions of dollars available for research, little, if any, finds its way into the universities to study nutrition. Speaking with logic and a clear bright eye on the truth, nutrition is virtually a no man’s land among the intelligensia.

Foundations and those who control endowment money won’t contribute a cent to the study of nutrition. All universities get huge sums of money, running into the millions or tens or hundreds of millions of dollars …. but not a cent for the study of nutrition. Don’t be surprised at this. Accept it …. because it is true. Besides, it makes good sense.

Most doctors refuse to study nutrition even as a minor course and if you look at the matter in a fair-minded manner, you cannot blame them. A medical doctor doesn’t want to spend four or five years at high school and about ten more years earning a medical degree, just to teach people what to eat and drink so they can remain healthy and stay away from doctors. Let’s be realistic — nutrition is the most important science on earth, yet it is the most unwanted by some segments of our economic structure.

A busy medical physician in any one of the major cities in either Canada or the United States would earn at least $50,000 to $100,000 annually. Yes, and according to the newspapers, many earn from $250,000 to $400,000. Do you think they would entertain the idea of allowing nutrition to louse up that kind of money? Besides, these selfsame big, big money earners have the means and the clout to keep nutrition down in the dumps for at least another 50 years …. unless man suddenly rises up from his long, long sleep. However, the chances are he’ll never wake up if they keep dousing him with valium and hundreds of other somniferous, mind boggling drugs.

There is a chance that man may yet gain some knowledge about nutrition but it must happen elsewhere than in America. I do hope that there will emerge some means whereby the study of nutrition will go forward at a full task force pace.

Something that puzzles me is why the Soviet Union hasn’t done some worthwhile work on the subject of nutrition. I don’t know but maybe it is due to the fact that in the U.S.S.R. there is not so much sickness. Further, they probably see no reason why they should pull our chestnuts out of the fire. I contend that in no way would the U.S.S.R. help save the lives of Americans for, remember, Khruschev told the American people, “We’ll bury you!” Well, by the looks of things it could be that Khruschev might have been more right than anyone ever suspected. However, the American people are doing it themselves …. actually committing genocide.

No dollar-oriented society could possibly undertake the whole-hearted serious study of nutrition and I’m afraid that the powers with the most money will do their best to block or delay any nutritional gains or leaps forward. If you think I am over-reacting, let me assure you that I am being most sombre and calm and I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, exaggerating.

You may well ask why there is so much confusion about nutrition. Well, that’s not hard to fathom if you take time to investigate the situation a little. When some good nutritionist or scientist comes up with an important health-contributing bit of scientific knowledge that does or can do harm to the drug, food, beverage and other big profit-making industries, these industries immediately hire the best nutritional research scientists that money can buy and in no time flat they come up with evidence that refutes the findings that could do umbrage to their products. That’s how the nutritional ball game is played and that is why there is so much confusion in the ranks.

For over 20 years I have been researching researchers and, to my dismay, I have learned that even 50 and 100 years ago much of the research was rigged. You see, researchers needed money to carry on their work in those days, too, and it has always been that the man who pays the piper calls the tune.

Can we ever hope to change these abominable circumstances? Are there no honest research scientists’? Is there no one who will truly work and strive for the health and welfare of mankind? I am doing my best in the only way I know how — with my pen!

I know, you know and, yes, we all know that there are honest men among our scientists, but the big money is only available to those whose principles bear a price tag and we must all realize that today money is the name of the game.

However, we must be logical and recognize that the study of the science of nutrition has been set back drastically because big business has a tight rein on science and I am realistic enough to know there is not a thing we can do about it.

I contend that millions have had their life-spans shortened and millions more will have to pay the supreme penalty before America will wake up and sweep the morass aside …. but don’t hold your breath in expectation. No, man’s inhumanity to man has not yet reached the end of its tether.

I predict that the cancer rate will rise higher and higher and that before the year 2,000 it will be responsible for more than 50% of the total deaths. Then maybe the perpetrators of this mass genocide will come to their senses and finally realize that life is more important than money …. but the monsters they create may destroy them, too! I write this with a heavy heart, yet everything I say is true.

Members of the medical profession are partly responsible, too … not because they created the predicament but because they knew what was going on and did not raise their voices to correct the situation. Yes, and they did even more than that because they harassed, persecuted and plagued their colleagues who did speak out.

Strange to relate, it is difficult, if not impossible to know who are your friends and who are your enemies. Even I, who am continually in touch with the situation, do not know for sure who’s who and what’s what.

Let’s face it, the medical profession in one way or another controls practically every health research dollar spent in the world, including those spent by the American Cancer Society and their affiliates. Now do you think they would suggest or even allow a research project using raw food as a control or cure for cancer? Surely you are joking if you say you think they would. The members of the medical profession don’t want to go back to hard days like those of the dirty thirties when they had to resort to various nefarious practices to make a buck.

Of course, I recognize the rhyme and the reason for this reluctance on the part of the medical profession but, on the other hand, it isn’t their money. Most of it is public money or endowment funds but the medical fraternity has control of it, due to government appointments or their being elected to the boards of various institutions. For some inexplicable reason the public seems to feel that doctors are the people to make these decisions. Whatever the reason, that’s the way it’s done and that is why the raw juice and raw food diet has never been truly studied so that the world might learn the truth about the merits of raw food.

Now without money for research how can we ever conduct experiments to prove to the world that raw juices and raw food can prevent and clear up most illnesses and diseases, including cancer?

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  1. The article is titled the 'definition of nutrition' yet we have only one definition of it. It would have been good had the writer given various definitions of it with criticisms of each and come up with a final definition of it at the end rather than comment on other things.

  2. This author provides no sources for his work. Now either he is a doctor and doesn't need to put sources because he has been in the field long enough to know what he is talking about, or he is just spouting his mind. Not a good article for research.

  3. Not sure when this article was written but there is quite a bit of information available on nutrition these days – the nutrition facts labels on food packages, the food pyramid/MyPlate, etc. All of that was ignored here. Instead the author went on this paranoid rant about the food industry and medical practitioners conspiring to keep people confused about nutrition.

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