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The Dr Oz Dilemma & Does Making This Food Choice Mean You Are An "Elitist"?

 width=The internet and social media have been riddled with condemning articles and derogatory comments directed at Dr Oz - of TV fame - since he published an article in TIME Magazine entitled "The Anti-Snob Diet". Just about every natural health site has had its say - and not in a nice way - about “Dr Sell-Out” as he has now been branded. I wonder if he has any regrets? Are his ears a little red? One quote from this article by Dr Oz, that raised the collective hairs on the back of many natural health sites' necks, said:After several years of research and experience, I have come to an encouraging conclusion: the American food supply is abundant, nutritionally sound, affordable and, with a few simple considerations, comparable to the most elite organic diets. Save the cash; the 99% diet can be good for you.Mike Adams, as the self appointed Health Ranger, was quick to berate him in his NaturalNewsletter. He directed twenty one leading and hard hitting questions at the doctor, including: “Your article implies that organic food is only for "the 1%," blurring your message with the recent "Occupy" movement which vilified the "1%" and insisted the People represent the "99%. " Yet the Occupy movement activists are the very same people who fight against Monsanto, GMOs, synthetic pesticides, corporate agriculture and all the conventional processed foods you promote in your article. Don't you think you have the metaphor backwards? The 1% are the evil corporations pushing poisons and GMOs. The 99% are the people who want clean food. Which side are YOU really on here?” “Why are you promoting feedlot beef? And why do you not call for the ethical treatment of animals? Is animal cruelty acceptable to you?” and... “You've promoted and eaten organic foods for many years. Are you now going to banish organic foods from your own home and eat only pesticide-produced conventional foods? Or are you going to be a "food snob," as you say, and choose organic only for yourself (but not for your readers)?” You can read the rest of the questions here. Dr. Mercola (who incidentally has made several appearances alongside Dr Oz on his TV show) said in his article I’ve often pointed out the depth to which Monsanto has infiltrated the US government and its regulatory agencies. But Monsanto also wields power over the media. These links may be less direct and not as easily visible, but they are there nonetheless, and there can be no doubt that much of what you read in the media is little more than free advertising or industry propaganda, masquerading as independent opinions, or worse, journalism.” Gary Null of Progressive Radio Network sent an open letter to the doctor, setting out some important points and information He summed up it so well when he said: "My hope is that this information will motivate you to have your staff do their due diligence, research the facts and realize that you are supporting the “1%” - Monsanto, your television network and their sponsors - and that may be a position in need of reevaluation. I will remain optimistic that you will be thoughtful enough to set aside your ego and any special interests that have propagandized you, and that you will seek the truth, speak out and write a rebuttal." The Cornucopia Institute responded to Dr. Oz’ article by saying “... Dr. Mehmet Oz, who once told millions of viewers, “I want you to eat organic foods” and “your kids deserve better than to be part of a national chemistry experiment,” has seemingly changed his tune and turned the decision to buy organic foods into a political and class issue." As far as I know, there has been no direct response by Dr Oz to these articles and comments although he has written this comment on his facebook pageIn a recent TIME Magazine article, I addressed ways to afford nutritious food on a budget and the good choices found in the average grocery store. In case you missed it, my stance was, and always has been, that while organic foods are preferable if your budget allows, they are not absolutely necessary for a proper diet. There are plenty of healthy choices found in the non-specialty, non-niche supermarket. Health is not something achieved with disposable income; it's within reach of the average person. My article is intended to show people how to keep their family healthy through the common foods they know and can afford.” In the meantime, here are Dr Mercola's 8 signs of high quality food. This list provides invaluable help when deciding what to choose for yourself and your family for healthier eating regardless of what Dr Oz might be telling you. 1. Grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods). 2. Not genetically engineered. 3. Contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs. 4. Does not contain artificial anything, nor any preservatives. 5. Fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may be the better option). 6. Did not come from a factory farm. 7. Grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors). 8. Grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants). Healing Natural Oils continues to support the right to know what is in your food and, apart from GMO s, that of course includes insecticides, herbicides and anything else that can seriously impact on our health. Choosing the freshest, safest and healthiest food you can afford is not being elitist.