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Food or Fake

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This problem doesn’t really seem to hit home until people start finding out what the effects of “the western diet” (Pollan) really are. The main list of diseases that can be caused by this diet are acne and skin condition, ADHD, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer (breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer), diabetes, dietary sensitivities or allergies, hyperactivity, liver disease, and obesity (Pollan). This list means nothing without the reasons why or how it happens. First, acne and skin condition are basically any disease that affects the outward appearance or ability of the skin layer covering of the body. These are mostly caused by the excess sugar and fat in what is eating which affects the pores and health of skin. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behavior, or a combination of these (Cordain). This problem is really based in the chemical additives because they have the ability to alter behavior. These chemicals are unnatural and react within the body differently from person to person. Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma can often times be an allergic reaction and the mystery ingredients of many products can trigger this. Next is cardiovascular disease (also called heart disease) which is a class of diseases that involve the heart, the blood vessels (arteries, capillaries, and veins) or both (Cordain). When the additives are absorbed into the system they can create problems to the blood platelets such as damage or allow clots fatty clots to form inside. Cancer (breast cancer, prostat...

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