February 15, 2016
Dear Mr. conscientious, self-proclaimed philanthropist, public health and nutrition expert;
Your persistent, self-serving, Belizean rice-aflatoxin scaremongering is not in the best interest of the Belizean public. As a Belizean health professional, I feel a sense of responsibility to weigh in on this matter, and put things in perspective.
My fellow Belizeans, the real threat to your health is not, and has never been rice aflatoxin-related (liver) disease. Our biggest food threat is our near wholesale abandonment of many healthy traditional food choices in exchange for the highly-processed foods found in supermarkets.
“Soh I really noh like how you come da my country, mek latta money from my people by profiting from your highly-processed food enterprise, and pan tappa dat, yuh di persist and di try tek my people fi fool.”
The scientific and public health evidence is clear. Highly-processed foods and sweetened drinks, with their toxic trans-fats, artificial additives, and excess sugar are direct causes of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. These are the number 1 food-related killers in Belize.
Belizeans, start eating more natural foods, avoid those foods that have labels on them (especially highly-processed foods).
Start to grow more of your own food, even in the city. Home boys, start organizing yourself in the community and start planting, raise your fowl, go fishing, and barter with your neighbors. No shortage of work to do. Who come from country and have land need fi go back da country and plant. Stap di give people who no like unnu, unu money. Deh no kay bout unnu. Stop being active participants in your own demise.
Your health is your biggest earthly investment. Remember, “Your Doctor Can’t Make You Healthy.”
Bernard E. Bulwer, MD, MSc. Nutrition (University of London), FASE