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New Book, The Unhealthy Truth, Reveals Dark Side of Food Industry

The Unhealthy Truth book

The Unhealthy Truth book

Robyn O’Brien, a mother of 4, is an unlikely adversary of the chemicals put in our foods by food manufacturing industry. When her child developed allergy problems, she was thrust into a search for answers. She now is the founder of allergykids.com, has a blog called Food Politics and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post.

From a conservative Texas family, Robyn has been radicalized by the negligence of our food industry and the FDA in protecting the health of our citizens. Here is a post she did on Huffington Post about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms).

Her new book,  THE UNHEALTHY TRUTH: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It was published by Random House earlier this month.  Robyn has been on major network TV promoting the book, which will help us sound the alarm to parents all over America.

I was telling my mother about GMO’s last night, and she said, “What’s that?”

“Mom, chemical companies have found a way to modify the genes of seeds and plants. Some scientists and doctors believe this puts humans at risk.”

I then went on to explain that 90% of soy has been genetically modified, which means it is tolerant to Roundup, a poisen that kills all forms of vegetation.  My mom, being a gardener is familar with Roundup. “Mom, the soy plants can tolerate Roundup, but can you?”

Mom said, “I don’t eat soy.”

Then I had to explain to her that many vegetable oils were made from soy.  Mom, every time you eat out, you are getting vegetable oils in your meal. Many of the processed food products you buy, like that pancake mix and chocolate bar, have soy.”

Mom was shocked.

Robyn’s book includes her personal story, as well as, a look at the latest science on the potentially dangerous ingredients recently introduced into our food supply.  There is also quite a bit about the revolving door between the FDA and the food industry and the influence of industry and money on scientific research, addressing why the U.S. is one of the only countries in the developed world to have allowed these chemicals into our food supply.  It is a call to action that shows how each of us can do our part to prevent disease and its associated health spending in order to maintain our country’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Advanced praise comes from Erin Brockovich, Dr. Oz, Robert F Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Bob Sears, Graydon Carter, editor in chief of Vanity Fair and other prominent people have leant their voices to the book.

I would like to nominate Robyn as a Hero of Sustainable Agriculture, because her book teaches people what they need to know to make better food choices, and even has recipes. Ultimately, her readers will find cooking from scratch and farm fresh, local sources of food, such as those recommended by Weston A. Price volunteer chapter leaders,  offer the most control over what you are ingesting.

Should you want to learn more, please visit www.robynobrien.com

Join Robyn on Twitter: Unhealthy Truth

This post is part of the NO GMO campaign on realfoodmedia.com, and has been submitted to No GMO Mondays on The No GMO Challenge blog.



  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I’m so excited! I have read about Robyn and Allergy Kids before. This book looks awesome — I had not heard about it before. I am downloading it to my Kindle and I just added Robyn to my Twitter and became a fan on Facebook.

    I’m stumbling and tweeting this!

    CHEESESLAVE’s last blog post..Doctors Call For Moratorium on Genetically Engineered Foods

  2. PS: I LOVE the way you explained GMOs to your mom. I have had very similar conversations with many friends and relatives. Most people have no idea how much GM soy and corn they are consuming — I sure didn’t before I became aware of all this!

    CHEESESLAVE’s last blog post..Doctors Call For Moratorium on Genetically Engineered Foods

  3. Sounds like a great book to add to the pile of 20 or so that I’m trying to get to. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    I agree, great explanation of GMO to your mom!

    Vin | NaturalBias.com’s last blog post..Is Your Gluten Free Diet Still Harming Your Health?

  4. Thank you for giving us the heads up about this book. I hadn’t heard of it before, and now I’m excited to get my hands on a copy.

    I also wanted to agree with everyone that you did a GREAT job explaining GMOs to your mom. You explained it in such a way that even a child could understand, and that takes talent! I envy you. 🙂

    Cheers & Happy Memorial Day,
    (AKA FoodRenegade)

  5. I love books like this, as frustrated as they make me. More importantly though, they inspire me to make changes and help others change, and for that reason it’s a good bet I’ll end up reading this one.

    Matt (NoMeatAthlete)’s last blog post..Farmers Market Asparagus Ragout with Polenta

  6. This is great! It really shows me where to expand my blog. I think that sometime in the future I might try to write a book to go along with my blog, but we will see…Good post with useful tips and ideas

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