The State and Medicine Strike Back
This chapter describes the repression of natural foods advocates by government and the health professions, hostilities that lasted for most of the twentieth century. Professional associations such as the American Medical Association worked closely with government regulators to discredit natural foods ideas and shut down health food businesses. Many prominent advocates of natural foods served prison sentences, and books and other promotional literature were confiscated in government raids of health food stores. The chapter argues that the perceived threat of the natural foods movement was primarily due to its challenge to the cultural authority of professional medicine and scientific experts. The state's targeting of businesses made defense of the industry a central goal of the movement, and helped to make a libertarian political philosophy an important movement strand.
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