Food & Diet

  • Do You Milk?

    October 12th, 2011 |  0

    There is so much data about the correlation with milk and chronic diseases. There was a lot of press about A1 vs A2 types of milk and the correlation with heart disease about 7 years ago. Now there was just another study released that correlated milk intake in adolescence with prostate cancer which is what prompted me to write this post.

    I am not going to go into much detail here, but there is the no-milk.com website that contains a plethora of references.

    I think it is unfortunate that so many people believe that pasteurized homogenized milk that can come from many cows in one carton is healthy.   Perhaps raw milk from organic grass fed cows can be healthy for people that are in a ‘deficient’ state.  Or milk from goats or other animals not in feedlots (as some ‘organic’ milk is!).

    But we really need to think about drinking milk.  Small amounts are probably OK as the dose can make the poison in most cases.  (except IgE allergies which there are many to milk products).  But drinking a glass of milk is just not a smart idea.

    Here is another good article: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/one-type-of-milk-may-cause-diabetes-the-other-doesnt-which-do-you-drink/

     

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  • EWG Releases New Produce Shopper's Guide

    June 16th, 2011 |  0

    The Environmental Working Group has released the new shopper’s guide.   They have a “Dirty Dozen” produce items that need to be purchased organic and “clean 15″ that have low residues of pesticides.  I was surprised to see corn as #2 on the “Clean 15″ list since any non-organic corn is almost guaranteed to contain genetically modified protein sequences that have unknown physiological effects.   However then I read the preamble to the list where they suggest purchasing organic corn if we are concerned about GMO.   We all need to be concerned about GMO foods.

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  • The Health Impact of Sugar

    May 6th, 2011 |  0

    We all collectively pay a high price for the glutton of sugar fed to us through marketingThe sugar addiction starts with children and it may even start sooner with infant formulas. The worst offender is fructose, especially the high fructose corn syrup which is known to cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

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  • Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy Decreases Child's IQ

    April 29th, 2011 |  0

    Given all the research about pesticide dangers and diseases it has been attributed to such as Parkinson’s it still amazes me that foods grown with chemicals still make up the vast majority of foods consumed. This is probably largely due to the fact that chemical companies have a ton of money and political lobbyists. The vast majority of commercial farmers only know the way of the past 60 years and are of the false belief that organic farming is out of their reach. Not only are we exposed to pesticides from foods, but also those nice green lawns.

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  • Watercress – A Powerful Chemopreventive

    August 15th, 2010 |  0

    It is widely knows that the phytonutrient known as isothiocyanates have powerful anti-cancer effects.   Isothiocyanate are found in mustard, horseradish, and onions to name a few.  It is what gives the herb its powerful biting taste.    However another anti-cancer phytonutrient that doesn’t get as much attention is phenethyl ITC (PEITC).  Watercress contains high amounts of PEITC.  A recent study looked at what happens in women’s blood after ingesting watercress.  In particular they looked at a specific blood marker that shows a  reduction in cancer cells.   What they found is marked inhibition in cancer cell activity, even stronger inhibition than what is found with isothiocyanates.

    So next time you have the opportunity to buy fresh watercress please do so.   Add some to your salad to give it some bite and reduce your cancer risk as well.    Besides watercress is delicious!

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