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12 Apr

Never Fails to Inspire

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Have you gotten to know this little nutrition buddy brought to you by the FDA? If not, I think you ought to reconsider:

- Like many of the processed foods we enjoy in this great country, the exact nature of Labelman’s, er, origin, is difficult to ascertain. Is he a popsicle? A hot dog, perhaps? Maybe a tofu pup? I can’t stand it! I have to know!

- Fans need to know: Does Labelman work out? (If only we could all get muscles like that.) What is Labelman’s favorite shampoo? And is it true that Labelman is courting Zipperedtopgirl?

- Labelman decimates the burgeoning belief that the American government has become cynical and corrupt when it comes to health and nutrition. It doesn’t take a genius to see the level of creative sweat and tears that were clearly poured into this original, inspiring, visually dazzling creation! Like, duh! Even the unique and catchy name – Labelman – belies a sincerity and intensity of concern only our federal government is capable of.

I ask you, dear readers, if the Fuming Fuji met this vision of nutritional inspiration and personality (such brio!), what would happen? The world may soon find out…

Oh, who am I kidding? I’m totally disappointed by this half-hearted offering of nutritional guidance. I’m pretty sure even my pets could come up with something better. I mean, seriously – this is the best they can do with our tax dollars?

11 Apr

All the News, None of Those Pesky Calories

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Diabetes dominates the news today, Apples. Here are the most significant stories:

Do Pesticides Trigger Diabetes?

There appears to be a significant link between the chemical compounds that build up in fatty tissue and insulin resistance. We’re talking about chemicals commonly found in the food supply, which is how they end up in people. Read this article for an excellent summary of how diabetes works, how chemicals may play a part, and more… (Snarkism we can’t resist: the article, like most articles about type 2 diabetes, discusses how obesity, insulin resistance and beta-cell failure are all part of the diabetes kit ‘n caboodle, without saying why this is. Sugar is officially the redheaded stepchild of health these days.)

More Drugs!

An arthritis drug may work for type 2′s . The mystery link: inflammation! Prevent obesity and reduce inflammation and developing type 2 becomes quite a challenge. But hey, why prevent problems when you can just roll around in bandaids all day?

On the other hand, here’s a study from Israel that explores the genetic predisposition possibilities.

Speaking of Toxic…

Is your job unhealthy? Tips to survive (and how to bail if you must).

11 Apr

Healthy Tastes Great!

Apple and Three Bean Salad

(Use honey and olive oil in place of sugar and vegetable oil and you will have one appetizing apple treat!)
apple bean salad

11 Apr

Essential Arrogance

Last month, the Bees posted a news bite about the amazing new “chocolate vitamin“, epicatechin, which has the very startling potential of addressing 4 out of 5 of the significant public health issues we face today. That’s huge. As you’d expect, researchers are hopping all over this like chaos theory circa 1970. As you’d expect, the major media would rather delve infinitely deeper into the Anna Nicole Smith saga than investigate things like the elimination of every major current health problem facing Western humanity.

Thank goodness for rational, objective journalistic media. It’s horrifying to think where would we be with all these amateur, biased bloggers who are certainly incapable of rational enquiry into serious matters.

You’ll have to pardon my sarcasm. If I were a better man I’d rise to the level of mere sardonic wit, but I’m feeling pretty angry about the presumption, ignorance and – most of all – arrogance that are parading around society with all the dazzle and spice of a trio-appetizer sampler from [insert chain restaurant of choice here]. Like the samplers, this attitude is toxic and full of…well, you know.

I bring up arrogance because of a paragraph in the above news bite that discusses the possibility that epicatechin may in fact be an essential vitamin for human existence. Miss this vit, and major health problems ensue. It’s a good hypothesis. It may get thrown out, as most new scientific hypotheses do, but so far, it’s very compelling. At any rate, it highlights the trouble with arrogance. Mainstream medicine and the government have been quick to discount any new discovery that might challenge the holy grail of “13 essential vitamins and minerals”. I wish that I had the luxury of simply being baffled by this persistent intransigence, but human lives are truly at stake. Who determines essential? Why should we be so arrogant as to assume that we know all there is to know about nutrition? If we really only need 13 “essential” vitamins, or, if the modern diet really is supplying all our nutritional needs, where’s the glowing good health to reflect this bedrock assertion?

Epicatechin is simply the latest – and possibly greatest – discovery to make things a little uncomfortable for those who have an investment in the status quo. By no means do I think we ought to welcome every new “wonder drug” or “miracle nutrient” with open arms. We ought to be skeptical. But there’s a terrific difference between healthy scientific skepticism and essential arrogance.

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10 Apr

A Real Pain in the Caduceus

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

More healthcare news out today makes it pretty clear that radical changes are in order. (By the way, this is a caduceus.)

News Item Uno: Morbid Obesity Is Up, Way Up

There are kinds of obesity? Yes, that’s right: there’s an entire taxonomy of overweight. Kinda sad that we need that, isn’t it? Obesity in general is up, but morbid obesity is way, way up – dangerously so.

What we can do about this:

1. Fire off a letter to your senator. People do pay attention to letters. They know that for every letter they get, there are 1,000 more who share the sentiment.

2. Write letters to the CEOs of junk food companies (oh yeah, pretty much every food company in America). Ask them if they enjoy sleeping in their 1000-thread count sheets children’s diabetes is paying for.

3. Eat fresh, whole foods, and keep the portions small. Teach your children and friends. Be annoying about it. (But not too annoying.)

News Item Dos: Kids Are Manipulated Like Crazy

The overwhelming majority of kiddie-aimed commercials feature junk food. In a recent study, literally no commercials advertised any fresh food. Theoretically, commercials may not influence adults – certainly up for debate – but children are highly vulnerable to marketing messages. This is the portion of the population that believes in Santa Claus, remember.

What we can do about this:

1. Again with the firing off of letters. How to: Make one good point, be brief, state what action you want them to take, and state what action you will take if they don’t.

2. Shield the commercials – and television in general – that your child is exposed to. Turn the tube off, or invest 5 bucks a month in Tivo.

3. Don’t buy junk – companies sell this garbage because we are buying it.

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