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31 Jan

Health for the Masses, by the Masses

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31 Jan

Yo, Apples!

What’s up, pals?

Sara here, with a few quick updates.

Social web: Have you added Mark’s Daily Apple to your RSS feeder? Do you have an RSS feeder? Are you looking at this and thinking…huh? Check out Aaron’s Helpful Hints at right to learn more. It’s easy, I promise.

If you really dig a particular post and want to share it, you can use the social bookmarking tools (scroll down, way down) to do so – and we’re adding more soon. This helps spread the word about Mark’s Daily Apple. Because who wants to read boring health sites and wade through thousands of dry news articles when you can hang out here? Health is not supposed to be stiff and boring – it’s supposed to be daring and fun! Good health is the foundation for a life of adventure. I don’t know who decided health had to be a stay-inside-the-lines convention, but I suspect it was the same gang that decided an adventurous name for dehydrated wheat balls was Grape Nuts.

You’ve got a sense of adventure, and it doesn’t include wheat balls. So thanks for hanging out! As Mark says…well, Mark says a lot of things. Between the FDA, CDC, Big Pharma, Big Moo, Cocoa Puffs and the above-mentioned snoozers, it’s just too easy! Admit it: Mark’s Daily Apple beats bran muffins.

30 Jan

Ain’t No Thing But a Chicken Wing

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

All the news, none of the trans fat.

1) Angering dermatologists everywhere!

Another holy grail of health is about to crumble. Here’s more evidence that a little sunshine is not only okay – it’s probably good for you (something any cat could tell you…if they could tell you). Want to prevent osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, and maybe even MS? Check out this clickativity.

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2) We still love apples

This is an interesting little article about how Americans are so unhealthy, not even our favorite fruits and vegetables are the best. Wow, thanks, Science Daily.

Among the findings: most people still do not know they’re supposed to eat 5 daily servings of produce. And actually, that’s not even correct – a bunch of health organizations got together two years ago and proved that 7-9 daily servings is actually what’s needed for optimal health.

The point of this daily bite is to introduce a little thing Mark refers to as relative nutrition. Sure, potatoes and apples and iceberg aren’t the healthiest produce choices in the world (go for yams, berries and spinach).

But relative to the processed tripe convenience food that’s shoveled at the overwhelming majority of Americans – including the kidlets – any produce is better than some. Think about what you eat in a day. How much of it actually looks like something that grows in a garden?

Everyone is at a different point along the nutrition curve, which probably flows something like: raw, vegetarian, organic, fresh, selective, indiscriminate, destructive.

Most Americans, sadly, fall into the last two categories. Even most “health-minded” folks, Mark believes, hover somewhere around selective. Thanks to unethical food marketing, these well-intentioned shoppers are selecting foods that have the ring of health but are not really healthy. For example: low-fat dairy, canola oil, multi-grain bread, cereal bars, and pork – because it’s “white” meat.

The further you get along the nutrition curve, the healthier you’ll be. But keep relative nutrition in mind. If you know spinach is better than iceberg, and you can afford it, then for Pete’s sake, eat some spinach! But it’s just good to keep in mind that different people are at different points on the curve, so any progress is still progress. And it’s not just because we like apples (okay, maybe that’s some of the reason).

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Why men have love handles and women have bellies

3) Killing is wrong, but Big Pharma evidently missed that memo…

Because they were too busy writing emails figuring out the best way to lie.
And lie some more.

4) The C-Section debate

Is elective Cesarean section a safer bet for baby? We already know it’s safer for mom, but the stigma remains in some societies. This study updates the debate.

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Web it out:

Astrology affects your health? Study not funded by Miss Cleo (we checked). Yet another fabulous episode in Silly Studies R Us.

30 Jan

The Fuming Fuji Says No to Cocoa Puffs Milk ‘n Cereal Bars

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The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with Cocoa Puffs Milk ‘n Cereal Bars.

But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day?

The Fuming Fuji says no!

The claim: Cocoa Puffs Milk ‘n Cereal Bars are a great way to make sure your youngsters get breakfast, even on the go!

The catch: Tiny tots are better off skipping breakfast than eating this crunch block of evil. This “breakfast” is only a candy bar. Also, it is ugly, and one should not feed ugly food to children.

The comeback: Isn’t that discriminatory? Besides, Fuming Fuji, the box says “the nutrition of a bowl of cereal with milk“! Milk, Fuji! Milk!

The conclusion: The Fuji does not need you to shout. If you want to call gummified frosting “milk”, that is not the problem of the Fuji. It is hard to make milk even more unhealthy, but Cocoa Puffs has triumphed.

The catchphrase: Do not feed these petrified sugar sandwiches to your child! Maybe that neighbor kid, though.

Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji. Mostly.

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