3 Fun, Easy Ways To Up Your V-Game This Year

3 Fun, Easy Ways To Up Your V-Game This Year

Your first way is to visit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (www.pcrm.org ).   They offer tons of free, well-written, legitimate nutrition information, updates on research into chronic diseases, and an abundance of superb recipes.  For those of us working in healthcare, there are also free continuing ed credits.   It’s an awesome site to refer both laypeople and the as-yet uneducated medical professionals in your life to for more information on how and why to shift to a plant-based diet….

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All Fast Food is Trash Food

All Fast Food is Trash Food

Every 14 hours or so, a new McDonald’s opens somewhere on the globe.  Not only do Americans have to have their Big Macs, they have to make sure every other culture everywhere else in the universe has access to them, as well.  We don’t want all that diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease just for ourselves, now do we? “But wait!” I can hear you indignantly protest.  “I don’t eat red meat, of course I know it’s not healthy.  I…

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Food Recalls and Alerts 101

Food Recalls and Alerts 101

E. coli and Salmonella are, unfortunately, household words these days. E. coli O157:H7 is the pathogen most commonly found in ground beef when it is contaminated.  Between 2003 and 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tracked nearly 400 E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks. Over 4,900 E. coli cases were confirmed.  Of those, more than 1,200 people had to be hospitalized.  Thirty four people died. The news is no better for Salmonella.  Rates of Salmonella food poisoning are increasing, and have…

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Which Way To The Husky Department?

Which Way To The Husky Department?

 Today, we not only have enough food to eat in this country, but we’re eating too much, most of which is pure, 100%, Grade A Crap.  That’s why nearly 70% of Americans are overweight or obese and 10% have diabetes.  If 10% doesn’t sound like much, let me put that another way for you:  it means about 30 million Americans have diabetes.  And we’ve been overfed for a while. So, our caring Uncle Sam put together the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee a number…

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Vegan, Not Violence

Vegan, Not Violence

OK, I admit I’m often accused of bringing the strong scent of brimstone with me wherever I go.  Regardless, I do love me some Jesus and I really enjoyed my pastor’s sermon today at church.  It was an excellent piece on peace, and he ended it by asking the congregation to consider “what can I do to promote peace?” as we go about our lives this week. And — BAM!  KAPOW! — just like that (I’m imagining those words looking…

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5 Picks For Movie Night

5 Picks For Movie Night

“Our food system is broken. Some people don’t have enough food, while others are eating too much. There’s only one way to fix this problem—and it starts with you and me.” So reads a statement on Food Tank’s website explaining their raison d’etre.  They are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that puts out some very thought-provoking information.  Their vision?  “Building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.” Recently they posted a summary of 19 documentaries on food and hunger.  You…

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Our Daily Poison, One Bite At A Time

Our Daily Poison, One Bite At A Time

If you are old enough to remember nature writer Rachel Carson’s unforgettable book The Silent Spring (1962), you know the kind of national discussion and concern it engendered.  Unfortunately, we didn’t learn, so it had to happen again, and we are in for a bumpy flight. Just released in paperback, Our Daily Poison:  From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick (The New Press, 2016) by Marie-Monique Robin, carries on in that tradition…

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Granpa’s Sausage Makes a Comeback

Granpa’s Sausage Makes a Comeback

No lie, this is honest-to-goodness direct from an ad in an industry meat rag I recently received.  The text that is colored was added by me to emphasize the, um, information provided. You can see all of this company’s products at www.nu-meat.com in case you’re really stoked by the copy: Just like your grandpa’s sausage, the old is new again. People love their sausages in a traditional shape and tied with natural thread. The Inotec GIROMATIC IG 5 is an automatic high…

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Environmental Racism: Yes, It Is a Thing

Environmental Racism: Yes, It Is a Thing

Oh, great, another politically correct term you have to learn, right?  Well, you could look at it that way.  Or you could look at it as your duty as one human to all other beings on a planet with finite resources that we all share.  Environmental racism, in a nutshell, is a term describing the fact that most slaughterhouses, meat processing plants, and industrialized farms are located disproportionately in communities of color—ie, poor communities—and that even the employees in these…

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Chocolate Cures Heart Disease

Chocolate Cures Heart Disease

NO, not really!  But you knew that.  I was just pulling your leg.   Chocolate is tasty, but that’s about all. I bet, though, that you have heard about all the studies in recent years proving that cocoa flavonols, naturally-occurring compounds found in cocoa beans, are “heart-healthy.” In fact, a 2015 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition entitled Cocoa flavonol intake improves endothelial function and Framingham Risk Score in healthy men and women:  a randomized, controlled, double-masked trial:  the Flaviola Health Study said so (i.e.,…

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