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The Wall Street Journal has the story.” And it’s about how our kids are being drugged beyond belief instead of learning to live and eat for real health. And these kids wouldn’t be getting these drugs if doctors weren’t prescribing them. Why don’t doctors teach our children how to achieve real health? What happened to the Hippocratic Oath?:

“I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion. But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.” Let’s get on with today’s news:

“Gage Martindale, who is 8 years old, has been taking a blood-pressure drug since he was a toddler. “I want to be healthy, and I don’t want things in my heart to go wrong,” he says. And, of course, his mom is always there to check Gage’s blood pressure regularly with a home monitor, and to make sure the second-grader doesn’t skip a dose of his once-a-day enalapril.

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“Fat was once the devil. Now more nutritionists are pointing accusingly at sugar and refined grains.”

We wrote last year about a new enthusiasm among nutritionists for eating robust amounts of healthy fats in Fat 3.0: Healthy, Nutritious and Oh-So Satisfying! Now, the idea that fat can acutally be GOOD but most refined carbs are BAD and indeed are the real dietary culprit in diseae — IS GOING MAINSTREAM!. The Los Angeles Times has a front page story about it in today’s edition:

“…a growing number of top nutritional scientists blame excessive carbohydrates — not fat — for America’s ills. They say cutting carbohydrates is the key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

“Fat is not the problem,” says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.”

Read the whole story here.

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The Future of Medicine is … Not Medicine

by Charles on November 25, 2010

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The Future of Medicine is … Not Medicine from Oliver Markley on Vimeo.

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Raw Milk Enthusiasts: Beware the Real Food Police!

by Charles on September 9, 2010

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It has only been a couple of months since a private raw food outlet in Los Angeles was raided by what is coming to be known as the “real food police” — a generic term with frightening implications. David E. Gumpert wrote about that situation on his blog in this piece: Aajonus Vonderplanitz: “They Have Come to My Backyard Los Angeles to Cut Off the Legs” of Food Rights Movement.

But as we now learn, resistance to such “crackdowns” is growing even as crackdowns grow in frequency and intensity. Here is what YOU need to know in a new piece by David E. Gumpert from Grist.org entitled Six Things You Should Know Before Defying The Real Food Police.

Raw deal: Are you ready to go to jail for distributing unpasteurized milk? Photo courtesy of eqqman via Flickr

“Resistance has a glorified history in this country, beginning with the founding fathers, and extending to the labor and civil rights movements last century. We honor one of the resisters, Dr. Martin Luther King, with a national holiday.

The ranks of food resisters are now expanding rapidly. Driven by increasingly harsh crackdowns by local and federal agencies on small producers and distributors of unpasteurized (raw) milk and other nutrient-dense foods, growing numbers of individuals involved in this part of the food chain are publicly refusing to abide by government edicts and shutdown orders.

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A video of the author discussing her work and the autism connection follows the review.

Elizabeth Walling, author of  the superb blog The Nourished Life has a passion for finding nourishment in life through food. She posts regularly and her latest offering is not to be missed. She reviews a book about a critical topic — the connection between the health of your gut and the rest of your body. Elizabeth asks:

“What if you could tie all your health problems to one central system in the body? What if skin disorders, allergies, depression, and learning disabilities could all be cured by repairing this single system? Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride proposes just this in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

“Dr. Campbell-McBride believes your overall health is a direct reflection of the health of your gut. A thread that runs through the entire book is the importance of gut flora:

“Anatomical integrity of our digestive tract, its functionality, ability to adapt and regenerate, ability to defend itself and many other functions are directly dependent on the state of its microscopic housekeepers–our gut flora.”

“A well-functioning gut with healthy gut flora holds the roots of our health. And, like a tree with sick roots is not going to thrive, the rest of the body cannot thrive without a well-functioning digestive system.”

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(UPDATED with videos below) Herewith an excellent analysis by Alan Watson, author of “Cereal Killer: The unintended consequences of the low fat diet”of why and how the 2010 guidelines are way off.  The original article from which these are found may be seen here. The author’s book website is at http://www.dietheartpublishing.com/

1. In 1937, Columbia University biochemists David Rittenberg & Rudolph Schoenheimer demonstrated that dietary cholesterol had little or no influence on blood cholesterol. This scientific fact has never been refuted. Why, then, do the proposed 2010 Dietary Guidelines limit dietary cholesterol to less than 300 mg per day – or 200 mg if you are diabetic? 

2. Dietary cholesterol is poorly absorbed, 50 percent at best (Mary Enig, PhD; Michael I. Gurr, PhD, lipid biochemists). According to these lipid biochemists, the more cholesterol you eat, the less cholesterol you absorb. Since our bodies must synthesize between 1200 and 1800 mg of cholesterol daily, why is there any dietary limit?

3. “Cholesterol in food has no affect on cholesterol in blood and we’ve known that all along.”  These are the words of Professor Ancel Keys, American Heart Association board member and father of the low fat diet, who, in retirement, recanted the idea that dietary cholesterol raises blood levels. His recant has been greeted with silence.

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Coping With Childhood Obesity

by Charles on September 3, 2010

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Does childhood obesity affect someone you love? It very well may because it is now considered to be an epidemic in this country, and coping with childhood obesity can be quite a struggle.

My friend and fellow Nutritional Therapist Craig Fear of Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy talks about this problem, and some of the other health related issues it leads to.

Key Points In Battling Childhood Obesity

  • Stick to the edges of the supermarket
  • East Higher quality foods
  • Get the sugars out of your diet
  • Get some exercise
  • Eat foods that are high in protein
  • Fats aren’t all bad

For more information contact Craig Fear at:

Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy
94 King Street Suite 2C
Northampton, Ma 01060
(413) 559-7770
website: PVNutritionalTherapy.com

Have YOU considered studying Nutritional Therapy? Check out the same program both Craig and I went through. It is a life changing experience:  Nutritional Therapist Training Program

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