Should you be scared of Glyphosate?

There is a lot of concern about glyphosate recently with some landmark court cases in the USA where some people have been award hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for cancer that supposedly resulted from exposure.

What is glyphosate?

Glyphosate is a chemical weed killer that is used in huge quantities by agriculture. It is generally applied by spraying – either by tractor or aeroplane. It is a systemic chemical that is absorbed by the plant and then interferes with the plants’ ability to use energy.

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Red Meat = Cancer = Science?

Inuit family circa 1929

The InterWeb has seen lots of activity over a couple of high-profile dietary statements:

  1. The EAT-Lancet diet promoting plant based eating, and
  2. The 2015 World Health Organisation statement that links red meat consumption with an increased risk of cancer.

As I have been asked for my view on this, I will share a few thoughts.

If you subscribed to the guidance of these high-profile statements on diet and nutrition, you would turn away from meat and towards a plant based diet.  No-one could blame you as these are ‘experts’ and ‘scientists’ telling you the TRUTH.

What you wont see is that neither of these statements are based on what is healthy for you – rather they are the result of other agendas where health is secondary. Continue reading

20 percent of your body fat could be industrial lubricant

Some interesting things about fat that should interest you:

  • Modern ‘vegetable’ oils are basically detoxified industrial lubricants made by chemical reactions in refineries.
  • If like many people, you eat a diet high in packaged, junk or take-away foods, then your own body fat could be 20% omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable oil (PUF) instead of just a few of percent.
  • The recommended daily intake of omega-3 PUF for an adult is less than 2g.
  • The body best uses omega-3 when balanced with omega-6 – so you should have less than 2g omega-6.
  • The average takeaway consumer eat around 100g of PUF per day – mostly omega-6 – yes that is 50 times what you need/want.
  • PUF can take 4-5 years to cycle out of body fat in a weight stable individual.
  • PUF is preferentially consumed by the body when losing weight – crash dieting can liberate harmful levels of omega-6 PUF.
  • Omega-6 PUF promote inflammation  – so what?  Heart disease, liver and other organ damage, stroke, arthritis, cancer.
  • Omega-6 levels in breast milk reflects the mothers diet.  If a mother is eating a lot of PUF, then she is feeding proportional amounts of PUF to her baby.

Should this be in your diet?

Letter to WA Health Minister Cook

During the process of providing my submission to the WA government inquiry, I came across their interim report of their recent “Sustainable Health Review”.

https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Improving-WA-Health/Sustainable-health-review/Interim-report

It prompted me to write to the minister and share my thoughts.  I am not really hopeful that he will even see it but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Healthcare costs in WA

 

 

Add a pinch of common sense to each meal

There are a lot of diets that all seem to make a lot of sense once you look at all the promoting “evidence”.  Some people will even take to them with religious fervor and defend them with their lives.  Every diet has so much great sounding “science” that supports it, so it must be the true diet – but how can they all be right?  Ok, they can’t – you spotted the issue!

Forget religious attachment to the type of food you put in your mouth and try to consider food as part of a ecological equation where things need to make sense biologically, biochemically, genetically and historically.

  • If you have a diet that has you squeezing 50 coconuts (or 1000 olives) each day to extract an oil that is the mainstay of your energy needs then how does that make sense?
  • If you need to chase down 100 yaks, milk them against their will, dry the milk and separate out the whey powder just so that you are able to lift a few heavy rocks, how does that make sense?
  • How did early humans ever survive without keto-sticks to guide their eating?
  • Given that our anatomy does not have the digestive system to digest much in the way of natural, raw vegetation, how does it make sense to seek to promote this as a source of food?

Think about what “pre-agriculture” humans would have predominately eaten – given that they didn’t have the digestive organs to eat a lot of vegetation.  How did we develop such a large intelligent brain with huge energy demands without energy-dense foods that we could digest?

The result of straying too far from the food that your body needs is decreasing mental and physical performance, deteriorating health, chronic diseases and an early death.  So, getting the correct food is probably important.

Your physical body does not care about ethics, animal welfare, global warming, religion.  It is a biological machine that needs the correct fuel and building materials to perform and maintain correct operation.  Sure; make your ethical or religious food choices but just be aware of the price that you are paying if it doesn’t align with what your body needs.

Use that highly intelligent, critically thinking brain to put some sense into your food choices.

Iodine deficiency – A pitfall of low-carb diets

Many decades of farming have depleted our soils of important minerals such as Magnesium and Iodine.   Years of intensive well-meaning health advice have steered us away from table salt.  Well meaning advice to lower carbohydrate consumption  have steered us away from bread.  The end result of this is that many of us may not be getting the Iodine that we need.

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How to make sense of dietary advice

I am often perplexed at some of the dietary advice that I read about or that come from respected and/or well meaning people.  Even if you look at advice from the generally low carb advocates, you find a huge variation in what is recommended as “best for your health”.  I can well understand that readers just give up in the end and give in to the temptations of the dark side.

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Sugar is under attack

The tactics of the sugar industry are slowly being exposed (and about time too).

Twenty-eight countries have a sugar tax but powerful interests are standing between Australia and a healthier future in the face of an obesity epidemic, public health advocates say.

 

While today’s obesity problem may not be all the result of sugar, it is a major contributor and should help pay for the problem it has created.

Why do we fail?

Most of us know that some of the things that we enjoy doing are not good for us, so why do we continue to  do them?  It is not that we are stupid, is it? Personally, I feel that the answer is in our genes.

Millions of years of evolution have resulted in a finely-tuned reward-system that gives us addictive bursts of pleasure (feelings, emotions) whenever we do something that might be good for short-term survival and procreation.

Also, despite the belief that we are intellectual beings, we still will make most of our decisions based on emotions.  In fact, experiments have shown that most decisions are actually made unconsciously – several seconds before our conscious mind gets involved.  And, the conscious mind’s function is simply to rationalize the decision that we made unconsciously!

What does this mean for health and nutrition? Continue reading