- Culture Wars and Fake News
- National Chocolate Week (coming soon)
- Paleo, Keto, Low-Carb & Real Food News
- Full Fat Dairy News
- Odds and Ends
- Autumn foods: Harvest, Foraging, Hunting
Culture Wars & Fake News
“Coconut oil is poison” story continues…
Last month we reported on the Harvard professor Dr Karin Michels who slammed coconut oil as “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat“, and on UK Dr Aseem Malhotra (above) who took them to task. In the latest development, Harvard has made a partial retraction and distanced itself from the comment, following demands from the Indian Agricultural department. (See FoodNavigatorAsia, Sep 26)
Undisclosed Big-Pharma money behind breast cancer research
“Dr. José Baselga, the chief medical officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the author of numerous scientific papers since 2013, has officially resigned his position at the highly acclaimed cancer treatment and research institution in New York City. His resignation comes amid surfacing reports that he neglected to disclose millions of dollar he has received from drug and healthcare companies.” (See Dr Axe, Sep 18)
Big Food’s Poisonous Propaganda – Robert Lustig
Many industries have marketed dangerous products to unsuspecting consumers, but no industry has provided more disinformation than the processed food industry. And no ingredient has fuelled more morbidity, mortality, and economic havoc than sugar. (See Project Syndicate, Sep 24) RECOMMENDED
Celebrate National Chocolate Week (Oct 15-21)
National Chocolate Week is just round the corner: October 15-21st. The evening Standard (Sep 19) previews Sanderson’s Hotel, London, who are offering a 4 course dinner based around chocolate. Sounds lush…
It will kick off with Orkney scallops, squid ink polenta, roast lemon purée and cocoa nibs, followed by Denham Estate venison, miso-glazed parsnips, cranberry gel, sprout tops and 100 per cent cacao.
Meanwhile, chocolate has been found to be a rich source of vitamin D, which forms in the cocoa beans during processing whilst they are exposed to the sun. (Being a plant, this is vitamin D2, which may not be as effective as the animal version, D3). Medical Express (Sep 26) AND Vitamin D supplements help obese children lose weight in recent study (MailOnline, Sep 28). Perhaps they should eat more chocolate then?… What?… No? OK.
But… “Chocolate, Red Wine, And Cheese Can Help You Live Longer” — New York Post, Sep 18 reports on a study that identified these foods among several, associated with low cardiovascular disease, due to their anti-inflammatory nature.
And… Three bars of (dark) chocolate per month can reduce risk of heart failure, study says (Evening Standard, Aug 28) How? Anti-inflammatory action and by reducing blood pressure study author suggests.
AND… (very chocolaty news this month)… Chocolate may help you sleep better, says study (The Asian, Sep 22)
Paleo, Keto, Low-Carb, Real Food News
- Paleo diet “Can Drastically Improve Your Skin”, according to Elle, Sep 24.
As the media cottons on to the new carnivore diet movement, several articles dive into the controversy:
- Proponents of the “Carnivore Diet” Are Calling for a Food Revolution Inverse (Sep 23),
- What is the carnivore diet, and is it Healthy? Irish Examiner (Sep 23)
- Meat only: I spent a week on the controversial carnivore diet… and felt fantastic (The Telegraph, Sep 19)
- Gluten may be making you depressed (New Scientist, Sep 13)
- Gluten in pregnancy increases risk of child with type 1 diabetes. (The Guardian, Sep 19)
- Common, symptomless reovirus infections in children may trigger Coeliac disease (News24xx, Sep 19)
According to a new study published in the health journal The BMJ, the risk of children developing type 1 diabetes “increased proportionately” if their mothers ate a high-gluten diet during pregnancy.
Paleo / Gluten-Free / Keto Recipes
- 9 delicious gluten-free, low-carb alternatives to bread (RECIPE LINKS) iNews, Sep 25
- Satisfy your inner caveman with 5 deliciously easy paleo-friendly recipes Today, Sep 28
Full-Fat Dairy News
Eating Cheese and Butter can prolong your life (study) – Stylist, Sep 15
Knee Osteoarthritis Risk Lowered by Higher Consumption of Full-Fat Dairy and Dutch Cheese (Speciality Medical Dialogues, Sep 27)
Ethical Dairy production: article by a Farmer who is trying to make dairy-farming more ethical by keeping calves with their mothers for longer: Sunday Post (Sep 15)
Odds and Ends
DDT pesticides linked to autism risk. (Medical News Today, Aug 16) But wasn’t DDT banned long ago?
We think of these chemicals in the past tense, relegated to a long-gone era of dangerous 20th century toxins. Unfortunately, they are still present in the environment and are in our blood and tissues.
Lead study author Dr. Alan S. Brown
Urinary Tract Infections are usually treated with antibiotics, which are often not only ineffective but also disrupt the ‘good’ bacteria too. Alternative practitioners like me use herbal medicine to reduce bacterial adhesion in the urinary tract – which is often very successful with none of the side effects. So I was pleased to see an article in Medical News Today (Sep 27) declaring that targeting adhesion molecules may be more effective than using antibiotics in UTIs!
Gut brain axis may be “Sixth Sense”: Great article looking at the link between the gut and mood, reporting on new evidence that the vagus nerve relays information almost instantly. (Medical News Today, Sep 22)
Autumn foods: Harvest, Foraging, Hunting
Get your senses tuned to the season. Time to hunt, gather, love.
- The ten best autumn Food Festivals in Europe and the UK (The Guardian, Sep 27)
- Grouse Season: recipes. The Telegraph (Aug 6) offers some tips on this traditional autumn food
- Bargain blackberries – now at a hedgerow near you (East Anglian Daily Times, Sep 18)
- 6 Deadly Mushrooms to be Aware of While Foraging (OneGreenPlanet, Sep 17)
- Make Elderberry Syrup to ward off colds (Irish Examiner, Sep 29)
- Champagne heading for rare vintage year after ‘exceptional’ harvest (Telegraph, Sep 27)
- Meat with a sense of place (Food List, Sep 27)
- Can hunting keep us human? (High Country News, Sep 28)
- Walnuts trees: history & nutrition (The Yorkshire Post, Sep 26)