The Food Lobby Provides Dietary Advice

BusinessWeek summarizes how food and drink companies responded to a federal advisory panel's recommendations on new dietary guidelines.

Perhaps we don't need to watch our diet with medical insurance for everyone guaranteed by the government. By the way, who pays those premiums?

Link: BusinessWeek Magazine

Salt Institute
A recommendation to limit sodium to 1,500 mg a day would make Americans eat more "to satisfy their sodium appetite and their hunger for taste satisfaction."

American Meat Institute
Advising consumers to eat "moderate" amounts of meat and poultry may result in nutritional deficiencies.

American Beverage Assn.
Telling Americans to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages "overstates the role" of these drinks "in the rising rates of obesity in America."

The Sugar Assn.
Says "no causal link can be established between the intake of sugars and lifestyle diseases, including obesity."

National Confectioners Assn.
Says federal agencies need "to pursue guidelines that are realistic and accommodate all foods, including occasional treats in moderation."

International Dairy Foods Assn.
Agrees low-fat dairy products are healthier but is pushing for "moderate amounts of added sugar" to "help increase the palatability" of dairy foods.

How Our Perception of Time Affects Our Reality

A great presentation of interesting content that covers an amazing range of issues in a short video.

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Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. View the full video of Professor Philip Zimbardo’s talk at the RSA.

Un-SuperSize Me — Raw for 30 Days

What happens when overweight and/or diabetic people eat raw food for 30 days?

Raw for 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six McDonald’s-munching Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, live, raw foods in order to reverse diabetes naturally. The six participants are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food – as well as go without their loved ones and many of their creature comforts – for 30 days.

Can foods heal? Can diabetes be reversed or cured through diet? Can a diabetic thrive without insulin and other drugs? Can people subsisting on a Standard American Diet (SAD) give up their favorite foods and favorite vices for 30 days? Can six strangers of diverse ages, races, and backgrounds support and nurture each other through this life-altering challenge?

Raw for 30 Days shows each participant’s remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, emotional and spiritual transformations brought on by this radical diet and lifestyle change. Participants were supervised by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H) and Helen Ross, M.D. at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona.

The six participants were selected in a nationwide search and brought to the quiet and rustic desert retreat, which is world famous for turning around even chronic conditions with a regimen combining raw organic living nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, education and counseling. The program was developed by Dr. Cousens, who is working on a book about his findings and the techniques he uses to reverse diabetes naturally in as little as two weeks.

The feature film Raw for 30 Days is in postproduction and is expected to be shown at film festivals in Spring 2008, with a release in theaters to follow. A compendium DVD is also being produced about the program to reverse diabetes, consisting of interviews with experts plus raw food preparation demos with top chefs. The compendium DVD is being readied for direct online purchase so that individuals and families can follow the health program at home.

The film was created by Mark Perlmutter, executive produced by him and Keith Lyon, produced by Leda Maliga, and directed by Aiyana Elliot.

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Organic Farming Absorbs CO2

Giant agricultural conglomerates hate this kind of information — they have to hire more lobbyists and make more campaign contributions to get government to ignore the facts and continue to subsidize them.

Link: – Soil: The Secret Solution to Global Warming – USA video

Research by the Rodale Institute reveals that sustainably-farmed soil holds up to 30% more carbon than conventional agriculture. Converting US farmland to organic on a wide scale would reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 10%. The extra carbon in the soil also increases food nutrients, which could greatly reduce health care costs. In this QuantumShift special report, farmer Percy Schmeiser urges the President and Congress to shift existing agricultural subsidies to support sustainable farming practices.

The World’s Healthiest Foods

The World’s Healthiest Foods, according to and The George Mateljan Foundation, a non-profit organization free of commercial influence.

The George Mateljan Foundation provides unbiased scientific information about how nutrient-rich World’s Healthiest Foods can promote vibrant health and energy.

Eat More Chicken?

The EPA and FDA continue to take care of the people who take care of them.

Do the farmers who raise chickens, live on the farm, and drink well water show any effects of arsenic in the ground water? (Here in Georgia, chicken farming is BIG business.)

Link: News

Researchers and advocates are raising new health questions about the pervasive use of an organic arsenic compound, roxarsone, as a growth-promoter in chicken feed. Europe has already banned roxarsone, but the EPA and FDA have all but ignored the problem despite evidence that arsenic is tainting store-bought chickens and perhaps also groundwater near poultry farms.

Link: ScienceLine

…over 70 percent of all broiler chickens grown in the U.S. are fed roxarsone, according to a 2000 article published in the journal Poultry Science. Roxarsone prevents the growth of microscopic intestinal parasites called coccidia that frequently infect livestock, and it provides the added bonus of better growth—i.e., bigger chickens.

Roxarsone doesn’t disappear once chickens eat it. Some is distributed throughout the animal’s tissues, including the breasts, thighs and legs—meat that is later eaten by consumers. The rest is excreted unchanged in poultry waste. Ninety percent of this manure is later converted into fertilizer that can contaminate crops, lakes, rivers, and eventually drinking water.

Little research, however, has investigated the public health consequences of this practice, which was banned in the European Union in 1999. Although several studies have looked at the levels of arsenic present in chicken muscle meat, and some have looked at crop soil contamination, the results have been inconsistent. None have determined how extensively this practice contaminates drinking water.