• Put your heart in your mouth….

    ….was the name of a book written some time back by Russian-born neurologist and nutritionist, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.  She now lives in England, practices at Cambridge, and is a fairly well-known authority on food as medicine.  That is, known to Wooz but not to me. She developed the interest in nutrition when she had a son who was autistic.  She was able to cure him just with the proper diet. This wasn’t what I intended as the first post coming back from a break, but Bill Roberts of 12 Stones Grasslands Beef had it waiting in my email box.  Like Bill I find this the best summary of why natural…

  • Can you starve cancer….

    ….makes sense.  For some time, integrative medicine professionals have been using nutrition as a cancer preventative….and even a treatment.  The latest on the subject from Dr. Joseph Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/16/ketogenic-diet-benefits.aspx?e_cid=20130616_SNL_Art_1&utm_source=snl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130616

  • Big Ag’s balanced diet….

    …with thanks to Big Government. We’ve dealt with this before, but here’s a good roundup on the issue.  Check out just a partial list of how much Big Ag spends winning friends and influencing Washington.  This is just the money they spend on your lawmakers and the bureaucrats…..doesn’t count the money they spend “influencing” scientists. http://paleodietlifestyle.com/fallacy-of-balanced-diet/

  • Dare we hope….

    ….we saw sometime back that fast-food giant McDonald’s was having trouble maintaining its spectacular growth.  Apparently all the fast food chains are “flat” or even down a little except for their breakfasts. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the economy…and not common sense….got people eating more healthfully? http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/05/08/the-new-normal-for-fast-food-price-cuts-and-stagnant-sales/?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsFifth

  • Well, I’m banking on it….

    ….there’s a study out that says that if you stay away from the typical “western” diet, you have a better chance not only of living longer but in better shape. There’s the usual “scientific” warning about limiting red meat (no recognition that grass fed beef is a cow of a different color altogether).  Still, for what it’s worth: http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=130281&CultureCode=en

  • An ancient saying….

    …which I translated from the original Sanskrit overnight: When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. Ayurveda proverb The picture is of Dhanvantari….incarnation of Krishna, Lord of Ayurveda. Okay, our farm manager Duane Ard, came across the quote and knows I’m a sucker for this sort of thing.  The rest is from Wikipedia. While I like the quote, I’m not so sure about Ayurveda, a forerunner of what we now call alternative medicine.  Seems to be that “the lord” and his followers prescribed a lot of questionable medicines, things that were somewhat heavy on the heavy metals.

  • In praise of fat….

    ….not the kind we carry around, but the kind we eat.  For years, and particularly when I pretended I was dieting, I would try to eliminate fatty foods and butter from my meals.  That included carefully trimming the fat off the steaks I ate, even Thistle Hill steaks. I have concluded that, for me at least, it was wasted effort.  Fat, according to the latest research, is good for you.  The right kind of fat.  Here’s a recent article that  provoked outrage in the comments section from people still wedded to the propaganda rammed down our throats by Big Ag and Big Government for at least 70 years. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323393304578358681822758600.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories#articleTabs%3Dcomments Now…

  • Why do women live longer?

    Sorry men, “because we take such good care of them” is not an acceptable answer!  But reading one of those health blogs this weekend I discovered there’s something we can do to balance things out: Yes, eat more grass fed beef.  You have to read a long way for the payoff, but it’s there. http://blog.grasslandbeef.com/bid/82922/How-Do-Women-Outlive-Men?utm_source=Mar+17+Newsletter+-+New+Edition&utm_campaign=130317&utm_medium=email My browsing this weekend also revealed a new disease:  orthorexia.  Roughly, it describes a condition among  those who carry diet and exercise to slavish extremes.  To fight the problem, I have found avoiding exercise to be effective.

  • Old news butt….

    ….still worth repeating.  Studies show that “processed” meats are bad for you.  Processed, in this case, is any meat that has preservatives or flavoring or coloring added.  Bacon and sausage, the kind you generally buy in a supermarket or eat at a restaurant, are the prime offenders, of course. Here’s the report on the British study: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21682779 We do love that British term, “fry up”.  So well, in fact, that I plan to have one for lunch.  Needless to say, but we’ll say it anyway, there are no additives of any kind in Thistle Hill sausages and bacon. For the observant, yes, the two “t’s” in the heading was intentional. …