News recently broke of the first-ever formal recommendations for vitamin D and calcium intake by the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board. To the surprise of some, this committee recommended slightly higher daily vitamin D intake than was originally estimated 13 years ago. These recommendations, however, fall significantly short of recommended vitamin D levels set by researchers throughout the industry. In fact, the recommendations released yesterday suggest that individuals under 71 years old need no more than 600 IU of vitamin D per day. According to the Vitamin D council, this is roughly equivalent to less than two minutes of summer sunshine.
Today we would like to discuss a topic slightly contradictory to our nature. Let me preface this by saying that I am not endorsing these as everyday options. We feel that home cooking with fresh, organic produce is always the most beneficial way to eat, but there are times when you may need to know just which fast food chain to choose. Here is your answer.
Health.com’s panel of experts recently conducted a study of the top 100 fast food chains. Among other factors, they took into account healthy preparations, use of healthy fats, healthy sodium counts, use of organic produce and availability of nutritional information. Read more “5 Healthiest Fast Food Chains”
Already suspected of causing weight gain, reproductive disorders, and a higher incidence of certain cancers, their reputation is only worsening. Endocrine disruptors—synthetic chemicals that mimic the activity of hormones with hazardous consequences—are believed to be exceptionally dangerous to child development.
Also referred to as “EDCs” (endocrine disrupting chemicals), endocrine disruptors attack the body by mimicking or disrupting the flow of messages from glands in the endocrine system, most notably the hypothalamus, pancreas, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and reproductive organs. In healthy individuals, the hormones these glands produce serve as communication mechanisms for bodily needs. Endocrine disruptors alter the strength and flow of these signals causing the body to register distorted commands. Read more “Kidnapping Our Children’s Health: Endocrine Disruptors”
Do you adhere to your diet and exercise religiously, only to find yourself still gaining weight? Chances are, your best efforts are routinely sabotaged by “obesogens,” a dangerous synthetic hormone, which has attracted the attention of the White House because of the threat it could be posing to Americans. On May 11, the White House published a report, “Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation,” which stated that obesogens could be contributing to America’s obesity epidemic by tricking the body’s metabolic rates to slow down. According to an article from the National Institute of Health, “it seems quite likely that obesogen exposure will play an important role in the current obesity epidemic.”
How do obesogens do this? More importantly, how can you protect yourself?
Summer is well underway, but with the 4th of July past, now is the time we settle in and try to shed some of those pounds gained during the early summer frenzy. As a general rule of thumb, it is always good to eat locally grown foods for a variety of reasons. These include everything from more time on the vine to less environmental impact and lower cost. Many doctors claim that a diet high in plant based foods will keep you healthy and help you maintain the perfect weight. Here is a list of 5 local “must eats” for most of the U.S. this summer. Read more “5 Foods You’ve Gotta Eat This Summer”
Institute for Responsible Technology, May 4, 2010 wrote:
Action Alert – Codex Conference
Please send this URGENT message to US Government leaders to protect your right to know which foods are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Send an email today to the Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius).
They must stop US negotiators at an international (Codex) conference from May 3-7, from pushing an agenda that could make it difficult for anyone, anywhere in the world to label foods as genetically modified (GM) food—or even make non-GMO claims on their product’s label.
The US is taking the ridiculous and unscientific position that GMOs are not different from conventional foods, claiming labels that say GMO or non-GMO are misleading. If they succeed at the meeting, the US may then file lawsuits through the World Trade Organization against any country that implements mandatory labeling of GMOs, or even allows non-GMO claims on packages.
This is a grave threat to the Non-GMO Tipping Point—We must push back now! Read more “US Government Claims GMOs Are no Different Than non-GMOs”
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has just partnered with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in an attempt to raise some $8 million for breast cancer research. KFC will donate $0.25 for every pink bucket sold from participating locations.
I’m sure by now you’ve found the irony in this situation, but let me spell it out for you, just in case. KFC is going to be donating money for cancer research, which it receives from serving buckets of fried, starch covered, msg laden chicken – but that’s not all. Read more “Fried Chicken: Used to Cure Cancer?”
I thought this would be a good follow up to my previous two posts about alarming trends pertaining to autism and nutrition in children. On February 17, 2010 USA Today reported that from 1988 – 1994, 11% of children had a chronic disease. This number has grown astronomically in the past two decades climbing to 25% from 2000 – 2006. These statistics were drawn from the Journal of the American Medical Association and a similar story was run in other publications including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. They confirm a scary truth that the upswing in chronic disease plaguing older populations is making its way into our schools and preschools. This is bona fide proof that we need to start protecting our children by educating ourselves about the food they eat, liquids they drink, situations they are exposed to, attention they are given and pressure that is put on them. Read more “Shocking Statistic: 25% of Children have a Chronic Disease”
A study was recently released by health officials stating that some form of autism can be found in 1 out of 100 eight year olds. This study states that these numbers include everything from full blown autism to children with “social difficulties” as well as different kinds of “learning and sensory problems”. Truthfully, this number does not seem very staggering when put in that perspective, but it is important to note that this is the highest estimate on record with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This number, up from 1 in 300 in the early 2000s, was found by studying health records of 400,000 children, not the children themselves. Furthermore, the diagnosis of such conditions is obtained through studying the childrens’ behaviors and interactions. Both of these point to evidence that a portion of this growth could be attributed to increased awareness in recent years, however genuine growth of this problem cannot be ruled out.
Many health experts agree to a pretty simple philosophy. You should protect the brains of your children by educating yourself about their health and diet. The key is to build their immune system in order to prevent disease and reduce the risk factors associated with a developing brain. Eliminate white sugar, white bread and white pasta from childrens’ diets all together as these have almost no nutritional benefit and usually do more harm than good. Organic eating with lots of fruits and vegetables is always a good place to start, but a whole food supplement, antioxidants and fatty acids can also help protect their brain. Fatty acid complex (liquid) nourishes the nerves in their brain promoting proper health and development. Finally, research vaccinations with their potential risk of metals and the striking link to autism. Protecting your children and training their diets at a young age will pay huge dividends in the long run.
New York Times: December 18, 2009
A recent study on children’s nutrition, commissioned by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, presented some very alarming information. As we have said time and again, research shows that unhealthy children have vastly greater chances of becoming unhealthy adults. It has been said that this generation of children will be the first in history to see a decline in average age expectancy, living shorter lives than their parents. This is largely the result of chronic disease epidemics such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Read more “Children’s Nutrition Statistics Reflect Scary Truths”