Reprinted courtesy of The Huffington Post
History, horror and hope…
By increasing our awareness, we increase our power. By increasing our power, we increase our ability to affect change in any particular area.
Consumers who buy "certified organic" cut back on their consumption of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and support agricultural practices that will sustain the soil for generations. As Ralph Diller, who sells his organic grains to Arrowhead Mills says:
Long overdue is a renewal of the glory days of hemp, a highly nutritious and eco friendly plant used to make everything from paper, protein powder, and building materials to socks and lip balm. The public is gradually becoming more aware, thanks to a much needed shift towards greener living and heightened awareness surrounding food, of the myriad benefits afforded by the incredible plant, Cannabis sativa.
What a century! The scientific and technological breakthroughs made in our quest to understand the biological needs of the body have astounded us throughout the 1900s. We are seeing a dramatic shift in the public’s attitude about the role that diet and lifestyle play in our overall health and longevity. More people are realizing that in deviating from the natural order, we lose something invaluable and life-giving. Indeed, it is no longer considered “natural” for people to eat a diet that is overcooked, over processed, denatured, sprayed, and possibly even irradiated before being preserved and packaged. But how did we get to this point? Let’s take a quick look back.
When I was a kid, water came from the tap. It came in a glass, or maybe even straight out of a garden hose or a water fountain. No one carried water in a bottle, unless you were camping and then it was a metal canteen, not a plastic bottle. Nowadays, bottled water is so commonplace that many restaurants serve it automatically asking only, “spring or sparkling?” While it may be true that city water is not the healthy elixir it once was, are we really doing ourselves and the environment any service by buying our water in bottles?
In today’s environment of trends, style, and hipness, one must search through the effects before the truth appears. Our perception of image is manufactured in Hollywood and today is represented by anorexic young ladies and "stud puppy" boys. This sculptured reality is misguided and corrupting to the imagination of the public. Here in North America our government has admitted that bordering on 60% of us are severely overweight and our children are less fit and heavier than ever. Sadly, we are now exporting this disorder worldwide with our fast thinking, fast food mentality.
Here are ten reasons why all of us should be troubled about the rapid proliferation of genetically engineered foods:
Webster’s Dictionary defines a fad as, “a practice or an interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal.”1 For most people, when they think of the word “fad,” the word “diet” isn’t too far behind.
This international hit is apparently attractive to the thousands who have attempted to adopt it. The diet claims to improve health, regulate weight and prevents aging. Dr. Peter D’Adamo presents the work that his father developed over several decades. They are not biochemists but hold a sincere belief in their work which holds as its central hypothesis that each blood type requires certain foods and rejects others.
What are super Fruits? The short answer is that the word constitutes nothing more than a marketing term used recently in the beverage industry to refer to a fruit having exceptional nutrients and antioxidant quality, with an appealing taste.
The earliest historical reference to sugar w by a Greek admiral in the service of Alexander the Great in 325 A.D., who described it as a kind of honey growing in the reeds or canes. (Sugar cane is actually one of the largest grasses.)
Funny how we learn new things; some» times the most unlikely situation becomes a new research project. Sitting around the lunch table at Hippocrates the other day, Sam Sheppard, our media director here, announced that he needed an article about coconuts for this issue. I said, “I know nothing of coconuts,” and he said “Well, great! You should research and write about it!”
I've often wondered, "What exactly is in non-dairy creamer?" I've never been a coffee drinker - can't stand the smell and I know it's not good for you, but I have noticed others pouring this "dairy substitute" into their mornin' cup-o-joe. it's called "non-dairy creamer" and any reasonable person would conclude there is NO dairy in it. This delineation is important for people who are lactose intolerant, have other sensitivities to milk products such as sinus and mucus congestion or asthma, or for those who simply avoid dairy altogether. It also says on the label there are ZERO trans fats - you know, those artificial, man-made fats being banned (finally), it seems, in every city across this nation? These are two things thankfully lacking in this product that make it appear to be the cream (in a way) of the crop; moving in a somewhat healthy direction. But let's take a closer look.
The tender, life-giving act of breastfeeding shouldn’t be tainted by fear of industrial contaminants.