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I was eating dinner at a nice French restaurant recently, and overheard the conversation at the next table. It was a family with a young boy, perhaps 6 years old. The only thing the boy would eat was French fries. I was like a kid in a candy store – could hardly decide between the snails, frogs, sweetbreads, or bone marrow. And of course, there were more conventional menu items available as well. It seemed like such a pity that this child wasn’t taking advantage of this opportunity to experience all these different foods.

I don’t want to be one of those people who doesn’t have kids, but is quick to judge parents. At the same time, I wonder if there isn’t more that parents can do to help their kids enjoy food, and get the nutrition they require.

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Is Pork Unhealthy?

February 29, 2012

Bacon-&-Eggs
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I quit pork long before I started paleo – in fact, I haven’t intentionally consumed any pork in almost 10 years. This may shock you, since it seems that most paleo adherents  worship pork, especially bacon and pork belly. It’s not one of those foods that I’m adamantly against, like wheat. So if some snuck into my food somewhere, I wouldn’t freak out. Nor have I ever previously recommended others to avoid it – I’ve pretty much stayed quiet on the topic. But I certainly have gone out of my way to avoid it.

Why? I’ve come across enough research and anecdotes over time, to have a sort of gut feeling to steer clear of it. Even more so, since I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything nutrition wise by keeping it out of my diet, as I eat plenty of other great meats and fats.

Needless to say, I was excited to see Paul Jaminet’s series, The Trouble With Pork (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). In these very interesting blog posts, Paul explains that there is a strong association between pork and liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and MS. He covers a few possible contributing factors, ending with the one he finds to be the most probable culprit.

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Wheat-Field
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If you’re in the United States, not much. Americans are still waiting for Gluten-Free labeling rules to be implemented by the FDA. The FDA proposed that, just like in Canada, a food product could only labeled gluten-free if doesn’t exceed 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten. But these labeling rules have not yet been adopted, even though it’s been 4 years since the FDA first proposed them. This means that if you buy a product labeled gluten-free in the US, it’s anyone’s best guess as to how much gluten it actually contains. Keep reading…

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Nalgene Plastic Water Bottle
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Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic estrogen used in polycarbonate plastic products. You hear about it most when it comes to water bottles, canned goods, and receipts. We known it can cause hormonal changes and otherwise negatively affect our health. So, we try to buy products that are BPA-free. But somewhere along the way, BPA-free seems to have become synonymous with “safe”. What does BPA-Free really mean? It means there shouldn’t be any BPA in it. Great. What it doesn’t mean is that the product doesn’t contain any other toxic chemicals, synthetics, additives, etc. Only recently did the FDA recognized BPA as toxic. How do we know the BPA replacements are safe? Or other plastics in general? Or for that matter, that BPA-free products are actually free of BPA?

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Power-Lines
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“EMF Pollution… the New Tobacco?” – Nora Gedgaudas, Primal Body – Primal Mind

The EMF pollution that we are constantly bombarded with is far from primal. Now, I’m not suggesting you go hide in a cave for the rest of your life, but here are 10 easy ways to significantly reduce your EMF exposure.

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