Primalisms: Alternative Medicine, Breast-Feeding, Paleo Restaurant, Yoga & More

March 3, 2012

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1) CBC News Anchor Adrian Harewood is going Paleo for the month of March, while his co-anchor is going vegan! Let’s hope he does Paleo and not Faileo. You can offer support/advice on Twitter @CBCAdrianH

2) Australian Doctors, Scientists Wage War on Alternative Medicine. Similar story in the UK, where as of this year it will no longer be possible to study alternative medicine at publicly funded universities. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

The group has written a letter to all of Australia’s university vice-chancellors asking them to: “Reverse the trend which sees government-funded tertiary institutions offering courses in the health care sciences that are not underpinned by convincing scientific evidence.”

3) Use your cellphone to check if your burger has E. Coli.

4) Why Pediatricians Say Breast-Feeding is About Public Health, Not Just Lifestyle

the recognition on behalf of the group’s 60,000 pediatricians that breast is best for mom, baby and the nation’s general well-being is creating buzz in the breast-feeding community”

“The current policy calls for exclusive breast-feeding for “about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.”

5) Before exams, some kids are being given “Power Bars” with the following warning label: “Improves Warning Power”. It’s hoped that these bars will act as a placebo effect and improve test scores. Creative. Too bad the bars are made of grains…

Administrators at Hagen Road Elementary want kids to think eating an “FCAT power bar” will guarantee great results on the exams — starting Tuesday — in the same way the “placebo effect” allows medical patients to swallow sugar pills as fake treatments to spark healing.

6) Fast-food restaurant inspired by ‘caveman diet’ to open in Copenhagen. Michelin star Chef. Don’t know why he talks about eating rye bread though… but the menu sounds good:

The menu includes “meatza”, essentially a meat pizza turned upside down with a base of organic ground beef topped with baked tomatoes, pickled mushrooms and parsley pesto. For the hot dog, the sausage with wild leeks comes in an egg-based wrapper, while the risotto is made of small kernels of celeriac shaped to look like long-grain rice.

7) Low-Hanging Fruit: Can an Edible Forest Take Root in Seattle?

“Imagine if your neighborhood park doubled as a communal orchard. Out of fruit in the fridge? Just stroll down the block and pluck the first ripe pear you see. It may sound like a hippie fantasy, but residents of Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood could soon be living that dream, with a community group planning to break ground on the country’s largest “food forest” this summer.”

8) Should Yoga Be an Olympic Sport? Apparently some people think so…

“For the over-worked and anxiety-ridden, yoga can be a great way to relax. So just in case it becomes too relaxing, why not turn it into a competition we can stress about?”

9) Yoga’s creating some “excitement” in the news.

“Yoga teachers and how-to books seldom mention that the discipline began as a sex cult — an omission that leaves many practitioners open to libidinal surprise.

Hatha yoga — the parent of the styles now practiced around the globe — began as a branch of Tantra. In medieval India, Tantra devotees sought to fuse the male and female aspects of the cosmos into a blissful state of consciousness.”

10) The Most Sweeping Anti-Cruelty Policy in the Food Service Industry. The Bon Appetit Management Company hopes it has grown large enough to demand change from the ranchers and farmers it buys from.

Bon Appétit announced last week that it had implemented the most sweeping anti-cruelty policy in the food service industry. By 2015, all of the pork the company buys will come from farmers who do not confine their sows in two-by-seven-foot gestation crates. Similarly, all of its “liquid” eggs that come to its kitchens pre-cracked and in containers will be from cage-free hens, as its in-shell eggs do now. Veal from crated calves will disappear from Bon Appétit menus, as will the small amount of foie gras it serves. “We’ve said, ‘That’s it. No more. It’s over,'” Bauccio said in an interview.

This will have a huge impact. The company buys 3,000,000 pounds of pork a year and 11 million pre-cracked eggs.

11) The Secret to Guys’ Sex Appeal: Low Stress, High Testosterone, Strong Immunity.

Washboard abs and a chiseled jaw are a draw, but a recent study suggests it may be a man’s healthy immune system that really turns women on.

That makes sense, since a strong immune system signifies a healthy guy — one who’s likely to survive long enough to pass his rugged genes to the next generation. But the more surprising thing is that women can apparently spot good immunity by looking at a guy’s face.

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