Primalisms: BPA, Additives, Poultry, Labor, Cycling & More

April 7, 2012

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1) Phew! The FDA has concluded that BPA is safe. I sleep better at night knowing the FDA is watching over our health…

This week, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asserted its opinion that BPA in food packaging does not pose a health hazard by turning down an environmental action group’s petition to ban the substance.

2) 6 Incredibly Gross Additives in Everyday Foods. For example:

– Castorum extract (a bitter, orange-brown substance retrieved from the beaver’s anal gland) – Most food products simply list this additive as “natural flavoring”.

– An average of 30 or more insect fragments and 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams of peanut butter, a kid staple, is allowed, before any action is taken.

– An average of 60 or more aphids and/or thrips and/or mites per 100 grams of frozen broccoli is allowed while 5 or more fly eggs and 1 or more maggots per 100 grams of tomato juice is okay.

3) Since the hot dogs displace some of the wheat, are hot dog stuffed pizza crusts more paleo?

4) Ammonia in our beef? Seems almost harmless when you consider what’s in our chicken:

“poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic.”


“Frankly, after reading these studies, I’m so depressed about what has happened to farming that I wonder: Could a Prozac-laced chicken nugget help?”

5) And this makes me feel even better about pink slime. I shouldn’t worry about ammonia in my beef, because ammonia is in all sorts of food products!

“Ammonia’s not an unusual product to find added to food,” Gary Acuff, director of Texas A&M University’s Center for Food Safety, told a recent press conference hosted by Beef Products Inc. “We use ammonia in all kinds of foods in the food industry.”

6) Can Food Be Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

A Milwaukee inmate who threw up violently for days after eating nutriloaf asked a federal appeals court to consider whether nutriloaf could be so bad that it is unconstitutional. Last week, that court became the first federal appeals court to say yes.

7) Simon Fraser students create adjustable high-heeled shoes.

For example, a woman can start out her day wearing 5-inch heels and reduce the heel’s height to 2 1/2 inches once their feet, calves, knees and back begin to ache. This can be done by detaching the bottom portion of the interlocking heel and storing that piece inside the shoe’s remaining heel.

8)  Labor is on average 2.6 hours longer for women today than it was 50 years ago.

Modern moms are older, heavier and delivering bigger babies than in the 1960s. Obstetric practices have also changed since then: doctors today are more likely than in the past to use epidural anethesia, which can slow labor, and to use oxytocin to induce labor, which may increase the risk of cesarean section; they’re also far less likely to make an episiotomy or to use forceps to speed delivery.

9) Can Bicycling Affect a Woman’s Sexual Health?

Notably, it was the position of the handlebars that seemed to have the most effect. Women on bikes with handlebars positioned lower than their seats experienced more pressure in an area of soft tissue called the perineum, and had decreased sensation in the pelvic floor.

10) Rating restaurants on their allergy friendliness

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