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Primalisms: GMO, Social Jet Lag, Meat Glue & More

May 13, 2012

Vogue-US-cover-May-20121) GMO gets mainstream exposure in Vogue.

The Organic Center’s chief scientist, Dr. Chuck Benbrook, was quoted in the article; Benbrook spoke about how GMO’s have created weed resistance and substantially increased herbicide/pesticide use. He said “When it comes to the potential for health and environmental damage in farming communities, this is a train wreck unfolding.”

2) Peter Kaminsky is the author of “Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy (and Really Well).” He believes that we can eat less by eating more flavorful foods.

“Mr. Kaminsky advises readers to steer clear of processed ingredients, white flour, sugar and potatoes, but has high praise for anchovies, chickpeas, capers, plain yogurt, olive oil and roasted almonds. And he happily finds room in his dream larder for bacon, butter, Italian sausage and dark chocolate.”

3) If Running Marathons Is So Healthy Why Do People Die Running Them?

“Completing a marathon is thought of by many as the epitome of health. But every year there are reports of people dropping dead before they cross the finish line.”

4) Is ‘Social Jet Lag’ Making You Fat?

“Social jet lag, a term coined by researchers in Europe, refers to the discrepancy between your natural body clock and your social clock — the schedule you need to keep for your job and other social commitments. If you’re relying an alarm clock to wake up every morning during the week, but sleeping in on weekends, that’s a good sign there’s a mismatch. The end result is that your body’s basically shuttling back and forth between time zones each week while you’re becoming increasingly sleep-deprived.”

5) How to Mother a Mother

“It’s called the cuarentena. It sounds like “quarantine,” but it refers to 40 days. In traditional Hispanic culture, as well as many cultures around the world, there is a real ritual attached to the first 40 days or so after a woman has a baby. We attach a lot of ritual to the time before the baby, with baby showers and foods to eat or not to eat during pregnancy and coddling the mother. We don’t really have a prescription for after a baby is born.

But in Mexican culture, it’s highly ritualized. The idea is that women family members traditionally surround a mother and help bathe and clean and diaper the baby. But really the focus of the attention is the well-being and safety and health of the mother for 40 days.”

6) Trying The Caveman Diet Doesn’t Have To Cost The Earth: tips for making Paleo affordable at the Business Insider.

7) McDonald’s counters critics with bloggers

McDonald’s is assembling an army of a million burger-friendly bloggers to tackle critics like Jamie Oliver, the campaigning chef.

A group of 400 bloggers, who are also fans of the fast-food chain, are reportedly given free gifts and all-expenses-paid parties in exchange for favourable blogs about the firm online. McDonald’s hopes to roll out the initiative in the UK within a year.”

8) Dance walking. Enough said.

9) Study to Pay $3.5K For Eating Fast Food (And Getting Fat)

“Washington University in St. Louis is doing a study on obesity, and so they need some fat people. They’re willing to pay you $3,500 to gain five percent of your body weight in three months from eating exclusively at fast food restaurants McDonald’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King, and Pizza Hut. It’d be like your own little Fast Food Nation. Below, a local news report that begins, “So what if you could eat all the fast food you want and get paid for it?” Well, that’s certainly one way of looking at it.”

10) Eating Fast Increases Diabetes Risk

People who wolf down their food are two and a half times more likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes than those who take their time according to new research presented at the joint International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology in Florence, Italy.

11) Will Patients Bear the Burden for Developing Their Own Treatments?

“These patient groups are absolutely right to be striking out on their own; what’s perhaps scarier is the concern that such patient commitment may not only facilitate the development of new therapies, but may also be required. The costs and uncertainties of medical product development are becoming so prohibitively high that many drug companies may strategically elect to pursue conditions for which the development path has already been relatively de-risked, and where much of the advance work has been done.”

12) Great video on GMO – only 3 minutes.

13) Hospital Food So Fresh, Even The Healthy Come To Dine

“Twice a week, local seniors in Warrenton, Virginia, flock to a hip new dinner spot called the Bistro on the Hill for good food, a great view, and musical accompaniment by a retired piano player from a nearby Nordstrom’s.

Only “The Bistro” is no stand-alone restaurant. It’s the cafeteria of Fauquier Hospital, one of a new group of “patient-centered” health facilities focused on meeting more than just people’s medical needs. Fauquier is one of about a dozen U.S. hospitals certified by a group called Planetree, which sets strict standards for patient-centered care.”

14) Use of Meat Glue is Uncontrolled

“Marketing consultants and food scientists estimate — because no company will discuss sales figures– that anywhere from 11 to 35 percent of all packaged and sliced ham, beef, chicken, fish, pizza toppings and other deli products are enhanced, restructured or molded using the meat glue, which is made from one of two brands of protein adhesive.”

15) Researchers develop ‘model mouth’ for NPD and product evaluation

“A newly developed ‘model mouth’ could have industrial applications as a product development and evaluation tool for food companies, say researchers.”

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