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    May 18, 2012

    Part II: What’s wrong with grains?

    Paleo Diet advocates argue that humans are genetically wired to eat meat, foraged vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Paleo peoples, they argue, did not eat grains, legumes, or dairy and were, as described in Part I of this series, superbly healthy. What is it about grains that makes so many, varied researchers (see Part I) forbid us to consume grains or caution us to prepare them properly if we do? First, we’re …

  • Published
    April 20, 2012

    The Paleo Diet, Part I

    Loren Cordain, “The Paleo Diet Cookbook,” is a professor in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Colorado State University. Cordain focuses on the evolutionary and anthropological basis for diet, health, and well-being in modern humans. Cordain is generally acknowledged to be the world’s leading expert on the Paleolithic diet. He has analyzed 229 hunter-gatherer societies and published more than 100 …

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    March 2, 2012

    The battle to save the Polish countryside

    Sir Julian Rose inherited Rose of Hardwick House in 1966, when he was 19 years old. By 1975, he began converting to organic production. In 1984 he began what Wikipedia calls “an intense campaign to promote ecological food and farming in the face of the rapid rise of industrial agriculture.” He has made numerous broadcasts on national radio and television and written many articles, all of which call for the …

  • Published
    November 29, 2011

    Profitable statins

    Stephanie Seneff is a senior research scientist in the Electrical Engineering, Computer Science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her degrees, a B.S. in biology, and an M.S., E.E., and Ph.D. in EECS — were awarded by MIT. She researches within the interdisciplinary intersections of medicine, computer science, and electrical engineering, or the highly-respected biomolecular discipline. Sene…

  • Published
    March 13, 2011

    Sprouting awareness, growing change

    Sometimes, ideas that organize society, or paradigms, recede, like green life in winter. Now, the unsustainable market economy paradigm is breaking apart even as its proponents try to intensify their grip on it. This paradigm is extractive, and we are running out of what can be extracted. There are limits to what the earth can provide, and we have reached them. There are only so many mountaintops that can be …

  • Published
    February 27, 2011

    Strawberries in winter

    It’s mid-February, and many of us are longing for spring. Into these cold days, along come red, luscious strawberries. These early heralds of “come spring” fruit are shipped to us mostly from California, which grows about 90 percent of all strawberries sold in the United States. But, before you eat them or feed them to anyone, consider some cautions. First, industrially raised strawberries come to you …

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    February 8, 2011

    ‘Tapped’:  Bisphenol A

    In the documentary “Tapped,” Dr. Frederick Vom Saal says Bisphenol A, or BPA, is “one of the most toxic chemicals known to man.” BPA, explains Vom Saal, is “the poster child chemical that is going to dismantle the entire regulatory process and demand a re-analysis of all chemicals.” BPA, he says, is “frightening to the regulatory community because of the magnitude of the error they have made.” BPA leaches …

  • Published
    January 26, 2011

    ‘Tapped’: Bottled water

    The movie “Tapped” demonstrates that both drinking water and bottled water are more complex issues than I had realized. I had been somewhat aware of industry’s ongoing attempts to commodify water. I was aware that an argument was raging about whether access to drinking water is a human rights issue. (Only 1 percent of available water worldwide is drinkable.) Apparently, the World Bank places the global water …

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    January 11, 2011

    Consumer Christmas:  Just saying no

    About 10 years ago, I just said no to participating in what I think of now as Consumer Christmas. After I hit my 40s, I began to grow increasingly troubled by how I and my family celebrated Christmas. It seemed to me as if we were caught up in a cultural vortex that was almost impossible to escape, a whirlpool of unrelenting advertising, shopping, and spending. I felt as if I were being dragged further under …

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    December 22, 2010

    Stevia: Is it safe?

    Stevia rebaudiana is a member of the sunflower family and is a native of Paraguay where it has been used for centuries. The leaves are about 30 times sweeter than sucrose, and the whole leaves contain many beneficial nutrients. Traditional societies used whole stevia leaves to sweeten teas and herbal medicines. Stevia is virtually calorie free. Jim Earles, in “Sugar-Free Blues: Everything You Wanted to Know …

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