A Century after Darwin, ed. We must pay attention to the intellectual component of the gospel and not neglect it. Information is the stuff of life. It added no information to the genome and thus no new complexity. The right to not be beaten by your husband. This is because feminism, to me is full of hypocrisy. It is the variation in the alleles of a genome as they are expressed in sexual reproduction and the mixing of alleles that occurs.
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Based on the research and my experience practicing medicine, I typically advise most of my patients to avoid dairy products completely. I like ice cream just as much as the next person, but as a scientist I have to look honestly at what we know.
In today's blog I will explore many of the documented ill-effects of dairy, and give you six reasons you should avoid dairy at all costs.
The USDA's pyramid recommends drinking 3 glasses of milk a day. What's wrong with that? Well, for one thing, it's not a recommendation that's based on strict science.
Some of the "experts" who helped create the pyramid actually work for the dairy industry, which makes the US Department of agriculture's recommendations reflect industry interests, not science or our best interests. In fact, Walter Willet, M. D -- the second-most-cited scientist in all of clinical medicine and the head of nutrition at Harvard's School of Public Health -- is one of the pyramid's most vocal critics.
He's even called its guidelines "udderly ridiculous. The pyramid just isn't based on key scientific findings about health. In a moment we will take a look at some of the pyramid's recommendations and why I disagree with them. But before I dissect why the current food pyramid is harmful to your health, I want to offer a bit of hope.
I asked him if he felt that science not industry would be shaping the new guidelines and he said there was now only one scientist with industry ties on the new panel and he was objective and agreeable to make changes when presented the data.
I am anxious to see how the science matches policy but feel a ray of hope that for the first time in the history of our dietary guidelines we will see science predominate, not industry interests and that the language will be direct, clear and simple to understand for all Americans. The guidelines from the early 's promoting the consumption of servings of bread and cereals daily led to the pasta, carb, sugar generation and led to the largest epidemic of obesity in the history of our species.
Let's hope the new guidelines for will guide us toward greater health, not an increasing burden of obesity, diabetes and chronic disease. The USDA food policy guidelines form the basis of the school lunch program and it has contributed to a tripling of obesity in children. Let's hope we can serve up a different lunch menu for our children and our nation. The simple idea that science should become policy is unfortunately one that has found little traction in Washington.
But that seems to be shifting a little now. Consume a variety of foods within and among the basic food groups while staying within your body's energy needs. Sounds sensible -- but which food groups? If you choose dairy, meat, fats, and carbohydrates, the "perfect" meal could be a cheeseburger, milkshake, and fries with ketchup potatoes and tomatoes are the two top vegetables consumed in America. Generic advice like that is pretty meaningless and potentially harmful. Again, that sounds good, but as I wrote in my book UltraMetabolism , even the best-trained nutritionists and dietitians can't come close to correctly estimating their own caloric intake in a day.
Is it okay to consume all of your calories from cola or ice cream as long as you stay within my caloric needs? So this is more useless advice.
Increase intake of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and nonfat or low-fat milk products. Well, fruits, veggies, and whole grains are great. Milk -- not so much. I'll get back to that in a minute. Who could argue with that? But how do they define "wisely"? The real advice here should be to cut down sugar intake from pounds per person per year what we currently consume to less than a pound, avoid flour products except as a treat , and stick to whole-food carbohydrates like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.
That's not bad advice. But it doesn't make sense if most of what you eat is packaged or processed foods that you don't actually prepare. For most Americans who eat half of their meals outside their homes, this isn't helpful. A better recommendation would be to avoid packaged, processed, canned, prepared, and fast foods unless you know exactly how they are made. Sounds good -- but if you're usually drinking two bottles of wine a night, then one seems like moderation! I think a better suggestion is to limit your alcohol consumption to half a drink a day or 3 glasses a week the amount that seems to have the most health benefit.
Of course you shouldn't leave your egg salad out in the hot sun or toss your salad with hands that just handled raw chicken coated with salmonella. But the food pyramid guidelines don't mention pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified foods, despite scientific evidence of their harm. Shame on the USDA! You can see now why I have big problems with the food pyramid!
Its guidelines try to sound sensible -- while still protecting the interests of the food industry, the agriculture industry, and all of the lobbyists paying for the elections of the Congress. That way everybody's happy But I'm not, and you shouldn't be either. The public just isn't served by this watered down, confusing, and useless pyramid. The next guidelines, I hope will be better, especially with independent scientists like Eric Rimm involved.
Worse, some of the recommendations are downright harmful --like the one to drink more milk and dairy products. Willett, who has done many studies and reviewed the research on this topic, there are many reasons to pass up milk, including:.
Milk doesn't reduce fractures. In fact, according to the Nurses' Health Study dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50 percent! Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption like those in Africa and Asia have the lowest rates of osteoporosis. Calcium isn't as bone-protective as we thought. Vitamin D appears to be much more important than calcium in preventing fractures. Calcium may raise cancer risk. Research shows that higher intakes of both calcium and dairy products may increase a man's risk of prostate cancer by 30 to 50 percent.
Calcium has benefits that dairy doesn't. Calcium supplements, but not dairy products, may reduce the risk of colon cancer. Not everyone can stomach dairy. Few people in this country are likely to reduce their fracture risk by getting more calcium.
Real Kosher salt is most usually an additive-free coarse-grained salt, used by Jews in the preparation of meat. It is also used by gourmet cooks who prefer its texture and flavor. Contains the 74 elements necessary for our body! Normal table salt begins as a saline liquid or crystal solution. Then after processing and kiln drying at temperatures in excess of degrees, its natural state is changed and nearly all trace minerals are lost.
Then in processing chemicals are added such as Silico Aluminate, Potassium Iodide, Tri-calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium bicarbonate, and yellow prussiate of soda just to name a few. These are added to bleach the salt, prevent caking, and aid in free-flowing so your salt will flow free even on rainy days. But what are they doing to your body with that process?
Yet when you consume refined table salt in large quantities you are consuming large quantities of those processing chemicals and lost 71 minerals and trace minerals. Did you know that two of the inorganic chemicals used in processing salt is also used to make many consumer related products, such as polyvinyl chloride PVC plastic? Other additives are anti-caking agents such as calcium silicate, magnesium carbonate, calcium carbonate, and other compounds.
They are insoluble in water, which not only prevents them from forming clumps in humid environments thus keeping the soluble crystals of sodium chloride separate , but explains why water becomes slightly cloudy when salt with these additives is dissolved in it. These are all odorless and flavorless substances and contribute nothing to our body but what do they do once inside our body… We can only guess as studies have not been done to tell us….
I use sea salt, no aluminum or contaminants as it is simply salt dried and ground as it comes from the sea. Hi Tony and thanks for your comment! While it is true that salt water is acidic in nature, my understanding from researching the topic is that it helps to kill the acid-producing bacteria, thereby creating a more alkaline environment, resulting in a healthier mouth. I do not promote the long-term use of any rinses as I do feel it upsets the delicate balance of good and bad oral bacteria.
It is only meant as a temporary measure to combat specific problems. Hydrogen Peroxide and certain Essential Oils are also beneficial for short-term rinsing in the mouth and they too are quite acidic and should only be used on a short-term basis also.
Pure salt water should be roughly neutral. As pH is simply an inverse measurement of the Hydrogen cation concentration of the solution and table salt is composed almost entirely of Sodium Chloride and Iodine in iodized salt. Therefore adding pure salt to the water in theory mind you should not change the pH of the water. Additionally, salt kills bacteria by forcing water to flow out of the cell via a process called osmosis , drying it out. This process works even when the salt is added to water, so long as the concentration of salt is higher than the concentration of salt in the bacterium.
A note about Hydrogen Peroxide: And yes… Hydrogen Peroxide can be very acidic. Many of these natural therapies are new to me as a dental professional and I still have a great deal to learn so thanks so much for helping me with this. Your postings are very helpful… thank you! A couple of weeks ago I made the mistake of eating a mouthful of fresh-off-the-stove shrimp without waiting for it to cool a bit. From that, I have had a very sore tongue. I made a similar mistake several years ago and was prescribed an oral solution for healing of the tongue.
I cannot recall the name of the medicine, but it was a swish-and-swallow solution. Can you possibly provide the name of such medication? Unfortunately, I am not sure of the product you describe! Amosan, is a routinely prescribed oxygenating mouth rinse that actually releases hydrogen peroxide in the mouth, but it is not to be swallowed!
I read through bits and pieces of your article and the comments on it, so you or someone else may already have answered these questions. But here they are: Will the salt somehow damage the enamel on my teeth? And which salt is the best to use? Someone said sea salt, but I wanted to know what you thought.
Unless there is a problem, I do not recommend rinses, salt water included. If it is determined that it is needed, I advise that it is only for a short period of time. I prefer Himalayan Salt as I believe that it is a purer form than sea salt that may be affected by water pollution. Thanks for the informative article.
I was wondering about the salt rinse and its effects. The comment on table salt was unfortunate. No true difference and no real benefit. A pinch bit of baking soda with the table salt assures non-acid pH. Wow Marc, thanks for your insights on sea salt and the tip on how to use baking soda to change the PH of table salt.
This is the same reason why I recommend a baking soda tooth powder for daily cleaning of the teeth. Started brushing once a week with A very soft brush, sea salt and baking soda about a month ago.
Recently, Circumstances have prevented my cleaning but time to research. I am shocked and amazed—no more bleeding gums. My teeth feel as clean as after the hygienist in my mind. My gums look healthy and not tender at all. I was very interested in your research. Healthy salt is a miracle, not the bad guy that common table salt is with almost everything beneficial processed out of it!
I just had a perio abcess and just went to the periodontist yesterday. They did a deep cleaning procedure on half of my mouth and I am going back in a week for them to do the other half.
What do you think about using the rinse long term? Also, will it affect my blood pressure? I am not so sure that salt healthy salt is the bad-thing that it has been made out to be with regards to blood pressure and encourage you to do your own research, seek holistic-professional advice and listen to your body.
I only recommend a therapeutic protocol, such as rinsing with warm salt water if there is a problem, so I would continue to re-evaluate whether it is necessary at continuing care appointments.
You can purchase sea salt at your local grocery store. Make sure it is fully dissolved. I first brush for four minutes with just water; then for two minutes with toothpaste; followed by flossing; and then finally rinsing with the salt water solution for approximately 45 seconds. My dentist has seen much improvement in my gums. You can get sea salt from most stores. How exciting that a Periodontist has you using a salt water rinse, and more importantly, that your dentist has seen improvements!
I often recommended brushing without anything on a toothbrush as well, as it is the mechanical action of the toothbrush bristles that actually remove food debris and bacteria. Kathleen Bernardi RDH
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