FDA Says Cloned Animals OK To Eat

Wonderful wisdom comes from the FDA this week in that they have said they will approve cloned livestock for human consumption. The FDA is basing their decision on their research indicating cloned animals are “virtually indistinguishable” from other animals intended for human consumption.

Probably the biggest hurdle the food industry would face in feeding these animals to the public is a person’s wariness in knowing they have a frankenburger from a cloned animal on their plate. Not to worry though, the FDA has said they will not require labeling of food from cloned animals either. So in one fell swoop, without any tracking of this food through the system to your plate, the government plans to unleash this on the public. Something smells like a cloned fish here.

How will the FDA know there is a problem if indeed one crops up? Cloning animals is still a very young science; do we know the long term effects of generations of these carbon copy critters?

This is the same FDA that gave us Vioxx, resulting in some 40,000 US deaths, Celebrex and Bextra and the same government that gave us the ridiculous food pyramid with all the conflicts of interest on the Food And Nutrition Board. And they want the public to believe cloned animals, that regularly exhibit genetic problems, will not pose any risk to humans.

The FDA is still months away from actually approving cloned cows, chickens, turkeys and the like and having a cloned animal appear on our plate is still years away. These Xerox animals are just too expensive at this point to put them in a Happy Meal.

Cloned animals brought to you by the FDA, in its infinite wisdom, should be food enough to make you switch to a vegan lifestyle.

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Discovered at Slashfood.com

Alan LeStourgeon

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tips For Starting Off The New Year

It’s a new year in a few days and we want to encourage you to take time for a personal inventory with these top 10 healthy tips for starting the new year right.

Show notes:

  • 1. Take time to educate yourself about health every day – The China Study is our number one recommendation.
  • 2. Keep properly hydrated by drinking plenty of purified water every day – Drink half your weight in ounces each day.
  • 3. Get plenty of sleep and rest – Plan your day around how much sleep you need.
  • 4. Ask yourself, “What are my goals in life?” – Having a vision for life and a purpose will keep you from throwing off restraints in your life.
  • 5. Take time to exercise at least 30 minutes per day – 30 minutes is a minimum.
  • 6. Get 30 minutes of sunshine every day – Sunshine helps your body produce much needed vitamin D.
  • 7. Make a list of things you want to eliminate from your diet or life and do one each week.
  • 8. Eat raw food with every meal – add veggie sticks (crudités), fruit, salads, etc.
  • 9. Take time to plan your meals and prepare them – Look for our Mostly Raw Vegan Meal Planner coming soon.
  • 10. Take care of your soul – Our souls live for eternity and Jesus said, “I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Next week: More about starting off 2007 on the right foot.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Why Are We Taking So Many Pain Relievers?

I saw an interesting story on ABC News tonight about the dangers of pain relievers. Almost everyone knows taking too much aspirin can cause stomach bleeding and ulcers, but did you know that taking too much acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause serious liver damage? We’re talking liver damage bad enough that you would need a transplant!

Once I started doing some research I found some alarming statistics.

Apparently there’s a serious problem with taking the correct dosages of pain relievers, and there can even be a problem when the correct dosage is taken. Acetaminophen sends 50,000 people to the hospital each year and 100 people die from it unintentionally according to the FDA. But it isn’t any better with what is known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs which are asprin, ibuprofen, naproxen and others. More than 200,000 are sent to the hospital and NSAIDs are linked to 16,000 deaths each year.

An then you find out how many people are taking pain relievers every day. Between NSAIDs and Acetaminophen more than 23,000,000, that’s twenty-three-million, people are taking a pain reliever every single day. That means every 13 days enough pain relievers are taken to give every man, woman, and child in the United States a dose.

I have to ask the obvious…

Why?

Could it be that we aren’t eating the right foods? Pain relievers just treat the symptoms, never the cause. From these stats it sounds like some people must be on a steady diet of pain relievers. Granted, there are physical causes of pain such as falling off your bike, but I bet the majority of the consumption of pain pills goes to headache sufferers.

It’s a no brainer that when your head hurts it means your body is trying to tell you something and it’s a good possibility that your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs. It hasn’t happened in a long time, but I know in the past when I didn’t eat right I occasionally ended up with a wicked headache.

When you combine the everyday stress of life with a bad diet, no wonder 23 million people reach for the medicine cabinet every day. Maybe we should try feeding our brains nutrient dense food instead of pain relievers.

Stats from: Seattle Post Intelligencer article.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Fast Food & Government Nutrition Propaganda

The food industry, government and fast food restaurants are engaged in propaganda to make money, not to provide nutritious food. We expose the agenda on this week’s Healthy Diet Podcast.

Show notes:

  • Clever slogans abound in the fast food industry, an example from Wendy’s – “Do What Tastes Right”, or Pizza Hut – “Gather Round The Good Stuff”, Yea, right!
  • A new slogan for Burger King, how about – “Burger King, Pass By or Bypass, Have It Your Way!”
  • There’s a McDonald’s on the first floor of Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Isn’t this a bit of a conflict of interest?
  • Government propaganda with the food pyramid. The guidelines are highly suspect and must have been influenced by food industry lobbyists. They state 10 to 35% of our calories should come from protein. Even bodybuilders don’t have near 35% protein in their diets.
  • The Food And Nutrition Board (FNB) even suggests 25% of our energy should come from added sugar. Does this mean it’s okay to eat candy, cakes and pastries. Our tax dollars pay for irresponsible counsel from the government.
  • The China Study author Dr T. Colin Campbell suggests 20 to 22% protein increases the risk of serious disease. Read A Health Disaster In The Making on our web site.
  • A member of the panel that put together these guidelines left for an executive position at the world’s largest food company. Can you say, conflict of interest.
  • Look for our Mostly Vegan 2 Week Meal Planner coming soon.

Next week: To be announced.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Stomach Stapling For Teens – Insanity From The UK

The UK Observer is reporting that the UK government health organization known as the NIH is recommending obese children as young as 15 be offered radical stomach stapling surgery as a last resort. The consequences, according to the NIH, from not having the stomach stapling surgery may be diabetes and heart disease later in life.

This is just pure insanity and completely irresponsible for any governmental organization to suggest such a drastic measure, especially for underage individuals. Examples like this show why people should not rely on government to run their lives.

The long drawn out name of the NIH is The National Institutes For Health and Clinical Excellence. Their name is a complete misnomer in that, with his recommendation, they are shooting for anything but clinical excellence. Suggesting that teens have their stomachs mutilated instead of recommending nutritional alternatives is just plain ignorant.

Having one’s stomach stapled down to a smaller size is, in effect, just putting a band-aid on the problem of obesity and is typical of the medical solution to treat the symptom instead of the problem. The problem of morbid obesity is poor nutritional habits. Stapling a stomach down to a smaller size won’t cure the problem of the individual eating the wrong kinds of food.

Since the NIH (read taxpayer) is going to have to pay for these surgeries how about another radical approach? Provide or help pay for a retreat where the morbidly obese can get counseling on proper nutrition and they are restricted to only the nutritionally dense food served there. No snacks, no dairy, no cheese, no junk from the food industry only raw living fruits and veggies with a smattering of cooked food. If it’s not on the menu at the retreat, you don’t get to eat it.

When your body gets the nutrition it need old habits die. When you get your stomach stapled all you have is a stapled stomach. There are cases where the stomach has stretched out and the individual is again in the same position, still eating nutritionally void food.

The government is best left protecting us from threats foreign and domestic, not creating them.

Alan

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Holiday Recipes For Your Healthy Diet

Don’t over do it this Christmas season. We offer some healthy diet alternatives to the fattening fare usually served up during the holidays. Listen in.

Show notes:

  • Traditions are difficult to break, especially when it comes to food like Grandmas apple pie or cookies or special cakes.
  • You can start some new healthy traditions with different foods. Let’s also remember what the Christmas season is about. It’s not food, it’s the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • January is the highest month for gall bladder surgery. After the holidays your body revolts!
  • Here are some healthy holiday alternatives. Veggies with spinach pesto dip. Salads with nearly anything you can think of – strawberries, fresh pears, cranberries, raisins, nuts, orange zest, etc.
  • Jicama mashed potatoes from www.serenityspaces.org on a video from The Garden Diet.
  • Butternut squash soup – make sure you peel all the rind off. It tastes very bitter if you don’t.
  • Desserts – Date nut balls, raw apple pie, roasted nuts. Eggnog made with almond milk is delicious.
  • Start planning your new healthy holiday traditions now.

Next week: More food propaganda and a McDonald’s at a children’s hospital. It never ends.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Healthy Recipes Section Updated

In our last Healthy Diet Podcast blog post I put in a sentence that was supposed to link to the healthy recipe section of our web site, but I forgot to include the link. Unfortunately I can’t go back and correct it because with the podcasting plug-in I’m using, it then removes our feed from the podcast directories we are listed in.

Anyway, we have added several recipes in the last few weeks that I wanted to make you aware of. Jean had a writing marathon a couple of weeks ago in preperation for our Meal Planner we are working on and she wrote an article for about 7 or 8 recipes in one afternoon. So, here are a few of them:

Vegan Cookie Recipe
This is an oatmeal cookie that tastes better then most anything you can get at your local grocery, and of course, there aren’t any animal products in it.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
I love mashed potatoes but usually they are full of butter, cream, milk and more, not these.

Roasted Potatoes
Yes, I love potatoes and these two recipes are some of the only cooked foods you will find on our site, wait, I do think we have a pasta recipe in there somewhere. My favorite potatoes are called creamers and they are little potatoes about the size of an ice cube that are great when roasted in the oven with garlic and rosemary.

Sprouted Grain Bread
Believe it or not here’s a bread recipe that uses only one ingredient and is slow cooked at a low temperature in the crock pot so it’s still full of living enzymes.

Spinach Soup Recipe
Here’s a delicious raw spinach soup recipe that will blow you away it’s so good. I think Popeye was on to something.

There are many more recipes on our healthy recipe page that I know you will love and you will love knowing they are healthy for you. Tomorrow on our podcast we’re going to talk about holiday recipes and offer some alternative to the usual fattening fare found and many Christmas parties.

Tune in tomorrow.

Alan

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Big Medicine Isn’t Concerned About Healthy Diets

You would think with all the evidence available today about fast food being bad for you, the medical establishment in this country would catch a clue. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Believe it or not, there is actually a full service McDonald’s on the main floor of the hospital.

I heard this on the news while riding around this morning and was astounded! We have a childhood obesity epidemic plaguing our nation thanks to fast food junk houses like McDonald’s and the very institutions that are supposed to be curing our kids, are in bed with the same people that are making them sick. This makes me sick!

The byline on the logo at the top of Children’s Memorial Hospital’s web site states, “Where kids come first.” Oh really, is that the philosophy of the hospital or McDonald’s? Maybe it should read, “Where profits come first.”

While kids are upstairs getting deadly chemicals poured into their veins their parents are downstairs grabbing a happy meal to further poison them with.

But wait, there’s more…

To further add to the hypocrisy of Children’s Hospital, on their research page they have a link out to the Consortium To Lower Obesity In Chicago Children. Here’s a research tip for Children’s Hospital and CTLOICC, listen to our podcast on the documentary Supersize Me and then watch the movie. Then tell McD’s to take a hike.

How much more evidence does one need to show that the medical establishment doesn’t have a clue about nutrition?

Alan LeStourgeon

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