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August 29, 2006

Old fashioned animal fats

Modern soy products contain antinutrients and toxins -- megnut.com

Far from being the perfect food, modern soy products contain antinutrients and toxins and they interfer with the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

You've gotta do better than this. This article is by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, who have also published a cookbook called Nourishing Traditions , subtitled "The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats." From the publisher's page, we learn:

Nourishing Traditions will tell you:

* Why your body needs old fashioned animal fats
* Why butter is a health food
* How high-cholesterol diets promote good health
* How saturated fats protect the heart
* How rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
* Why grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
* About enzyme-enhanced food and beverages that can provide increased energy and vitality
* Why high-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies
* Why children need diets rich in animal fats to attain optimal development

Ms Enig also has a page called "Cholesterol and Heart Disease" in which we learn that "Blood cholesterol levels between 200 and 240 mg/dl are normal. These levels have always been normal." Ms Enig is the president of the Maryland Nutritionists Association, which appears to be her entire qualification in nutrition.

Ms Fallon, who has a English degree from Stanford, is a follower of Weston Price, whose website claims that "humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats." Ms Fallon also believes that canola oil is dangerous, but can be offset by supplementation with animal fats. Do you really want to be taking a 7-year-old article by these people seriously, especially given that soymilk production heats the slurry precisely to destroy the protease inhbitors Ms Fallon is so het up about? You think they might have an agenda? Does this look like nutrition science to you? No carnivore like a converted carnivore, I guess.

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August 28, 2006

I'm Chumby, dammit.

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Chumby Devices Handed Out at Foo

Chumby is a small, wifi enabled, touch screen information device. When you take it out of the box and plug it in it is essentially a glorified alarm clock. But when you take a moment and register your particular Chumby at their website, it can become just about anything you like.

Forget the usual boys' club exclusivity bullshit of handing out devices to the people least able to really give them the kind of real-world shakeout they'd need. You know, the meritocracy. This Chumby thing sounded pretty interesting when I read this first paragraph, especially the small part. I was envisioning something I could put in a pocket. Then I see this picture of people playing with their new toys (oh, sorry, having a "Chumby hack session", which is something I believe they're developing new pharma to cure):

That thing is HUGE. Then I read in the comments that this is supposed to be...wait for it...an ALARM CLOCK replacement. Or as we call it now a "digital lifestyle device" (also from the comments.) Yeah, I NEED an alarm clock that shows Google News, because I might actually go 2 seconds between waking up and grabbing the laptop without being connected.
Bubble 2.0 is upon us, folks.

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August 7, 2006

Fatal harvest

From Slow Food USA, in regards to proposed USDA "grass-fed" standards:

Ultimately, I believe that grass fed should mean animals humanely raised in grass pastures from birth to harvest, the way nature intended.

Ah, the latest euphemism. What that should read is "birth to slaughter", not harvest. but then again, that'd remind you that the animal, at the end of all that humane treatment, was killed. No, actually, it was harvested. I am almost tempted to write the USDA and support the bill.

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