This is not just a U.S. problem but in all reality it is most likely more of a problem in the U.S. than anywhere else in the developed world.
I think the reason it is hard for the American is because their system is so totally compromised by business interests.
In their effort to keep Government out of their lives they end up opening the door to vested interests having undue influence.
If you read the labels on most food products it is still pretty hard to work out what it is you are actually getting, then on top of that they have a vocabulary that is entirely unto themselves which further complicates things.
The influence of big food on labelling is really quite strange as they should have nothing to do with it, it’s kind of like putting Dracula in charge of the Blood Bank!
Anyway the link below is to an article that gives a pretty good rundown on what some of the most common labels are and what they really mean.
Injury Treatment Tips
One of the first things you find out when you become a parents is that active kids really like to bang into the new world they find themselves in and truly experience the pain of it all on a daily basis.
I guess it’s just a part of finding you way that we all went though!
So, you job very quickly become the first aid officer in the house and before long you get pretty good at patching up all manners of bruises and bangs as well as being quite certain about when and when not to go to a doctor!
Here are some tips to add to your arsenal.
Just in case you need reminding here seven basic tips to help you not die of heart disease of some kind.
None of these heart health tips are new and the truth is that most of you could probably have written the original article yourselves.
Of course not only didn’t write the article even though you could have, you probably won’t follow the tips even though you know you should!
And like just about everyone else that suffers the shock of some kind of heart disease diagnosis, you will have that look of surprise on your face when you find out!
I am not going to touch this subject with a barge pole.
I am just referring to the article on the Harvard Medical blog for information purposes.
This is one of those nutritional subjects that has been going around and around for years now and doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.
I know that the source of long term energy is protein and dependence on short term energy sources like carbohydrates results in a lack of stamina and the need to keep replenishing that energy constantly.
I don’t think there is much argument about the need for protein.
The real trouble starts when we get into discussions about how much protein and in what form we get it.
Sadly it is this area of research on protein that is the most lacking and as a result the most open to false and misleading information based on opinion rather than fact.
Healthier Breakfast Cereals
This article caught my eye this week for a couple of good reasons. Basically General Mills, one of the largest cereal manufacturers in the U.S announced they will be phasing out the use of artificial coloring and flavoring from the products.
Of course this is a trend that seems to be gathering momentum and personally I think it is due to the internet.
These guys can no longer hide behind their marketing departments controlling the spread of information about their products and one by one they are getting busted for their practices.
Before the internet people could complain about them and point fingers at them but as an overall action it was dispersed and ineffective because there were no central forums with which participants could gather numbers big enough to have an effect.
These days it is a different ball game and you just can’t keep putting out press releases saying everything is OK and we are all safe.
Similarly you can’t use the line that “this is what the public wants” anymore because they public are clearly saying this is what they don’t want!
Of course all of these big food organisations still try to cling desperately to the idea that adding nasty ingredients in the first place was somehow as a response to consumer demands.
Check out this quote from General Mills at the announcement:
“We’re simply listening to consumers and these ingredients are not what people are looking for in their cereal today.”
So you are saying that in the past consumers were actually saying to you,” Can you please put in some carcinogenic flavoring and coloring cos’ that’s what we really want!”
I don’t think so.
Watch Those Jeans!
Yes folks you read that right!
Skinny jeans are now officially a health hazard!
OK, so to put this in context, there is a condition called Compartment Syndrome and it is caused by swelling and bleeding internally due to constant compression of nerves or muscles.
The case that triggered the warning was of an Australian woman who, while wearing very tight jeans, had slowly built up so much pressure in her calves she could no longer walk.
In that case it took four days of treatment before she could finally walk again but in extreme cases it could be worse.
The real problem here of course is not skinny jeans.
The real problem is people so slavishly following fashion trend that they endure incredible discomfort in order to be one of the crowd.
Discomfort or pain is your body’s way of telling you to stop doing something so in reality it is not correct to issue a health warning on skinny jeans.
The real heath warning should be issued to idiots who are a danger to themselves.
I was pretty pleased to come across this article recently because it throws some light on a subject that really gets me annoyed.
It is the perfect example of how big business takes one singular piece of information, twists it all around to suit their purpose then creates a totally useless product that probably isn’t just useless, it’s probably dangerous.
Vitamins have long been identified as being crucial to the regular functions of a body.
These is really nothing going on inside you that in some way is not dependant on some vitamin in some way.
I am sure that is not news to anyone reading this but of course that’s not the whole story regarding vitamins.
There are many, many individual pieces of information regarding how much you need of each one, what other nutrients need to be present, in what form to get them and on and on.
So what does “big food” do?
Hell, let’s just make another sugar packed drink with some fake flavour and some fake color, throw in some random vitamins, call it Vitaminwater and market the hell out of it.
Really? Does this stuff still work?
Apparently it does otherwise they wouldn’t still be doing it.
It is a waste of water, another unnecessary plastic bottle created and as far as any nutritional value goes is completely pointless.
Vitamins are part of food, they need to be incorporate in food or at least consumed as supplements WITH food otherwise they just pass right through or build up dangerously.
Thirsty? Drink some water… not out of a bottle.
Hungry? Eat some real food.