Pass the Sugar… I mean Ketchup
I have a friend who has a condition with a name too complicated for me to ever be able to remember it.
In fact the name is so long that he refers to it as “my condition” and I refer to it as “your condition” and on occasion we substitute the word “situation.”
The condition is such that if he eats too much sugar in one hit and his blood sugar goes up too suddenly, his body responds by producing insulin.
Hey, no problem there because we all do that!
However in his case, his body continues to produce insulin and does not stop until he can either add some protein to the mix or he goes unconscious and we transport him to hospital.
Now my friend, let’s call him David (because that’s his name) works in the film industry and has reason to travel all over the place doing that.
So when he arrives in a new country or city one of his first tasks is to find portable local sources of protein as well as gain familiarity with the use of hidden sugar in the food.
Over the years he has built up a kind of internal database of foods that he knows he has to avoid because of their sugar content.
So far he seems to have eliminated just about anything that has been processed by humans.
Here’s another one for his list:
Calcium is another substance that seems to fall into the category of things you really should get more of regardless of the situation or source.
Another one of those “one size fits all” natural health panaceas that “must be true.”
Of course when you look into the actual science behind it, the real data on it based on research, it gets a little complicated and if there’s one thing we don’t want on the internet… it’s complications!
Great post linked below this week on not just the real story on calcium and especially calcium supplements but a good (but not too much) amount of the medical science behind it.
Underneath this little blurb here is a link to the original FoodBabe article and I have also embedded the YouTube video being referred to in the article.
Sometimes I really despair at the way people just continue to stand for this kind of behavior on the part of food producers.
Yes, there are economic considerations at work here and no, I don’t want farmers to go broke.
But the idea that we sit back and say OK we don’t mind being slowly poisoned by chemicals on a daily basis and we don’t mind forcing the same fate on our children is simply senseless.
The false information here is that as consumers and citizens we are being given the choice of the money or the poison and THAT is where the problem lays.
There are other choices here and there must be other ways for us as a species to continue without knowingly killing each other in the process.
Soy and Hot Flashes
I recently came across an article concerning the use of whole soy foods to help improve women suffering from hot flashes.
The article went on to reveal that although in some cases the strategy was quite effective, in just as many cases is wasn’t.
Unfortunately in the “health world” and depending on what side you already stand on this kind of information is usually reduced down to two statements.
- Whole soy products are great for women who are suffering from hot flashes.
- Whole soy foods are useless in relieving hot flashes.
Sad but true.
I am reminded by this of when my son was born in Australia.
There was a special research center at the hospital where he was born specifically researching the possible benefits of using ginger to alleviate morning sickness in some women.
The use of ginger for morning sickness has been around for centuries especially in Asian cultures and similar to soy if you look it up on the internet you will find two camps.
Ginger will deal with morning sickness, ginger does not handle morning sickness.
Now in the case of ginger obviously enough evidence had been gathered for a full research project into it.
In the case of soy there is probably a long way to go before anything official gets done.
So here’s my take on all natural remedies for conditions that do not respond to normal medical treatment or the treatment sounds worse than the ailment.
Understand that in many cases these things work for a whole range of reasons and there just as many reasons why they don’t work.
So if suggestions like the whole soy food one are not inherently dangerous or extreme why not give it a go?
It may work or it may not, you have nothing to lose.
Let’s All Move to Sth Africa!
OK, everyone who saw the heading of this article (below) and immediately just knew how it was going to end up raise your hands!
In order to determine that by swapping the diets of some average burger eating Americans with some average healthy eating South Africans they could establish a beneficial effect they had to do a study?
They really needed to do that? Why?
Any idiot could have predicted where this was going to go!
Bad Nutritional Advice
With the abundance of information available to us these days by way of the internet it seems at times almost impossible to work out which way to turn.
Of course there have always been certain parts of life where information overload has been a problem but I am hard pressed to think of an example right now worse than the world of nutritional advice.
Running a blog that simply tries to provide the latest and greatest in the field of health means that I come across some pretty wacky stuff on a weekly if not daily basis.
So, what’s a person to do when it comes to nutritional advice because we’ve got that stuff coming out of the woodwork!
To me the way to try and navigate your way through the maze of facts, opinions, marketing and just plain old craziness is simple.
I always think in terms of what makes sense.
As soon as I see the “only eat this” or “only us that” I am immediately on alert.
Check out this article for a great list of tips on how to safely get through the minefield of advice that is out there.