“One of the most striking things I’ve discovered while researching food and health issues over the past few years is how often strong personalities (usually males with a fervent belief system and either money or political power) drastically change what we think is healthy to eat. Science refuting belief is ignored, obfuscated, or denied. And, when industry becomes involved, the changes are permanently cemented into cultural truth. Such is the case with our current practice of overeating fiber...”
Why you really might want to eat more cholesterol: better sex! :)
“I have no idea if it worked, though I do know that steroid hormones are made from cholesterol -- the body can, of course, make cholesterol itself if we don't eat it, but still, my morning cheese omelet can't have hurt. But it's interesting to know that the shift from breakfasts of eggs and bacon to cold cereal, and advocacy of a vegetarian diet in America, originally had the aim of killing libido...”
Kellogg, John Harvey, 1852-1943.. Plain facts for old and young (here's the reference for the blog postings above).
“...One whose thoughts have been so long trained in the filthy ruts of vice that they run there automatically, and naturally gravitate downward, -- such an one must exercise especial care to secure the most simple, pure, and unstimulating diet.
“The following precautions are necessary to be observed in relation to diet: --
“... 3. Discard all stimulating food. Under this head must be included spices, pepper, ginger, mustard, cinnamon, cloves, essences, all condiments, pickles, etc., together with flesh food in any but moderate quantities. It is hardly to be expected that all who have been accustomed to use these articles all their lives, will discard them wholly at once, nor, perhaps, that many will ever discard them entirely; but it would be better for them to do so, nevertheless.
“4. Stimulating drinks should be abstained from with still greater strictness. Wine, beer, tea, and coffee should be taken under no circumstances. The influence of coffee in stimulating the genital organs is notorious. Chocolate should be discarded also. It is recommended by some who suppose it to be harmless, being ignorant of the fact that it contains a poison practically identical with that of tea and coffee.
“Hot drinks of all kinds should be avoided.
“Tobacco, another stimulant, although not a drink, should be totally abandoned at once.
“5. In place of such articles as have been condemned, eat fruits, grains, milk, and vegetables. There is a rich variety of these kinds of food, and they are wholesome and unstimulating. Graham flour, oatmeal, and ripe fruit are the indispensables of a dietary for those who are suffering from sexual excesses.”
And yet more on vegetarianism as a cure for excessive lust:
“The American Vegetarian Society was founded in 1850 by Sylvester Graham (1794- 1851), an early advocate of dietary reform in United States and the inventor of Graham bread, made from chemical-free unsifted flour. Highly influential, Graham promoted vegetarianism and a high-fiber diet as a cure for alcoholism and lust. Graham preached that an unhealthy diet (one containing the confounding variables of meat and white flour) stimulated excessive sexual desire, which irritated the body and caused disease.
“John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1943) followed in Graham’s footsteps. Inventor of corn flakes and a process for making peanut butter, Kellogg advocated a high-fiber vegetarian diet to combat the twin evils of constipation and “natural urges.” Kellogg preached against sexual activity even in marriage.”
Fascinating article about fats and cooking oil and trans-fat formation. Things make somewhat more sense after reading this...
Tucson schools bans books by Chicano and Native American authors.
Every so often when I take my head out from the sand, things look a little bit scary out there. But then there are signs of hope, even in government!
One of the interesting articles coming out on the topic of GUT FLORA...
A tiny step forward...
Would this have been useful about eight years ago at this time?? Who knows... But definitely explains some things in retrospect.
Interview with Katy Bowman, concerning the efficacy of kegel exercises and why they can actually be harmful: http://mamasweat.blogspot.com/2010/05/pelvic-floor-party-kegels-are-not…
Some very interesting thoughts about the pelvic floor: http://www.alignedandwell.com/?p=1205&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=223
Posture and what it means to be weight-bearing: http://www.alignedandwell.com/?p=1544&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=223
More fascinating facts about posture, and why osteo-arthritis is fixable: http://www.alignedandwell.com/?p=1480&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=223
Made me wish I believed in supplementing bioidentical hormones--”euphoria” sounds like such a nice side effect!
Interesting article about Eclampsia in pregnancy.
An interesting blog on the topic of getting better from cancer...
I am so grateful that some people have time in their lives to devote to local governmet...
Another good reason not to drink the stuff.
Have been meaning to read this--sounds like a continuation of Eric Schlosser's “Fast Food Nation.”
Sean's logic makes sense here...
Have you ever wondered how you would score if you took some of the standardized tests currently inflicted on children in this country?? Here's the fascinating story of a man who decided to try...
In a rather chaotic and unedited fashion, Dr. Kruse lays out a bunch of ideas that are currently very intriguing to me, including his “leptin reset” protocol and “cold thermogenesis” (cold adaptation in humans).
Sudip found this interesting article by a heart surgeon, commenting on current potentially erroneous causation/correlation confusion that is rampant in his field.
A friend of ours is writing this super important book, to help combat some of the crazy myths that cause many people to go to college at all costs, rather than exploring alternative, much-lower-debt-accruing ways of Getting Edjamacated.
Fascinating blog I stumbled across, concerning a whole-body approach to psychiatry.
Gary Taubes' response to the initially-scary-sounding NY Times article claiming that meat-eating apparently “causes” premature death and disease.