Category: You’ve Got To Be Kidding! (page 1 of 2)

Do You Have To Eat Meat To Get Good Iron?

It’s a myth that many believe … that you have to have meat in order to get good amounts of iron.

Here in New Zealand, we have  Olympic athletes who advertise on our  T.V. for the meat industry, touting Beef and Lamb being rich in protein and iron.  Kind of saying – eat this and you’ll be an athlete like me.

Sadly I have some news that hopefully will dispel this crazy myth that meat iron is good for us.

Yes, we need iron.  In simply language we need it for healthy red blood cells which carry oxygen around our body.

Meat iron is called heme iron and it differs considerably from plant iron … and here’s why.

Iron is regulated by the intestines.  So when we don’t have enough, the intestines will increase the absorption of iron into the blood.  When we have too much iron, the reverse happens – the intestines decrease the iron.

But, here’s where it gets interesting.  You see, it does NOT work for heme iron.  The intestines can only regulate plant iron!!!!

Heme iron also is a pro-oxidant.  That means it can generate cancer-causing free radicals.  Quite honestly you don’t really want to have heme iron in your body at all, plus, how many meat eaters do you know who are really into their antioxidants?  Check out my post on Antioxidants

So if you are relying on meat for iron, or your doctor has told you that it is the best source, understand that because the intestines can’t regulate it …. too little will lead to anemia, but, too much (which the average meat eater has), you run the risk of cancer and heart disease.

iron in meat

BUT – I haven’t finished yet!!!!!  This next bit is really interesting.

I have it on very good authority that the meat industry is looking at ways to have additives that will

“suppress the toxic effects of heme iron”

This reminds me of the Tobacco Industry who knew back in the 1920s & 30s that cigarettes caused cancer, but nothing was done until 1969 when finally the public were made aware of the dangers.
So does this action from the meat industry sound familiar???

I leave you to ponder on that, and I’d love you to leave a comment.




Clean Water Plans for New Zealand?

Last week the Minister for the Environment put forward the Clean Water Plans for New Zealand.

What a joke that was!

The plan is to have 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040.  That’s gone up by 10 years.  From my understanding it was going to be cleaning them up by 2030, but now, again, the goal posts have been shifted.
Well, Massey University freshwater ecologist Mike Joy says the Government is “trying to pull a swifty” with its new swimmable waterways plan.

You see it’s all about how much E-coli (and other stuff) is in the water.  This is how I understand it:

540 E.coli/100mls of water gives the swimmer a 1 in 20 chance of getting sick.  However,  the Ministry of Health recommendation is 260 E.coli/100mls of water and that’s what it used to be.  That would equate to 1 in 1000 chance of getting sick.

Big damn difference – again, shifting the goal posts.

read: Unswimmable Lagoon Now Swimmable

The problem is that the Government wants to intensify the dairy industry, meaning, more cows per herd and more dairy farms.  Although I have no idea why – with the downturn of dairy and the rise of plant milks, dairy is definitely on the way out (albeit slowly).

cows in river

The only good thing they announced was that all farmed waterways were to be fenced …. however, yes, there’s a ‘BUT’ to this. – doesn’t have to be done till 2040!!!!  How much damage can be done till then????
Besides with cows in paddocks, they’re still weeing and poohing and that eventually gets into the water table.

And one last thing he said?  Don’t go swimming if there’s been a decent amount of rain.  Instead of cleaning the water…..

“a big rainfall event that brings all the crap in.” – Nick Smith

If you want to find out more, head over to Stuff News “The New Swimmable Fresh Water Target”

If you’re interested to hear the Podcast interview with Dr Michael Joy (in two parts):
Episode One
Episode Two

What’s the water like in your neck of the woods?



The Rise of Veganism?

With the latest Supermarket Stats from Britain out, are we seeing a Rise in Veganism?

Now I realize that these statistics are from Britain, but I truly believe that these figures are synonymous with what is a growing trend in the Western world.  Even in my own small city, the emergence of new plant based cafés – vegetarian, vegan and raw foods has increased considerably in the last 18 months.  It’s wonderful to behold!!!!

The following statistics were taken from the supermarket figures in Britain for the year 2016.  What I have done is show you what they would be if they were USA or N.Z. dollars (Australians can go sort of in between those two).

Fresh Meat was down £328 million – $106 million USA – $566 million N.Z.

Itemized out that is:

  • Beef – down £72 million – $90 million USA – $124 million N.Z.
  • Pork – down £62 million – $75 million USA – $107 million N.Z.
  • Lamb – down £21 million – $26 million USA – $36 million N.Z.
  • Poultry – down £49 million – $60 million USA – $84 million N.Z.

But not only was meat down, so was dairy ….

  • Fresh milk – down £54 million – $66 million USA – $93 million N.Z.
  • Butter – down £83 million – $102 million USA – $143 million N.Z.
  • Cheese – down £73 million – $90 million USA – 1266 million N.Z.

Brilliant news!!!!  And the beauty is that there was a rise in Dairy Free product which were up by £123 million

If this trend continues we could see omnivores as being the odd ones out and plant based eaters as main stream. Wouldn’t that be grand for us all (humans, animals the planet!!!).

Enjoy great food and be compassionate to all animals including humans


What Is A Vegavore?

Exactly … what is a Vegavore?  Think that’s odd – try Carnesparian

These are just two of the new buzz words out there and, add to that Sustainatarian and Reducetarian and you have a miriad of words that now define the nuances from the standard Carnivore, vegetarian and vegan.

You see, vegetarians can be those who don’t consume the flesh on animals (including seafood) but do still have animal protein in the form of dairy, eggs and honey. Of course the pure vegetarian or total or 100% vegetarian eat no animal protein at all and stick with the original meaning of the word – vege (vegetables) tarian.

And this is where the nuances begin.

So the vegavore is perhaps the oddest word, because one assumes it means no animal, but in reality is is a combination of vegan and carnivore (the two most outer reachers on opposite sides of the scale). So a vegavore is someone who very rarely eats meat … perhaps once a month.

The Carnesparian is perhaps better terminology as it comes from the words – carne (animal flesh) and sparse (infrequent, sporadic). These people are mostly vegetarian, but will have some meat on some occassions. Perhaps a bit less meat than a Flexitarian who is the flip side of an Omnivore

Keep up …..

More nuances. You see vegans come in different ways –

  • The vegan who say they’re vegan because they eat a pure vegetarian diet.
  • The vegan who does the food, won’t buy new animal products but will wear recycled.
  • The vegan who does the food and doesn’t buy or wear animal products new or recycled.
  • The vegan who does the food won’t buy new animal products nor use or condone anything that is associated with animals such as zoos, acquariums even pets.
  • … and then there is also the vegan who does all of the above and is zero waste as well.

Is it easy being a vegan?   Well, actually, yes it is.  It’s all in the WHY – why are you doing it and how far you wish to take it.

So welcome Vegavores and Carnesparians at least you’re doing your bit to help save your health, the health of the animals and the health of our planet.

p.s. Other new words – Climatarian, Reducetarian and Sustainatarian – pretty all self explanatory.

Which one are you?



Harbourmaster Uses Council Boat To Free Orca – Stood Down

A Coromandel (N.Z.) Harbourmaster has been stood down because he used a Council boat to go and free an Orca.

A breeding female orca was trapped in a cray pot line for 16 hours – Yup 16 HOURS!!!! and the DOC (Department of Conservation) peeps were “too busy” to go and free her.  So, in the end the Harbourmaster along with a volunteer who had training in Dolphin and Whale rescue went out to her aid.

She was being held up by other members of her pod – if that’s not distress I don’t know what is!

Read More Here

They did get her free and she swam away.

But now the Waikato Regional Council is “checking whether any regulations were breached or operational procedures not followed during the rescue” and the Harbourmaster has been stood down.

This is P.C. gone afoul – as usual.  Who gives a toss if regulations have been breached – the Harbourmaster knew what he was doing, didn’t put anyone at risk and saved the Orca.  He should be commended not reprimanded!

I’ll get off my soapbox now.


Is It A Human’s Right To Have Water?

Do you believe that every human being has a right to have water … for free?

Back in 2013 Peter Brabeck the Chairman of the Board of Nestlé upset the world when he began pushing for the privatization and control of water across the world.  He created such a furor that he back-tracked his initial statement and gave his reasons.

Before I go in to what those reasons were, let me say that Nestlé wanted to take control to the extent that in 2000 at the World Water Forum they successfully lobbied to

stop water being declared the universal right of every person. 

Since then they have been pushing for control.

Already water is being pumped out by the millions of gallons, put into plastic bottles which is then sold to a gullible public to the point that it has become almost a status symbol of the wealthy.

Will it end up that just the wealthy will be able to afford clean water?

Peter Brabeck’s argument is that if the water is owned, then it is the responsibility of the owner to make sure that it is clean.  He believes that as water remains “free”  it is “wasted, polluted and unsustainably managed” it is abused and polluted making it undrinkable in its natural state.  And, if we’re not careful, the water will become so polluted that the citizens will not be able to use it in any way at all.

You have to admit that he has a point – take the town of Flint in USA as a classic example of water being polluted so badly it can’t be used.

Geez, even N.Z. is well on the way to having a drinking water problem as over 70% of all waterways are so badly polluted they are deemed to be toxic. Also, according to NZ ecologist Russell Death, “We have the highest level of many of these waterborne gastrointestinal diseases in the OECD.” – that’s just insane for a country that tells the world we are clean and green.

However, I certainly am NOT in favour of privatizing water …. not one little bit.  In fact I’d like to see companies who bottle water for the supermarket shelves to either stop doing it or replace the plastic with recyclable glass!!!!

Because there’s the other problem to “private water” ….

Plastic is the bane of the modern world and it is time we face up to the fact that we just have to STOP using it.

All of this has been prompted by a petition to:

Tell Nestlé that human’s have a right to water.
Stop locking up our resources!

You can sign the petition here ….. Tell Nestlé

I’d be very interested to read what you think about this … please feel free to scroll down and use the comments section below.


Are Free Range Eggs Ethical?

I’ve spoken about the egg industry before, but it’s time to ask again are free range eggs ethical and this time I’m going to re-visit this topic and look at it from a slightly different angle.

Let’s start at the beginning – and, no, I’m not getting into the argument of which comes first – the chicken or the egg nor about battery eggs verses free range eggs.

Have you ever wondered where the Hatcheries get the eggs from?  You see the Hatcheries are big business.  This is where the eggs are incubated and hatched.  The chickens are then sold to the egg farmers, be they caged or free range.

Try as I might, the information about the “parents” (where these fertilized eggs actually come from), is very scarce, especially in N.Z. – Which makes it even more worrying.  Just the mere fact that there appears to be no data available creates a feeling of mistrust.  In fact even SAFE said it is a very secretive industry and virtually impossible to find out anything – very suspect.

I did find out that we do import breeding birds from both the Netherlands and U.S.A.  They do this in order to keep the flock healthy …. no in-breeding.

I also discovered that there are not that many breeding bird farms around the world as it’s quite a scientific operation.  These farms do genetic tests and selection based on progeny testing to ensure they have excellent breeders.

In Australia, the fertilized eggs are imported, so it appears that there are no “parent” birds there.

So looking at the U.S.A. parent bird situation (N.Z. does tend to mimic the USA practices).  Again information is scarce but what I did discover was pretty abysmal.
On average the “parent” birds are housed in sheds.  They have about 1.88-2 square feet per bird and  quite often the ratio is one rooster for every 9-11 hens.  In saying that, I also discovered that generally the roosters are not actually put with the hens, instead the sperm is removed and artificially injected into the females.

But wait, there’s more.  Many of these birds are beak-trimmed and de-spurred, the roosters can even have their combs cut off and de-toed … all this to prevent aggression and usually done without anaesthesia.

On to some facts:

  • Birds are fed once a day.
  • Their eggs are collected three times a day to go to hatcheries.
  • Usually at the end of their first laying cycle they are sent to slaughter.
  • Roosters can survive slightly longer than 18 months, but then slaughtered.

Now I can understand why this industry is so tightly shut.  They do not want any light shone on them and are probably quite happy that there is more angst around caged egg producing hens.

But this must be a huge industry.  Just to put it into perspective how many layer hens per year is required for the egg industry (including free-range):

  • N.Z. = over 3 million.
  • Australia = around 11 million.
  • Britain = 29 million.
  • USA = 302 million.

So the number of fertilized eggs would have to be at least double these numbers just to be on the safe side because of the male chicks.

If you are eating eggs, be they free-range or other, please try to reduce the number.  Try committing to two or three days a week going completely animal free in all your food choices.  It’s not that difficult to do once you get into swing of it – and there’s always plenty of help if you need it.  Please spare a thought for those mummy birds.


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Really? Bacon is Good For You?


Now I’m probably going to upset a few people … I know many of my friends love bacon.  But there’s a difference between saying you like eating bacon to saying that it’s healthy.

So here’s the deal:

I came across a post the other day which declared that bacon was good for you, in fact it said it was a “Miracle” Food

8 Reasons were given.  

With the World Health Organisation coming out last year saying that processed meats rank alongside smoking as a cancer cause, I thought this wee article on the bacon interesting enough to have a read.

So what are the 8 reasons?

Well the first 5 are plainly just “clutching at straws” type of reasons:

1. Good for a hangover
2. Has a “seducing smell”
3. Fights bad breath
4. Improves the taste of everything
5. It will make you feel good.

By this time I thought, perhaps the whole article was just a send-up.  But then I read the next 3 reasons and realized that it was a genuine piece.

little piggypig to bacon








Here are the final three with my comments below each one.

6.  It helps your memory.
In this it talks about bacon being rich in choline.  Well, my dear reader, maybe it is, but so are collard greens, Brussels sprouts, Broccoli, Swiss chard, Cauliflower and Asparagus.

7.  It’s healthy for your heart.
This one caused me to chuckle and say out loud “really? ya think?”.  Their reasoning is that it has Omega-3 fatty acids, but the fact that bacon is considered a processed food and it contains so much animal fats along with preservatives, I beg to argue that it’s not a heart-healthy food at all.
Best source of Omega-3 in a plant based version is flaxseed.  See my Nutritional Book for more.

8.  It’s good for your muscles.
Really what this is saying is that it has protein and protein is a muscle builder.  Hahaha – protein is in so many foods that are way healthier – try nuts and seeds, tofu and tempeh, quinoa and beans and legumes.  You sure don’t need bacon to become a muscle iron man or woman!!!

Aside from the fact that it is totally cruel to animals – it is NOT healthy!!!  and that’s the part that annoys me, when it is advertised as being a health food.  Keep eating it if you want, but at least take the time to know exactly what you are eating.  If it’s a home cure then chances are it will be o.k., but if it’s store bought, then reconsider.

So how many of you agree …. disagree …. Please let me know below in the comments.


Source:  8 Reasons Bacon Is Miracle Food

All I Want Is A Nice Glass Of Wine!

InternetThe other day I had yet another example of the Internet showing you that you can find anything to go along with what you believe.

It started when an article popped up in my FB newsfeed from a friend who shared Moms Across America.  The article was about some research showing that Roundup’s toxic chemical, Glyphosate, has been found in 100 California wines – 100 tested and all showing Glyphosate.  There were also Organic wines in this group as well.
Now, yes, my first reaction was one of horror as I love my wine and when in California will partake of the occasional red from the Mendocino region.

However, and this is where my cynical and curious mind-set took over, how much of this was true and how much was blown up and reported out of context?
Note: Please don’t construe that last sentence as the writer being a Monsanto supporter – Ed. 

So into a bit of researching I went.

The first thing I came across was the blog, who basically said that the Moms Against Monsanto were really stupid and just doing the big old scaremongering.  They had looked into the research and happily reported that, yes it was true that scienceGlyphosate was found in the 100 wines, however, the amount was so minuscule it would pose no health threat at all.

See …. you can find anything you want.  So I made the choice not to “share” the scientific findings …… just yet!  I would wait.

But then another thought struck.  (I’m known to have the occasional thought, not that it does me much good!)

So if there is a minuscule amount of Roundup (let’s get real, that’s what it is), showing up in organic wine, then it must also be showing up in other organic produce.  I am well aware of the fact that there is no place on this earth that is devoid of man made chemicals.

Now comes the argument.  If that is the case, then every time we sit down to partake of food – be it organic or not – we ingest Glyphosate.  Take that one step further – Wouldn’t that mean that each product on your plate and in your glass which has a minuscule amount that it would then equal more of a significant amount  ????

chemotherapyGlyphosate is carcinogenic – the cancer rate is increasing.  Here’s my next question ….

Do the shareholders of Monsanto also have shares in one of these companies:
Novartis, Amgen or Roche – the top three Chemotherapy drug makers. ????

Am I being too cynical here? – would love to know what you think in the comments below .. or give me a thumbs up.


Broken Glass – A WTF Moment

balustrades_eurobraceHeard a snippet on the news the other day that there’s a bit of a problem with shoddy glass coming into this country.

Like this is major glass we’re talking about used for double glazing, around pools and balustrades on decks etc.

It appears that the processed and toughened glass coming in from overseas doesn’t come up to our safety standards.  Some of the safety stickers are bogus and it’s not until the glass breaks that you get to know that it’s one of the imported shoddy ones.
That’s all very well, but I sure wouldn’t want to be leaning on the balcony balustrade on the 9th floor hotel suite in downtown Wellington, (note I wrote Wellington not Auckland), when it broke, thank you very much.balustrades_facefix

We’ve got glass companies here – we have rigorous testing of our toughened glass and all have to meet our safety standards.  These companies are suffering because of the imports.  So why do we have to import?  Hang on … wait a mo … here it comes … my catch phrase – it’s all about the money.

Oh – and I’ve since discovered this is not a new problem!

On a brighter note – the day is treating me well.


Source: Radio NZ

Images source: Viridian Glass NZ Quality & Safe

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