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A New Word – Carnism?

Have you ever heard of the word ‘carnism’?

Let me explain:

It was coined by Psychologist Dr Melanie Joy and it means an invisible belief system or ideology that conditions people to eat certain animals.  It is basically the opposite of vegetarism, veganism or whole plant food eating.

The word comes from ‘carn’ meaning ‘flesh’ and ‘ism’ meaning a belief system.

Because carnism is both invisible and the predominant eating pattern of a meat-eating culture, people don’t even think why they eat one animal but not another.  They also don’t realize that eating animals is a choice, just as eating plants is a choice.

People in one culture wouldn’t question eating cows, sheep and pigs, however, those same people are horrified that there are other cultures that eat dogs, cats and horses.
Carnism is currently the dominant belief system.

As Dr Joy says
“Carnistic bias is built into the very foundation of society – when we study nutrition, for example, we actually study carnistic nutrition”

Sadly, Carnism is a violent belief system.  It is centred around the massive billion dollar animal industry of intensive animal farming with over 77 billion animals being slaughtered each year (and that doesn’t include animals like rabbits or aquatic sea life such as fish).
Even the so-called ‘humane’ animal farming of organic, free-range, dairy and eggs have a definite cruel and brutal side of exploiting the animals.

There is hope though because there is a definite rise in veganism as people start to open their eyes to the abusive animal food system.  Not only that, but we are seeing more and more people making changes to incorporate whole plant foods into their diets for their own health.

I may not see it, but I know future generations will see the demise of carnism taking it from ‘normal’ to ‘fringe’. 

This is a really good video to watch which probably explains it better. 

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What Keeps The Health System Flowing Nicely Along?

Have you ever wondered what keeps the Health System going?

One word ….. Sickness

I think just about everyone knows that the pharmaceutic companies are making heaps of money from sick people.  But if you think about it, everyone in the system makes money by keeping people sick

I genuinely feel sorry for Doctors – most of them go to medical school with love and compassion as their driving force, but when they come out the other end, they realize that they can’t actually heal their patients at all.

Don’t get me wrong – they are genius at fixing anything that’s broken – they can put things back together and they can do some absolutely brilliant stuff. They’ve got really cool machinery that they use and they’re usually pretty good at diagnosing what the problem is although sometimes it takes a long time and they can get it wrong – but, overall, they’re pretty good at it.

So let’s see how this cumbersome health industry works and why it’s imperative that people stay sick.
Well it’s the money flowing through the system that keeps us locked in to a disease ridden lifestyle.

So there’s:

  • the pharmaceutical companies
  • the medical device companies,
  • the pharmacy,
  • the physical therapists,
  • the weight loss clinics,
  • the lab companies,
  • the doctors,
  • the nurses,
  • the technicians,
  • the board members and those who run the hospitals,
  • the admin staff
  • the insurance companies.

There’s plenty more along the chain as well from cleaners to surgeons to researchers, the list is endless.

So how I see it is that the medical industry creates fear and people feel that they can’t take care of their own health and that they need to get expert advice from their Doctor or go to the pharmacy/supermarket and get medication. It’s actually quite rare for a patient in any part of the system to question … they do as they are told.

America and New Zealand are the only two places in the whole world that are allowed to advertise pharmaceutical drugs aimed at the consumer. We have pharmaceutical drugs advertised on our TV … true!
Most other countries, have public service announcements on their TV encouraging people to eat better, to be kind – respect your elders, you know .. go home and have dinner with mom and dad.

So what can you do?

There’s 2 roads:

  1. You can start on blood pressure meds by age 40, suffer from back pain and knee pain due to obesity by age 45, take cholesterol meds by age 50, suffer a couple of “minor” heart attacks and undergo a few surgeries by age 60. Then onto chemo and radiation for cancer by age 70 that’s if it hasn’t already got you earlier, of course, by now you’ve probably already been diagnosed with diabetes and finally die in the hospital if you make it to 80.  Now I’m not saying this will happen to you – it doesn’t happen to everyone, but odds are you’ll be on medication for something by the time you’re 50 – 60
  2. You can go through your life with only occasionally needing your doctor you know like if you’ve cut yourself, and never having to be hospitalized, or seriously medicated for major illnesses … you can live a long and happy life.  And all you have to do is make sure you keep your body moving/exercise it, and start to cut out sugar, processed foods and animal products – drink plenty of water, and focus your diet around unprocessed whole plant foods; vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Eating this way has been so thoroughly researched and is the only diet that is proven to not only stop, but reverse heart disease and other, oh so common, diseases. But you see it’s not taught or pushed in the medical industry because it’s not a money maker.

Start today to make the shift to a whole food plant based way of eating – your health will thank you for it.

Hopefully that’s got your thinking and would love to hear your thoughts … scroll down to the comments..
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Fee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research the Research

What do I mean when I say Research the Research?

So have you ever actually questioned the research, you know, when you read something that appears factual?  Have you ever dug deep into research to find out exactly where it’s come from?  Or do you take it all at face value?

One of the things that I really try to do is to bring you information that has been researched thoroughly by independent researchers.

So here’s an example of research that really isn’t that great, and, taken on face value, easily misled people.

There was a study done around 2012/13 by Tuft University.  The researchers looked at dietary cholesterol and did it effect blood cholesterol levels.

Previously science had clearly shown that if you eat more cholesterol in foods such as eggs (eggs have high cholesterol), the blood cholesterol goes up.

What these researchers did was that they took 12 studies that had been previously done and they re-did them – the results differed dramatically from the original.  They managed to show that it didn’t seem like the cholesterol levels would go up very much and, if it did, it was only for certain people.

But – when you really looked at  those 12 new studies, 11 of them had been industry funded and 10 had been funded specifically by the egg industry.

So you’ve got the research saying that the cholesterol was fine but when the details were dug into more it was found that it did indeed show that dietary cholesterol from eggs was in fact a problem.  The researchers had manipulated the findings to stay in line with those who were paying them.

This is just one example of many.

If you do ever want to find out the really good research on any given health topic, rather that reading it up yourself , (you can go to Pubmed which is where the research is published, but remember to really dig deep), the best source is a website by Dr. Michael Greger Nutritionfacts.org.  He does all the reading for you and puts it into layman’s language that makes it way more easy to understand.  Plus it’s always independent research.

Just to re-iterate – I do research the research so I can be pretty darn confident that what I’m telling you has been scientifically proven.

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Obesity On The Rise

We all know that obesity is on the rise which is such a sad state of affairs.

The absolutely worst part about it is that it’s not just the wealthy countries like USA where the problem is.  Far from it.

It now is filtering out into Asia and also into developing countries where once the diet was mostly plant-based and healthy, now processed and fast foods are becoming more and more available and cheap.

My belief is that the beginning was when factory farming came in and animal produce became cheaper and easier to get.
The increased sugar in products is only part of the problem.  Animal foods is also a massive issue too as researchers know that too much animal protein leads to all the now common diseases like heart, diabetes, cancers etc.

In the west and wealthy countries – these diseases are controlled by drugs, which in itself poses problems, but the poorer countries don’t have this option due to cost.

Wholefood, plant based eating has been scientifically proven to not only reduce obesity, but can reverse common diseases like heart disease and diabetes.  No other ‘diet’ can claim this.  Obesity and all the side effects that it comes with it is down to a lifestyle choice and sadly most have no idea that all it takes is a switch in lifestyle.

Why?

There’s no money in veggies!

Check out this video which really sums it all up.

credit: http://www.playground.plus/

Till next time
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Factory Farmed Meat And Human Health

How does factory farmed meat affect human health?

Factory farming is a reality … sadly … but hopefully we’ll start to move away from it.  Mind you, with humans voracious appetite for meat, I’m not sure it will happen in my lifetime.

In the UK there are over 800 mega farms and the biggest of these factory farms have the capacity to house more than:

  • a million chickens,
  • 2,000 dairy cows
  • over 20,000 pigs.

Most of these animals are constantly kept inside.  In fact both the chicken and pork industries are incredible intense and cruel because they are crammed in to such small spaces.

It’s not just the cruelty that these animals have to endure, but these farms can be a breeding ground for food poisoning bugs like campylobacter,  E.coli and salmonella, especially in the chickens followed by the pigs.

Because the animals live so closely together diseases spread quickly which means there is a widespread use of antibiotics – in saying the the practice is dropping.  Doctors are realizing that we’ve been over-exposed and the antibiotics just doesn’t cut the mustard any more.
World-wide, more antibiotics are dished out to animals than to humans. … quite bizarre – so the animal will be fit for human consumption.

Well they’re not

These animals also are fed grains that are doused in chemical pesticides and fertilizers, grown on vast amounts of land that are pushing out the wild life and putting a lot of them on the brink of extinction.

How does this equate to human health?

Apart from the fact that animal protein is not good for our health which research continues to back up, those who choose to continue eating meat are getting a lot sicker than past generations because of factory farming and the way the animals fed and housed.  This makes both the animals and the humans really susceptible to diseases.

So the human health is going on a mega slide down because of the massive consumption of this meat.

It really saddens me when I see people refusing to see the overwhelming scientific and clinically back evidence that animal protein (includes all meats, fish, dairy & eggs) is not the healthy option.  It seems to me that people would rather be sick and be on meds with a much lower quality of life than embrace a wholefood plant-based lifestyle.
This attitude is very obvious with my age group who are quite set in their ways – always had the meat and three veg and don’t want to change.  They’d rather get just another prescription than learn how to feed themselves so they can reverse heart disease, diabetes, obesity etc.
The silly part is that not only would they have quality of life they’d live longer on a healthy vegan lifestyle.

However, I am seeing more young people taking on the vegan life, usually more because they have had their eyes opened to animal suffering, but sometimes because they don’t want to end up with dementia, heart disease, cancers etc like their grandparents, parents or older relatives.

If you do want to go vegan … then do yourself a favour and be a healthy vegan by adopting a whole-food plant base way of eating – you’ll be doing it for the animals with the bonus of giving yourself good health too.

Till next time
Ciao
Fee





Is the Dairy Industry Running Scared?

The word “milk” is taking a bit of a beating and the dairy industry wants it only used for animal milk.

There is continuing debate over the use of this word which I find quite fascinating.  Now the dictionary does define milk as being:

an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.

which, plainly obvious a cashew nut is not.

However, with the movement growing away from animal milk and towards plant-based milks, I think we’re getting to a point where the definition may have to be reduced to – a white liquid rich in fat and protein – and leave it at that.

It appears that those who want to keep the word only to mammals are calling any plant-based milk “imitation”.  They argue:

that plant-based milk products are nutritionally inferior substitutes for cow milk and therefore must be identified as “imitation” product.

Now I would vehemently disagree with that and argue that, in fact, plant-based milk is superior as it does not have the protein casein in it, the plant-based milk has a much better quality calcium and no animals are harmed in the milking!

Even the FDA have been asked to make a ruling.  Silly part is, that I believe soymilk and almond milk are excused from this debate and can continue to use the term.

I can’t imagine anyone confusing Rice Milk with Cow’s milk …. but hey, stranger things have happened.

Source: FDA Law Blog

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Fee



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.

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Fee



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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?

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Fee



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Trying To Get More People Drinking Milk

The dairy industry never ceases to amaze me how they come up with ideas to get more people drinking milk

This is one such example

I was in the supermarket yesterday and was checking out the cow milk section, (well I was actually looking to see if they stocked fresh almond milk yet … which, no, they don’t). I thought I’d have a look at all the different cow milks on offer and then I spied this one.


I actually laughed out loud. I think the couple standing next to me thought I was crackers, but I couldn’t help it.
I just find it so amusing that there is a cow milk that is designed especially for the lactose intolerant people out there …. just in case they are getting their calcium and protein from – I kid you not – PLANTS.

Take a look at the label – it also says “trim” that means they’ve taken most of the fat out as well.

So here’s a bit of info you may not know:
If you eat animal protein the body produces metabolic acidosis and the body uses calcium to fight it off.
For some reason, the less fat there is in milk, the more acidosis is formed and the more calcium is needed usually drawing it from the bones.

Dairy companies are messing around with the milk so much it is not true milk ….. here in N.Z. the large companies actually strip the milk down to milk powder and then reconstitute it into the different types.  I can’t speak for other countries, but if you know how the milk is produced, please let us know in the comments below.

Ciao
Fee



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!

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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.

Ciao
Fee



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