The way the media lies to us about health

Nutrition and Physical Activity

On ABC radio yesterday they reported on am Australian study by  Lisa Wood that shows saturated fat can worsen asthma.  “Associate Professor Lisa Wood discusses a new finding that an unhealthy diet high in saturated fats and low fresh food can exacerbate asthma and make it more difficult to treat.”

This was a little surprising to me,  given that saturated fats have recently been found to be beneficial. So I did a little bit of research only to find that the article itself by Lisa Wood says exactly the opposite  of what ABC radio reported.

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Ceoliac disease and Roundup


“Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic.”

Barley, Corn, Sorgum, Wheat, Molasses, Wheat Bran, Canola, Cotton Seed and Sunflower oil contain the highest levels of Roundup. Stay off and you will reduce your glyphosate levels 100 fold.  But why should you be worried about Roundup?  It’s been used for years.  This article explains why.

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‘There’s nothing healthy about a tan.’


In Australia there’s an add on TV with the punchline “There’s nothing healthy about a tan.”

This add  is complete a lie by the Australian Government, there’s  plenty healthy about a tan.

I’m not sure how the government can run this add in a nation where 1/3 of adults are vitamin D deficient.  Anyway, how much sun is good for us? How much is really unhealthy? Read on… 

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Indoor Plants – the VOC solution


This study from NASA in 1989 tells us

” most environmental scientists and government agencies agree that indoor air pollution is a realistic threat to human health”

It turns out that NASA tried all sorts of technologies to see which was the most efficient way to purify air from toxins. The answer was… plants!

So if you do want to do something about air pollution in your home or office, get some plants.  Read this NASA article for more details on which plants are better for which toxins
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Allergic to the truth

A blog about some health issues that we are re-thinking.  Many of these we reacted against at first.  If you have started on this journey, maybe there will be some things here for you to explore.

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International allowable Pesticide levels

Check out Alphalpa (luncere), Hay, Pea and Wheat and Barley!


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GMO foods in Australia

Food produced using gene technology in Australia

  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Cotton
  • Sugar Beet
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Alfalfa (Lucerne

Food derived from:
1 Canola
(a) herbicide-tolerant canola line GT73

(b) herbicide-tolerant canola lines Topas 19/2 and T45 and herbicide-tolerant and pollination-controlled lines Ms1, Ms8, Rf1, Rf2, Rf3

(c) herbicide-tolerant canola line Westar-Oxy-235

(d) herbicide-tolerant canola line MON88302

(e) herbicide-tolerant canola line DP-073496-4

(a) herbicide-tolerant corn line GA21

(b) insect-protected corn line MON810

(c) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line Bt11

(d) insect-protected corn line Bt176

(e) herbicide-tolerant corn line T25

(f) herbicide-tolerant corn line NK603

(g) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line DBT418

(h) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line 1507

(i) insect-protected corn line MON863

(j) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line DAS-59122-7

(k) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line MON88017

(l) insect-protected corn line MIR604

(m) high lysine corn line LY038 (see subsections (2) and (3))

(n) amylase modified corn line 3272

(o) insect-protected corn line MON89034

(p) insect-protected corn line MIR162

(q) herbicide-tolerant corn line DP-098140-6

(r) drought-tolerant corn line MON87460

(s) herbicide-tolerant corn line DAS-40278-9

(t) insect-protected corn line 5307

(u) herbicide-tolerant corn line MON87427

(v) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line MON87411

(w) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line 4114

(x) herbicide-tolerant corn line MZHG0JG

(y) high yield corn line MON87403

(z) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected corn line MZIR098

(za) herbicide-tolerant corn line MON87419

3 Cotton
(a) insect-protected cotton lines 531, 757 and 1076

(b) herbicide-tolerant cotton line 1445

(c) herbicide-tolerant cotton lines 10211 and 10222

(d) insect-protected cotton line 15985

(e) insect-protected cotton line COT102

(f) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected cotton line MXB-13

(g) herbicide-tolerant cotton line LL25

(h) herbicide-tolerant cotton line MON88913

(i) herbicide-tolerant cotton line GHB614

(j) insect-protected cotton line COT67B

(k) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected cotton line T304-40

(l) herbicide-tolerant and insect-protected cotton line GHB119

(m) herbicide-tolerant cotton line MON88701

(n) herbicide-tolerant cotton line DAS-81910-7
4 Lucerne
(a) herbicide-tolerant lucerne lines J101 and J163

(b) reduced lignin lucerne line KK179
(a) insect-protected potato lines BT-06, ATBT04-06, ATBT04-31, ATBT04-36, and SPBT02-05

(b) insect- and virus-protected potato lines RBMT21-129, RBMT21-350 and RBMT22-82

(c) insect- and virus-protected potato lines RBMT15-101, SEM15-02 and SEM15-15
6 Rice
(a) herbicide-tolerant rice line LLRICE62

7 Soybean
(a) herbicide-tolerant soybean line 40-3-2

(b) herbicide-tolerant soybean lines A2704-12 and A5547-127

(c) herbicide-tolerant soybean line MON89788

(d) herbicide-tolerant soybean line DP-356043-5

(e) high oleic acid soybean line DP-305423-1 (see subsection (2))

(f) insect-protected soybean line MON87701

(g) herbicide-tolerant high oleic acid soybean line MON87705 (see subsection (2))

(h) soybean line MON87769 producing stearidonic acid (see subsection (2))

(i) herbicide-tolerant soybean line DAS-68416-4

(j) herbicide-tolerant soybean line FG72

(k) herbicide-tolerant soybean line MON87708

(l) herbicide-tolerant soybean line CV127

(m) herbicide-tolerant soybean line DAS-44406-6

(n) herbicide-tolerant soybean line SYHT0H2

(o) insect-protected soybean line DAS-81419-2

(p) insect-protected soybean line MON87751
(a) herbicide-tolerant sugarbeet line 77

(b) herbicide-tolerant sugarbeet line H7-1

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Get your vitamin D

Funny little article from Norway saying to get out in the sun and get some Vitamin D while it’s available.

Source: Google Translate

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Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae

Recent declines in honey bee populations and increasing demand for insect-pollinated crops raise concerns about pollinator shortages. Pesticide exposure and pathogens may interact to have strong negative effects on managed honey bee colonies. Such findings are of great concern given the large numbers and high levels of pesticides found in honey bee colonies. Thus it is crucial to determine how field-relevant combinations and loads of pesticides affect bee health. We collected pollen from bee hives in seven major crops to determine 1) what types of pesticides bees are exposed to when rented for pollination of various crops and 2) how field-relevant pesticide blends affect bees’ susceptibility to the gut parasite Nosema ceranae . Our samples represent pollen collected by foragers for use by the colony, and do not necessarily indicate foragers’ roles as pollinators. In blueberry, cranberry, cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon bees collected pollen almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers during our sampling. Thus more attention must be paid to how honey bees are exposed to pesticides outside of the field in which they are placed. We detected 35 different pesticides in the sampled pollen, and found high fungicide loads. The insecticides esfenvalerate and phosmet were at a concentration higher than their median lethal dose in at least one pollen sample. While fungicides are typically seen as fairly safe for honey bees, we found an increased probability of Nosema infection in bees that consumed pollen with a higher fungicide load. Our results highlight a need for research on sub-lethal effects of fungicides and other chemicals that bees placed in an agricultural setting are exposed to.

Source: Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae


This was from 2 years ago.

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Exercise as a Tool to Manage Stress

Exercise, stress, depression and brain development.

Source: Exercise as a Tool to Manage Stress – Farnam Street

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Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics Commends Strong, Evidence-Based Dietary Guidelines

Source: Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics Commends Strong, Evidence-Based Dietary Guidelines Report — WASHINGTON, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —


This article is about  the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  the world’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals and their review of recommendations for  “2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans”.

Some quotes….

“the Academy supports the DGAC in its decision to drop dietary cholesterol from the nutrients of concern list and recommends it deemphasize saturated fat from nutrients of concern, given the lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease.”

“a growing body of research suggesting that the low sodium intake levels recommended by the DGAC are actually associated with increased mortality for healthy individuals

the evidence is strongest that a reduction in the intake of added sugars will improve the health of the American public”

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» Gluten Cross-Reactivity UPDATE: How your body can still think you’re eating gluten even after giving it up.

Source: » Gluten Cross-Reactivity UPDATE: How your body can still think you’re eating gluten even after giving it up.

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The Microbiome and Brain Health: What’s the Connection?

“Alterations in the composition, diversity, and stability of gut microbiota have been linked to a broad range of diseases, including autoimmune, metabolic, gastrointestinal, and brain disorders.[3,4]”

” It appears that age-related changes in the gut microbiota might be bidirectionally linked to age-related neurodegeneration.[22]”

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Glyphosate report from World Health Organisation

I previously wrote about the dangers of Roundup and how to avoid it.

This week the WHO announced:

The herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon were classified as probablycarcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).

The insecticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).

You can read the paper here.

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“Everything we thought we knew… turned on it’s head”

This article in the SMH states that “This was the week when everything we thought we knew about eating and drinking healthily was turned on its head.”

(Saturated fat is good for you not bad.)

Well, a lot of people knew this years ago but the Sydney Morning Herald has just discovered it this morning!


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Hepatitus A from frozen Chinese berries


Have you ever tried checking out where the frozen berries come from? See this picture of 6 shelves of Berries at Woolworths Supermarket…  well last time I checked the bottom 5 shelves are all imported from China or Chile, the top right single packet (OOB) are Organic from the USA. None are from Australia.

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Where is raw milk legal in 2015 and where is it banned?

where is raw milk legal

A little graph I drew up of the top 24 developed countries and whether they allow people to sell raw milk.

You can see the breakdown for the USA here.


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Raw Milk in the news again

The food regulations people are scaremongering again!

A meeting of ministers responsible for food standards, known as the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, was held in New Zealand last week, with ministers citing their concern about consumption of unpasteurised (raw) cow’s milk that is sold as ‘bath milk’.

“People who consume raw milk are at an increased risk of infection causing severe illness and potentially death,” the ministers said in a communique released after the forum.

They could have said “People who consume raw carrots are at an increased risk of infection causing severe illness and potentially death.” Technically true.

They could equally have said “People who consume raw milk are at a reduced risk of developing allergies.” Technically true.


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Favourite posts of 2014

Here are some of my favourite posts over the last year or so…

Which Indoor plants help our health? 

How much Sun do I need?

My own investigation of a complete lie by ABC radio that has spread round the world.

Which foods are high in roundup and why to avoid them.



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Toddler dies ‘from raw milk’

Raw milk is all over the news headlines this week.

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A healthy tan

Here’s my article about sunshine and vitamin Dfrom 2 years ago…

and here’s some new research to help us relax as we soak in the sun!

 Persons who used sunscreens did not have a decreased risk of malignant melanoma. Instead, a significantly elevated odds ratio (OR) for developing malignant melanoma after regular sunscreen use was found…

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Some links on kefir. (Kefir is a fermented milk drink.)

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The cholesterol thought police


I wrote here about a great Catalyst documentary by the ABC on Saturated fat and Cholesterol. Well, this week, 6 months later, it’s been pulled from the ABC website.

This press release explains why.

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What is a ‘safe’ level of roundup?

Call me naive, but changing the amount of Roundup allowed in food based on how much Roundup a farmer puts on his crop seems a little back the front to me…

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Sydney University Diabetes Unit lies about sugar

Researchers at Sydney University recently came out (see the handbook below) and said there is absolute consensus that there is no link between sugar and diabetes… Really?

Handbook  published by Sydney University.

Handbook published by Sydney University.

Who’s funding that research?

This (long convoluted) article shows where they went wrong.

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Low fat milk will help you lose weight… WRONG!

“middle-aged men who consumed high-fat milk, butter and cream were significantly less likely to become obese over a period of 12 years”

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Media frenzy over Catalyst documentary on Cholesterol

Catalyst, a very conservative ABC science program, ran a great episode on Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on 24th October. (Similar material to my post here.) How dare Catalyst criticise our long held views on Saturated Fat. Check out the response!

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EMF – mobile phones and computers



I  trained as an electrical engineer and even though I know EMF interacts with our bodies (most people have experienced sunburn) I guess in my head I’ve always put the electrical world (electricity, wires, computers, mobile phones etc)  into a different category to the biological world of plants and animals. If you can’t see it it can’t hurt you!

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Australia is WAY behind the rest of the world on all this stuff

We’re way behind…  Travelling round NZ recently made me realise how backward we are in Australia. We are so conservative in the way we trust the medical profession  and the media and we are also unaware of the different views that other countries hold. Continue reading

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Vitamin D and the Sun

Here’s a  follow up to the ‘nothing healthy about a tan’ post.

Vitamin D comes from the sun. How much sun do you need?

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