These were at the bottom of the list for pesticides and herbicides.
From Environmental Working Group.
From Environmental Working Group.
Check out Alphalpa (luncere), Hay, Pea and Wheat and Barley!
(And consider what we feed the cows that we eat.)
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.
This was from 2 years ago.
Exercise, stress, depression and brain development.
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”.
“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”
“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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here are some of my favourite posts over the last year or so…
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…
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.
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?
Who’s funding that research?
This (long convoluted) article shows where they went wrong.
“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.