Sally Fallon Morell takes on the Diet Dictocrats
1940s Diet Plan
THE WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO CAFÉ
An alert member has found a 1941 menu from the Warner- Brothers Studio Café—a huge list of offerings crammed onto a single page. In addition to salads, sandwiches, french fries (that would be in tallow) and hot dogs (but, oddly, no hamburgers), the menu offers caviar, liver in several forms (paté de foie gras, goose liver, smoked liver sausage, chicken liver sandwich, chicken liver omelet), oysters raw and cooked in various ways, many varieties of omelet and lots of dishes featuring beef and lamb. Best of all, the menu offers “Certified Milk,” for twenty-five cents a glass. You could also order a glass of half and half! People really knew how to eat in those days!
Beyond Meat Problems
PLANT-BASED MEAT DECLINE
Demand for fake plant-based meat products produced by Beyond Meat and other companies has declined, leading to layoffs in the industry and the closing of production facilities. An article in the Washington Post (November 12, 2022) notes that rejection of the additive-laced products has occurred “despite mounting evidence that people should, for health and environmental reasons, reduce their consumption of beef, lamb, pork and poultry produced via traditional animal agriculture.” Seems like folks are not buying this story, and not buying the yucky products either. It also seems like these factories have real sanitation problems. A report published at wnd.com (November 22, 2022) notes flagrant disregard of sanitation procedures at fake meat plants, with mold found on containers and other items stacked or stored inside the factory, and listeria discovered in food products on several occasions. To top off the bad news for investors in fake meats, a recent Beyond Meat-sponsored Cambridge University study found that those eating two or more servings of plant-based meats per day for eight weeks had higher biomarkers of inflammation compared to those eating real meat (Journal of Nutritional Science, 23 September 2022). Said the researchers: “The results were contrary to our hypothesis, since we expected relative improvements in biomarkers of inflammation from the plant-based meats.”
Vegan Foie Gras
A Nestle subsidiary called Garden Gourmet has developed a plant-based alternative to one of mankind’s most delectable and nutritious foods: foie gras (Food Navigator Europe, December 6, 2022). The product—called Voie Gras—will join other recent product launches such as vegan shrimp (Vrimp) and vegan eggs (vEGGie). “With a nutritional profile [that] is better than traditional foie gras” and a more “attractive” price, the company is looking forward to “feedback on consumer perception of its new product.” Our prediction: the kind of people who consume foie gras would never touch a substitute, and the kind of people who never eat foie gras would still find the price too high. The name is clever but we can’t think of any population group that would pay good money for a paste made out of soybeans even when combined with miso paste, truffle oil and sea salt.
Why Is Meat Consumption Increasing
Despite the relentless propaganda promoting plant-based diets as healthier and more eco-friendly, Americans are eating more beef these days, not less. Although U.S. consumption of beef fell from about eighty pounds per person per year in the 1970s to a low of fifty-four pounds in 2017, since then it has rebounded to almost sixty pounds in 2021. According to commentator Steve Cuozzo (NY Post, April 23, 2022), “The media-propelled notion that Americans have turned from red meat to fake meat is a case of Park Slope talking to Park Slope—elites hilariously out of touch with the masses.” In New York, steak houses are thriving while vegan restaurants. . . not so much. Turns out that meat consumption was much, much higher in medieval Europe. Tax records from Barcelona, a city of twenty-five thousand inhabitants, reveal that the citizens consumed almost seven million pounds of meat per year, or almost twelve ounces per day (medievalists. net)—mostly sheep, but also pork and beef. By comparison, in 2018, Spaniards consumed on average one-third of that.
Farm Raised Salmon Bad
MOST TOXIC FOOD?
A recent newsletter from Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals that farmed salmon—a food we are supposed to eat instead of meat—is one of the most toxic foods in the world. A recent study found thirteen persistent organic pollutants in the fish. Polychlorinated biphenyl (BCP) concentrations were eight times higher in farmed salmon compared to wild. A 2011 study found that regular consumption of farmed salmon caused insulin resistance, glucose intolerance and obesity in mice. Farmed salmon may also contain fire retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), linked to infertility, birth defects, neurodevelopmental delays, reduced IQ, hormone disruption and cancer. Use of PBDEs was restricted in 2004, but they still persist in the food fed to salmon. It takes up to eight pounds of fish feed to produce a pound of farmed fish, and much of this comes from the polluted Baltic Sea, into which nine industrial countries dump their toxic waste. Pesticides and microplastics also find their way into the fish. And while wild salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, farmed fish is super high in omega-6 (childrenshealthdefense.org, February 2, 2022). Genetically engineered salmon became available to consumers in 2021 and promises to pose additional health risks.
5G Heart Problems
THE GRAPHENE AGE
Graphene oxide (GO) is a compound of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen in variable ratios, which can be formed into ultra-thin layers about one nanometer thick. Graphene’s high conductivity and flexibility make it the linchpin of 5G wireless technology, as it is a super absorber of microwaves. Graphene oxide transistors are in every 5G transmission device. The optimal signal multiplication frequency for graphene transistors is 26 GHz—the very frequency that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently auctioning off. (Wi-Fi microwave frequency bands range from 2.4 to 5 GHz.) Frequencies in the 5G range operate at more potent power densities than those in the 4G range. A recent paper in Annals of Case Reports by EMF researcher Dr. Lennart Hardell indicates that exposure to the high frequencies and power density of 5G results in a host of neurological symptoms such as tinnitus, fatigue, insomnia, emotional distress, skin disorders and blood pressure variability (https://doi.org/10.29011/2574-7754.101112). Moreover, the high energy consumed by 5G cells is discharged into the air, exposing plants, animals and humans to unprecedented levels of electricity. But there’s more. Researchers in both Spain and the U.K. have found graphene oxide in the Covid vaccines and have observed strange transistor-like structures in the blood of Covid-vaccinated individuals—raising the possibility that 5G frequencies can communicate with the graphene-oxide structures in the blood. Moreover, a 2020 study in Talanta found t hat g raphene oxide n anoparticles showed “excellent selective sensing ability towards adrenaline and tyrosine” (pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31514900/). Now, let’s put this all together. Vaccinated athletes pumped up in an adrenaline rush, performing in stadium environments of intense Wi-Fi and other 5G frequencies, fall over with cardiac arrest. The last two years have seen over one thousand such deaths. Coincidence? We think not.
Dietary Guidelines For Americans 2020 2025
MORE OF THE SAME
The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Committee is gearing up for new guidelines in 2025. Of course, they will be more of the same, advising Americans to limit saturated fat and salt by avoiding healthy foods like butter, whole milk, meat, cheese, charcuterie, soups and coconut oil. The guidelines do recommend whole grains but provide no information on how to prepare them to make them digestible; and suggest limiting “added sugars” to fifty grams per day—that’s over three tablespoons!—with no advice on how to avoid irresistible sugar cravings on a lowfat diet. Recently, several papers have pointed out conflicts of interest among committee members. In an April 2022 paper published in Public Health Nutrition (2022 Mar 21;1-28), the authors noted a total of more than seven hundred conflicts of interest in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, with more than 50 percent of committee members connected to thirty industry entities alone, the most notable being Kellogg, Abbott, Kraft, Mead Johnson, General Mills and Dannon. A December 2022 article in the same journal (25(12):3568-3582) notes that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has strong ties to Nestlé, PepsiCo and pharmaceutical companies. Coca-Cola maintains close collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the Obesity Society (TOS) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) (Cambridge University Press: December 1, 2022). Meanwhile, White House nutrition advisor and Tufts University professor Dariush Mozaffarian has published a “Food Compass” that ranks Honey Nut Cheerios as a healthy alternative to a boiled egg and Almond M&Ms as healthier than cheddar cheese or ground beef (see figure on page 10). This is the kind of nonsense you get when you put the government and corporate patsies in charge of telling us how to eat! Your life depends on not believing them.
Fish Oil Capsules VS Liquid
NOT A SHRED OF OMEGA-3
Fish oil capsules, said to provide omega-3 fatty acids, have been a hot commodity in recent years, but a class action lawsuit has revealed that many of these products contain no omega-3 fatty acids at all (tinyurl.com/yckjhxe7). The intense industrial process that extracts oil from fish by-products involves a process called trans-esterification, which transforms bioavailable omega-3 EPA and DHA in the form of triglycerides into the ethyl ester form. Ethyl esters must be processed in the liver, rather than separated into free fatty acids and absorbed through the gut lining. In the triglyceride form, the fragile omega-3 fatty acids are protected from breakdown into free radicals; not so in the ethyl ester form. Best to get your omega-3 fatty acids in the form nature intended—from fatty fish and naturally produced cod liver oil.
Marijuana Negative Effects on Brain
NOT SO COOL
Three new studies indicate that smoking marijuana may not be so cool. Results of a 2021 study published in JAMA Psychiatry (2021 Jun 16;78(9):1-11) suggest that cannabis use during adolescence is associated with altered neurodevelopment, “particularly in cortices rich in cannabinoid 1 receptors and undergoing the greatest age-related thickness change in middle to late adolescence.” Analysis revealed that “thinning in right prefrontal cortices. . . was associated with attentional impulsiveness at follow-up.” Another study looked at the effects of maternal cannabis use on the fetus. Hair hormone analysis revealed increased cortisol levels in children after birth, with greater anxiety, aggression and hyperactivity (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA.2021 Nov 23;118(47)). Finally, a study published in the journal Addiction (July 2022, 117(7):1857-1870) indicates that “acute effects of cannabis use on neurocognitive function have shown that cannabis intoxication leads to small to moderate deficits in several cognitive domains. These acute impairments accord with documented residual effects, suggesting that the detrimental effects of cannabis persist beyond acute intake.” In other words, the effects of smoking marijuana—including reduction of processing speed and attention—last long after that joint is finished, making driving by habitual marijuana users highly problematic. . . and dangerous for others on the road.
Insects In Food Products
BUGGED BY BUGS
According to the Official Journal of the European Union (January 3, 2023), the EU has given permission to add insects to baked goods, pasta and other semi-finished products “for the general population.” Although there is a lack of published knowledge about allergies and possible anaphylactic reactions, the EU Commission is of the opinion that there should be no specific labeling requirements about possible allergic reactions. However, those with allergies to crustaceans, molluscs and house dust mites are most likely to suffer from allergic reactions when also consuming products with added grasshoppers. It can also lead to new allergic reactions to the substrate used to feed the insects. You can detect the insect addition only if you read that the product contains “Acheta domesticus.” This means that people have to find out for themselves that “Acheta domesticus” is powdered grasshoppers, and have to check for themselves whether they might be allergic to it. The permit comes into force on 24 January 2023. The following products will soon be for sale with added grasshoppers: multigrain bread, multigrain rolls, biscuits, breadsticks, cereal bars, dry premixes for baked goods, cookies, dry filled and unfilled pasta products, sauces, processed potato products, dishes based on legumes and vegetables, pizza, whey powder products, meat analogues (vegetarian meat alternatives), soups and soup concentrates, soup powder, cornmeal-based snacks, beer-like beverages, chocolate products, nuts and oilseeds, snacks (except chips) and meat preparations. Looks like it soon might be difficult to avoid eating grasshopper products if you live in the European Union.🖨️ Print post