Dairy: An in depth and comprehensive guide

Milk has long been touted as a supreme health food. It is a complete protein, contains a number of important vitamins and minerals, is relatively inexpensive, and is widely available. Raw milk has been shown to increase adrenal function and to be useful for rebuilding body tissue5. So what is the controversy about? Who should be consuming dairy? What’s going on with milk processing?  Here is an in depth and comprehensive guide to the health aspects of dairy consumption, for your enjoyment.   Continue reading

Sugar crisis in youths

This article was originally published in The Scope of New London, Connecticut.

Ten years ago, Browns Mill Elementary School outside Atlanta, Georgia decided to go on a nutrition program. Sugar was completely banned from being served on the school’s campus—even birthday cupcakes were turned away—and there was an effort to eat more whole foods in the lunch and breakfast programs.

The results? The school found that scores went up fifteen percent, and discipline problems went down twenty-three percent. And instead of costing the school system more money, eating more vegetables and fruit turned out to be cheaper. The school saved $425,000 in nine years. This program is being replicated right now in seventeen other Atlanta area schools.

Let’s take a look at why such simple changes could have such huge effects on the lives of young people. Just what is sugar doing do our children anyway? Continue reading

Poor nutrition and chronic disease

I chose to talk about poor nutrition and chronic disease because I wanted to talk about Hawthorn seminar I listened to recently called “Aging with Vitality.” The guest, Raymond Francis, worded the process of aging in a way very similar to another nutrition resource of mine, Sean Croxton, and the implications are huge.

What Francis argued was that there are only two causes of disease. The first is that the cells don’t have everything that they need to operate effectively, and the second is that there are toxins in the cells that impede with effective operation. What a simple and wonderful way to surmise the conundrum of health. Continue reading

Water supply fluoridation

The fluoridation issue is a contentious one, and rightly so. Fluoride has been a part of most public water sources in America for so long that the issue almost seems mundane. Fluoride seems to be an innocuous part of the water supply. Still, a number of alarming reports have indicated that the logic of amending the water with fluoride—namely, that it can prevent tooth decay—is flawed, and that fluoride is a toxin that is harmful to our bodies as well. Continue reading

Analysis of the China Study

The China Study is one of the most famous and comprehensive studies of human diets ever undertaken. Proponents of this study often use it to vindicate pro-vegetarian or vegan views. So here is my analysis of the study. It’s a little dry, but hopefully imformative.

The China Study was an epidemiological study, one of the largest of its kind. Continue reading

New Food View Manifesto

So I recently began a masters program in Holistic Nutrition (also one in social studies education). I might be sharing some of the writing from that, and in the future I hope to do nutrition consultations. Anyway, this is how I’ve been thinking lately.

The last sixty years has seen some of the most radical changes to the human diet ever experienced.   Continue reading

What’s the deal with soda?

This article was originally published in The Scope of New London, CT.

I know. It seems ridiculous to waste my time and yours bashing soda. Whether we drink it or not, we all seem to know that it is terrible. But do we really understand the specifics of why America’s flagship beverage is so detrimental to our health?

Here’s a little story from one of my favorite nutrition resources, Sean Croxton, which takes place at a health fair where he was doing basic bone density tests. That day, there were a lot of construction and custodial workers from a nearby resort who came to receive various free health screenings. To quote Sean, “I have never had to tell more men that they have osteopenia or osteoporosis. It was crazy.” Continue reading