Health Archives - Humans Are Not Broken
In the United States, you can buy a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and a 2 liter Coca-Cola for the purpose of devouring them in one sitting, if you want. Hell, if you want to print your food, or buy a month’s supply of vitamin goop, you can do that, too. If you’re in an especially debaucherous mood, you can even wash it all down with a pack of Marlboro cigarettes and a fifth of whiskey.
As far as I know, that’s legal in all 50 states. As it ought to be, if you ask me. Personally, I’d choose to avoid those. Except the whiskey, once in a while. But the point is…if we don’t have the choice to do these things what does that make us?
Let’s face it. Going all the way to the grocery store to pick up a basket full of Oreos, Macaroni & Cheese, Hot Pockets, and Coca-Cola is too damn hard.
It involves actual physical movement, and there are options.
Or, at least, there will be.
3D Printed Foods
Quartz.com is reporting plans to start using 3D printer technology to print consumable foods. The big promises are pizza on Mars and an end to world hunger. Unfortunately, pizza on Mars will probably happen first.
Anjan Contractor just received a $125,000 grant from NASA to build a prototype of his food synthesizer. Contractor says he:
It was back in the mid 1990s — when I was young and overweight — that I first discovered the Paleo Diet.
Back then, it was called Neanderthin. At least it was for me. That was the title of Ray Audette’s book, which I read with much enthusiasm. I also read Boyd Eaton’s Paleolithic Prescription as well as the Drs. Eades’ Protein Power.
All three are excellent books, but Audette’s Neanderthin resonated with me the most. I lost my original copy of the book somewhere along the years, so I was delighted to discover that the Kindle edition is available for just 7 bucks.
Now, I’m looking forward to reading it again.
Audette tells the story of man’s transformation from hunter-gatherer to agriculturalist to industrialist — a journey from natural to technological. Along the way, he does a convincing job of blaming that transformation for modern ill-health and obesity.
Michael A. Smith of the CriticalMAS blog, shares with us (via the Latest in Paleo Facebook page) the news that Mexico City wants salt shakers removed from restaurant tables (CBS News).
In Mexico, they love their salt.
They put it on everything from their tequila and beer glasses to fruit and even candy. Have you ever tried mango (fresh, dried, or candied) with chili salt? If you have, you may understand why. Salt, of course, enhances the natural flavors of most foods.
Pearl Cantrell is 105 years old. She was born in 1908, when Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States.
Back then, the average life expectancy was just 47 years. This was a time when only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub inside and even fewer had telephones. The average worker made only a couple of hundred dollars a year*, but it stretched pretty far since eggs were only 14 cents a dozen and coffee set one back a mere 15 cents a pound.
All four of my daughters are smart. The government thinks at least one them is gifted.
They’re not training her to be a spy or anything — it just means her intelligence tests are consistently in the top 3%, nationally.
Once a week she leaves her Montessori classroom and buses to a different school campus with other gifted children. There, they get a chance to work together on projects that require higher-level and faster thinking than normal classroom work. They can move quickly, because that’s what these kids do…they learn fast.
Recently, Mike S. posted a story about a 72-year old BMXer on the Latest in Paleo facebook page. I like the comment he left with the link, too:
You’re only as old as your grandchildren feel.
Heck yeah! Is it just me or is there something intensely motivating about human beings who suck the marrow out of life in their golden years? Maybe it’s because I’ll turn 40 later this year — approaching silver perhaps, not golden quite yet.
Our seasoned fellow human beings who take care of themselves provide us all with a positive glimpse of our own potential futures.
In case you didn’t know, that’s Jack LaLalanne in the picture up there. He’s been a huge inspiration to me. I will someday dedicate a proper feature article to him. Until then, check out some of his words:
Consumer Reports has conducted testing to see if the turkey industry has cleaned up its act. It was fewer than 2 years ago that millions of pounds of turkey had to be recalled, because it was tainted with an antibiotic resistant strain of salmonella. One person died and 136 others became ill.
Cargill took immediate steps to correct the problem and avoid future infestations. Basically, they added several more layers of antibacterial spraying:
Since the recall, Cargill has made several enhancements to its food safety programme. These include two additional antibacterial washes, intensifying an existing antibacterial system, disassembling and steam cleaning equipment before resuming ground turkey production, and requiring suppliers of turkey meat to add a new antibacterial wash.
Just one month after reopening the facility in question and with the new procedures in place, another 100,000 pounds of turkey had to be recalled.
Recently, I published Debunking a Paleo Strawman in response to Christina Warinner’s TEDx Talk, Debunking the Paleo Diet. Since originally publishing the article, I’ve included an audio version of it in the podcast Latest in Paleo (Episode 68: Debunking Paleo).
To make that audio even easier to share, I’ve placed that segment onto YouTube. There are some extra slides placed in the video that really make the meat shredding dentition easier to follow.
In this week’s show: we welcome Primal Pacs as a new sponsor, enjoy the comedy of John Pinette, debunk the Paleo debunking, dissect the latest meat scare, talk a bit about Paleo on The Dr. Oz Show, meet a girl who eats nothing but ramen noodles, and we consider the idea that diets are not lifestyles. After the Bell, we hear a mainstream view of gluten, followed by a far-from-mainstream look at money as expained by Alan Watts.