Recipe from the Dark Side

I’m at the point where I can’t seem to get enough fat. Even so, this recipe gives me pause to consider the limits of that quest.

The ingredients combined with high praise for “cheese in a jar” makes this video a winner. It’s the perfect combination of funny “ha ha” with funny “eeeek” …

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GMO Contamination

U.S. rice farmers want class action against Bayer

Germany’s Bayer AG is battling to keep thousands of U.S. rice farmers from becoming part of a massive class-action lawsuit over the contamination of commercial rice supplies by a Bayer biotech rice not approved for human consumption.

Farmers suffered extensive losses, both from a plunge in rice prices, and in a drop in export business as Japan and the European Union moved to restrict U.S. rice from crossing their borders.

About 700 rice farmers have filed lawsuits against Bayer following the August 2006 disclosure that the company’s genetically altered experimental rice had somehow contaminated food supplies.

This is an interesting case because, regardless of your view on the benefit or ills of GMO, it illustrates how difficult it is to ensure that such crops are isolated.

In this particular case, farmers lost out because many of their export markets ban GM products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration said there was no public health or environmental risks associated with the genetically engineered rice and the two agencies elected not to punish Bayer for the contamination.

This has to be an excellent example of lobby power because, regardless of the impact of the contamination, the company has demonstrated that it has weak biosecurity measures in place.

Likewise, by not acting on the offence, the FDA has signalled that it does not take biosecurity seriously. Perhaps they want a tragedy on their hands first.

Bayer is, at least, on the defensive.

This is a marginal improvement over the typical farmer’s experience with Monsanto which has a record for suing farmers who fall victims to such contamination.

The Power of Cheese

This guys speaks well though much of what he says is rubbish. I don’t buy the “meat = cancer” or “meat = erectile dysfunction.”

Still, the first 10 minutes or so are interesting. Magnetising babies with sugar (can anyone verify this?) and the chemical properties of milk.

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Obesity and Oil Prices

Reducing Global Demand For Food And Fuel By Reducing Obesity

If fat people would eat less and walk more instead of driving, the world problems of high food and oil prices could be alleviated.

Sadly this naive conclusion is not the product of some troll on a random internet forum but is in fact the summary of correspondence published in The Lancet.

It is also argued that since the mass of the obese population is greater than a normal population, more transportation fuel energy is required to transport the obese. This is only likely to worsen since obese people will choose to walk less and drive more in response to their increased body mass.

There is little point in addressing such a proposal which is essentially the application bad medicine to a misunderstood matter of economics. The authors betray both a lack of insight into the nature of obesity as well as global market forces.

The greatest gains, they say, would not be through a general decline in car use, but through a reduction in the excess food and car use demands that come from the obese portion of the population.

Without really wanting to “go there” it might be worth pointing these people to studies which suggest that it takes far more food calories than petro-carbon calories to move a body… so the economies they are expecting might just not work out.

But that’s not really in the spirit of what they are saying… which is effecitvely “these people are getting more than their fair share of food and oil to haul their fat asses about. If only we could trim them down then the world is saved.”

The obese population, therefore, requires more than 18% more food energy than a normal population.

The sad part is that this kind of thinking is mainstream and it’s what many people face when they go to their doctor for advice on weight management.

Start walking and don’t eat so damn much. And by the way, your fat is making it rather expensive to run the Benz.



Psst. Perhaps fat people are responsible for global warming too… it’s those thighs… and all that friction.

Case History: Terminal Lung Cancer Cured

This story blew me away:

A female patient in her 50s, with lung cancer, came to our clinic, having been given a death sentence by her Florida oncologist.

She was cooperative and understood the connection between nutrition and cancer. She changed her diet considerably, leaving out 90 percent of the sugar she used to eat. She found that wheat bread and oat cereal now had their own wild sweetness, even without added sugar. With appropriately restrained medical therapy—including high-dose radiation targeted to tumor sites and fractionated chemotherapy, a technique that distributes the normal one large weekly chemo dose into a 60-hour infusion lasting days—a good attitude and an optimal nutrition program, she beat her terminal lung cancer.

I saw her the other day, five years later and still disease-free, probably looking better than the doctor who told her there was no hope.

Cancer’s Sweet Tooth

The Warburg Effect is not news but to hear of a case where Lung Cancer was actually treated with, in part, sugar deprivation, is brilliant.

Via radical blog extraordinaire Hyperlipid.

Brain Enzyme a Factor in Weight Loss

More research on our rodent friends who by now should have every mechanism worked out in order that they stay slim.

Blocking a particlar enzyme (CaMKK2) was shown to decreases appetite And promote weight loss.

I found this observation odd:

They also studied both normal mice and mice missing CaMKK2 to learn how these types responded to low-fat and high-fat diets. After nearly 30 weeks on the specific diets, the normal mice on the high-fat diet became diabetic — they were unable to respond to insulin and weren’t able to manage blood sugar levels well. In contrast, the normal mice on a low-fat diet stayed healthy.

In mice missing CaMKK2, the scientists found that they stayed healthy regardless of whether they were on a low-fat or high-fat diet. The CAMKK2-negative mice apparently were protected from changes that lead to diabetes in a high-fat diet.

I don’t understand how a high-fat and presumeably low-carb thus low insulin producing diet would lead to diabetes. I’m open to suggestions. I assume we don’t have all the facts.

I suppose if the carb-content of the two diets remained the same it could make sense…?

Duke Medical News