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Teeth show Eskimos had harder time than Neanderthals.
FDA: The Watchdog Captured by the Watched.
Eskimo - Extreme Survival.
Question of Month:
Heated Oil is not Transfatty.
The Problem Doctor -- or theProblem Patient?
Mothers Milk -- Fat Fallacy; Rice Flour -- No Answer; Microwave Ovens OK; Irritable BowelCalmed; Power Breakfast.
Book Review Part 2:
Carbs from Heaven, Carbs from Hell by Dr. Krystosik.
Hints and Tips:
Eggs in Reserve.
Transfat Damages Learning.
Gazpacho Fights Cell Damage.
Human NatureTeeth show Eskimos hadharder time than Neanderthals
The Neanderthals, a species closelyrelated to humans, thrived in Europefor over 300,000 years until theysuddenly died out just 30,000 yearsago, at the height of the last ice age.Some theorize that the Neanderthalssuccumbed to the ice age’s ‘unbear-able’ rigors -- but this is hardlycredible -- they had survived severalearlier ice ages without problem.Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg of OhioState University studied tiny defectsin Neanderthal teeth and ancientEskimo teeth. These defects knownas ‘linear enamel hyperplasia’ areindicators of dietary deficiencies.She also examined ‘perikymata’ --tooth markings showing how thetooth grew -- rather like tree rings .She found that Eskimos sufferedworse dietary deprivation (up tothree months at a time) than theNeanderthals. Guatelli is now goingto study the teeth of Cro-Magnons --the humans who almost certainlykilled off the Neanderthals.
Quote of the MonthFDA: The Watchdog Capturedby the Watched
The Federal Drugs Administration (FDA) is supposed to police food safety. But all is not well: the former head, no less, of the FDA,
said even in 1976
“The makers of unfit foods havetaken possession of Food and Drugenforcement, and have reversed theeffect of the law, protecting thecriminals that adulterate food,instead of protecting the publichealth.”
The Human ConditionEskimo: Extreme Survival
The Eskimo is a remarkable exampleof the ingenuity and adaptability ofthe human race to survive in themost inhospitable circumstances.The 2001 film, The Fast Runner, is asuperb reconstruction of theirtraditional lives. By all accounts theEskimo was a cheery sort in spite ofthe harshness of his lifestyle. But it isnot one that we recommend.Humans are designed for life in asunlit, warm, tropical climate.
Question of the MonthHeated Oil is not Transfatty
Is it right that by heating oil (in cooking) we are creating transfats?
No. Transfats are created by theprocess known as “hydrogenation”.Fat manufacturers take thevegetable oil, add a catalyst such asplatinum, and then heat at hightemperature and pressure whilebubbling hydrogen through it. Theydo this to turn the oil into a solid fat.When you cook at home we are sureyou don’t do that! We advise againstoverheating oil for a different reason.With high heat some fats oxidize --and oxidized fats are artery-harmful.However some oils, notably olive oilresist oxidation well -- which is whywe advise using it for cooking.
See Transfat Damages Learning, p. 3.
Guest contributor, Dr. Peter Galgut,gives us the doctor’s perspective on demanding patients. Here is Part 1.
The Problem Doctor -- or TheProblem Patient?
Dr Peter GalgutSo there you are, hale and hearty --and then something happens - youdon't feel too good anymore. It'susually something fairly trivial andnot life-threatening: perhaps a badcold, or flu, or a tummy bug, or asore throat, or any of the othernumerous ailments that plague usfrom time to time. So what do youdo? You go to the doctor -- and whatdoes the doctor do? He gives yousome medicine such as an antibiotic.And then?
And then you get the side effects --and these are many. You feel sickand nauseous, maybe you have anupset tummy, feel light-headed ….or suffer a headache.
More importantly, every time youtake an antibiotic, the bacteria thatare causing infection learn to copewith it. The next time you take theantibiotic it doesn't work -- you havedeveloped "resistant strains".So the next time you run to thedoctor you get a "stronger" antibiotic,and that works until the bacteria getresistance to that -- and the side-effects are more severe and you feeleven worse. So you blame the anti-biotic, or the doctor for prescribing itin the first place.
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