Fruits Lower Risk of Diabetes, But Fruit Juices Increase The Risk

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Crux of New study finds that eating more whole fruits, particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples, was significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes — but greater consumption of fruit juices was associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes by Colin Manning:

“People who ate at least two servings each week of certain whole fruits — particularly blueberries, grapes, and apples — reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by as much as 23 percent in comparison to those who ate less than one serving per month. Conversely, those who consumed one or more servings of fruit juice each day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 21 percent.”


Man’s Conquest of Nature is Only Temporary

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Crux of Terms of Surrender by John Michael Greer:

  • The belief in Progress has a central theme of Man conquering Nature and submitting her to his will: Disease is conquered by medicine, distance by motorized transportation, the soil by fertilizers, and so on.

  • “according to this way of looking at things, Nature is not supposed to put up more than a pro forma struggle or a passive resistance. Above all, once any part of Nature is conquered, it’s supposed to stay conquered—and of course that’s where the trouble creeps in, because a great many of the things we habitually lump together as Nature are refusing to go along with the script.”

  • For example, “A large and growing number of pathogenic microbes these days are already resistant to the antibiotics that used to treat them; new antibiotics brought onto the market start running into problems with resistant bacteria in a fraction of the time that was once necessary for resistance to emerge; and the transfer of antibiotic resistance from one species to another is becoming an increasingly troubling problem.”

  • But most people “respond with an overfamiliar sentence: “Oh, I’m sure they’ll think of something.” The increasingly frantic efforts of researchers to find new antibiotics and stay ahead of the remorselessly rising tide of microbial resistance get no more attention than the equally frantic efforts, say, of drilling companies to find petroleum deposits to make up for the increasingly rapid depletion of existing oil fields.”

  • Another example is The Green Revolution in agriculture: “The barrage of fertilizers and poisons the proponents of that movement turned on agriculture won a temporary advantage over the hard subsistence limits of earlier eras, but it was only temporary. The reckless use of artificial fertilizers turned out to have drastic downsides, while the poisons drove insects and weeds into exactly the same frenzy of intensive natural selection that antibiotics brought to the microbial world.”

  • “Farmers faced by resistant weeds and pests, like physicians faced by resistant microbes, are turning to increasingly desperate measures to get the same results that their equivalents got with much less trouble. That’s exactly the situation that’s driving the current fracking boom and bubble, too. Back in the glory days of petroleum exploration and discovery, drillers could punch a well a few hundred feet into the ground and hit oil; now it takes hugely expensive deepwater drilling, tar sands extraction, or hydrofracturing of shale and other “tight oil” deposits to keep the liquid fuel flowing, and the costs keep rising year after year.”

  • Since in the long term all those efforts will cease to be effective, “the age of petroleum, and everything that unfolded from it, was exactly the same sort of temporary condition as the age of antibiotics and the Green Revolution.”

Don’t Wash Your Chicken

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Crux of Washing poultry can spread pathogens by Ben Chapman:

  • “washing poultry just splashes bacteria all over you, your kitchen towels, your countertops, and any other food you have nearby, such as raw foods or salads.”
  • It is better just to cook the chicken as-is, because “The heat from the cooking process will kill any bacteria that are present.”

Optimal Times For Daily Activities

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Crux of Why most olympic records are broken in the afternoon: Your body’s best time for everything by Belle Beth Cooper:

Science has identified some activities work better at specific times during the day, including:

  • “we should try to get most of our calories earlier in the day, and have lighter, earlier evening meals when possible.”
  • Muscle strength and hand-eye coordination peak in the afternoon, so this is an optimal time for physical exercise.
  • Analytical work is best done in the morning, while creative work is better left for the late evening.

Replace “I can’t” With “I don’t”

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Crux of A scientific guide to saying “no” by James Clear:

  • People who use empowering language like “I don’t eat cookies” are more likely to keep their health resolutions.
  • People who use disempowering language like “I can’t eat cookies” are less likely to keep their health resolutions.

Colic = Migraine? The Food Connection

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Crux of What do migraine and colic have in common? by John Briffa:

  • Children and youth who suffer from migraines are more likely to have had colic as babies, compared to the general population.
  • Both migraines and colic seem to improve when avoiding certain foods, like wheat and dairy.

Cholesterol Helps The Immune System


Crux of Does cholesterol play a beneficial role in immunity? by John Briffa:

An experiment that tested tuberculosis patients, found that “After two weeks of treatment, 80 per cent of those eating a high-cholesterol diet were free of TB infection, compared to only 9 per cent of the others.”

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