November 2018 News Round-Up

Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by Afifah Hamilton
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The French Love Us!

One of our articles (The Case for Sustainable Meat) has been published in the French news journal Le Point, which has a similar status to the New Statesmen in the UK.

Apparently, it was one of the most popular articles in their online edition, retaining top spot for several days! The editors were so impressed that they have arranged for an interview with Keir, who wrote the original article, which will go to print near Christmas.

Watch this space — we will post an English translation when the interview goes out.

Mainstream media catches up with the carnivore diet

Three women —  posing with chunks of meat — swear by a carnivorous diet, eating a 95% plant-free. Read their stories in the Daily Mail (Nov 15)

This month’s featured publication is Science Magazine online — the public face of the world’s leading journal Science — which provided us with many very high-quality stories and is definitely a place we will be checking back to on a regular basis. But take care: they have a viewing limit of 10 free article per month!

Paleo News

Earliest evidence for human butchery pushed back to 2 million years ago

Meat eating appears to define the evolution of humans. An article in Science Magazine (Nov 29) reports on the discovery of the earliest known stone tools used for butchery, being 2 to 2.4 million years old.

Another article in Science Magazine (Nov 7th) reports that the oldest cave painting has been discovered, depicting animals from 40,000 years ago

Neanderthals more like us it seems

A slew of recent research is changing our view of our Neanderthal cousins:

Neolithic News

Only 10,000 years ago did humans begin their transition to farming: agriculture and animal domestication. 

wild turkey

Turkeys domesticated 2300 years ago

Science Magazine (Nov 21) explains that turkeys may have been the first species domesticated by the Mayans, 2300 years ago. 

Vanilla discovered in 3500 year old tomb

Vanilla is a strange spice. It is produced from the seed pods of a cultivated orchid. Yet its origins remain a mystery as it is unknown in the wild. A newly discovered burial site in — of all places — the biblical city of Armageddon (now modern Israel) has unearthed some intriguing clues Science Magazine (Nov 28) 

Mongolians digest milk, despite lacking the genes

In modern Mongolia, for example, traditional herders get more than a third of their calories from dairy products. They milk seven kinds of mammals, yielding diverse cheeses, yogurts, and other fermented milk products, including alcohol made from mare’s milk. “If you can milk it, they do in Mongolia,” Warinner says. And yet 95% of those people are lactose intolerant.

Science Magazine, Nov 5

Recipe: Pastrami Jerky

A recipe in The Mercury News (Nov 28) looks tasty. The recipe calls for a dehydrator, but you can get the same effect in an electric oven set to 40C and left on over night.

Good For You

Low-Carb & Keto News

In a recent study published in the BMJ, Low-carb diets were shown to increase energy expenditure, giving them a 250 calorie advantage over the low-fat diet group. (Daily Star, Nov 21)

 “A low glycemic load, high-fat diet might facilitate weight loss maintenance beyond the conventional focus on restricting energy intake and encouraging physical activity,” the researchers concluded.

So, not all calories are created equal? An article by Harvard Medical School describes the industry lobbying that led to fats rather than carbs being demonised from the 1960s. (Harvard Health Blog, Nov 4)

Greengrocers benefit from concerned millennials

Concern for the environment and avoiding plastic wrapping is, apparently, leading millennials to seek fresh produce and source locally grown foods. (Telegraph, Nov 30)

Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of premature birth, finds Cochrane review (BMJ, Nov 16)

Heinz signs Primal Nutrition!

Primal Nutrition, created by Mark Sisson, produces Paleo and Keto snacks, sauces and dressings, as well as selling supplements and diet plans (The Primal Blueprint), however, according to a report in Zacks (Nov 30), Kraft Heinz has signed a deal to buy Primal Nutrition for $200 million. Wow! 

Bad for You

Bad Night’s Sleep: One study found that losing 2 hours sleep makes you angrier (Daily Mail, Nov 29) — No shit Sherlock?

Drug Interactions: Here are six drug interactions, including between drugs and foods, that are worth knowing about. (Daily Mail, Nov 16)

Health Service Woes

UK is ‘fatter than ever’

Britain has made ‘no progress’ on tackling obesity in the last 18 years, a global report warns (Daily Mail, Nov 29) In 2016 a staggering 68.6 per cent of grown men and 58.9 per cent of women were overweight. The governments’ response? Double-down on their advice: eat a low fat, low meat diet. (It’s making people sick, fat and stupid, but pots of money for the food and drugs industries!)

The dangers of insulin pumps

Insulin pumps caused more than 150,000 deaths or injuries in the last 10 years – more than any other device in America, a report reveals (Daily Mail, Nov 27)  — This is what happens when a disease that should be treated with diet is treated with technology. Think it can’t be done? Even the NHS plans to put 5000 diabetics on ultra-low calorie ‘soup and shakes’ in an attempt to reverse type 2 diabetes. (Daily Mail, Nov 30)

Breast Implants Health Risk

“Silicone breast implants increase arthritis risk 600%, stillbirth risk 450% and skin cancer risk 400%, study claims” (Daily Mail, Nov 20)

Ineffective flu jab blamed as extra winter deaths hit a 40-year high.

(Telegraph. Nov 30)  — And just how ineffective is the jab? According to the article “Last year’s flu jab protected just one in 10 pensioners.” I know many doctors who tell me in private that they think the flu vaccine is a waste of time. Talking negatively about any other vaccine is still too dangerous for them. I also know one doctor who went down with flu soon after having the vaccine and died. His son blames the vaccine for causing his father’s death.

Meanwhile, Science Magazine (Nov 30) tells us that the holy-grail of a universal flu vaccine (one that is effective against all strains) remains ‘an alchemists dream’

Quote of the month

French-fries are starch bombs. One portion should contain just 6 fries.

Harvard Professor, Dr Eric Rimm (Daily Mail, 30 Nov)

Rachel Sugar of Vox magazine agrees. She reflects on how useful it would be if you could order such petit portions…

Consider the following: You are at dinner with a companion, who has ordered fries. You, on the other hand, opted for the salad. But you would like a fry. Just one fry. Two fries. Perhaps three fries. 

“Can I have a fry?” you say. What if, though, you did not have to ask? What if you, a self-sufficient individual, could just order your own three or six or nine fries? Are these not modern times? 

Or: You are at dinner with a companion, who has ordered a salad. You, a person who wants fries, have ordered the fries. “Can I have a fry?” they say, longingly, and you oblige, because that is our social contract. Wouldn’t it be better if they could just order their own A Fry?

Or: You are alone, which is also a great way to eat. You want to order the salad. Leafy greens. A good tomato wedge. For any number of legitimate reasons — health, taste, appetite, how your digestive system might feel later, a craving for arugula — you don’t want a full order of friesWouldn’t it be great if you could just order a side salad with a side-side of fries? Would this not radically overhaul your life?


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