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Interesting Information: “A reversal on carbs”

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Interesting Information:  March 27, 2011

“A reversal on carbs”

“A growing number of top nutritional scientists blame excessive carbohydrates–not fat–for America’s ills.”

Walter Willet, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health:  ” `If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.’ “

Dr. Edward Saltzman, associate professor of nutrition and medicine at Tufts University:  “`Now a growing and convincing body of science is pointing the finger at carbs, especially those containing refined flour and sugar.'”

Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health:  “`The overemphasis on reducing fat caused the consumption of carbohydrates and sugar in our diets to soar.  That shift may be linked to the biggest health problems in America today.’ “

Dr. Stephen Phinney, nutritional biochemist and emeritus professor of University of California, Davis, who has studied carbohydrates for 30 years:  ” `However, over time, as our bodies get tired of processing high load of carbs, which evolution didn’t prepare us for…how the body responds to insulin can change.’ ”  Phinney did a 12-week study in 2008 that compared low-fat and low-carb diets.  The low-carb diet lowered triglyceride levels by 50 percent though participants ate 36 grams of saturated fat a day.  (History and evolution show that grain agriculture–in a 24-hour day of human existence–comes in at 23 hours and 53 minutes.)

Dr. Eric Westman, director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at Duke University Medical Center:  “`At my obesity clinic, my default diet for treating obesity, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome is a low-carb diet.’ “

Naysayers:  Dr. Joanne Slavin, a member of the advisory committee for the failed USDA low-fat diet regime, and Dr. Ronald Krauss, senior scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and founder and past chair of the American Heart Assn.’s Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, a believer in the calorie in/calorie out paradigm–which cannot demonstrate success in weight loss because it doesn’t work.  (See Gary Taubes WHY WE GET FAT.)

 Here’s the whole article:  Marni Jameson, “A reversal on carbs,” LA Times, December 20, 2010, http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/20/health/la-he-carbs-20101220

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March 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Interesting Information: The “Sweet 16,” Living Longer Gene

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Interesting Information:  March 27, 2011

The “Sweet 16,” Living Longer Gene

Geneticist Cynthia Kenyon of the University of California, San Francisco, has discovered two genes, one of which helps you live longer with good health (Sweet Sixteen gene) and one of which causes ageing and death (Grim Reaper gene).  Her work has been “successfully repeated in labs around the world,” and “many experts believe [she] should win the Nobel Prize for her research into ageing.”  Eating carbohydrates “from bananas and potatoes to bread, pasta, biscuits and cakes–directly affect two key genes that govern youthfulness and longevity.” 

Ageing, it seems, is NOT caused by wearing out, but by genes affected by insulin.  To turn on the Sweet Sixteen gene, stop eating carbohydrates because they “make your body produce more insulin (to mop up the extra blood sugar carbs produce….”  More insulin means a more active Grim Reaper.  And, Jeff Holly “who specialises in insulin-like growth factor” confirms that the Grim Reaper “is linked to cancer of the prostate, breast and colon.” 

Kenyon herself has cut out all starch (potatoes, noodles, rice, bread and pasta) and eats salads (no sweet dressings), lots of olive oil and nuts, tons of green vegetables along with cheese, chicken and eggs.”  She avoids sweets, except for 80 percent chocolate.

Here’s the whole article:  Jerome Burne, “Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer?” Daily Mail, 26 October, 2010:   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1323758/Can-cutting-Carbohydrates-diet-make-live-longer.html.

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March 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Turkey Tracks: Essence Quilt

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Turkey Tracks:  March 27, 2011

Essence Quilt

 Here is “Essence.” 

You might remember that I made this quilt out of the little triangles cut from the blocks used in the quilt “Spinner”–posted here a few weeks ago. 

I wanted to try this beaded border–it came from “Quilters Newsletter” magazine, April/May 2010, “Bead-Dazzled Bindings,” by Laura West King, pp. 46-47. 

I like the funky nature of it.  I need to measure it, but it’s about 20 inches by 14 or 15 inches.


 I do think this kind of edging would be spectacular on a smaller quilt–and King’s instructions are terrific.  It works here, but only just…

The white marks on the left side of the binding are just chalk marks which I didn’t notice when I took the picture.

I had fun figuring which of the geometric shapes to highlight with the quilting and the beads.

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March 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Turkey Tracks: Starting Our Seeds

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Turkey Tracks:  March 27, 2011

Starting Our Seeds

Our vegetable seeds arrived about a week ago!

We collected potting soil one day last week.  Then, we waited for an opportune day (a warm day) to set up the sun porch on the third floor (southeast facing, lovely light) (finding where on earth we put the card table and the small white table).  The potting soil came as a peat block which had to be mixed with water in the wheelbarrow.  It’s the same mixture our favorite local nursery uses.  (Last year I used a compost-based soil that did not grow a thing.)  Water means either hauling water from the outside faucetswhich are  up a set of steps or dragging out hoses put away for the winter.  John, god love him, dragged out the hoses and hooked one up, which made our work much easier.  And, he turned the mixture while I sprayed the water.  AND, he carried the flats of dirt-filled pots up two flights of stairs to the sun porch.  In the middle of the effort we decided we had room for more pots, so we made a trip to our local hardware store for three more flats and 54 peat pots.

Here’s John during the front end of this operation.  It was sunny, yes, but there was a cold wind off and on.   

Here John is putting tiny, tiny seeds into our pots.   (The celery seeds were 1/4 the size of a poppy seed!  Look at those fabulous windows.  It was warm enough in this room that we had to shed sweaters.

We planted lOTS of leeks, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, Sun Gold tomatoes,  a mid-season tomato, and some celery.  Margaret dried a little cherry tomato last fall and gave me a quart Mason jar of them for my birthday.  They are as sweet as candy and so welcome now when our taste buds are looking for greens and tangy tasting things.  We’ll be cutting broccoli right up to really cold weather in December. 

We’re going to seed more leeks directly into the ground, along with onions and peas, as soon as we can work the soil–hopefully in April.

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March 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Interesting Information: Asthma Rates Soaring

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Interesting Information:  March 25, 2011

Asthma Rates Soaring

From the following article in “Scientific American” magazine, April 2011, “Why Are Asthma Rates Soaring?” by Veronique Greenwood, pages 32-33:

“Asthma rates have been surging around the globe over the past three decades….”

“A reworking of the hygiene hypothesis that focuses on changes in the normal nondisease-causing bacteria that live inside and on the body (in the intestines or the airways or on the skin) has promise.  Studies by [Erika] von Mutius and others have shown that children who live on farms where cows or pigs are raised and where they drink raw milk almost never have asthma, allergic or otherwise.  Presumable because the children drank unpasteurized milk and handled livestock, they have different strains of normal bacteria in their airways that are somehow more protective than those found in city kids.” 

Erika von Mutius is an epidemiologist at Munich University. 

Ha!  It all gets back to having good internal beasties, which commercial milk, which is a highly processed fake, dead food, does not supply or enhance.  Bet the real ingredient for farm kids not having noticeable asthma rates  is NOT handling live stock, but drinking a living, nutrient dense food.  And, maybe, not eating a lot of processed foods made of chemical brews, rancid oils, powdered proteins, etc.  Or, poisoned foods.   Having said that, farm kids living around chemical spraying have high cancer rates…

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March 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm