Interesting Information: “New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Recommendations on Cholesterol”

Interesting Information:  February 27, 2015

New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Recommendations on Cholesterol

Thanks to John Nixon for alerting me to the fact that the new 2015 Food Guide (put out by the government) will reverse it’s stand on cholesterol–in that they are saying that DIETARY CHOLESTEROL is not related to heart disease.

Scientists have known the truth of the falseness of the connection between dictates against eating foods rich in dietary cholesterol (a crucial ingredient in the proper functioning of our bodies actually) and heart disease for many decades now.  There never was any science behind this false assumption.  But, belief systems are hard to take down some times–especially when everyone is on a kool-aid bandwagon and just keeps repeating the bad information and refuses to slow down and investigate–even a tiny bit.

Here are two sites for extra reading:  a CNN story that cites a Washington Post article, and a Mercola post.

And, here’s a quote from the Mercola post:

Steve Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, told USA Today:5 “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.” This message was echoed in Time Magazine, which recently reported that:

“[I]n the latest review6 of studies that investigated the link between dietary fat and causes of death, researchers say the guidelines got it all wrong. In fact, recommendations to reduce the amount of fat we eat every day should never have been made.”

Low-fat diets saw a real upswing in 1977, but according to research published in the Open Heart journal,7 led by Zoe Harcombe, PhD, there was no scientific basis for the recommendations to cut fat from our diet in the first place.

What’s worse, the processed food industry replaced fat with large amounts of sugar, While Dr. Harcombe shies away from making any recommendation about how much dietary fat might be ideal, she suggests that the take-home message here is to simply “eat real food.”

So, today my wish for you is access to REAL FOOD.

Cholesterol in food not a concern, new report says –

New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Recommendations on Cholesterol.

Turkey Tracks: More Winter Pleasures

Turkey Tracks:  February 18, 2014

More Winter Pleasures

Kathleen and John Nixon often visit me in January or February.  Like me, they love Maine and love being here in the snow.  Nature graced them with 8 to 10 inches on their first night here.

One of the things we love to do is to work puzzles.  Kathleen and John have a favorite puzzle artist–Heromim.  And this year they brought two of these beautiful puzzles.  We set up the white folding table, add a card table for extra pieces, and drag up folding chairs from downstairs.  Then we set to work.


Here’s the first puzzle.   They let me choose which one to work first.


Heronim signs his puzzles in two ways:  signature and a tiny black cat on one puzzle piece.  You can see the black cat on the logo.  Kathleen found that piece almost right away as we sorted out the edge pieces.

Heronim’s pictures are set in California and, apparently, in MAINE.  I’ll see if I can find some of the latter.

So, we are playing, which is why you have not heard from me in a few days.  I will post something serious soon.  I promise.

Meanwhile, play is a very good thing.  And play with old friends or family is the best!!