Saturday, May 25, 2019

First, They Came for Sugary Sodas

...and I said nothing because I wasn't a drinker of sugary sodas.

Now, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York is coming for cauliflower, calling it "colonialist" in community gardens. Fox News' guest liberal, Cathy Arue, defended Cortez's statement, saying that cauliflower is a monocrop and the soil needs different plants to avoid becoming depleted, since the same old colonialist crops have been grown for generations.

From what I understand, people rent plots in community gardens and grow whatever they like. If committees are dictating what crops are to be grown in community gardens in New York City, where Ocasio Cortez is from, maybe the committees, not the cauliflower, are the problem.

In any case, is monocropping in community gardens a serious environmental problem? Looking at a few of New York City's 550 community gardens on Google Street View, I didn't see anything that looked remotely like this:

Photo by Gary Rogers. Wikimedia Commons.
Arue also mentioned corn as a colonial monocrop, presumably forgetting it's the main ingredient in corn tortillas and that it's native to North America. 

The answer to this is simple, and it doesn't involve any conversations on colonialism. Divide the community gardens into plots, and let each person grow what they want to on their plot. Want to try to grow yucca in New York City? Want to grow a cauliflower monocrop? Go for it. Whether you want to grow beets and potatoes, collards and beans, tomatoes and peppers, or asparagus and arugula, that's your own business. This cauliflower kerfuffle isn't about colonialism--which ended more than 200 years ago in America--or monocropping--which doesn't exist in New York City--it's about telling other people what to do.

This goes for sugary sodas, too. If people want to drink them, that's their own business. Ah, but sugary sodas really are bad for you! They are, but salt, butter, eggs and red meat were thought to be bad, too. Public advice to shun those foods has led to a public health nightmare. Taxing sugary sodas, or otherwise making them hard to get, probably wouldn't harm public health, but it's a step in the wrong direction. Government involvement in diet was best when it helped ensure that people got adequate nutrients: iodine in salt, B vitamins in bread (when nutrients started being stripped from wheat), and a campaign promoting a diet of a variety of nutritious foods. As far as I know, they weren't trying to limit eating any kind of food--in fact, World War II posters discouraged food waste. When government started trying to limit intake of fat, salt and cholesterol, carbohydrate (and calorie) intake went up, as did obesity and diabetes. If there's a limit, tax or ban on sugary sodas, who's to say something worse wouldn't take their place? 

Maybe people wouldn't drink so much sugar if they didn't have blood sugar swings from the low-fat, high-carb diet that became mainstream advice for decades. Cauliflower has nutrients, and cauliflower gardeners probably aren't part of the country's diabesity epidemic. Ocasio-Cortez should stop complaining about people who grow cauliflower, or any other vegetable.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Are Soyboys Hypothyroid?

Commentator Paul Joseph Watson posted a video on his observation that a lot of left-wing activists share a distinct look, like this man (Paul Crowther), who allegedly threw a milkshake on politician Nigel Farage:

Photo from Facebook. I'll stick with coconut milk.
Almost everyone he pointed out was overweight and had a puffy face. In another video, he remarked how depressed his soyboy critics were. I'm no expert, but it looks and sounds like hypothyroid. Maybe someone should think about offering everyone seaweed snacks instead of statins. In fairness to them, the standard of care for thyroid treatment, especially in the UK, is so bad that patients have taken to ordering medications from Mexico and Thailand.

What got me thinking about hypothyroid was being diagnosed with it. Having been startled by a high BG rating about a month ago, I really whacked back the carbs...and became so tired I barely wanted to move. My heart was going like a jack rabbit. Remembering what I said about wishing I'd sought help a few years ago when I didn't feel well, I joined Dr. Davis's Inner Circle. Someone recommended some labs. My iron levels were fine; thyroid was low. T3 was low; T4 was low by Dr. Davis's standards; TSH was OK, and the antibody was OK.

Increasing carbohydrates to about 50g per day has made me feel almost back to normal. We'll see how the kelp and other supplements work. Based on something Dr. Davis said, I started taking digestive enzymes with every meal and much of the puffiness in my own face went away. Oddly, I didn't have many other symptoms of hypothyroid except for being tired--I wasn't cold or overweight (or throwing milkshakes at people).

Video: Why do they all look like this? (Warning: bad language.) Paul Joseph Watson, May 22, 2019.
Treating Thyroid Patients Like Children by Malcolm Kendrick. May 1, 2015. See reader comments also.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

For Safety's Sake, Use Lard

Or butter, ghee, bacon grease or coconut oil--not something out of a spray can. Eight people have allegedly been injured by exploding cans of cooking spray (like Pam) when putting the cans near a stove. When's the last time you heard of shrapnel from exploding lard?

Besides, humans have been eating animal fats for millions of years, and butter and coconuts for several thousand, suggesting we're well-adapted to those foods. Industrially made oils used in Pam, not so much. If your lard comes from a pastured piggy (not a blue box on the grocery store shelf), it'll have lots of vitamin D and no hydrogenated oil.

Find a farmer near you that sells lard.

Sources I've purchased from and recommend here in central Indiana:
Fischer Farms (bulk orders of their meat, eggs, lard, etc. only)
Smoking Goose

Source: "8 People Allegedly Disfigured by Exploding Cans of Cooking Spray Sue Conagra" by Zlati Meyer. USA Today, May  7, 2019.