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Be a Vegan and Save the World?

The Lancet has come out with a new report saying "Repent! The End is Near!" These days, that means someone wants you to live on grains, beans, nuts and vegetation to save your health and civilization itself; coming to Jesus for salvation would be absurd to them. But there are flies in the ointment that only a bunch of academics could fail to observe: After being goaded for decades to move towards such a diet, people in developed countries are fatter and more diabetic than ever.  Growing these crops destroys natural habitats, uses fertilizer that depends on fossil fuels, and requires pesticides (even if organically grown).  Much of the land on earth is unsuitable for growing anything but livestock.  Such a diet is nutrient-poor and completely unsuitable for many people. The poorest countries tend to have frequent fighting and ((#%(@!#y governments, not citizens who are oddly unable to figure out what to eat.  Bison, deer, elk, antelope and other game used to roam

23andMe Signs Agreement with Big Pharma, Offers Health App

GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest drug makers, recently bought a $300 million stake in 23 and Me, a genetic testing company . The two also signed an agreement giving GlaxoSmithKline exclusive rights to customer data. The data is de-identified, aggregate customer information. 23andMe recently rolled out Lark, an health app specially geared to your genetics. I was curious what kind of diet advice Lark gave, since 23andMe advised me a year or so ago to limit saturated fat . Here's a screen grab from their video suggesting the new app is programmed with diet advice from the 90s: " Lark Chat: Personal Weight Loss Coach & 24-Hour Nutritionist " by ourLark on Youtube.  Uploaded April 27, 2015. Think about it, though--why SHOULD a company with a relationship to big pharma tell you to put down the bread when doing so may reduce your need for beta blockers (which lower blood pressure), nasal steroids and bronchial drugs, all of which GlaxoSmithKline m

Back on Track!

Finally, after several attempts, I'm back on track with low-carb, real food. I don't know what made the difference, but I'm eating high-fat, low-carb food without (many) palpitations, stomach upset, weird cravings or aversions to foods like oily fish. My diet hasn't been awful for the past three years(!), certainly better than the standard American diet, but I had problems with lower back pain, lack of energy, acne, bloating, and some dental problems. Whatever it was that affected me around the time I moved in 2015 seems to have resolved itself. Maybe it was a combination of stress and the lack of "guts" (think antibiotics due to root canal, due to my bike wreck ) to deal with it. In the course of four years, my father died, I was accused of crimes I didn't commit, had to give up dancing because it hurt my knee, I moved across the country, worked at five different places, my dog Molly died, and my mother died. I should have sought help for my digestiv