Category Archives: Nutrition and health

About Neurofeedback

My encounter with neurofeedback was a positive and interesting event during my recent stroke treatment. Neurofeedback is a therapy for various types of injuries or problems with the brain, including both those considered “physical” (like stroke) and those considered “mental” (like depression).  There seems to be solid scientific evidence backing up its usefulness, yet it is not generally recognized as effective either by the medical community or by the general public. In this somewhat lengthy blog I thought I’d pass along my own experience and what I’ve learned from reading and talking to others. Continue reading

About PlantPositive

"Eating meat": homo erectus female, Smithsonian institution

Powerful forces in our society would like to create confusion about diet and health. These forces try to create doubt about the overwhelming evidence linking meat, dairy, and animal products, with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. The behavior of these “confusionists” is very similar to that of the tobacco companies arguing that smoking doesn’t cause cancer, or to that of the fossil fuel industry trying to create doubt about human-caused climate change.

There is now an important new web site, PlantPositive.com, devoted to bringing the truth to light about diet and health. Continue reading

Vegans and Strokes

It appears that a vegan diet strongly protects you against strokes. Nevertheless, a stroke could happen even to a long-term vegan, and it happened to me. However, it was quite mild (as strokes go), I have not changed my diet, and I recovered completely. I therefore offer this essay as a kind of “man bites dog” story as well as a warning that vegans should be aware that as we get older stuff tends to happen more — just not as much as it does to nonvegans. (And, activists, watch those stress levels!) For general information about nutrition and disease, including information about strokes, I suggest the site NutritionFacts.org, which has informative videos such as “How to Prevent a Stroke” and “Preventing Strokes with Diet.”
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Is the Weston Price Foundation an Astroturf Site?

Easter Island status symbol

Easter Island status symbol

Is the Weston Price Foundation an astroturf site? I can’t prove it, but I suspect that it may be, and here’s why.

I recently came across an alarming series of articles by George Monbiot on “astroturf” campaigns on the internet.  “Astroturf” is a name for the synthetic grass that football games are often played on; but it is also a derisive term referring to organized support for a government or corporation which mimics a spontaneous grassroots movement. Continue reading

“The Vegetarian Myth” (review)

Review of “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith

This is an anti-vegan book which will be a difficult book for vegans to read. The text resembles more a stream-of-consciousness monologue than an organized discussion. The author is an ex-vegan, after having been a vegan for 20 years, and blames most of her numerous health problems (skeletal problems of some sort, evidently) and mental problems (depression, anger) on her vegan diet.

But this is an indictment not just of veganism, but of agriculture in general, and indeed our entire civilization, and needs to be read in that context. Obviously as a vegan I don’t go along with the anti-vegan part, but there are also several significant things she has stated accurately.  Continue reading

Michael Pollan and the Inuit Diet

Michael Pollan

While promoting the excellent DVD Food, Inc. on Oprah on January 24, Michael Pollan made the following statement: “The Inuit in Greenland you were referring to [have a] 75% fat diet — no type II diabetes, no heart disease.”

The implication that the Inuit’s high-meat diet is healthful is almost certainly wrong. Continue reading