The Weekly Comment Spotlight 7/9/2011

by Sarah Pope MGA | Affiliate linksComments: 20

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I spend quite a bit of time each week answering comments on my blogs, both old and new. I love answering comments and no question is ever a “dumb” question in my book. The only dumb questions are the ones that never get asked!

There are always a few comments each week that really grab my attention for whatever reason.

Here are the ones in the spotlight this week ….

Brilliant Comments

To start, this cheerful comment from Kate in reference to recipe post Coconut flour pizza crust:

My family DEVOURED this tonight, even the two super picky eaters! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe!

Kate, so glad you enjoyed the pizza!  We go grain free in our home a couple days a week, usually on weekends, and I actually haven’t made this in awhile.   Thanks for the reminder!

This insightful comment from Dawn regarding my thoughts on saying no to vaccination:

Doctors have gone to medical school but they do not learn ANYTHING of the drugs they administer or prescribe. It is just not a part of their job.

Source: How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, written by a pediatrician, Robert S. Mendelsohn. “Although American medical schools teach their students very little about pharmacology, they do teach them to exploit all the new drugs and medical technologies that are available. New drugs and equipment appear almost daily, spawned by the laboratories of the pharmaceutical industry and the medical equipment manufacturers. More often than not, they are unproven and potentially unsafe. ” He goes on in that chapter on how little the FDA regulates these drugs, and how doctors almost never investigate them themselves before giving them out to patients, EVEN WHEN concerns have been raised.

So I will not trust a medical degree just because it’s that. I will trust the facts, the research, and the doctor who knows them. (I haven’t found one yet!)

Dawn, thank you for posting this quotation from Dr. Mendelsohn MD.  So many people still feel like the words of a pediatrician are infallible and this is a very dangerous misplacement of trust.  Doctors have absolutely no idea how dangerous or safe the drugs and vaccines they recommend truly are.   My Dad used to have a ritual in his own medical practice – he would never prescribe a drug until it had been on the market for at least 10 years.   He never assumed anything was safe just because the FDA had approved it and would not prescribe it for many years to see if it passed the test of time.

Beth C. posted a brilliant commentary on Has Environmental Working Group Gone to the Dark Side?

I began to question some of EWG’s viewpoints and motives when I read this blog post by its founder stating that concerns about the recent food safety bill (S 510) having over-burdensome and detrimental effects on small family farms amounted to “internet rumors”, and that the bill sufficiently protects small farms and producers:–and-should–make-our-food-safer.html
When contacted, EWG refused to send an action alert to members asking to push for protections of small farms like those in the Tester — Hagan amendment.

Beth, I have unsubscribed from EWG’s newsletter.  I am with you – I have suspicions that they have been infiltrated by industry due to some of the questionable recommendations they put out. 

This shocking comment from Sasha with regard to the post The Desperate Grab for Prescription Painkillers:

I actually am a Social Worker at a medical detox in Colorado. The majority of our patients have been prescribed pain medications because of a surgery or injury. We see Veterans, Therapists, Doctors, etc. Addiction can creep into anyone’s life. It is true that these pills can get people ‘high’ but there’s more to it than that. It’s important to look at someone as an individuals and avoid the stigmas/stereotypes that society has developed.
Plus… SO many Docs get kick backs from prescribing this stuff- some just hand it out. It’s an epidemic….
I don’t even want to start on the topic of adderall (the FDA approved an off-label prescription for children as young as 3 to be put on this stimulant!).
Money. Money. Money.

Excellent information Sasha.  People don’t realize that most conventional doctors make cold hard cash or some other form of compensation (trips, free lunches, samples, etc) for the exact drugs they are supposed to be prescribing in an objective manner.  Any doctor who thinks these free gifts don’t somehow sway prescription decisions is completely out of touch with reality. 

D. commented on No Laughing Matter: Wrinkles and Bone Health Linked with this statement:

The x-rays to determine bone density are a worry. X-rays are very damaging. Most x-ray machines are not regularly inspected (fire extinguishers are more closely monitored). Studies have shown a very high percentage of x-ray units deliver excessive amounts of radiation due to too large a beam. Also, in most states (other than CA) this equipment can be operated by anyone, they don’t have to be a “technician or a doctor”. Only a few medical entities even bother to license their x-ray folks. Office personnel, bookkeepers, etc., are used to give x-rays sometimes. They, being untrained, may deliver doses 100 times the amount of radiation required, thus exposing you to an increased threat of cancer or genetic damage, etc.

I think I’ll just eat properly and hope my bones are benefiting.

Xrays are indeed a problem which is why I am (almost) 47 and have never had a mammogram nor will I ever have one.   Not to mention that many GYNs get kickbacks for the number of mammograms they prescribe.  Many even own equity stakes in mammogram clinics.   Mammograms are a total racket.  I’m not surprised that other forms of xrays have similar safety problems and issues.   Thanks for chiming in with this information.

Boneheaded Misinformed Comments

Got a few zingers this week from folks who didn’t appreciate the post Most Vegetarians Return to Eating Meat:

This from Jessica:

What about the fact that human bodies are not designed to eat meat?(We have herbivore teeth(our “canine” teeth are bs and could obviously not rip into an animal.I’d like to see you try to eat a chunk of raw meat,let alone a live animal),saliva,intestines,etc..and clearly drinking milk from another species is unnatural) ,so it makes no sense that you would be deficient in anything without it. I’ve been vegan for 7 years and I’ve never been healthier. I haven’t gotten a single cold/flu,etc.since I cut all of that crap out of my diet,my skin looks amazing,I have more energy..I also think it would be almost impossible to become deficient in any vitamin/mineral or not get enough protein unless you’re eating total crap. Almost everything now-a-days is vitamin fortified,and as long as you eat a varied diet you get everything you need…

Just wondering how someone can say that our bodies were not “designed” to eat meat?  No sources for this misinformation were cited.  The pointy teeth in our mouth are herbivore and not canine teeth?   Mmmmm.  I’ve never seen pointy teeth in a cow before.   Could it be the mix of canine and herbivore teeth in our mouths actually mean that we are in fact omnivores?   Yes!   That must be it!

Omnivore means eating both animal and plant foods.   Denying what is right there in your mouth and staring back at you in the mirror is pretty foolish.   Kind of like saying humans were not meant to walk when we have 2 legs that are obviously there for the purpose of walking.   Comments don’t get much more misguided than this.

This from Paul:

If a vegetarian is feeling weak or losing vitality, it is most likely because they aren’t doing something right. Undereating, eating too much fat, and yes, eating too much protein to try and compensate for a perceived lack. There are SOO many variables that could make a vegetarian lose health. I’d put my money on undereating any day of the week though…

Any manner of eating where you “have to do it right” to be healthy likely isn’t the right way to eat.   Eating and being healthy should be very simple, as noted by Dr. Weston A. Price in his travels and research of isolated cultures.   The peoples ate their native foods, both plant and animal, that were available in their local areas and took care to prize the nutrient dense foods for special feeding to pregnant women, children, and the elderly.   They had high resistance to infectious and chronic illness and produced healthy children easily generation after generation.   The same cannot be said of the vegetarian cultures Dr. Price visited.   I know several vegetarians who have realized the error of their ways by reading his book.

This from Tim:

I will just add that I have been a vegetarian for 22 years, and I am a construction worker and can go toe-to-toe with anyone I work with at any task. Honestly, I can usually go longer. It is not the presence or absence of meat in the diet that matters as much as the nutrient content and balance. While I may get hungrier sooner, that could be attributed to faster metabolism because of or in spite of absence of meat. So I eat smaller meals more often. So? That does not make me less healthy.

As for humane killing of animals, that is a contradiction in terms I do not think I can ever make peace with.

Considering that the people you are working with probably eat mostly processed foods in their diet, your ability to go “toe to toe with them”  isn’t really saying much. Why don’t you compare yourself to some really healthy omnivores and not folks eating the Standard American Diet?  I’d be interested to see you go to Paula Jager’s gym (she writes the fitness posts for this blog) and see if you can go toe to toe with those folks who are in shape as you obviously are but eat a primal diet.   You might change your mind about how healthy your plant based diet is after that.

As for the killing of animals, you are killing plenty of animals such as insects and small rodents with your construction work. Insects are still animals after all.  The great news is that you can be very healthy eating insects as your animal food.  I was just reading about a grasshopper stir fry dish that is a seasonal delicacy in Uganda.  If you are killing them in your work, how can you justify not eating them on humane grounds?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of The Weekly Comment Spotlight.   I will fire up another edition next week!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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