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    • The AAFP in partnership with Coca-Cola?

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    •  10/29/2009 3:43:34 PM
    • I received an email from DrFuhrman.com that I thought was really interesting...see the email below:

       

      The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has announced a corporate sponsorship with Coca-Cola and is also accepting an undisclosed amount of money from them as well.

       

      "The AAFP today announced a corporate partnership with The Coca-Cola Co., in which the beverage giant will provide a grant for the Academy to develop consumer education content related to beverages and sweeteners for the AAFP's award-winning consumer health and wellness Web site, www.familydoctor.org

       

      According to the Kansas City Business Journal, Coca-Cola is providing a grant of an unspecified amount to the AAFP for the project."


      Now it comes full circle. The drug industry manipulates and controls the drug information given to doctors and now soda companies fund the nutrition information. Good work guys! Even if the AAFP changes their mind due to public outcry it won’t be enough for me. They need to clearly state publically that drinking soda has been a significant contributor to the epidemic of overweight, heart disease and cancer in this country and is disease and death promoting. It is designed to be addicting and serving it to children is child abuse. What if the AAFP accepted funding from Phillip Morris and promoted smoking in moderation?

       

      P.S. Just in case you didn’t know, the American Dietetic Association, the organization that certifies nutritionists and dietitians, also accepts money from Coca-Cola, as well as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Mars and the National Dairy Council. Take a look at the corporate sponsor's page on the ADA website and see for yourself. http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/home_10575_ENU_HTML.htm

       

      To participate in the discussion visit www.DiseaseProof.com.  To read the article go to: http://www.diseaseproof.com/admin/trackback/163226

       

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    • The Cancer Project- Warning on HOT DOGS

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    •  10/24/2009 4:45:35 PM
    • Most of my close friends know that I really try to eat healthy.  And my "healthy" is definitely a whole food plant based diet.  Of course, I definitely try to feed my children this same way.  Another thing that my close friends know about me...is that there is one food I absolutely detest.  I don't allow this food in my home or anywhere near my children.

       

      This food is the all american HOT DOG.  

       

      Sometimes I feel like I might be a little overboard when it comes to disliking this food...but there is just something about eating the processed, so called "MEAT", that really turns me off.  So when I found the following information- I just had to post it to help me prove my point about processed meats.

       

      I found this commercial through the AMAZING website www.cancerproject.org.

       

      The Cancer Project promotes cancer PREVENTION and SURVIVAL through NUTRITION.  How cool is that?  It provides nutrition education and research to help prevent and fight cancer.  This is definitely an organization that I would love to be involved in.

       

      Anyways- back to HOT DOGS.  The Cancer Project had the following WARNING put on a billboard in St. Louis.  Check out the article below:

      Hot Dogs Strike Out at All-Star Game and in New Jersey

       

      "Warning: Hot Dogs Can Strike You Out-For Good." That's the message thousands of baseball fans saw on the Cancer Project's provocative highway billboard as they flocked to the 2009 All-Star Game. Days later, the nonprofit filed a lawsuit in New Jersey asking hot dog manufacturers for a similar warning on product packaging.

       

      The 48-foot-wide digital billboard posted outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis featured an image of hot dogs jammed into a cigarette pack labeled "Unlucky Strike." The billboard is part of a campaign to persuade Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to put a "dietary disaster" warning label on hot dogs served at Busch Stadium and other Major League Baseball stadiums because processed meats have been convincingly linked to colorectal cancer.

       

      "Baseball stadiums need to be frank about the cancer risk posed by hot dogs and other processed meats," says Krista Haynes, R.D., a dietitian for the Cancer Project, an affiliate of PCRM. "Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer. Like cigarettes, hot dogs should come with a warning label that helps baseball fans and other consumers understand the health risk." 
       
      http://www.cancerproject.org/media/news/strikeout.php

       

      I also found the following commercial:

       

      What excites me the most- is that The CANCER PROJECT is getting the word out!  People need to hear this information- you could honestly say People's lives depend on it.

      Support The Cancer Project- go to www.cancerproject.org

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    • T. Colin Campbell on Larry King Live...part 2

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    •  10/14/2009 1:52:12 PM
    • I was so excited to hear from "NEWBIE" mommy that T. Colin Campbell appeared on Larry King Live last night.  I spent some time today researching what was said regarding a WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED DIET.  Dr. Campbell stated many times that this type of diet is the best for overall health- this according to his research studies.

       

      His opposition in the debate was Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, professional of nutritional sciences, University of Connecticut.  Dr. Rodriguez was very adamant that human beings need animal protein to be healthy.  She respectfully disagreed with Dr. Campbell in regards to people getting their essential amino acids solely from a plant-based diet.  She said 3 times during the debate that "animal proteins like BEEF, EGGS and DAIRY are examples of quality protein".

       

      She must like BEEF, EGGS and DAIRY...right?  Well- it's more than that.

      Her research program is funded by the following agencies: 

      The National Dairy Council

      The National Cattlemen's Beef Association

      The Egg Nutrition Center

      (http://www.cag.uconn.edu/nutsci/nutsci/hpg/nrr.html)

      Other agencies that fund her research are: USDA, NIH and The American Heart Association

       


      Just so we understand this correctly, the opposition to T. Colin Campbell...(whose research we know is based off of scientific, peer-reviewed studies funded by NIH- National Institutes of Health), is Dr. Nancy Rodriquez, a nutritionist whose research studies are partly funded by the animal INDUSTRY.  These three industries benefit very highly from animal protein diets.  Does Dr. Campbell benefit from people eating more vegetables?  Doesn't it make you curious when the only defenders of animal products are paid by that industry, and the defenders of Vegetarianism/Vegan or Whole Foods are the ones providing the peer-reviewed independent research?

       

      This bias opposition shouldn't surprise me...I just wish they would have stated her link with these industries during the show.

       

      "A whole foods plant-based diet really has all the nutrients that we actually need at optimum levels of intake.  We have learned that we can actually turn on cancer development by simply increasing the level of animal protein intake above the amount of protein that we really need.  We can turn it off by simply taking it away."  T. Colin Campbell http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0910/12/lkl.01.html

       

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    • School Lunch Nutrition

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    •  10/13/2009 8:54:40 PM
    • My mother was watching her local news this evening and saw a clip on how a local school district has changed their school lunch program to provide more healthy options to the children.  They stated that this school district now offers the most healthiest lunch options in the state of Utah (Jordan School District).  My mother shared this with me because she found it a little humorous.  After reading the article and watching the clip I understood why (http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=8300744)

       

      I want to first state that I think it is GREAT that this lunch program is wanting to do better...and part of me wants to believe that every little change toward a more healthy lunch is better than nothing, RIGHT?  Some of the changes I think are wonderful...others- not so much.

       

      Here are some of the "HEALTHY" items they are now providing:

       

      1.  Instead of ordinary cheese in School Lunch lasagne...they are now using LOW FAT cheese.

      2.  They are offering beef strips made from 100% beef with a whole grain breading (it looks like they were deep fried- but don't forget about the healthy whole grain breading)

      3.  They are offering cheese bread (and that is healthy...why?)

      4.  They are mixing in sweet potato fries with the ordinary fries...for added nutrients.

      5.  They are providing bread made from 50% whole grain.

      6.  Their homemade desserts are made from 50% whole wheat flour

      7.  Fruit bar for the children to choose from:  Grapes, trail mix and apples (I actually really like this one)

       

      If there was one change I would want school lunches to make- I think it would have to be VEGETABLES.  Promote them more in the classroom and have healthy options for them in the lunchroom.  Why don't they just replace the dairy products with vegetables...wouldn't that be a great idea?  I just don't think that is going to happen anytime soon :)  I guess we will just have to stick to home lunches.

       

       

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    • Nutrition for my baby: Pro Breast-Feeding in today's world

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    •  10/7/2009 10:35:22 PM
    • I am very near the end of my pregnancy...my baby should be coming any day now.  This will be our third child and we are so excited for another addition to our family.  As I thought about what I should blog about next- I decided to turn to a slightly different aspect of nutrition.  One that is on my mind- or will be on my mind very shortly = Nutrition and Breast Feeding.

       

      I have breastfed both of my children and had slightly different experiences with each of them...but overall- I have absolutely loved nursing my children.  I have found it difficult to find mother's like me- with the same love and appreciation for nursing.  I am sure they are out there...I'm not saying that they are not.  But where I live, people really don't talk about it much.

       

      My thoughts on being a Pro-Breastfeeding mother in today's world:

       

      So I went to my last pregnancy appointment this week and my Midwife gave me brand new diaper bag.  It's the perfect size and quite stylish.  At first I was very happy for the gift...you can never have too many diaper bags- right?  But then I looked a little closer, and of course...the bag was a gift from Enfamil.  I found it very interesting looking through the bag and what information it contained.  The front of the bag has a picture of a baby nursing- but this is very misleading.  Right next to the picture it has the words:

      Resource for Baby's Best Start

      ENFAMIL

       

      I found many coupons in the bag for various products (Huggies diapers, JCPenney Portraits) but the majority of coupons were for Enfamil Formula.  They even gave me a sample of their product.  They also provided me a developmental magazine that gives age-appropriate games, songs and rhymes for baby's first year.  I counted 3 advertisements for Enfamil in this one magazine, and 5 pictures of baby's drinking from a bottle.

       

      Of course, none of this should be that surprising- this is a way for Enfamil to advertise and I am sure this reaches women all over the country.  But the most surprising item in the bag was a small book/pamphlet entitled:  NURSING- THE FIRST TWO MONTHS.

      What do you mean "the first two months"?  I strongly feel this title can give many mothers the idea that nursing is important...but mainly in the first two months only.  At first I found it a little funny- but after thinking about it a little more, it made me kind of upset.

      The pamphlet was provided by MEADJOHNSON- the makers of Enfamil, who of course, benefit highly from mothers only nursing for the first 2 months.

      I find it interesting that other countries do not allow infant FORMULA companies to give out samples to pregnant women...there is actually an international code to regulate the marketing of breast-milk substitutes (www.who.int/features/factfiles/breastfeeding/facts/en/index6.html).  But for some reason our country doesn't need to follow it...I guess we are smarter than everyone else?

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      Most authorities are in agreement today that exclusive breast-feeding is the ideal way to feed infants in the first six months of life.  I hope most mother's know this and strive for this.

       

      "The antibodies derived from mother's milk are necessary for maximizing immune system function, maximizing intelligence, and protecting against immune system disorders, allergies, and even cancer. The child's immune system is still underdeveloped until the age of two.  Breast-feeding for two years might be considered a prolonged time by today's standards, but this practice offers significant protection against childhood diseases, including allergies and asthma."  (Disease-Proof your Child, Dr. Joel Fuhrman) 

       

      Did I nurse my children until they were two?  NO...I weaned them around 17 months because that's what I felt good about.  (Mother's know Best)  But it's interesting reading all of the studies that show 2 years is the best time to wean.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has research that shows countries where children are nursed close to 2 years have the least occurrence of childhood diseases...which directly correspond to adult diseases.  Check out their website and read the 10 facts about breastfeeding- very informative:  http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/ 

       

       

      So now that I will be back in the NURSING phase of my life...I want to remind myself of how best to feed myself so that I can provide the optimum nutrition for my baby.  Since I will be nursing past my child's first year :) 

      My next blog will cover Nutrition and Breast Feeding information to help remind me what I need to be doing...stay tuned :)

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