Arsenic And (Old) Rice

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Did you hear Consumer Union’s discovery last week that arsenic is found in rice? It feels like everywhere I turn, there is another bit of bad food news. I would have been happy if the headlines for The Stanford Study’ said ‘Organic Food Has Fewer Pesticides, therefore it’s healthier for you!’ I hate to think that my best bit of good news this past week was Maria Rodale’s Huffingpost article stating that the first long-term animal study was just released and, in fact, GMO corn is linked to serious health effects including liver and kidney damage, and mammary tumors. I know— that isn’t good news.

 

That’s not what this is about. This is about yet another story of the things that we eat that are poisoning us— especially, arsenic. Continue reading

Guess What? Organic Food is Healthier

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If organic farming is the natural way, shouldn’t organic produce just be called “produce” and make the pesticide-laden stuff take the burden of an adjective?

—Ymber Delecto

Did you see the international news yesterday that researchers at Stanford University  published a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine? You can believe that my husband sent me the article first thing in the morning from BBC News, “Organic food ‘not any healthier“. What about NPR’s headline, “Why Organic Food May Not Be Healthier For You”?

But… when you read the articles you see that it isn’t actually a new study but review of more than 200 studies; all short-term, none longer than two years, with different variables. More research is needed.  Continue reading

Pshaw, PFOA Non-Stick Pans

Just as I was feeling that everything was harmonious in my house, I switched the pan my husband was about to use. Did I go too far? Let me explain… a few years ago I decided that I would stop using non-stick pans. They are bad for you; I read it enough times in enough places that I was well aware of the dangers.  Continue reading