On “Healthy” Food

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

There was an interesting read in the New York Times last week on beliefs about “healthy” foods, based on a survey inspired by the FDA’s reconsideration of what kinds of foods can be called “healthy.” (Earlier this year, the agency also invited public comments on showed the use of the term “natural” on food labels. […]


Recommended Reading: 7 Longreads on What We’re Doing to Food & What Food Is Doing to Us

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Modern Industrial Foods & Their Effects on the Human BodyWhat’s modern farming doing to our food? This recent article from the Natural Medicine Journal explores the health impact of modern interventions commonly used in the food industry – GM crops, pesticides, drugs, additives – and the benefits of opting for organic. Junk Food Is Bad […]


Clickbait, Anyone?

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

No doubt this was in response to epidemic of kale damage that dentists have been seeing: Among them, allegedly, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, beans, nuts and granola (which isn’t usually all that “healthy” anyway, but this potential sugar bomb sports an incredible health halo). Seriously, the tips that accompany the piece are fine. But they […]


Sugar: Sweet. Delicious. Comforting. Everywhere.

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Sugar consumption has skyrocketed over the last century. US per capita consumption now stands at 180 pounds a year, fueling all manner of chronic illness in adults and children alike. Sugar is big business. And like all big businesses, the industry will resort to just about anything to keep the money flowing. Remember how the […]


Biosis #42: Root Canals, Dental Implants, Real Food & More!

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The February 2014 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Stewards of the Earth Our current drought can remind us to never take nature’s customary abundance for granted. And it may lead us to focus more fully on what part we each might play in the judicious […]


Just Because It Looks Healthy…

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here’s a classroom activity we ran across recently for teaching kids the difference between tooth-friendly and not-so-tooth-friendly foods. See a problem anywhere? It’s not so much exaggeration to say that Wheat Thins aren’t a whole lot better than those cookies on the left – even before you look at the ingredients. Refined grain products like […]


9 Reasons to Demand Real Food (Guest Post)

Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Our bodies are not designed to eat the kind of highly processed products sold by the giant food corporations, nor the synthetic chemical residues that cling to industrially raised produce, meat and dairy, nor genetically engineered foods that would never have developed in nature without human help. As one registered dietitian has put it, “The […]


Stat!: Supermarkets & the Illusion of Choice

Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013

Ah, the bounty of the typical American grocery store! Percent of cereal sales controlled by Kellogg, General Mills, PepsiCo and Post Foods: 79.9 Percent of cracker sales controlled by Mondelez International (formerly Kraft), Kellogg and Campbell Soup: 76.5 Percent of cookie sales controlled by Mondelez, Kellogg, Campbell Soup and McKee Foods (Little Debbie, et al): […]


Mercury in Fish – Less of a Problem Than We Thought?

Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Only 7% of mercury levels in the human body comes from fish, according to research reported by MedicalXpress. All food – or at least all 100+ foods and drinks accounted for in the study – contributes just 17%. So saith the research. Well that’s good…though the flipside to this means that almost 80% of a […]


Can You Spot the Hidden Bargain in This Picture?

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

The easiest excuse for not eating organic: It’s too expensive. It’s not just lower income consumers who say so. According to the same non-scientific yet fascinating survey, 80% of respondents making more than $100,000 a year think organic food costs too darn much. It does? Eating Organic Food on a Food Stamp Budget Is Possible […]



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