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Vegan agenda: Mayor DiBlasio pushes Meatless Mondays on New York City schools

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This school year, the city quietly began to experiment with meatless Mondays in schools across the city, under the rubric of "Jumpstart Mondays."
Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce on Monday that New York City schools are no longer serving meat on Mondays to their 1.1 million public school students.

While other cities, including Los Angeles, have taken up meatless Mondays, New York City's is the largest school system in the nation to embrace the cause.

"Cutting back on meat a little will improve New Yorkers' health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," de Blasio said in a statement provided to POLITICO.

The announcement comes following a yearlong experiment to determine if New York City students (and their parents) would prove receptive to breakfasts and lunches devoid of all animal products except eggs and cheese.

The program began in 15 schools last spring. This school year, the city quietly began to experiment with meatless Mondays in schools across the city, under the rubric of "Jumpstart Mondays." Breakfast offerings began to include oatmeal and cheese sticks, but no turkey bacon. Lunch menus listed baked penne, "broccoli trees," and grilled cheese, but no hamburgers.

Comment: Regardless of the meat content of school lunches they can hardly be considered healthy. If you want your kids to eat well send them to school with a packed lunch.


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'No vaccine, no school', says Italian health minister

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Italian parents are being warned not to send their kids to school without vaccinations, or face a €500 fine, while children under six can be turned away altogether.

Following months of debate over the issue of mandatory vaccines in Italy, the deadline has been reached for parents to prove their children have received mandatory immunisations before attending school. Parents must now show their kids have been inoculated against chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps and rubella or be subject to the fine or suspension.

The so-called 'Lorenzin law' requiring mandatory vaccinations was initially passed in 2017 following an outbreak of measles throughout Europe that got even worse the following year, but the deadline was suspended several times due to bureaucratic issues.

Authorities are striving to hit the World Health Organization's recommended 95% inoculation rate for measles, with the current rate for children born since 2015 sitting just below the target at 94%.

Comment: The crackdown on bodily freedom continues unabated.


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Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here's how that happened.

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A year after James Cadbury, the 30-something great-great-great-grandson of the British chocolatier John Cadbury, launched his luxury cocoa startup in 2016, he introduced an avocado chocolate bar.

Cadbury Jr.'s newest confection loaded just about every buzzy health trend into a fresh green-and-white package: vegan, ethically sourced, organic dark chocolate and creamy, superfood avocado. The company promised to deliver the nutrition of avocados - in a chocolate bar. Journalists were dazzled.

Wait, what? Make no mistake: This vegan avocado chocolate bar is candy. With nearly 600 calories and 43 grams of fat per 100-gram serving, the bar packs more fat and calories than Cadbury Dairy Milk, and just a little less sugar.

Comment: Now take what's been said about chocolate research and expand it out to EVERY "SUPERFOOD" being studied. The problem, or one of them, is that these things are all being studied through an incredibly narrow lens; very few studies are being done to look at the diet overall. They're simply examining micro-elements of the diet and making grand claims about what they've found. It's unlikely someone with high blood pressure is going to solve the problem by eating chocolate bars, but whether or not chocolate can be a component of an overall healthy diet remains unknown.

Another problem is that they're not looking at individual differences in how people tolerate particular foods. Chocolate, for instance, is very high in oxalates, which can be poorly tolerated in some people (while others are relatively unaffected). By only examining macronutrients, like carbs and fat, and micronutrients, like flavanols, vitamins and minerals, and ignoring other compounds like plant toxins, we only get a very small part of the picture. It's all marketing, and has very little to do with whether a food is actually healthy or not.

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WHO issues dire warning about "inevitable" global flu pandemic

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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a call to arms to prevent the next great influenza pandemic. While praising how far humanity has come, the health chief warns that we are nowhere near prepared enough.

"The threat of pandemic influenza is ever-present,"said WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "The question is not if we will have another pandemic, but when."

The warning came as the WHO announced its new Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 amid an estimated 1 billion annual cases of influenza, of which 3 to 5 million are considered severe resulting in between 290,000 and 650,000 influenza-related deaths each year.

Comment: Rather than relying on the WHO, one would be much better off gathering more objective information about the potential risks and learning how to navigate them, and this would include serious efforts at optimizing one's health: And check out SOTT radio's:


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What is driving disease outbreaks - Failure to vaccinate or vaccine failure?

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In late February, in testimony on measles for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dr. Anthony Fauci - director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) - admitted with a chuckle that he and most of the Committee members sitting before him had uneventfully experienced measles as children and had recovered completely. These national leaders reaped many benefits by getting measles in childhood - accruing lifelong immunity and protection against cardiovascular disease, among other benefits - but that has not stopped them from fomenting public panic about measles or pushing for more vaccine mandates. This week, the Senate followed up with its own similar hearing. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee said that the hearing's purpose was to consider "what is driving preventable disease outbreaks," but rather than examine this question fully or fairly, the event featured a hand-picked line-up of speakers who are - one and all - promoters of a "no ifs, ands or buts" vaccine party line.
Many studies illustrate both types of vaccine failure [primary and secondary] as well as the concerning potential for vaccinated individuals to transmit disease to others.

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Have We Had Enough of Daylight Saving Time Yet?

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Daylight saving time (DST), the practice of moving the clock one hour ahead in the summer and then back an hour in the fall, was used during World War I in the hope it would save energy.

Over the coming decades, the world experienced unexpected repercussions from the time change - so much so, in fact, that many would like to stay on one time, all the time.

The issue of abolishing DST is backed by good reasons and scientific evidence. The original intention was to give you more access to daylight hours, but you may experience mental and physical consequences in the days and possibly weeks surrounding the time change.

Comment: Whether we stay on Daylight Savings Time or revert to the original standard, just stop with the time changes, already! It was a stupid idea and it needs to be rectified! Pick a time and stick to it!

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Bacon n Eggs

New insights question fiber's role as an unconditional requirement on low carb diets

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There are a few dietary recommendations that have been so ingrained in our minds that we accept them without question. The need for dietary fiber and the proposed benefits of a high fiber diet seem to be two of these, regardless of what type of diet we choose to eat. But why is fiber beneficial and how much do we need to get these claimed benefits? When we think of fiber in the diet we often think of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, and that naturally begs the question, where does fiber fit into a well-formulated ketogenic diet? The answers to these questions are multi-faceted and potentially surprising.

Adults are generally encouraged to consume at least 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. A well-formulated ketogenic diet (WFKD), while necessarily restricted in its carbohydrate content, can include several classes of foods that provide fiber (e.g., vegetables, seeds, nuts), but on average may only provide about half this amount. However, the nutritional ketosis resulting from a WFKD causes the liver to produce beta-hydroxybutyrate (BOHB), and BOHB has the potential to replace some of the functions of dietary fiber. As we will discuss, many of the benefits of fiber are attributable to its fermentation by bacteria which produce short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in the colon, especially one called butyrate. And, as it turns out, this SCFA has metabolic properties that are very similar to those of BOHB. Therefore, a well-formulated ketogenic diet may provide many of the benefits of fiber, without a high carbohydrate intake and the associated unpleasant side effects that some people experience from high fiber intake.

Comment: Very good points brought up in this article. The fact remains that the vast, vast majority of nutritional studies in existence are done on those not in a state of ketosis and thus, cannot be said to apply to those on a ketogenic diet. While more is still being done to elucidate the role of fiber, and microbiome in general, it cannot be ruled out that the benefits of fiber exist due to the creation of butyrate, a substance produced in abundance in a state of nutritional ketosis. Additionally, the anecdotal evidence of people reporting improved digestion and elimination when dropping fiber intake cannot be ignored.

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The 'Keto Crotch' Phenomenon Illustrates How to Circulate Lies in the 'Free Press'

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If you're one who pays attention to the trends in mainstream dietary advice, and I'm certainly not recommending staying up to date with that complete trainwreck, you'll notice that the mainstream media are rather consistent in their constant misguided warnings against low carb, ketogenic diets. It's rather glaring that this approach to eating is a threat in some way to the established dietary dogma of the day. On the surface, it looks like just a petty back-and-forth about something as inane as diet - "veganism is the best!" "No, keto's the best!" The average person would be forgiven for thinking the whole thing is rather stupid and ignoring it all.

But there's more behind this than may first meet the eye, and a recent example of propaganda gracing the collective information dumpster that is the internet is quite illustrative of just how much skin in the game the diet dictocrats have, and how much they really want you to never, ever, even consider embarking on a low carbohydrate dietary regimen. This particular smear against the ketogenic diet has popped up seemingly overnight, yet has spread far and wide with a kind of traction that couldn't possibly be organic. It's banal, crass and would be quite funny if the implications of it weren't rather sinister. I am of course talking about the phenomenon now known as "keto crotch" (I told you it was crass).

I've probably lost some readers already and believe me, I wouldn't stoop to addressing this if it wasn't so prevalent at the moment. All sorts of articles across multiple platforms have been conjured within the last week talking about a supposed side-effect of the ketogenic diet that causes genital itching, discharge and a change in odor. It mostly applies to women, but some articles have said it applies to men, too. How convenient. No one is safe. So we're apparently taking a break from the 'saturated fat causes heart disease' myth, or the long-debunked 'eating cholesterol will raise your cholesterol' propaganda, or even my personal favorite, the 'cow farts are destroying the planet' lies. The newest reason to avoid a low carbohydrate diet is that it will make your junk stink. Welcome to "journalism" in 2019. Talk about hitting below the belt.

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What happens to the human body when it goes into ketosis?

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From a young age we're taught that eating three meals a day, plus snacks, is healthy and necessary for the human body to function normally, and this rhetoric still dominates North American food guides today. Mark Mattson, the Current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, once asked:
Why is it that the normal diet is three meals a day plus snacks? . . . There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern, there's a lot of money involved. The food industry - are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they're going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do some intermittent fasting, exercise periodically and are very healthy? Is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?

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Association of American Physicians and Surgeons takes a stand against mandatory vaccination

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Tensions are high regarding vaccines lately.

Due to a measles outbreak in the United States, frightened people are pushing an agenda to take an important medical decision out of the hands of parents. They're calling for federally mandated vaccines. They're calling for the shaming of parents who have chosen not to vaccinate their children.

The hysteria is running high, fueled by fear and memes.

Whether you opt to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, I think we can agree we all want what's best for our children.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons opposes federally mandated vaccines.

An important letter was presented last week to the Senate subcommittee that is discussing federal laws that force parents to vaccinate their children. The statement below is from The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and they have come out strongly in opposition to the possibility of federally mandated vaccines.