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From snake oil to science: I peddled 'clean' eating, wellness — until I learned the facts
Marketing that organic food is cleaner is all around us. Just take a look at the campaign “Skip the Chemicals.” It encourages consumers to fear the scary-sounding names of chemicals and adopt a better-safe-than-sorry attitude toward their food. Ultimately, though, it steers consumers toward more costly organic foods, although there is no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious.
The “Dirty Dozen” list is another marketing ploy. Not only did I have this list stuck to my fridge at home, I also encouraged my clients to download and share it. Using pesticide residue data from the USDA, it ranks food by the levels of detected pesticides to generate a list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables consumers should avoid in their conventional versions.
Take strawberries, which topped the list in 2018. The USDA published test results on tens of thousands of nonorganic fruit and vegetable samples across the country. Most of the samples of strawberries showed residues of at least one kind of pesticide and, in one sample of strawberries, 22 different pesticide residues were detected — but that doesn’t mean the pack of strawberries you buy at the grocery store will have 22 pesticides.
People Are Furious After Dermatologist Tells Woman to Stop Wearing Sunscreen Because It’s ‘Too Greasy’
You would think that by now, the vote on whether or not to wear sunscreen would be just about unanimous. Research shows that SPF is a vital step in protecting against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause skin cancer and premature aging. So you can imagine that if a dermatologist told you that you could ditch the sunscreen, you might be a bit confused.
“Recently I went to a dermatologist for the 1st time and while discussing my skincare routine, he told me to not wear sunscreen because they're all too greasy and that Asians have a very low chance of getting skin cancer,” she wrote in her post.
Childhood Trauma Linked To Impaired Social Cognition Later In Life For Patients With Major Psychiatric Disorders
Philadelphia, September 12, 2018 – A new report published in European Psychiatry identified a significant association between childhood adversity and impaired social cognitive functioning among adults diagnosed with major psychiatric disorders. Through a comprehensive review of all research conducted to date, the investigators established that a traumatic early social environment frequently leads to social cognitive problems and greater illness severity for individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Early childhood neglect, abuse, and/or trauma puts patients at greater risk for developing cognitive impairments that will later affect social perception and interaction, a core aspect of disability in major psychiatric disorders," explained lead investigator, Gary Donohoe, MPsychSc, DClinPsych, PhD, Centre for Neuroimaging and Cognitive Genomics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
Papa John's founder 'isn't going quietly,' lawyer says — Schnatter just dragged Kanye West into fight with the board
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Papa John's founder John Schnatter is "not going quietly," according to his lawyer Patricia Glaser.
And he didn't want to work with singer Kanye West, he said in a letter sent to the board of directors Saturday.
Schnatter doubled down on claims he made during a television interview Friday in which he said media consultant Laundry Service tried to blackmail the pizza chain for $6 million to keep quiet about his use of the N-word during a May conference call.
Economists Are Blaming Millennials for Killing Restaurants Now, Too
Economists can’t seem to make up their minds about millennials. On the one hand, they seem to be destroying every industry from diamonds to hotels to getting married. They’re to blame for putting Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings out of business, and they’ve somehow managed to hurt the sale of good wine, while simultaneously being obsessed with rosé, to the point that the beer industry is now suffering at their blood-soaked hands. Cruel millennials are responsible for driving McDonald’s to extinction, too, and while they’re at it, they’ve even come for the entire concept of lunch. The only places they seem to like are Olive Garden and Red Lobster. A new report, released by Merrill Lynch today, seems to compound the murderous intentions of millennials: They are indeed killing restaurants.
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GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away
“I’m an emergency room nurse,” Black told MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Friday. “There are people that came into my emergency room that I, the nurse, was the first one to see them. I could have sent them to a walk-in clinic or their doctor the next day, but because of a law that Congress put into place to say, no, I have to treat everybody that walks into that emergency room.”
“You took away our ability to say, ‘No, an emergency room is not the proper place.’ And then, you put a burden on top of that to say, ‘You must do that,’” added the congresswoman, who is also running for governor of Tennessee.
At issue is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which was signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986. It was a congressional response to stories of “patient dumping” ? hospitals would deny treatment to patients or send them elsewhere, usually because the individuals didn’t have insurance. Many of these patients were unemployed or were people of color.
Is wellness culture creating a new kind of eating disorder?
If you’ve ever ordered a turmeric matcha latte, you probably know someone like Daniella Isaacs. The 20-something British actress and playwright was once entrenched in the world of wellness, with the attendant blogging career, paid appearances, and budding gluten-free granola brand. But all that changed when she realized that “wellness” might actually be making her sick.
Isaacs had orthorexia, an eating disorder not about thinness, but rather a moral or righteous fixation on consuming “pure” and “clean” foods. Her new autobiographical play—Hear Me Raw, running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival through the end of August—viscerally documents Isaacs’ journey from smoothie-gulping goddess to messy, complex, but ultimately happier human being. In doing so, the play begs an obvious yet unexamined question: Is wellness culture causing orthorexia?
Why States Should Ban Guns From Political Rallies
Some of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and as well as number of protesters within the Antifas group, openly carried assault rifles during the events in Charlottesville. The governor has said the police were outgunned at the event. Given the hate-filled speech and the ensuing physical violence, it is remarkable that no shots were fired. We were a trigger-pull away from a bloody shootout with semi-automatic weapons.
Some have suggested that the First Amendment right to congregate and to speak one's mind — no matter how repugnant the content of the speech — conflicted with the Second Amendment right to bear arms at a political rally. The problem with this is that, while the courts have unambiguously affirmed the former, there is no Constitutional right to bear arms at a political rally.
More than one-third of Americans identify with a religion different than the one they grew up with.
Jane Picken didn’t know much about religion growing up. Her parents were Christians, but she was orphaned at a young age, and the person who helped raise her “utterly rejected” revealed religion. Years later, when she met Abraham Cohen at a party, they really hit it off—they were engaged within three weeks. But first, they had a religion problem to fix.
Cohen was the son of a cantor, or worship leader, at a Philadelphia synagogue. His father wasn’t comfortable with him marrying someone who wasn’t Jewish. At first, Cohen didn’t want to push his faith on his fiancée, but Jane really loved Jewish rituals like lighting Shabbat candles and eating with family on Friday nights. She decided to convert, taking the name Sarah.
A few years later, Sarah got very sick. As friends and doctors gathered around her, assuming she was dying, she had a vision of Jesus. This was what real conversion felt like, she thought; it was so much deeper and more heartfelt than her earlier turn to Judaism. The Cohens tried to make it work, but they fought over keeping her faith a secret and how to raise their kids. Eventually, they split. One of their daughters went to live with Abraham as a Jew, while the other two followed their mother as Christians.
Google wrestles with aftermath from controversial memo
In late June, Google announced the hiring of Danielle Brown as its new head of diversity. Her job: build "a more diverse and inclusive workplace."
On her Twitter account that day, Brown said she was "looking forward to driving this important work forward." But as of this writing, you can't see that tweet. Brown locked her account this week after being inundated with hateful tweets for her critical response to an engineer's controversial memo attacking Google's diversity efforts.
There were a number of defining moments throughout this tense week at Google (GOOGL, Tech30). But the newly hired diversity chief being effectively silenced on social media for promoting inclusion at Google certainly ranks high on the list.
Google has just endured what may be the most painful week in its history. With one lengthy post, a Google employee ignited a fierce debate about the company's culture. It quickly spilled over into an all-out culture war outside the company, putting Google and its employees in the crosshairs. And there's no sign of it letting up anytime soon.
Another black activist, Ijeoma Oluo, is suspended by Facebook for posting about racism
Activist and writer Ijeoma Oluo is the latest to suffer for Facebook’s inability — or perhaps unwillingness — to improve its reporting and moderation infrastructure. After receiving hundreds of racist and threatening messages in response to a joke she made on Twitter, Oluo began posting screenshots when it was clear that days of reporting did nothing. Facebook’s response was to suspend her account.
You can read Oluo’s account of things here, including some screenshots of the type of abuse she was receiving. Twitter, she said, was responsive. Facebook, not so much.
Facebook later reinstated her account, calling the suspension a “mistake.” I’ve asked the company for the rationale behind the suspension.
We talked with another activist recently, Leslie Mac, who like Oluo spoke out on racism using the platform, and like Oluo was suspended from it. It happened to Shaun King, too, after he posted a racist email he received.
Facebook’s secret censorship rules protect white men from hate speech but not black children
In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of “radicalized” Muslims. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them,” declared U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. “Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
Higgins’ plea for violent revenge went untouched by Facebook workers who scour the social network deleting offensive speech.
But a May posting on Facebook by Boston poet and Black Lives Matter activist Didi Delgado drew a different response.
“All white people are racist. Start from this reference point, or you’ve already failed,” Delgado wrote. The post was removed and her Facebook account was disabled for seven days.
A trove of internal documents reviewed by ProPublica sheds new light on the secret guidelines that Facebook’s censors use to distinguish between hate speech and legitimate political expression. The documents reveal the rationale behind seemingly inconsistent decisions. For instance, Higgins’ incitement to violence passed muster because it targeted a specific sub-group of Muslims — those that are “radicalized” — while Delgado’s post was deleted for attacking whites in general.
Australian Man Tests Positive for HIV While on PrEP Regimen
An Australian man has tested HIV positive while undergoing treatment as prevention by using Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The therapy has been show to reduce HIV transmission by up to 99 percent.
It is Australia’s first such documented case, The Age reports:
EXCLUSIVE: JetBlue boots family from flight, ruins Vegas birthday bash over carry-on cake
What happens in Vegas ... can’t happen if you’re stuck in Jersey.
JetBlue airlines blew out the candles on a Garden State family’s plans for a Sin City birthday bash by booting them off a Nevada-bound flight — over a buttercream cake, the Daily News has learned.
Cameron Burke, his wife and their two kids were flying on May 3 from Kennedy Airport to Sin City, with plans to meet family there for his spouse Minta’s 40th birthday party.
The cake from the renowned Tonnie’s Minis bakery was included as part of their carry-on luggage — and placed in an overhead bin aboard the plane when the family took their seats in the last row.
NY Daily News
Black students at Massachusetts charter school served detention, suspended from sports teams for wearing hair in braids
African-American teenage twins attending a Massachusetts charter school are being punished for wearing their hair in braids.
Their parents say the school’s policy around how students are permitted to wear their hair is discriminatory, and unfairly targets black students.
Maya and Deanna Cook, sophomores at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School outside of Boston, were issued detention and told they couldn’t participate on their school’s sports teams after they returned from spring break with professionally braided hair, their father, Aaron Cook, told the Daily News.
The charter school’s strict hair policy is detailed in its parent/student handbook.
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