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Tuesday, 22 May

11:38

Metabolically Healthy With Obesity, But For How Long? And Does It Matter? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

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I faced the first question a few weeks ago when I was speaking with a group of medical residents. The latter I'm asking here.

I had presented the EOSS related data that showed the risk of dying with an EOSS score of zero (meaning a person had a BMI greater than 30, but had no physical, metabolic or quality of life related signs or symptoms related to obesity) over the course of 6 years, was no higher than a person without obesity.

The residents wanted to know what percentage of patients with an EOSS score of zero remained at an EOSS score of zero, and moreover wouldn't there be benefits to trying to work on weight as a means to prevent progression even with an EOSS score of 0?

I pointed out that "working on weight" is fairly meaningless goal, but rather it would be exploring a patient's lifestyle related to food and fitness and then providing them with guidance on how to improve both that clinicians ought to be doing. More importantly I pointed out that this exploration should be undertaken with each and every patient regardless of their weights.

But it's a fair question, and there are a few studies looking at this including...

Monday, 21 May

16:54

Asparagus Recipes "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Asparagus Recipes

The local asparagus season is in full swing which is great because it's one of my favourite foods! Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to show up after a long cold winter so I always enjoy its arrival and eating plenty of it! It is a very versatile vegetable that can be used in many different ways from soups to salads, sandwiches, sides, casseroles, etc and I like to experiment with new ways of using it during the brief period before the rest of summers bounty starts to appear. Here are a few of my favourite asparagus recipes and expect a few new ones soon since I just picked up a ton of it at the farmers market!
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12:35

A Look At Bacofoil - The Non-Stick Kitchen Foil and Honey Mustard Sticky Sausages "IndyWatch Feed Food"

I tested out some seriously sticky foods on The Non-Stick Kitchen Foil from Bacofoil.  I received the Bacofoil Non-Stick Kitchen Foil and a contribution towards the cost of this post, and thank Bacofoil for their support.  I've had more than a few foil nightmares over the years.  One thing. It sometimes rips when I move the food around with my tongs and then the oil or fat trickles down underneath the foil and dirties up the tray underneath, completely making the whole point of using the foil pointless. Ugh.  Another. Food - especially sticky food - sticks to the foil, and I can't get it off. I've had people round for dinner picking bits of shiny foil off their oven...

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12:30

Add 3 to 7 Years to Your Life, No Gym Required "IndyWatch Feed Food"

It's amazing that something so simple and easy can be so beneficial.

While a regimented fitness routine is certainly part of a healthy lifestyle, what you do outside the gym is equally important. Most adults spend 10 hours or more each day sitting, and research1,2 shows this level of inactivity cannot be counteracted with a workout at the end of the day. To maintain health, you really need mild but near-continuous movement throughout your waking hours. Read more

11:37

Colloidal Silver: Myths And Truths About Side Effects "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Colloidal silver is often a topic of controversy.  Mentioning it to those who are strict believers in only Western medicine can often make you feel like an insane witch doctor.  But well break down the myths and deliver some truths about the side effects, so you can make an informed decision for yourself.

Colloidal silver has gotten a bad rap since the Food and Drug Administration made a claim in 1999 (almost 20 years ago) that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of colloidal silver. If one translates that from government-speak, it basically means the FDA has not used government funds to study something not recommended by the government because they havent been paid to do so.  They want you to use the medication and supplements lobbyists pay them to defend and promote.  The FDA also proceeds to warn potential users on their website (who are often simply looking for information) about the danger of colloidal silver and why consumers should steer clear before bragging about taking down certain companies for making false claims about colloidal silver what most government agencies are declaring as snake oil.

The FDA also warns about a side effect called argyria, and herein, well focus on the myths and truths of this well-known, but misunderstood side effect.

The most well-known, and extremely rare side effect of ingesting colloidal silver is argyria, a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, which is usually permanent.  This occurs when a person ingests an excess amount of silver. Argyria results from the deposition of silver in the dermis and also from the silver-induced production of melanin. Although silver has been shown to be uniformly deposited in exposed and unexposed sections of the skin, the increased pigmentation becomes more pronounced in areas exposed to sunlight (such as the face and hands) due to the photoactivated reduction of the metal.

However, based on the governments own studies, it would take a lot of silver to cause argyria.  The smallest amount of silver known to cause the condition in adults, according to a study done by the Environmental Protection Agency...

09:38

New Video (Rachels Food Forest), bees, and one tiny mention of the royal wedding "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Hi, this is Geoff.

Yesterday (20th May) was World Bee Day (yes, there really is such a thing thanks, Bonnie!) so lets kick off this weeks Friday Five with

Bee-utiful: Beekeeping: An Essential Part of Permaculture (A short introduction to the world of bees published on our sister-site, Permaculturenews.org, Permaculture: Can It Save the Bees, and the Beekeeper? (a fascinating first-person account by Darlene Bentley, published in Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping), and finally The Fascinating World of Bees, a visual celebration featuring some beautiful photography of these incredible creatures.

Rachels Food Forest Garden: 400 edible species (400!) in the exceptionally cool climate of northern England? I had a chance to meet Rachel on a recent trip to the UK, and enjoyed a wide-ranging conversation with her about how all of this came to be. If you have 10 minutes to spare, check out the short video freshly posted inside The Permaculture Circle (TPC). As always, if youre already enrolled in our free TPC learning community, you can view the full presentation here. And if you are not enrolled in TPC, you...

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