Michael Pollan mentions a great topic here that I'd like to elaborate on. I often get asked my opinion about supplements. Most recently, a patient of mine forwarded me this article - The Vita Myth: Do supplements really do any good? Read More
The article is a bit harsh, but I agree with most of it. First off, one-a-days are useless. When I have somebody take a multivitamin, it's usually 6-8 pills a day, which turns most people off. Seriously, how do you think they can pack all those vitamins and minerals into one pill? For me, the best vitamins are from real food.
For this rule, Michael Pollan explains that he avoided the statement to just "eat organic" because: 1) there is food not labeled organic that is raised by organic standards, and 2) not all organic foods are good for you. "Organic soda is still soda - a large quantity of utterly empty calories." Read More
Last week, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric aired their 2-part story on Animals and Antibiotics. If you haven't seen it, please do: Part I - Animal Antibiotics a Threat? and Part II - Antibiotic-free Animals. Read More
During my training as a naturopath, I had to take several nutrition courses, as Hippocrates explains it best:
Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. Read More
Michael Pollan, that is perfectly said.
This is similar to his most famous quote from "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto":
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
There's two major points in these words: 1) Eat a plant-based diet, and 2) Avoid processed foods, it's best straight from the source. Read More
I've actually blogged on this topic last year: High Fructose Corn Syrup. That information is still good. Read More
Michael Pollan only mentions to avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) because it is highly processed and another hidden source of sugar. But the story is more than to just avoid sugar...
Perhaps you've seen him on Oprah recently or The Daily Show last month. Or maybe you've seen the Oscar-nominated documentary "Food, Inc." or read his many books. Michael Pollan is everywhere nowadays, and his most recent book "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" is a set of 64 rules he eats by. It's a quickie for only $5 on Amazon, and it is a must-read. I attempted to pick out the top 5, but there are too many good ones, so here are my favorite 10 Pollan Rules. Everyday (weekday) for the next 2 weeks, I'll blog and comment on each of these rules (with my spin). Read More