What the White House garden would look like if planted with subsidized crops

Alternate title? Why We’re Sick.

“Collecting data from the Environmental Working Group’s farm subsidy database, Kitchen Gardeners mapped out the difference between the Spring 2011 White House kitchen garden and what the garden would look like planted with crops subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

The infographic shows corn receiving 35 percent of funding; wheat, 20 percent; cotton, 20 percent; and soybeans, 15 percent. (Most of these crops are genetically engineered and have blanketed the US food supply unlabeled.) Money is also channeled to cash crops like tobacco, rice, and sorghum. What about fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other “specialty crops”? A measly 1 percent…”

Read more:  http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Americas-Subsidy-Garden.aspx

We are seeing the effects of these policies in the form of chronically ill and allergic US consumers. Achieving true health requires, at a minimum, becoming an informed consumer.

Can Your Diet Do This?

March 2011 feedback for GI, reflux and blood pressure problems:

After 6 weeks on a personalized elimination diet, benefits realized:

  • Normal digestion and elimination
  • No acid reflux
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Clarity of thought
  • Healthier hair and nails
  • Renewed energy, enthusiasm for life
  • More diet awareness
  • Weight loss
  • Enjoying new foods
  • Free from harmful foods

If you have long-standing health problems that persist despite treatment, a personalized elimination diet might be the answer.

The most accurate way to take guesswork out of what in your diet might be triggering chronic symptoms is an elimination diet that is patient-specific.

Visit other pages on this site to see if this approach might do the same for you.

Food: The Forgotten Factor in the Irritable Bowel Syndrome

“…Patients have long associated their IBS symptoms with the ingestion of certain foods, combinations of foods, or a meal itself. More than 60% of IBS patients report worsening of symptoms after meals, 28% of these within 15 minutes after eating and 93% within 3 hours.1 Unfortunately, the lack of empiric data proving a causal link or consistently documenting symptom improvement has caused health care providers to view dietary interventions with skepticism. Furthermore, even to this day, gastroenterologists and primary care providers receive virtually no structured training in dietary interventions for IBS. This lack of enthusiasm for dietary counseling has increasingly caused providers to be misaligned with their patients who are increasingly seeking more holistic solutions for their IBS symptoms (my emphasis)…” 


Full article @ http://bit.ly/iknWhN          March 2011

Dietary Sensitivities and ADHD: 35 Years of Research

Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Dietary Sensitivities and ADHD Symptoms: Thirty-five Years of Research.

Stevens LJ, Kuczek T, Burgess JR, Hurt E, Arnold LE.


Artificial food colors (AFCs) have not been established as the main cause of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but accumulated evidence suggests that a subgroup shows significant symptom improvement when consuming an AFC-free diet and reacts with ADHD-type symptoms on challenge with AFCs. Of children with suspected sensitivities, 65% to 89% reacted when challenged with at least 100 mg of AFC. Oligoantigenic diet studies suggested that some children in addition to being sensitive to AFCs are also sensitive to common nonsalicylate foods (milk, chocolate, soy, eggs, wheat, corn, legumes) as well as salicylate-containing grapes, tomatoes, and orange. Some studies found “cosensitivity” to be more the rule than the exception. Recently, 2 large studies demonstrated behavioral sensitivity to AFCs and benzoate in children both with and without ADHD. A trial elimination diet is appropriate for children who have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment or whose parents wish to pursue a dietary investigation.

Note: The Mediator Release Test (MRT) tests for all of the potential dietary triggers mentioned in this abstract.

Further Rationale for Gluten-Free Diet In Potential Celiac Disease Patients

“…People currently diagnosed as “potential” celiac disease patients and not advised to follow a gluten-free diet may not be “potential” patients at all…”

“Our results demonstrate that metabolic alterations may precede the development of small intestinal villous atrophy and provide a further rationale for early institution of gluten-free diet in patients with potential celiac disease, as recently suggested by prospective clinical studies,” the scientists conclude.


Anaphylaxis Canada Launches New Video Series to Help Teens Manage Food Allergies

I thought the video was very well done…

“…Educating in forums that teens are comfortable with and will respond to is important. Consider that a 2009 U.S. study of college and university aged students with food allergies revealed a high number of them are taking unnecessary risks when it comes to managing their allergies. For example, more than 75% of those surveyed do not maintain an epinephrine auto-injector (e.g. EpiPen® or Twinject®) while 60% do not avoid the food to which they are allergic…”


Also, an additional plug for the Go Dairy Free site in general, excellent resource.