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News for Now Update: Week ending April 22, 2023 (KetoCon Edition)
Today’s News for Now alert contains vital information to empower your health and wellness! This week, in addition to mainstream news, we’re excited to report on topics from the weekend’s KetoCon 2023 event which we attended, spoke at, and exhibited at in Austin, Texas. It was a fantastic conference!
Topics from KetoCon include: Sally Norton’s recommendations for minimizing oxalate exposure from plant foods, Dr. Bill and Christina Schindler’s advice for raising families in alignment with ancestral health principles, Brian Sanders’s encouragement to move away from massive, centralized corporations by getting to know and supporting our local farmers and communities, and more—guidance to empower your ancestral health journey and promote human and planet health.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD, in 1946, discusses how prenatal and postnatal diet quality impacts the development of bones, including the effects of dietary deficiencies that can be seen in the teeth and bones of the feet as they are exposed to the stresses of chewing and walking in early life.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Compostable Packaging Leaks PFAS Into Food
Just when we thought we were making better planetary choices with compostable packaging, a study finds that nearly half of 42 fast-food packaging samples tested positive for PFAS, or “forever chemicals.” Added to make products resistant to water, stains, and heat, they don’t break down, can end up in food, and are linked to health problems including cancer, liver problems, birth defects, and more. Read more at the Guardian.
Sally Norton: Oxalate Awareness
Vitality coach, speaker, and health consultant Sally K. Norton exposes the dangers of oxalate toxicity in her book, Toxic Superfoods. Found naturally in many plant foods (though avoidable if you know the worst offenders), oxalic acid is commonly used as a household cleaner and was called the “perfect murder weapon” in an 1823 study because of its deadly and difficult-to-trace nature. Oxalates can contribute to gout, GI issues, kidney stones, pelvic and urinary pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, skin problems, and more. Read more at SallyKNorton.com.
Dr. Bill & Christina Schindler: The Modern Stone Age Household
Dr. Bill Schindler (author of Eat Like a Human, archaeologist, primitive technologist, and chef) and his wife, Christina, with whom he co-founded the Modern Stone Age Kitchen and Eastern Shore Food Lab, share how they’ve managed raising three kids and running a family restaurant while incorporating an ancestrally healthy lifestyle. From “If you kill it, eat it,” to “Involve; don’t shelter,” they lead by example, demonstrating that teamwork and commitment among a household can be an enormous key to modern health. Read more at Eat Like a Human.
Brian Sanders: Decentralize for Health
Brian Sanders, documentary filmmaker of Food Lies and Austin, Texas founder of the Sapien Center and Nose to Tail grass-finished meat delivery, began his health journey when his parents were both diagnosed with life-threatening chronic illness. His top recommendation at this year’s KetoCon was to decentralize for health, especially moving away from large commercial food sources to getting to know and buying from local farmers, bolstering one’s community both socially and economically while obtaining the best nutrition possible. Read more at FoodLies.org.
The Effects of Nutrition on Developing Bones by Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD
In this 1946 #TBT article, Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD, discusses how prenatal and postnatal diet quality impacts the development of bones. Dietary deficiencies both before and after birth can leave noticeable defects in the teeth and feet (becoming evident later as these bear the stress of walking and chewing); fragmentation of bones in the feet during early childhood can lead to later foot disturbances and possibly even arthritis. Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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