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Today’s News for Now alert contains vital information to empower your health and wellness!
Topics this week include: a UK study showing dramatic improvements in diabetes patients using a low-carb diet, the USDA’s new rules to strengthen enforcement of its certified organic guidelines, how Dallas is making strides in urban agriculture, and more—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD, in 1961, discusses the physical and psychological advantages of infants nursing directly from the mother versus being bottle fed.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Low-Carb Diet Cuts Diabetes Cases in Half
In a UK study led by Dr. David Unwin of Diet Doctor, 97% of patients improved blood sugar control on a low-carb diet, with 51% achieving full remission. They also lost an average of 22 pounds and improved other markers, including blood pressure and triglycerides, while the clinic cut expenditures on diabetes medication per patient by half compared to similar practices. Read more at Medical News Today.
USDA Strengthens Organic Guidelines
The USDA just announced stricter guidelines that seek to prevent fraud among producers of certified organic foods and to increase consumer confidence in the label. Proponents, such as the Organic Trade Assocation, hail it as the most significant improvement since the guidelines were implemented in 1990. Still, some think more needs to be done to enforce adherence to these standards. Read more at the Associated Press.
Increasing Indigenous Food Access in Schools
Mariah Gladstone of Indigikitchen is making it easier for Native schools to incorporate more Indigenous foods into their lunch programs. Her work includes developing resources such as recipes, information on how to source traditional ingredients, and guidelines on how to incorporate those ingredients within school nutritional requirements, ultimately seeking to aid tribal nations in developing both food security and food sovereignty. Read more at FoodPrint.
Urban Agriculture Thriving in Dallas
Michael Bell of Dallas Half Acre Farm is setting an example of healthy, organic, and profitable urban farming, supplying produce to neighboring families. Nearby, Joe Masabni of the Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas Center focuses on sustainable innovations, education, and outreach. Many see urban agriculture initiatives as critical to address food insecurity and bolster local community resilience in the face of climate change. Read more at Inside Climate News.
Milk: The Importance of Its Source, by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD
In this 1961 #TBT article, Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD discusses the advantages of infants nursing directly from the mother versus being bottle fed. Not only does engaging with the mother’s body promote bonding and secure attachment, the physical demands of accessing milk require the infant to develop whole-body musculature from the beginning of life while promoting healthy jaw and dental development. Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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News for Now Update: Week ending January 14, 2023