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Topics this week include: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: one farmer’s inspiring example for combating the water scarcity crisis; how a history of the smile as shown in art reveals changes in cultural attitudes, dentistry, and oral health through the centuries; weeds that could benefit your health and the environment; and others—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, read Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD’s discussion of fat deficiency, beneficial animal fats, and the lamb dish that could improve dry skin (published in 1957).
Afro-Fusion Dishes, Sustainability, and Nutrition at Meza Malonga
Blending sustainability and nutritious ingredients isn’t always easy, but Dieuveil Malonga of Meza Malonga makes it look that way. Malonga’s Afro-Fusion dishes are inspired by traditional culinary influences (such as the Maasai nation) and the fresh ingredients of the day. Learning from locals and sourcing ingredients with historical roots, Malonga and team are creating a culinary center that combines sustainable farming with the farm-to-table experience. Read more at BBC.
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought: One Oregon Farmer’s Inspiring Example for Combating the Water Scarcity Crisis
On World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, we commended one Oregon farmer for setting an example of rehydrating the land: Brenda Smola-Foti of Tabula Rasa Farms combines regenerative agriculture and water retention landscapes to restore seasonal moisture to the environment. According to Zachary Weiss, founder of Elemental Ecosystems and Water Stories, these methods can help prevent our coming water scarcity crisis. Read more at Modern Farmer.
A History of the Smile Through Art: Changes in Cultural Attitudes, Dentistry, and Oral Health Through the Centuries
Dr. Weston A. Price’s photographs of Indigenous Peoples’ smiles have taught us much about nutrition and health. Now, Colin Jones, Emeritus Professor of Cultural History at Queen Mary University of London, shares another enlightening history of the smile through art, reflecting changes in cultural attitudes as well as the state of dentistry and oral health over the centuries. Please enjoy this fascinating read celebrating National Smile Power Day! Read more at Aeon
Weeds That Could Benefit Your Health—and the Environment
In “Get to Know Your Weeds,” Julia Graham-Whitt of Two Green Thumbs shares how many so-called weeds, such as dandelions, often have beneficial qualities, from being edible and nutritious to helping our soil and bees. Before “weeding” them all out, learn about these plants and how they can support healthy nutrition and biodiversity of our landscapes. Read more at North Coast Journal.
Pioneer Archives Post: Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD’s Discussion of Fat Deficiency, Beneficial Animal Fats, and the Lamb Dish That Could Improve Dry Skin
Fat deficiency concerned Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD, especially after observing numerous cases of simple dry skin (an index of fat dyscrasia) in his practice. In this article, published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition in 1957, he discusses the types of fatty acids (from dietary animal fats) necessary to correct fat deficiency. In particular, he shares the specific lamb dish whose unsaturated fatty acid profile he found could bring about noticeable changes in the skin of those who’ve been consuming low amounts of fat in as few as 48 hours. He also explains the types of dietary animal fats, their four major bodily purposes, their benefits, and variations in fats among animals (and within species), as well as how fat storage and preservation practices can affect people’s health. Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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News for Now Update: Week ending June 11, 2022