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This week’s News for Now articles contain vital information to empower your health and wellness!
Topics this week include: nutritional standards for non-dairy milk, indigenous agricultural practices as a climate change solution, Navajo and Hopi Nations keeping their food traditions alive, and others—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
Plus, in our Featured Social Post, you’ll learn the story of nutritional pioneer Melvin E. Page, DDS.
Non-Dairy Milk and Nutritional Standards
Plant-based so-called “milk” alternatives offer scant nutritional benefits compared with dairy milk. A recent study reveals that dairy milk is by far the healthier option and makes the case for why we need nutritional standards for plant-based beverages. If you nevertheless need a non-dairy option, you’ll be pleased to learn that nutrition experts, like Melissa Azzaro, RDN, LD are working hard to address the gap in nutrition and knowledge of non-dairy milk alternatives to empower informed decisions by those who prefer plant-based milk. Read this article in Verywell Health.
Are Indigenous Agricultural Practices a Solution to Climate Change?
Climate change has had devastating effects on crops and food sources in many parts of the world. The need for farming to adapt to handle intense weather variability isn’t just important, it’s a matter of life and death for many—especially in the developing world. A recent study published in the Journal of Ethnobiology demonstrates that indigenous knowledge of farming, crops, and local weather could ensure food security. Learn more in Forbes.
Vitamin D Reduces Infection-Related Inflammation
Naturopaths and alternative medicine practitioners have been advocating for vitamin D supplementation for years, especially to counteract COVID-19. Even Dr. Fauci said, “If you are deficient in vitamin D, that does have an impact on your susceptibility to infection.” A new study reveals that a form of vitamin D reduces inflammation caused by impacted T cells. Further research could lead to better treatments of patients with infection-related inflammation. Find out more at Medical Xpress.
Groups Urge EPA to Regulate Factory Farm Emissions
In an effort to increase profits, U.S. livestock production has moved from small pasture-based farms to industrial CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) over the last several decades. These insidious Big Ag businesses signed the Air Consent Agreement with the EPA in 2005 to enforce clean air laws by measuring emissions. Yet nothing has been done and factories continue emitting hazardous pollutants. Last month, public interest groups called on the Biden administration to start enforcing the laws put in place nearly two decades ago. Read this article at Inside Climate News.
How the Navajo and Hopi Nations Are Keeping Their Food Traditions Alive
In order to prevail in spite of subsisting in a food desert, members of the Hopi and Navajo Nations in Northeastern Arizona are turning to ancestral farming practices to create their own accessible foodways. Farmers and chefs fighting to keep Native food traditions alive are blending traditional knowledge with nontraditional farming techniques and inspiring the next generation to learn how to grow food for their families. Learn more at KNAU News Talk.
Featured Social Post: The Story of Nutritional Pioneer Melvin E. Page, DDS
Dr. Melvin Page, an alternative dentistry advocate, wanted to know why his patients’ teeth deteriorated. Dr. Page used the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, but took it even further: he analyzed their blood chemistry. This is the story of a not-so-modern nutritional pioneer whose work is as applicable to good health today as it was 50 years ago! Learn more about Dr. Page in the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health and Healing.
In case you missed recent News for Now Updates, you can find them here:
News for Now Update: Week of November 7, 2021
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