By Clive Lindley-Jones | April 4, 2012 11:25 am
“At a time when 20% of people in the US go to bed hungry each night and almost 50% of the world’s population is malnourished, choosing to eat more plant-based foods and less red meat is better for all of us — ourselves, our loved ones, and our planet,” writes Dr. Ornish. (Click here for a link to my October 2011 Health and Wellness Blog to read more about Dr. Ornish’s plant- based diet )
So for those who love their meat, this is not the end of the line, but rather a warning to mix their meat with more plants. For some with problems with grains we may see a pulling back from such consistent advocacy of whole grains in the future, and a shift to favour meat as part of a more Palaeolithic diet. In other words, the more we eat what humans have eaten for the great majority of our time on earth before agriculture let alone agribusiness, the closer we will be getting to a diet that keeps us alive and healthy for longer. For those who like it, meat will always have a place in this.
Perhaps where the difficulty arises is in the great change that comes from eating a wild animal, whose flesh is nutritious and full of the right kind of essential fatty acids and other nutrients to keep us healthy. Going from this to eating an animal who’s life has been short and controlled; whose food supply has been manipulated. These battery fed creatures of today will undoubtedly be different to the venison, buffalo, or seals of old. Whether you choose to eat some red meat or not, the evidence seems to be to try and keep it as part of a more mixed diet avoiding the cancerous risks from lots of processed and grilled meats where changes in the meat can result in damaging carcinogenic outcomes. Mix this in with plenty of plant-based foods high in phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, and other protective substances, and you should end up living longer.
Boy are they going to love this science down on the ranch in Texas!
What do 1 billion do that will lead to 1 billion deaths this century?
According to a recent article in the Economist read the article here.:“Thanks to taxes, education and smoke-free policies, consumption in Western Europe dropped by 26% between 1990 and 2009. But this decline has been more than offset by a jump elsewhere, according to the newest Tobacco Atlas from the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation. From 1990 to 2009, for example, consumption jumped by 57% in the Middle East and Africa. In emerging markets, men are leading the trend. About 800m men smoke cigarettes, compared with fewer than 200m women.“
This led me to have a brief look at the Tobacco Atlas on line. What a fascinating and depressing account of how so many of us are still in thrall to the weed, particularly men in the giant communist and post communist countries of China and Russia.
We, or at least the non-smokers amongst us, look benignly, and even enthusiastically on, as the government increases the tax on tobacco and slowly the ratchet is tightened on the use and sale of tobacco in the UK, where deaths from tobacco account for 22.2% for men and 20.3% for women. But in the wider world over the last decade world tobacco production has increased by 16.5%. that is over a billion more cigarettes produced each year. Over the last decade, according to the Atlas, 50 million additional people have been killed as a result of using tobacco. However that number is dwarfed by the fore-casted one billion deaths from tobacco for the twenty first century.
Tobacco is the only risk factor that is shared by all four of the leading non-communicable diseases of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease. Interesting but, somehow, not enough to make most people stop the habit.
Film of the Month
A Dangerous Method
For those social science nerds like me who spent part of their youth enthusiastically reading about Freud and Jung and the start of modern psychology and psychotherapy this is a rewarding film.
AS Philip French says in his review in the Observer. Cronenberg has produced an;“..engrossing, admirably acted new film, A Dangerous Method, takes an objective, historical look at the early days of psychoanalysis and the people, notably Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung involved”.
The dense and satisfying screenplay adapted by Christopher Hampton from his own play still has the discursive quality of a good play. So, no car chases here. The most exciting it gets, beyond some rather doubtful spanking sex scenes, is a sedate boat trip on the lake near Jung’s home in Zurich. What it does have is the power to recreate some of those famous scenes when these two titans meet and talk and visit each others homes and later travel to America together to a conference, Freud analysing Jung’s dreams but reluctant to allow his brilliant and ambitious younger colleague to do the same for him.
If you have an interest in these people and their ideas and the way these ideas changed the current of twentieth century thought and our understanding of ourselves, it is engrossing to see the film-makers art recreate some of the famous encounters, even down to a subtle enactment of a notable and well known photo of Freud hand on hip in his study, that is recreated within the film; blink and you will miss it.
Set between 1905-15 the film spans the mid life Freud and the younger man Jung’s friendship and intellectual professional encounter and falling out. Jung’s early efforts in using the new talking cure and his, in today’s terms, un-forgiveable breach of professional ethics, in having an affair with a former patient and junior colleague.
Even if you don’t know these stories and have only a passing interest in this stuff, the film can still engage and inform, although some felt it finished too abruptly with Jung’s for- boding of the coming first world war. His breakdown that became a breakthrough and lead to most of his life’s enormous body of work, is only really hinted at towards the end of the film. Focused as it is, on the encounters between Freud and his heir apparent Jung and their eventual falling out, inevitably the ending of the film leaves much unanswered. It is easier if you know something of the outcome of these turbulent early years of psychological, and particularly Jungian thought, but this flawed film still satisfies and rewards attention.
Not a perfect film, but a well put together one, of interest to those fascinated by ideas and the birth of these men’s profound, caring and culturally revolutionary insights.
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