Food Safety as a Marketing Tool: USDA Monterey Hearings on NLGMA (Day 3)

Friday, September 25, 2009

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Food Safety as a Marketing Tool: USDA Monterey Hearings on NLGMA (Day 3)

Nutrition Wonderland is now up in Monterey, CA as part of our Tour of America and today we are attending the first of the USDA's hearings on nationally adopting the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). This new proposal, dubbed the NLGMA, would extend the existing agreement that covers California and Arizona across the entire nation – even extending into Canadian and Mexican imports.

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Is the Strawberry the Future of American Agriculture? (Day 1)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Is the Strawberry the Future of American Agriculture?  (Day 1)

Nutrition Wonderland's first stop of the journey is an exceptionally beautiful place called Oxnard, California. It anchors a rapidly growing area but more importantly, it is the principal city in the Oxnard Plain – one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. Known as the Strawberry Capital of the World, Oxnard also grows cucumbers, peppers, herbs, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, lima beans – the list goes on. As it turns out, a delicately crafted piece of legislation and high yield crops are all that stands between the region turning into a concrete jungle like formerly agricultural Orange County. Read on to understand the pressures being faced there.

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Farming on the Edge

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Nutrition Wonderland’s Tour of America Begins in California

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Nutrition Wonderland’s Tour of America Begins in California

Nutrition Wonderland's 2009 Tour of America has begun! We are now in California, visiting with a host of organizations that are changing how agriculture and medicine are practiced. If you want to know more about our tour, check out an overview of our mission on this tour. See our stops in the interactive map after the jump...

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Plastic Troubles: Phthalates and Plasticizers

Monday, August 31, 2009

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Plastic Troubles: Phthalates and Plasticizers

Plastic is a buzzword lately but mostly for the wrong reasons. Medical studies have lined up against the ubiquitous substance and the seas have filled with the jetsam and flotsam of our plastic society. Yet, if there was one compound responsible for this situation more than any other, phthalates might just wear the crown. Photo by adriagarcia on flickr.

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Major Issue Series: Plastic Trouble

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Major Issue Series: Plastic Trouble

Nutrition Wonderland is launching a new little mini-series about the world of plastics we are calling 'Plastic Troubles'. And trouble there is. From environmental degradation to an ever growing assortment health problems, plastics keep creeping into the health equation. Emerging theories on the subject suggest that plastics may play a central role in a variety of obscure health problems including autoimmune disorders, cancer and endocrine dysfunction. We will explain the health dimension of the most dangerous chemicals, how they came to be in our everyday environments and alternative ways to deal with their presence. Tomorrow, we will publish the first installment covering bisphenol a.

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Turmeric and Curcumin Show Major Health Benefits

Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Turmeric and Curcumin Show Major Health Benefits

July was a big month for the herb tumeric, as a host of different studies and articles were published linking the bright yellow flavonoid found in the herb called curcumin to pain relief, protection against Alzheimer's and lowered risk of breast cancer. This new information adds to mounting evidence of the powerful role this herb can play as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. Image thanks to _william @ flickr.

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Nutrition Wonderland’s 2009 Tour of America

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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Nutrition Wonderland’s 2009 Tour of America

Nutrition Wonderland is taking to the road this Fall to cover the newest developments in the worlds of integrative medicine, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. We are beginning our survey out in Los Angeles on the West Coast in late September and continue across the United States' desert southwest into Texas by early October, up through America's breadbasket in the Great Plains in time for Halloween, examine the hotbed of organic agriculture in the upper Midwest and then head back towards the East Coast and Washington, DC by mid-late November. We should cover roughly 4,000 miles (6K/km) and talk with numerous people and organizations at the forefront of the radical changes going on in medicine and agriculture. If you follow our coverage the whole way, you will begin to see the synergies between the fields and the new way forward they are lighting.

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Autism and GFCF Diet Results

Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Autism and Gluten Free Casein Free Diets: The Latest Findings

Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Autism and Gluten Free Casein Free Diets: The Latest Findings

Monday, the Mayo Clinic published one of the first comprehensive examinations of autistic dietary patterns in the journal Pediatrics, finding that autistic children suffer from some but not all digestive maladies more than did their non-autistic counterparts over the study's 18 year examination. Pediatrics also published an equally compelling finding about the autoimmune disorder Celiac's disease (gluten allergy) and autism, confirming for the first time there is a strong correlation between the two often bewitching conditions. Both studies underscore the nature/nurture debate surrounding the still obscure causes of autism; is it merely a genetic disorder or a genetic predisposition pushed by environmental toxins? And what can dietary interventions, like the oft prescribed gluten-free casein-free diet, do for autistic children? (Image part of the outstanding series HUMaN BeING from flickr user alainelorza)

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