Archive for December, 2010

HEART DISEASE (CHD) Prevention & More

December 15, 2010

Major Dietary Protein Sources and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). This is one 2010 update of Harvard’s Nurses Health Study, which began in 1976. Others will follow for diabetes and stroke. This study is the result of prospectively following 84 thousand women age 30 to 55 by research doctors including Drs. Bernstein and Willett all associated with the Department of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard University School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and other departments at Harvard University.

Purpose of the study was to examine the foods that are major dietary protein sources and incident CHD.

Conclusions suggests that high red meat intake including Beef, Pork, and Lamb increases risk of CHD and that CHD risk can be reduced importantly by shifting sources of protein in the US diet. Shifting the protein source from red meat to beans resulted in the greatest reduction in CHD risk followed in order by a shift to nuts, fish, poultry, low fat dairy, high fat dairy. (see page 881 of the study)

DISCUSSION

This study of CHD along with the World Cancer Research Study (WCRF/AICR) strongly suggests the health advantage of adopting a diet focused on plant food as the primary source of protein. If widely adopted it would have a huge positive impact on health care cost and our soil and water natural resources. *It takes 26 pounds of grain to yield one pound of animal flesh. * Our land is capable of supplying food for 14 times as many people when it is used for human food crops as when it is used to feed livestock. Naturally irrigated corn, the primary grain used as animal feed has an inherently high nitrogen need and low uptake efficiency (.37). Corn production along with CAFO animal manure is the largest source of nutrient pollution in over 50% of the US land area studied by the writer and is the primary cause of water quality destruction in the Gulf of Mexico, Chesapeake Bay, and other East Coast Estuaries. In addition denuding large areas of the earth’s surface and using **shortcuts in soil management have resulted in loss of half the nations precious topsoil and soil carbon depletion.

WRITERS CONCLUSION: (The writer is not an expert in medicine or agronomy please read these reports and reach your own conclusions. All reports and studies are readily available with a curser click on our website (fixingourfood.com)

CAFO produced meat in the American diet is the likely primary promoter of Cancer and CHD the two major human killers. Also grain based CAFO production including the generated manure is killing our natural resources. By growing primarily a diversity of food crops and integrating animal production into the landscape we have adequate land to feed a growing population, well into the future. If we continue the current per capita level of CAFO based meat consumption we do not.

  • “Get Healthy Now” by Gary Null

** USDA Soil Handbook pg 101 by Magdoff/van Es

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CANCER PREVENTION & *Much More

December 12, 2010

The World Cancer Research Fund along with the American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) presents a Global Perspective on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer. Two hundred and ninety five (295) researchers from universities and research centers around the world are involved in this ongoing effort. This summary is based on 5 years of study. Some organizations and names familiar to us include:

Walter Willett- Dept Head- Harvard School of Public Health. He is a member of the evaluating panel and kindly sent us a copy of the report.

Junshi Chen (panel member)- Chinese Center for Disease Control, who worked with Colin Campbell on the China Study,

Barry Popkin of UNC quoted in W. Post review of major study by the National Cancer Society (see our reference # 16).

Five people from Kaiser Permanente, a major health insurer. People we know from our business days.

Marilyn Gentry President of WCRF who wrote a forward to the China Study,

Eight people from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: Robert Lawrence head of their Center for a Livable Future is a contributor to our site.

Nine people from Penn State University- Well known to our friends at PASA

This comprehensive 500 page plus report evaluates the strength of research in thousands of research reports. All evaluated foods are categorized for INCREASED RISK or DECREASED RISK of cancer at four risk levels, Convincing, Probable, Suggestive, and Unlikely for a specific type of cancer. A few of the hundreds of foods analyzed with type of cancer and risk level are as follows:

INCREASED RISK

Meat Poultry, Fish Eggs category: (see summary on page 116)

Red Meat including Beef, Pork, Lamb and Goat- Convincing for colorectum, Suggestive for Lung, Pancreas, Stomach, Endometrium, Oesophagus

Processed Meat- Probable for Colorectal and Suggestive for Lung, Pancreas, Stomach, Oesophagus

Barbecued or grilled animal products- Suggestive for Colorectum, Stomach

Both Poultry and eggs were judged to have too little research to evaluate

DECREASED RISK

Vegetables, Fruits, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds category: (see summary on page 76)

Non-starchy vegetables- Probable for Mouth, Larynx, Oesophagus, Stomach

Allium vegetables (onions leaks etc)- Probable for Colorectal

Foods containing:

Folate- Probable for Pancreas

Carotenoids-Probable for lung

Lycopene- Probable for Prostate

Fruits- Suggestive for Nasopharynx, Pancreas, Liver, Colorectum

There are a total of 19 vegetable groups evaluated with only chilli listed under increased risk.

Fish- Suggestive for Colorectum note: this is evaluated under the meat category

Foods containing vitamin D- Suggestive for Colorectum note: same as above

Physical Exercise-Convincing for Colon- Probable for Breast (postmenopause), Endometrium,  Suggestive for Lung, Pancreas, Breast (premenopause)

Additional categories include: Dietary Supplements (pg 179)- Alcoholic drinks (pg.-157)- Drinks including Water, Fruit juices, Soft drinks, Hot drinks (pg148)- Sugars and salt (pg 141)- Fats and Oils (pg.135)-Body fatness (pg 211)-Lactation (pg. 239)-Physical Exercise (pg 199)-Milk & Dairy pg 129)

REPORTS RECOMMENDATIONS (pg 394)

Eat mostly plant food

Limit Red meat

Avoid Processed Meat

Avoid sugary drinks

Limit salt

Avoid mouldy cereal and legumes

Keep as Lean as possible

Limit alcoholic drinks

Breastfeed children

Limit supplements get your nutrients mostly from plant food

Exercise daily

*At this point in time I have the benefit of knowing that the same conclusions on red meat are to be published by the Harvard University School of Public Health for heart disease, diabetes and stroke based on decades of research results from the Nurses Health Study.

*Please read the preface to the report by Sir Michael Marmot, a cardiologist who is the panel chair. He points out that the reports conclusions coincide with the latest thinking on heart disease except in the area of alcohol consumption.

WRITERS CONCLUSION Now what is the connection between The World Cancer Report and our mission? Take a look at the CAFO location maps and understand that practically all flat land surrounding these facilities is used to grow high fertilizer need low uptake efficiency corn feed.  Meat production is not only the major cause of health decline but the major cause of the contamination and loss of the nations soil and water its most important natural resources. Please read the reports which can be found on our blog at fixingourfood.com. Reach your own conclusions

Posted by Donald Kerstetter

US. CAFOs-for each animal by State & County

December 9, 2010

The US Factory Farm Map shows the location of Confinement Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in the US and allows you to drill down into every State and every County. It also evaluates the concentration as extreme, severe, high, moderate and none for every type of  confinement animal. Please compare the EPA nutrient load charts archived on our blog to these maps for Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Unfortunately I do not have the nutrient load maps that I requested from EPA for the rest of the Country but it is a good assumption that there will be concurrence between nutrient loading and CAFO concentrations nationwide. Of course these maps do not show the concentrations of corn feed production which surrounds these facilities and is at least equal most often greater than the manure pollution emanating from CAFOs. On Delmarva for example 59% of nitrogen pollution comes from corn feed production and 35% comes from CAFO animal manure*.

*See USGS Bulletin 1228 PG#6