The Stinking Rose a Smelly Sham? – Garlic’s Obscure Shadow

by Ravi

LIES! Here’s the TRUTH! Urban Myth! Garlic is Great! Garlic is a NEUROTOXIN! Garlic CURES ALL DISEASE! Garlic de-synchronizes your brain! Eat garlic everyday! Don’t eat garlic!

Don’t ya just love the internet?

I just recently had an e-mail exchange with an interesting man who brought to my attention a respected researcher’s seriously negative comments about garlic. In an effort to present you (dear reader…) with some “real” information, and also because, like most avid cooks, I have many forms of garlic in my seasoning arsenal and have consumed garlic liberally for years, I definitely wanted to see if there was any substance to the claim that there are compounds in garlic that are neuro-toxic (!!??). Consider,  as recounted in my recent sugar article here – I was brought up on refined white sugar and would have argued like hell with you 25 years ago if you had suggested that this white death was in fact, white death!  I’ve had to accept that my life-long attitude towards sugar has changed with the new information I have learned – so, what about garlic?

What did I find out about the infamous, much loved Stinking Rose?

Very compelling stuff actually. And not all rosy-smelling.

some not-so-sweet words about stinky stinky garlic click here

Paleo/Primal Eats @ Walmart – Cheap, Fake & Coming Soon!

by Ravi

I Can't Believe It's Considered Food

The “Paleo/Primal- Diet” thing is getting big – or at least big enough for the Big Boys in the food industry to start taking notice. The second largest Big Boy food/household products conglomerate Unilever announced their interest/intent recently.

Sound exciting? Think again.

The results will most-assuredly be a disaster to the Paleo/Primal movement. The Big Boys, regardless of all their deceptively written (and disgustingly pseudo-sincere) press releases, will definitely NOT be looking to improve the SAD or the health of the world – they will look at improving their bottom line. Period.

read how the food conglomerate Big Boys are heading your paleo way

SALT, The Grim Reaper in a Shaker, or No?

by Ravi

Loooove salt – yes!

…and have spent my WHOLE adult life scared of that love.

Salt – the Grim Reaper of seasoning, the savory 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse ready to strike me down with every shake.

But guess what?

It’s just not true.

click here to see why the most dangerous food additive of all… is not

Dairy Is Paleo Part #2/3 Who Says What is “Domestication”?

by Ravi, Part #2 of 3

(if you have not read Part #1, you may click here)

OPENING COMMENTS: For Part #2 of 3:  Clearly I do not agree with conventional anthropological assumptions of no dairy consumption prior to the fertile crescent settling of humans as agriculturalists.  Additionally, I am disheartened by otherwise unconventional paleo/primal diet adherents and promoters so readily dismissing dairy by relying on the same limited CW (conventional wisdom) thinking.

follow the discussion to justify your feta here

Dairy Is Paleo (Goat Dairy that is…) Part#1/3

by Ravi, Part #1 of 3

Dairy is a Paleolithic Human Foodstuff

Paleo-Purists will palpitate, and the science-hounds will howl for hard evidence. Well – if there was hard evidence for or against everything we all choose to question, there would be no need to ever postulate, would there?

Here is my case for the claim that we have, in fact, had dairy products from goats stretching far back into our paleolithic roots.

In this 3 part discussion I will first expound on the shortcomings of the conventional scientific method as pertinent to domestication theory.  Science repeatedly chases and/or builds sand castles on un-proven theories only to find, at some later point, that they were a poor basis for sometimes years of research and studies. In part 2, I then talk about how goat/human interactions could well be many tens of thousands of years older than currently speculated as indicated by unanswered genetic data that profiles a very different possible time frame for more intimate goat/human association.  I investigate the concept of domestication – what exactly is it both in paleolithic terms and modern terms, and finally in part 3, I explore how the nutritional evidence, in a variety of ways,  indicates many human populations have had a long association with the consumption of goat milk and goat milk dairy products, especially in relation to cow milk consumption – cow dairy almost certainly being a more recent and probably a neolithic nutritional adjunct.

read on here to feel better about enjoying your chevre…

What is a Primal/Paleo Diet? DaiaSolGaia’s Thoughts…

by Ravi

Ravi and Jack eating out...

We realized that we didn’t have a post detailing what we would describe as paleo-primal type diets. Paleo-primal diets rely heavily on anthropological data and the accompanying assumptions with physiological and biological tidbits thrown in… and mix. The result is that we all have our opinions of the details while there are some central tenants that paleo/primal eaters agree on.

our ideas on the paleo thang click here

LACTO-PALEO, A Case for Paleolithic Dairy Consumption – TEASER POST

UPDATE: parts #1 and #2 are up! go here:

Dairy Is Paleo (Goat Dairy that is…) Part#1/3

Dairy Is Paleo Part #2/3 Who Says What is “Domestication”?

by Ravi
TEASER POST – Yes, I’m doin’ that irritable “Coming Up Next” media thang, sorry – but I’m kinda excited about this post and subject – digging around seems to show that the dear ol goat (which I have been accused of being 😉 ) may well have been a nutritionally useful companion to us humans lots longer than CW (common wisdom) would care to speculate.  Studies of goat morphology can’t seem to conclusively concur on a variety of goat changes – especially ones they can now detect on a molecular level.  Traditional theories of domestication and herding don’t really fit – but no one is really ready to “officially” go out on a limb and push back goat domestication beyond the beginning of the agricultural revolution (10k years back) where the current evidence is found. But it’s that “all swans are white” thing again – until someone finds direct evidence of goats hangin’ with humans prior to the 10k mark, official dogma won’t speculate even though there are lots of great implications that goats were our friends further back.

Coming Soon to a Theater Blog Near you!

Wheat We Won’t Eat – and Why…

Our family had been on the fence about wheat and grains form quite some time.  Bread was always enjoyed and was also super-convenient (tough to eat a tuna salad sandwich without the bread…;-) ).

But the “staff of life” has quite some problems that are increasingly coming to light with new observational studies, new controlled studies and finally – the analysis of many learned and accomplished doctors and science professionals,  and NOT just for those with diagnosed celiac disorder.  In fact, wheat and grains may just be unsuitable for almost everyone. I think this article (The Dark Side Of Wheat) was the beginning of the end of eating wheat for us – the one that knocked us off the fence.

Quite a perplexing problem for the world, however, if the evidence starts stacking up against wheat as a “healthy” hi-carb food stuff – various estimates place the worldwide caloric consumption of wheat at more than 50%!  That means over 50% of the dietary caloric needs of people worldwide are at risk here – not to mention the very livelihood and survival of huge numbers of farmers and industries that sell wheat and wheat products.

Our current decision was based on the following list of evidences that we have uncovered in our research over the last couple of years – I’ll try to keep it simple (for both you and me!)

read about the nasties in wheat here

Wheat We Won’t Eat – and Why…

Our family had been on the fence about wheat and grains for quite some time.  Bread was always enjoyed and was also super-convenient (tough to eat a tuna salad sandwich without the bread…;-) ).

But the “staff of life” has quite some problems that are increasingly coming to light with new observational studies, new controlled studies and finally – the analysis of many learned and accomplished doctors and science professionals,  and NOT just for those with diagnosed celiac disorder. 

read more about the nasties in wheat here

Cooking Tonite with Paint Thinner? The Oily Residue of Greed

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MMMMM, a greasy coating of former paint thinner/industrial lubricant on your chicken and ‘tatoes – what could be finer? This is a Ravi Rant about a corporate-profit-incited food blasphemy that has gone on for decades and continues almost unabated. Fortunately there are slippery signs that the outrageous oily oligarchy and its offensive odium will eventually be ostracized! ( … alliteration by an illiterate 🙂 ).

So much debate, research and arguing has gone on and continues to go on about this “food” (a non-food in our eyes). Rather than for me to rant on (well, I will rant a bit), I am offering this as a resource w/comment blog where I will say what I have to say and provide you a few links for more on this long sad story of corporate greed and total disregard for the health of the general population.

Slide on into the rest of the post here