Lifelong Learning & Chemical Headlines You Need To Read

As a health coach, you’re in a constant state of learning - about food, nutrition, the human body... about your clients, human behavior, and motivation.... and about running a business, staying competitive, and being profitable. Because of our need and desire to be “in the know” in so many areas, we must be in a perpetual state of learning. Some people might balk at this idea, but we don’t! Health coaches are a rare breed of people committed to lifelong learning, and discovery. I pride myself on having a stronger desire to learn now, than I ever have before inREAD MORE

BPA-FREE? Not so fast...

A few weeks back I posted about Bisphenol-A - the chemical plasticizer that also has the misfortune of being a synthetic estrogen. (That just doesn't sound good). This is a chemical that's used, among a number of other places, in clear, hard polycarbonate plastics. Think: Brita Water Pitchers, food processor bowls, and yes, your fancy and much loved VitaMix or Blendtec blenders. BPA's history as a synthetic estrogen goes way back to the 1930's where it was actually used as pharmaceutical hormone before being replaced with the more potent and way more horribly devastating chemical DES. But BPA found aREAD MORE

Hold up a minute Stanford… not.so.fast!

I'll start by saying that I'm not going to write another analysis of the Stanford study - there's enough of that going around as it is! (want to read some of the better comments made that punched holes in their study? click here for a fantastic, Grist breakdown. What I am going to do is highlight a little bit of the other side of the story that Stanford conveniently left out. You know, the big glaringly obvious PESTICIDES piece. Here's the deal. There are over 800 MILLION pounds and around 17,000 different kinds of pesticides used in the US eachREAD MORE

What's On My Food? And Does Organic Really Matter?

Whats On My Food - PAN

A new research review, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has determined that there is no measurable benefit to eating organic over conventionally grown foods. There was a "disappointingly small" number of well-designed studies that have looked at the differences of organic vs. conventional, so I'm not putting too much stock in the results of this research.

First, the few studies that have been done were based on short-term effects of consuming organic vs. conventional produce, looking particularly at anti-oxidant levels, rather than any of the possible long term effects. The research team combed through more than 98,000 articles and found only 12 studies in the last 50 years that looked at the distinctions between organic and conventional produce. Their formal conclusion was that "evidence is lacking for nutrition-related health effects that result from the consumption of organically produced foodstuffs." Here's my problem with that statement