What, You Don’t Serve Ham Cake?

This image may have ruined your appetite, but here are some thought morsels for your brain to nosh upon.

Corn Flakes Developed to Cure Masturbation

Kellogg cereals and flaked cereals in general, got their start from an ardent (actually, anti-ardent) activist physician, John Harvey Kellogg. He was sure that meat as well as flavorful or spicy foods increased sexual desire, while bland foods cooled it. He set out to re-invent breakfast in ways that dull livelier appetites. Some of his methods, like yogurt enemas, thankfully didn’t catch on. Others, like corn flakes, did. Much latter, cereals were sweetened into products like Corn-fetti and Ranger Joe before Frosted Flakes won over the market.

Your Heart & Fat Are Friends

Lipid researcher, 98, is still telling the world that dietary cholesterol is good for your heart. You’d think his own longevity and mental acuity would help prove the case.  Fred Kummerow has spent more than 60 years studying the dietary factors that contribute to heart disease. His new paper has just been published in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease, reviewing the research on lipid metabolism and heart disease. Kummerow says, in essence, the fault lies with unnaturally oxidized fats (caused by frying foods in reused oil, eating lots of polyunsaturated fats, or smoking). Here’s another study questioning conventional dietary advice about all those natural fats (butter, lard, coconut oil, etc) being bad and synthesized fats like margarine being good. Yeah, we’re the smart primates.

Bee Hopeful

We opened our bee hives on the first warm day. After years of beekeeping, for the first time ever we encountered silence. The unbelievable story of our first hiving doesn’t have the best ending. More than ever, it’s vital that you sign the petition requesting a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides. Other ways you can protect the world’s bees include avoiding all GMO crops. Since most of US corn and soy products are genetically modified, that means buying no corn or soy unless it’s certified organic. For us, we’ll start over with just two colonies and a whole lot of hope. We’ve seen a queen bee work miracles.

Industrial Agriculture Myths, Busted

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About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of "Free Range Learning," a handbook of natural learning and "Tending," a poetry collection. She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she's a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, ponder life’s deeper meaning, talk to chickens and cows, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art. Blog: lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/ FB: facebook.com/FreeRangeLearningCommunity FB: facebook.com/SubversiveCooking FB: facebook.com/laura.euphoria Twitter: @earnestdrollery
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