The Prophet

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*+-“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”

Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer, author of The Prophet (1833-1931)

The ‘Driving Force’ is Food

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*+-“In all the controversies over what the causes of diversities might be, no one seems to have paid much attention to the factor in the environment that has the most obvious effect on any organism: food”.
Michael Crawford & David Marsh. The Driving Force: Food, Evolution and the Future (1989)

How to be happy

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*+-A cross-sectional study examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in Britain finding happiness and mental health are highest among those eating 7 portions of fruit and vegetables/day. Only a tenth of the population achieve this, whilst a quarter eat just one or no portions/day.

Honey, we poisoned the kids!

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*+-Prenatal mercury exposure is associated with a higher risk of ADHD in children, while fish consumption during pregnancy is associated with a lower risk. Exposure to organophosphate pesticides also affects neural systems and may contribute to ADHD symptoms.

Think zinc to protect against age-associated inflammation

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*+-Zinc is the second most common natural trace element in the body, protecting against oxidative stress and DNA damage. Around 2 billion people worldwide have zinc deficient diets. Animal models show how zinc deficiency associated with aging may lead to zinc transporter dysregulation, resulting in decreased cellular zinc levels and enhanced inflammatory responses. Restoring zinc status via supplementation reduced age-associated inflammation.

Traditional cooking methods better for health

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*+-Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) produced in processed foods and by dry heat cooking (grilling) are a risk for obesity and diabetes. Switch to traditional, slow low-heat, moisture-rich cooking (stewing, poaching, steaming).