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I'm happy to announce that monthly weight management workshops led by me will be held in various locations in the Los Angeles area. The next one will take place on July 9 at Eagle Rock Community Acupuncture Clinic. For more information and the full workshop agenda, go to my Workshops page in the navagation pane above.
A History of Why We Worry About What We Eat by Harvey Levinstein. This was a fascinating read and highly recommended for anyone caught up in the American "food crazies." The problem goes back more than a century and is deeply ingrained in the American psyche. Always it seems that the hypes are promoted - or denounced - by whatever moneyed intetersts stand to benefit.
1895: Germophobia: bacteria & dirt carried to food by flies cause all health problems.
1900: The milk scare - cow's milk first became the "perfect" food and then it became the most "dangerous" food.
The yogurt craze: 1905: "Autointoxication": yogurt enemas & colostomies popular.
1905, All beef is "full of deadly bacteria":
1906: Presevatives in beef ("embalmed beef") "kill thousands."
1915 Viamania - vitamins discovered: The first vitamin craze.
1920s: Dieting becomes popular; "Eat the right foods to lose weight."
1920s: The acidosis scare; drink acidic fruit juices to "cause an alkaline reaction."
1933 Additives, preservatives, benzoic acid all "deadly."
1938: Everyone must take extra thiamine to keep up morale for the coming war.
1940s: Everyone should take vitamins for more "pep."
1940s: The "natural foods" craze begins, based on the Hunza people and the movie "Shangri-la."
1940s: Lipophobia - fear of dietary fat, which some say "causes heart disease.”
1950 - 1990s: The Cholesterol Wars- “good” vs “bad” cholesterol; dietary vs. serum cholesterol.
21st century: Sucraphobia – fear of sugar; Carbophobia - fear of "carbohydrates" - Glutenophobia - fear of wheat gluten; Veganism - fear of animal-based foods.
At BodyTrust, we reject all of the above. We rely exclusively on the natural wisdom from the one true nutritional expert – your own body.