Inflammatory arthritis

September 22, 2014

This is a lecture by Dr John McDougall about inflammatory arthritis.  He provides evidence that relates the food you eat with inflammatory arthritis (including Lupus).

See the lecture here – Dr McDougall’s lecture


From operating table to dining room table

June 17, 2012

This is a great presentation by Dr Michael Klaper- clip

(Recorded at the Advanced Study Weekend by Dr John McDougall)

It covers topics, e.g.:

  • advancement in medicine
  • pro-biotics
  • arthritis
  • vitamin supplements
  • nutrition on health
  • causes of cancers


Carnism – Why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows

April 15, 2012

Carnism: the psychology of eating meat

Dr Melanie Joy explains “Carnism,” the psychological phenomenon behind why we eat certain meat and reject others.  She fully describes Carnism and all its ramifications in her new book, “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows”


Overview of some information included in the movie clip

  • Standard agricultural practice
  • Not specific to one country
  • Same applies to free range and organic
  • Same applies to kosher slaughter of animals
  • Myths of meat – justifying the reasons to eat meat
  • Seeing animals as things not living beings
  • If you care enough, you need to face the truth/bear witness to the food choices you make

Link to Melanie Joy’s book on  Link

Chocolate – the good and the bad

April 9, 2012

I found a new brand of chocolate that is dairy free and delicious.  What I also liked about it is that it is a fair trade product and the product is also produced in the country of origin.  (Link)

I was so excited about it that I decided to take some to work with me so that I can expose some of my colleagues to really good quality chocolate that is dairy free and not the cheap and nasty commercial “chocolate-like” product that most people consume by the bucket load, without ever considering the impact of supporting the chocolate industry.

They liked it, however, they made statements, like “but how much did it cost”.  That made me realise that most people don’t really want to know what their money is contributing to in the world.  When I briefly mentioned how the chocolate industry is linked to child slavery and general exploitation of people, animals and natural resources, they seem to shrug and disregard that they are part of the problem.

When you purchase cheap, commercial chocolate, you are contributing to the issues as documented below:

CNN documentary

John Robbins – Slavery in chocolate

International Labor Rights Forum

The dark side of the chocolate industry

There are many more sites with information linked to this issue, you just need to look for it (ask the questions).

Quick facts (full details and references included in the above links):

  • children as young as 7 years start working as harvesters on the cacao farms
  • most of the children working on the farms never get to taste the end product – chocolate
  • child labor, trafficking and slavery are rife in the chocolate industry that produces some of the world’s best-known brands
  • these children are forced to do hard manual labor 80 to 100 hours a week. They are paid nothing, are barely fed, are beaten regularly, and are often viciously beaten if they try to escape. Most will never see their families again

If everyone only supported companies that were ethical and responsible, it will make a difference.  It all starts with you.