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Salt Sugar Fat: Q&a With Author Michael Moss

02 March 2013 - 07:45 AM

No references to wheat but this article sheds a little light on the processed food industry. 





"In his new book, Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize winning, New YorkTimes investigative reporter Michael Moss takes readers on a tour of the $1 trillion processed food industry, and the sights aren’t pretty. The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese and 70 pounds of sugar a year, and health experts say those trends triggered the obesity epidemic that has left millions at risk of heart disease,diabetes and other chronic health conditions.


After all your research, do you believe these foods can be considered “addictive?”


That is the one single word that the food industry hates: “addiction.” They much prefer words like “crave-ability” and “allure.” Some of the top scientists who are very knowledgeable about addiction in the country are very convinced that for some people, the most highly sugared, high fat foods are every bit as addictive as some narcotics. Their advice to these people is don’t try to eat just a couple Oreo cookies, because you are not going to be able to stop. Sugar uses the same neurological pathways as narcotic [products rely on] to hit the pleasure center of the brain that send out the signals: “eat more, eat more.” That said, the food industry defends itself by saying true narcotic addiction has certain technical thresholds that you just don’t find in food addiction. It’s true, but in some ways getting unhooked on foods is harder than getting unhooked on narcotics, because you can’t go cold turkey. You can’t just stop eating. The head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Washington says that it’s more difficult for people to control their eating habits than narcotics. She is hugely empathic with overeaters.


Were you surprised by how many scientists and food company executives avoid their own products?

It was everything from a former top scientist at Kraft saying he used to maintain his weight by jogging, and then he blew out his knee and couldn’t exercise, his solution was to avoid sugar and all caloric drinks, including all the Kool-Aid and sugary drinks that Kraft makes. It ranged from him to the former top scientist at Frito Lay. I spent days at his house going over documents relating to his efforts at Frito Lay to push the company to cut back on salt. He served me plain, cooked oatmeal and raw asparagus for lunch. We toured his kitchen, and he did not have one single processed food product in his cupboards or refrigerator.

Dr. Arthur F. Coca Diy Pulse Testing For Allergies

15 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

Hello all!
Has anyone heard about Dr. Arthur F. Coca's Pulse test? Basically you record your pulse 30 minutes after eating and if it jumps more than 15 bbm over your baseline, you are having a reaction to what you ate. This may be helpful for people struggling to find foods that are bad news.

This is the Pulse Test from Dr. Arthur F. Coca 1956
" The Pulse-Dietary Technique

The technice of the new method of diagnosis is fairly simple,
and it can usually be applied without interruption of your daily
If you have a proper interest in the experiment you should
begin by carefully recording your usual diet for a period of five
to seven days, and your (one minute) pulse counts in that period
as follows:
before rising
before retiring
just before each meal and
three times, at 30 minute intervals after each meal (fourteen
counts each day).
The "before rising" count is taken in the recumbent position.
For all the other counts the posture should be consistent; that is,
always sitting or always standing.


1) If the highest count is the same each day, and if it is not
over 84, you are most likely not allergic, and the range of your
pulse from the lowest count (usually before rising) to the highest
will be not more than 16 beats--probably much less. In this case
the record should be continued for two weeks, in which all usual
and unusual foods should be included in your diet.
2) A count greater than 84, points to "food-allergy."

3) If the maximal count varies more than two beats from day
to day; for example, Monday 72, Tuesday 78, Wednesday 76,
Thursday 71, you are certainly allergic, provided there is no
4) If you are allergic to only a few foods, and if by chance
none of these was eaten with two or more successive meals the
counts after those meals may be found to remain within a range
(from the lowest count) that can be considered normal, say 8 to
14 beats.
For example, if the lowest "before rising" counts are 60 to 62,
and if on several days the high counts are 80 to 90 but on one day
the count does not exceed 74, it is most likely that no food allergens
were eaten on that day in other words, you are not allergic to any
food that you ate. In this case you restrict your diet for another day
to that list, and thereafter add one new food each day until one of them
causes the pulse to beat faster, and is thus recognized as one of your
allergens--to be avoided thereafter; and so on. This is an easy case to solve.

5) Another unusual outcome occurs in those who are allergic
to no food whatever but only to tobacco. On the days when a
smoker does not smoke, his pulse may stay within a normal
range and the allergic symptoms vanish.
More frequently the "food-allergens" are common foods that
are eaten at every meal. These keep the pulse above normal or
make it erratic. In such case it is necessary to test the different
foods singly. To do this you eat the single foods in small quantity
at about one hour intervals. "

I don't recommend anyone eats something they know is bad to do this test !

I just found this information today because I had some ranch dressing today and had a pretty bad reaction (D and runny nose) two to three hours later. So I checked my Blood pressure.
I didn't check my blood pressure until four hours after and got 120/84 96 (SYS/DIA pulse). Only my pulse seemed high but I have always only paid attention to my sys/dia numbers. So about an hour and fifteen minutes later yet I'm starting to feel better, no gluten symtoms :) and I check it again and got 112/80 109. Fourty minutes later I have 117/89 118.
From http://www.mayoclini...rt-rate/AN01906
"A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute"
Anyone have more info on average pulse rates? I have been sitting here relaxing in my chair since my first bp reading.
Before going gluten free for about six months (about a year ago) I had hypertension that I took medication for that averaged 145/95. I had to slowly stop taking it because of low blood pressure symtoms. (a sprinkle of salt on your tounge raises your bp). Since then My Doctor advised me to check my bp daily at home. It has never been over 127/85. I got myself a digital battery operated blood pressure montior for under $30. Since then I have been checking it and it stays around 115/80. I was told under 120 for me is ideal. But like I said I never paid attention to the pulse numbers but 85 seems like an average. In the last few months I have been not checking it because its always been good. But this test seems true to me so I am going to start this.

So this is getting looong, and I'm feeling ok but tired so its sleep time.


29 August 2012 - 04:10 PM

Hello to all.
Today my boy who is 7 went to the doctor about blood on his stool. He has had bright red blood in his stool about once a week for about a month. He usually has fairly normal movements maybe a little on the hard side. He does well with his Gluten free diet and is in the 92 % for height and weight, which is better than me, I can't gain a pound for nothing. My wife and I have come to realize that dairy, mostly ice cream, makes him have blood in his stool. The Doc said for him to be 100% lactose free and get rechecked in a week to see if resolved. If not he goes to Children's for more tests. He had some blood work done and an x-ray to check for constipation. The doc says its Proctitis. She said to give him a stool softner every day and it should be better in a week. I am self diagnosed gluten/lactose intolerant with family history of Celiac and Chrons. We both have been Gluten free for over a year. Any one here have Proctitis? I've been giving him almond milk and not much lactose other than ice cream now and then. But the doc says he shouldn't have Almond or Soy milk because they have some traces of lactose. Anyone heard of that? I buy the Silk brand Soy or Diamond brand Almond milk and they both say lactose free on the package. This week was the first time trying the Soy milk because he says Almond milk gives him a tummy ache. We both seem to tolerate the Soy just fine, so probly its only the ice cream that is giving him trouble. He does crave ice cream and its hard to say no, up until now. So now its Gluten/lactose free for both and extra fluids. I'm going to ask about probiotics for sure.
Any feedback would be great! Anything I should ask the Doc at his checkup? Thank you all in advance.

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