Most consumers seem to want superfoods like ‘Açaí from the Amazon,’ ‘Inca Berries from Peru,’ ‘Goji Berries from China’ and ‘Cloudberries from Finland’ because they want some sort of miracle silver bullet, harvested from deep in the jungle, or gathered from the top of the purest mountain. It’s fetishistic, in the anthropological sense of the word: you’re the Don Quixote of the health food store, searching for the right combination of exotic antioxidants, that will let you live forever.
Nobody seems to want to hear that red cabbage will accomplish almost all the same things these ‘magical’ berries will, for a fraction of the sugar, and 1/20th of the price. For some people, when superfoods are staring at them in the grocery store for $1.99, it seems too easy.
The power of marketing, as it applies to produce:
"Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales.
-Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?"
(from Mother Jones)
The lesson? Find your local superfoods. I assure you they are just as good. But, if you must have you Inca and Goji berries, it’s a hell of a better price point to grow them yourself.
children are horrible creatures
never having a child
This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen oh my god I love kids.
reasons I just can’t ever
I know there is an element of making fun of their toddler’s feelings here - but I’m always impressed if a parent can actually figure out why their child is upset, especially if it isn’t something absolutely obvious from an adult point of view.
So many times, a toddler tantrums or screams and adults just roll their eyes and claim to have no idea why the kid is screaming. It’s important to know WHY your child is upset even if it isn’t due to something you can fix or calm them down about…
We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.
I am a physician. I have been trained to protect and preserve life. Since medical school, I have delivered many babies, though the bulk of my training and practice is in pediatrics - the care of babies and children. As one who loves children (my wife and I have six), I speak today on behalf of…
Can we please find out the name of this doctor who wants to treat people according to his own religion and not their health needs? ALL people should avoid him like Ebola. Clearly he can not be trusted since he doesn’t respect his patients or the oath he took. The oath makes him responsible to treat his patients with a neutral mind and not letting his religion influence him so much that they don’t get the treatment they legally have the right to. The oath follows the law. He will hopefully loose his license as soon as possible.
As a doctor he is also not equipped to talk about the law. Murder is a law term and not a medical term. He does also not respect medical research since it has been proven that fetuses can not feel pain until way past week 24. He is clearly not fit to work as a doctor if he ignore medical facts.
All “prolife” doctors and clinicians should be sought out and exposed, so if (for no other reason) they can be avoided by people who don’t want their health and wellbeing put after a fetus’.
Is there a prolife physician database? Maybe some prolifers can fill us in. ;)
So my last OB was pro-life, which is one of the only reasons he would even take my case I guess? Two other OB’s refused to take me a client when I left my original OB at 16 weeks(because I really thought she wasn’t treating me adequately and basically was pushing abortion on me despite knowing it was a much wanted pregnancy after dealing with secondary infertility) because I was so high risk due to HG….Ended up with severe HG to the point of losing almost 50 lbs even with home IV’s and Picc line of Zofran and nutrition supplements, and it was pretty miraculous my youngest was only about 6 weeks early.
Anyway, it was pretty obvious from the first visit with this OB. There were flyers for a CPC in the area he referred clients to and religious materials in the waiting room, and within minutes of entering the room he asked if I was Christian and asked if he could pray for the health of me and my unborn baby. Which I agreed to because we needed all the prayers we could get.
Anyway, there were plenty of reviews online describing similar things and how there were certain forms of birth control he refused to prescribe, so all a potential patient had to do was google his name and practice before showing up. I would hope most people do that for potential doctors to see if there are complaints or malpractice cases against them? Especially an OB, who might have a history of pushing unnecessary interventions and c-sections. It’s important to know things like if a doctor does old-school episiotomy for every vaginal birth or has been charged with causing birth injuries with bad practices.
Probably the only thing we were concerned about was if the doctor would make the baby’s life a priority over mine? My husband came in with me multiple times and discussed exactly that even. How it was more important to him to have his wife than the baby, if it came down to some sort of choice.
I never felt that was the case with this OB though, like that he saw me as less important than the baby I was carrying He literally came to see me the day after I gave birth, and prayed with me, then flat out said I should never attempt another pregnancy -and that there was very little chance of my surviving it, much less another baby doing so. He pretty much said it would be a death sentence for any future fetus, or me, or both of us. It was hard for me to hear, but I really felt he was speaking honestly and from the heart and I appreciated it.
It was so much easier to feel like a good mom when the boys were small and I had time to clean house and cook and play with the kids and just enjoy them.
Now I feel like we are just trying to survive and it is so hard and I am always exhausted. We eat junk and the house is never clean enough.
Just it was so much easier to be patient and gentle when I wasn’t working and I don’t feel like the parent they deserve anymore…
Fox is nearly 11 now, and Mouse is having a horrible time with mainstream pre-k and the time is passing scarily fast.