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24 Sep

I was intrigued at the above video which chronicles the advent and popularity of plant-based milk products like Almond Milk and at the same time the decline in the consumption of real milk. Milk and wine were both described as a healthy part of a normal diet at one point. So what happened? It’s a little bit of Deja Vu.

      What Do Milk and Wine Have in Common?

It’s hard to believe that milk, which was once viewed as critical for strong teeth and bones and mandated in school programs by the National School Lunch Act in 1946, has now reached the point where it’s become unnecessary, if not outright unhealthy. 

We’re not talking about alcohol here. We are talking about milk! Apple pie. Americana. Wholesome food.

Today the total volume of all types of milk sold, the price of milk, and the number of dairies are all in decline because of various negative scientific studies. That’s not what I envision or hope for the wine industry. 

So how did milk’s star fall over the past 75 years and more recently, how did soy, rice, coconut, almond, and oat milk become such strong and growing substitutes? The CBS program in the lead video notes how the plant-based milk craze started. It all started with our changed view of fat.

      Negative Science

Fat started to become a negative thing to the consumer in the 70s when new studies focused on “healthy calories” and animal fats. That took on greater weight when popular consensus consolidated around two studies in the late 1980s that identified dietary fat as the single largest factor contributing to obesity-related health issues.

Fat, just like alcohol today was at one-time cast as the villain with respect to health outcomes. Was it accurate?

While that view turned out to be flawed inevitably, the account caught on in the press and drove people to consume more lean meats like chicken and fish, eat margarine instead of butter, limit the consumption of cheese, and seek out low and fat-free foods. 

The dairy industry adapted. If fat is bad for you, let’s sell more “skim milk” but change the name to “fat-free” milk and emphasize the evolving consumer trend away from fat. That was followed by extensions in low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, ice cream, and cottage cheese.

The milk industry didn’t just roll over and agree on negative science. It mobilized industry associations both domestically and internationally and pushed back on the validity of the negative science of the age, funded new research and they advertised, including the popular Got Milk celebrity campaign. 

At the same time, the broader food industry jumped on the consumer trend by creating fat-free cheese and different varieties of processed snacks and convenience foods, using hydrogenated vegetable fat instead of animal fat and using more sugar in the formulas.

And what was the result of all that science that ran down the health impact of eggs, red meat, cereal, wine, and milk? Today we have the highest level of obesity – EVER as noted in nearby chart. 

And in an irony that underscores the fallacy in the manner in which consensus and truth in science evolve, studies now indicate that butterfat is an invaluable component for certain body functions. Butter is once again good for you. Not margarine. But even more, today the current science suggests that eating less saturated fat DOES NOT lower a person’s risk for coronary heart disease! Those emerging scientific facts drove whole milk sales higher over the last two years.

Consider how quickly the impact of positive health information contributed to the consumer changing back to real fatty butter and whole milk.

      The New Milk Threat

Plant-based milk has flourished of late, taking share from real milk because of notions of health and sustainability. Many believe that cow and cattle operations add materially to greenhouse gases and that methane is a major contributor to global warming. Add to that studies that focused on hidden sugars in breakfast cereals along with greater awareness of lactose intolerance, and the result is that total milk sales today are falling by the billions annually. 
Red meat has also gone through a similar swing as milk. Once too a necessary ingredient in the USDA Four Food Groups, it now suffers from scientific reports that link red meat to some cancers.

The combination of sustainability and the lingering questions about the value of red meat in a healthy diet lead many people to make the personal choice to move away from meat and adopt more plant-based diets including plant-based ‘milk.’ That seems to be the current health craze.

Interestingly, as the above video notes, much of the plant-based milk has additives, trace chemicals from processing, sugars, stabilizers, and even hydrogenated fat. It’s processed food and the science isn’t in on the health benefits and risks yet, but the tale that comes through today is plant-based milk is healthy and sales are soaring.

The story of milk’s decline reminds me of wine, which has gone from being part of a healthy lifestyle under USDA guidelines to now being viewed as unhealthy and like red meat, linked to very slight increases in some cancers in studies. 

      How Did Wine Become Unhealthy?

In much the same way as milk and red meat lost demand with the consumer, wine is losing today in the popular narrative because of negative studies that often start with an agenda to reduce consumption.

At one point in the 90s and early 2000s, science and the public narrative had wine as a HEALTHY component of life, possessing a positive impact on coronary heart disease and stroke.

The French Paradox, the Mediterranean Diet, and the work of Arthur Klatsky, MD who proved that moderate alcohol consumption led to better health outcomes compared to abstainers and abusers, all contributed to a positive health view of wine for the consumer and sales soared starting in the middle nineties.
Since then the anti-alcohol movement, caught behind in the battle for minds, has waged a consistent and progressive battle to rewrite the story. While the wine business has focused on peripheral skirmishes and lavished in strong consumer demand, the neo-prohibitionists and their paid research tried to ‘explain’ the French Paradox https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getNewsLink&dataId=219951, rewrite Arthur Klatsky’s work https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getNewsLink&dataId=219951, and go on the offensive by funding studies to try and link cancer and wine. https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getNewsLink&dataId=219951 They have been successful.
Then in February 2011, the World Health Organization which was emboldened with scientific momentum, met to plot strategy to “reduce the harmful effects of alcohol.” 

Left alone, that statement would have found agreement even from alcohol producers. We all recognize the negative effects of alcohol abuse and all want to limit those harmful effects. But reducing harmful effects wasn’t the outcome and perhaps was never the purpose. 
Instead, the WHO has worked at reducing TOTAL alcohol consumption, starting by attributing everything imaginable to alcohol, from venereal disease and hepatitis to mental illness. 

After demonization, they then drafted policies such as calling for higher taxes, requiring labels to be placed on wine reflecting the WHO cancer findings, and “enacting and enforcing bans or comprehensive restrictions on exposure to alcohol advertising across multiple types of media, and enacting and enforcing restrictions on the physical availability of retailed alcohol.” (Global Status Report 2018, p 15) 

The real goal of the WHO is the reduction in worldwide consumption of alcohol. They don’t distinguish between healthy consumption or unhealthy consumption patterns. They don’t care about the science that shows moderate consumption adds to positive health and life outcomes.

Wine’s Response to the Negative Health Message

How has the wine industry responded to the overt threat that is leading to declining growth rates? 

Like milk that went non-fat, the wine business is working on developing lower alcohol and non-alcohol offerings … and that’s it so far. Advertising like the Got Milk campaign? Nope. What about the wine industry organizing to combat the paid science? Nope. Nothing but silence from our industry so far.
Just like the food industry created processed food alternatives, the alcohol beverage industry is coming up with many alternatives such as spiked seltzer, and the non-alcohol industry is feeding other trends with sports and health beverages that both take share away from wine.


The wine industry is content thus far to talk about hospitality, the user experience, long days and cool nights, and how special our soils are. Maybe that’s enough?

What’s Your Opinion?

  • What should the wine industry do about this issue?
  • Can we learn anything from what the Milk Industry has done?

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16 Aug

NASA has developed an eye movement test to detect acute sleep deprivation in people, reports The Week.

The study, published in The Journal of Physiology, shows that a range of eye-movement tests provide a reliable biomarker of individual acute sleep loss.

The research, conducted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the US, found that a set of easily-obtainable eye-movement measures could be used to provide a sensitive and reliable tool to detect small neural deficits.

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13 Aug
The Office of the United States Trade Representative says the potential new tariffs are in response to an ongoing dispute between Boeing, an American-based aerospace company, and the E.U.-based Airbus. Cheese, while not directly involved, would be a casualty of this disagreement, and it would not be the only product affected — foods such as pasta, prosciutto, coffee, fruits, and Scotch whiskey are among the goods listed in this proposed tariff package.

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21 Jul

If you want ANYTHING great in life, there is only one way to get it: EARN IT.

Success Is Never Owned It’s Rented And The Rent Is Due Everyday – Motivational Video

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There’s a saying:
 “SUCCESS is never OWNED…
 It’s RENTED.
 And the rent……. it’s due EVERY. DAY!
”

If you want to achieve ANYTHING of significance in life… you’re going to have to pay that rent… and you’re going to have to dig deep for it EVERY. DAY!

You pay with your sacrifices.
You pay with your DISCIPLINE.
You pay with your self-education.
You pay with your WORK!


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You pay the RENT by pushing through the challenges that come your way.
 You pay in instalments, with EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE… EVERY MINUTE of every day.

That’s how it is. There’s no avoiding the rent.

If you want to LIVE in an amazing place, you have to pay MORE RENT.
 If you want BETTER than the majority… You have to PAY MORE.
 You must DO MORE… to become MORE…
 You must GIVE MORE…

YOU EARN SUCCESS.
 It’s not given.
 It’s not handed down.
 YOU EARN IT or you don’t GET IT.


Money can be handed down.
 You can win the lotto.
 But you can’t ‘win’ SUCCESS.
 YOU CAN ONLY EARN IT.
 SUCCESS is achievement… and you’ll never ACHIEVE anything great in life if you don’t EARN IT.

EARN IT!
YOU WANT IT?
EARN IT!
YOU WANT TO BE THE BEST?
 THE BEST EARN IT!
 GET TO WORK!

I’m tired of hearing people ask for the secret…
 They all want the one secret…
 The tricks…
 The hacks…
 The “ONE THING” that is going to make them blow up…
EARN IT!
Do whatever you have to do, to BECOME THE PERSON YOU MUST BECOME… to get what you MUST HAVE!


Let me say it again:
 Do whatever you have to do to BECOME THE PERSON YOU MUST BECOME to get what you MUST HAVE!

That is all there is to this game!
 Pay the rent. Pay it every day!

If you need to work 3 jobs for 3 years: DO IT!
 If that is what it takes for you to live the rest of your life in Freedom: DO IT!
 
 If you need to get a better education: DO IT!
 


If you need to read every single day for the next 2 years to learn what you must learn: DO IT.
 Whatever you MUST DO: DO IT!
 Whatever you have to do to EARN your spot: DO IT!

Pay the RENT.
 Pay it every single day.
 Pay more than you owe, and you’ll get more than you ever need.

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17 Jul

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The chair of Victoria’s mental health royal commission has described the suicide rate among sexually and gender diverse people as “totally unacceptable”.

Key points:

  • People from the LGBTQI community are up to 11 times more likely to attempt suicide
  • There is a level of distrust for mainstream mental health services among some sexually and gender diverse people, the commission is told
  • Victoria’s gender and sexuality commissioner Ro Allen says more LGBTQI friendly mental health services are needed

The inquiry today heard lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer communities have the highest suicide rate of any group in Australia.

“I [am] very challenged by that data,” the commission’s chair, Penny Armytage, said in an uncharacteristic remark during Wednesday’s hearing.

National statistics show young people from LGBTQI communities are between five and 11 times more likely to attempt suicide, while almost half of transgender young people report making at least one attempt on their life.

Victoria’s gender and sexuality commissioner, Ro Allen, told the inquiry the suicide rate was under-reported and the real numbers were likely to be much higher.

“We have very bad data collection around this,” the commissioner said.

“I remember going to funerals of young LGBTI people and families didn’t know they were queer; it certainly wasn’t recorded.”

The commissioner put the under-reporting down to shame and stigma and said organisations and individuals had a role to play to improve that.

“Until we reduce the stigma of being LGBTI, people won’t record that in their suicide stats,” the commissioner said.

“Why don’t we ask about somebody’s sexuality and gender identity and intersex variation?

“We’re probably not going to choose to answer it if we don’t feel safe, but the fact that the question is there reduces the stigma.”

We don’t wake up ‘hating ourselves’

The commission heard LGBTQI people were not at a higher risk for poor mental health because of their sexuality or gender identity, but because of the discrimination they faced in daily life.

“It’s not uncommon to just have abuse yelled at you,” the commissioner said.

“You never know whether that’s going to escalate into anything potentially violent.”

The commissioner said LGBTQI people experienced verbal and physical abuse at a much higher rate than the wider public.

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“The constant living with the fear of being discriminated against — I mean, my own personal experience of physical harm and violence, it has an accumulative effect,” the commissioner said.

“We don’t wake up in the cot hating ourselves, it comes from somewhere.”

The inquiry heard there was a need for mental health services that were safe and inclusive for LGBTQI people.

“We’re not asking for special treatment,” the commissioner said.

“We’re asking for fair and reasonable treatment to live in dignity to access services that, unfortunately, we need.”

The commissioner said there was a level of distrust and fear of mental health services among some LGBTQI people, pointing out that up until the 1970s homosexuality was considered a mental disorder.

“[The fear of] being discriminated when you arrive at a hospital or health service is so critical,” the commissioner said.

“I think that services run by, delivered for, and with LGBTI people are really important because, for some people they’re just not going to access mainstream services.”

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28 Jun

Hopeline, a three-year-old suicide prevention hotline in the Philippines, would have been on its last leg if not for an outpouring of support that gave it a new lease on life.

On June 25, its Twitter account published a tweet thread explaining that it would have to cease operations after one of its main partners, the government’s Department of Health, withdrew its funding. The hotline, it said, would stop taking calls on July 1.

Fortunately, support was quick to arrive. Social media was awash with stories about the many ways that the hotline had helped them and their loved ones. Many filed their pleas under the hashtag #SaveHopelinePH.

It seems that these messages have reached their intended ears. A day after their original announcement, Hopeline confirmed that they would be continuing operations, buoyed by additional funding from a variety of private donors, both corporate and individual.

The Department of Health also confirmed that it would be extending their relationship with Hopeline until October 2019.

The Natasha Goulbourn Foundation, Hopeline’s founder, however, has not responded to Vice’s questions about how long all this additional support is expected to last.

While many mourned the would-be death of Hopeline, the Department of Health defended its withdrawal in a statement released on June 27, stating that the Philippine Mental Health Law, signed in 2018, requires them to launch their own crisis hotline. This May, they did just that.

While toll-free and nationally accessible 24/7, Hopeline isn’t perfect. It once drew flak for allegedly not being immediately responsive to callers. Still, when it launched during National Suicide Prevention Day, back in September 2016, it helped open a conversation around mental health care, especially in a country that is only beginning to widely realize its importance.

Over 3 million Filipinos suffer from depressive disorders, according to figures by the Department of Health. Suicide rates are at 2.5 percent for males, and 1.7 percent for females per 100,00 people.

This article originally appeared on VICE ASIA.


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26 Jun

More than a quarter (26%) of Brits have cancelled or delayed a dental appointment due to fear of the dentist.

Research from Hudgell Solicitors shows that 80% of Brits admit to being scared of the dentist.

And more than a third haven’t been to the dentist in the last two years.

‘While it’s very understandable to see so many people in the UK are scared of a trip to the dentist,’ Vince Shore, joint head of medical negligence at Hudgell Solicitors, said.

‘It’s very worrying to see how many people are putting off appointments to get their teeth examined.

‘As well as looking at your teeth, dentists also check for signs of oral cancer.

‘Not visiting can potentially be very harmful to your health.’

Worst places for dental attendance

Sheffield is the worst city in Britain for dental attendance, with 42% not attending in the last two years.

The cities with the worst dental attendance include (% that haven’t been to the dentist in the last two years):

  1. Sheffield (42%)
  2. Brighton (41%)
  3. Manchester (40%)
  4. Bristol (38%)
  5. Cardiff (37%)
  6. London (36%)
  7. Glasgow (35%)
  8. Norwich (33%)
  9. Leeds (32%)
  10. Belfast (32%).

‘Our advice would be to ensure you see your dentist at least every six months and remember to brush your teeth regularly,’ Mr Shore continued.

‘By keeping on top of this, you’ll ensure good dental health and minimise the risk of any potential treatments.

‘And hopefully it will give you peace of mind each time you sit on the dentist’s chair.

‘You only get one set of teeth so it’s important to look after them!’

DIY dentistry

Pain was the main reason given for a fear of the dentist, with 46% saying they think it will hurt.

Previous experiences (34%) and cost of treatment (32%) rounded off the top three.

The BDA has pointed to the cost of NHS dentistry as the main reason for an increase in DIY dentistry.

‘Whenever Governments fail to invest in NHS dentistry, we find desperate patients opting for “DIY” alternatives,’ BDA chair of General Dental Practice at the time, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, said.

‘This isn’t the Victorian era.

‘In a country with supposedly universal healthcare these access problems are man-made.

‘They’re borne of failed contracts and cut budgets.

‘Ministers keep treating NHS dentistry as an optional extra.

‘It’s our patients who pay the price.’


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