Trouble with Milk?

Some people who have trouble digesting milk have lactose intolerance, a condition in which the body is deficient in lactase, the enzyme necessary to digest lactose milk sugar. When lactose isn’t broken down, it passes into the large intestine, causing gas, diarrhea, and other unpleasant symptoms. These issues can often be avoided by consuming lactose-free dairy products, or by taking a Lactaid digestive enzyme.

Dairy allergies, on the other hand, are an immune response to a protein found in dairy products, rather than an enzyme deficiency, and they are much more common. If you have an allergy to cow’s milk, eating dairy products—even if they’re lactose-free—will continue to cause health problems, including diarrhea and abdominal cramping. But symptoms aren’t limited to digestive distress. Dairy allergies can also cause skin rashes, nasal congestion, joint aches, asthma, and earaches.

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Let Go of ‘Milk for Strong Bones’

Ask the Nutritionist

by Melissa Diane Smith

Give dairy a pass and focus on lesser-known food strategies for bone health

Q: I eat and drink a lot of milk products mostly because I want to be sure I get enough calcium for healthy bones. Unfortunately, I have asthma and a lot of digestive distress, and I’ve been wondering whether dairy is part of the problem. If I find I’m reacting to dairy products and feel better not eating them, how can I get enough calcium to protect my bone health? —Janet K., Toledo, Ohio

Food Strategies for Strong BonesA: The idea that we have to consume a lot of cow’s milk for strong bones is deeply ingrained in our society, but it’s based mostly on a successful PR strategy by the dairy industry rather than scientific fact. Believe it or not, anthropologists know that people in hunter-gatherer societies who didn’t consume milk had much stronger, healthier bones than people from agrarian societies who did.

It’s true that milk is high in calcium, and 99 percent of the calcium found in the average adult body resides in our bones. But the long-held belief that we need plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis—a disease characterized by porous and fragile bones—isn’t as accurate as you’d think. Numerous studies have found no association between high calcium intake and lower fracture risk.

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Take Advantage of Big Discounts on ‘Going Against GMOs’ in May!

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

May 2016 Book SpecialLimited-time specials on the book on Amazon.com on select days during March Against Monsanto month

On May 21, 2016, hundreds of thousands of concerned individuals will gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in an international peaceful protest against the Monsanto company as a part of the March Against Monsanto grassroots campaign. The event is a terrific vehicle for physically and vocally expressing public disgust and anger over the corporate takeover of our food by Monsanto and other chemical corporations and for raising awareness of the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup.

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A statement about GMOs from U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, representing Arizona’s 3rd district

This statement was read before the premiere showing of the GMO-related suspenseful thriller Consumed at The Loft Cinema in Tucson on April 12, 2016.

Thank you for holding this important event to bring to light some very disturbing realities around Genetically Modified Organisms.

Genetically Modified Organisms raise significant concerns right here in Arizona and around the United States.  An escalating reliance on GMOs has coincided with increased use of toxic chemicals in farming, threatening the integrity of our environment and our food, and posing growing risks to farm workers.

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Non-GMO Food & Film
Community Event is this Tuesday!

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

NonGMO Food and Film event memeJust a quick reminder: This Tuesday evening, April 12th, at The Loft Cinema is the not-to-be-missed, non-GMO food and film community event of the year in Tucson!

It starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Non-GMO Information & Food Fair in the patio: You can buy a non-GMO dinner from a food truck, do some farmer’s market shopping for fresh produce (don’t forget to bring a cooler!), and purchase non-GMO skin care products, snacks, desserts and a personally autographed copy of Going Against GMOs from local vendors at the fair.

That’s followed by the premiere screening in Tucson of Consumed, the first dramatic thriller feature film set in the world of GMOs at 7:30 p.m.

After the movie, farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture and Renee Kreager, owner and operator of Renee’s Organic Oven, will join me in a short post-film panel discussion covering effective ways to take action against GMOs. A written statement from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) also will be read.

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Know about Fructose Malabsorption?

It’s another, little-known piece of information to understand about fructose and the health trouble it can cause.

Do you experience diarrhea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, or other digestive symptoms after eating fruit or honey- or agave-sweetened foods ? If you do, you could have fructose malabsorption.

This condition involves an impairment of absorption of fructose in the small intestine, allowing excess fructose to pass into the large intestine, where fermentation causes intestinal distress. It isn’t the same thing as small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or FODMAPS intolerance (intolerance to sugars in addition to fructose), both of which can cause similar symptoms.

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Fructose: Friend or Foe?

by Melissa Diane Smith

Most of us get too much of this sugar, which is found in sweeteners and fruit. This can lead to bitter health consequences

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Ask the Nutritionist

Q: I have been told that fructose is a healthy sweetener and that even people with diabetes should use it. I’ve also been told that some people are dramatically limiting fructose intake to reverse disease processes and protect health. What’s the deal? —Nancy S., Wichita, Kan.

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