In Our Opinion...
A new weapon to fight E. coli infections?
By Richard Raymond
A study published in the December issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy has some of the meat world buzzing today. Although in the very early developmental stages, it appears we may finally have a new weapon in the pharmaceutical pipeline for health care providers to use to treat persons sickened by E coli O157:H7.
A novel antibacterial protein named Avidocidin that targets E coli O157 has been tested in animal models and showed significant reduction in diarrhea compared to placebo. The lead author for the article is Dean Scholl, Ph.D., who collaborated with AvidBiotics, the developer, and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Analysis of colon tissue also showed less severe inflammation in Avidocidin treated subjects compared to placebo treated or untreated subjects.
This is great news for many reasons.
How heavy is too heavy?
By Andy Vance
I am a big guy. At 6 ft.-2 in. tall and weighing in at just more than 300 lb., my dimensions are more akin to those of a collegiate football player than a professional writer.
In fact, I was a lineman in my middle and high school football days. I was always a big kid; one teammate's affectionate nickname for me was Biggun'.
It's tough to be a big kid. I'll never forget the day when my seventh-grade French teacher decided that the best way to teach us the metric system was to have us climb on the scales, and yes, even in kilograms, I was the heaviest kid in the class.
After losing nearly 75 lb. in the past two years, I've taken quite an interest in food and fitness. I write on the subject frequently for my blog, here and at BeefProducer.com. The intersection of my professional passion for agriculture and my personal passion for physical health and well-being have led me to focus more and more on how we think and act when it comes to what we eat and how we expend that energy.
Ohio made national news recently when officials in Cuyahoga County took an eight-year-old boy from his family because he was severely overweight. Tipping the scales at more than 200 lb., the child is clearly on a path that will most likely end in significant health problems, be it diabetes, high cholesterol or mobility difficulties.
Some food 'additives' are meant for good
By Mark Klaus
Some foods are evil, which is essentially the opinion some consumers have today.
If a food's ingredients are not labeled as "natural," these consumers think it's somehow harmful.
While some additives get the "evil" label, others may be a blessing in disguise for many.
India is currently promoting a "tool" that promises to protect the health many of its residents. For fans of consuming and promoting "all-natural" foods, I'm sorry to inform you that India's tool involves adding a "non-natural" ingredient to a staple in most people's diets not just in India but worldwide.
Iodized salt is most likely taken for granted in America, yet in India and other developing countries, adding iodine to salt is just now getting the spotlight.