Saturday, June 18th, 2011
The following article is reprinted with permission. It’s from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service… here is their free subscription link http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html and also the OMNS archive link http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/index.shtml
I first heard Andrew Saul in the Food Matters documentary (a must see doc if you haven’t already – read my review of it here).
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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, June 14, 2011
No Deaths from Vitamins – None at All in 27 Years
Commentary by Andrew W. Saul and Jagan N. Vaman, M.D.
(OMNS, June 14, 2011) Over a twenty-seven year period, vitamin supplements have been alleged to have caused the deaths of a total of eleven people in the United States. A new analysis of US poison control center annual report data indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever from vitamins . . . none at all, in the 27 years that such reports have been available.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) attributes annual deaths to vitamins as:
Even if these figures are taken as correct, and even if they include intentional and accidental misuse, the number of alleged vitamin fatalities is strikingly low, averaging less than one death per year for over two and a half decades. In 19 of those 27 years, AAPCC reports that there was not one single death due to vitamins. 
Still, the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service Editorial Board was curious: Did eleven people really die from vitamins? And if so, how?
Vitamins Not THE Cause of Death
In determining cause of death, AAPCC uses a four-point scale called Relative Contribution to Fatality (RCF). A rating of 1 means “Undoubtedly Responsible”; 2 means “Probably Responsible”; 3 means “Contributory”; and 4 means “Probably Not Responsible.” In examining poison control data for the year 2006, listing one vitamin death, it was seen that the vitamin’s Relative Contribution to Fatality (RCF) was a 4. Since a score of “4” means “Probably Not Responsible,” it quite negates the claim that a person died from a vitamin in 2006.
Vitamins Not A Cause of Death
In the other seven years reporting one or more of the remaining ten alleged vitamin fatalities, studying the AAPCC reports reveals an absence of any RCF rating for vitamins in any of those years. If there is no Relative Contribution to Fatality at all, then the substance did not contribute to death at all.
Furthermore, in each of those remaining seven years, there is no substantiation provided to demonstrate that any vitamin was a cause of death.
If there is insufficient information about the cause of death to make a clear-cut declaration of cause, then subsequent assertions that vitamins cause deaths are not evidence-based. Although vitamin supplements have often been blamed for causing fatalities, there is no evidence to back up this allegation.
1. Download any Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers from 1983-2009 free of charge at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/NPDSPoisonData/NPDSAnnualReports.aspxThe “Vitamin” category is usually near the very end of the report.
Most recent year: Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2009 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 27th Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2010). 48, 979-1178. The full text article is available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2009%20AR.pdf
The vitamin data mentioned above will be found in Table 22B.
Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine
Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org The peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service is a non-profit and non-commercial informational resource.
So… what do you think?!
I am excited to announce that I’m an ongoing contributor at the swanky new eco-fabulous website, One Green Planet. Have you been there yet? Wait! Before you do, you better go grab a green smoothie or a tall glass of cold raw almond milk, because there is so much good info you might be there a while.
In my first post for them, I wrote about 3 great ways that busy people can incorporate raw food into their lives without having to think twice about it. Check it out here…
I have a real love for cucumbers… They’re such a great summer time snack. I put them in salads, smoothies, juices, and they’re especially fun as boats for carrying yummy fixin’s like mashed up avocado. Previously, I shared my Avocado Cucumber Smish Smash recipe here… still one of my favorites. Here’s another great one I’ve been making the past couple of weeks. It’s simple, takes about 5 minutes, and uses minimal ingredients.
Cucumber Avocado Boats
Yield 1 to 2 servings
- 1 cucumber, cut into quarters
- 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1 to 2 pinches Himalayan crystal salt
- Dash onion powder
- Fresh basil to garnish, optional
After you have your cucumber in quarters, like boats, scrape the seeds into a medium size bowl. Add the avocado, lime, salt, and onion powder. Mash up the contents. Fill the boats with the avocado mixture. Top with fresh basil, if desired. That’s it! Enjoy!
Want your kids to eat more veggies? Use a spiralizer to prep them and watch your kiddos gobble them up! Here is a cute video of my friend’s daughter, Ava, doing just that!
Ava Eats Veggies
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
There are three kitchen utensils that I absolutely love using. Each time I use one of them, it’s like, “oh yeah, so glad I have you.”
Please allow me to introduce to you, three of my best friends in the kitchen…
1) Long, narrow spatula
This is a beauty when it comes to cleaning out my high speed blender. It makes scraping out the blender that much easier and faster. I know, it seems like it wouldn’t make that much of a difference, but it does! Now, if I go to use it and it’s not there (it’s dirty) and I have to use an ordinary spatula, I make a sour puss face. A former student of mine bought this for me a few years ago. I can’t find one on Amazon. It looks like it is from Crate & Barrel.
2) Bamboo hands
If you truly want an amazing tossed salad, you’ll actually make a tossed salad… by tossing it! For that, I love my second hands. The best salads are truly tossed and as a result, your yummy dressing (ehem… 4-Ingredient Magic Dressing anyone?!) gets over every thing. And, in my opinion, you end up using less dressing this way, because you’ve helped the dressing go a long way by tossing it. I bought my awesome bamboo hands in California, but they are available on Amazon.
3) Offset Spatulas
When you want to smooth the top of your raw cheesecake perfectly or you want gorgeous flax crackers that look like a professional made them or you want to easily spread your almond pulp biscuits… Then you want to use an offset spatula. They’re awesome! I have many different sizes and highly recommend getting a few. On Amazon you can get various sizes here.
And… of course, my REAL best buddy in the kitchen is baby girl, Kamea. :) I can’t wait until she’s helping me
wash dishes make smoothies.
What are your best friends in the kitchen?
I was using my VegOut app a few weeks ago (that’s how I found out about the vegan french toast I posted about here from Scramble), and I also saw there was a restaurant (and academy) serving (mostly) locally sourced, all raw, vegan, and organic food not far from where I live. WTF?! Seriously? And, I didn’t know? Well, turns out, it had just opened up (the cafe) and I believe the academy is opening soon.
It’s by Chef Sara and it’s called Chef Sara’s Raw Vegan Academy & Cafe. Location: Cave Creek, AZ. Today, we decided to pack Kamea (and the car full of any potential “we’re-out-and-about-with-a-baby” must haves) and take a little drive up to Care Free / Cave Creek areas, where we met my mom and her friends for lunch. Cave Creek is a darling little town packed with all kinds of fun treasures. Including… The Town Dump.
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Thursday, February 17th, 2011
A reader emailed this to me and I wanted to share it. Thanks, Stephanie! I’m so happy you’re enjoying my recipes.
I wanted to tell you I tried your Tomato Extravaganza dressing and it was awesome. I took 4 carrots, 1 cucumber, 2 celery stalks and 1 red pepper and chopped them up into chunks. I poured about half the dressing on all the veggies and marinated them for 4 hours. For dinner, I placed half the veggies on 2 lettuce leaves for me and the other half for my husband….it was so amazing!
Thanks for all the great recipes in your books. Love them!
You can get this recipe in my book (ebook also available), Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Salads and Dressings.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
I love farmers markets and recognize the importance of supporting them. I wrote about my great love of them here - There is no denying the awesome freshness of just-picked produce. But, it goes beyond just great taste and nutrition that the farmers markets offer us… it also has importance when it comes to sustainability.
The following article was submitted by Thomas W. Morrison…
Doug Band and the CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) as well as US Ecologist Gary Nabhan believe we must try new ways in order to promote crop diversity. Nabhan takes a different approach to biodiversity and believes that we must remember to try new things and immerse ourselves in the very concept of diversity. He has caught the attention of many over the years through his theories of sustainability through grocery shopping. In an interview recently Nabhan stated that, “in other environmental issues we tell people to stop something, reduce their impact, reduce their damage.” His article Coming Home to Eat was published in 2001, and afterwards the local food movement exploded with a movement towards farmers markets and everything green.
Along with Gary Nabhan there have been a rising number of organizations that are starting to see the importance of contributing to sustainability through conservation. Bill Clinton, Doug Band and the CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) have been working diligently on removing emission reduction projects throughout the country. They have partnered with companies such as Donlen, Environmental Defense Fund, and GreenDriver to reduce commercial fleet emissions 20% in five years. The Earth Day Network has also been playing a large part in bringing conservationist and green enthusiast together opening a forum to discussion new ways to support our planet. As climate control continues to worsen, collaboration amongst individuals and organizations is essential for a successful green campaign. As human beings, we’re always being told to reduce our carbon footprint, consume less unhealthy foods, and spend less time in the shower. Gary Nabhan strongly suggests that we take a step back and look at this from a completely different perspective.
A study done by the The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, shows that only about a quarter of crop diversity is left and about a dozen species now gives 90% of the animal protein eaten globally. In addition, just about 4 crop species supply half of plant-based calories in the human diet. Nabhan proposes that eating foods that are homegrown will have a greater impact on sustainability for our planet as a whole. Otherwise known as “eat what you conserve,” is a well-established theory in that by eating the fruits and vegetables that we are attempting to conserve/save, we’re promoting the granular dissemination of various plant species.
Agriculturist Marco Contiero also mentions “biodiversity is an essential characteristic of any sustainable agricultural system, especially in the context of climate change.” According to Conterio’s theory, this would suggest that as individuals we tend our own crops/plants, and should make sure to purchase localized farm products at supermarkets and groceries. In the end, this condenses export/import reliance, thus reducing our carbon footprint.
Both theories rely profoundly on an action-oriented approach at conservation and sustainability. With an abundance of green movements following Earth Day 2010, organizations and individuals have taken a stronger following to expert opinions like the ones demonstrated by both of these highly influential agriculturalists. As the spring season approaches, remember to visit your local farmers markets to purchase your fresh fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, as eco-conscious individuals, don’t hesitate to stop the next time you drive by a yard stand with fresh crops. It is clear that promoting biodiversity and localized farming is a crucial piece of the conservation puzzle.
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
I just finished reading the ebook, Well Rounded – The Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Raw Food Pregnancy, by Joanna.
Joanna does a great job of taking you by the hand and gently showing you the best foods to eat to ensure you’re filling your body with nutrients that a growing mom-n-babe team need. She addresses the deficiencies in which to be on the look-out… which supplements to take and which to avoid. She covers pregnancy vitamins… minerals… proteins, fats and other nutrients… fertility and pregnancy herbs… preparing for birth… and common pregnancy pitfalls including energy and morning sickness (from my own personal experience, when I had terrible morning-all day sickness, I embraced it. It was tough physically, but mentally I loved it as many physicians say it’s a sign of a strong pregnancy – music to my ears! Some believe, from an evolutionary standpoint, there is a correlation with it protecting the baby because it prevents mom from eating toxic foods. Another side suggests that doesn’t ring true and it’s just a part of pregnancy for many women as the baby competes for resources. For me, whether it was one or the other didn’t matter. Every day I work up with it during the vulnerable first trimester, it was a sign I was still pregnant. After losing my first pregnancy – sans morning sickness – I was more than happy to feel nauseous all day long. Plus, there is a possible tie with morning sickness and a higher child IQ. I remember saying to Greg, “Bring on the morning sickness!”). There aren’t many books on this topic so I’m excited that Joanna, a woman I respect, wrote this.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
I’ve been having a Question & Answer session going on over on my Facebook fan page… Check it out and become a fan.