GMOs, complexity, and systemic risk

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There has been some good debate in a Finnish GMO-Awareness facebook group recently regarding both the pros and cons of GMOs. This has prompted me to participate as well, because I feelĀ I have something specificĀ to contribute to the discussion: the explanation of systemic risk. All living organisms are complex adaptive systems individually and also on an environmental and a species level. In … [Read more...]

Knowledge and Conviction

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In the past couple years I've slowly come to the conclusion that the more you know about something, the more difficult it becomes to talk about it with people who are unfamiliar with the topic. Positive psychology is such a thing for me and so is nutrition. When talking about them I will easily go into the specifics - usually the ones I've studied most recently - and fail to communicate on the … [Read more...]

What causes obesity: sugar, carbs, or food palatability?

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Human body is an amazingly complex system of biological processes and our understanding of its inner workings is still evolving. Right now there is a very interesting debate going on in the Paleo community between Gary Taubes, author of the Good Calories, Bad Calories and Stephan Guyenet on the causes of obesity; carb-insulin hypothesis going against food palatability hypothesis. Due to this … [Read more...]

The 7-Day Crash Course in Nutrition and Health

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I have been studying this nutrition, health and fitness stuff for about three years now. During that time I have read dozens of books on the subject, watched and attended at least as many lectures, and read hundreds of blog posts. When you start learning something new, the first few months are easily spent acquiring knowledge every single day. After that the pace starts to get slower and what you … [Read more...]

The Supermarket Meditation

Photo by: Tara Whitsitt

During the past week or so I have been entertaining the thought that if something requires industrial or chemical processing to make it edible, it simply will not be healthy nor nutritious. It is easy to say this of packaged foods, sweets, cookies, soft drinks etc. and it also applies well with things like soy products, cereal and margarine. So far I have not been able to think of anything that … [Read more...]