Links to Think

Links to Think: 13.01.21

January 21, 2013

How to Stop Worrying About Food in Spite of all the Hype (the Answer is “Eat Local”) – These days, more and more people are beginning to realize that eating the typical American fare isn’t a healthy idea. Yet while people are excited to move toward healthier eating, the ideal becomes lost in a sea of options: vegan or paleo? organic or traditional? root vegetables or no starches? 

In this article, Eliza Lord gives the best place to start–local food. (This article also stands out to me, because she features a grocery that is just 35 minutes from me, The Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. They also happen to sell the most amazing rainbow carrots ever!) In the article, the author discusses a number of points (with links to a number of resources) about the impact of eating local vs. monoculture farming.

“I’ve noticed more and more people seem fed up with trying to choose what to eat.

Attempts to make good food choices are often derailed by yet another media blitz announcing our dinner is unhealthy, contaminated, ruining the environment, inhumane, or causing human rights violations. How can any sane person navigate all thefood noise? Why can’t there just be one simple solution to choosing good food?

The simple solution is just eat local food as often as possible…”

(For further reading on this, I recommend the book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma (see my husband’s review here).)

How Shoe Choices For Children Can Affect Foot DevelopmentA Podiatry Today article

“I am sure many of you have heard these same comments and probably continually do on a daily basis. So what is the best shoe? Should this even be a question? In our society, we too often place our focus on finding a quick fix. In regards to foot injuries, that quick fix happens to be shoes. In reality, it might not actually be the solution.

Rather than beginning this discussion with what adults wear, let us take a look at what the literature advises on footwear for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not advise placing children into shoes until the environment necessitates it.1 When you review the pediatric orthopedic literature on shoe gear, it is also clear that children should be wearing shoes that are flexible and allow the foot to bend and move as though the child is barefoot.2-6 In his 1991 article in Pediatrics, Lynn Staheli, MD, makes the following comments.7

1. Optimum foot development occurs in the barefoot environment.
2. The primary role of shoes is to protect the foot from injury and infection.
3. Stiff and compressive footwear may cause deformity, weakness and loss of mobility.
4. The term “corrective shoes” is a misnomer.
5. Shock absorption, load distribution and elevation are valid indications for shoe modifications.
6. Base shoe selection for children on the barefoot model.
7. Physicians should avoid and discourage the commercialization and “media”-ization of footwear. Merchandising of the “corrective shoe” is harmful to the child, expensive for the family and a discredit to the medical profession.

Rao and Joseph demonstrated a higher prevalence of flat feet among children who wore shoes in comparison with those who did not.2 They found that closed toe shoes inhibited the development of the arch of the foot more than slippers or sandals. Rose advises not to address a flexible flatfoot in a child even with the use of custom orthotics, stating that treatment is not influential in the course of the flatfoot as the child ages.3″ 


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  • Eliza January 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for the shout-out! Love your blog, very cool topics. Glad you get to enjoy the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, too!

    • Keren January 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks, Eliza! I was excited to discover your blog. A friend who lives out of town shared it, and I thought I realized I recognized those pictures as soon as I saw them. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. 🙂

  • Audrey January 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    we love Swamp Rabbit Café! it’s so nice to have a local grocery so close to us- i’m sure i take it for granted! Pollan’s book is definitely on my list to read this year.

    • Keren January 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I definitely wish we lived closer…or better yet, there was one closer to us! 🙂