Being Human Is 100% Fatal


Not the TV show. Love “Being Human” actually – just talking about it makes me want to re-watch the American version or catch up those last seasons of the BBC version that I’ve missed.

But you know how that goes…TV is on in the background, often to the news, and not something I watch with any sort of real attention. One report did, however, make it through the inattention: processed meats will kill you.

Well, maybe not THAT dramatic…but you get the idea of how it was being hyped. My gut response to every “study” in the news is “show me the data”. After being through the dissertation process, even with a cheesy, semi-accredited correspondence school, I know how good and bad studies can be. It’s called a lit search. It will make you weep at the human condition – but that is another story. If nothing else, a dissertation will teach you to look at “studies” through jade-to-bile colored glasses.

Apparently this was meta-analysis…a study of studies. Makes my eyes cross just thinking about the amount of data they had to process. Sounds like in this case they did it right.  But the gentleman (I didn’t hear who he was) on the newscast (I don’t remember which one) made the best point you could make in these “new medical study” kinds of pop news reports…follow the money. The people saying processed meats contribute to cancer are a non-profit organization, well respected for decades – literally the global leader in health care – WHO, the World Health Organization. The people whining about the study are none other than the for profit meat industry.

Don’t get me wrong – I loves me some bacon. The chances of my being vegetarian are currently hovering somewhere between zero and none. Without having access to the full details of the study (although I bet there are out there on the interwebs for someone more motivated than I am to find)…the best I can do is gloat. Yes, you heard me…gloat. Neener neener neener. The whole thing fits with the basic premise of the vampire way of eating: Feed discriminately.

Whether they feast on humans or animals, vampires in contemporary film and literature have to be careful in how they eat so the humans don’t discover them. Humans have to be somewhat careful in what they eat so the ills of modern industrial food doesn’t discover them.  The Grim Reaper knows where you are already, so you might as well have some mindful fun along the way.


Vampires don’t eat processed preserved blood. They drink natural and whole. Whatever their animal of choice, they can’t decimate populations or leave heaps of corpses in their wake. Neither can we.

Like any particularly delicious food, I plan to eat meat – but as unprocessed, natural and moderately as possible. One meatless day per week is one way to help find that moderation.

I liked the suggestion someone made in the amid all the noise about meat will kill you…eat better but eat less. Sure the good stuff costs more, but if you eat smaller portions and less often it can be a wash, breaking even as far as the food budget goes. Good excuse for some real smoked bacon instead of the industrial kind. It has to be out there somewhere.


Menu Ideas week of 17 June 2013



Monday – Tofu and Eggplant in garlic mushroom sauce

Tuesday – crock post macaroni and cheese (see Omnomalicious)

Wednesday – Aglio et Olio (pasta w/ garlic and oil) w/ salad

Thursday – Cheesy Cauliflower Patties on whole wheat English Muffins

Friday – Salmon w/ Mango salsa

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Tao Te Ching Quote…continued


“You can make mistake after mistake and you can keep going back and you can keep doing life and it is OK.” – Amy Putkonin”

From Tao Te Ching Daily

Although it isn’t the original intent of the quote, it is also true when it comes to lifestyle changes like eating better, exercising more, quitting smoking…any change of habits or change thought patterns.

Few of us can make profound “cold turkey” changes. It is a process. It takes time to grow. It takes time and effort to make a lasting change.

That is one of the key differences between the holistic health mindset and our modern American attitudes toward health and healing.  Our modern culture wants a clear, quick, easy fix. In holistic health, sometimes there is trial and error, three steps forward and one step back. Sometimes the natural way will trigger a bit of a ‘healing crisis’ where things get worse before they get better. Natural healing isn’t fast, and seldom easy – but consider what you get in return. Healing the body is needed, and good, and for some things modern medicine is best. Other times we need something less tangible but deeper, stronger, more permanent. Sometimes the emotions and soul need to be engaged in the process of healing…or changing a life…or transitioning beyond one.

Ms. Putkonin touches on a very emotional, difficult subject. It is pretty trivial to apply it to something as mundane as dieting, and I can’t improve on what she’s said in her post. I’ll step aside  to let you explore the link above and form your own opinion.

Best Wishes to everyone


related post: Way of  the Peaceful Vampire