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Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Opus 2021-335: Headlines: Grain and Birth Defects

I was reading an article by Dennis Prager at Jewish World Review and when I finished my eye fell on some click bait at the side which said  “Think twice before giving up grains”.  Since I eat oatmeal regularly and a lot of popcorn I felt an interest stirring.  So I clicked and read.

It had a lot of interesting points.  One that stood out to me was a comment made by Julie Miller Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, professor emerita of nutrition at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn.  That sounds like an impressive list of credentials.  

“ Jones is especially concerned about the impact a grain-free diet could have on folic acid intake.
"’Since the mid-1990s, when it became mandatory to add folic acid to enriched grain products, the incidence of neural tube birth defects, such as spina bifida, has dropped by more than 50 percent,’ she says.”
The reason for enriching grain products is usually that things have been processed out of our foods.  The wording here does not say that this is the result of double blind research.  It is still an interesting correlation.  Correlation does not mean causation but it would seem to me that there is more research warranted.  Perhaps this could be a place to put some of those federal research dollars that are being used to buy scientists who will come up with the desired conclusions on climate change.

I might as well wish for the New York Times to become a newspaper again.

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