Daily Archives: November 11, 2011

Junk food may be as addictive as drugs

From Robert Langreth and Duane D. Stanford on Bloomberg.com

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“Cupcakes may be addictive, just like cocaine.

A growing body of medical research at leading universities and government laboratories suggests that processed foods and sugary drinks made by the likes of PepsiCo Inc. and Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT)aren’t simply unhealthy. They can hijack the brain in ways that resemble addictions to cocaine, nicotine and other drugs.

“The data is so overwhelming the field has to accept it,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “We are finding tremendous overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain.”

The idea that food may be addictive was barely on scientists’ radar a decade ago. Now the field is heating up. Lab studies have found sugary drinks and fatty foods can produce addictive behavior in animals. Brain scans of obese people and compulsive eaters, meanwhile, reveal disturbances in brain reward circuits similar to those experienced by drug abusers. Continue reading

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Jacqueline Conklin plans raw milk rally for OMAFRA in Kemptville + Ottawa

These rallies will be part of the Nov. 23 rallies across Canada in support of raw milk. This story from Nick Gardiner, in “The Recorder and Times”:

Roebuck raw milk producer Jacqueline Conklin, seen in this 2010 file photo, is organizing a demonstration November 16 at the Kemptville OMAFRA office to support Durham producer Michael Schmidt, who faces renewed charges for selling raw milk off the farm. NICK GARDINER The Recorder and Times

“ROEBUCK — A local producer of raw milk is planning a protest next week to show support for a Durham-area farmer who faces renewed charges for distributing unpasteurized milk.

“We want to send a message to the provincial authorities that we are standing strong, country folks and city folks,” Jacqueline Conklin told The Recorder and Times Tuesday.

Conklin operates a cow-share program on the County Road 21 Conavista Farms she owns with her husband John that is based on a model established by Durham’s Michael Schmidt. Continue reading

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