Week in Woo – Sample

Foodbabe is even more upset about all the sugar in the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, than she is about all the syllables. I guess that’s progress. Personally, I’m more upset about a food culture so shallow and commodified that people willingly give Starbucks hard earned cash for something as vapid as a Unicorn Frappucino. But a shallow, vapid commodified food culture doesn’t concern Vani Hari as long as you give it clean food twist, and she’s getting paid to flog it.

Dr. Mercola has a list of foods you should immediately scarf down at the first hint of stress. Included is coffee which might surprise jittery, stressed out coffee drinkers and two of the foods aren’t foods at all, but rather macro-nutrients.

• Not food related, but aggregious enough that you should discount anything food related you read on GreenMedInfo which carried a stunning denialist article on vaccines on Friday: The Occult Archetype Called Vaccination

Here’s a taste:

Begun as a crude version of homeopathy (“treat like with like”), in which a mild injected version of a disease would supposedly protect against the actual disease, vaccination soon developed into a military outpost, with the commander ordering the appearance of his scouts: antibodies. “Line up men, now hunt!”

Today, as a revival of ancient symbology, vaccination is a conferred seal, a sign of moral righteousness. It’s a mark on the arm, signifying tribal inclusion. No tribe member is left out. Inclusion by vaccination protects against invisible spirits (viruses).

The notion of the tribe is enforced by dire predictions of pandemics: the spirits of other tribes (from previously unknown hot zones in jungles) are attacking the good tribe, our tribe.

Mothers, the keepers of the children, are given a way to celebrate their esteemed, symbolic, animal role as “lionesses”: confer the seal on their offspring through vaccination. Protect the future of the tribe. Speak out and defame and curse the mothers who don’t vaccinate their children. Excommunicate them from the tribe.

The ceremony of vaccination is a rite of passage for the child. He/she is now more than the offspring of the parents. The child is in the village. The child is property of the village. As the years pass, periodic booster shots reconfirm this status.

On the food tip, GMI has a piece touting nearly magical, medicinal properties for fenugreek.

• Meanwhile, it a truly bizarre twist, the conspiratorial drive towards climate denial at Natural News has driven them to denounce a Saveur photo essay imagining a menu responding to climate change and rising sea levels featuring Seaweed and Sea Kale Caesar, Burdock and Dandelion root humus with sunchoke chips and Jellyfish salad.

Which seems like an odd menu to get their goat.