Dietitian Mum Breaking School Rules When It Comes to Food

“lunch box policing” makes my blood boil.
Parents are trying their best. Kids may have issues around food as it is, and this sort of thing will cause them issues if they don’t have them already. As someone with ARFID, as a child I often got treated like i was disobedient or difficult for not being willing to eat certain things, and didn’t understand why people had to be so controlling and couldn’t just accept “he only eats the foods that he likes, and that’s not one of them”. Now… this was the late 70s and the 80s, people didn’t really know any better back then. Now it’s 2018, there’s no excuse for this ignorance. It is tantamount to child abuse in my opinion. It makes me irate. Children should not be made to feel guilty or shamed about eating when they are hungry.


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Last year, my oldest son started school. I was excited and a little apprehensive about what the year held for him. Unfortunately, this excitement wore off pretty quickly.

On day 2, my son received a card in his lunch box – “We love your healthy lunch” and a newsletter stating the school rules around what can be eaten at each lunch break.

My bubble of food joy and peace burst right there and then as damage-control kicked in.

I ended up writing a letter to the school about my experiences as a parent and an APD. I offered actionable suggestions about how the school could support my child and the school children around food, eating and nutrition.

Here is the letter I wrote:

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Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP say the joke is on you if you followed their advice

I had a thyroid cancer diagnosis circa 1999.
Paltrow is a monster and her Goop band is atrocious.

Dr. Jen Gunter

Imagine if I told you something about health and a lot of experts who knew more than I did pointed out I was wrong. They even provided sources.

Imagine then instead of being embarrassed that I had passed false information on to women I doubled down and called my detractors desperate for attention and accused them of not wanting to empower women in their health choices.

Now imagine I went back and retroactively labelled those posts as entertainment or just an interesting idea? Ha ha, my bad!

What would you call me?

A hypocrite.

If I were selling product based on those posts and the attention they garnered in the press you would probably call me a grifter and maybe even a fucking hypocrite.

You’d be right and that is exactly what GOOP is doing.

GOOP is retroactively labelling “wellness” posts so women can figure out what was pure bullshit, what…

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Zoe Harcombe vs The Advertising Standards Authority: Introduction (Part 1)

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I submitted two complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about Zoe Harcombe. The first was in September 2013 regarding claims made about her diet on her blog [1], the second in July 2014 about claims made on the Harcombe Diet Website [2] and the Harcombe Diet & Health Club Website [3].

I am writing this introductory post as there are likely to be a  number of subsequent posts over time, and I wanted to establish the full accurate chronology of events and my motivation for submitting these complaints before looking in more detail at the ASA investigation and the responses given to them.

The key dates in the complaints were as follows:-

  • September 2013: Complaint submitted about Zoe Harcombes Blog. Five claims investigated.
  • November 2013. Zoe Harcombe responds to the ASA and provides the evidence to support her claims.
  • June 2014: ASA produce draft recommendation for ASA council to consider, which suggested…

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An open letter to Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen and members of the Murdoch University senior executive team

I wrote an article about this female charlatan a few years back when I was “only” concerned with harmful, orthorexia style weight loss advice with an absence of basis in science… as you can see from this article, she has since progressed to quackery targeted at cancer patients and people suffering other serious medical conditions. Deplorable.

Re: petition ‘Murdoch University: Do not host Christine Cronau’

As you may be aware I recently created a petition in opposition to Christine Cronau hosting her ‘Bring Back the Fat 2017’ event at Murdoch University’s South Street Campus. In short the reasons for the petition are as follows:

  • Christine Cronau provides dangerous medical and nutritional advice without any credible qualifications in either area. Christine’s only qualification regarding nutrition is a diploma of Nutritional Medicine from the International College of Complimentary Medicine, which does not appear to be a reputable institution.
  • The advice given publicly via her Facebook page is very misleading, usually factually incorrect and potentially deadly as it may delay and/or interfere with appropriate medical treatment.
  • Hosting the event on the Murdoch University campus will bring the reputation of the University into disrepute, damaging the credibility of the institution and its graduates (particularly those in the allied health fields)…

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Signed Copies of Fighting Chemophobia

If you’ve enjoyed those “ingredients in a banana” memes that have been popular, you might be interested in this new book from their creator.

James Kennedy

banana book.jpgChemophobia is an irrational fear of chemicals. It includes the fear of sugar in food, formaldehyde in shampoo and aluminium in vaccines. Fitness bloggers, quack doctors and even small cosmetic companies take advantage of these quirks to sell fake-natural products at elevated prices. Almost always, the same people who spread a fear of ‘chemicals’ also have ‘chemical-free’ products for sale.

Some companies sell “natural”, “organic” and “chemical-free” products to combat the supposed onslaught of chemical pollution in conventional consumer products. Most of these alternative products are no less synthetic, and no safer, than conventional versions despite commanding much higher prices.

Chemophobia is spreading despite our world becoming a cleaner, safer place. People are becoming healthier, and product safety regulations are becoming stricter. The supposed onslaught of chemicals that these special interest groups describe simply isn’t happening.

Perpetrators of chemophobia create unnecessary guilt, stress and anxiety as consumers worry about making…

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14 ways Dr. Oz proves in Trump interview that on TV Oz just plays a doctor

Dr. Jen Gunter

Trump’s interview on Dr. Oz was everything I expected, an infomercial for Trump where Oz periodically reminded his audience of 4 million that he, Dr. Oz, is in fact a doctor who graduated medical

It could have been interesting. Oz could have mentioned that he is a Muslim and the child of Turkish immigrants. He could have addressed a myriad of health issues from gun violence to who Trump would pick as Surgeon General to what exactly is Trump’s health care plan? However, this was all about the ratings for both parties.

Here are my 14 biggest issues with the segment that showed why Oz practiced everything but medicine:

1. Oz sets the ground rules of no talking about Clinton then lets Trump break it. I counted four times.  

I mean really. At one point Oz even allows the audience time to laugh so it can sink…

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Del Bigtree is not a scientist

Anti-vax marketers must be some of the worst form of scumbag to ever infest the earth, and it is no surprise that so many fad diet charlatans cross promote with them. Because scumbags of a feather quack together.


On October 12, 2017, Del Bigtree,  a former producer of the television talk show, The Doctors, producer of the film Vaxxed, and founder of something called the Informed Consent Action Network (ICANDecide), sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wherein he outlined what he perceives as their “failure of HHS to conduct the proper science required to demonstrate vaccine safety.” This letter accuses HHS of everything from ignoring vaccine risks to not doing proper safety testing. For those of us who understand vaccine science, this letter almost seems like a parody. Alas, it was not only real but Del threatened HHS with a civil suit if they did not make the changes he suggested in the letter. He also made demands, such as wanting “vaccine safety advocates” to comprise half of HHS’s vaccine committees.  The letter was co-signed by 58 antivaccine organizations, including Weston A Price…

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