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Can Pesticides Make You Fat?

Can pesticides make you fat? According to Stephen Perrine, author of "The New American" Diet, YES! It can also cause diabetes as well. Perrine's newest book discusses certain chemicals found in common foods called "obesogens" and how they play a role in the American obesity crisis.
Obesogens are chemicals that disrupt the function of hormonal systems; many researchers believe they lead to weight gain and, in turn, numerous diseases that curse the American populace. They enter our bodies from a variety of sources—natural hormones found in soy products, hormones administered to animals, plastics in some food and drink packaging, ingredients added to processed foods, and pesticides sprayed on produce. They act in a variety of ways: by mimicking human hormones such as estrogen, by misprogramming stem cells to become fat cells, and, researchers think, by altering the function of genes.

Author Stephen Perrine (editor of Children's Health, editor-at-large of Men's Health) and co-author Heather Hurlock research and discuss the link between obesogens and the American obesity crisis, as well as increases in rates of diabetes, depression, heart disease, declining birth rates and sperm counts, and possibly autism.

In the clip below, Stephen Perrine chats with The Early Show host, Harry Smith about obesogens and their role in obesity and diabetes. He also goes to great lengths about how avoiding these chemicals are as easy as switching to an organic diet and eating grass-fed meats free of synthetic hormones.

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Perrine even discusses the impacts of eating foods packaged in certain plastic containers and BPA.  This guy may be onto something... Hmmm... Eating Organic is not only good for you, it can help you lose weight!

Wolf in sheep's clothing

This morning I happened to catch this interesting question on twitter; "How do vegans feel about non-vegan companies selling vegan products?" I think it's a pretty relevant question, which is why I want to extend Vegan Mainstream's concept here on the Pizza Fusion blog to see what others think. Now if you know me, you know I'm not a super strict vegan, but I do my best. I think the important thing to consider here is, what is a vegan company? I'm sure it's safe to say we're all familiar with businesses "going green", but let's get real, the only "vegan companies" must revolve around a vegan product or service, right? Or maybe I am missing the point. Sure it bothers me when company's pretend to be something they're not, but does the rising trend of cruelty-free products help or hurt the industry? I say it helps.

Either way, this post reminded me of a conversation which took place between my brother and I a few weeks ago during lunch @ Pizza Fusion Fort Lauderdale. While enjoying my Very Vegan personal pizza and him his Free Range Roasted Chicken Sandwich, he asked me, "What does free range chicken mean?" Basically, I replied, "it means your chicken got to at least enjoy it's life sort of before you ate it." We both shared a laugh and finished our lunch.

The Cost of Changing Everything

A successful businessman said, "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power." Inspiring. But in a down-spiraling economy, what is the cost of change? For most of us, change is not something we welcome with open arms. It can be expensive and exhausting. Some of us are so resistant to change that we have decided no matter what better comes along, we are sticking to our guns and riding it out. This is a dangerous way to live.

Around the same time Pizza Fusion was born in 2006, I remember seeing something on the internet about this controversial new documentary called 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' Hybrids were the coolest thing on the block and people were already talking about "production bottleneck". I almost didn't buy into the hype. I remember finding it hard to believe that "given the quick turnaround in selling a Prius, Toyota just can't make them fast enough." The idea of people getting on waiting lists to purchase hybrid cars seemed the same as camping outside the mall for an iPhone or PS3. 1) Get a life. 2) Get it the next day. Besides, since when does the consumer chase the manufacturer? And of all industries, why would an automaker not have enough cars to sell us? In an article titled 'Union of Concerned Scientists questions true value of hybrid cars', skeptics explain that option packages and other 'forced' features increased the base price of many vehicles, balancing out the environmental value. Consider "going green" a metaphor for the new hole in your wallet.

On the other hand, those of us who are not the campers might remember feeling somewhat similar to the way we do now about the recently announced Apple iPad. First impression: "Wow, those are cool. Too bad it's not perfect. I'll wait 'til they get it right and the price comes down." Fast forward four short years and it might be time to start paying attention. After more than two years of online debating and waiting with each other, 7,000 to 10,000 'happy campers' could actually have a long-promised hybrid electric-drive vehicle sitting in their driveways this fall – at least in theory. It will be called the Chevrolet Volt and just a few thousand more competing electric cars will be available for sale this year – such as the Nissan Leaf, BYD e6, and Fisker Karma.

These are not tiny electric 'punishment' toys like the Smart Cars used by our Miami Beach store (no break problems so far!). Until now electric vehicles have been more like a golf cart. Now they have range, highway speed, and performance we've never seen before. They didn't ask for my opinion, but if they did, I would recommend WestMidWest Productions did what they could to speed up the release of their follow up documentary film Revenge of the Electric Car to drop this year instead of next.

For a study on whether hybrid cars are really better for the environment, check out EarthTalk at Physorg.com. For an inspiring story of a man who's road-tripped the country sixteen times and counting, powered by vegetable oil, visit GreaseNotGas.com. To change everything, start right now. Thanks for reading.

Helping Haiti One Child at a Time

The nation's most delicious and eco-awesome restaurant, Pizza Fusion, continues to support relief for Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake that ravaged their capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Pizza Fusion is the proud co-sponsor of the VIP screening of "One Act of Kindness", a documentary by Cuban-American producer and actor David Noroña from NBC's Lipstick Jungle. The screening will take place at the Icon Brickell in Miami, Florida. the event is also sponsored by The Eco-Chamber, the World's first and only green Chamber of Commerce founded by Tia Diaz-Balart.

The documentary features the life-changing work of Three Angels Children's Relief, an orphanage, medical clinic and school located in Haiti. Three Angels is committed to changing the lives of 1000s in the heart of Haiti -- one child at a time -- before and after this most recent devastating earthquake.

The following day, Tuesday February 2nd, all Pizza Fusion restaurants will donating 10% of the days sales to Three Angels Children's Relief to help rebuild the orphanage which was destroyed in the recent earthquake. Please help us by spreading the word and "Donate by Dining" in one of restaurants.

Three Angels Children's Relief from David Norona on Vimeo.

Pizza Fusion Walking for Autism

Hey Everyone!  Pizza Fusion is so extremely proud to be a Silver Sponsor of this years "Walk Now For Autism" walks in Broward AND Palm Beach Florida.  We have created two teams for each respective walk and we need your support.

You don't have to work or even know who Pizza Fusion is to join the teams. You just have to have a big heart to help support a wonderful organization, Autism Speaks. We are looking to put together the largest teams in each walk and can't do it without you!

You can support us in several ways:

  1. Make a Donation

  2. Join our team and walk with us for Autism! (no $ needed. Click respective link below and on that page click on "Join Our Team")

  3. Join our team and help raise money for Autism research

  4. Visit any South Florida Pizza Fusion and make a donation by purchasing an Autism Speaks "Puzzle Piece" (100% of those purchases go directly to Autism Speaks)

  5. Pass these links (below) on to a friend or business that can help make a donation

  6. Re-post this note on your page or blog

Our Palm Beach walk team page: http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/palmbeach/pizzafusion

Our Broward walk team page: http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/broward/pizzafusion

Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010
Location: Centennial Park at the end of Clematis Street, Downtown West Palm Beach

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Location: The Sheman Library Green, Nova Southeastern University,  Davie, Florida

Upcoming Event:
Stay tuned as we support Autism research on a nationwide scale to show our support for World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, 2010.  We will be donating a percentage of sales in ALL our Pizza Fusion locations in a combined effort with Autism Speaks for a "Dine to Donate" day.

On Thursday April 1st, Autism Speaks will be visiting the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to ring the opening bell to honor World Autism Awareness Day! (Market is closed on Friday 04/02)
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