Cults

Episode 8 – Cults

Cults are SUCH A CROCK

Monday, August 13th…

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Michael and Katherine explore the crock of Cults with a variety of insights. K kicks it off with the Merriam Webster definition and both agree it’s too vague to be helpful.

So, what would be helpful? Katherine has asked herself, “Am I in a cult?” at least a few times… and not just in spinning class. She offers a list of ways to use as a guide when faced with that crucial question.

Many are drawn from a CBS News online article which interviews cult expert, Steve Echoil, head of the International Cultic Studies Association. As Katherine ponders the list, the duo discuss examples of each item as it applies to their own experiences.

In fact, Michael joins the cult discussion with a fond memory from childhood – the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Turns out it was Such a Crock when propaganda pamphlets in his small town pointed to his beloved D&D as a training ground for occult practices.

Check out this cartoon at Chick Publications

But as Katherine and Michael point out, the 80s were rife with accusations of cult practices and devil worship. Such fears were as common in 80s pop culture as parachute pants and Annie perms.

Speaking of the 80s, Katherine just finished watching the wondrous TV show The Americans, a 1980s period piece about Russian spies in the USA. She mentions it because the organization EST, oft called a cult, plays a major role in the show. Turns out EST actually helped lots of people and doesn’t really qualify as a cult.

Michael then brings the cult talk to the finish line with an actual real life cult currently in the news.  Nxivm, pronounced (Nex-ee-um) has been around for about a decade and makes headlines on the reg. That’s not just because they brand their members but also because they have some celebrities all up in there. In fact, that’s exactly what piqued Michael’s interest – a certain Smallville actress who is currently out on bail for Nxivm naughtiness.

Learn lots more with a listen to our podcast this week. It’s a crock that’s chock full of silliness and cult-like experiences. You might learn something but it’s fun to listen along either way.

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Milk

Episode 7 – Milk

Didn’t we all grow up drinking milk? Well, we grew up doing LOTS of things that are a crock! Indeed, the list is infinite…

Monday, August 6th

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Milk is SUCH A CROCK! (or at least lots of stuff around it is)

Eating only chicken nuggets is SUCH A CROCK

Michael starts this episode off in kind of a weird way. In the UK, Stacey Irvine collapsed back in 2012 due to eating — reportedly — a diet of only chicken nuggets.

Wait a minute… Shouldn’t this be a story for back in Episode 3?

It turns out that a diet of only chicken nuggets isn’t so unique in its lack of nourishment. There’s almost no food you can subsist entirely on… Almost!

Mother’s milk sustains little babies, and can theoretically keep an adult human being alive, too. Good luck finding a woman to supply a sufficient amount, though.

Katherine is incredulous about the existence of a girl who ate nothing but chicken nuggets for fifteen years, but Irvine’s story has been widely reported, including by CBS News: British teen Stacey Irvine hospitalized after eating nothing but chicken nuggets for 15 years

Plus: What If I Ate Only One Type of Food? at LiveScience.

Raw Milk is SUCH A CROCK

Wondering what it is? Namely, it’s not pasteurized.

Today, it’s more difficult to get raw milk than conventional pasteurized, but it still sells due to health claims not necessarily supported by federal regulators.

While raw advocates claim that it helps with lactose intolerance or allergies, Katherine’s research indicates that this is not the case… And anyway, the societal benefits of pasteurization (i.e. the prevention of widespread disease) outweigh such claims.

Interested in learning more? Check out these links to raw milk studies.

NCBI Study   CDC Food Safety Report  FDA Weighs In

Reducing Milk Fat is SUCH A CROCK

Michael starts his second segment out with a 2007 press release from Starbucks. You might not know this, but Starbucks defaults to 2% for espresso drinks if customers don’t specify a type of milk in their order.

Starbucks Moves to Reduced Fat Milk

It turns out that whatever kind you’re drinking — whole, 2%, or skim — milk is likely contributing to weight gain.

That’s because, while milk ranks low in glycemic index, your body probably treats it like eating white bread. So why does Michael — crazy over carbs as Katherine is wont to claim — drink whole milk? Maybe he should stick to his goofy nut milk alternatives.

Further on glycemic index: Glycemic index for 60+ foods at Harvard Medical School

Milking “everything” is SUCH A CROCK

Katherine closes out our milk melee with a list of the BEST milk alternatives from Food & Wine magazine: Non-Dairy Milk, Taste-Tested and Ranked

First she tries to trick Michael into drinking “pea” milk (NOT ‘pee’). Katherine then shares her thoughts on the many flavors and consistencies of the various milk alternatives. At last, she wraps up the ranking to the horror, and eventually winner’s circle of her podcast partner in the end.

Find out why in the podcast!

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