While I am not one to pull punches, I have to admit there is something a bit unsavory about simply calling someone an idiot. It’s a bit of an ad hominem kind of attack. It’s personal, a little immature and comes across as name calling. It does not really have the kind of logical basis or sophisticated analysis that one wants on a science blog. Yes, I have a lot of fun and joke around here quite a bit, but when it comes down to it, I prefer to at least ground things in something more sophisticated than just pointing at someone and calling them stupid.
Sadly, I can’t really come up with any other way of summing up this news story about none other than Jessica Ainscough. This is certainly a little sensitive as well, given that her extreme stupidity is literally killing her, and clueless though she may be, it’s a shame that it would be a capital crime.
Jess Ainscough claims ‘organic’ cafe misled with veggie burger
‘Wellness warrior’ Jessica Ainscough vented on her blog after eating a burger she believed was 100 per cent organic, only to later discover it was ‘not totally’ chemical-free.
Well, no, it’s full of glucose, dihydrogen monoxide, sodium chloride, polysaccharide and all kinds of other chemicals. I’m not sure what she would expect to eat that is not chemical free. Perhaps she could eat free electrons? That might be difficult.
The holistic health coach, who was in Byron Bay last week, follows a strict organic diet after overcoming cancer without using modern medicine.
In a June 18 post titled ‘BEWARE OF ORGANIC CAFES THAT LIE TO US’, Ms Ainscough said she was ‘pissed off’ that Manna Haven Cafe falsely claimed to be ‘vegan, raw and organic’.
The 26-year-old said she had initially been excited to find somewhere ‘safe’ for lunch and ordered the veggie Burger thinking it was organic.
The not-for-profit cafe’s menu describes its Big Burger as being ‘cancer fighting rather than cancer causing’ and vegan, low glycaemic index and a superfood.
Well, okay, so the cafe did make some dubious claims right there, but apparently those aren’t the ones she is bothered by.
After posting a picture on Instagram of herself tucking into the burger, a follower tipped her off that the ingredients may not have been completely organic.
Ms Ainscough called the cafe and was told that ‘not all of it’ was.
“I felt dirty. I felt like I needed to give my insides about 10 showers. I was so shocked that I just hung up the phone, but I wish I’d told her that since her ‘cancer fighting’ burger contains pesticides it is actually cancer causing,” she wrote.
I hate to tell her this, but the “organic” label does not assure that there are no pesticides. They are permitted, although with restrictions. That said, since she has no gumption what she is even talking about. There is no evidence that the pesticide residue in foods puts one at risk for cancer. In fact, a study found the cancer rate in those exposed to modern pesticides through work is actually lower than the general population. In any case, the levels in the end product, after it has been washed and otherwise processed is miniscule.
As for feeling dirty, I shudder to think how much coffee this poor woman will need to put into her butt to clean things out.
“If a cafe claims to be organic and charge prices that reflect this, we should be able to trust that what they’re serving us is just that. Otherwise, it’s false advertising and on par with green washing.”
I am sure she has no real concept of what the term even means, and, to be sure, it is a very nebulous one in this context. I assume it would mean that the ingredients were all certified as being “organic” although that does not always mean they are even grown differently than those which are not. Clearly the woman just doesn’t quite grasp the concept and likely simply believes it means absent of horrible toxic chemicals.
In comments posted on Ms Ainscough’s blog, her followers overwhelmingly supported her stance but some urged her to be a `wellness warrior’ not a ‘wellness worrier’.
“The amount of stress this situation has caused you (worrying) is likely to cause more havoc on your body than the fact that your lettuce on the bun was not 100% organic,” posted Tess.
Manna Haven, which is managed by volunteers and donates its profit to charity, responded to the online criticism with one of the cafe’s founders Anita Carvill saying she was shocked by the backlash.
“There was nowhere that said the burger was 100 per cent organic so I’m not sure how she got that impression,” Ms Carvill said.
“The options on the sign are just options, there is no false advertising.
“I think it is important before people get too upset to ensure they have not made a mistake in assuming or misunderstanding things. At Manna menu options are dependent on produced sourced and cooked on the day. For any inconvenience we may have caused we apologise.”
If she wants to be literal about this, then I should warn her that almost none of her food is 100% organic. It’s full of H2O and NaCl and all kinds of other compounds that are not organic at all.
The popular cafe, which is Ranked #2 of 96 restaurants in Byron Bay, also apologised to Ms Aincough personally for the ‘silly misunderstand’ and is spending thousands of dollars on rebranding as a result.
Oh, well there’s money well spent…
Sunshine Coast writer Ms Ainscough is a cancer success story after being told four years ago that her entire left arm was riddled with a rare form of cancer, epithelioid sarcoma, and that it had to be amputated.
Instead of accepting her doctor’s solution she radicalized her diet and ‘systematically detoxified my body’.
“I’m living proof that doctors aren’t always right, that wellness starts in your mind, and that YOU are the most important authority on your own health &body,” her blog says.
The news is seriously reporting her as a “success story?” She has a form of cancer that is very slow moving and normally takes at least a few years to kill and sometimes up to a decade. She is not dead yet. That is not itself an amazing thing or a success story.
Ms Ainscough has also since apologised, saying her original “rant” was “a bit harsh”.
“I want to publicly apologise for any harm that my blog may have caused your business. Although I still believe that the loose use of the word “organic” is a massive issue in the health world, I can see with hindsight that my rant could have been handled better,” she wrote yesterday.
If chemists were half as bothered as she is over incidents where the word “organic” is used incorrectly, they would never stop crying.
She says she has learnt from her burger experience and will now always ask more questions when ordering meals.
“I feel like it’s my responsibility to share the mistake I made with those who may make the same one,” she said.
As far as mistakes she has made and which she should be cautioning others about, this one ranks very low.
“I know that not everyone cares whether they eat organic food 100% of the time, but for some of us we don’t have the luxury of being complacent. Organic food is our medicine, and if we can’t eat organic we go without.
“The word ‘organic’ is the green light that tells us it’s safe to eat. It doesn’t matter if some of the ingredients are organic – if they’re mixed with conventional ingredients the whole dish is rendered poisonous to those of us who have to be so pedantic for the sake of our health and lives.”
Yeah. Cry me a river.
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