Holy cow. This dairy debate is still going on. Amazingly. I’ve conducted the research and found supporting evidence for both sides. That’s right. Scholarly research has proven both sides right… and wrong. So with that, my article here could be the shortest summary ever with some sort of headline like this: “EVERYONE WINS, THERE ARE NO LOSERS. RAINBOWS. UNICORNS. DAFFODILS! YAY.”

It’s totally not like that though, so check it out. Here are a few facts that should help you make the call. And disclaimer, I’m all for babies drinking mama’s milk. That makes sense. That’s how we’ve done it since the dawn of time. But after that… well… let’s take a peek:

Top 3 Arguments For Milk As A Part of a Well-Balanced Human Diet

  • Milk contains important fatty acids important

Sort of true. Dairy does. Including some milk products. But it really depends on the process. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which arises as a metabolic by-product of rumen hydrogenation and which is found in foods of animal origin, has been proposed to possess potent health promoting properties, but much of this research has been conducted in experimental animals, not humans. [Read the full article here]

  • Milk is the best source of calcium

This is why mom made us drink calcium, right? Well, again, it’s sort of true. Stats show that calcium absorption from milk isn’t superior or inferior to any other source of calcium. [Get the full scoop and the abstract here]

  • Chocolate Milk is a great post-workout drink

Again, depends on who you talk to. Studies do show us that chocolate milk has resulted in higher mixed muscle postexercise muscle protein fractional synthetic rate with lower whole-body proteolysis and synthesis. In other words, yes, the human body can technically recover faster when  chocolate milk is used as a post-workout beverage as opposed to other drinks. [Get the insider on the chocolate milk study here]

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Top 3 Arguments Against Milk As A Part of a Well-Balanced Human Diet

  • Milk will make you fat

True. Mostly, anyway. There’s a much higher ratio of protein enzymes in cows milk and studies show in early childhood a link between feeding cow milk formula and childhood obesity. Makes sense though, a baby cow grows 4x it’s birth size in the first year. [Read the article here]

  • Milk will make you sick

Again, mostly true. Known as one of Paul Chek’s 4 “White Devils” (Sugar, flour and table salt are the other three for those keeping score at home…) cows milk has an enzyme that isn’t broken down well by a lot of human’s digestive system. It has a lot to do with where you grow up though. If you’re exposed to dairy at a young age, your body will tend to build up an enzyme that can process the lactose. That’s why North Americans have a bit more tolerance to dairy than other populations that aren’t exposed to it right away. Here’s a good explanation of this theory – Check it!

There was an interesting study of oriental subjects and milk digestion in the 60s where the results may or may not shock you… [Check the study out here]

  • Milk will kill you. Or at least cause cancer, heart disease and diabetes and is responsible for a host of other terrible things like cheering for the Oilers or the Leafs. Okay, I’m joking about that last one…well, kinda. 

Well. Sadly, this is a legit concern. Milk has been linked to some of the Here are some of the studies:

Milk & bladder cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer

Milk and diabetes

Milk and heart disease

To sum it up, there’s some evidence that some forms of cancer, diabetes and heart disease are linked to milk consumption. There’s no conclusive evidence it’ll make you loco enough to start cheering for the leafs or the Oilers though…

In conclusion…

Both sides make fairly mild statements about whether or not you should keep dairy in th ediet or not. So, I’m going to take a stance. I like to think of it from a very practical standpoint.

We already discussed how milk is important to growth and development. We touched on the lifecycle of a cow. We haven’t mentioned the fact that humans are the only species in the animal kingdom that drink the growth nectar (milk) of another species well into adulthood, but that says it all right there.

The enzymes in cows milk are suitable for a cow, not a human. Babies should drink their mother’s milk, but after the initial year or so I truly don’t believe that it’s a necessary part of that child’s development. Humans should drink more water. The sugar that is packed in milk is dangerous. Lifestyle concerns have to be addressed when obesity is at such a peak…

So in case you haven’t guessed my stance yet.. no, I don’t believe humans should drink milk. There are plenty of alternatives that won’t promote sickness or worse out there and it’s of my opinion that we happened to let an industry bully us into thinking that we needed something for good strong bones. How about broccoli? Calcium all over. Vitamin D? Well, eat a nice balanced diet of fresh fruits, protein, vegetables and a host of whole foods and we’ve got it made. Milk is unnecessary.

Mooooo-ve on over dairy, we don’t need you any longer.

Thanks for takin’ a rip through this with me.

Ciao,

M

Xo

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The irony is unmatched, eh?

Canadian hip hop, r&b, soul, spoken word, beats, rap and all other sub-genres of urban music got a huge break Sunday at the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver, BC.

Tory Lanez couldn’t have planned it better if he tried. Due to his absence at the awards show, Rascalz, Thrust, Checkmate, Kardinal and Choclair busted into “Northern Touch” in an impromptu self-proclaimed “takeover” of the JUNOS. This, much to the likely chagrin of the brass (and my parents) was a very radical and much needed shakeup in the musical landscape. I think is sad that a nation so proud of its heritage, proud of its diversity and proud of acceptance still has “-gasp- moments” when a group of artists take the microphone and lay down the facts like they did last night…

Its 2018. Let’s get real. Urban music is very much a part of our national identity and because of the talents that took the chance at the shake up last night, we are leaders in the urban space. Much love. Much respect. You’re true foot soldiers. We need more of that.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of these legends of Canadian Hip Hop, Kardinal Offishall this winter, when he hosted an event at NMC, interviewing another leader in the World Music genre, fellow Calgarian, Raghav.

Kardinal is hilarious, classy and it’s great to see him continue to give back to the music community and really help to continue to grow the hip hop movement.

So yeah. I wanted to not just base my argument solely off of opinion, even though I know a lot more than the ignorant, culturally narrowed-minded opposition… so here are three of my favourite arguments to counter those who deny urban music and its legitimacy in the industry.

1. “Rap is not music.”

Oh, is that so? Well, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition music is:vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony.

So if you believe rap is not music, you would be incorrect.

They tie lyrics together in multiple rhythms and rhyme schemes to a beat generally, but not always. Case closed.

2. “Rap Artists have no talent.”

Have you ever tried to fit 14 syllables into one sentence and line it up like poetry and craft stories around your experience?

No? Still not sold?

Okay. Watch this then – The Greatest Rhymers of All Time

3. “It’s just a bunch of gangster noise”

Awfully insecure, ignorant and insensitive, don’t you think? Here, watch this clip and tell me urban music hasn’t moved entire political, socio-economic and popular culture agendas. Straight Outta Compton – trailer

Urban music is charged by emotion. Rhythmically, lyrically and ingeniously it is an art form simply reserved for an elite class of forward thinking artists. Sure, there are some pretty shitty artists out there, like any industry. But generally speaking, the urban scene, especially in Canada is alive and well.

I find that most people fear change. These are typically the same people that horde, and share an incredibly narrow focused belief system about how the ways things are.

We fear what we don’t know.

And a lot of people don’t know urban music, hip hop and the like…

Tonight’s takeover was a huge step in alleviating that fear.

Thank you, Kardinal et al.

A little context

The following is a piece of poetry I just wrote. Last night I was at the Our Lady Peace concert and before OLP closed the night off, they made sure to dedicate a song to Matt Good. To paraphrase Raine Maida, he’s been an amazingly strong voice and brave ambassador in the fight against the stigma of mental illness. “It doesn’t matter if you’re f*cked up here (points to his head) or if you break your arm, it’s all the same. And we need to support each other instead of running away and give each other a safe space while we get better.”

Talking about mental health is slowly becoming a more common occurrence and it’s platforms like this with influencers like OLP and Matt Good that can make a difference.

If you know someone suffering, please reach out and get them help. There are local distress centres in just about every major Canadian city, and if you’re an artist like me, there are specific organizations to help you continue to craft. You can call Unison Benevolent Fund to speak with a counsellor. Call emergency of course if it’s an emergency, but head to unisonfund.ca and register your free account so when you feel you need some help, support or emergency relief, they’re there for you. Completely confidential, completely on your side.

Like I said, this is a piece of poetry I just wrote. I’m working on a solo singer/songwriter project, learning to write and perform pieces like this on an acoustic as nice, safe outlet for my own self care and enjoyment. It also provides me with a platform to get my message out to the world. I hope you dig.

Soundtrack Of My Life LP

No matter if it’s all in your head

A broken arm,

or what pills you’ve been fed

We’ll be right there with you, baby

We can’t escape from a living hell

The chaotic neutral,

Disempowering spell

So we’ll be right there with you, baby.

Time ticks on

Can’t see

We’re blind

Can’t hear

The cries

Out for someone “help me please

I’ve fallen again, actually”

You see

It goes

You heard

The notes

Songs that bring hope to me

The soundtrack of my life LP

Yep. Let’s kick off the shoes and relax the socks. We are gonna get into why your posture, performance and overall quality of life will significantly improve with the simple task of taking care of your feet.

Why? Well, your feet hold a kazillion interconnected little muscles that serve to keep the rest of your body, most notably you posterior chain all in line.

That’s right. If you’re suffering from a sore back, it very well could be rooted in your plantar. The spiral of your hip starts at the hip and winds it’s way down through the knee and into the ankle. So oftentimes, Problems that exist in one joint transfers up into the other joints on the spiral. It’s generally the result of a compensation pattern that develops when something isn’t working as efficiently as it should be. Ie: your feet.

Now, don’t get me wrong – compensation patterns aren’t the problem. They’re okay. The body is intended to survive in its environment without a medical team on call. However, it becomes a problem when that compensation pattern wears the body down to the point of mechanical break down.

Here are my top three pro tips to take care of them footsies!

1. Golf ball in the shower technique

Keep a golf ball in your shower and roll your feet on it each time you’re in there. Part of the biggest problem is we only tend to ourselves when there’s an issue like plantar fasciitis – so this acts as a preemptive strike against poor foot health.

2. Streeeeeeeetch yo feet!

Seriously, your feet will appreciate it. And if upon starting your feet start to cramp, you should do this more.

Step 1: Kneel down, toes curled under your feet so that you stretch the sole of your feet as you slowly try to get your butt back to your heels.

Step 2: Try not to cry. You got this.

Step 3: Take a breather and relax. Then repeat.

3. Book a foot massage

Treat yo self!

Go get some spa treatment. Massaging that fascial tissue is super important to help alleviate future problems. Here are a couple of fun facts about massage for your reading pleasure: Fun facts about massage

K. Sweet. Take care of your feet, yo.

Alleviate all those other problems. Got to the root. Get to the soul – rather sole, of it all.

Boom.

Stay sweet!

M

So this past week off of social media (mostly, I’ve still kept twitter on, it’s less distracting for me) has been refreshing. Hard to say if I was addicted or not, but it’s been freeing to be off of the need to capture a picture and seek external gratification from the mightiest of followings on Instagram or hear the latest rant about how much someone hates Trump or Trudeau or the shitty human that cut in line of the unfortunate soul now venting about it on my Facebook news feed. Yeah. I can’t say I miss all that shit. I could spend hours on that useless road.

I used to justify my involvement with social media as a need for business. In order to grow, we need to have a consistent brand, a consistent message and exciting social media  marketing…

Uhh. I call bullshit. On myself. Ha!

I mean, I’m sure it helps some people. “Social media strategy”. However, since my time away, I’ve reflected on this incredible irony.

So many self-proclaimed social media influencers pride themselves on authenticity and an honest message delivered with sheer passion. However, how does one maintain a genuine message if it’s part of a greater sales script?

I’m not advocating the typical artists’ “I create when I’m inspired” bullshit, because that’s just permitting failure, but I certainly see another side of what it means to be authentic.

I’ll still create only when I’m inspired. It’s just little different than most. To paraphrase a line in “The War of Art”

The creative only creates when he/she is inspired. That just so happens to be every day, at 7:00am, without fail. –

But my message will no longer be riddled with ways to get the next best thing. Way to train with me. And all of that. I mean, sure it’s cool to let people know you’re a good trainer, author, drummer or coach or whatever you are but I know that people start to tune it out after awhile. It’s gotta be super annoying. If you want to test this theory, video your next presentation, front to back and watch it over for a review night. Get the popcorn out because you’re in for a show.

I thought “Why the eff do people listen to me?”

Well, me… they stopped.

I’ve had a horrible time turning it off in my last three years of freelancing. I’ve been stuck in my self-fulfilling entrepreneurial-mindset. “It” being the sales game. It’s cost me over the years. Most notably it’s cost me relationships, trust and my own sanity. Shit, I had two people pay attention to my birthday this year. Two people. For a guy that prides himself as the life of the party…. that’s garbage. Clearly, I’m the only one at that party. But it was a nice awakening. My presence is clearly not adding to most of my friends lives. And I don’t like that. I’m prepared to make some changes to turn that around.

Being off of social media this past week has taught me that the world continues to spin and business definitely doesn’t need social media in order to thrive. I’ve actually done better with my business by removing myself. This is simply because I haven’t wasted hours upon hours online, scrolling through the feed, feeding into the scroll…I’m way more productive in areas of live that actually generate a paycheque. Real conversations with real people, taking care of myself, focusing on happiness and removing myself from situations that don’t help me grow in some way.

So, if I do return to social media, it will be under very different terms. And I’m actually still undecided about if I really want to return. All that bullshit I used to tell myself about Instagram and Facebook being huge movers for business is really silly, in hindsight. People know what I do. And if they don’t, and they want to, they’ll find me.

I do think Instagram and Facebook can highlight certain points about my business and showcase my personality, creativity and knowledge. But, I’m not going to push that shit anymore.

People know what I do. I don’t have to tell them.

If you feel that your message is falling on deaf ears, I’d strongly encourage you to stop talking and start listening.

Talk soon,

xo

I am trying to hear you, but your actions are deafening

 

This one was birthed from my buddy, D.O.

https://duanegibson.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/i-will-not-lose/

Thanks, man!

Here are my top 11 favourite albums to hit the gym with:

1. Rage Against The Machine – self titled

2. The Zolas – “Swooner”

3. Daft Punk – “Homework”

4. Thornley – “Come Again”

5. Jay Z – “The Black Album”

6. Rage Against The Machine – “The Battle of Los Angeles”

7. Mother Mother – “Eureka”

8. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – “The Heist”

9. Big Wreck – “In Loving Memory Of”

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Blood. Sugar. Sex. Magic”

11. Beastie Boys – “Hello Nasty”

Runners up

The Dudes – “Brain. Heart. Guitar.”

Minus The Bear – “Planet of Ice”

What is your favourite album to dig in to when you workout? What makes a great workout song, anyway?

Til next time,

Stay sweet

Xo

M