The nation's most powerful anti-obesity groups are teaming up for a new HBO documentary--but it pushes the same tired advice. Gary Taubes on the research they're ignoring.
Most of my favorite factoids about obesity are historical ones, and they don't make it into the new, four-part HBO documentary on the subject, The Weight of the Nation. Absent, for instance, is the fact that the very first childhood-obesity clinic in the United States was founded in the late 1930s... (more)
I can't recommend Gary Taubes' book highly enough. I've been on the paleo diet for perhaps two months now and I'm leaner than ever. Trying to control your weight through portion control is a fool's game. The weight just melts off you when you're not choking down grains.
I must say I find it hilarious eating basically the opposite of what the government recommends is actually the healthiest thing you can do.
The state says eat a high carb, low fat diet, and as Taubes shows that horrible advice created the obesity epidemic. In reality, you should be eating a high fat, low carb diet. It's hilarious how all the "help" the state gives us always has the opposite effect.
Thank goodness we have the internet now and can circumvent such state propaganda!
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Amish children raised on rural farms in northern Indiana suffer from asthma and allergies less often even than Swiss farm kids, a group known to be relatively free from allergies, according to a new study.
"The rates are very, very low," said Dr. Mark Holbreich, the study's lead author. "So there's something that we feel is even more protective in the Amish" than in European farming communities.
Small quantities of processed meat such as bacon, sausages or salami can increase the likelihood of dying early by a fifth, researchers from Harvard School of Medicine found. Eating steak increases the risk of early death by 12%.
[...]Scientists added that people who eat a diet high in red meat were also likely to be generally unhealthier because they were more likely to smoke, be overweight and not exercise.
In an accompanying editorial Dr Dean Ornish, of the Unive... (more)
This is pure junk science, here is the key line:
"Scientists added that people who eat a diet high in red meat were also likely to be generally unhealthier because they were more likely to smoke, be overweight and not exercise."
All this means is the people who are generally unhealthier also eat red meat, it doesn't mean the red meat is the cause of their unhealthiness, correlation is not causation. They assume that simply because red meat contains saturated fat, it's bad for you, see Gary Taubes' work to counter that argument. Additionally, it says the study was accompanied by an editoral by Dr Dean Ornish (See Gary Taubes debate him here) saying eating less red meat "could also help tackle climate change."
This is junk science, and it's probably politically motivated. - Chris
Join investigative journalist Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, as he addresses CrossFit HQ Seminar Staff at the Trainer Summit held in October in San Diego, Calif. In this condensed version of the presentation, Taubes shares his research on fat accumulation and the risk of disease.
The "Just Say No" generation was often told by parents and teachers that intelligent people didn't use drugs. Turns out, the adults may have been wrong.
A new British study finds children with high IQs are more likely to use drugs as adults than people who score low on IQ tests as children. The data come from the 1970 British Cohort Study, which has been following thousands of people over decades. The kids' IQs were tested at the ages of 5, 10 and 16. The study also asked abo... (more)
GOSFORD dad Graham Lord prepared himself for the worst when he was told he had an aggressive stomach cancer.
But the 59-year-old was determined to fight it. He endured seven gruelling sessions of chemotherapy, before undergoing surgery to remove 80 per cent of his gut.
Then he was given the devastating news: he never had cancer in the first place.
An alleged bungle at a pathology lab at Gosford Hospital led to his misdiagnosis and Mr Lord is now suing... (more)
Someone I know just found out they were misdiagnosed years ago with having acid reflux, turns out it was an ulcer and now they're being treated. It's essential to go to different doctors and get multiple independent diagnoses, doctors are not infallible and the system we have now seems to be heavily weighted towards "one doctor, one diagnosis." - Chris, InfoLib
Check out the website of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which defies current practice by actually listing its prices on its website. Their prices are as low as one-fifth those of typical hospitals. Practitioners avoid government involvement in their practice as much as possible. On the welcome page we read:
If you have a high deductible or are part of a self-insured plan at a large company, you owe it to yourself or your busin
Oct. 27 - The rules of how to treat cardiac arrest are being re-written at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Technology, new drug treatments, conventional CPR and the use of hypothermia are now being coordinated with great affect - in one case reviving a man who'd been clinically dead for more than an hour. Ben Gruber reports.
CHICAGO (AP) — By age 6, children should have vaccinations against 14 diseases, in at least two dozen separate doses, the U.S. government advises. More than 1 in 10 parents reject that, refusing some shots or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns, a national survey found.
Worries about vaccine safety were common even among parents whose kids were fully vaccinated: 1 in 5 among that group said they think delaying shots is safer than the recommended schedule. The results... (more)
Any conversation about the superfluity of the federal government or her legion of agencies will invariably turn to this question: "Who will keep our food safe?" It is as sure as Godwin's law — except in this case, the fascists have, inexplicably, become the good guys.
Apparently, the FDA and the USDA have a stellar and unblemished track record of keeping the populace safe from tainted food and dangerous medicines. I... (more)
As previously posted, scientists from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)--including a nationally-respected cancer expert and members of the National Academy of Scientists--are seriously concerned that they do, and now TSA union reps in Boston have cited a “cancer cluster” among TSA workers there.