Archive for the ‘Health & Wellness Paradigm’ Category

Food Politics, Not Science

Saturday, April 9, 2016 11:23 No Comments

A Bloomberg article, “The world is getting fatter and no one knows how to stop it,” blathers on about how world governments will centrally manage obesity, with one avenue being the bureaucratic analysis of the ”negative” impact that free trade has upon health outcomes, and hence the centralized management of trade via tariffs, taxation, and policy. Another Bloomberg [...]

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Worship the Medical Gatekeepers

Sunday, March 10, 2013 17:34 10 Comments

Major media organs like the New York Times hate it that a growing movement is afoot wherein Americans are becoming self-aware and taking charge of their own health matters. This article, “Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It or Not,” is yet another piece from a writer who is horrified that any person should dare to not consult [...]

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Anti-Obesity TV Spots Called “Shame” Ads

Sunday, October 7, 2012 13:00 3 Comments

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota has sparked a ton of controversy over some TV ads that are deemed negative “shame” ads. The nonprofit health insurer ran the following ads.   Here’s an NPR spot about the ads and the ensuing attacks on Blue Cross for standing behind the controversial ads. While I think the [...]

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Are We a Nation of Nervous Nellies?

Sunday, August 26, 2012 17:57 1 Comment

We’re seeing this stuff all over the media nowadays: anxiety, stress, panic attacks, and even trouble sleeping. This MSNBC article makes the case that we are a very nervous nation, with individuals often on the verge of one sort of attack or another. I found these paragraphs from the article to be intriguing: So we [...]

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Kids Need Germs and Dirt. And I Eat Bugs.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 20:29 6 Comments

I saw a surprising (local) news spot this week that talked about why kids need to dive into dirt and be exposed to germs in order to be healthy. But then again, these stories have been all over the media this year (see here), as folks are starting to actually think about the health and [...]

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The Hygiene Hypothesis

Sunday, April 1, 2012 10:30 3 Comments

Here’s a very interesting article in Science 2.0 on the hygiene hypothesis. “In the general population as many as 50 percent will have evidence of allergic sensitivity,” says Dr. Mark Holbreich, an allergist with Allergy and Asthma Consultants. In Amish kids?  7 percent.  About what I grew up with in the general population.  All kinds of [...]

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FOX News on What Really Causes Heart Disease

Monday, March 19, 2012 21:47 1 Comment

Hint: it ain’t fat and cholesterol. But the blonde media bobblehead seems to be a bit perplexed to hear that sugars cause systemic inflammation that causes the arteries to become clogged, and not fat. This is a rather weak interview with a cardiologist who rejects the conventional wisdom, yet the truth gets some airtime.

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Carbohydrates and Cancer

Saturday, March 3, 2012 17:48 No Comments

I’ve read and/or glanced at many of these studies and/or writings that interpret the studies, and this one is worth a partial reading: “Is there a role for carbohydrate restriction in the treatment and prevention of cancer?” I read the abstract and introduction and jumped right to the conclusions. Conclusions We summarize our main findings [...]

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Wal-Mart Endorses the Government’s Food Pyramid

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 21:49 4 Comments

According to the Libertarianoids, I guess I am supposed to hail this effort because it is an attempt from a private company to inform and persuade consumers. From an article on MSNBC: Wal-Mart is unveiling a simple icon that it says will help consumers make a snap decision about whether a food is healthy, without delving [...]

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Paula Deen, the Diabetes Queen

Friday, January 27, 2012 19:46 6 Comments

The Paula Deen story has taken several twists, and I have been patient in waiting to comment. Deen shocked the media with her announcement that (1) she had diabetes (is that really a surprise?) (2) she hid that fact from the public, and, (3) she has become a spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk and its diabetes drug, [...]

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