Junk Science and Research Fraud

Government Nutrition 

  • Another nutty government health policy document has been released which includes recommending a “plant-based diet”, more whole grains and ” “‘electronic tracking and monitoring of the use of screen-based technologies’ as a way to limit screen time.”  It is not clear from the article whether the use of monitoring devices would be voluntary or mandatory.
  • Oops, vitamin D levels massively miscalculated.  “The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D is ten times lower than what we actually need, say two teams of researchers who have challenged the US’s National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), both responsible for the RDA”.

Heart Disease/Lipids/Cholesterol

  • Millions may be on statins needlessly, says the UK Telegraph, because cholesterol is not an accurate predictor of heart disease risk.  A calcium heart scan imaging test would show that many people on statins have no buildup of blockages in their arteries. RB: cholesterol is not an cause of arterial damage, though in people with arterial degeneration it may be a marker for tracking the progress of their disease.  It should not be considered causal in diagnosis and treatment.

The “New View” of Obesity

  • A long review article in Aeon Mag by David Berreby tries to synthesize the various aspects of the “new view” on obesity: fat is regulated by hormones, the factors influencing hormones are multiple, including sugar, refined foods, the circadian cycle, and endocrine disrupting chemicals.
  • From the Daily Mail, Obesity raises women’s risk of seven cancers by 40%.  The article confuses correlation with causality.   More likely, glucose and insulin disregulation cause both obesity and cancer. This is, however, consistent with the Warburg/Seyfried view of cancer.
  • A research study suggests an endocrine function linking excess stored body fat to dementia.
  • Obesity linked to pollutants. “…the finding challenges the view that obesity is due solely to increased caloric intake and reduced physical activity. That’s not the whole story.”

High-Fat/Low Carb

  • As the low-fat mythology continues its loud and public collapse, the New York Times now asks Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs?.  The article sites Dr. Steven Volek, a high-fat/low-carb researcher who has co-authored a book on HFLC for atheletes.
  • The movie Run on Fat (from the producers of Cereal Killers) examines the adoption of a high-fat diet among athletes (appears to focus especially on endurance athletes.  The trailer is online and the movie can be watched pay per view for about $5 USD.
  • Vinnie Tortorich interviews Donal O’Neill, the film maker of Run on Fat about HFLC for athletes, how the sugar energy beverage industry promotes the idea of “carb loading” for athletes, and how big pharma orchestrates media amplification of anti-meat, anti-fat research.
  • Dr. Richard Feinman, author of a new book The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydate Revolution talks to low-carb man about his book.  They cover the accumulation of research on high-fat diets, the lack of scientific standards in the field of nutrition generally, the first low-carb revolution (Atkins) and the second (happening now), and the politicization of the low-fat agenda.
  • Sean Croxton interviews Dr. Brian Nowll about glucose regulation, insulin, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.  They discuss the idea that Alzheimer’s is “type 3 diabetes” or diabetes of the brain and the connection between glucose disregulation and the buildup of plaques.

Farm Rights/Agriculture

  • The American Conservative (one of the few publications on the right that has any sensitivity to the issue of local agriculture and farm freedom), features an opinion piece Why Local Food Freedom Matters about the Wyoming Food Freedom act, focusing on the views of anarchist farmer Joel Salatin.

Vaccination

GMO

Fake Food

Psychiatry

Intermittent Fasting

  • Mark’s Daily Apple podcast interviews Brad Pilon, author of a book about intermittent fasting. Pilon is a nutritionist who formerly believed in the necessity of small meals every two hours but was persuaded by research findings of the benefits of intermittent fasting, among them hormonal regulation and fat loss.

Coffee

  • From the Daily Mail (UK): “Those who do not drink coffee are 1.5 times more likely to develop MS.  This was compared to people who drank at least four cups a day” 1.5x is probably below the threshold of a significant result in epidemiology, but still a fun result.
  • Daily Mail (UK) covers the bulletproof coffee takeoff in England.
  • Those new dietary guidelines, the ones that say not to worry about dietary cholesterol any more, also say to drink more coffee.

Gut Biome

Exercise