Book Review

Dr Malcom Kendick

Doctoring Data: How to sort out medical advice from medical nonsense

 

This book provides a great insight into the lies, statistical tricks, and falsifications driving current medical recommendations.  Kendrick shows that the most medical research either reaches conclusions that are contrary to the data, turns very small effects into impressive sounding results, intentionally obscures contradictory results.   The purpose of this industry is mainly to drive drug recommendations.  As one consequence, the average elderly person in the UK is on ten prescription drugs, based on the untested assumption that the benefits of each drug are cumulative.   He also has a very good discussion of the difference between a statistical correlation and causality, and how much of modern medicine is about treating correlations.

 

Highly recommended.

(I have no affiliate program, referral bonus or any kind of quid pro quo).

 

Agriculture

 

Consider supporting HR 3187, Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act.  Joel Salatin explains

Under current federal law, farmers often have to haul their animals several hours away to reach a slaughterhouse that has an inspector on-site, even if they’re selling the meat directly to consumers at a local farmers market or similar venue. This increases expenses for the farmer, raises prices for consumers, creates stress on the animals, and undermines the concept of local food.

The farmer might have a “custom” slaughterhouse much closer—but, under the federal regulations, the meat from a custom facility can only go to the individual or individuals who owned the animal at the time the slaughter took place. This means that the customer(s) must buy the whole animal while it is still alive; for many farmers and consumers, this is not viable.

If you eat grass-fed meat, please consider contacting your congressional representative about this bill.   Members of congress can be contacted by email at the web site.

  • Russ Roberts interviews Summer Brennan on her book about “the oyster war”, a controversy in western Marin County (CA) over a lease of public lands to a small oyster farm.
  • US research lab deliberately causes great suffering with bizarre experiments on animals in attempts to create higher-yielding forms of livestock.  Veterinarians are shocked, disgusted.

Mental Illness

  • A paleo writer reviews a book on healing depression by paleo diet, sunlight, exercise, adequate sleep, engaging activity and social support.
  • The Serotonin Myth debunked by psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan.   Depression not caused by low serotonin levels.   The problem is probably inflammation and many anti-depressant drugs are like statins – anti-inflammatory.

High Fat/Low Carb

Food 

  • While there were formerly thought to be four basic tastes, then five with the discovery of umami, there are now six.  It turns out that fat has its own taste.  According to this article, it doesn’t taste that great.
  • Weston A Price Foundation’s 2016 conference titled Focus on Fats, coming this november
  • Federal judge strikes down Idahos “ag gag” law (forbidding undercover investigations of animal husbandry abuse)

Misc

Junk Science and Research Fraud

  • A presentation by Dr. Donald W Miller HIV/AIDS: Unmasking Falsehood, Bringing Truth to Light arguing against a causal connection from HIV to AIDs.  The article covers the career of UC Berkeley biologist Peter Duesberg, the increase in death caused by anti-AIDS drugs, AIDs in Africa and the dissident HIV-skeptic movement. Also the use of the term “denialist” which has become a general purpose smear word to dismiss the arguments of skeptics.  (notice also the evolution from “denier” to “denialist” which sounds more like some kind of ideology).
  • Gilbert Ling critiques the peer review system of validating research. quotes critic who called it an “incestuous buddy system”

Gut Biome

Circadian Cycle/Sleep

  • Is blue light the new smoking?  Daniel Vitalis interviews physicist Dr. Edward Carome about lighting, blue light exposure, and its impact on the circadian cycle.  Dr. Carome owns a company that sells blue light blocking glasses and screen protectors.  I own a pair of his glasses and they have helped me a lot with my sleep cycle (disclosure: I have no affiliation, quid pro quo, or any kind of relationship with the company)

Vaccine

Cholesterol/Heart

  • Wide-ranging conversation between Dr David Diamond Ph.D. and Dr. Mercola about how he became diabetic following conventional advice, how Diamond lost weight and fixed his blood markers on a low-carb diet, the obstinacy and stubborn attitude of the medical profession on the low-fat orthodoxy, the association between high cholesterol and longevity, how the use of relative rather than absolute risk makes statins look good, the lack of any evidence that statins prevent heart attacks, and possible risks of the new PCSK9 inhibitors.
  • Statin drugs do not reduce total mortality (extend lifespan) says Dr. Malcolm Kendrick.
  • Chris Masterjohn explains Why the State Hates Cholesterol.  Beginning with the history of the anti-cholesterol hysteria Masterjohn makes some connections between brain functino and adequate cholesterol.
  • The Spanish population does everything wrong: eats pork, high fat diet, but does not get heart attacks.  Rather than casting doubt on the theory, this is another “paradox”.  Tom Naughton gests a laugh out of it. 
  • New Dawn magazine summarizes Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s book The Great Cholesterol Con.

Documentaries

  • That Sugar Film now available for buy/rent on iTunes: “In the vein of “Supersize Me,” Damon Gameau becomes a human guinea-pig when he puts himself through a grueling 6 week diet consuming the equivalent of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day…the average daily amount consumed by teenagers!
  • Food Matters TV – it’s like Netflix, for health.  An online video streaming platform with health and wellness, food, and agriculture-related programming.

Economics of Health Care

Epidemiology

BPA