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“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact”
~ Charles Darwin (it's evolutionary baybeee!)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Physician Phollies IV: Dr. Cate Asks How Many Calories in Mayo?

I really thought this was a joke, and a silent hat tip goes out to the person who brought this to my attention so's that I don't get them on anyone's bad list for contributing to such a post here at the Asylum.  But OMG.

... now that Mark Sisson is whipping up wonderful mayo, I can get to work on the backlog of tuna salad, pea salad, and deviled eggs I’ve been denying myself. ... I thought I’d enjoy some tuna salad with two heaping spoonfuls of Mark’s zippy mayo—call it research for  lower calorie  meal plans for my new business, the FatBurn Factory.  With the addition of a few capers, instant lunch! But I need to know for, for the sake of my patients, ... 
Yeah I know what you're thinking.  What the heck is pea salad, and is there anyone else on the planet denying themselves of this dish?  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Let's Do Away With The Dietary Guidelines

Blogstress Note:  This post has been in the draft bin for some time, most of it written very shortly after the JAMA article that sparked it.  As you'll see, it's more ranty than usual ;-)   I thought about toning it down or adding to it from the NYT editorial, but have just gotten too busy.  So I'm publishing it up -- as is -- before it exceeds it's blog by date by too much!  There's probably some repetition with the Percentages post published up in the interim.  Please forgive typos, dropped sentences, incomplete thoughts, etc.  Dunno how many there may be, so here goes ...

Let's Do Away With The Dietary Guidelines 

The true cause of the
childhood obesity epidemic
... if this is what it takes to save me from being bombarded with one more idiotic editorial in a peer review journal -- like the recent one in JAMA by Dariush Mozaffarian MD,DrPH and David S. Ludwig MD,PhD -- I'm jumping on board.  Oh!!  And this rank stupidity is so important to ad revenue for JAMA that in the past few days, it has been "upgraded" to free!  The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines:  Lifting the Ban on Total Dietary Fat.  All excerpts from this putrid pontification will be in purple.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Great Cholesterol Con-Artist: Malcolm Kendrick

There has been a spate of studies and commentaries coming out of late related to plasma saturated fatty acid content, dietary sat fats and carbohydrates.  It gets mightly frustrating to hear the same arguments made over and over, when some basic calculations and critical radiolabel-tracer studies have shown otherwise for over 15-25 years now (and longer, I'm talking major summary papers and supporting studies).  And still ....

Kendrick is a Scottish physician, author of The Great Cholesterol Con, hence my title.  He's also a card carrying member of  and spokesman for THINCS:  THe International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics.    Sadly, his skepticism and paranoia have turned him into quite the con artist ... feet planted firmly in denial.
Professors, who shall be nameless, appear unable to admit how basic human physiology works. For example, they may concede a few steps here and there, but they will never, ever, admit to the following chain that I have described below.

Beware the preamble, and not naming names.  Many have called me brave -- or crazy! -- for naming names on this blog.  But it is important to do so most of the time.  The way I see it, show me what it is these people are really saying, so I can decide for myself what they are supposedly in denial about.    I'll show you who I'm talking about so you can assess my credibility on this point.   As written, Kendrick is setting the pole up for a giant strawman.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Percentages are Often Meaningless II

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Summary: You can reduce the percentage of one item by increasing the total amount of all items.  This can give the illusion that you've reduced the amount of the item in question, but is just that ... an illusion.

That previous post on this was inspired by yet another round of Fun with Numbers, this time courtesy of David Ludwig and Dariush Mozaffarian in JAMA ... and now the NYT   (I'm beginning to see a pattern here.  NYT is the publicity outlet for all JAMA editorial nonsense, much like Time is the outlet for BMJ's Open Season on Science Heart journal.)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Women, Athletes & Calories -- Does Tara Lipinski Eat Enough?


Blogstress Note:  This post has been brewing ... in my head and in the Blogger draft, for a few days now.  This issue really hit a nerve, but every time I started writing, things got even longer than my usual.    I didn't want it to be unmanageably long, but I also didn't want to start a whole series.  I think I may have found a way to cut this to two somewhat manageable parts, without straying too far off of blog topic.

This will be a departure from normal events here, and yet ties in with topics I discuss with some degree of regularity, both in general and within the IHC:  Calories and Eating Disorders.

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Part I will deal with Calories
Part II will deal with Eating Disorders

This is going to be female-centric.  Sorry male readers!

Without further ado:

Yes, something got under my skin the other day on Facebook, and since this is my major outlet for sharing thoughts, I'm blogging about it here.  Apparently Tara Lipinski shared her daily diet and how she stays in shape with People magazine recently, and some people weren't too happy!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Did Chris Kresser Plagiarize Perfect Health Diet for his Healthy Baby Code?


I present here, the unequivocal evidence that the answer to the question posed in the post title is "Yes".  

If I were the author of the book Chris Kresser cribbed from, I'd be hopping mad.  This is a very big deal.    I'm also under no delusions that this will amount to much of anything in the Incestral Health Community (the IHC), because Fonzi is in the air!  (Will Sisson selling reverse cave leveraging plans be far behind?)  But you never know.   

Plagiarism in general is serious business.  Heck, I hear colleges are even still willing to expel students over the charge (used to be virtually automatic).   What Chris Kresser did was copy the central tenets of The Perfect Health Diet, and pass them of as his own in The Healthy Baby Code -- a $197 multi-media package.   Of this there can be no doubt ... because he copied erroneous material!

{ASIDE:  I don't know if folks reading this truly appreciated the genius that was Seth Yoder's exposé of plagiarism:  FAT IN THE DIET AND MORTALITY FROM HEART DISEASE: A PLAGIARISTIC NOTE.  The main point was not listing all the incidents of plagiarism -- of copying Gary Taubes' words regarding Ancel Keys, the infamous Six Countries Plot, and Yerushalmy & Hilleboe's critique.  The reason it is so obviously plagiarism is that the copycats copied Taubes' mistakes.    It is the one sure way to catch a cheater.  The more unique a "mistake" is to the original source, the more obvious the plagiarism.}

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Should the "Intellectuals" Be Given a Pass on Dishonesty?

Sometime in June of 2010, I wrote the following words about Gary Taubes:
I'm left to conclude this man is totally bereft of intellectual honesty.
Supporters of Taubes jumped at this and claimed I had called the man a liar.  A willful fraud.  But at that time I had never used those words.  I don't believe I flat out accused him of lying until December of 2010 in response to his defense of his then new book Why We Get Fat.  I still try to avoid those words, if only because of the flack I receive when I do.  And yet, the qualifier "intellectual" has been bothering me a lot lately.  
Intellectual Dishonesty:  "When one avoids an honest, deliberate and comprehensive approach to a matter because it may introduce an adverse effect on personally and professionally held views and beliefs."

Percentages are Often Meaningless

I posted something like this on my Facebook page a while back.  Rather than find it, I've decided to recreate it here.

Let's say that I take home $4000 per month.  Let's say my "basic" living expenses for home and car including all operating costs, insurances and whatnot are $2500 leaving me $1500 to live on.  Of that I spend $600 on food and clothing, $600 on entertainment and save $300.    My entertainment budget is currently 15% of my take home income.

At my annual visit to the financial planner tax person, I'm told that I really ought to cut back on my entertainment expenses so that I can put away more for retirement.  A somewhat dramatic one-third cut from current entertainment expenses is suggested.  This would amount to 5% of my current income and bring entertainment down to 10% of the total.   

Then I had a brilliant idea, I would buy a new car and move to a more expensive home in a more expensive neighborhood so that my baseline living expenses almost double to $4500 per month.  I change nothing else except that my former $300 for savings goes to buy food and clothing in more expensive stores.   So now, my total living expenses are $6000 per month, for which I dip into the home equity line of credit to cover at the rate of $2000 per month.  

The following year I visit my financial planner tax person who is horrified by recent developments!  I calmly explain that I did as requested.  I have cut my entertainment expenses to 10%.

Why is he/she not impressed??   

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Comment notice

Just a quick note to commenters here.  I was traveling for the past several days and unfortunately don't always catch every comment that goes to moderation.  Most comments are automatically posted, but some -- even w/o links -- get held up even when I whitelist someone.  I just approved roughly a dozen, which is all of the comments in the "Pending' folder.  Sorry!  I try to keep the flow going here and greatly appreciate interaction.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Babies In Ketosis

This post topic was inspired by the following article:  Ketosis - key to human babies’ big brains?  It is hosted on Tim Noakes' website and written by one of his associates in nutritional information misdirection, Tamzyn Murphy Campbell, RD.  I'm going to address this misdirection and the disturbing parts of this article vis a vis Campbell in a future BabyGate Files, but for now I want to discuss the role of ketones in metabolism.  In doing so, I'd also like to explain my somewhat cryptic recent post on heating my kitchen.  (I've C&P'd that entire post to the end further down in this one, so if you don't wish to go to another page, you can just scroll down to The Kitchen Heating Analogy).     I'm going to structure this post a little differently than most and get to my point, then provide the back up information.  Let's see how this goes.  

The major source (6 of 12 numbered citations, 1 of 6 unique sources) for her article is:   Survival of the fattest: fat babies were the key to evolution of the large human brain (2003) Stephen C. Cunnane, Michael A. Crawford (I'll call this C&C)