Stomach shrinking gets a “thumb’s down.”
(February 28th, 2006)
Taxpayers should be appalled by Medicare's decision to pay for stomach-stapling surgery ("'Stomach shrinking' gets OK," Page A-9, Feb. 22). Unlike many other conditions, obesity is frequently reversible without a surgeon's intervention. Try eating less and walking more. Unfortunately, Americans have gotten away from such simple wisdom. And they've had...
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BMI Report Cards: The ‘F’ Is For ‘Futility’
(February 28th, 2006)
While some revelers are out celebrating Mardi Gras, a few Maryland legislators are conspiring to make it a Non-Fat Tuesday. The General Assembly in Annapolis is considering legislation that would require public schools to measure their students and send home Body Mass Index (BMI) information on their report...
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Scaremongering: Don’t Take The Bait
(February 27th, 2006)
While we get plenty of mail from fans of Consumer Freedom, not everything deposited in our mailbag smells so sweet. Reader Blake dropped us a line on FishScam.com earlier this month, and his tone wasn't what you'd call supportive:
Pregnant women or women and young girls who ever...
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Mercury consumption report exaggerated
(February 26th, 2006)
The Register's report ("Testing shows many Gulf fish are low in mercury contamination," Feb. 1) on the mercury levels of some Gulf of Mexico fish tested by the environmental group Oceana says that "a single bite of a fish contaminated at those levels could put a grown man over...
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Endangered status of Chilean sea bass is debatable
(February 25th, 2006)
Food columnist Debbi Snook's quandary about the ethics of eating Chilean sea bass is unnecessary ("Shortage of a favorite fish puts questions on reviewer's plate," Feb. 17). In a publicly available "Frequently Asked Questions" document, the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce ask jointly: "Is Chilean sea bass endangered?"...
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Warning: Food Scares May Be Hazardous To Your Health
(February 24th, 2006)
"Last week's reports that low-fat diets may not reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer have left Americans more confused than ever about what to eat," begins a Tuesday New York Times op-ed by writer Harriet Brown. "I'd like to make a radical suggestion: instead of...
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Indicted Eco-Terror Teacher Has A History Of Arson Instruction
(February 23rd, 2006)
SAN DIEGO – Animal-rights and environmental extremist Rodney Coronado, charged yesterday with teaching other activists how to build firebombs during an August 2003 speech, gave a similar tutorial at Washington, DC’s American University in January 2003. Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom announced that video B-roll of Coronado’s...
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PETA guilty of overkill
(February 23rd, 2006)
The latest salvo fired by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals against life-saving biomedical research should come as no surprise ("Harvard claims PETA abuse claim is tall tail," Feb. 18).

Likening scientific researchers to Abu Ghraib jailers is relatively tame stuff for PETA, whose leaders have already...
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Arrested
(February 23rd, 2006)
Yesterday in Tucson, federal agents arrested animal-rights militant Rodney Coronado on charges that during an August 2003 "revolution summer" event in San Diego, he taught a room full of activists how to make incendiary devices out of common household materials. Coronado offered a similar...
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Overprotection on Omega-3′s
(February 22nd, 2006)
Writing about conflicting messages on the healthfulness of fish, Marian Burros missed the entire point of our FishScam.com.site ("Eating Well: Advisories on Fish and the Pitfalls of Good Intent," Feb. 15). We stand by our conclusion that risks from trace amounts of mercury in fish are overblown and...
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