Contagious obesity
(July 31st, 2007)
If obesity is contagious, so is stupidity ("Friendship at heart of obesity; Overweight? Pals may play key role, researchers say," Page 1, July 26).By claiming that people catch obesity from their friends and family, a recent study not only defies logic but removes any notion of personal responsibility from...
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Pregnancy and Seafood
(July 31st, 2007)
Re “Dispelling Pregnancy Myths: Eating for 1.5” (Personal Health, July 24):Pregnant women have enough to worry about without being misled about the impact of seafood on the health of their unborn babies. Although the F.D.A. and E.P.A. continue to counsel expectant mothers to stay away from some fish...
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Quote Of The Week
(July 31st, 2007)
Yesterday in the San Jose Mercury News, columnist Joel Stein had a fantastic retort to some food companies' recent capitulations to overzealous food activists. Our favorite part: Protecting kids is a natural instinct, but as soon as they learn to type, they're going to be...
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Group’s mercury scare is misleading
(July 30th, 2007)
The environmental scare group Oceana is at it again, claiming that mercury levels in anglers at last year's Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo put their health in jeopardy ("Hair tests detect higher mercury levels in anglers, "July 18). But nothing could be further from the truth.The Environmental Protection Agency's...
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Catching fat
(July 30th, 2007)
Re "Study finds obesity loves company," July 26If obesity is contagious, so is stupidity. By claiming that people "catch" obesity from their friends and family, a recent study not only defies logic but removes any notion of personal responsibility from the obesity debate.Alleging that fat is contagious (like flu...
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Taking Aspirin for Animals
(July 30th, 2007)
This weekend the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and assorted other radical animal rights groups hosted a “Taking Action for Animals” conference in Washington, DC. The Center for...
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Vegetarianism isn’t cure-all for warming
(July 28th, 2007)
Patrice Green's anti-meat prescription for global climate change would be more credible if she weren't backed by a radical animal rights group ("Save the planet with a vegetarian diet," July 19).The misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is affiliated with and funded by People for the Ethical Treatment of...
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Sushi, Diet Soda Latest Health Targets
(July 28th, 2007)
It's important not to overreact to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's pronouncement about New Yorkers' mercury levels .The average mercury level in Japan is far higher than the average in Manhattan. Yet the Japanese — and their children —...
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Big pile of chips to get cancer
(July 28th, 2007)
Before Trent University professor Alicja Zobel panics the public about acrylamide in potato chips and other starchy foods, a little perspective is in order. ("Trent professor urges acrylamide labels on food," July 25)Olives, almonds, prune juice, asparagus, spinach, and beets are also naturally high in acrylamide. Does anyone really...
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Animal Protection Groups Welcome Terrorism to DC Conference
(July 27th, 2007)
Washington, DC -- The “Taking Action For Animals” conference, kicking off tonight at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, will feature at least one organization with direct ties to organized terrorism, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom warned today. The event is sponsored by the Humane...
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