Road to Nanny State Paved With Bad Intentions?
(July 31st, 2008)
California is abuzz this week about matters of public health. Like many other news outlets, the Orange County Register editorialized against the state’s recent Crisco prohibition, citing economist Walter Williams’ comments on a similar ban in New York City last year: They’ve started out with a small...
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Food only part of obesity problem
(July 30th, 2008)
By Trice WhitefieldBackground footage for obesity-related news reports often features shots of bulging bellies surrounded by a predictable assortment of dietary hooligans: french fries, ice cream, burgers and other tasty fare. As these images suggest, health officials, nutrition advocacy organizations and weight-loss "experts” blame these "bad” foods for our...
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A balanced approach to food choices
(July 30th, 2008)
No one in his right mind would deny the importance of cancer prevention, but I thought Simon Chaitowitz's cynical use of Tony Snow's tragic death to promote vegetarianism was unusually offensive. ("Tony Snow's cancer: Is there a lesson for us?," July 16)I also wonder just how Ms. Chaitowitz knows...
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100 Percent Fat, 100 Percent False
(July 30th, 2008)
Yesterday, a study published in the journal Obesity warned that normal-weight Americans may soon be found only in history books. According to the dire projections made by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University, all of us will become overweight or obese in a matter of decades. Think...
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Anti-Biotech ‘Crop Crushing’ Is The New Book-Burning
(July 29th, 2008)
It’s been a scorching hot summer in the debate over genetically modified (GM) crops. As we reported last month, anti-technology activists have been in a collective hissy fit since an overwhelming tide of scientists and political leaders began to publicly acknowledge the potential of GM foods to feed...
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‘Chicken Little’ syndrome restricts bird flu discussion
(July 28th, 2008)
Re: “Bird flu mutates during race against time to find vaccine,” July 21Dr. Michael Greger has very unconventional views about the billion-to-one chance that bird flu will become a serious human health threat. And there’s a very good reason for his panic-inducing position.Greger is a lifelong animal rights activist...
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California’s Silliest Law Is About To Get Sillier
(July 28th, 2008)
“Warning labels that warn against any infinitesimal risk are essentially useless,” the popular Consumerist blog observed last week in a discussion of California’s cancer-labels-on-everything “Proposition 65” law. “The outbreak of warning labels spawned by Proposition 65 is so widespread that consumers are being conditioned to ignore them.”...
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Chubby kids need to move more
(July 26th, 2008)
The latest research on exercise among American youth confirms what many of us already suspected: Most kids just aren't moving enough (7/16, A-5, "Teens turn less active, study says; As children grow up, they often aren't getting the needed minimum daily hour of exercise"). By narrowly focusing on food in...
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Quote of the Week
(July 25th, 2008)
Nutrition nannies are less than jazzed about America’s cultural focus on free will. Take, for instance, the food cops at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. This week, CSPI threw a tantrum when U.S. consumers gained another food choice (a Thin Mint cookie Blizzard) of...
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Same Old, Same Old …
(July 24th, 2008)
We hear dire warnings daily. Health experts have cautioned against talking on cell phones, eating butter, drinking tap water, and even sitting too close to the office printer. From bad to good and then back again, there’s almost no aspect of our lives that hasn’t been dubbed “dangerous”...
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