Salt Causes Dementia, Eh? Not So Fast.
(August 30th, 2011)
With the publication of two studies in the past few months tripping up the War on Salt, a new study threatens to give ammo to the sodium police. The research is already being spun with headlines such as “Too Much Salt is Bad for the...
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Al Gore: Meat = Global Warming
(August 29th, 2011)
Former Vice President Al Gore is well known for his advocacy work on climate-change issues. But a new interview with Gore is making waves—and not just for his comparison of climate-change skeptics to racists. Politico reports on Gore’s super-serial indictment of farming:"Industrial agriculture is a...
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Fish-Oil Salesman Puts Poor Children at Risk
(August 24th, 2011)
Dr. Joseph Mercola has a lot of strange ideas (like his comparison of chicken nuggets to Silly Putty), but the Internet’s most famous osteopath couldn’t be more self-servingly wrong in his blog post about fish oil this week.On FoodConsumer.org, he writes:
There are times when supplements can be...
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HSUS: D-D-Dreadful Charity Practices
(August 23rd, 2011)
Three times a year, the venerable American Institute of Philanthropy (which runs CharityWatch.org) analyzes publicly reported information from charities and issues a report card grading how well these organizations spend their money. Unlike other charity analysts, AIP digs past the face-value data to get a more accurate measure...
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FDA Fries Acrylamide Hype
(August 22nd, 2011)
When law students resort to suing their alma mater, it may signal a weak employment market for the litigiously inclined. Unfortunately, some California lawyers have been putting their degrees to use in another creative but abusive way: bounty-hunting under Proposition 65, the state’s toxic “right-to-know” law....
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Quote of the Week
(August 19th, 2011)
In defense of genetically modified (GM) foods, Nina V. Fedoroff – a professor of biology at Penn State and the former science and technology adviser to the secretary of state – has penned a fascinating look at the benefits of GM in The New York Times. She reminds...
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A Vegan Manifesto Wearing a Weight-Loss Halo
(August 18th, 2011)
Neal Barnard, president of the deceptively named “Physicians Committee” for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), is hitting the road this month on a book tour to promote his 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart program. The casual observer might think this is yet another hardcover to fill up the self-help section....
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Conventional wisdom isn’t always wise
(August 17th, 2011)
In a time when seemingly every kind of food or drink has something bad associated with it, you’d think at least water would escape unscathed. But one doctor reported in the British Medical Journal this July that advice to drink … Continue reading
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PETA: Porno-mongers for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(August 17th, 2011)
It’s been a while since we’ve written much about People for the "Ethical Treatment" of Animals (PETA), generally because the animal-rights group has turned into a circus sideshow. But today’s breaking news is too good to pass up. PETA’s lettuce-bikini activism is about to go online—only this...
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News Roundup: A Phony “Watchdog” and Fishy Food Fears
(August 15th, 2011)
August may be a traditionally slow news cycle, but we’re lighting up the media. In Roll Call, a popular publication among the Capitol Hill crowd and DC policy wonks, we expose an inside-the-beltway organization called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that masquerades as a nonpartisan watchdog....
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