Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates voted to declare obesity a “disease,”  perhaps the only such curable by shutting your pie-hole and taking a hike. We weren’t alone in expressing skepticism of the AMA’s move and … Continue reading
It must be a slow month at the office for personal injury attorney J. Michael Hayes of Buffalo, New York. Last week Hayes filed suit against six manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) for allegedly contributing to a 14 year old girl’s diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Hayes … Continue reading

Organic Food No Cure-All

(June 21st, 2013)
All the rage from the Food Police recently has been that so-called “processed foods” are stealth assassins shortening the lives of Americans. But as David H. Freedman points out this week in The Atlantic, the foodie world’s so-called “wholesome foods” may in fact be just as bad. To … Continue reading
The Fourth of July will simply not be the same with cabbage on the grill and cucumbers filling hot dog buns. But “according to the latest study” by Walter Willett, the Harvard epidemiologist recently admonished by the prestigious scientific journal Nature for trying to … Continue reading
The debate over childhood obesity has primarily centered on the nutritional aspects of foods offered to children, and banning “junk food” has become the trendy way to tackle it. But a new study by researchers from Cornell University published in … Continue reading
Britain’s leading business newspaper, the Financial Times, goes into the heart of America’s most overweight state (Mississippi) to tell a story about one of the greatest mirages in food policy: the “food desert.” In a poor, remote town in Mississippi, … Continue reading
A persistent myth in the food policy world, spread most forcefully by First Lady Michelle Obama, is that the nation can conquer obesity through the power of farmers’ markets. This is typically positioned against the supposed evils of a “food … Continue reading
The press release wires recently buzzed with an announcement from a group calling itself “Citizens for Health” calling attention to the unpublished abstract of not-yet-peer-reviewed research purporting to show that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) promotes addictive behavior in rats. It’s … Continue reading
New Yorkers riding public transportation will see new gross-out advertisements from New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene — the same entity tasked with imposing a soda ban on city restaurants before it was invalidated by a state … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, the Institute of Medicine, usually a scold-friendly issuer of hundred-page reports demanding social engineering of food choices, dropped a bombshell by declaring that reducing salt more aggressively isn’t necessary. Food scolds like Michael Jacobson of … Continue reading