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Prejudice at Work: Fat Cops Face Pay Cuts 19
The Weight of the Nation: More In(s)anity 32
How to Burn 800 Calories in Just 30 Minutes 36
LCHF: Accused of a Crime that Never Happened 46
The problem with a balanced diet 19
Your iPhone Gives You Cancer – But Protects You From Malaria! 8
Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition 21
Are Low-Carb Zealots Close-Minded? 121
Why Calorie Counters are Confused 60
Statistics for Beginners 2
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Your iPhone Gives You Cancer – But Protects You From Malaria!

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*** Warning – irony below! ***

Do you have an iPhone? Beware: according to new studies, having an iPhone increases your risk for breast and prostate cancer!

However, your iPhone will protect you from infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. Hence, you don’t need to take malaria prophylaxis when traveling with your iPhone.

The above has been proven in many new scientific studies on cell phone habits among millions of people around the world. The map above is one example. Areas with many cell phones show an increased risk for cancer, while areas with few cell phones show an increased risk for malaria and certain other infections.

Paradoxes?

South Africa is tragically hard hit by HIV, despite many cell phones. This is the “South African Paradox”. Researchers speculate that perhaps wine drinking offers protection. Continue Reading →

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LCHF: Accused of a Crime that Never Happened

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Has the LCHF diet been accused of a crime that never happened? Yes, argues the Icelandic cardiologist Dr Sigurdsson, and it’s a good read:

Doc’s Opinion: Accused of a crime that never happened – LCHF on trial in Sweden

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Are Low-Carb Zealots Close-Minded?

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Are low-carb people close-minded, just like some vegan people seem to be? Are we all caught up in group thinking?

Here’s a great blog post on the subject:

Authority Nutrition: Confessions of a Biased Low-Carb Zealot

I mostly agree with it, but I have a few minor objections:  Continue Reading →

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Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

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What are the biggest lies mistakes of mainstream nutrition? The things that people believe about diet and health that just aren’t true? Here’s a great list:

Authority Nutrition: Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

I would add two more silly mistakes:

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Why Calorie Counters are Confused

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We’ve all been brainwashed about calories.

A few years ago I believed it myself. Losing weight was exclusively about “consuming less calories than you expend”. The mantra was: “eat less, run more”.

Fat people’s problems – I believed – came from them eating more calories than they expended. They were gluttonous and slothful; they lacked strength of character, which meant that thin people like me had such strength of character. This was uplifting news to me, if a bit prejudiced.

This way of looking at things seemed so obvious and simple. Today however, more and more people realizing how inane it is. Soon we’ll look back and laugh at the silliness.  Continue Reading →

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Statistics for Beginners

Correlation is not the same thing as causation. But don’t tell that to health reporters. I hardly recall seeing a single headline reporting on observational data getting this fundamental thing right.

For example: Does red meat shorten your life?

I still recommend the Science for Smart People lecture for a funny way to learn about this. Over 65,000 people have already seen it on YouTube.

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How to Burn 800 Calories in Just 30 Minutes

Really, who cares about burning calories?

Just eat real food (without excess sugar or starch) when you are hungry and let your body take care of it. You’ve got better things to do with your time than wasting it counting calories. I can pretty much guarantee it.

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The Weight of the Nation: More In(s)anity

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I just saw the second episode of HBO’s “Weight of the Nation”. Oh, boy. Did they really have to burn money on producing a glitzy show with the exact same failed message that everybody has already heard X number of times before?

You know, the exact same advice that has failed us through the entire obesity epidemic. The same advice that repeatedly (at least 17 times so far) turns out to be the least effective when actually subjected to scientific tests. In a word, crap advice.

You guessed it: it’s all about desperately trying to ignore your hunger, counting your calories and eating “balanced diets”. And a balanced diet is as usual defined seemingly without a shred of science involved. A balanced diet is basically what the “experts” believe that you should eat.

This is the worst part: Any junk food can in theory be “part of a healthy balanced diet”. In fact, you shouldn’t even attempt to quit the junk food. You’re actually warned from even trying! Check it out: Continue Reading →

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Prejudice at Work: Fat Cops Face Pay Cuts

Cheap junk food – worse than a high salary?

England, Europe’s fattest country, has big problems. More than one in five police officers are obese and the problem is getting worse. Meanwhile, proposals for solutions are getting stupider. Pay cuts are now proposed for police officers who fail to lose weight.

Evening Standard: Police face the sack for being fat

This is yet another sad manifestation of today’s ignorance and prejudice against people with weight problems. The problem will hardly be solved by kicking harder on the afflicted, neither with pay cuts nor with insults. That the latter is a real past proposal by the British health minister is just mindblowing.

Obesity is more common in poor people and cheap junk food (like sugar and starches) is probably the biggest cause. Lowering the salaries of the victims will hardly help.

When this initiative doesn’t make fat people slim, what will be next? Restaurants where fat people are not allowed? Buses they may not ride in? Park benches they aren’t allowed to sit on? Where will it end?

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The problem with a balanced diet

You think this is a joke? Think again.

The problem with the fuzzy thinking about “balanced” diets is that it’s a perfect excuse to eat anything. The junk food industry loves this argument, for obvious reasons.

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