In Praise of Cholesterol

Can we all get over our fixation on cholesterol? I mean, now that it’s clear that cholesterol isn’t what’s causing heart disease? But, but, but, if cholesterol is building up in my arteries, doesn’t that mean cholesterol’s the problem?

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The March to No Place Good

A Monsanto bigwig got wifey-poo, who happens to be in Congress, to introduce an agriculture bill that sounds like it’s for Mom, apple pie and the American flag. Fact is, it’s an attempt to put organic farms and farmer’s markets out of business.

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More Bad News From the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration, politicized to the gills, added more bad news to the continuing stream. Dr. Sidney Wolfe, of let’s-politicize-everything Ralph Nader fame, just came on board to work on drug safety. Now, given the FDA history of Vioxx and its kin, you might not know they consider such things. They do; they […]

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Three Cheers for Snapple

From what I hear, Snapple will change from high-fructose corn syrup to sugar in at least some of their teas. That’s good news. Sugar isn’t good for you, but high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is dreadful. The why of it is kind of interesting.

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CDC Gets It Wrong Again

On the heels of significant research proving that salt does not, except in the case of a few sensitive (allergic?) people, raise blood pressure or cause health problems, the CDC–your government in action–issued a statement condemning the use of salt. Talk about being so last century!

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Kids With Kidney Stones

An Associated Press item reports a startling increase in kids with kidney stones. Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia said they treated ten kids for kidney stones in 2005; this year, they’re treating five a month. So that’s sixty cases now versus 10 cases just a few years ago.

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