Thursday, June 24, 2010

Problem Solved

Way to go Marika!

Fifty-six year-old Marika De Florio solved the problem of the kid next door driving a noisy ATV all day on her street. She goes out topless (legal in Ontario) and the kid's grandparents haul him inside to save him from [what?].

The perfect solution. No force. Nobody's hurt, and there's peace in the valley.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Sugar, Soft Drinks and Blood Pressure, Oh My!

Another study uncovering the obvious:

A study out of Louisiana State University finds that reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is independently associated with a reduction in blood pressure. The relationships persisted after controlling for weight-change and body-mass index.
     Dr. Liwei Chen et al. also found that caffeine and sugar-free drinks had no effect on blood pressure.
    "Our study has important public-health implications," observe Chen et al. "For example, it has been estimated that a 3-mm-Hg reduction in systolic BP should reduce stroke mortality by 8% and coronary heart disease mortality by 5%. Such reductions in systolic BP would be anticipated by reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by an average of two servings per day."

Ref: Chen L, Caballero B, Mitchell DC, et al. Reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with reduced blood pressure. A prospective study among United States adults. Circulation 2010; DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.911164. Available at: http://

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hot Bried Prosciutto

Food for the Gods:

Fold a couple of slices of Prosciutto, maybe 100 grams, to hamburger size. Put a few tablespoons of Brie on top. Microwave for about two minutes so the Brie melts over the meat.
    Add cayenne. Enjoy.


I suppose it's possible that Harper personally planned the G8/G20 conferences and personally approved the dozens of cost estimates and requisitions that added up to costing more than the gun registry.
    More likely, I think, that the federal bureaucracy, Liberal and NDP voters all, sandbagged their Ministers. Given the opportunity to divert non-trivial funds to a laundry list of pet rabbits and, at the same time, embarrass the Conservatives, they jumped on it.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Swedish Meat Balls

There's a scene in Babylon 5 where G'Kar is entertaining a guest for dinner. His guest is curious as to how G'Kar was able to get "breen", a particular delicacy from the Narn home world, since it's occupied by the Centari. G'Kar explains that it's actually an Earth dish called Swedish Meatballs.
    He goes on to say he's discovered that every sentient race in the galaxy has a dish just like it. He suspects that it's one of those great universal mysteries that will either never be explained or that will drive you mad if you ever learn the truth.

Recommended: President's Choice Swedish Meatballs.
Easy to prepare, tastes great (though it needs salt) and 6 carb grams per serving.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Dog heaven

Dogs are carnivores too. Have you ever seen a dog run out to the potato patch to dig up a treat?
    After extensive research, I found that, in Canada, President's Choice "extra MEATY" Dinners have the most meat and the least rabbit food. It helps that they're also the most real food (protein and fat) for the buck.
    I've got big dogs with the usual hip problems. They're a whole lot better since I stopped feeding them kibble (aka rice and corn) and put them on an all-animal diet.

The Lower Limit of Dietary Carbohydrate

How do you speak the truth about the role of carbohydrates in nutrition and keep your grant money flowing? Bury it on page 275 of a 1300-page report sporting a large panel of well-credentialed scientists as the authors.
    Here's what you'll find if you have the patience or curiosity to get that far:

The lower limit of dietary carbohydrate compatible with life apparently is zero, provided that adequate amounts of protein and fat are consumed.

There's more:

There are traditional populations that ingested a high fat, high protein diet containing only a minimal amount of carbohydrate for extended periods of time (Masai), and in some cases for a lifetime after infancy (Alaska and Greenland Natives, Inuits, and Pampas indigenous people) (Du Bois, 1928; Heinbecker, 1928). There was no apparent effect on health or longevity. Caucasians eating an essentially carbohydrate-free diet, resembling that of Greenland natives, for a year tolerated the diet quite well (Du Bois, 1928). However, a detailed modern comparison with populations ingesting the majority of food energy as carbohydrate has never been done.

That last sentence is telling. No one wants to do the definitive study for fear of what it will say. They don't want to know. On the other hand, the experiment is ongoing in trailer parks across the U.S.


DIETARY REFERENCE INTAKES FOR Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. The Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Low Carb Labelling -- go to jail

If there's any doubt that Health Canada's bureaucrats are influenced by the starch and sugar industry, it can be quickly dispelled by the regulations that came into force 12 December 2007.

According to their FAQ, "The regulations were developed through extensive consultation with consumers, health interest groups and the food industry. " That's fairly obvious.
    According to these regs, nothing can be labelled "Low Carb". Low Fat, Low Sodium and a host of others are OK. Low Carb is illegal. The only winners are the people trying to feed us starches and sugars and the people to whom they're indebted.
    Fortunately, they screwed up and required carb content on the nutrients label, so it's easy to find good food even if it doesn't scream at you from across the aisle.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The missing case against red meat

May 20, 2010 — The first study to systematically separate out the effects of red unprocessed meat from processed-meat products has shown that eating the former is not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or diabetes.
    But eating 50 g of processed meat per day--the equivalent of one typical hot dog in the US, or two slices of deli meat--was associated with a 42% higher risk of CHD and a 19% increased risk of diabetes, say Dr Renata Micha (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA) and colleagues in their paper published online May 17, 2010 in Circulation.

* Micha R, Wallace SK, and Mozaffarian D. Red and processed meat consumption and risk of incidence coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes mellitus. A systematic review and meta-analysis. Circulation 2010; DOI:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.924977. Available at:

In other words, they weren't able to find any kind of link between eating red meat and any of the diseases we've been told are caused by eating red meat.
    Too bad they didn't control for carbs; the result for processed meats might have been different.