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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

America The Unhealthy

Hey, CBS!

Americans do get the message.

"Americans still don't seem to get the message. The latest government figures offer more proof that many people are leading unhealthy lifestyles. "

The message they get is the loud and clear one from the media, its diet guru killers, its talk show host predators, a sick care system designed to snuff dieters, etc.

What Americans need to hear is a different message.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

More fats, thinner kids

More stupid research, fatter kids.

Badly performed, badly analyzed, badly concluded.


Monday, January 29, 2007

Human metabolism recreated in lab

It's suicide.

"US researchers say they have created a 'virtual' model of all the biochemical reactions that occur in human cells.

They hope the computer model will allow scientists to tinker with metabolic processes to find new treatments for conditions such as high cholesterol.

It could also be used to individually tailor diet for weight control, the University of California team claimed."

REMEMBER: These are the same people who cannot cure toenail fungus. Don't let them "tinker" with your metabolism, genes or anything else.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Expectant mums 'getting too fat'

Reflections of us seen in the Pond.

It is a virtual certainty that the most common form of child abuse is nutritional child abuse. Therefore, it is a virtual certainty that the number one abusers of children are their parents. These child abusers fatten their progeny for the kill.

Q: But how early does it begin?

"Obese mums-to-be are more likely miscarry, experience pre-eclampsia and dangerous blood clots or need a Caesarean section to deliver the baby, which is likely to be larger itself.

According to Confidential Enquiries into Maternal and Child Health, obesity is a feature of 35% of maternal deaths.

Babies of obese mothers also face a higher death risk."

A: Before birth.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Blast over £470,000 spent on obesity drugs

See the future now!

And while you are at it, get a load of what they think of us Americans.

The diet recommendations in the article are a bit naive.

The point is and always will be Calories In, Calories Out.

And speaking of out, let's out more truth.

Do you really think that people and industries whose income is based on your illness want you well? Do you think, as our politicians do, that "health care" will improve by tossing more money at the system or paying providers less or whatever?

If you do, you are making a compelling argument in favor of getting yourself committed.

Politicians get elected by appealing to the largest number of voters. Their goal is to reach the lowest common denominator. Their method is the promise without accountability. You cannot sue a politician for lying to the public with false campaign promises.

How convenient.

To quote Harold Pinter from his recent and controversial acceptance speech for the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature, "Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory [of the artist] since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a tapestry of lies, upon which we feed."

And too many Calories, too.

The only way to improve sick care, for that is what it is, is to enter it as fit as you possibly can and as infrequently as possible so your chances of survival are maximized.

Anything else is just plain dumb.

W.Va. program turns to Weight Watchers

Stupid move alert!

Weight Watchers, like the other commercial weight loss programs, has lousy data.

Its effectiveness is terrible.

This is another example of government behaving desperately.

To succeed at weight loss, the last thing people need is to be further mired in the conventional stupidity.

Diet, exercise take off equal pounds, study finds

Closer to the truth than you are generally told by the experts.

Though still far from correct, these folks are on the way there.

For example, this is absolutely wrong, "So long as the energy deficit is the same, body weight, fat weight, and abdominal fat will all decrease in the same way."

And this is the type of thinking that (unfortunately) results in failed dieting.

There are other things wrong with the article.

Still, read this article and forget the nonsense of most experts.

With this fresh in your mind, I will make the (infrequent) recommendation that you go to and read my books.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Spain clothiers to modify fashion sizes

I really dislike this trash.

"It is not reasonable for a modern and advanced society to establish stereotypes of beauty that are far removed from the social reality of a community."

The logical extension is that in statistically dumber communities, "It is not reasonable for a modern and advanced society to establish stereotypes of smart that are far removed from the social reality of a community," and smart should be downsized.

"Designers should be encouraged to 'promote a healthy physical image that conforms with the reality of the Spanish population,' the ministry said in a statement."

Standardize sizes, yes. Capitulate to defeat, no.

Trans fat alternative may have its own problems

Pick your poison.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Study: H.S. football players overweight

Grain of salt alert!

No doubt too many kids are too big and too heavy and too fat and need to lose weight. Possibly even these kids.

But, using BMI data applied to athletes, especially football linemen, is of uncertain value.

Here is a possible voice of reason, "Dr. Edward Wojtys, an orthopedic surgeon and chief at the University of Michigan Sports Medicine Service, said the BMI fails to account for muscle mass and lean tissue and is less accurate than more sophisticated measuring techniques."

See, there are three types of athletes: power, speed and endurance.

Football linemen are closest to the power type. These are the athletes from the study. They are also the athletes most likely to "fool" the BMI.

By applying the BMI to these athletes, the downside is that the BMI will get discounted across the board, citing this "inaccuracy" as an example.

The BMI works pretty well for most of us. The better approach to this study would have been to employ the "more sophisticated measuring techniques" which are better suited to these very special athletes.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Americans not getting enough preventive healthcare

Thank God! (or whatever your choose as your spiritual entity, if any)

"Not enough Americans are advice...less than half of obese adults said they'd gotten diet counseling from their doctor or any other health professional."

This is saving many since expert diet advice is the Number One cause of failed dieting.

And failed dieting generally is a worse killer than not dieting.

With a little bit of luck, we will be able to protect all Americans from expert diet advice and save even more lives.

One thing is for sure, expert diet advice is the quintessential preventive healthcare as it prevents healthcare.

Exercise helps stoke fat-burning fires

I can't tell if this is bad reporting or bad research.

"The more a woman exercised, the faster she was able to burn fat calories once she had switched to the high fat diet, the researchers found."

The exercise referred to was bike riding for hours. This is an aerobic activity that uses fat as fuel.

No mystery here.

Of mild interest is this, "...they switched from a low-fat diet with 30% of calories from fat..."

Is 30% of one's Calories from fat really "low fat"? I say not.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Boomers' health mistakes can add up later

Here is the subtitle to the article, "Even simple lifestyle changes could increase longevity and quality of life"

Look, simple changes are not lifestyle changes. They are simple changes. That is all.

Lifestyle changes are daunting.

Going from freedom to becoming the love slave of a convicted felon is a lifestyle change (At least I hope so for your sake)

Going from being single to the married parent of triplets is a lifestyle change.

Going from living in rural Kansas to living in downtown Tokyo is a lifestyle change.

Simple changes are not lifestyle changes. Eating several fewer Calories per day is not a lifestyle change. Occasionally, substituting a lower Calorie food for a higher Calorie food is not a lifestyle change.

Whenever you hear someone say you need a lifestyle change in order to lose some weight, check your wallet to see whose hands are in it.

Weight loss, of all the components of core fitness, is the absolute easiest. Don't complicate it by requiring a lifestyle change.

It is the predators intending to steal your money, health, fitness and life who make weight loss difficult.

Couching a simple process in terms of lifestyle changes is how they intimidate you.

But first you spend your money on their products. Then you fail.

A vitamin a day may do more harm than good

More big trouble in supplement-ville.

Another reason to think twice about spending money on supplements that are essentially unneeded for virtually all of us.

Shoving things down your throat that have no PROVEN value is a risky proposition.

Remember there is a big difference between mere association and proven cause and effect.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Scientists Debunk So-Called 'Fat Gene'

A mere start alert!

Now they have to de-gene the South Beach bunk, the 3-Hour Diet bunk, the Atkins bunk, the Fat Smash bunk, the Best Life bunk, the Oprah bunk, the View bunk, the Fat Flush bunk, etc.

It is, never was and never will be about anything else except Calories In, Calories Out.

Too much money, effort and time have been wasted on political, pseudo-scientific and marketeer excuse making in order to rob us of income, life and fitness.

Of course, this is the same network that brings you GMA, Jim Karas and more bad stuff (IMHO).

I'll bet dollars to donuts that this network will continue to broadcast garbage.

Too bad.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Age-related impotence may improve over time

If it gets better as you age, isn't it "Age-related potency"?

"...'the key and most surprising' observation was the proportion of men who exhibited natural erectile dysfunction remission. "

The fitness angle appears to point up. The unfitness angle points down:

"The chance of remission seemed to decline with age and be lower among heavier subjects."

It is likely by "heavier" they did not mean meatier meat losing the fight against gravity.

Lose weight, gt fit, point north.

Get the point?

Growth hormone doesn't slow aging and be harmful

Looks as if anti-aging claims are growing old.

"The findings from a new study suggest that growth hormone is not a useful therapy for "setting back the clock" in elderly individuals. The beneficial changes in body composition that the hormone produces are small and side effects are common."

Manlier men with bigger man-boobs?

"As noted, the side effects were common with growth hormone therapy and included swelling, joint pain, gynecomastia, (breast development in men), and carpal tunnel syndrome (painful compression of the median nerve that extends from the forearm into the wrist.) In addition, growth hormone therapy may have slightly increased the risk of diabetes."

Maybe growth hormone would help improve the use of English (see title of article). The article's author should try it.

The Preventive Polypill — Much Promise, Insufficient Evidence

From the New England Journal of Medicine.

Drugs to prevent the need for drugs.

"...some observers have been advocating the concept of a "polypill" — a single pill that would include a number of key drugs...Since current treatment guidelines recommend multiple drugs for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, a polypill would probably be easily accepted for that indication."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Renewed evidence suggests statin/Parkinson's link

Shakin' all over alert!

In sick care, for every action there is a reaction unequal in force and opposite in direction.

Read, "Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences."

Then get fit.

Or don't read "Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences."

Just get fit.

Diet Supplements and Safety: Some Disquieting Data

Another way they kill you alert!

Really, isn't it better to save your money and spend it on enjoying your life instead of ending it?

Stop the supplements. Stop listening to expert diet advice. Stop falling for dangerous and deadly advice.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Medscape Alerts - What Does This Tell You?

Here is the partial content of an email I received from the WebMD supported Medscape. It demonstrates the FDA's catch-up actions to alert the sick care community about problems associated with the drugs that get approved.

Better to be fit, than drugged, IMHO.

Medscape Alerts
from the FDA

Two Parkinson's Disease Drugs May Cause Valvular Dysfunction CME

Fexofenadine HCl (Allegra) Taken With Fruit Juices May Reduce Therapeutic Efficacy CME/CE

Concomitant Use of Duloxetine HCl (Cymbalta) With Triptans Linked to Risk for Serotonin Syndrome CME/CE

Methylphenidate HCl Extended-Release Tablets (Concerta) Linked to Multiple Risks CME/CE

Use of Gadolinium in MRI and MRA Linked to NSF/NFD in Patients With Renal Failure

Metoprolol (Lopressor) Contraindicated in Pheochromocytoma CME

Lamotrigine (Lamictal) Linked to Risks for Hypersensitivity Reactions and Multiorgan Failure CME

Aripiprazole (Abilify) Linked to Rare Risk for Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome CME

Levetiracetam (Keppra) Linked to Somnolence and Behavior Abnormalities in Patients With Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy

Ropivacaine HCl Injection (Naropin) Linked to Rare Cases of Cardiac Arrest

Ribavirin (Rebetol)-Based Therapy Linked to Risk for Dental and Periodontal Disorders

Amiodarone Tablets (Cordarone) Linked to Risk for Potentially Fatal Acute Pulmonary Injury and More CME

Concomitant Use of Fluoxetine HCl Products (Prozac, Symbyax) With Triptans Linked to Risk for Serotonin Syndrome CME

Enflurane (Ethrane) Linked to Rare Risk for Perioperative Hyperkalemia in Children CME

Off-Label Use of Rituxan Linked to Fatal Leukoencephalopathy CME

FDA Strengthens Safety Warning on Aprotinin Label

FDA Removes Unapproved Quinine Drugs From Market

Norelgestromin/Ethinyl Estradiol Patch (Ortho Evra) May Be Linked to Increased Risk for Venous Thromboembolism CME/CE

Bevacizumab Injection (Avastin) Linked to Risk for RPLS and Nasal Septum Perforation CME/CE

Abacavir/Lamivudine/Zidovudine (Trizivir) Plus Interferon-Alfa Linked to Risk for Hepatic Events CME/CE

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Government says health care improving

More garbage alert!

"Americans as a whole largely are not getting the tests, exams and advice from doctors that can lessen the burden from asthma, cancer, diabetes and obesity, according to the fourth annual national health care quality and disparities reports."

We need less advice from doctors, especially about obesity (and its consequences like diabetes, exacerbated asthma and cancer), since their advice is dead wrong and the public ends up dead, period.

Advice from those who profit when the advice fails is not a good source.

Obesity operations soar in U.S.

What they are really thinking alert!

“As the rate of obesity continues to climb, the health care system needs to be prepared for continued escalation in the rate of this surgery and its potential complications,” she said. (The "she" refers to Dr. Carolyn Clancy of the interestingly named Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.)

If it really cared, the sick care system would prepare to prevent the continued escalation in the rate of this surgery and its potential complications.

Keeping you fat, sick and a surgical candidate is more profitable, however.

For weight loss that really counts, count calories

At last some sense.

Too bad it is from Mayo, one of the greater perpetrators of harmful diet advice.

Still, at least the Calories part is right. Focus here. Do not fixate on the "exercise" part until you have control over the Calories part.

BTW, there are easier ways to accomplish this than counting Calories. In fact, you can succeed without counting a single Calorie.

Also, portion control is unnecessary if you can change what you eat.

But, if you want to keep eating the same foods as you do currently, portion control will likely be necessary.

Meal timing, meal frequency, meal composition, anything and everything except Calories In, Calories Out is virtually meaningless.

Forget: the likes of Jorge Cruise, David Katz, Art Agatston, Atkins, Oprah, Dr. Phil, Bob Greene, Ian Smith, Bob Atkins, Oz and Roizen, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, ketogenic dieting (so-called low-carb dieting), Fat Flush, Fat Smash, Carb-Buster, Protein Power, supplements, doctors, the AMA, the NIH, the government, etc. In fact, forget all of the so-called experts.

IMHO, their advice will overwhelmingly lead to ruin.

Better yet, forget everything you have ever heard about dieting.

Remember: bottom line, it's all about Calories In, Calories Out.

Dieting at new low, but most want to lose

A scintilla of hope alert!

Here is a mixed bag, but a little more good than bad.

If people realize they need to drop weight, that the advice of the experts is wrong to follow and they are willing to take on a proper weight loss program, then success will ensue.

This will translate into better fitness, better health, sick care cost savings and more.

Remember, avoid:

Agatston (anything South Beach-y),
Oz and Roizen (You: A Fool To Listen To This Stuff),
Atkins (Useless Weight Loss Product Revolution),
Oprah (How To Lose Weight From A Big and Famous Weight Loss Failure),
Dr. Phil (Seven Keys To Staying Fat Like Him),
Bob Greene (Get Fat With The Program, Just Like Oprah!),
doctors, all diet gurus, Big Pharma and the rest of them.

Then successful weight loss will happen.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

FDA Approves 1st Drug for Obese Dogs

There is no choice on this one. You gotta be an imbecile alert!

Same solution to the same problem - medicate.


Feed your dog less.

Feed your face less.

Done. No drugs. No side effects. No cost.

BTW, shouldn't the FDA have better things to do?

Who paid for that study? Source affects outcome


Remember that next time you read about any study.

U.S. health-care spending hits nearly $2 trillion

Perspective alert!

A trillion is a million million. In the US a trillion is a 1 followed by 12 zeros.

$2,000,000,000,000 is more money than the GNI or Gross National Income of any country except the USA, Japan, Germany, China, UK and France. (using the Atlas method)

That averages out to $6,666.67 for each man, woman and child in the US, assuming 300 million people.

Being fit is cheaper. And better.

BTW, it's not health care, it is sick care.


Concern over anti-obesity drugs

Now why would anyone be concerned about drugs that cause heart valve problems, pulmonary hypertension, oily stools and more?

What are they, nuts?

By the way, if you lose a few pounds you can avoid the whole mess altogether.

FTC fines weight loss pill firms $25M

Can you believe it?

Is it possible that the pill pushers are lying to us?

Next thing you know, Oprah will write a diet book!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Drink Enviga, Burn Calories, Lose Weight? Not So Fast

Urinating your money away alert! More misleading experts alert!

Enviga as a weight loss beverage is likely a scam, and so, IMHO, is the weight loss program of the so-called expert Katz who is quoted below. See my analyses of his 3-Hour Diet scheme written with J. Cruise. They are available at as Cruise's CACA Awards. Now that terrible weight loss scheme is truly "marketing hype ahead of science."

Also, there are NOT 3500 Calories in a pound. Add Bonci to your list of misleading and incorrect experts. BTW, is Bonci acknowledging that you can lose weight with Enviga if you spend the "$136-$315 to lose a pound"?

"Dr. David Katz, ABC News medical contributor and associate professor at Yale University's School of Public Health, said Enviga's calorie burning claims are based on insufficient research.

'It's putting marketing hype ahead of science,' Katz said. 'The science here is not ready for primetime. There is a hint in animal research and in very early studies that EGCG can boost metabolism a little bit, but we don't know if that contributes to weight control.'...

'Given the fact that a pound is 3500 calories…at $1.30-$1.50 a can it is going to cost anywhere between $136-$315 to lose a pound,' Bonci said. 'You can put on a pair of walking shoes and burn more calories without paying a dime.'"

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

MTA: Fainting dieters delay NYC subways

From the They Are Dropping Like Flies Dept.

The MTA can thank Harvard, Mayo, eDiets, David Katz, Jorge Cruise, Oprah, The View and the rest of the starvation diet pushers.

Full-fat dairy products linked to lower weight

From the "There are lies, damned lies and statistics" dept.

"It's always possible that the associations between dairy intake and weight gain do not reflect a direct action of dairy foods at all, according to Dr. Magdalena Rosell, a researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and the study's lead author."

That seems to sum it up.