Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saturday Stories

Science Based Medicine tackles Bill Clinton's diet.

Time with one of the best headlines I've seen in a while, Afterbirth - it's what's for Dinner.

My friends Peter and Travis launched a new blog this week geared for scientists on the "Science of Blogging"

Bookmark and Share


  1. If you think dining on a placenta is gross... there's also this thing called "Lotus Birth".

    You just can't make this stuff up.

  2. There is a point where the crazy outweighs the hotness. I think we have found it.

    Reminds me of the dolphin birth people though. A group of people that will deliver your baby in the ocean with dolphins. Crazy

  3. Science based medicine tackles Clinton's diet.. Well in some ways...
    Funny thing though, the "tackling" author (Dr. Harriet Hall) replied on the comments when they were in her favor but ignored the last one... I for one wonder why.. Or maybe not..

    “Such drastic diet restrictions must be tested more carefully before any widespread adoption can be recommended. Are these people getting adequate nutrition? Does the diet increase the risk of other diseases? Is the benefit worth the difficult lifestyle modifications? What is the number needed to treat (NNT) to prevent one heart attack?”

    Drastic diet restrictions? Which Nutrients is Dr. Hall worried about? Protein?

    According to the American Dietetic Association:
    “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life-cycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence and for athletes.”

    I’ve read the china study, and his emphasis is not on avoiding animal based foods because of the specific type of protein. It’s because of the overall nutritional characteristics of animal products. As you go from animal foods and refined plant foods (oil, sugar) to whole plant foods,(with a few exceptions such as coconuts) in general you decrease saturated fat intake, decrease overall fat intake, increase fiber and antioxidants, and complex carbohydrates…isn’t it logical that this would lead to better health? The ADA seems to think so. TCC just goes one step further than we are comfortable with in our society, saying that there is no health benefit to including animal products in our diet.

    Apparently TCC’s course “Plant Based Nutrition” is now available for Continuing Medical Education Credit at Cornell University. So I wonder if the people on this blog are using the term “pseudoscience” a bit to liberally. There seem to be a lot of reputable people out there that find The China Study reasonable. Dr. Hall mentioned Peta, Oprah and her favourite doctors, but she didn’t think mentioning these people was in the public interest?
    Frank Rhodes, Ph.D., President (1978-1995) Emeritus, Cornell University
    Robert C. Richardson, Ph.D., Nobel Prize Winner,
    Professor of Physics and Vice Provost of Research,
    Cornell University
    Marilyn Gentry, President, American Institute for Cancer Research
    Sushma Palmer, Ph.D., Former Executive Director, Food and Nutrition Board, U.S. National Academy of Sciences