Category Archives: Food scares

I love a good diagnosis–food fetishist is clumsy, I prefer orthorexia nervosa

It’s easy to explain–a person, usually female or a feminized male, with an obsessive compulsive personality (OCPD), decides to live healthy and be a perfect example of a responsible liver (not the organ but the viva) and eater–but, as usual with OCPD, the real thrill is in the control freak experience and the feeling of superiority–no I can’t eat this–does it have ____ in it? An exaggerated version of the finicky eater who abuses waitresses about the food in a restaurant. Perfectionistic control jackass behavior and I hope there is a corner room with a lock in hell for them so they can all torture each other and compete for superiority.

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The campaign against Genetically Modified foods fizzles

I would say that many people are now seeing the value of stopping the anti GM crusade.

However, I would warn that the bill that was passed in the House had too much FDA supervisory power inserted.

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Hard to guarantee “organic”

So organic foods aren’t so pristine–big deal, it’s still just food with a trace of chemicals, like the mainstream food.

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Glutenophobia critiqued at the NYT

Sometimes the stylish NYT takes down a myth.

I don’t trust em generally, however, on pretty much everything political.

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Dr. Schwartz on aspartame opponents–knock out

No cure for chemophobes, even if you win the argument, remember obsessive complusives need soemthing to fear and avoid–the world is a scary place.

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Sugar and Salt nannies are booted and spurred, prepared to ride us

Eric Hoffer was the most insightful of writers about true believer mass movements.

I stole the idea of the aggressive nanny meddling chattering oligarchs in the title from him.

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Risk Factors and preventive medicine delusions

Well I have been carrying around Ernest Curtis’s essay on risk factor medicine. Ernest is a cardiologist and cardiology actually is a place where risk factor medicine is well developed. I have pleased to say that Ernest thinks risk factor medicine is hocum and bunkum–I think it is too.

So I respond here to Ernest’s excellent discussion and try to offer some reasons why risk factor medicine has become such a big deal and dominates public policy discussions and patient education–public health people love to talk living healthy and such.

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