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Vegetarianism: Nutrition Science Meets Media Nonsense

We get hyperbolic headlines about nutrition studies almost every week; it’s how we roll. We can come back to the reasons why we roll that way, and who profits from it, some other time.

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It Was Never Really About Meat

Who’s the boss of you? My first response to the recent “news about meat” was that it wasn’t “news.” Let’s escalate that now: it wasn’t “about meat,” either.

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The Science Behind Roller Coasters

They're one of the most popular theme park attractions. Their gravity-defying loops and twists keep visitors coming back again and again.

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Mechanics of Metabolism Maintenance: Cars, Keys, and Karelia

If you keep up at all with matters of diet and health, you have no doubt noticed the thriving cottage industry in revisionist dietary history, from big fat lies, to big fat surprises, to sugar conspiracies. A consideration of cars, Keys, and Karelia will lend some much needed perspective.

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How The Salt Story Shakes Out

From what I know courtesy of friends and colleagues who work there, it’s always busy at the FDA. Still, the agency seems to be in the midst of a particular flurry of activity. Even if the activity has not picked up, the profile of it certainly has. In quick succession of late, the FDA has made headlines for updating food labels, revisiting the definition of “healthy,” and now, shaking up the salty status quo.

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Guns, Butter, and The Burden of Proof

In all of biomedicine, spanning clinical care, medical research, and public health practice- we subscribe to the “precautionary principle.” Basically, it says: if there is a chance something can be harmful, assume it is. The burden of proof is in the other direction. You are not obligated to prove something is dangerous; you have to prove it is safe. That is precautionary, because a default assumption in that direction protects people. Or, at least, it’s supposed to do so. There are inevitably gaps between the principle and practice, such as when a doctor is reckless, a vaccine tainted, or a drug rushed to market by a manufacturer disclosing only the positive data.

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Good Nutrition, in Circles on The Road to Nowhere

Given the almost dizzying frequency of diet-related headlines, the one true revelation about nutrition is superficially the least likely: there is no real news about nutrition.