Monthly Archives: February 2014

“True Detective” and the recollection of past events

“True Detective” is a divisive show. Many fans, and The Atlantic, hail it as the best show on television. Other equally high-brow detractors suggest it is simply not very good. One underappreciated problem with the show is the simplicity of … Continue reading

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“Vegetarians and Their Superior Blood” – Well done, James Hamblin and the Atlantic

James Hamblin, writing in the Atlantic, has an amusing article on a new study on diet and health. This one is published in an offshoot journal of the JAMA, and it concerns a meta-analysis of RCTs and cohort studies on … Continue reading

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Monosodium Glutamate and Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

For the last 40 years, it has been fairly common for Americans to blame vague post-prandial physical sensations (tingling, headaches, dizziness) on an over-exposure to the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG). The blame was often assigned to Chinese food, or … Continue reading

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Loneliness and mortality

This article from the Guardian – “Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, study finds” – is making the rounds on Facebook. It tells a grim tale: Scientists found that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die … Continue reading

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Ever seen a bumper sticker that says something like “What about Civil Rights for Unborn Children?”

Why phrase it that way? For decades now in the U.S., civil rights has had a specific meaning in political speech. Civil rights means the African American struggle for legal equality in the 1960s, and the ongoing struggle for African American … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of the Trim Barbecue Guy

It has long been observed that a meat-based diet is a poor way to get fat. If you are spending most of your time eating meat – succulent, salty, smoky meat – you won’t look like you spend most of … Continue reading

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Hitler’s Embrace of Vegetarianism

There is plenty of evidence that Hitler wanted people to believe he was committed to ethical vegetarianism – that he was someone who embraced vegetarianism because of the harm meat-eating inflicts on animals: “Do you know that your Führer is a vegetarian, … Continue reading

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