Apr 24, 2014 - Humor    No Comments

From Hacking to Lip-Smacking

bacon that is all

Hold the alfalfa sprouts.

Hacker and Internet troll Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer demanded bacon, cream cheese, and alfalfa sprouts following his Friday release from prison, hours after a federal appeals court vacated his conviction.

According to a YouTube video posted on Motherboard, Auernheimer is shown joking with friends that included his lawyer, Tor Ekeland. He demands bacon in the vehicle ride away from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania, according to the YouTube video.


Evidently I was right. Bacon DOES make everything better.

Author: Michelle

Nine Most Terrifying Words

According to Ronald Reagan…”I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Folks who attended the recent Food Safety Summit may agree…

Maryland health officials are investigating possible cases of food poisoning at what may be the worst-ever venue — a gathering of government and industry leaders attending a national Food Safety Summit.

At least four people called the Baltimore City Health Department this week to report that they developed diarrhea, nausea and other symptoms about 12 hours after eating a meal April 9 during the conference at the Baltimore Convention Center.


I don’t place much stock in the idea of karma, but when you are constantly confronted with news of the government disseminating bad nutritional information and sinking deeper into the nanny state cesspool, it does make you wonder.

Several officials with the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attended the gathering and may have been affected.

“A couple of our folks indicated that they had experienced symptoms associated with food poisoning after the summit,” said Juli Putnam, an FDA spokeswoman.

Just sayin’.

Author: Michelle

Apr 9, 2014 - News/Info    No Comments

Skinny Student Fights to Remain at Yale

You can’t make this crap up.

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Frances Chan says she’s done stuffing her face with ice cream and Cheetos just to make Yale University happy. After months of wrangling, the university finally agrees.

The 20-year-old history major has spent the past few months sparring with Yale’s health center over her low weight. Chan is 5’2” and 92 lbs., and Yale doctors were concerned her health was severely at risk.

She contended that she’s always been very thin, as were her parents and grandparents at her age.

Yet until Friday, Yale had been telling Chan she might be forced to leave school if she didn’t put on some pounds.

One guy in comments cracked me up — wondering why she didn’t eat some really empty calories if she wanted to gain weight. ‘Cause you know how chock-a-block full of nutrition Cheetos are.

I’m sure plenty of people reading this story wish they had Chan’s problems, as opposed to the battle of the bulge. But, seriously, a small Asian woman facing expulsion from college for not weighing enough?

That would be like the Superfans being kicked out of Soldier Field for being too fat.


Gimme a break.

Author: Michelle

Meanwiches & Stinkburgers

Kids around the Twitterverse respond to school lunches like these:

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crappy school lunch

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Unidentifiable goop accompanied by carbs, carbs, and more carbs.

You can’t fool these kids into thinking it’s appealing, edible or, for that matter, FOOD.

What they ARE certain of, evidently, is who to blame.


And it reads like a NSFW version of Kids Say the Darndest Things.

Brian here: NSFW? Goodness gravy kids those tweets are NSFS! That’s not safe for sailors! Seriously, if I used language like that in the vicinity of an adult when I was their age I would have a lovely cast for all my friends to sign. Oh tempora O mores!

Also in a related note: this made me chuckle

I’m particularly flummoxed at how little food are on those trays. I understand that none of those kids are starving but, they are kids and they need a lot of calories to grow up healthy and strong. Here are the consequences of malnutrition on kids. It feels like now that stupid lies have replaced anything resembling truth in our understanding of nutrition in the modern age all we have left are these bizarre, nonsensical Grandpa Simpson style ramblings from the alleged nutrition experts.

Seriously? Do any of those trays seem to contain anything approaching an actual meal that would satisfy, well, anyone?

Because if starving your kids strikes you as a good idea you are almost as dumb as these folk.

Author: Michelle

Apr 7, 2014 - Science    No Comments

Also Not Fat

Last week, amazing pictures emerged of a small Amazonian tribe that lives deep within the Brazilian jungle.

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Startled tribal men in a remote part of the Amazon basin in Brazil shake their spears as they are pictured from above.

The pictures, shot from a plane earlier this week, were taken of the isolated tribe on the Peruvian border.

It is thought the tribe have had little to no contact with with the outside world.

No contact with the outside world with, I would imagine, “the outside world” including things like Coke, Twinkies and Kraft Mac & Cheese. And look, Ma — no obesity!

Wondering what, exactly, they eat in their part of the world, I used my Google skills to find this post over at Barefoot Health. Turns out they eat native fruit and vegetables (including leafy greens), lots of avocados, and plenty of meat (primarily fish, along with some wild game).

Wait! It’s almost as if a natural, low carb, high fat diet is GOOD for you or something!

Author: Michelle

Apr 4, 2014 - Humor    No Comments

Bacon FAIL

Oh, the humanity:


A Uintah County woman is accused of trying to set fire to her ex-boyfriend’s home with a pound of bacon left burning on a gas stove.

Cameo Adawn Crispi, 31, was charged Wednesday in 8th District Court with arson, a third-degree felony.

And, yes, her name is actually Crispi. You can’t make this $h!+ up.

On behalf of bacon lovers around the world, Ms. Crispi, may I suggest that EATING your boyfriend’s bacon would have provided a much more satisfying revenge for you, and a much more painful one for him. As an added bonus, consuming his bacon would surely have proven much less likely to incur jail time.

I know, I know. Hindsight is 20/20. In closing, I simply offer this brief, pointed and ardent lesson I like to call Bacon 101:



’nuff said.

Author: Michelle

Apr 2, 2014 - Science    No Comments

Tap Dancing for Statins


It’s almost as if they’re trying to distract us

A couple of weeks ago one of my blog posts focused on a news story regarding the safety of statins. We were informed that ‘new evidence’ had found, except in rare circumstances, statins are no more hazardous than placebos. Yet, when one pays to get access to the actual paper on which these ‘conclusions’ were based (as I did), one realises that the authors of this paper list 6 separate reasons why statin safety data is not to be relied upon. In particular, there are several reasons why the true risk of side effects may be higher than the (inadequate) data would suggest. In this context, what compelled the lead author of the study to issue such strenuous reassurances about the safety of statins remains a mystery to me.

Be sure to read Dr. Briffa’s full take on the elaborate tap dance extravaganza that’s being mounted on behalf of statins.

Or, to sum it up visually:

wizard of oz

Author: Michelle

Apr 1, 2014 - He Said She Said, Humor    No Comments

I Can Name That Salad in…

Last year Brian came up with what he calls his Gigantic Dude Salad…plenty of greens to keep him regular, other assorted vegetables (tomato, cucumber, etc.) because they’re just what goes in a salad, and plenty of meat, cheese, eggs and bacon to make it both nutritious AND palatable.

It has become a staple of his diet since we went all biblio and junk, but lately I’ve taken over making them for him to take to work. In honor of the passing of the torch (or, to be more accurate, the chef knife), I think a new name is also in order for his daily smorgasbord of vegetables smothered in a generous assortment of delicious fat.

My suggestion is the My Wife Loves Me Salad, based on the comments he’s been receiving when customers see him enjoying it as he works. It goes something like this*…

CUSTOMER: Wow! That’s a huge salad!
BRIAN: Indeed. And it’s choc-a-bloc full of roast beef, cheddar cheese, boiled eggs, and BACON!
CUSTOMER: Dude. Your wife must love you.
BRIAN: (smiling with satisfaction) You know it!

(*Conversation may have been tweaked, exaggerated, or otherwise enhanced for entertainment purposes)

What do you think? Which is the best name?

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Gigantic Dude Salad


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My Wife Loves Me Salad

Let us know which name you prefer, or enter your own ridiculous name in this silly contest, in Comments.

Author: Michelle

Bad Medicine: BMI Edition

Evidently we need to beware the advice of nurses in addition to dieticians.

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As a professional bodybuilder and personal trainer, Anita Albrecht’s toned physique is her living.

But on a routine visit to an NHS clinic she was stunned to be told she needed to lose weight.

After being asked to step on to the scales, she was informed she was borderline obese based on her body mass index.

A nurse then told her she needed to begin a 1,000 calorie-a-day diet, which is half the recommended amount for a woman.

Miss Albrecht, 39, yesterday said: ‘The information the nurse has given me is actually dangerous.

Albrecht, whom the nurse deemed borderline obese due to her BMI of 29, was told she was “obviously eating too much” — with no consideration of her lifestyle, level of physical activity, diet or eating habits — and that she needed to limit her caloric intake to 1,000 calories per day. She is speaking out about the encounter in the hope that she can save other women from following such reckless and dangerous advice (advice dispensed in the name of medical wisdom).

Exit question: Is there ANY part of the medical community to whom we should be listening when it comes to dietary advice? The Magic 8 Ball says…


Author: Michelle

Mar 26, 2014 - All Things Medical    1 Comment

Actually, it CAN Hurt

Wow. Just wow.

The Diet Doctor continues to share success story after success story that will blow your mind.


I applaud this young lady’s success and second Dr. Eenfeldt’s advice to NOT listen to your dietician…unless, of course, he recommends an LCHF diet!

If you care for even more evidence why dieticians are to be ignored, read my post from last year about The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, whose expert and scientifically considered dietary recommendations boil down to “It can’t hurt.”

Author: Michelle