If I Didn’t Know Better

If I didn’t know what I know, I’d be a vegan. Vegans have the best sales pitch, and the best science. I’ve actually lived with a vegan (a family member) and I’m more than a little familiar with all of the supporting data. It is some of the most compelling stuff I’ve ever heard on any subject. And completely useless to the cause of health.

All of the theoretical benefits of veganism are presented with no clearly stated goal or ...

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The National Health Agreement

What is a “national agreement”? It is a conclusion on any subject to which most of us in the country will nod our heads in agreement. A National Agreement usually results from the widespread adoption of a notion regardless of facts. National Agreements get established by some person or persons of prominence making a statement that sounds like it should be true, or that is what people really wanted to believe in the first place, or some combination of the ...

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A Spoiled Culture

Beware: human nature is such that today’s “likes” will inevitably become tomorrow’s “needs”.

When I consult people on proper nutrition and let them know that some things they are consuming are less than ideal, they will often protest with the words, “but I like that”. This statement is intended to elicit sympathy from me and, ultimately, convince me to relent and allow their favorite foods as if the mere fact that they “like” it somehow improves the nutritional value of the ...

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Language Man On Disability

Everyone can agree that we are all responsible to some degree for our quality of life. In the face of that expectation, it is crucial that we have a word that speaks ‘to that degree’, rather than just using a vague word that gives no one anything specific as a goal. Failing that, it is an empty expectation and will ultimately be ignored, or simply debated endlessly with no real and specific action taking place.

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Don’t Tell The Bee He Can’t Fly

An interesting story from history that we should all remember is the one about the aeronautical engineers who set about analyzing the bumblebee. They reviewed its construction, its wingspan, weight, body mass, size, and strength. They came to the scientific conclusion that flight would be impossible for such a creature. The structure and strength of the bee’s wings, according to the scientists, were simply inadequate to the task of supporting the bee’s body weight.

Good thing that the bee wasn’t informed ...

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Performance Hyping

Every lifestyle behavior you engage in either supports health, or it supports something else to the detriment of health. This may seem obvious to you, but the vast majority of people to whom I point this out tell me that they had firmly believed that they were satisfying the requirements for health while they were pursuing some other physical goal.

The fact is that actual health is such an all-inclusive goal by itself that there is very little having to do ...

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The Quality-Assurance Test

When you’re faced with a potential solution to a health issue – even if the issue is simply, “how can I be healthier” – we all apply our own version of a “quality-assurance” test to the product or practice being offered as a personal check against scheme’s and scams. Remember, the goal of health is the polar opposite of the goal of profit.

For most, we have come to believe that science is the lone arbiter of the facts. Or rather, ...

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