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You saw my 5′ tall spinach plants.   Now here’s my 5′ tall gopher snake.   Actually it was in my neighbor’s garden during our party last night.   Fun, huh?   Happy 4th of July!   (Just think, if we didn’t get our independence from England, things could be worse: we could be eating […]

“the plural of anecdote is not data” . . . part 4 of 4

Third, is the study reliable?   This is the second basic research standard, and it means is the research repeatable with consistent results? Reliability is one of the best things about Colin Campbell’s The China Study, the largest nutrition study in history, which will be referenced throughout this book.   Dr. Campbell’s animal research showing […]

“The plural of anecdote is not data” . . . part 1 of 4

I’m still laughing since I read that most excellent quote–thanks, Katie!   When I’m teaching my college students elemental data analysis and research, I tell them my two pet peeves about research in general, but particularly in the field of health and nutrition.   I say that I am completely frustrated with medicine.   The […]

FDA finally admits fillings containing mercury may be harmful

In my local paper June 11, local dentist Michelle Jorgenson, who quit using amalgam fillings 10 years ago, is “vindicated.”   That’s because, due to the settlement of a class action lawsuit, the FDA’s site now says,   “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have nerotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and […]

Mark Bittman: western lifestyle causing global warming

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/263   This is a great speech worth your time, by New York Times food writer Mark Bittman.   Did you know that our massive meat consumption (which has increased per capita 250 percent globally in the past 50 years) contributes to global warming?   Bittman discusses the history of food since 1900, and he […]