I subscribe to a magazine called “Consumer Reports.” It is basically a car and truck magazine, but they have also collected enough wealth and prestige to offer advice on everything from toasters to mattresses. If their dietary advice is any example, they should be ignored, their magazine taking the place of the Sears Roebuck catalog in outhouses of the 19th century.
Take the above offering, with the paragraph on the side written by their staff nutritionist, Amy Keating, R.D. Her advice contains every fallacy available in nutrition, that calories matter, whole grains are more worthy carbohydrates than other kinds, that we need vitamins from sources outside our bodies, and that ingesting 81 grains of carbohydrates in one sitting is a healthy thing to do. Quite the contrary, the meal would produce an insulin storm and probably result in a pound of fat storage all by itself. But this is the problem with science and scientists – they go to school, get good grades and land good jobs, yet never excel beyond what they were taught, never becoming smarter than their teachers. Ms. Keating, if her advice above is a scientific sample, is a quack.
I wrote to them about this disastrous advice, but as with most large organizations, only had a exchange with their computer. Ms. Keating will move on to new topics and even worse advice.
But that is the state of nutritional science. With the ongoing COVID-19 hoax in full gear, we have a frightened population leaning on every word from every person wearing a white lab coat. They are the new bought priesthood, and just like that of old, are charlatans and fakes of the worst order. Look about to see what hell they have visited on us, all thanks to fear of a “virus” that even if able to harm us, would have no effect on healthy people.
I ventured into a new chapter of Kary Mullis’ book, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field. It is pleasant reading, something I desperately need in our climate of fear. He wrote (Chapter twelve, The Attack of the Loxosceles Reclusae), about suffering ten bites by brown recluse spiders. This is a nasty creature, and its insult to the human body is to create a cavity in the skin so it and its children can feed on our bodily fluids.
Mullis is not one to seek out doctors, and so consulted the Merck Manual, something new to me, currently caught up in the COVID-19 propaganda, so not a reliable source. Maybe at that time (mid-nineties) it was more useful. Mullis tried several therapies, but his condition only worsened. He used Vicodin to avoid the pain. A friend who was an MD advised that he had two options, one of which was surgery to remove the affected tissue, which would leave ugly scars all over his face and body. But the doctor also suggested penicillin, which Mullis resisted.
The doctor insisted, and flew up to Mendocino from San Diego to deliver a packet of dicloxacillin. Nothing in the medical literature said it would do any good.
“I decided that I had nothing to lose. I picked up the prescription in Ukaih and started with half a gram of dicloxacillin at about three in the afternoon. I took another half gram at six, another at nine, and then I went to sleep with the aid of oxycodone. I woke up at three in the morning and amazingly, I was not sticking to the sheets! My wounds didn’t hurt. I went into the bathroom to the mirror. The wounds, although still round, were turning into skateboard abrasions. The most beautiful scabs I had ever seen were forming on my arms and legs.”
I recently offered a post that contained a video by Dr. Tim O’Shea called The New State Religion. Some commenters were incensed that Dr. O’Shea was not rigid and doctrinaire about germ theory. Neither am I. I just don’t know enough. For example, cat bites are said to be the nastiest wound a household pet can inflict. The treatment is antibiotics, swift and plentiful. Left untreated, a cat bite can result in loss of limb. All of you who claim that germs are our friends, always and everywhere, ‘splain. Also, explain Mullis above. Germs were eating his flesh rather than just doing household chores. Penicillin saved him from painful and ugly surgery.
Coming full circle here, back to nutrition, the advice we get from professionals like Amy Keating is mostly bad, but I’ve experienced the other side of that issue. I have been low-carbing for years, and am currently at my lowest weight in 25 years, so says my wife. When we have company or are visiting others (or in an establishment once known as a “restaurant”), I set everything aside and enjoy carbs, sugar, desserts. As I like to say, “I don’t diet in public.”
Years ago, when I first started on low-carbing after reading Gary Taubes’ book Good Calories Bad Calories, I toured the Internet to find other writing on the subject. It was all over the place, in blogs and responses. As I read various Internet experts I thought … oh my God, it’s become a religion. People wrote about it with that tone, dogmatic and pure, never deviating. How boring!
So too with germ theory, that while our bought priesthood of doctors and scientists are severely wrong about the nature of most diseases, they are not completely in the dark. Mullis was saved by a doctor who probably bought into germ theory. I’ve had infections cleared up by injection of such drugs, and am grateful. Maybe they would have healed without it, but I am glad I did not find out.
With germ theory, I am reading and slowly coming to grips with a large body of data. The book What Really Makes You Ill: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Disease is Wrong, by Dawn Parker and David Lester, is enlightening in many aspects, but also tiresome and tedious. Everything in our environment, everything we eat, is somehow dangerous and polluted. I am frankly tired of them and their writing. It is as if we did not live in the healthiest century in human history, with abundant food and healthier people everywhere.
Of course, the people behind COVID-19 want to put an end to that. That’s all beyond my control.
PS: I meant to put this photo in, the greatest medical advance in human history. Because of it and sewage disposal and treatment, many diseases have faded to near nothing, including dreaded small pox. Doctors like to take credit for this, saying that advanced knowledge of germs and mass vacations have improved the human condition. Maybe that is true to a small degree, at least with knowledge, but to a much larger degree it has been plumbers and engineers that have made our planet a much healthier and better smelling place.