Get your facts, please, and then you can distort ’em as much as you please.

-Mark Twain

I haven’t had time to sit down and do the final installment on salt. In the interim, however, I cannot too highly recommend ‘s latest blog post. In which she takes apart a recent British “health” program with such salient gems as these:

What this experiment has done is to make food less digestible so that it doesn’t produce the physiological changes that occur when the body registers that we have eaten food. The ultimate indigestible substance would be the cardboard box from which the pasta came. “But that would be stupid – it has no nutrients“, I hear you cry and you would hit the nail on the head. This experiment seems to completely disregard the reason why we eat. We eat food because we need nutrients to survive: essential fats; complete proteins; vitamins and minerals. This experiment is celebrating indigestibility – the pointlessness of eating something.


You have to love it when someone can boil down the presentation of a major Western news outlet in such a lovely manner.




2 thoughts on “Intermission

  1. That whole “Trust me, I am a doctor” nonsense ought to apply to every highly educated person. I suggest a slight change: “Trust me to focus on minutiae and completely miss the big picture. I am typically a ____________(highly educated title here.)”

    I should write down the number of times I’ve listened to a PhD wax eloquent about something that focused on something true in isolation, but far from true in the grand scheme. This happens all the time, and it gets passed off as “great educated wisdom” when in actuality it is nonsense. Someone once said it best. PhDs deal well in theory and let very little in the way of reality and practicality hinder their educated opinions.

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