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posted by janrinok on Wednesday February 04 2015, @03:51PM   Printer-friendly
from the I'll-never-close-my-eyes-again dept.

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame writes on his blog that science's biggest fail of all time is 'everything about diet and fitness':

I used to think fatty food made you fat. Now it seems the opposite is true. Eating lots of peanuts, avocados, and cheese, for example, probably decreases your appetite and keeps you thin. I used to think vitamins had been thoroughly studied for their health trade-offs. They haven’t. The reason you take one multivitamin pill a day is marketing, not science. I used to think the U.S. food pyramid was good science. In the past it was not, and I assume it is not now. I used to think drinking one glass of alcohol a day is good for health, but now I think that idea is probably just a correlation found in studies.

According to Adams, the direct problem of science is that it has been collectively steering an entire generation toward obesity, diabetes, and coronary problems. But the indirect problem might be worse: It is hard to trust science because it has a credibility issue that it earned. "I think science has earned its lack of credibility with the public. If you kick me in the balls for 20-years, how do you expect me to close my eyes and trust you?"

 
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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by VLM on Wednesday February 04 2015, @05:51PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 04 2015, @05:51PM (#141223)

    Demand skyrocketed for "organic" food but supply didn't

    Supply of the same products from most of the same farms at the local health food / organic store is for all intents and purposes infinite 16hrs/7days-a-week

    I will say its cool to see the same label on a carton of radishes that I'd see at the food store as at the farm mkt and meet the local dude who grows my radishes, at least my in season radishes. Its not worth paying more at the farm mkt than at the food store, but it is cool.

    That's just the free market at work.

    Yeah man, nothings freer than the government deciding who gets to sell what where when IF they approve your application, and charging 100x normal parking rates to screw over certain sections of the population they feel it would be fun to screw over, because F them eat the rich they got money we takes it, but thats OK its all part of central government control of food prices by proxy, because the food stores didn't want competition, so pay the mayor's campaign fund to "fix" the market in their favor by BS fees. Pass the weed dude I need another hit of freeeeeeedumbbb

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 04 2015, @06:08PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 04 2015, @06:08PM (#141238)

    Yeah man, nothings freer than the government deciding who gets to sell what where when IF they approve your application

    I must say, I'm a fan of having a guarantee that the foods I purchase will for 99.9%-sure be free of anything that could make me sick or kill me. Sure, a few stuff covered with e-coli or mad cow prions or whatnot gets through every now and then, but without some kind of oversight you'd be playing russian roulette every time you went to the store. Without that oversight, all those "tainted" meats and vegetables could be sold by anyone at any time.

    As for the rest of your complaints, as I said, just capitalism working as designed, which underscores the need for oversight, laws, and regulations.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by VLM on Wednesday February 04 2015, @07:12PM

      by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday February 04 2015, @07:12PM (#141274)

      but without some kind of oversight

      The problem is, back on topic, they're not doing any of that. I can buy a flat of "WTF Organic Farms Inc" radishes in season at the local health food store for $4 or at the farmers market for $5, same farm, same packaging, same cardboard crate, same food (assuming one isn't getting fraudulent radishes?) if and only if the mayors office approves your application for one of the limited number of farmers mkt stalls, which I'm sure a little campaign donation will fix. I'm not really seeing any public health benefit to making sure the mayor gets his campaign contributions.

      Likewise the reason the .gov charges an insane fee to park a farm truck in that spot on saturday mornings vs any other time, is because the local food stores (and not so local food stores) paid the mayor to make the farm mkt more expensive than their stores, you need election money and we happen to have some, meanwhile maybe you should boost the stall rental fee a little, like from $0 to thousands.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by hemocyanin on Wednesday February 04 2015, @09:13PM

      by hemocyanin (186) on Wednesday February 04 2015, @09:13PM (#141313) Journal

      I'm a fan of having a guarantee that the foods I purchase will for 99.9%-sure be free of anything that could make me sick or kill me.

      That isn't what the city is doing. The city is just charging for stall space and that's no guarantee of quality.

    • (Score: 2) by pnkwarhall on Wednesday February 04 2015, @09:49PM

      by pnkwarhall (4558) on Wednesday February 04 2015, @09:49PM (#141324)

      You only need "government oversight" to protect you from tainted food if you
      a) Don't know where your food really comes from
      b) Don't communicate with your neighbors/community about quality of food stuffs/sources
      ....of course, most Americans fall into both of these categories, so it looks like the oversight/protection is necessary.

      I'd suggest researching the history of pasturization, which runs perfectly in lockstep with the history of the (US) Industrial Revolution. Nobody was worried about or severely affected by bad -- read "diseased" -- milk until it started to be mass-produced, with all the negatives that come along with that.

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    • (Score: 2) by Jeremiah Cornelius on Thursday February 05 2015, @04:50PM

      by Jeremiah Cornelius (2785) on Thursday February 05 2015, @04:50PM (#141558) Journal

      capitalism working as designed

      Yes. Your intelligent designer at his best.

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