Quackery

Researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine medical practices were quackery. By that count, 10% of medical advice is wrong. The tally is much higher.

Red Meat

It has long been known that eating red meat engenders cardiovascular disease. The tasty fat marbled in the meat has long been pointed to as the villain, as has cholesterol. That turns out be a subplot in the story, though consuming animal fat is unhealthy, and the wrong kind of cholesterol does damage. Instead, carnitine is the culprit.

Free Enterprise

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) advocates “limited government and free markets.” They campaign against clean air and clean water, and favor legislation that allows routine animal cruelty.

Foolishly Fooling With Mother Nature

Few of us can afford the luxury of growing our own fruits and vegetables. We must rely upon commercial growers. But consumer desire for delicious is contrary to commercial interest in maximum yield, sustained shelf life, and visual appeal. To meet those goals, commercially-produced produce has become an exercise in tastelessness.

Getting POPed

Humans excel at getting polluted, in every sense. Industrial pollution got raised to a new level following the second World War. The so-called “baby boom” generation of the 1950s were the first to get seriously POPed: exposed to a continuing dose of persistent organic pollutants. They are now paying the price of “better living through chemistry.”