Jul 20 2014

The Organic Delusion

‘Organic’ food remains a scientifically and nutritionally bankrupt con perpetrated on us that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while. But it’s back in the news again… Gotta love the Grauniad. For non-UK readers unfamiliar with our nation’s favourite left-leaning ‘quality’ newspaper, if you’re a yoghurt-weaving, lentil-plaiting, muesli-snorting disabled vegan LGBT social worker …

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Jul 14 2014

Natural Is Best. Innit.

All-Natural-Banana

I’ve threatened to write about the Naturalistic Fallacy before; it’s a huge topic but one aspect of this fascinating cognitive bias has been doing the rounds again recently: the premise that ‘natural’ food is better than ‘synthetic’ foods or ‘chemicals’. There are several problems with this notion. One is that ‘natural’ is essentially a meaningless term; everything …

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Jun 24 2014

The Microbiology of Superstition

So what links farting, mythical beasts and religious miracles? Our Microbial Overlords were an occult phenomenon for far more than the 250,000 years we’ve been around. We remained blissfully ignorant of the true origin of the largesse they granted us – beer, wine, bread cheese, salami, kimchee, even Cupriavidus metallidurans which excretes solid gold – but were …

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Jun 16 2014

Sleeping with the Enemy

Do you sleep with your pets? I’m not talking hardcore bestiality here, but do you allow your pet to sleep on or in your bed? Do you? Who could blame you; they’re cute. They’re fluffy. They love you. In fact they love you so much they might even stop licking their Chocolate Starfish or genitalia …

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Jun 11 2014

Do Bacteria Glow in the Dark?

Or under ultraviolet (black) light? Well, some bacteria do – but not in the way many seem to think based on those ever-reliable barometers, TV and the Internet. Just point your Google-Fu at any combination of ‘bacteria’, ‘UV’, ‘black light’ and you’ll see what I mean. A disturbing trend is the promotion of fluorescence under …

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May 30 2014

75% of Honey is ‘Fake’?

Since I last wrote about bees I was pointed at this article claiming “Shock finding: More than 75 per cent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition”. As you may have guessed I couldn’t help but have a look. The central claim is that “the vast majority of so-called …

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May 26 2014

Do Bacteria Smell?

So, supermarket chiefs eat food past its Use By date and use the ‘smell test’ to identify if the food is safe to eat. Words fail me. Except “Dickheads”, possibly. This isn’t about the issue of food waste (with which it’s being conflated), it’s all about Listeria, you silly, silly twats. Cases of Listeriosis run …

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May 25 2014

Is Hygiene Making Us Sick?

Are We Too Clean? You may have heard the idea that if we exposed our kids to more dirt, got rid of antibacterial cleaning products and our obsession with hygiene everyone would be far healthier. It is true that many allergies and autoimmune conditions are on the increase. It is also true that vaccination, improvements …

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May 22 2014

Too Many Toxic Vaccines…

Though some try it’s difficult to argue with the benefits of vaccines. My eldest is 6 years old (going on 35); when I was his age vaccines protected just 5% of the world’s children from six diseases – polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis, pertussis, measles and tetanus – via four vaccines. Today that figure is 83% with some countries …

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May 16 2014

Aspartame

Sometimes you see something that’s just so wrong and so full of logical fallacies, factual errors and stuff that’s just plain Bat Shit Crazy you can’t help yourself. Well, I can’t, anyway. It’s the old Aspartame Gambit again but from a website I’d not encountered before, and I can see Natural Cures Not Medicine being a rich …

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