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The Myth: “Eating Vegetables and Fruits is Healthy”

October 9, 2010 9 comments

Before saying anything else, let me make an important clarification:

I am not implying that eating vegetables and fruits is unhealthy, nor am I suggesting that people should not eat any vegetables or fruits.

My bone of contention with the whole “vegetables and fruit are double plus good for you” myth goes something like this- Where is the evidence that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits has any benefit beyond that derived from moderate intake? Most of the important vitamins and other essential stuff from vegetables/fruits can now be obtained in synthetic forms. Many of the non-fresh vegetable/fruit products eaten by us are now routinely enriched with synthesized versions of vitamins and other essential nutrients.

Have you noticed that most developed countries in the world have very similar average life expectancies inspite of different diets? While the incidence of various diseases in populations is variable, total mortality from all causes is rather consistent. Why would that be so?

Why don’t people who live in countries that eat far more fresh vegetables and fruits NOT live significantly longer than those who do not? Why are the average life expectancies of the average french, greek, spanish, japanese, australian, canadian and uruguayan so similar? Their cuisines and eating habits are certainly not similar!

I believe that the whole vegetable and fruit meme is a fraud propagated by CONservative and LIEbrals to cover the adverse effects of income inequality and poor/costly healthcare on life expectancy.

It is another variant of the classic scam- blame the victim.

The unpleasant truth is that good stable incomes and affordable/accessible healthcare have a far bigger impact (direct and indirect) on life expectancy and disease burden than eating lots of vegetables and fruits.

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Tea Party Candidates: Rich Iott

October 9, 2010 5 comments

It seems that tea party backed republican candidates are a colorful bunch..

Here is a picture of Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio’s 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite, in a German Waffen SS uniform. He likes to participate in Nazi re-enactments on weekends.

Iott, whose district lies in Northwest Ohio, was involved with a group that calls itself Wiking, whose members are devoted to re-enacting the exploits of an actual Nazi division, the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, which fought mainly on the Eastern Front during World War II. Iott’s participation in the Wiking group is not mentioned on his campaign’s website, and his name and photographs were removed from the Wiking website.

Dear god.. is this the new face of those intellectually bankrupt morons?

Iott, a member of the Ohio Military Reserve, added, “I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things. I mean, they took over most of Europe and Russia, and it really took the combined effort of the free world to defeat them. From a purely historical military point of view, that’s incredible.”

Agree, but the other things they did during ww2 were not exactly good for their legacy.

Iott participated in the group under his own name, and also under the alias “Reinhard Pferdmann,” which has also been removed, and which Iott described as being his German alter ego. “Part of the reenactor’s [experience],” Iott said, “is the living-history part, of really trying to get into the persona of the time period. In many, not just in our unit, but in many units what individuals do is create this person largely based on a Germanized version of their name, and a history kind of based around your own real experiences. ‘Reinhard’ of course is ‘Richard’ in German. And ‘Pferdmann,’ ‘pferd’ is a horse. So it’s literally ‘horse man.'”

I have feeling that such tea party candidates might not be good for the republican parties image, assuming it wants one.

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