Everyone’s A Nutritionist

September 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm (Nutritionism) (, )

It often seems to me that one thing we all believe we are expert in is the field of nutrition. I’ve noticed that chefs and food writers are prone to make statements on nutrition despite being more knowledgeable about the aesthetics of food than the nutritional benefits. I’ve also noticed that members of the public often ask chefs and food writers questions on nutrition and the health benefits of food. Read the rest of this entry »

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Excess Woo – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle?

July 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm (Alternative Medicine, Miscellaneous, Trivial, Woo) (, , , , , , , , , )

Far too much energy is being expended on producing and consuming the bullshit of the counterknowledge industry: nutritionism, homeopathy, and the various forms of energy medicine that rely on vitalism being prime examples of this industry. Worthless remedies are produced, and worthless books and pamphlets are published.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Mind Guide to Food and Mood

November 21, 2008 at 10:38 pm (Bad Science) (, , , , , , )

I’m in the library, flicking through the leaflets and I’ve come across the Mind guide to food and mood. Read the rest of this entry »

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Briffa on Statins and CoenzymeQ10

September 29, 2008 at 8:33 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Briffa, Nutritionism, Supplements) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Old news, I know – but it is one of Briffa’s hobby horses (not to mention Cybertiger, for those JABS aficionados reading this) and I happened upon an internet forum discussion that was linking to Briffa’s blog. His blog post contained this gem: Read the rest of this entry »

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October 4, 2007 at 7:45 pm (Bad Science) (, , , , , , )


Here, Dr Briffa gives his personal opinion on aspartame:

“The companies that make it and ‘expert panels’ conclude it is safe. Yet, anecdotal reports on the web and elsewhere about that claim aspartame has the capacity to damage human health and cause symptoms that range from headaches and seizures and multiple-sclerosis type symptoms and depression.”

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