Sugar industry paid scientists to blame fat

In the neverending battle against obesity, heart disease, and bad health, what are we supposed to avoid eating, fat or sugar?

The question is important, because, if you fear fat, those fat-free products you may be substituting are packed with sugar and other carbohydrates.

We should consult science to settle the issue, but it turns out that the nutritional science of the last few decades has been seriously compromised.  It has been discovered that back in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid all-too-human scientists from Harvard large amounts of money to shift nutritional blame from sugar to fats.  Those studies have continued to influence other studies, which build upon them.  The scientists, who are now deceased, include one who helped draft the government’s dietary guidelines.

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98% of pregnant women with Zika have healthy babies

Pro-abortionists are using the threat of birth defects from Zika infections to justify abortions, including late-term abortions.  But only 2% of pregnant women with Zika give birth to children with microencephaly.  That is, 98% of pregnant women with Zika give birth to healthy babies. [Read more…]

Bush proven right on stem cell research

Fifteen years ago, President George W. Bush banned the use of federal money for extracting stem cells from human embryos.  At the same time, he doubled funding for finding alternative sources.  Today, virtually all stem cells used for medical treatments and research come from adult sources and do not involve the destruction of human life.

President Bush’s controversial decision has been vindicated, and it exemplifies the application of moral principles to scientific research.  So says Christopher White in Crux. [Read more…]

The older you get, the happier you are?

A study has found a linear relationship between old age and happiness. That is, the older you get, the happier you are.

Despite the deterioration of the body and the whole array of health and mental problems as people age, happiness increases.  The linear relationship means that people in their 90s are happier than they were in their 80s, and in their 70s than in their 60s, etc.  The biggest miseries are in young adulthood, the supposed prime of life.

I can relate to this.  Consider the stress involved in trying to find someone to marry, in trying to find a job, in raising children, in trying to find success in one’s career.  Older people are on the other side of all that.

But the continual growth in happiness in the post-retirement decades, that’s a mystery, and no doubt a gift.

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Study challenges LGBT assumptions 

Public opinion, government policy, and Supreme Court rulings about LGBT issues has been predicated on the notion that same-sex attraction and having a gender identity different from one’s biological sex are innate, fixed conditions.  In the words of the Lady Gaga song, “I was born this way.”

But a Johns Hopkins study has found otherwise.
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Doctors push back against assisted suicide

Vermont has a law allowing for physician-assisted suicide.  State agencies are interpreting the law so as to require doctors to tell their patients about this option.  Also, doctors who don’t want to kill their patients must refer them to another doctor who will.

A number of Vermont doctors have decided to fight these requirements and are suing the regulators that are forcing them to violate the Hippocratic oath. [Read more…]