Once bullshit finds favor with those media writers and producers who HAVE TO FILL columns or airtime EVERY SINGLE TEDIOUS DAY, you end up with avalanches of bullshit which eventually clog drainoff and drown the actual story....
Over and OVER and O-O-O-V-E-R-R-R, we hear the same old stories about meat and fat being bad for you and fruitsandvegetables and healthywholegrains being good. One wants to run screaming into the night. Yet another of Mark's columns is devoted to reassuring a reader who is being bombarded by enemies and relations with the untruth. Yet another of Tom's articles is devoted to trying to unclog the bullshit-drain.
Those of us who have improved our health through clean eating, whether it be paleo or low-carb or a mixture of the two, would LOVE to help the struggling people we see all around us! We hate to see loved ones who are in pain or taking medications that don't help and come with their own burden of unwellness, KNOWING that a few MINOR INCONVENIENCES (ie not living on wheat and sugar) might make them feel immeasurably better. In the glow of our satisfaction we try to "share the good news" only to be refuted by the CW and advanced nutritional wisdom as learned through television commercials.
And out comes another spewage of BS that reinforces Kellogg's position!!! ... Yeah, right. Ya know, in "celebration" of this Mercury Retrograde, i'm inclined to say "LET 'EM EAT CAKE" ... or pasta, or whole-grain subway sandwiches or whatever the hell they want. Let 'em cut calories till they're miserable and sick and fatter than ever. Let 'em convince themselves that my diet is gonna kill me, no matter how much better (than they) i look and feel. I've put the information out there, and if they choose to ignore it then i'll say (with Reverend Johnson) "son, you're on your own."
So as each "new study" comes out with the same old bullshit, i'm just going to smile cattily and order another Proud Mary burger (two 8-oz-before-cooking patties with cheese and bacon), hold the bun, with a glass of the house cabernet. That plus coffee is enough food to hold me for a whole day. Let my MIL eat nothing but sugar for breakfast. Let Dr. Joe Blow scarf down pie at midnight, and say that his obesity is due to his newly-discovered hypothyroidism. Let others say "everything in moderation" but it must be bad genes that cause cancer. New version of tough-love: it goes along with my long-ago-adopted anti-nagging policy -- i'll tell you once, and remind you once, but beyond that it's not MY problem.
The current MR will be over in about four more days, which pleases me immensely -- my internet connection improves when Mercury is direct. I can't hope that the misinformation will go away ... but i also won't accept responsibility for helping to muck out the drains.