Daily Archives: June 19, 2008

“Why do I expect open source science?” and “A Toe”

Two things I found interesting that Eric’s probably already read:

Study shows male homosexuality can be explained through a specific model of Darwinian evolution | Think Gene

The essence of happiness : Nature News

Also came across this via Diet Blog:
Omega 3: How We’re Being Deceived
I clicked through to the book’s site
The Food Industry’s Greed – Lois Smithers

Now, I’m not  naive enough to believe that the food industry isn’t out to make money, and I know that they’ll jump on any health bandwagons they see as potentially profitable. This is a dangerous thing because often the science behind the nutrition is not entirely understood.  There was a day when partial hydrogenation was considered good.  That day is past.  And it wouldn’t surprise me if omega-6s are still prominent in many “healthy” foods, just as refined sugars are.  But there’s something about this book, its very nature, that bugs me.

I am immediately skeptical of scientific claims/research that have been self-published and are only available for $26.97 (as part of a package that includes several other titles, all self-published).  Where’s the peer review?  If this were truly a ground breaking expose, wouldn’t there be something else to it other than the research done by one woman after an anecdotal experience?  And why was I quite disappointed that the web site that is meant to sell her book doesn’t include links to the research she’s looked at?  Why do I even expect that?  Like the food industry, this woman is out to make a little money. 

But should science make money?

My own five minute research reaps that the optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is about 4:1.  Smithers offers up the books table of contents and I was surprised to see Smart Balance Buttery Spread included.  This is a product we use and rather like.  The box clearly states that it has a 4:1 ratio.  Smart Balance Peanutbutter is clearly labeled as 1:1.  Their web site includes ratios for their products.  If anything, the ToC can lead into some other research efforts of my own.

Personally, I’d still like to know what Swanson dinners don’t report their trans fat numbers…

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It’s completely unfair that yesterday I felt like crap and had a fairly unsatisfying game of disc and today I went for a run and felt great. Damn body. My hands and feet are a little achy today, but my back is happy.

Eric has done something bad to his toe. He just woke up on Tuesday and it was hurting. He played on it yesterday which probably wasn’t good for it. Woke up in further pain this morning. He wonders if he whacked it on something (like the iron bed frame) in the night, but jeeze, to screw up his toe that bad it would have taken one hell of a whack. My theory is that he slept on it wrong, but that seems pretty far fetched too for more than a couple hours of pain.

No practices for us tonight, which is okay with me. I have a lot to do on Model Species.

New blog post over at EntangledContinua.  Today’s topic: the economy.

Played some disc this morning.  Had a nice turnout despite the hour.  The weather was still pretty hot.  I could not catch a dam thing in the endzone and my back got pretty bad about halfway through.

Not much else to say.  I’m in a substantially lazy mood though I’ve set a goal to have a certain group of changes done by Friday night.

Oh, we did try a new restaurant.
Restaurant #8: Cheeburger Cheeburger

I’d heard some good things about Cheeburger Cheeburger.  The somewhat inane name was outweighed by a good selection of burger toppings, but in the end, I was underwhelmed.  The meat was pretty plain, fried without any seasoning.  I had cheddar-jack, bbq sauce and roasted green chilis, and while the combination was tasty it was overwhelmed by the bland burger and the bready bun.  They just don’t stand up to Chuckbox or Ted’s.