Seems like eggs aren’t bad after all.

You know how we’ve been hearing about how bad eggs are for you?  The nasty cholesterol in them can raise your cholesterol.  They can cause heart attacks.  Really, you shouldn’t eat many of them.  And if you do, make sure you don’t eat the yolk.

Yeah, well, Jonny Bowden is saying that’s all bunk.

The idea that eating eggs is bad for your heart is a myth. No study has linked egg eating to greater risk of heart disease. In fact, quite the opposite. According to an article from Harvard Health (a publication of Harvard Medical School), “The only large study to look at the impact of egg consumption on heart disease … found no connection between the two.”

Note:  That site may be a trigger as it is focused on diet and exercise to lose weight.

However, this is a good case of the “stuff we’ve always known” myth.  You know, like we’ve always known that fat people get more heart attacks/strokes/diabetes/whatever.

Conall showed me this today, and after reading the article, I started to say, “Wonder how long…”

He finished with, “It’ll be til they come up with the all egg diet?”


A Radical Idea

Wow.  Just wow.

Please, go to Shakesville and read this Proposal, if you haven’t already.  It is very radical, and definitely something that is needed.

More on Banning Bake Sales

I found this article explaining what the criteria is for being able to sell items in a “bake sale” in NYC now.

Under the new rules, students may sell fresh fruits and vegetables, or one of 27 specific packaged items that have been approved for sales in city vending machines, between the start of school and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

No homemade or unpackaged items are on the list of “approved” foods because “it’s impossible to know what the content is, or what the portion size is,” said Kathleen Grimm, the deputy chancellor for infrastructure and portfolio planning, who oversees the regulation.

“We think that we have struck a pretty good balance here, a healthy balance,” she said.

A healthy balance, huh?  Let’s look at the list of things that are approved for resale, shall we?

Things like Cool Ranch Reduced Fat Doritos and Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos (even thought the latter appears to not meet their nutritional guidelines of having 2 grams of fiber since it’s a grain based snack).  Kellogg’s Pop Tarts (the frosted brown sugar cinnamon type).  Linden’s cookies.

So, instead of bringing in baked goods that (usually) has less of the additives, colorants (Cool Ranch Doritos have 3 artificial coloring additives), and preservatives, students are now encouraged to go to Costco and buy things off the list of approved foods and resell them.

To purchase food for approved sales, students may go to Costco or other stores to buy items for resale, said Eric Goldstein, the schools’ chief executive for food and busing.

The city’s new vending operator, The Answer Group, will also negotiate with vendors to produce fund-raising kits for students, probably by next September, said the group’s president, Tom Murn.

Oh.  Wait.  Maybe we’re really getting to the crux of the matter here.  It’s really NOT about the fat (surprise) but about how much money can be made by whom from the sales of food in the school system.  I dunno, maybe that’s a leap, but that last bit really has me wondering.  What’s the saying?  Follow the money?

Banning Bake Sales?

You’re kidding me, right?  New York, are you guys crazy?  I mean, they call California “the land of fruits and nuts”.  Are y’all in New York trying to take that title?  Banning bake sales in schools, in the name of combating obesity?

The rule, which school officials say is aimed at tackling obesity, allows PTAs to hold bake sales once a month or weekdays after 6 p.m. Otherwise only fresh fruits and vegetables and any of 27 packaged items that meet city Health Department guidelines on calories, fat and sodium can be sold at schools.

Because, you know, all those millions of bake sales at every single school every single day is what’s causing obesity in school aged children in New York City.

Where does Meme Roth live?  She’d be so proud.

Myth — The “Obesity Epidemic” is what’s causing the healthcare crisis.

How’s that for a catchy title, huh?

One of the things we hear ad nauseam is about how the “obesity epidemic”  is how it’s causing the “health care crisis”.  And of course, by that, it’s meant that our fat (and therefor unhealthy) selves have to go to the doctors and hospitals so much, insurance companies are having to raise premiums to everybody just to break even.

There are so many ways to debunk this myth it’s not even funny.

First of all, the “poor widdle insurance companies” are not hurting.  When I was working for the evil insurance company as an entry level phone slave (all calls were diverted through us, whether we could actually help the customer or not), we received quarterly statements about how the company was doing.  One statement (right after they changed our insurance policies to the most expensive to us, the customer and least expensive to them, the provider) stated that in the previous quarter they’d made a record profit of hundreds of millions of dollars.  Yes, the same quarter they implemented (what I liked to think of as) the “screw you, employees” insurance for us, they made hundreds of millions of dollars in profits.

The insurance companies are not out there to help you, they are out there to make money.  Health is a big business, and the insurance companies want their cut of the money that comes from the health care industry.

But I’m not going to talk about the realities of being a phone slave for the mega health insurance company.  No, I’m going to use two different examples.

One, is the governor of my state.  Recently (this week) he had a bicycling accident.

The governor is recovering from six fractured ribs and a separated ligament in his right shoulder. Ritter fell off his bike and did a shoulder roll onto the pavement of East 23rd Avenue near High Street while riding with four other cyclists. His front bike tire bumped the bike in front of him, causing the crash.

Read more:

From another source:

“He did a classic shoulder roll, and separated his shoulder,” Dr. Carlton Barnett said during a news conference at Denver Health Medical Center Wednesday. “Fractures are to his upper right ribs in front and back and around his shoulder.” The doctor says the governor has six broken ribs.

This is not an uncommon injury. We see two or three a week”, Barnett said. “The primary therapy (for patients) is preventative care making sure there’s pain control, and making sure they don’t develop complications from breathing problems.” Doctors want to make sure he doesn’t develop anything such as pneumonia.
(bolding my edit)

The story goes on to report that the governor is an avid bicyclist and regularly goes on morning rides.  So, what we’re looking at is a lifestyle choice some guy made which ended him up in the hospital for 4 days (so far) with 6 broken ribs and a torn ligament.  Don’t you think that he, and people like him, who get hurt doing the so-called healthy things and end up in the hospital, are pushing up premiums?

Or in other words, their lifestyle choices* are making my insurance premiums raise.

The other thing I want to post is this.  Today was the first time I’ve read Dr. Grumpy, and I saw the link in a friend’s blog.  It’s a hard post to read, about the economic cost of one man’s refusal to admit his wife’s cancer is, indeed, fatal, so click the link with care.

There were a lot of things this doctor stated about the cost of this woman’s care.  The most important thing was this: This woman’s care has cost at least a million dollars here, likely a hell of a lot more. I’m pretty sure this family’s premiums don’t cover that, and I know they aren’t wealthy. So the money is coming from their insurance company, which is YOUR premiums.

Again, the point he is making is a different point than I am making, but it comes to the same thing.  While this isn’t a “lifestyle” issue, but rather, one of a grieving husband in severe denial that his comatose cancer ridden wife won’t have some sort of miracle, it comes to the same thing.  He’s been to hospital after hospital after hospital, while his insurance pays the bills.  Do you really think that this type of action doesn’t affect anybody else’s premiums?  Remember what I said earlier about how the insurance companies really aren’t there to help you, but rather to make money?

We (the fatties of the world) make a very nice, handy target to blame for all the worlds ills.  Especially right now, with the media and politicians doing everything they can to demonize us further.   But look at the bigger picture.  Thin and normal weight people get sick all the time.  People who make a habit of working out (being an avid bicycling enthusiast) get seriously injured all the time.  People who are described as being “once a beautiful, vibrant woman” get cancer, and it takes over their bodies and destroys them.  Often.  People who are otherwise healthy all of a sudden have heart attacks or strokes or get diabetes.

And it doesn’t matter if the person is skinny, normal, or fat.  These problems happen in all weight and activity demographics.  It’s not just the “fat people” who are causing your premiums to rise.  It’s everybody who ever gets sick, or needs more than a quick visit to the doctor for an ingrown toenail.  Well, that, and the head honchos at the insurance companies greed.  But that’s a post for a different day.

*Note:  If you’ve read here long enough, you know I do not think obesity is a “lifestyle choice”.  I’m using the words of the opposition to show how something that really IS a lifestyle choice does actually effect them — such as a person who is an avid “insert sport/exercise here” can get hurt doing the thing they love doing and end up needing acute medical care that will cost tens of thousands of dollars.  Medical fees your premiums help to pay for.

Administrative Post

I’ve been in the middle of a move for a while, and other personal things before that.  Because of this, I haven’t kept to my posting schedule.  I’ve also not been interacting much in the comments section.

The move is almost done, the unpacking is at a manageable level.

I am back.  Maybe not to my old schedule of 4 times a week yet — have to develop the new routine to allow that — but I am back.  You’ll be seeing more of me around.

I’m not sure if y’all will want to thank me or curse me for that warning. 😉