Saturday, January 29, 2011

UPDATED: Cheesy CSPI Theory Killed by This Analysis (data table added)

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has said that cheese is killing us. They told us to stop, stop, stop, because the saturated fats are contributing to thousands of heart deaths every year!! 

So I did this analysis to test it out. I plotted a comparison of countries looking at 2 things: per capita cheese consumption (on the horizontal axis) VS heart disease deaths (on the vertical axis). 

If you eat more cheese, are you more likely to die of heart disease? 

If this is true, as the CSPI wants you to believe, then that line you see in the chart should be going up, not gently sloping downward. In other words, as the cheese consumption increases, you would expect the rate of heart disease deaths to increase as well. 

But this just does not happen. It is not true. Let it go. Find something else to do.

By the way, in a separate study, Danish scientists found that when men ate a whopping 10 daily 1-ounce servings of full-fat cheese for 3 weeks, their LDL (bad) cholesterol didn't budge. So not only do you NOT see an increase of heart disease deaths when people increase cheese consumption, but the theory behind their assertion isn't true either!!  

Now, granted, a correlation between two things is not the last word and more research needs to be done to verify that you have crossed all your T's and dotted all your I's, blah blah blah. But what you can say is that eating cheese doesn't have to cause heart disease. 

In stead of encouraging people to avoid a health food like cheese, the CSPI would be better to urge Americans to eat it in control. The same is true for wine, chocolate, potatoes, and every every every thing. 

For more information: Click here to visit Will Clower's website.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Radio Show: Prevent Winter Injuries, Love Found in Brain Scans

For those of you who missed the show this Saturday, here is the link.

I talked with "the PhD of running shoes", Kevin Smith about avoiding injuries in winter weather.

We learned about brain scans that revealed whether love stays through old age.

We also talked about the most important health news of the week.

For more information: Click here to visit Will Clower's website.

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