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Scott Adams is NOT on Team Reality

Cartoonist Scott Adams admitted the other day that the "anti-vaxxers"--meaning people who didn't want an experimental COVID shot--had "won." Like Emily "we were all in the dark" Oster , he chalked up his loss to bad luck instead of his own bad judgment.  I would like to publicly apologize for continuously ignoring the "accurate data" on Covid that people sent me for three years. But just so I don't make that mistake again, is there a separate list of the strangers I should trust to know which data is the good stuff? — Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) January 24, 2023   Sorry, Scott, but there's no substitute for doing your own research using primary sources and learning how to read those sources. It's like the first three rules from Joel Greenblatt's book You can be a Stock Market Genius : Do your own work. Don't trust anyone over 30. Don't trust anyone 30 or under.  Get it? Sinking your fortune or your health into somet
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Current-Thing People Lit a Fire Under Me

The current-thing people who want to ban gas stoves have convinced me: I'm getting rid of my stove. I've hated it since I moved here, but thought I'd wait until it wore out before I replaced it. But thanks to the current-thing crowd, I've just put in an order for this baby: Yes, those are gas burners. Photo from Home Depot. I'm going with a basic model, not the automatic. Internet meme. The last time I bought a stove , it was second-hand. But when I shopped for one yesterday, I only found two gas stoves in white, and one of them looked like it was made about the time Julia Child was on TV. But second-hand stores were full of detestable glass-top electric stoves like the one I'm getting rid of. The one I just bought is back-ordered for a month. I'm not worried about getting asthma. For one thing, I cooked on a gas stove for 19 years and didn't get asthma. Before that, I was a prep cook and didn't get asthma (restaurants use gas). Heck, I worked on a l

Food $cience Touts Brand-Name Breakfast Cereals

Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise, recently wrote about a food scoring system called "The Food Compass" published in Nature Food . The authors, from Tufts University, "have led the development of the White House Conference [on Hunger, Nutrition and Health] slated for sometime in September."  The Food Compass, which gives top ratings to Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Cocoa Puffs, is absurd on the face of it. In all, nearly 70 brand-named cereals from General Mills, Kellogg’s, and Post are ranked twice as high as eggs cooked in butter or a piece of plain, whole-wheat toast. Egg whites cooked in vegetable oils are also apparently more healthy than a whole, boiled egg, and nearly all foods are healthier than ground beef. How do sugary breakfast cereals rank higher than eggs, butter, or even plain toast? Follow the money--as always. This isn't news for long-time readers; the US government has recommended crap diets for decades. For newer readers--it's

Whistleblowers, Watchdogs and Insurers Sound Alarm on COVID Vax

A few weeks ago, Senator Ron Johnson held a roundtable on COVID vaccines . In the first part of the roundtable, a variety of specialists pointed out the explosion in deaths and injuries following the COVID vaccine rollout. (Email subscribers: click on the link above to see the video on Rumble.) Highlights from the video Open VAERS spotlights explosion in adverse events 9:46: Liz Willner, web developer and founder of Open VAERS , a site with a compilation of data from the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. Willner is the mother of a vaccine injured child.  From Open VAERS. Click to enlarge. The VAERS database is difficult to get through even for me (I'm better than most at such things); I was horrified at the deaths and permanent disabilities it showed in June 2021 .  VSAFE Data shows 8% required medical care 12:10: Aaron Siri, lead counsel, ICAN legal team, on the VSAFE system . VSAFE has 10 million volunteers who signed up to report any reactions to the COVID v

Tight Pants, Colds, and Dairy-Free Fermentation

Pants Don't Fit? It Might be the Pants If the clothes-o-meter says you're gaining weight, it might be the clothes that are off. Half the ladies' blouses I recently bought are medium sized (I normally take a small) and the jeans I just bought are smaller than the ones from before, even though they're they same brand, cut and size.  They're smaller in the thighs, too. I thought I'd had too much prebiotic fiber. This doesn't seem to be a one-off. One reviewer who bought the same jeans said she bought them a size up to wear over tights, but couldn't get them on even without tights. Over at Talbots--which normally carries high quality clothes--several reviewers complained about undersized jeans.  Click to enlarge (the screenshot--alas, it doesn't work on jeans) Of course, if your jeans used to fit--well, jeans don't shrink from sitting in a drawer.  Another Cold Averted? Regular readers know I'm prone to respiratory illnesses. But my last cold onl

Court Strikes Down Vax Requirement for Federal Contractors

Yes--it's almost 2023, people have stopped pretending the shots stop transmission, COVID is basically a cold now, the list of acknowledged side effects is growing and yet we're still fighting COVID shot mandates. The states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Indiana filed suit against President Biden regarding his executive order for federal contractors to get a COVID shot. An email today from Indiana's attorney general says, Attorney General Todd Rokita has prevailed in yet another legal fight against President Joe Biden’s executive overreach in the form of draconian COVID vaccine mandates. This time, in a lawsuit filed by Indiana and two other plaintiff states, a U.S. appeals court has struck down a rule requiring vaccination for anyone working for federal contractors. “Hoosiers and all Americans should have the liberty to make their own decisions on whether to get vaccinated,” Attorney General Rokita said. “That includes individuals who happen to work as federal contractors.

It's not that Complicated!

Two Steps to Improved Health Lately I see people overcomplicating their health: they ask (other people) about enemas, their HPA axis, vagus nerve, stool tests, arcane lab tests, data on calcium score reduction, what time to have their supplements, where to get exotic microbes they read about on Google Scholar, and so on. The problem with this is that 1) it's off the map and probably nobody knows the answer and 2) in most cases, they're neglecting some basic steps known to work.  Most low-carb diets have two steps: 1) stop eating poison; 2) supplement what's missing. Dr. Davis's program has the additional step of getting rid of SIBO, but for that, he mostly recommends SIBO yogurt (homemade yogurt with 2-3 strains of bacteria missing in most people).  With step 1 in mind, I whacked back the nuts, cheese and occasional junk food cheats freely available at work. And with step 2 in mind, I've continued taking more iodine and I've been eating more protein to build mus