Tales of Bad Science and Media Bias

Before I begin, please take the 2 minutes and 27 seconds necessary to watch this ABC news report. I'll get back to that in a bit; but first, I'm sure you heard the news: Eating Animal Fat May Lead to Pancreatic Cancer!!! Oh nos! Yea, already a half dozen emails and a Facebook message or two. But guess what? This is the same study that was More Stupid Nonsense by Rashmi Sinha, PhD; Amanda J.…Read More

New Zealand Frenched Rack of Lamb

That was dinner last night for friends. I chose to do the rack on the grill, indirect, low, with a temp probe. This rendered the air around the racks around 250, just where I like it in order to get that medium rare right to the edge and not just the center. Once the rack got to 120ish, internal, I went full high on both burners, brushed both sides lightly with the glaze I had…Read More

New Pics

Many have bugged me to update the photos (now) to the right. Beatrice is still complaining, but until she comes up with something, this is what it is. While looking for stuff, I used iPhoto's facial recognition, and one of the ones it came up with was an old one from a trip to Hawaii in 2005. Wow, what a no-neck, carb-face whale I was. The new face was cropped from this photo of Beatrice…Read More

Links and Quick Hits

~ Mark Sisson demonstrates the rendering of beef tallow from suet via two different methods. I'm gonna have to give it a try. ~ Dr. Eades takes you through the ins & outs of evaluating your cholesterol numbers after eating low-carb for some time. "This study, published in the prestigious American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrates that subjects following the low-carb diet experience a decrease in triglyceride levels and an increase in HDL-cholesterol (HDL) levels;…Read More

Religion & Culture vs. Humanity & Health

Those (few) who used to follow my political blogging know that it was often heavily anti-religious (to the consternation of many of my political-philosophy soul-mates). Though still steadfastly a non-believer -- "I don't believe in Zeus, or any of the Gods that came after" - Richard Dawkins -- my attitude about the whole thing has changed stylistically. Now, I essentially put it in the same general boat as agriculture, i.e., agriculture making things like Big…Read More

What Causes More Cavities: Refined Sugar, Refined Wheat, or Refined Corn?

Answer: They all cause a hell of a lot of them. But you'll need to click that link to find out the surprising winner. How many do meat, fat, and vegetables cause?Zero. Now, go get your kids off that crap. But, hey, "they're 'just' teeth," right? Well, sure, I guess; but I prefer to think of it as adverse mineral metabolism. You think it only applies to teeth? Ever heard of osteoporosis? Ever heard of…Read More

Lost Souls

Wow, is this ever eye opening, in The New York Times: Eating to Fuel Exercise I don't think she gets even one thing correct, and most of the commenters are equally misled. One gets it dead right, however. ...Your readers are told to eat energy bars (read cookies with vitamins) which cause your insulin to rise, causing a hormonal response WHICH SHUTS OFF FAT BURNING. And these readers wonder why they are doing all this…Read More

Cholesterol Con: Call for Help

I frequently get emails from fairly new paleo / primal / low-carb practitioners worried about their newly obtained lipid panel that supposedly shows a degradation, particularly in the form of elevated total C, and/or elevated LDL. Often, these emails read something like this: "I've eliminated grains, legumes, processed sugars, vegetable oils, processed food of all kinds, and starchy vegetables like potatoes while adding more vegetables of varied kinds, more berries and less sweet fruits, more…Read More

Cooking and More Cooking

This is dinner, two days in a row. Saturday at the parent's-in-law in Vista, CA, I did a prime rib low & slow, along with a slow beef broth reduction containing fresh garlic, shallot, and jalapeno pepper, strained at the end. My sister-in-law prepared a nice salad with toasted sunflower seeds. I dressed it with EVOO and fresh lemon. Rounding out the meal was chopped cauliflower sautéed in coconut oil, which was a big hit.…Read More

It’s Said That “It’s Good to be King”

I say it's better to be loved. Our dearest of friends, neighbors, card playing, cooking and party partners, Robert & Julie (who make it like a regular Seinfeld episode around our places at the lofts almost daily). They're actually down here in SoCal visiting mutual friends Alessandro and Robert -- the two doktors -- in Hollywood. Unfortunately, that's a coupla hours from Vista, still, and with the doggies, it just 'aint gonna work out for…Read More

Back in the loop and wiped out.

Just a brief note to announce that I'm back from the cruise (though still in SoCal), getting back into the swing of things, and have gobs and gobs of emails and other stuff to get through. It's doubtful that much is happening before the holiday weekend. Back in full force next week, however. Here's a shot from last Monday, at anchor, Catalina Island.Read More