TGIF Morning Links: Random Gut, Diet, Healthcare, Vegan Madness, Funny, and Inspiring

 Just some randomness for a Friday.

~ The women’s world championship in hang gliding is going on right now.

Annecy, France—as well as for sport class, rigid wings, and foot-launched sailplanes. Very nicely done 3-min video with nice music, all set to quintessential alps scenery.

It was nice to see a few familiar faces in the crowd!

~ EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway.

Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.

So, the Denver EPA office for the next Federal Supersite?

~ We Win! TIME Magazine Officially Recants.

—the most comical example of such being Walter Willett, who claims “he was sitting on a piece of contrary evidence that none of the leading American science journals would publish.” Dude, you’ve been the chairman of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health since 1991, at which time you already had your name on over 140 published papers. If you were sitting on data that exonerated saturated fat, it’s because you prioritized advancing your own career over public health.

That’s pretty direct for J. Stanton! 🙂

~ Will Engineered Super-Bacteria Help Even Gluttons to Stay Lean?

Vanderbilt Scientists “Produce” Anti-Obesity Bacteria to be Administered in the Drinking Water

~ Gut Microbe Levels are Linked to Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity.

The study lends support to other recent reports that have found an association between specific bacterial species in the human digestive system and obesity and diabetes, according to lead investigator Yalcin Basaran, MD, an endocrinologist from Gulhane Military Medical Academy School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey.

We’re at the beginning stages of coming to a conclusion that the makeup (or lack of) of gut health may have more profound impacts than fat, carbs, exercise, or even junk food. Maybe, antibiotics….

~ Way too many doctors are prescribing antibiotics in error.

About 7 in 10 patients who go to a doctor seeking treatment for acute bronchitis winds up leaving their appointment with a prescription for an antibiotic, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. That’s a problem, the study authors say, because the ideal prescription rate should be 0%.

That’s right, a big fat zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch.

Seems like the message isn’t going to get through until they end up evolving an antibiotic-resistant, virulent superbug that wipes out a few billion.

~ Determined Doc Retrofits Family Medicine.

“I’ve already made my fortune,” Tomasulo, who drives a Mercedes M-Class SUV, tells MedPage Today. “Now, I’m going to do what I went into medicine initially to do: to be a doctor, to provide care the way I want to provide care, and not have to answer to a third party on why I’m doing what I’m doing.” […]

“The point for me is to save you as much money as I possibly can. And provide a service to you that makes you want to come see me,” he says.

Tomasulo is gearing up to treat patients in this all-in-one direct pay clinic of his own design, devoid of all third-party oversight. That also means he won’t even bill insurance companies or Medicare.

Fuck Obama”care,” which is really mega-business care: insurance companies, hospital groups, pharmaceutical giants, and medical device manufacturers…to bilk you for as much money as they possibly can by artificially inflated prices, owing to economics 101.

~ Oldest human faeces show Neanderthals ate vegetables.

So although the Neanderthal’s predominant food source was meat, Ms Sistiaga explained that the chemistry of her sample suggested a “significant intake of plants”.

One Paleomyth after another comes crashing down.

~ Mother Refused to Take Sick Child to Hospital Over Vegan Beliefs.

According to WESH Orlando, Markham, 23, was informed by her doctor that her 12-day-old child was dehydrated and needed to be admitted to a hospital. Her doctor also gave her medicine, but according to police, she refused to administer the drugs to the child because it contained non-vegan ingredients.

WKMG reports that when police arrived at her home, Markham refused to answer the door and police were forced to call a locksmith to get inside and speak with her. Markham told police that she was waiting to get a second opinion and was interested in a “religious-based treatment.” She said that she did not believe her child was dehydrated because it was still having regular bowel movements.

A “religious-based treatment” it indeed is. The distinction to make is, where in the world are the cases of relatively affluent people “unintentionally” starving their babies on omnivorous or even SAD diets? They simply don’t exist, unless intentional. These people are feeding based on ideology (religion), not science or nutrition.


~ Did you read Gary Oldman’s Playboy Interview?

Among the many over-the-top, outrageous things he said:

“The actor, who identifies as a libertarian, said ‘dishonesty’ and ‘double standards’ frustrate him the most. Accordingly, there are certain things that left-leaning comedians like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can say, but not others, he said.

“‘Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c**t—and I’ll go one better, a f***ing useless c**t—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it,'” Oldman said.

Unfortunately, he had to issue the standard apology, which sucked. But, then this.

That’s more like it!


Rounding things out with the funniest thing I saw this morning.

I doubt my husband is so lucky. Actually, I know it’s next to impossible to take in images like those and erase them from his mind. Because our men are much less emotional and are much more visual. And as quickly as I can forget your picture, it is filed away in his mind, ready to be pulled back out whenever he so chooses.

Again, I am not faulting you. And by no means am I faulting him. This man of mine diverts his eyes from whatever questionable images flash on the screen before him. But sometimes the temptation is too much.

After Memorial Day, I noticed so much skin on social media that I half-yelled a warning to him as I ran out the door one morning. It’s summertime, honey! Beware the beach pics and half nude girls on Instagram! And like that, he was in solitary confinement from all virtual community for the next two days.

Protecting his eyes, protecting his heart.

The comments are an absolute riot, too. Near as I can tell, this is Not the Onion.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. laura on June 27, 2014 at 12:02

    Love you of course Richard, but my next favorite website GOMI covered that Lauren woman in style 2 weeks ago

    So pathetic, yet so hilarious

    GOMI also has a great thread on the “Paleo circle Jerk” you might appreciate, I think under Food Bloggers.

    Carry on in your awesomeness!

  2. Regina on June 27, 2014 at 12:23

    “Amen!!!” ?? lol. Let’s us gals all just agree to wear burkas.

  3. Mart on June 28, 2014 at 10:02

    I recently persuaded a friend in Spain to try the potato starch. She cannot find unmodified anywhere there – even online. Ordering it from the States, her package of 3×24 oz. Bob’s Red Mill has been retained by customs as non-EU foodstuffs, and they will only release it if she fills out loads of BS forms and pays a customs tax. Does anyone know of a source of unmodified PS to be found there in Europe, preferably Spain? Thanks!

    • Richard Nikoley on June 28, 2014 at 10:04

      Just make it yourself. See previous blog entry.

      It’s easy.

    • Mart on July 2, 2014 at 21:09

      So I Vitamixed 22 oz of potatoes. 2 seconds at full power yields pieces smaller than hash brown shreds, thus a lot of surface area for more starch to leech out. I drained and squeezed the potatoes into a colander over a bowl, then let the starch settle. This seemed to yield only about a day’s worth of PS, perhaps two, at the very most. In other words: making PS yourself is not a good long term solution. You’d end up eating a helluva lot of potatoes – and even if those were cooked then cooled for their RS3 this is still not an ideal way to get your RS on a day to day long term basis. OK perhaps for a stop-gap but really impractical in the long run.

      So I ask again – does anyone know of sources in Europe – Spain specifically – for Bob’s Red Mill or other unmodified PS? Thanks

    • Duck Dodgers on July 3, 2014 at 13:08

      If you’re in Spain, you should just eat Chufas and make your own Horchata! It’s the original RS2 drink.

    • Mart on July 4, 2014 at 08:52

      Searched around FTA but cannot find what the RS content of Tiger Nuts – aka “Chufas” is. Does anyone know? Tatertot? Thanks!

  4. TravellingBeard on June 29, 2014 at 17:58

    Regarding the whole gut biome/Type 2 thing…why do I get the feeling we’ll be seeing an increase in fecal transplant “prescriptions” in the near future?

  5. Passerby on January 28, 2015 at 21:47

    “acute bronchitis…ideal prescription rate should be 0%.”
    WOW. I am legitimately blown away by this. I’ve known for a long time that antibiotics are prescribed in general, and that I personally was given way too many as a child, but I can honestly state I took ~2-3 rounds of antibiotics PER YEAR for acute bronchitis when I was growing up. For maybe 7-12 years. Hard to say how long exactly – as far back as I can remember, until I was big enough, and adolescently obstinate enough, to declare “don’t wanna; can’t make me” to any and all drugs. Thank god for stubborn teenage bullshit. Wish it had come earlier.

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