And now for something true

Don’t bother with a low salt diet – it may not lower your blood pressure after all, study finds
Researchers followed more than 2,600 men and women over a period of 16 years
They discovered that consuming less salt wasn’t linked to lower blood pressure
New findings call into question salt limits recommended by dietary guidelines

Quite, that’s one of the things kidneys are for, regulating salt levels.

You only need one word to understand this report

Saturated fat does not increase the risk of a heart attack by clogging up arteries, three cardiologists have said in a challenge to medical thinking, sparking a furious backlash.

In an editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine the cardiologists also write that relying on foodstuffs marketed as “low fat” or “proved to lower cholesterol” to avoid heart disease is “misguided”.

A key previous research study, they say, “showed no association between saturated fat consumption and all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, CHD mortality, ischaemic stroke or type-2 diabetes in healthy adults”. Instead they say that a Mediterranean-style diet and 22 minutes of walking a day are the best ways to prevent heart problems.

The paper co-authored by Pascal Meier, a cardiologist at University College London and editor of the journal BMJ Open Heart; Rita Redberg, the editor of the American journal JAMA Internal Medicine; and Aseem Malhotra

And when we reach that word Malhotra we can stop because we know the whole thing is bollocks.

Doesn’t even matter if they’re right, it will be woo and bollocks.

The Lancet’s being an unbiased and reputable journal here then, eh?

You can’t buy time – except, it seems, in America.

Increasing inequality means wealthy Americans can now expect to live up to 15 years longer than their poor counterparts, reports in the British medical journal the Lancet have found.

Researchers said these disparities appear to be worsened by the American health system itself, which relies on for-profit insurance companies, and is the most expensive in the world.

Their conclusion? Treat healthcare as a human right.

“Healthcare is not a commodity,” wrote US Senator Bernie Sanders in an opinion article introducing the issue of the journal, which is devoted to inequality in American healthcare. “The goal of a healthcare system should be to keep people well, not to make stockholders rich. The USA has the most expensive, bureaucratic, wasteful, and ineffective healthcare system in the world.”

Sanders, like authors of the lead report, called for single-payer health insurance or what Americans might know as “Medicare for all”, a reference to an existing public health program for older Americans.

An actual consideration of health care financing systems would be useful of course. But I doubt the Singapore system gets a look in, does it?

Woo lives on

Homeopathic medicines will escape an NHS prescribing ban even though the Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has dismissed the treatments as ‘rubbish’ and a waste of taxpayers money.

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, has previously voiced his support for the controversial treatments and even asked Dame Sally to commision a review of evidence into their efficacy.

It is estimated that NHS spends around £4 million a year on homeopathic treatments, yet although the health service vowed this week to clamp down on the prescribing of ‘ineffective, unnecessary, inappropriate or unsafe’ treatments, homeopathy was not included.

Old joke alert. Just reduce the budget further to make it even more effective

Cuts Can’t Cause Deaths

Moreover, to blame an increase in a single year on ‘cuts’ to the NHS budget is arithmetically impossible given that budget rose by almost £15bn between 2009-10 and 2014-15.

You know, given that there haven’t been any cuts.

An unprecedented rise in mortality in England and Wales, where 30,000 excess deaths occurred in 2015, is likely to be linked to cuts to the NHS and social care, according to research which has drawn an angry response from the government.

The highly charged claim is made by researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Oxford University and Blackburn with Darwen council,


Prof Danny Dorling from the University of Oxford

Ah, yes, obviously it’s bollocks then.

How excellent!

Fat children, not the elderly, are fuelling the NHS crisis, a leading doctor has said.

It’s difficult to understand how, to be sure. No one takes the lardbucket to A&E for treatment, do they?

However, there is good news:

Lord McColl has repeatedly warned of an obesity epidemic, telling peers last year it was “killing millions, costing billions and the cure is free – just eat fewer calories”.

So we don’t need to spend any more money on the NHS then.

So, we know this is bollocks then

The findings were published in the journal Tobacco Control.

All that remains is to find out why it’s bollocks.

Vaping acts as a gateway to smoking, scientists have warned, after finding teenagers who used e-cigarettes were four times more likely to start smoking tobacco within a year.

Researchers from the University of Michigan say vaping may desensitise youngsters to the dangers of smoking, even when they were initially aware of the harms.

The new study 347 teens were questioned about their views on drug use, vaping and smoking and followed up a year later to see if their opinions and habits had changed.


Conclusions These results contribute to the growing
body of evidence supporting vaping as a one-way bridge
to cigarette smoking among youth. Vaping as a risk
factor for future smoking is a strong, scientifically-based
rationale for restricting youth access to e-cigarettes

What the paper doesn’t even attempt to discuss let alone explain is that the rise in vaping has coincided (at the very weakest, caused could be more likely) with a large fall in the rate of teenage smoking. It’s thus really very unlikely that vaping leads to smoking.

Of course we’ll wait for Mr. Snowden to do the proper analysis of this bollocks.

Eh, U What?

An online gambling game featuring Māori symbols has outraged health advocates, who say it’s “bastardising” the culture.

The slot machine-style game released by Czech developer Endorphina depicts Māori men and women, and uses iconic imagery such as pounamu, waka, bone carvings – and the haka Ka Mate.

Images are described by the game makers as being a “golden symbol with stuck out tongue”, or a “canoe with Māori voyagers”.

The game, which is available to children, has come under fire from anti-gambling advocates who are concerned about the impact gambling has on Māori communities.

Māori health advocacy organisation Hapai Te Hauora’s general manager Anthony Hawke says Endorphina is “bastardising” New Zealand’s culture.

Health campaigners are complaining about a Czech computer game?

Presumably there are no actual health problems among Maori in New Zealand then?

They’ve not quite got this homeopathy thing, have they?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets, sometimes far exceeding the amount claimed on the label. The agency is warning consumers that homeopathic teething tablets containing belladonna pose an unnecessary risk to infants and children and urges consumers not to use these products.

Homeopathy– – you’re supposed to use smaller amounts.

The Worstall Obamacare reform plan

Make Obamacare plans catastrophic insurance only.

Y’know, the actual insurance part of health care?

Allow sales across State lines.

Drop tax exemptions for employer provided health care.

Insurance expands (for more people will buy plans with the vastly lower price) and the insurance itself becomes hugely less expensive as national systems replace the state hodgepodge. Plus tax revenue rises.

It’ll also piss off absolutely everyone which may or may not be a benefit.

Because Mummy really should slave over a hot stove

That she doesn’t shows that she doesn’t love the little ones:

Britain’s booming restaurant culture is fuelling record levels of childhood obesity, with today’s children spending at least twice as much time spent eating out as previous generations did, experts have warned.

Health officials said families no longer behaved as though dining out was a “treat” and have instead allowed restaurant meals and fast food to become a major part of youngsters’ weekly diet.


Dr Alison Tedstone, PHE chief nutritionist told the Telegraph: “Going out for a meal is part of Britain’s culture but instead of being a weekly ‘treat’ for families, it’s becoming the norm and contributing to the obesity epidemic.”

No one went out for meals up to WWII. It was, believe it or not, the Berni Steak House which was the treat after that. Before it was pretty much hotel dining rooms and that was it. And it didn’t become common enough to be a treat, rather than for high and holy days only, until what, the 70s? 80s?

All of this moaning just confirming something we should al understand. There’s no one quite as conservative as the modern day progressive.

Back into the kitchens you feminist hags! Back to the 1960s!

Seriously people?

Eight out of 10 of middle-aged people in the UK weigh too much, drink too much or do not exercise enough, analysis from Public Health England (PHE) shows.

Modern life is harming the health of the nation, according to the organisation, which has launched a campaign, One You, aimed at the 83% of 40 to 60-year-olds – 87% of men and 79% of women in this age bracket – who are overweight or obese, exceed the chief medical officer’s alcohol guidelines or are physically inactive.


Pluck some numbers from the air for what booze consumption should be, then halve them a few years later, thus 80% of everyone is in danger and we can have health fascism.

The NHS, finest health system in the world

A six year-old leukaemia sufferer who became one of the first in the world to trial a new gene-therapy treatment is smiling again – after tests revealed her cancer has vanished.

Erin Cross, of Chester, in Cheshire, was gravely-ill earlier this year with deadly acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.

But after £100,000 was raised in a public appeal on ITV’s This Morning show with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, in July she jetted to Seattle with her doting parents Sarah and Antony Cross.

Leukaemia treated in the US, Andrew Marr gets his stroke treated in the US, proton beam therapy in Prague.

Ho yus, wonder of the world is our NHS.

But then that’s what you’d expect of a planned, near Stalinist, state monopoly. A lack of innovation.

This also seems sound

Cyclists have been warned not to wear headphones after a coroner ruled a mother caused her own death when the music she was listening to meant she failed to hear an oncoming lorry.

Cycling’s dangerous enough without making it more so by not being able to hear what’s going on as well.

I’m not even that keen on (urban, at least) driving with a loud radio on.

What was that about the phallocentrism of health care?

Women will be offered psychological therapy on the NHS to cope with premenstrual syndrome under new guidelines.

Senior doctors will today recommend that women diagnosed with PMS be given cognitive behavioural therapy as the first course of treatment for the condition.


Actually, since CBT consists of telling people “Yes, that’s true, that is a problem but, you know, the human condition, you’ll just have to deal with it” then perhaps that is proper phallocentrism at work.

When even a bloke in a wheelchair gets it…..

Professor Stephen Hawking has joined the Swedish royals in a campaign addressing serious obesity and physical inactivity.

In an ad titled “Pep talk with Stephen Hawking” the cosmologist and physicist addresses “the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.”

“Today too many people die from complications related to overweight and obesity. We eat too much and move too little,” Professor Hawking says in the ad shot for Swedish non-profit GEN-PEP.

The solution, he says, “is not rocket science,” and he recommends that people eat less and take up more physical activity.

So, how do we know whether this criticism of a Lancet study is good or bad?

A major Lancet study which backed the safety of statins was “fundamentally flawed” and underestimated the side-effects of the heart drugs, a group of medics have said.

The research published in September concluded that the drugs help prevent around 80,000 major cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or strokes, every year.

Scientists said the drugs did far more harm than good, with too many patients had been put off taking them because of needless fears about side-effects.

It followed a long debate over the merits of the cholesterol-busting drugs, which are taken by 8 million Britons.

But today a group of doctors attacked the Lancet study.

Writing in The Prescriber, a group of medics led by cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra

That’s as far as we need to go. Malhotra – this criticism is bollocks.