Yes, I know this isn’t what they recommend but…..

One in two women will develop dementia or Parkinson’s disease, or have a stroke, in their lifetime, new research suggests.

About a third of men aged 45 and half of women of the same age are likely to go on to be diagnosed with one of the conditions, according to a study of more than 12,000 people.

The researchers, from the University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands, said preventive measures could “substantially” reduce the burden of the illnesses.

Die younger and miss the diseases of old age.

Why is The Guardian doing this?

The challenge was inspired after the local hospital was the first in the country to ban sugary drinks and food from its canteen. Simon Smith, who has a background in dietetics and a strong family history of type 2 diabetes, took over as head chef of the hospital in May last year. He said The Pioppi Diet “catalysed” a discussion with the chief executive, Karen James, to transform the food served to staff.

Why give Aseem Malhotra space to sell his diet book? Given that it’s nonsense?

Aseem Malhotra’s bid to become famous and sell his diet book protect the health of the nation has provided this blog with some hilarious content over the years, but he hits new heights of comedic gold in the Sunday Times today.

The low carb/LCHF movement to which Malhotra belongs is ultra-conspiratorial. Being essentially a cult based on magical thinking, it blames other people’s failure to share their beliefs on a vast and growing network of corrupt scientists and government agencies. You might wonder what motivates so many scientists, dietitians and bureaucrats to hide the truth about killer carbs, thereby condemning millions of people to ‘diabesity’, but the answer is obvious: they’re all in the pay of Big Food/Big Soda/Big Grain/Big Ag! Wake up sheeple.

Malhotra denounced the British Dietetic Association as Big Food puppets after they dissed his diet book. He has since added the British Heart Foundation and the American Heart Association to his list.

Just to remind everybody

No one, no one at all, is measuring life expectancy. Also, no one is measuring anything about people born in a particular place.

The first drop in life expectancy in Scotland for 35 years should “shame” both the Scottish and UK governments, it has been claimed.

Official figures revealed that life expectancy for men had fallen slightly from 77.07 years for boys born in 2014-16, to 77.02 years for those born in 2015-17. Over the same period, the figure for women fell from 81.15 years to 81.09 years.

Opposition parties said the data from the National Records of Scotland was a “wake up call” for the SNP administration and all those involved in public health.

What is being measured is the length of life of those born 70 and 80 years ago. We then assume that those born today will live that long. Umm, mean age of death or summat, median?, so once we’ve got past 50% of them being dead we’ve a good idea.

We also don’t measure it from births in Scotland. We measure where people die, not where they’re born. This might not be so important over a nation, but it definitely matters more locally. Measuring the age at which people die in the Gorbals is an extremely bad guide the the age at which people born there die. Because migration.

Sounds entirely plausible

Soot particles have been discovered in the placentas of pregnant women for the first time, leading scientists to warn that pollution may directly harm unborn babies.

Researchers discovered small black areas in the organ that surrounds the foetus in five mothers-to-be who were living in London.

Until now there has only been limited evidence that inhaled pollution particles can access the bloodstream via the lungs.

But the discovery of carbon particles in an organ so crucial for pregnancy helps explain data suggesting that women living in polluted areas are more prone to premature birth and having low-birthweight babies.

Assume that the particles can get into the blood. The placenta is where we’d rather hope that some such would get caught, that being what it is, a blood filter. And yes, OK, assume all of that and maybe we have found one of the reasons why air pollution causes low birth weights.

Now, I’ve no specialist knowledge at all so don’t know whether the basic assumption is sensible or not. BiG will know.

OK. Then there’s the joy of Telegraph reporting, the placenta surrounds the foetus, does it?

And then there’s the big point. Lucky we’ve reduced air pollution in recent decades then, isn’t it? Which presumable is why babies are bigger these days?

Shut up, Shut Up, SHUT UP!

Don’t partake of the human experience, don’t discuss this socially, just do as we the experts tell you:

Horrific tales of childbirth from friends and social media forums like Mumsnet are driving women to request caesarean sections, a leading midwife has warned.

Catriona Jones, a lecturer in midwifery at the University of Hull, said up to 14 per cent of expectant mothers now suffer from ‘tocophobia’, which is defined as an unreasonable dread of childbirth.

Although women throughout the ages have been afraid of labour, Mrs Jones warned that harrowing accounts on TV dramas and social media were fuelling the problem and called on mothers to avoid sharing their birthing horror stories.

Because of course midwifery is never subject to groupthink or other error. We’re experts.


Ministers have been urged to address the “crisis in children’s mental health” after a Children’s Society report revealed that around one in four 14-year-old girls self-harm.

The charity’s annual Good Childhood Report, which examines the state of children’s well-being in the UK, found that out of the 11,000 children surveyed one in six reported self-harming at 14.

Based on these figures, the Children’s Society estimates that nearly 110,000 children aged 14 may have self-harmed across the UK during the same 12-month period, including 76,000 girls and 33,000 boys.

1 in 6 report, so we’ll say 1 in 4?

Further, my assumption is that self harm has a pretty wide definition here.

Don’t we have just such a perfect world?

Breakfast cereal portions are depicted as too big as experts say pictures on the side of boxes are unrealistic.

Images of Frosties, Crunchy Nut Cornflakes, Coco Pops, and other UK cereals show bowls “brimming to the top with cereal and milk” and containing as much of 90g of cereal, while their packaging recommends a portion size of just 30g.

“This suggests that if the imagery on the cereal packet is imitated, children aged 4 to 10 would be exceeding their daily limit of free sugars by 12.5% by eating one bowl of cereal,” the study published in the British Dental Journal found.

No real or major problems to worry about, obviously.

Maria Morgan, a Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health at Cardiff University and an author of the study,

We’re even so rich that we’ve the economic surplus available to support people doing this sort of thing. Must be paradise, eh?

Or perhaps, and I float it just as a mere hint of a beginning of a possible course of action, we fire all these halfwits and enjoy that economic surplus ourselves?

Childhood diabetes is about fatty lardbuckets or immigration?

Growing numbers of children and young people are developing type 2 diabetes, a disease usually seen in those aged over 40, in the latest sign of worsening childhood obesity.

The number of people aged up to 25 with the condition in England and Wales increased from 507 in 2013-14 to 715 in 2016-17 – a 41% rise.

The sharp rise has prompted concern among doctors and led to renewed calls for tougher government action to tackle the .

OK, anything is valid, worthwhile, as it’s for the kiddies!

The figures show that people from some ethnic minorities are much more likely than others to develop type 2 diabetes. Almost half of the 715 young people were black or Asian.

Banning immigration, repatriation, would seem to reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes in children in England.

Hmm, what’s that? You mean you didn’t actually mean do anything at all to reduce this? Ahhh, so, now we do get to the point that only some things are worthwhile, so which are they?

How intresting

But, as I said, $12,000 is a bargain. The average cost of a round of IVF in the US is over $23,000. Most people have at least three rounds before they are successful (some, of course, are sadly never successful). Many people have to pay that cost themselves, because their insurance covers nothing. I feel lucky, in a way, that I knew that I would need to pursue IVF several years before I was ready to think about starting a family, because I was able to prioritize finding a job with insurance that would support it.

So, that lady’s health care insurance – wider than the normal – should be counted as part of her compensation for turning up to work, no? At which point, what gender pay gap?

Further, it’s an interesting twist on asymmetric information, isn’t it?

The puzzle that is Frances Ryan

It may well be that things should be better than this. Possibly even that we should all be paying more tax to make it so. And yet, as ever, there’s something missing in Frances Ryan’s understanding of the world:

These days, Ruth sleeps on plastic sheets. A spinal cord injury means she is doubly incontinent. One of her lower legs has been amputated, she has osteoporosis, and she leans on two crutches to walk. Social care used to be the saving grace of each difficult week. Two hours each weekday were set aside to help her wash and do the laundry after an accident, or to help her go to visit friends. But for the four years after 2012, Ruth’s care time was repeatedly cut, year on year, all the way down to just one two-hour slot a week.

In 2016, she fell in her kitchen. The crash to the floor was so severe that she broke her back. That led the council to agree to a carer coming over every day – but only for a “15-minute pop-in” slot in the morning and at night. “It means they have enough time to make a cup of coffee, or do some washing up. But that’s it,” Ruth says.

Without a care assistant to help with her incontinence, Ruth has no way to clean herself or change her bedding. “I try my best with wet wipes,” she explains. She doesn’t use sheets and a duvet any more because if she was wet at night, she would have to stay in soaked linen for days. Instead, Ruth sleeps on incontinence sheets and pulls a blanket over herself for a bit of comfort.

Tell your average Bubba out there on the production line that incontinent sleeps on incontinent sheets and the reaction will be?

Well, quite.

This is presented as being a scandal crying to the very heavens for rectification. Everyone else will agree that it’s all very sad but and? Isn’t that what incontinence sheets are for? Even adult nappies? So that incontinents can sleep in/on them?

All as we thought really, isn’t it?

Cancer patients who choose complementary medicine over treatments like chemotherapy, or surgery, are twice as likely to die within seven years, the first major study has shown.

Any specific cancer in any specific person – who the hell knows? Immune systems can do some pretty impressive things.

In general though, using that sciencey stuff, alternative medicine doesn’t work. Because, you know, if it id it wouldn’t be alternative or complementary, would it?

Just what has government managed to get right?

Drinking full-fat milk could lead to a longer life by protecting against strokes, scientists have suggested.

While conventional diet advice has for decades dictated that skimmed and semi-skimmed milk is much healthier for us than full-fat milk, a study suggests that the opposite may be true.

There’s that Hayek bit, that government health care will mean government becoming more than a little fascist in how it tries to manipulate our health. But just feel the incompetence with which they do so…….I’m not entirely sure that any of their dietary advice has been right. Well, OK, don’t eat the m#lump or arsenic maybe, but other than that?


I am not – note, not – stating that this contention is true. It is however a point that I insist we want to explore:

If BCG Cures Diabetes Then Does No BCG Cause Diabetes?

We have, as we know, an epidemic of diabetes these days. Swathes of the population are blowing up like balloons, limbs falling off gangrenous and eyeballs failing as the modern diet and obesity kill us all. Thus sugar taxes, no advertising of junk food and, in one recent argument, no free trade with the Americans.

Hmm, well, that is interesting. Because there’s a recent finding that the BCG vaccine, the one against tuberculosis, is a reasonable enough cure for Type 1 diabetes, and might well be useful against Type 2 as well. Which does lead to a very interesting speculation. We stopped giving the BCG routinely in 2005. The rise in diabetes is recent. Are these two connected?

Sorry, just don’t believe it

NHS is “picking up the pieces” of an epidemic of mental illness among children, fuelled by social media, the head of the service has warned.

Simon Stevens urged companies like Google and Facebook to take more responsibility for the pressures they place on children.

It follows calls for social media and online gaming firms to have a statutory “duty of care” to protect children from mental ill health, abuse and addictive behaviour.

Speaking at the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, Mr Stevens said Britain’s children were hit by a “double epidemic” of mental illness and obesity.

We know the obesity line is crap. Child obesity is defined in relative terms, to the weights of the cohort. And I strongly suspect that the mental health part is scrotes too. Expansions of the definition of illness, no more.

Our problem with those who would plan life being that they believe so many untrue things about reality.

Why not just allow smoking in pubs?

Providing line dancing classes for the lonely and elderly can cut unnecessary admissions to A&E by a fifth, officials have said.

The Local Government Association is also calling on councils to lay on pub sessions, choirs and communal lunches in a bid to keep people out of hospital.

It is part of a drive to crack down on loneliness, which deteriorates health and ends up costing the NHS millions.

The LGA said the health service can save £6 for every £1 spent on schemes that maintain people’s social lives.

Smoking reduces the cost to the NHS. Plus, if we want to be able to have pub sessions then we need to still have pubs. Instead of closing them down by preventing people from doing as they like to do in pubs – have a tab.