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June 8, 2019

So where was he, is he and will be? (8/6/2019)
My plans for last weekend: Help my daughter move house (she lives about 400 kilometres from my place and my trailer would be useful)

My plans for this weekend: Nothing much.

My plans for next weekend: Hospital on Friday for an age-related exploration requiring a general anaesthetic and an overnight stay.

Reality of last weekend: Wyong Hospital ED to have a suddenly inflamed cyst on my back attended to. We still got all the moving done.

Reality of this weekend: Because the cyst treatment left a hole in my back I have to have it dressed every two days, so off to Oberon hospital this morning (my GP doesn't work Sundays). Two GP visits during the week and more to come.

Reality of next weekend: As I was exposed to measles at Wyong Hospital (thank you, anti-vaxxers) the procedure won't be happening as my immunisation status is unknown and I might be a plague carrier if I become infectious after the incubation period. For quite good reasons the hospital doesn't want anyone with measles near the place. If I'm not spotty and feverish I'll be helping another relative to move house (she lives in the same town as my daughter and I left the trailer there because we knew she would also be moving soon). And I'll probably have to go back to Wyong Hospital for another dressing change.

And speaking of measles and anti-vaccination liars, here is an example of the sort of thing that these creatures find funny.

Hilarious, isn't it?

"Devilled Dogs" isn't just a Betty Crocker recipe (8/6/2019)

June 22, 2019

Those whacky chiropractors (22/6/2019
The books of the New Testament were originally written in Greek and the word "chiropractic" is derived from the Greek words for "done by hand", so a perfect use of the word "hyperbole" would be taking one of the stories about Jesus and using it to provide evidence that he practised a modern form of sympathetic magic. Another word from Greek is "hubris" which is equally applicable to chiropractors suggesting that Jesus was an original member of their merry band of spine fiddlers.

I'm an atheist and I find this offensive, but then I find most things that chiropractors do offensive.

Did you think I was joking? (22/6/2019)
Back in April I mentioned that the FDA were doing their best to shut down a crowd called the Non-GMO Project who, for a fee of course, will endorse products which contain no genetically modified ingredients. I mentioned salt, and this raised eyebrows. How could anyone with a picogram of knowledge think that sodium chloride's DNA could be manipulated? Or, more importantly, how could anyone with a working conscience exploit this lack of knowledge to sell something.

You asked for evidence. Here it is. And it's certified gluten-free and made by artisans. I won't go into how mining something that isn't being made any more can be "sustainable sourcing". It might be "The purest salt on Earth" but it's heavily contaminated with bullshit.

I assume this is the same J. Burello, but I could be mistaken.

As Hippocrates said: "Let food be your medicine" (22/6/2019)
Believers in magic are very fond of dragging out this quote from Hippocrates to justify weird diets and other food-based "cures" for whatever ails you. I remember the "Mediterranean Diet" that was supposed to be the healthiest way to eat ever invented, but I usually got blank looks when I asked which of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea it had originated in. (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel, Lebanon, (Palestine, if you include Gaza), Syria, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Spain, Gibraltar plus a few isolated outposts of countries embedded in other countries.) In my May/June 2019 column for Australasian Science I mentioned a celebrity who was (is?) heavily invested in promoting the "Paleo Diet" where you eat like our Paleolithic ancestors did. But what diet fads did those ancestors have? Tom The Dancing Bug has a suggestion, and maybe it's time for this diet to have another surge of popularity.

See more Tom TDB here

And one last thing (22/6/2019)

See more from Niklas Eriksson here

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