In it I detect a strong antagonism to social drinking from a philosophical perspective, regardless of "compelling" health benefits. Each and every dogmatic "complaint" the experts make seems to be contradicted in text. For example, the "experts" take for granted that benefits would accrue from "grape juice . . . and a diet that includes exercise, fruits and vegetables . .." Why should we "trust" research, methodologically subject to the same error, for exercise or, grape juice, or vegetables but not for wine? Is there "magic" research that shows exercise extends life? (Exercise is supposed to increase "quality of the life we have.')
As a scientist, I especially found the quote from Lafayette General's Nutrition Services Supervisor Rosalind Allen offensive because it's so wrongheaded: "People tend to take it at face value, but for every study that says yes, there is another one that says no." She overstates the data set. Evidence perhaps that Bushian antiscience has permeated the 'burbs?
"There haven't been any studies to positively correlate it," she continues her apparent agenda, "but they also can't say it doesn't" (contribute to health). First, there are surprisingly few studies. Second, those few are indeed quite uniform in suggesting the salubrious results of moderate wine consumption. Last, the idea that legitimate research is likely to be paced, as Rosalind claims, is pretty much impossible.
I reviewed a social history of drink some years back in the academic press. American Protestants took up eschewing drink in the late 1800s after a practical pasteurization process was invented by a food scientist ' prior to that the microbes which initiate fermentation were universal and omnipresent. It had been impossible for stored fruit juice not to be alcoholic. From then on, it became fashionable to forgo alcohol as a marker of religious conviction (or, as Vitter might say, at least in public). From all appearances, as portrayed by Turk, some "experts" in "Raising a Glass" are allowing personal opinion or religious belief to dictate professional behavior ' raising profound ethical questions. Thanks to The Independent, and Leslie Turk, once again, for casting an inquiring eye.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, March 11, 2014:
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.