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.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
Here's how one nationally recognized conservative political pundit reacted upon hearing the news Monday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was leaning toward an endorsement of Louisiana’s lone Democrat senator.
With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
The investigation and potential prosecution of the man charged in the recent hit-and-run death of a Youngsville cyclist won’t happen overnight, according to local law enforcement officials.
Louisiana's state school board is holding a special meeting to consider whether to sue Gov. Bobby Jindal in an ongoing dispute over the Common Core education standards.
A bipartisan congressional deal to help improve veterans' health care access includes approval for new veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles.
It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.