Is Meat Bad For You?

A few weeks ago a study was picked up by the press concluding that processed meat causes cancer. I am a vegetarian, and I can tell you that in moderation, processed meat is fine, even with all of its nitrates and preservatives.

 

The headline from CNN was “World Health Organization links processed meats to cancer- and vegetarians get smug on twitter”.

 

A friend of mine and I were just discussing this subject. This friend owns a very successful restaurant here in Pittsburgh that serves specialty meats and cured meats and seafood. He serves some of the finest cured meats in the country. Continue reading Is Meat Bad For You?

Exercise, Nutrition and Fear Mongering

It is easy to scare people with the unknown. Even if you have training in exercise or nutrition they can be confusing, intimidating, and create a sense of the unknown.

To complicate matters, there are many charletans and snake oil salesmen who create misinformation to sell people their usually worthless, products.

I warn my patients that if it sounds too good to be true then it usually is. “If you avoid this one evil ingredient or spice or food particle, then you will get rid of all of your health ills and live a long, active life.” That’s generally the gist of their sales pitch. Continue reading Exercise, Nutrition and Fear Mongering