Health insurance: http://www.guernicamag.com/spotlight/1207/the_last_temptation_of_wendell/ I thought it was an interesting article. I won't comment too heavily. I work for a large insurance company, but we're not a for-profit.
In summary, the critics of nutritional research and practice suggest that much nutritional research and practice is, to paraphrase Thomas Hardy, science’s laughingstock, for two reasons: much of the research, especially EOS, is pseudoscientific for the reasons I have discussed and second, many practitioners and commercial interests do not readily acknowledge the truth.Also stolen from aldaily. Nothing terribly surprising here. This is also true, by the way, of exercise science. I figure I can survive on the following advice: eat breakfast, eat protein in every meal, eat fiber in every meal, try to eat real foods, try to avoid sugar. Keep in mind, I'm just some guy with a BMI of approximately 30 and I don't have any intention of going much below that any time soon (in fact, I'd like to gain weight). You shouldn't pay any attention to any of my advice.
Which reminds me of this: http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/why-vegetarians-are-eating-meat I eat meat. Quite a lot of it, really. I dislike the idea of factory farming for meat for all the typical reasons and I also have some dislike for industrial agriculture for all the typical reasons. I'm such a typical hipster. But the problem is that it's all well and good to have these ideals, but having ground beef available for $1.99/# and cheap vegetables in the winter - not to mention relatively cheap flour - is far better than the alternative in centuries past: meat as an expensive luxury, all food (including grain) as an expensive staple. I'm afraid that "eating ethically" or whatever - organic, free-range, etc - is more an expression of my bourgeois decadence - or perhaps Bourdieu's distinction - than anything else. Of course, it's not like I'm taking - right now - the money I save when I don't eat organic and using it for good purposes... I revisit this idea occasionally. I suppose if I decided it really were important, well, damn the torpedos, I'd do what it takes to eat well, even if it meant eschewing meat or reserving it for special occasions.
Which brings up this: You are your behavior, economically-speaking, and you can see what really matters by how you allocate your limited resources. It's quite literally what you "value".
Well, not only economically-speaking.
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