Page 10 of the 2011 USDA document shows who these 6 experts are. The NY Times article asked 2 of these 6 about these sugar estimates, who don’t recall making them, though it’s implied that they simply don’t remember what happened back in 2008. In other words, while the overall trend in sugar data is determined by availability data (since % loss is assumed to be constant over time), the absolute amount consumed on any given year, as estimated by these loss-adjusted numbers, is entirely dependent on this RTI loss estimate which, for added sugars, is almost entirely dependent on an expert’s estimation. All foods that are primarily consumed as foods rather than as ingredients have consumption levels that are based on an extrapolation of 2003-2004 NHANES data.
“Upon regular ingestion of these stabilized components, I have witnessed patients dramatically improve, and in many cases, literally walk away from diseases and disorders altogether (digestive diseases in particular), several of which the traditional medical community label as “incurable” such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Heartburn, Diverticulitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Gastric Ulcers, Constipation, Diarrhea, Allergies, Food Intolerances, Lactose Intolerance, and Malabsorbtion.”
1) Two great articles on placebos. The evolutionary history of placebos from Nicholas Humphrey – “when people are cured by placebo medicine, they are in reality curing themselves” – “The placebo effect is a particular kind of priming effect.” And how placebo helps pain from Todd Hargrove – “In other words, the placebo effect does not involve anything magical. It is one of many ways that our cognition affect our physiology.” – “The research of Benedetti and others has identified three different patterns of mental processes that create the placebo effect: (1) expectations of benefit; (2) reduction of anxiety; and (3) learning through association.” Continue reading “December Hits (2014)”