Michael Siegel brings us the umpteenth piece of health obsession: eating a meal at McDonalds, even a "healthy" one, results in the same degree of endothelial dysfunction as 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke! Wonderful, that really means, given the realities of epidemiology, that a McDonalds hamburger can’t hurt you.
Besides the fact that "a decline in FMD [flow-mediated endothelium-dependent dilatation] after all 3 investigated fast-food meals… etc." does not mean that the eater is going to get ill, we will not get into the details of this study and its implications, as Siegel does that quite well.
What must be observed is the fixation with the measurement of quite normal phenomena, which are projected as leading to disease in order to scare people and condition human behaviour. For example, there are studies that “reveal” smoking or eating have an effect on the chemistry of the brain. So what?… A living brain is supposed to have an ever-changing chemistry. Ah, but the implication is that that is “bad”, and that the change is all the fault of the “bad stuff”. Where is the con job? In the fact that everything changes the activity of the brain, that is why the brain is alive although to judge by the “scientific” information circulated by public health cons and activists, it is very reasonable to question that assumption.
Another good one is the reading of cotinine in non smokers to show that there has been exposure to passive smoking (…brrrr!). So what?… The implication is that if there is exposure there is harm – whilst the harm is absolutely and positively undemonstrated and indemonstrable, therefore the exposure becomes irrelevant.
To use a phrase dear to Mr. Siegel, this attitude “casts into serious doubt” the credibility of all “health authorities”, far beyond the issue of passive smoking. The problem, today, is that this trash sooner or later turns into laws, taxes, regulations and prohibition that you have to endure, whether you believe the garbage or not.