In health non-news this week, a website chose to publish a story describing the link between a high-sugar diet and tooth decay. So, eating candy all day will rot your teeth. Imagine that!
Look, I understand there is a perceived need to have "new" content every day. But if your "new" content is actually 100 years old ... it's a waste of everyone's time. It's like publishing an article on a tech site about how electricity can travel along wires.
In other health non-news, celebrity chef Paula Deen is at the center of a raging blogstorm due to the revelation that she has developed Type II diabetes. Adding to her iniquitous behavior is keeping this information private for three years and subsequently accepting a post as a spokeswoman for a diabetes-related company. She is being subjected to a lot of abuse, mostly boiling down to charges of being a hypocrite.
Poor Paula! If anyone is surprised by her diagnosis, it is because they are delusional and/or clueless. Unfortunately that appears to describe a lot of people. Type II diabetes is a natural consequence of the kind of lifestyle she has, admittedly, lived for most of her 60+ years.
I for one don't blame her for keeping it private. It's not her job to educate the world about health science or nutrition; she's not qualified to do so; and regardless of the extent to which her show purports to display her "real life," you can be assured that it doesn't. The diagnosis is her own business, how she chooses to cope with it is her own business, and nobody is in a position to judge.
Least of all Anthony Bourdain, and mind you this is a guy I enjoy and (for the most part) respect. He's not exactly a poster boy for healthy living.
I for one also, frankly, applaud Paula's decision to represent the diabetes company. She is in a unique position to deliver a message that a lot of people need to hear - and they are more likely to hear it coming from her, than coming from some scrawny marathon-running vegetarian.