|Saturday Stories: Facts, Evidence, and Drugs|
why facts don't change our minds.
David Epstein and Propublica in The Atlantic on when evidence says no, but the doctor say yes.
John LaMattina in Science on drug approval in the era of Trump.
|This Hour Has 22 Minutes Meets Governor Mike Huckabee|
National Canadian treasure Rick Mercer interviews Governor Mike Huckabee who congratulates Canada on what-now for today's Funny Friday?
Have a great weekend!
[h/t to friend and colleague Dr. Mario Elia]
|Industry Self-Regulation of Marketing to Kids is Worthless - McDonald's Edition|
The Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative Commitment (CAI) - it's the voluntary program that the food industry has adopted as their defense against a legislated ad ban for marketing their products to children. The thinking goes that legislated regulation (which undoubtedly will be stricter than the CAI) isn't necessary if the industry is able to police itself.
Just a few weeks ago I wrote about the Heart and Stroke Foundation's newest report card on health, The Kids Are Not Alright, which highlighted the fact that companies signed onto the CAI were serving up millions of online annual junk food advertisements to kids.
Well here's yet another example of the failure of industry self-regulation.
It was sent to me by a mom whose 2 year old came home from daycare on Valentine's day with a McDonald's coupon book.
Here are some of the coupons:
their CAI commitment. They committed to ensuring that 100% of their advertising to kids was for "healthy dietary choices" and/or promoting "healthy lifestyle messages" ,
And just in case you're tempted to suggest that these coupon books weren't meant for kids, you should know that the coupons are (their caplocks and bold, not mine),
"REDEEMABLE BY CHILDREN AGE 12 AND UNDER ONLY."
|Running More Doesn't Burn Any Extra Overall Calories (In Mice)|
this small mouse study is pretty cool.
15 mice were housed in indirect calorimetry chambers that contained running wheels. The experiment included a habituation phase, then a locked wheel phase, and finally a run as much as they wanted phase.
All told, despite a doubling of wheel use, the mice' total daily energy expenditures stayed roughly the same - elevated somewhat from their wheel locked baseline, but stuck at an elevation seen with slight use.
The researchers' not-meant-for-mice conclusion echoes my confirmation bias,
"physical activity should be encouraged for its overall health benefits, while expectations concerning its role in weight loss should be kept realistic."Exercise is primarily for health, not weight loss.
|Saturday Stories: 3 Terrific Doctors' Tales|
That Lady Doctor on That Lady Doctor and what she does for $37.05.
Michael Lewis in Nautilus with a fascinating backgrounder on Dr. Don Redelmeier (who I was fortunate enough to briefly train with as a medical student).
|Standing Desk Truths From The Family Guy|
Laughed out loud while watching this week's Funny Friday.
Have a great weekend!
|Sudbury Hospital Says Eat Blizzard Cupcakes To Support Cardiac Programs|
Just in case you want to take the position that you'd be buying them anyhow, looking to Health Science North Foundation's Facebook page you'll see their encouragement to buy them
And it's not as if this sort of fundraising can't be done right. Also for heart month, last week my inbox saw this initiative from Roots and Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF). Buy a Roots toque for $26 and $10 will go back to the HSF. Buy a $10 bracelet and $5 goes back to the HSF.
Ashley Hurley for alerting me to the cupcake campaign]
|Remember This The Next Time You Hear Soda Consumption's Going Down|
this one on sugary drinks.
Now the news often talks about how soda consumption is going down (-27% according to this report), and while it was slightly heartening to learn that juice consumption has gone down by 10%, neither are going down in a vacuum.
During that same time frame, other liquid candy sources have picked up some major steam
Looking to my experiences in our office's Ministry of Health funded program that works with parents of children whose weights are a concern, I can tell you that it's not at all uncommon for kids to be consuming 300 or more calories of chocolate milk and juice a day. In most of these cases, the kids were doing so consequent to their parents great intentions - intentions that have been poisoned by a national Food Guide that includes chocolate milk as a healthy dairy choice, and juice as a fruit and vegetable equivalent this despite chocolate milk being to milk what apple pies are to apples, and juice being just a flat soda pop alternative with a smattering of vitamins.
Liquid calories, especially sugary ones, are perhaps healthier diets' lowest hanging fruits. That Canada is still dithering on them, especially those that are marketed to kids as being healthy by way of the Food Guide and school milk programs, is quite unfortunate.