What’s Sane | What’s Silly

The sane or silly test

Deciding on the best way to stay healthy can often seem awfully complicated and confusing. For instance, should you stop eating eggs, and butter to protect your heart and replace them with low fat foods from the supermarket that usually contain added sugar?

Thinking about the problem in terms of sane or silly can help. So, the first two have been in our diets for 1000s of years, while the last one is an industrial product that is likely to push up your blood glucose. Pretty obvious that butter and eggs are sane, while packaged low fat is silly and the latest science agrees.

People and ideas we think are sane

  • Doctors who diagnose and prescribe based on who you are and what your life is like, not just on blood tests.
  • Dieticians and doctors who don’t warn that cutting carbohydrate consumption and replacing it with fat is dangerous and unhealthy.
  • Consultants who take a positive interest when you tell them a diet or some non-drug therapy greatly improved your symptoms.
  • Clinicians who don’t dismiss placebo effects as worthless.
  • Government policy that doesn’t just urge people to eat more healthily but puts proper money into schemes to help them do it.

People and ideas we think are silly

  • Commentators who believe randomised controlled trials are the only valid way of proving a treatment works and is safe.
  • Commentators who turn a blind eye to the evidence that many prescribed drugs are neither effective nor safe.
  • The lip service paid to the benefits of lifestyle in cutting disease risk that is rapidly followed by repeat prescribing.
  • The belief that everyone can still absorb the same amount of minerals and vitamins from their food when they are 60 as they did at 20.
  • That the best way to treat older people is to give them a standard amount of drugs to treat each disorder as it emerges
  • Calling for non-drug treating to be properly tested in trials and then ignoring the results when they are shown to be safe and effective.

Tell us your favourite examples of policies, people and products that are sane or silly, using the comments below!

10 Comments

  • Hang of a minute I am now confused about your site. I looked through the contributors and saw people who have been outspoken about the folly of carbohydrates in our diet.

    However in your People and Ideas we think are sane, you have the second point that took me a very long to time to understand.

    The brain cannot perceive a negative and unwittingly that sentence promotes exactly what people have had ‘drummed’ into them for the past 30+ years and succeeding!

    Would you consider a change in the sentence?

  • Editorial

    Bit lost I’m afraid. You mention being “outspoken about the folly of carbohydrates” (I’d say the folly was with advising people who have a problem with carbs (diabetics) to eat quite a lot of them)

    Then you contrast that point (I think) with those in the silly category who: “turn a blind eye to the evidence that many prescribed drugs are neither effective nor safe.”

    Don’t understand how the two are related or in some way contradict?/fail to be consistent.

    Also don’t understand what it is you think that (admittedly slightly clumsy sentence) promotes, or what it is that people have had “drummed into them”

    If you think it is important please rephrase your sentences.

  • Late in the day, however….

    Agree with 1st post by Nadia that the phrasing under people/ideas viewed as sane:

    “Dieticians and doctors who don’t warn that cutting carbohydrate consumption and replacing it with fat is dangerous and unhealthy”

    may at first glance be open to misinterpretation, & may need a subsequent read to get the intended point.

    (The “drumming in” Nadia mentioned surely refers to the long standing promotion of carbs and low fat in the diet)

    Perhaps your intended meaning would be more easily assimilated by a wider audience if drafted along the lines of:

    “Dieticians and doctors who agree with/promote cutting carbohydrate consumption and replacing it with (good quality)fat, rather than viewing it as dangerous and unhealthy”

    We all know what we mean to convey and its good to take into account how that meaning is, or isn’t, received by our listener/reader.

    Interesting site.

    • Editorial

      thanks for taking the trouble to post on this. Valid point Will check it out

  • My lab results are in, and they are, on blanace, not much improved. I think. The changes I effected since my prior panel panel 3 months ago:1) Lost 20 lbs2) Ingest 6,000mg of fish oil for a total of 1200mg (total) of DHA and EPA/day3) Ingest 500mg of Slo-Niacin/day (with 125oz of water/day)4) Ingest 6,000mg of Vitamin D/day (Changed to the proper Vitamin D soy capsule from the powdered tablet)5) Eat a large handful of almonds/day6) Exercise hard (weight training and cardio intervals for a minimum of 90 minutes/day).The (worsened) numbers:1) Total Cholesterol: 269 (from 267)2) LDL Cholesterol: 186 (from 175)The (improved) numbers:3) Triglycerides: 201 (from 280)4) HDL Cholesterol: 43 (from 36)Unfair to ask you, I know, but I am frustrated. What do I do wrong? What can I do more? I am VERY reluctant to take a statin, as I have tried many, all with terrible side-effects. And, fwiw, I started today on my wheat-free diet.Thank you for your guidance,David

    • Try cutting out the pills and try a normal balanced diet with fewer carbs.

      • Actually Dimitris, don’t worry about cholesterol. Its all junk science, the only one that matters is getting HDL as high as possible (good fat gives you that) and keeping Trigs as low as possible, LDL is junk science and its really depends on particle sizes.

        Depending on where you live, Vitamin D is vital in the winter months, I live in the UK and receive hardly any sunshine during vinter so supplement with 5000 Iu / day

        Keep doing what you’re doing, believe me your body is way better with those new results and will continue to improve.

        Statins are toxic, I would certainly avoid those at all costs

  • Nafsica Sasa Kelly
    Dirty blood is the cause of illness and premature ageing.
    Humans will not face realities of life,they live in a dream world.If you tell the average sick person that all their physical troubles are due to a dirty blood stream …how insulted they get?they seek special treatments for their troubles.They still want to smoke,drink want their pains and health problems to disappear.
    Man can purify his body and find perfect health again.Take responsibility is your life stop looking for magic solutions.I don’t get sick very often I do everything in moderation,I don’t care if people think I am boring my health is the most important factor to me.Best wishes.

  • What did you do to cleanse your ‘dirty blood’?

    • Editorial

      I imagine various detox regimes but you would have to ask Nadia who posted the comment.

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