The myth of fish oil and the ‘Eskimo diet’

After discussing veganism with some friends yesterday, the suggestion that inuit diets were the best for preventing heart disease etc came up. I didn’t really know much about it, so I looked it up when I got home, only to discover it’s a myth based on a discredited study from the 70s. Bizarrely though, the fact that it was debunked doesn’t seem to have stopped the craze for fish oil supplements.

Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.

– Jonathan Swift


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Before my Id met my Editor – on religion, persecution and tolerance

Robin Ince is so right it hurts. I haven’t even finished reading this yet but it’s so good I feel compelled to share.

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 when I was first asked to reply to Cristina Odone’s piece in the New Statesman on state sanctioned intolerance, I dashed off about 4000 words, just to clear my head. I have removed most of the non-sequiturs and edited out the met extreme rage and confusion, but here is where the piece began. The New Statesman piece is very different, much shorter, and more level-headed. Enter at your peril.
Here is what I was replying to http://www.newstatesman.com/2014/01/new-intolerance 

In the past, I have been described as “angry atheist”, so before I begin, I would like to make it clear, these are separate issues. I am angry and an atheist. In the last few years I have performed and spoken at a variety religious events and festivals. I find that amongst liberal atheists and liberal believers, there is a lot of common ground on many issues, those of poverty, health, equality. i even find this…

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