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Doctor Fettke started pushing for changes to the food in the Launceston General Hospital where he worked and then criticised the hospital for a lack of action.
According to Dr Fettke, an anonymous complaint from a dietician at the hospital sparked an investigation by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Two and a half years later the watchdog found he was working outside his scope of practise and was not qualified to give specific nutritional advice, and he was ordered to stop speaking about the low carbohydrate, high fat diet.“The committee does not accept that your medicine studies of themselves provide sufficient education or training to justify you providing specific advice or recommendations to patients or the public about nutrition and diet, such as the LCHF lifestyle concept,” it read.
Launceston orthopedic surgeon Gary Fettke’s name has been cleared, two years after Australia’s medical watchdog cautioned him against providing nutritional information to patients.On Friday, Dr Fettke announced that the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency had dropped all charges and formally apologised for errors made in dealing with claims against him.An advocate for a low carbohydrate diet, Dr Fettke was officially cautioned by the AHPRA in 2016 after an anonymous notifier reported him for recommending patients to reduce their sugar intake.
Dr Fettke said the “common sense” outcome from AHPRA was what he had always hoped for.
Democrats and Republicans are once again in the midst of a deep partisan battle, this time about whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the most qualified Supreme Court nominee in history or a crypto-racist hiding his shadowy résumé. Days of speeches, protests, and calculated outrage have not changed the expected outcome, and Judge Kavanaugh will almost certainly become the next Supreme Court justice.
Remy is OUTRAGED over outrageous outrage.
The colour of New Zealand’s cattle herds is changing, and it’s all because of fat.Fawn-coloured Jersey cows produce more fat in their milk than black and white Holstein Friesians, and farmers are getting paid more for fat because consumers no longer believe it’s so bad.
“All cows produce fat in their milk, but Jerseys do produce more – that’s what they’re renowned for,” says Alison Gibb, the president of Jersey NZ.Ms Gibb been farming Jerseys since they were last in vogue, roughly 40 years ago.
Then came the 1950s and 1960s, when saturated fat was established as an enemy of public health. Consumers didn’t want fat in their milk and farmers were paid more for protein.
Now consumers want fat again, on the back of recent trends such as the paleo diet – and dairy companies are responding.
Professor Keith Woodford says there’ll be a gradual transition of farmers choosing to introduce more Jersey into their bloodlines.This trend is all down to the consumer.“Consumers have said rightly or wrongly that butter’s back in favour, so the price of butter is at an all-time record,” Professor Woodford says.
But health experts say consumers are wrong, and not all fat is good.“Butter is pure, unadulterated saturated fat – and saturated fat is the main cause of heart disease,” Rodney Jackson says.
The University of Auckland health science professor believes the fat fad won’t last.
Diabetics across Australia are struggling to source an essential piece of equipment used to monitor their health, as urine-testing strips that measure the level of ketones in the body are being purchased in bulk by followers of the ketogenic diet.
They measure their ketones by using urine or blood-testing strips available in most pharmacies.However the testing strips are also used by diabetics like Craig Johnson who can slip into a life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis when their ketone levels are too high.Mr Johnson was recently hospitalised with ketoacidosis, which he believes he could have detected earlier with keto strips.However, there were no strips available at his local pharmacist in the northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay.South Grafton pharmacist, Michael Troy, who is also a member of the Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacy Guild of Australia, said the shortage of ketone-testing strips had become widespread since the keto diet returned to popularity.Mr Troy said he had been unable to buy keto strips in bulk for almost six months.“It’s a supply issue. We just cannot physically get our hands on the stock from any of our wholesalers, so we’ve not been able to get the products to keep them in stock on the shelves,” Mr Troy said.He is urging other pharmacists to follow his lead and keep keto strips aside only for diabetics.
Breakfast cereal giant Kellogg’s paid ‘independent experts’ to praise the nutritional value and taste of the company’s products on social media, it has emerged.On its website, Kellogg’s touted a distinguished-sounding ‘Breakfast Council’ of ‘independent experts’ who helped guide its nutritional efforts.
However a contract and emails obtained by the Associated Press show that the maker of Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies paid the experts to engage in ‘nutrition influencer outreach’ and avoid offering their services to products that were ‘competitive or negative to cereal.’
The company paid the experts an average of $13,000 a year to claim that Kellogg’s was their favorite brand on social media, or so they would tout the cereal during TV or other public appearances.
‘I’m still feeling great from my bowl of cereal & milk this morning! Mini-Wheats are my fave,’ said Sylvia Klinger, a dietitian and council member who shared a photo of the cereal during a Twitter chat with Kellogg about the benefits of its product. Kellogg introduced the dietitian as a ‘Breakfast Council Member.’Without noting her relationship with the company, another council member and dietitian chimed in to say Mini-Wheats were her favorite, too. She included a photo of Frosted Mini-Wheats.The company used the council to teach a continuing education class for dietitians, publish an academic paper on breakfast, and try to influence the government’s dietary guidelines.The Kellogg’s Breakfast Council included a professor of nutrition, a pediatrician and dietitians.
Researchers from the University’s School of Psychology and Brock University in Canada studied the impact of human supremacy beliefs and vegetarianism on whether people feel moral concern for animals, ranging from those normally considered to be pets, such as cats and dogs, through to those reared for eating, such as pigs and cows, and wild animals.The study, involving participants in the US, found that both human supremacy beliefs and a perceived vegetarianism threat are important in explaining why some people morally exclude animals.The results demonstrated that stronger human supremacy beliefs and vegetarianism threat predicted the inclusion of fewer animals in individuals’ moral circles over a reasonably large time interval.
However, the effects of vegetarianism threat were more specific and only emerged for certain animal categories. Stronger vegetarianism threat predicted lesser moral inclusion of food animals, but not of companion animals and unappealing animals.
Co-working giant WeWork Cos. thinks it can save the environment quicker than Elon Musk.The startup has told its 6,000 global staff that they will no longer be able to expense meals including meat, and that it won’t pay for any red meat, poultry or pork at WeWork events. In an email to employees this week outlining the new policy, co-founder Miguel McKelvey said the firm’s upcoming internal “Summer Camp” retreat would offer no meat options for attendees.
“New research indicates that avoiding meat is one of the biggest things an individual can do to reduce their personal environmental impact,” said McKelvey in the memo, “even more than switching to a hybrid car.”
Individuals requiring “medical or religious” allowances are being referred to the company’s policy team to discuss options.
Although the anti-meat stance is significant for the New York-based company, it’s far from the first startup to promote alternatives to animals. Juicero, a failed maker of high-priced juice machines, had instituted a similar ban on reimbursing employee expenses for meals at non-vegan restaurants.
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It was hard to watch Mark Zuckerberg's congressional hearing without liking congress a lot less. In between the rampant showboating and clumsy soundbites, it became clear that a lot of legislators don't know enough about technology to competently regulate it. And even if they did, the federal government's track record on surveillance and privacy rights is less than sterling.
Are you as sick and tired as I am of all those tinfoil hat-wearing conspiracy nutters who express skepticism whenever the kind and beneficent US intelligence agencies bestow us with urgent information about a new country in need of regime change? Do you want to get rid of that kooky fringe 74 percent of Americans who believe in a “Deep State” which controls the elected government?Well you’re in luck, bucko! I happen to have compiled right here a list of six simple steps that our compassionate government and fearless media can take to rid America of these looney toon paranoid conspiracy theorists once and for all:1. Stop fucking lying all the time.[...]2. Try some actual fucking government transparency.[...]3. Stop fucking killing people.[...]4. Stop promoting fucking conspiracy theories.[...]5. Stop being such fucking assholes.[...]6. Maybe try some fucking democracy for once.[...]If we could pull these steps off, what will these conspiracy-mongering grifters have to sell to the naive populace? If everyone trusts their government and feels confident in the democratic process, who will believe stories about powerful unelected forces ruling over them?You certainly wouldn’t have 74 percent of them subscribing to this absurd “deep state” conspiracy theory, that’s for sure.
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President Trump is rolling back some of his predecessor's Cuban policy reforms, potentially setting back important American relations with cigars and rum.
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