Re: [evol-psych] Settling The Soy Controversy $$; "Straightedgers" ...
- A personal data point:
"Beg to differ, soy products have always caused severe pain in my chest. I was taking a certain supplement for years, it was reformulated probably in the past two years to include soy.
I hadn't noticed till I developed the breast pain. Stopped the supplement immediately.
Went to the Dr. since I suddenly developed a 'lump'.
Received a diagnosis of breast cancer on Wednesday."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Robin Whittle <rw@...> wrote:
> Hi Cage,
> Further to what you wrote:
> > The author, Neal Barnard, is the founder of a vegan advocacy
> > group: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physicians_Committee_for_Responsible_Medicine
> > It does not seem from the Wikipedia article or a brief perusal of their
> > web site that he takes a particularly balanced view around certain
> > dietary policies.
> a comment recently added to the Huffington Post article:
> Umm.....this is written by a soy lobbyist. Check this out:
> Often appearing in a lab coat, PCRM president Neal Barnard looks
> the part of a mainstream health expert. He also churns out a
> steady stream of reliably anti-meat and anti-dairy nutrition
> research. Although his "results" generally conclude that a vegan
> diet (practiced by a tiny fraction of Americans) will solve any
> of dozens of health problems, the mass media eats them up. And
> PCRM is media-savvy enough to take advantage.
> But Barnard was trained as a psychiatrist, not a nutritionist.
> His nutritional advice boils down to one basic message: don't eat
> meat, or anything that comes from animals. PCRM has complained to
> the Federal Trade Commission about advertisements that depict
> milk as part of a healthy diet. It petitioned the government to
> slap meat and poultry with a "biohazard label," adding in its
> newsletter that eggs should carry these dire warnings as well"
> Follow the money.
> OK - but what is "activistcash.com"? It is run by the "Center for
> Consumer Freedom", and the Wikipedia article includes:
> The forerunner to the CCF was the Guest Choice Network, which was
> organized in 1995 by Richard Berman, executive director of the
> public affairs firm Berman and Company, with $600,000 from the
> Philip Morris tobacco company, "to unite the restaurant and
> hospitality industries in a campaign to defend their consumers and
> marketing programs against attacks from anti-smoking,
> anti-drinking, anti-meat, etc. activists ..." According to Berman,
> the GCN mission was to encourage operators of "restaurants, hotels,
> casinos, bowling alleys, taverns, stadiums, and university
> hospitality educators" to "support [the] mentality of 'smokers
> rights' by encouraging responsibility to protect 'guest
> choice.'" Philip Morris donated $2.95 million to GCN between
> 1995 and 1998.
> The Guest Choice Network argued against restaurant-related
> initiatives from environmental, animal rights and anti-alcohol
> organizations and straightedgers, including arguments that
> restaurants should be allowed to maintain smoking sections.