Overlawyered.com’s Walter Olsen hits another one out of the ballpark today with his commentary in The Washington Times spotlighting the “growing aggressiveness of ‘public health’ officialdom in pushing scare campaigns about everyday consumption risks:”
The Puritans held that reminders of mortality had an edifying effect on the living, which is why they sometimes would illustrate even literature for young children with drawings of death’s-heads and skeletons. Something of the same spirit seems to animate our ever-advancing movement for mandatory public health. The Food and Drug Administration has just floated the idea of requiring cigarette packs to carry rotating pictures that would include corpses – yes, actual corpses – as well as close-ups of grotesque medical disorders that can afflict smokers.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s superactivist Health Department has begun public ad campaigns about the health risks of everyday foods, including a controversial YouTube video portraying soda drinkers as pouring globs of shimmery yellow fat into their open mouths and – just out – an ad showing an innocent-looking can of chicken-with-rice soup as bursting with dangerous salt. Whether or not you live in New York, you’re likely to be seeing more of this sort of thing because the mayor’s crew tends to set the pace for activist public-health efforts nationwide; the Obama administration, for example, picked Bloomberg lieutenant Thomas R. Frieden to head the influential Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why should government use our own tax dollars to propagandize and hector us about the risks of salted snacks, chocolate milk or the other temptations of today’s supermarket aisle? The Bloomberg-Obama camp seems to feel that government dietary advice is superior to other sources of information we might draw on because (1) it’s more objective, independent and pure of motive and (2) it can draw on better science …
Read the rest of Olsen’s commentary and share your comments on his blog.
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Ready to pour salt on the nanny state slugs and watch 'em squirm?
When nanny state bureaucrats launched their crusade to forcefully limit Americans’ intake of salt, one patriotic citizen said they’ll have to pry his salt shaker from his cold, dead hands. Hence, SaltPatriots.com was launched to take the ‘War on Salt’ to the aggressors and ensure private citizens are the only ones responsible for regulating their salt consumption.
“I’m scared of these laws,” SaltPatriots.com founder Charles told Americans for Limited Government News Bureau. “They are numerous and ridiculous, but they’re real. The government is there to protect the Constitution, that’s all. Not to control our diets.”
Charging himself with the role of America’s “Chief Salt Patriot,” Charles has established an impressive website offering up-to-date news, videos and even a store carrying salt shakers and buttons emblazoned with the tagline, “Hands off my salt shaker!”
Charles also provides his growing army of Salt Patriots with instructions and resources for doing battle with food cops on the federal, state and local levels, so be sure to check for his latest calls to action.
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“Chefs are increasingly worried about government intervention. ‘It’s my career,’ said Michael Ferraro, Executive Chef of The Delicatessen. Jason Hall, Chef de Cuisine of Gotham Bar and Grill, recognizes the threat to culinary freedom advocates of the Bland New World pose. ‘I don’t know how they would police it,’ said Hall. ‘Are they going to come in with salt probes?'”
Video produced by My Food My Choice, “a grassroots coalition of consumers and businesses that promotes the advancement of consumer choice in the marketplace and an environment of economic vitality.”
Kudos to SaltPatriots.com for bringing this video to our attention!
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No more salt-rimmed margarita glasses?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week awarded five states and communities $1.9 million to produce strategies that ween citizens off of salt. Wouldn’t it cost less if they just removed all of the salt shakers? (Not that we’re advocating it.)
“Sodium reduction is a public health imperative that would benefit everyone,” said Darwin R. Labarthe, M.D., Ph.D, director, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. “We must continue to build the public health capacity for reducing sodium consumption by working on strategies at the national, state and local levels.”
Also this week, Harvard medical researchers scolded Americans for not reducing their salt intakes over the past 50 years, despite overwhelming evidence showing their lifespans have steadily increased with each passing year of the past half century.
Joining the CDC salt cops in sounding the alarm, the Harvard quacks declared, “Salt is a worthwhile target that should and can be modified by policy and industry.”
Tired of junk scientists and bureaucrats telling you what you can and can not eat? Join the Nanny State Liberation Front if you want to tell them to “Stick a fork in it!”
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Granny's doing just fine. Hands-off her salt!
Over the past 50 years, Americans have not reduced the amount of salt in their diets. According to Harvard School of Public Health researchers, that’s a bad thing.
Despite overwhelming evidence showing Americans’ lifespans have steadily increased with each passing year of the past half century, the researchers declared, “Salt is a worthwhile target that should and can be modified by policy and industry.”
Tired of quacks and politicians telling you what you can and can not eat? Join the Nanny State Liberation Front and tell them to “Stick a fork in it!”
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves salt and admits to ignoring sodium content on food labels. “While this isn’t the healthiest habit in the world, it’s not as bad as it sounds,” he jokes.
This is no laughing matter for New Yorkers and salt-loving Americans across the nation. Bloomberg has launched a “War on Salt,” pressuring restaurants and food industry giants to drastically reduce or eliminate salt in the foods we consume.
We think Bloomberg should focus more on the “War on Terror” that has his city in the crosshairs of the same radical Islamists who attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and most recently tried to bomb Times Square.
Part politician, part soldier and always waging war against the people.
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Official Flavors of the Nanny State: Bland and Tasteless
Yesterday, “the world’s foremost source of authoritative information about salt” warned the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) that its 2010 Dietary Guidelines that promote limited salt usage by Americans in hopes of combating the nation’s obesity ‘epidemic’ will achieve exactly the opposite effect, thereby putting millions of lives at unnecessary risk for health problems.
“Reduced salt in food will fuel the obesity epidemic as individuals will consume more to satisfy their natural sodium appetite and their hunger for taste satisfaction,” the Salt Institute told the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, adding, “the Dietary Guidelines have become far more a reflection of activist ideology than sound science.”
The USDA is recommending Americans limit their daily salt consumption to 1,500 mg, amounting to less than 4 grams per day. The Salt Institute countered that no other nation in the world has set such extreme limits on salt intake by humans, essentially, making Americans test subjects for a grand experiment with junk science as the guiding rule.
The recommendation of 1,500 mg sodium amounts to less than 4 grams of salt per day. Available data confirms that there is no modern society that consumes so little salt, thus making the Dietary Guidelines recommendation a trial on more than 300 million Americans. Population-wide interventions to reduce health risks can only work when there are no negative health consequences – which is clearly not the case with salt reduction. Elevated renin-angiotensin-aldosterone activity, the body’s natural hormonal response to reduced salt intake, will drive the population’s health risks to higher levels. Peer-reviewed evidence further suggests the possibility of unintended consequences such as cognitive impairment, adverse infant neurodevelopment and increased attention deficits and falls in the elderly, resulting from insufficient salt intake.
Salt Institute Vice President of Science and Research Morton Satin reminded USDA committee members that they had previously gone on a similar crusade against “fat,” using junk science to make their case for restricting Americans diets under the guide of prevention. However, the committee’s draconian recommendations had to be withdrawn when real science proved their findings false.
“I believe this grim lesson will be repeated once more with salt. Healthy humans, all around the world, consume salt within a relatively narrow range, controlled by their natural physiological control mechanisms,” Satin said. “Trying to trump biology with flawed policy is pure folly.”
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