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“When bloggers at Think Progress became too critical of President Obama’s Afghanistan war policy their bosses at the Center for American Progress heard about it from the White House. Shortly thereafter, Think Progress writers were “berated” by supervisors for “creating daylight” between CAP and the White House.” More here.

The connection between antibiotics and obesity– this is a fascinating read.

Of course, while farm animals often eat a significant dose of antibiotics in food, the situation is different for human beings. By the time most meat reaches our table, it contains little or no antibiotics. So we receive our greatest exposure in the pills we take, rather than the food we eat. American kids are prescribed on average about one course of antibiotics every year, often for ear and chest infections. Could these intermittent high doses affect our metabolism?

To find out, Dr. Blaser and his colleagues have spent years studying the effects of antibiotics on the growth of baby mice. In one experiment, his lab raised mice on both high-calorie food and antibiotics. “As we all know, our children’s diets have gotten a lot richer in recent decades,” he writes in a book, “Missing Microbes,” due out in April. At the same time, American children often are prescribed antibiotics. What happens when chocolate doughnuts mix with penicillin?

The results of the study were dramatic, particularly in female mice: They gained about twice as much body fat as the control-group mice who ate the same food. “For the female mice, the antibiotic exposure was the switch that converted more of those extra calories in the diet to fat, while the males grew more in terms of both muscle and fat,” Dr. Blaser writes. “The observations are consistent with the idea that the modern high-calorie diet alone is insufficient to explain the obesity epidemic and that antibiotics could be contributing.”

If WWI was a barfight
– this is hilarious, and will probably do more for helping you and your young scholars understand the underling causes and connections behind WWI than anything else.

Forget kegel exercises (which it turns out are mostly useless). You should be doing these instead. (Also notice how much actual factual scientific research is behind the medical advice doctors dispense like edicts from On High). And that means this is a really good idea.=)

Why Harry Reid hates the Koch Brothers.  The Democrats need a villain to spur fund raising efforts, so expect to see more of the same nonsense.


Government spending is now up to 70% direct wealth transfers — that is, 70% of its spending is just taking income from one citizen and writing a check to another —   And other news links.


Think ObamaCare is the law?  think again.  Obama himself does not act like it’s a law:

…it has been “interpreted” by Obama to not be a law at all.

It is simply an Enabling Act, a block grant of legislative authority to the executive on anything in the category of “health care.”

This, of course, is illegal, and unconstitutional. Even if Congress wished to give their powers to the Executive, it would be illegal for them to do so, and the Supreme Court would call it illegal.

And yet here the President simply asserts that Congress has handed him his powers, and only a brave few say anything about it at all.

Meanwhile, and I cannot believe he said this, but I do, he tells poor parents who can’t afford ObamaCare to just cancel their cable and cell phones.

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  1. Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Big fan of Katy Bowman here…her site and books are awesome

  2. Rachel
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    I love Obama’s advice to poor parents.

    We had our insurance (catastrophic care plan) canceled 6 months after ACA passed. Replacing it for our family of five would cost more than our RENT (on a small 2 bedroom apartment), and it would double our deductible from our last plan.

    We don’t have cable. I line dry clothes, too. We have one car, which we can’t really afford. We can’t predict where we will be living from one month to the next or where/whether dh will be employed. Every single thing we own can fit in a 10X5 storage unit.

    I cook from scratch, and I cook with things like watermelon rinds and banana peels.

    We’re doing a LOT better than we used to, but the year we made less than $15k (in California), we were denied for state healthcare and SNAP–we didn’t make enough money. So, yeah. Obama is clueless.

  3. Lynn
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think the author was correct in stating that antibiotics fed animals are mostly gone by the time we eat them. I have known several people who were allergic to various antibiotics, and could not eat meat, as they had a reaction each time. the reaction was a big mystery (as they hadn’t actually taken any antibiotics), until each ran into a Doctor who was familiar with situation.

    Also, I ran across a listing of antibiotics “which could be given to help animals gain weight”…

    well, guess that is pretty clear, that many (most?) antibiotics are NOT given to animals due to infections. Rather, to gain weight (as more and more steroids are banned, guess this is the alternative.)

  4. Lynn
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    I saw a much more extensive listing of ten or fifteen antibiotics allowed to use for encouraging growth in animals

    however, this is interesting.
    Use of growth stimulants
    Antibiotics are routinely added to grain feed as a growth stimulant. Livestock consume 70% of the antibiotics in the United States.[11]

    The most common form of antibiotics are called ionophores. Ionophores were originally developed as coccidiostats for poultry and prevent coccidiosis in cattle as well. Ionophores work by improving both feed efficiency and growth rate and lower methane production as one result.

    and this

    the above are still not the lengthy listing of antibiotics approved for animal weight gain. it was a few months back I ran across it. Was shocked.

  5. Rachel
    Posted March 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Given the fact that we require gut bacteria to digest our food properly, and the fact that antibiotics wipe out bacteria in generally (rather than specifically targeting problematic bacteria), it is hardly surprising that keeping a digestive tract un-colonized would lead to metabolic malfunction.

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