New Diet Drug, Not Yet, But Someday, so Is That News?

I Hate the News Reporting Theories and Their Opinions

In the time honored tradition of CNN’s reporting news that isn’t news, tonight I saw a report on the “promising” protein leptin being used to develop a new diet drug. As Dave Barry likes to say, I’m not making this up. The report said, “Unger says his group has “a lot of ideas” about how to make leptin do its job in overweight people and “we are working on them now.” He says he can’t give further details until the work is ready for publication. Well duh!

A lot of ideas … hum, that sounds like, they don’t know Jack! A lot of ideas my eye. They are sitting around cooking up these ideas then calling the media who come running.

Yes, we all wish there were a magic pill we could take so we could eat nothing but bonbons all day and stay svelte as a (fill in the blank with your favorite body type here). That day is not coming any time soon, and when it does, I’d still be wary. Most likely they’ll find out a few years later that the drug causes all your hair to fall out and you develop awful body odor or something – irreversible too no doubt. There is no free lunch will win out, mark my words.

Meanwhile, try eating for appetite control. It works marvelously well. Especially if you eat food with nutritional value! That’s a magic diet pill if you ask me.

Florida Citrus Growers – Big Cry Babies

Poor Florida Oranges Farmers. It’s Never Their Fault¬†

They’re at it again. Blaming outside forces for ruining their profits! Woe to the Atkins dieters. Threats to the South Beach Diet book. As if a book saying don’t drink orange juice because it’s got a high sugar content would actually cause people to do so. They must think we’re a bunch of sheep.

I’d venture that those who enjoy a cool, frosty glass of orange juice still drink it. I’m particularly fond of mixing it with champagne, which if you haven’t tried it, goes down a little too easily.

Did you know it’s against the law to talk bad about food? That’s right. They’ll haul you out in shackles. Oprah Winfrey was sued for talking about beef in a disparaging manner – actually she never did so and was finally acquitted, but still – what are they thinking? Her guest, Howard F. Lyman who wrote MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat, was also sued. I’ll bet Oprah never invited him back either. I’m reading Mad Cowboy for the third or fourth time – great book.

There was a recent case of a winery suing a newspaper for printing that their wine resembled merde. Oops, not nice. Free speech is all well and good, but don’t talk food smack or you’ll be sorry.

Remember way back when the Florida Citrus growers sued Anita Bryant and basically killed her career. I don’t remember the details, I think it had to do with her views of gay people, but it caused quite the stir.¬†

So, is orange juice okay to drink? Yes, but you’d be far better off eating the whole fruit. So sue me.