The National Academy of Sugar

Fale_-_Barcellona_-_194You might think an outfit calling itself an academy would be, you know, academic. But as Jon Stewart put it, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is as much an academy as the “Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product” called Kraft Singles is cheese.

The last time the academy was in the news, it was for taking an undisclosed amount of money from Kraft in exchange for giving Kraft permission to put the academy’s “Kids Eat Right” logo on Kraft Singles. When nailed for this, the academy denied that this amounted to putting a stamp of approval on Singles. What it really was, they claimed, was an ad for the academy’s Kids Eat Right initiative. If this were true, it would be the first time in the history of the world that an advertiser received money for placing an ad, instead of paying for it.

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“Just a Phone Call Away From Disaster…”

Whenever the rector of my church wants to impress upon his erring flock the awful fact of their own mortality, he reminds us that however secure and self-sufficient we may flatter ourselves to be, we are always “just a phone call away from disaster.” Continue reading “Just a Phone Call Away From Disaster…”

A Cure for AIDS?

Last night in Houston I was privileged to hear a speech by Timothy Brown, better known as “the Berlin patient.” Mr. Brown is the first and only human being known to have been cured of AIDS.

Mr. Brown tested HIV-positive in 1995, when such a diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. Later, he was diagnosed with leukemia. The Grim Reaper, it appeared, was taking no chances with him. Continue reading A Cure for AIDS?