June 3, 2015


Where is it?

You can’t handle the truth!

Apparently it doesn’t matter any more. It?s the ?ends justify the means? thinking.

Have you noticed how politicians have gone from just smarmy and unseemly to professional, in your face, I can do whatever the fuck I want, liars?

?Oh, I just found out about that when you did.?

?No, I don’t have any knowledge of that.? Even though video exists showing the contrary.

Lying seems to be the new normal.

How then do you make good decisions? Who can you trust?

Health Food Fantasy

Do you stash a little chocolate away for ?healthy snacking??

Have you seen this?

It?s a great story and very illuminating.

Here?s the gist of it.

A German journalist conspired to create a fake study to see if he could pull the wool over the eyes of the health community (professionals and consumers).

He recruited a doctor and statistician and actually ran a study. Does chocolate help weight loss?

But they manipulated the data to provide the result they wanted (yes it does).

Basically if you measure a lot of stuff in a small sample size study, you can?t really determine anything. It?s called confounding.

There is so much confusion in the data that nothing can really be asserted.

But, you just cherry pick what you want and claim the study concluded it.

I think this happens all the time.

The result:
Chocolate is a health food and helps you lose weight.

And, to add insult to injury, they didn’t just stop with making the claim. They got it published in various medical journals.

Nobody raised an eyebrow. It sailed right through.

And you and I were happy as clams because we like studies like this.

Eat chocolate and lose weight. I?m in!

A total scam that shows how flimsy the system really is.

Everybody has a study to support their product.

Like red wine?

Here?s a study that ?shows? a glass of wine is equivalent to working out for an hour.

The claim is the resveratrol in the wine has fat burning benefits similar to that of raising your metabolism through exercise.


So if you you hate training, just drink some wine instead. You know some folks will do this.

More health food

How about a funny named gourd and it’s seemingly magical properties?

Ampalaya cures just about anything

  • Colds
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Reduces blood sugar
  • Headaches
  • Psoriasis
  • Liver health
  • Eye problems
  • Your immune system
  • and my favorite, it?s also a disinfectant!

This is like the southern carpetbagger selling snake oil in ?The Outlaw Josey Wales.?

Carpetbagger: ?It?ll do just about anything.?

snake oil
There’s a lot of snake oil being sold today

Josey spits tobacco juice on his coat and asks: ?How?s it with stains??

Classic Eastwood.

There will always be someone hawking a new berry from South America.

How about whiskey?

I like whiskey but as a health food?

Apparently it helps with:

  • Weight loss
  • Heart health
  • Cancer fighter
  • Brain health
  • Stroke
  • Stress, now I believe that
  • Memory?? Not the whiskey nights I’ve had
  • Lengthens lifespan

Everybody has the great uncle who lived to be 104 and credits 8 oz of whiskey every morning and a pack of Camels for his long life.

The Bottom Line

A whole lot of BS is flowing around. Better get your hip waders out.

Studies don’t mean squat. You can manipulate a study to produce any result you want.

What do you do?

Common sense will go a long way towards keeping you on the straight and narrow.

Honestly, in retrospect, eating chocolate for weight loss does sound foolish.

Exercise is a safe bet.

Is some new-fangled workout better than lifting weights or bodyweight training? Probably not but at least it is still some sort of movement.

Eat real food.

An ancient herb from the Nile river valley ain?t gonna do it.

Alcohol is for pleasure, not fitness. Go ahead and drink some.

Chocolate too. It?s fine. Don?t live on it.

Want to get fit and build muscle too?

Try something based on real science and that also sounds logical.

Hmmm. Do you think if I repeatedly pick up heavy things and eat a lot of protein, I?ll get strong?

It could work.

Forget the shiny objects.

Try this program for muscle building fitness. It works.

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About the author 

Mark Fickler

Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 64 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they live rewarding, fun lives using his signature 2 Rule Easy Fat Loss training program.

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