Christians and Muslims together

The bishop of Stepney, Adrian Newman, is to speak at 'No Place for Hate'. This is a demonstration organised by the East London Mosque, in opposition to the English Defence League. The East London Mosque has an interesting track record. The mosque...

A view from history

History offers us a view of the past. We see other human beings, just like us, but living in very different circumstances, making choices, creating history. But, unlike them, we see also the outcomes of those choices. We see that, although people...

Cholesterol levels

Given the hype and marketing surrounding the issue of cholesterol, it is hardly surprising that lots of people have accepted the idea that high cholesterol levels are bad and low cholesterol levels are good. Now, if this were true, we should find,...

Progress: a commentary

My previous post was a three frame cartoon, satirically entitled, 'Progress'. The satire was apparently overly subtle. Hence, this post offers a brief commentary. For anyone who did not see the cartoon in order to save you the bother of looking for...

Clinging to certainty

The US Surgeon General's office, instead of looking for evidence to support the saturated fat causes heart disease hypothesis, would have had much more success if they had looked for evidence to show the hypothesis was flawed, which is, after all,...

On certainty, yet again

Whilst Ancel Keys's study conclusively proved that saturated fat caused coronary artery disease, it is somewhat uncomfortable to have to rely on obviously cherry picked data. So back in 1988 the US Surgeon General's office decided to collect and...

Picking cherries

Coronary heart disease did not become a major issue for the health experts until after the second world war. It was put firmly on the agenda by the newly created World Health Organisation, which categorised it as a disease. The significance of this...

On certainty, again

Ever since the middle of the twentieth century, the health experts have been telling us that heart attacks are caused by diet. As the decades have rolled by, they have intermittently modified their position, mainly to refine the dietary injunctions...

On certainty

There are things that are known. Known beyond any doubt or uncertainty. Take Huntington's chorea for example. Huntington's chorea is a disease that we have learnt a great deal about. It is caused by a mutation in a single gene. If you have the...