Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Those Whom The Gods Would Destroy...

Two thirds of teenage girls have low iodine levels – putting the health of their future children at risk, doctors warn.
Oh dear. But don't worry, there's a solution, and it's quite easy to do.
The World Health Organisation is recommending that Britain add iodine to table salt to combat the problem.
That'll be the salt everyone's supposed to be avoiding because of all the health scares, I take it?

It's a Perfect Storm of stupidity, bad science and health hysteria, isn't it? As Leg-Iron points out:
"These days, Kafka would have real trouble persuading anyone that his work should be considered 'absurdist' because by modern standards, he's mainstream."

15 comments:

Simon Cooke said...

Why don't they just get the silly girls to drink milk, eat butter and have some eggs? Maybe with some shellfish? That should sort the iodine problem!

Caedmon's Cat said...

Oh, yes... salt's that stuff that Those Who Know Best are hell-bent on denying everyone, isn't it?

PT said...

Are these the same people who on the one hand tell us to drink unfeasible amounts of water each day, while at the same time using that water to compulsorily medicate us all with fluoride, thus making the water foul-tasting?

Macheath said...

The real Perfect Storm is the combination of this with malnutrition in children fed on nothing but FOFF (that's 'f***-off fat-free') foods and the resurgence of rickets in a generation never exposed to sunlight without being slathered in SP50.

And all in the name of public health.

David Gillies said...

One generation's satire becomes the next generation's headlines. I often think that Peter Simple was not so much a preternaturally-gifted humorist but a seer. His most important aperçu was to decry the term 'loony left'. They're not loonies, they're dead serious, and they all need to fucking die.

Captain Haddock said...

Iodine deficiency ? ...

Eat bloody Seaweed .. Lol

F***W*T TW****R said...

Shit loads of lava bread for the bints it is then.

Leg-iron said...

Well, why not put it in tobacco and in booze? They aren't allowed those either so it'll be just as effective.

Simon - Milk and butter are fat, eggs are cholesterol and Salmonella, in the simple minds of the population.

So they pay more for watered-down low-fat milk (instead of just using less of the whole milk), buy plastic simulated butter and won't touch eggs until after they've hatched.

Latest scare on shellfish involves something about prawn farmers crapping in the ponds. Nobody mentions the extensive food testing that goes on before the stuff gets on the shelves.

Eggs actually aren't all that loaded with cholesterol anymore and are now a good source of Vitamin D. But don't try to tell the drones this. They won't believe it. Tell them eggs are radioactive, that alcoholics dribble on them and that all chicken farmers are chain smokers. They like to hear things like that.

I've even had someone tell me olive oil is 'just fat in a bottle'.

I've given up trying to educate them now. I just make their fantasies wilder.

It's more fun.

microdave said...

"That'll be the salt everyone's supposed to be avoiding because of all the health scares, I take it?"

BwaaHaahaahaahaahaahaa!!!

Captain Haddock said...

I think I may have mentioned before that my Son-in-Law is a Staff Sergeant in the British Army & the civilian catering contractors (on MoD instructions) have removed ALL condiments from dining tables in the Sgt's Mess .. they aren't even kept on a side table .. apparenly, one has to specifically ask for them ..

Whilst a "server" hovers, waiting until one has used them .. and then removes them to the food preparation area again ..

He considers it both frustrating & hilarious that he's trusted with command of a "Challenger II" main battle tank .. yet not trusted with putting salt on his chips ..

He was pondering how long it would be before condiments were kept under lock & key in the Armoury, together with other dangerous & potentially life-threatening items & required one to "sign" for their issue ..

theredeemingdefect said...

Well, to add another layer of stupidity, they banned iodine in 2009.

JuliaM said...

"Why don't they just get the silly girls to drink milk, eat butter and have some eggs?"

Because as Leg-Iron points out, they've all been the subject of other scares! :)

"Are these the same people who on the one hand tell us to drink unfeasible amounts of water each day..."

Isn't that another one they've had to back-track on recently?

"Shit loads of lava bread for the bints it is then."

:D

"Latest scare on shellfish involves something about prawn farmers crapping in the ponds."

Because prawns in the wild only eat sunshine and honey...? /facepalm

JuliaM said...

"...the civilian catering contractors (on MoD instructions) have removed ALL condiments from dining tables in the Sgt's Mess .. they aren't even kept on a side table .. apparenly, one has to specifically ask for them .."

GAH!

"Well, to add another layer of stupidity, they banned iodine in 2009."

Ha ha ha ha ha!

Furor Teutonicus said...

xx "These days, Kafka would have real trouble persuading anyone that his work should be considered 'absurdist' because by modern standards, he's mainstream." xx

Not only "mainstream". Along with "1984" I suspect they are required training aids for all civil servants and "Government" employees.

Mjolinir said...

@leg-iron //Latest scare on shellfish involves something about prawn farmers crapping in the ponds//.

Reminds me of a 'Greenie' who enthused that the Thames at Teddington was 'So clean that over 30 species of fish were living in it.' - less voluble when asked about the 'cleanliness' of thirty different sorts of fish-crap.