Tuesday, October 9, 2007

My medical knowledge is so dated, I'm probably ready for the leeches

I was packing up the pizza that I bought at Costco earlier this evening, when a thought came into my head:

Pizza. All four food groups. The perfect food.

In case you've never heard of the four food groups before, let the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine educate you:

Many of us grew up with the USDA’s old Basic Four food groups, first introduced in 1956. The passage of time has seen an increase in our knowledge about the importance of fiber, the health risks of cholesterol and fats, and the disease-preventive power of many nutrients found exclusively in plant-based foods. We also have discovered that the plant kingdom provides excellent sources of the nutrients once only associated with meat and dairy products—namely, protein and calcium.

We know what happened next:

The USDA revised its recommendations with the Food Guide Pyramid, a plan that reduced the prominence of animal products and vegetable fats.

But, in a move to placate traditionalists and tree-huggers alike:

PCRM developed the New Four Food Groups in 1991. This no-cholesterol, low-fat plan supplies all of an average adult’s daily nutritional requirements, including substantial amounts of fiber.

And they really believe it:

Physicians Group Asks Federal Trade Commission to Ban Cheese Ads During “SpongeBob SquarePants” and Other Television Shows Aimed at Children

But I bet the California cows are still happy. Well, PETA thinks otherwise. Which brings us to the Jello guy:


Oh yeah, that:

Genesis 9:2-3 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.


Romans 14:1-3 (New International Version)
New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

1Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.

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