Outrages of the Week in Food and Medicine

Ok, someone explain the logic behind this to me.  The egg isn’t in a cage, so it is allowed to be free- to roam around and enjoy the fresh air? And for this, we pay more because the egg, which is about to be scrambled, lived a beautiful egg free existence.

Ok- the real reason is they let the hens lay eggs anywhere and they gather them up instead of like a factory – but who cares? They taste the same. It is marketing- all marketing.

If you care so much about the chicken and the egg – stop eating them.

Lower Fat French Fries:
Does Burger King really care so much about our health that they are selling lower fat French Fries? And what a surprise, they are charging more for them. Here’s the best part: it is costing them less to make them, so they are still making money, and the amount of fat in these fries is 25% of the recommended amount of fat in a diet for a day. It isn’t a deal, and it isn’t healthy, and it is a rip off.  How do they make less fat fries, you ask? Simple: you cut the fry larger. A larger piece of potato means more potato per surface area- thus less oil per volume of fry.

Low Fat

With only 25% of your daily dose of fat– great work BK

Truvia and Stevia – the artificial sweetener
Truvia’s manufacturer, Cargill, agreed to settle a “class action” law suit because some plaintiffs in Minnesota were claiming that Truvia, unlike Stevia, isn’t really natural . Ok – let me get this right: Stevia is a “natural” artificial sweetener and Truvia is an “artificial” artificial sweetener.  Want this doctor’s advice about artificial sweeteners – avoid them, all of them. You don’t need anything that sweet, and if you ever had too much truvia or stevia – well, it tastes like your tongue is wrapped in Electrical tape.

A Two year old gets weight loss surgery
This is an outrage, and as someone who does weight loss surgery this is not something that the surgeons should be bragging about- they should be begging the medical world for forgiveness. The two year old didn’t need weight loss surgery – the two year old needs parents.  Like when I have to say no to my three year old son – I don’t like it, I have to put up with some crying sometimes, but it is part of the job description under “dad.”  If I fed my son crap, and lots of it, he could be obese – but his mom and I limit him.

Here is the sad fact: that child has a limited capacity in his stomach, and he wasn’t fed properly before surgery. So are those parents now going to pay attention to what he eats? Now they pay attention? Because if they don’t he will have severe micronutrient deficits – and he will starve. And starvation from lack of nutrients is a miserable, slow death – just like scurvy. I hope that child gets what he really needs — a parent.

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and received his MD. Dr. Simpson, then became a renowned weight loss surgeon, and a leading advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he advocates teaching people to improve their health through their food. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcom Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.


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