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Interesting items from my inbox, real life, and elsewhere …

Snake Handler, Part Two

Chareva walked into my office at home yesterday and told me there was a snake in her bedroom closet, and she didn’t feel like being brave about it. (You probably recall what happened last time, when she was brave about it.)

So I strapped on my six-shooters and prepared to go rescue my lady from distress, like a good cowboy. Well, okay, I actually grabbed a snake-catching contraption Chareva’s mom had sent to us after the last incident. Either way, I was ready to demonstrate my manliness by man-handling a huge, slithering snake.

Jeez, what a disappointment:

Chareva handles the big snake and gets on national TV as a result, while I get to toss out a glorified worm.  Sheesh.

FitBit Not Fit

I guess there’s a reason people are upset enough with FitBit to sue.  Mine seemed to work well at first — I checked it against my actual pulse and the reading was accurate.  Then it didn’t work so well.  I’d be working out, and according to my FitBit, my pulse would drop from 119 to 66 in mere seconds.  Or I’d tap the screen for a reading and get nothing at all on the heart monitor.  Then the clock started showing 15 minutes behind real time, even after I synced it to a PC that showed the correct time.

So I sent it back.  I’m now sporting a Garmin Forerunner 225, which appears to be accurate — no sudden drop in pulse rate while riding the bike, and I don’t have to tap the face for a reading.  I also like the larger display.  It costs twice as much as a FitBit, but apparently this is a case of you get what you pay for.

Tom Brady’s “Bizarre” Diet

New England quarterback Tom Brady has played in six Super Bowls and won four of them. He may be on his way to another, although I’m hoping Peyton Manning gets another shot this year instead of Brady.

Anyway, a CBS Sports article appeared recently describing what Brady (still at the top of his game at age 38) eats:

On Monday, Brady’s personal chef, Allen Campbell, gave us all a glimpse into Brady’s healthy lifestyle.

“No white sugar. No white flour. No MSG. I’ll use raw olive oil, but I never cook with olive oil. I only cook with coconut oil. Fats like canola oil turn into trans fats. … I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt.

[Tom] doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’re not anti-inflammatory. So no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I’m very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation.

What else? No coffee. No caffeine. No fungus. No dairy.

The kids eat fruit. Tom, not so much. He will eat bananas in a smoothie. But otherwise, he prefers not to eat fruits.”

A little later in the interview, Campbell also noted that they “stick to gluten free for everything.”

So then, what does Brady eat? The answer appears to be vegetables and lean meat.

“So, 80 percent of what they eat is vegetables. [I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it’s not organic, I don’t use it. And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans. The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”

Hmmm … no sugar, no white flour, no diary, no MSG, and the chef only cooks with coconut oil. No canola oil. Easy on the fruit. Gluten free. Lots of organic vegetables, plus grass-fed steak.

Yeah, that’s bizarre, all right. Hasn’t Brady’s chef heard about the newest USDA Dietary Guidelines? They’re “science-based” ya see, so I think Brady should follow them.

Then again, I did mention I want Manning to win the AFC championship game on Sunday.

Glenn Fry is Already Gone

Man, I loved the Eagles when I was a teen. I still listen to them frequently. When I was in a band, we played several of their songs in our set. There were four us, we all enjoyed singing, so we gravitated towards songs with vocal harmonies. Can’t get much better than the Eagles for songs with lovely harmonies.

Along with millions of other fans, I was so sorry to learn that Glenn Fry, one of the band’s founders and songwriters, died this week at age 67. May he rest with a Peaceful Easy Feeling.

I don’t know what Glenn Fry ate, but according to his manager, the drugs he took for rheumatoid arthritis probably contributed to his death:

Eagles singer Glenn Frey’s death is being blamed partly on the drugs he took to combat rheumatoid arthritis: While used to treat thousands of American sufferers, the medicine can leave them vulnerable to serious infections, experts say.

Many of the medications that treat the autoimmune disease, which affects around 1.3 million Americans, come with a slew of possible side effects, from heart failure to tuberculosis.

That’s because some of the most effective treatments, known as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), work to suppress patients’ overactive immune systems, which can make them vulnerable to infection.

Frey died Monday at age 67 from pneumonia and colitis, as well as the long-lasting effects of the arthritis on his body, his manager, Irving Azoff, told the website The Wrap.

Azoff added that the pneumonia he contracted was a side effect “from all the meds.”

Like I said, I don’t know what Glenn Fry ate. But I will mention that Loren Cordain was once quoted in a WebMD article as saying he believes cereal grains may trigger rheumatoid arthritis. Some months ago, Dr. William “Wheat Belly” Davis posted about a woman whose rheumatoid arthritis diminished when she went wheat-free:

Carol is thinner, yes, but has also reversed the autoimmune damage to joints. This happens because she has removed the initial trigger for autoimmunity, the gliadin protein of wheat. She has also removed the abnormally increased intestinal permeability permitted by the gliadin that allows bacterial components such as lipopolysaccharide to enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation. She has also removed the exceptionally inflammatory protein, wheat germ agglutinin. It all adds up to dramatic reversal of autoimmune inflammation.

Sticking to a wheat-free or paleo or “bizarre” Brady diet isn’t just about avoiding illnesses. It’s also about avoiding the nasty drugs used to treat the illnesses.

And speaking of bizarre diets …

The “Power of the Vegan Voice” goes after a burger restaurant

Q: How many vegans does it take to change a light bulb?
A: That’s NOT FUNNY, you @#$%ing MURDERER!!

In case you need more proof that vegans are by a large a humorless lot, check out this article on a U.K. vegan website:

Our message of compassion goes a long way, especially when heard in large numbers. Gourmet Burger Kitchen found this out the hard way over the weekend, when complaints came flooding in for their latest ad campaign, forcing them to backtrack and pull the ads after just two days.

One of GBK’s three ads seen across London showed a picture of a young cow together with the caption: ‘They eat grass so you don’t have to.’ Another read: ‘You always remember the time you gave up being vegetarian’, with a third depicting one of their burgers, with the caption ‘Vegetarians, resistance is futile’.

Now, if you choose not to eat meat but your body still contains a funny bone, you respond to those ads by chuckling and getting on with your meatless life.  Heck, I laughed out loud at this ad and didn’t feel the last bit insulted or threatened:

I didn’t feel threatened because I have a sense of humor. Not so in the case of our vegan pals:

GBK were inundated with complaints, as were the Advertising Standards Agency. The burger chain was accused, among other things, of picking on a minority group. Indeed, they appeared to be as unaware of the legal status of Veganism as a protected belief under equality laws as they were about the size and strength of the vegan community.

Picking on a minority group … a protected belief under equality laws.

Yeah, because if you poke fun at vegans in an ad, that’s just like refusing to allow African-Americans into the local public school, doncha know.

Good grief, the weenification campaign is apparently world-wide.  Millions of people are now convinced that if they’re offended, Something Very Very Bad has happened to them, and it must be stopped.

We’ve got college students demanding a “safe space” where no one is allowed to disagree with their beliefs (no matter how illogical), students demanding “trigger warnings” about books containing words or passages that may offend them, and there’s even a movement in some loony-leftie circles to repeal the First Amendment because …well, you know, it allows people to say things that other people find offensive!

Time to change the saying we used to teach kids:

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will send me running to a therapist with deep psychological wounds that need healing … because I’m a weenie.

Here’s the problem with all these campaigns to stamp out “offensive” books, ads, speeches, or whatever: who exactly gets to decide what is or isn’t “offensive”? Why, the weenies themselves, of course.

After demanding an ad campaign they found offensive be yanked, the vegans replied with an ad of their own … which I’m sure some people would find offensive:

Since I’m not a weenie and have a sense of humor, I would never demand they take it down from their site. The right to speak must by definition include the right to say things others find offensive — after all, speech that offends no one doesn’t need protecting.  So for a reply, I had the Photoshop wiz I married put together an ad of our own:

Enjoy your weekend. Looks like we’ll be snowed in temporarily in Tennessee, so I expect I may have to remove more snakes looking for a warm place to sleep.


92 thoughts on “From The News …

  1. Bret

    Author Nat Hentoff wrote and quoted extensively, in the excellent book Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee, that the First Amendment was designed to protect offensive speech in particular, due to the fallacy of relying on a committee to deem what is offensive or not.

    The fact that this lesson is lost on so many people, including college professors, really makes me weep for the future.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Kirsten Powers (a Democrat who worked for Bill Clinton) wrote an excellent book on the subject titled “The Silencing.”

    2. S

      How are college professors involved? I would have thought they are the ones whose jobs are at risk by inadvertently offending a student.

      1. Tom Naughton Post author

        In some colleges, professors are leading the charge to stamp out “offensive” language and ideas. Keep in mind academia has become a refuge for loony lefties who wouldn’t survive in the real world.

          1. Tom Naughton Post author

            Yes, it’s largely about being “left.” Show me the conservative college students who want “offensive” language banned, or who try to bring up people who disagree with them on charges of creating a “hostile environment.” Show me the conservative students who demand safe spaces and trigger warnings, lest they be exposed (horrors!) to words or ideas they find offensive.

            Again, Kirsten Powers (a Democrat who worked for Bill Clinton) documents the anti-free-speech movement quite nicely in her book “The Silencing.” She refers to these loons as the “illiberal left” — because as a liberal with a brain, she understands that true liberals are supposed to embrace tolerance, which includes tolerance of ideas you don’t like. She wrote that as a true liberal, it pains her to see that the efforts to stifle free speech are almost all coming from the political left.

            Apparently it pains you too, which is why you can’t yet bring yourself to admit the attempt to stifle free speech is mostly coming from your side of the political spectrum.

            1. S

              I can’t “show you” anything because I don’t even live in your country; I’m rather isolated from whatever media you’re exposed to on the issue. But did you even look at that graph? About 18% of Republicans say that “the government should be able to block offensive comments about minorities”.

              Now if you want to assign the blame to the “loony left”, meaning a minority of the left that are just a bit crazy, that’s absolutely fine. But saying that it’s the fault of the entire political left is just stupid. It would be like saying that anti-gay-marriage is a “problem of the right”, which might be rather insulting to a libertarian.

              What pains me is that someone as smart as yourself is willing to paint such a black-and-white picture (right vs. left) of an issue that is clearly more complicated.

            2. Tom Naughton Post author

              You’re not too isolated to find an article from the Washington Post, so I presume you could find articles on all the conservative college students attempting to stifle speech if any existed.

              Yes, I noticed the graph. It’s half the number of Democrats who agree with the same statement, and I’ve yet to see any Republicans actually trying to impose such measures. But there are plenty of Democrats, particularly on college campuses, who do exactly that.

              Yes, I’m talking about the loony left, not all liberals. Unfortunately, it’s the loony lefties who often hold prominent positions in academia. That’s why there are campus speech codes, “safe spaces,” requirements for “trigger warnings” on books and so forth. If we were talking about a few isolated loons with no power to impose their looniness, they’d merely be laughable. But it’s rather obvious that there are enough of them to impose this nonsense.

            3. S

              I still think you’re barking up the wrong tree. Right vs. Left is just an extremely simple and popular narrative to plaster all over the news. I suspect it’s more due to age and whether you’re a white male (the group that has had least persecution historically) or not. Aren’t young people and racial minorities more likely to be Democrats?

              I mean, if you assumed a 50/50 split between Republicans and Democrats, and then lined up all those in agreement with that statement, then a full third would be Republican. It’s like the cholesterol argument; what percentage of people that have heart attacks have normal cholesterol?

              I’m not sure how you “know” that leftist professors are pushing this on students, but again it seems unlikely looking at that graph. Those with college degrees (professors included) are third to the top. And how many young people have the direct influence of a professor? Very, very few is my guess. TV has a much larger influence on the young than any intellectual books.

            4. Tom Naughton Post author

              A full third would be Republican? Where’d you come up with that math?

              I “know” leftist professors are pushing this nonsense because I can read. Like I said, this has been documented in newspapers, magazines, and most recently in Kirsten Powers’ excellent book “The Silencing.” She cites her sources in the book. Here’s an article she wrote, briefly describing what she describes at length in the book:


              Again, she’s a Democrat who worked for Bill Clinton. She’s also honest enough to admit (and be horrified by) the fact that this nonsense is coming almost entirely from the left.

              But hey, I understand why you’re struggling to just accept the facts. You’ve made it clear you lean left, which means you think of lefties as the good guys, so you don’t want to believe the anti-free-speech nonsense is coming mostly from the left. But it is. And if you understood the intellectual heritage of leftism vs. what was once called liberalism but is now called “classical liberalism” or libertarian (because the danged lefties hijacked the word “liberal”), you wouldn’t be surprised. Modern leftism traces its roots back to philosophers (mostly German — surprise!) who believed individuals are supposed to be subservient to the needs of the state. Libertarians trace their intellectual heritage back to philosophers (mostly English) who believed the state’s legitimate purpose is to protect individual liberty. Two totally different mindsets.

              A philosophy professor named Stephen Hicks wrote an excellent book about the differences in intellectual heritage. Here’s a quote:

              A related puzzle is explaining why postmodernists — particularly among those postmodernists most involved with the practical applications of postmodernist ideas, or putting postmodernist ideas into actual practice in their classrooms and in faculty meetings — are the most likely to be hostile to dissent and debate, the most likely to engage in ad hominem argument and name-calling, the most likely to enact politically-correct authoritarian measures, and the most likely to use anger and rage as argumentative tactics.

              Whether it is Stanley Fish calling all opponents of affirmative action bigots and lumping them in with the Ku Klux Klan, or whether it is Andrea Dworkin’s male-bashing in the form of calling all heterosexual males rapists, the rhetoric is very often harsh and bitter. So the puzzling question is: Why is it that among the far Left — which has traditionally promoted itself as the only true champion of civility, tolerance, and fair play — that we find those habits least practiced and even denounced?

              I included that quote in a very long post about the True Believer mindset on my other blog:


              Keep in mind I don’t check comments on that blog anymore. I’ll return to it someday, but not while I’m working full-time, maintaining this blog, and writing a book.

            5. S

              Thanks for the lengthy response. The link to your old blog was an interesting read.

              As for the math, according to that graph if you had 100 Republicans, 18 would agree with that statement. Likewise, if you had 100 Democrats 36 would agree. 18+36=54, and 18/54=1/3. Pretty simple stuff. Of course I am assuming that there are approximately the same number of Republicans and Democrats.

              We are totally in agreement that the left attracts these kinds of people (as you so carefully detailed in your other blog). In fact, *that is exactly my point*. What I have been trying to emphasise is that it’s not as simple an issue as “right vs. left”, which is oversimplified, and suits *your* narrative of “the right is better than the left”.

              The sad thing is that left politicians probably pander to these people to gain/keep their vote, just like the right panders to the religious to keep their vote. It really muddies what the right & left are truly about.

            6. Tom Naughton Post author

              Okay, now I see. You’re saying 1/3 of people who agree with that statement.

              Left/Right is a convenient division, but also oversimplified. We agree there. Libertarians are considered right on some issues but left on others. I think it’s more accurate (but still not entirely accurate) to divide people into individualists vs. statists.

  2. j

    Seems like youve had it with those motherflippin snakes on that motherflippin plain..

    When are you gonna say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!? and call Sam Jack?

    Mature language content (safe space warning):

    I heard about Brady’s diet ..looks very clean. At the very least, it seems to be doing him lots of good. Interesting about nightshades. I stopped eating them long ago because of how they made me I can personally see an argument for them being labeled inflammatory. Not sure I’m dedicated enough to give up coffee with milk..which is ok, and dont really care for quinoa and beans. Then again, Im not Tom Brady lean..again ok..

    That Bud commercial is hilarious.

    “Here’s the problem with all these campaigns to stamp out “offensive” books, ads, speeches, or whatever: who exactly gets to decide what is or isn’t “offensive”? Why, the weenies themselves, of course.”

    Or a benevolent dictatorship would decide. The weenies can ask the North Koreans just how awesome a safe space utopia is..

    And one thing about Trump..whether one agrees or disagrees with him..he never grovels, and consistently puts these sjw perverters of morality in their place..

    Smug vegan ad..hilarious and accurate.
    The one vegan ad with the cow makes me think of steaks..milk.. And the place does all the dirty work of preparing it for you? this ad supposed to make me not like GBK? Im confused. Oh I contains the word automatically, it has to guilt trigger you…otherwise youre a bad person 🙁
    Sorry vegans..things have to die in order for you and everyone else to survive..just life. Thats the way god, mother nature, and/or evolution made it..depending on what you believe in..;)

    Finally I’ll just leave this safe space episode link in case youd like to watch:

      1. Daci

        Too bad I’m not your neighbor. I’d deal with your snakes. And no,I’m not one of these idiots that runs them down and chops them into small pieces with a garden implement.

        BTW, I think that ‘glorified worm” you caught is a copperhead.

        As to dealing with snakes, I had a harmless garter snake get inside my living room once and got stuck on a cockroach sticky trap. I had to separate it from said sticky trap and put it outside.

        Another time, my neighbor,an x cop, could not go into his workshop.
        The reason he could not do so cause there was a garter snake in the way. Kenny must have been sleeping during the biology/nature bit in grimmer, er, I mean grammar school when one is told how to id a venomous snake..I looked at the snake,saw the stripes,big eyes and picked it up.
        I held it gently in my head and it wrapped around my arm as I explained to Kenny that this snake was harmless and the worse it would do is pee on him.
        He still was not getting near it.
        We talked for about half an hour and then I released the snake down by the river.

        Anyway,if you really want to get rid of snakes,hire a possum. They love snakes,especially for supper.

        I’ve also read snakes are good eats,but I can’t bring myself to kill one,so I leave it to the possums.

        If all else fails,contact us at possumsrusatpossumsdot com if you can’t bring yourself to eat them either.

      1. j

        The word murder is a term that applies to an action that a human being can perform on another human being. So really, using the word murder in that context is an abberance of its true definition. Theyre just trying to equate an animal’s life to a human’s life.. which is just asinine. In some cases, theyve expressed that an animal’s life has more value than that of a human life. For example, some of the more extreme ones say that meat consumers or people that cause animal suffering should be subjected to torture or even be killed. Hopefully, they dont really believe that..

        I dont believe I know of any meat consumer who goes ‘mmm.. tasty murder’ when theyre eating. That’s just an attempt to connect meat consumption with mental derangement or moral deviants.

        1. j

          Just like I dont believe I know of any vegan who goes ‘mmm tasty murder’ when millions of critters get ‘murdered’ due to crop agriculture.

          1. Dianne

            Well, the great majority of vegans, for sure. But I’m also sure there are a lot of vegans among animal rights groups, and there are enough extremists that a few books have been written about them: A Rat Is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Right Movement, by Wesley J. Smith (see t he Amazon review), and The Art of Terror: Inside the Animal Rights Movement, by Katharine Dokken, being two among several. I donate to my local no-kill animal rescue groups regularly, but I won’t donate to PETA. There’s a difference between animal welfare and animal rights. And sadly, I have met the occasional and thankfully rare individual who sees no difference in value between humans and other animals, and one who professed to believe that animals had more value than children. Sheesh.

            1. Tom Naughton Post author

              I know there are extremists who claim to believe there’s no difference between a rat or a dog or a boy. But given a choice between saving (or killing) a rat and a boy, I doubt even the extremists would have to think about it.

              If they would have to think about it, they’re insane.

  3. Mark

    Would you be offended if I said I was offended by your offensive advert. If you were, that would be extremely offensive to me. So I’d be offended you took offence to my taking offence. And we’re…..right back at the start? Eesh, being Vegan must be hard. No offence.

  4. tom k

    Just want to reinforce what was said about rheumatoid arthritis. If my wife stays on a good diet of meat good fat and vegetables she is joint pain free. If she eats wheat, waking up the next morning her hip joint hurts and her knuckles swell.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      At least she’s recognized the connection with diet. I feel sorry for all those people out there suffering who have no idea wheat is driving the pain.

      1. Daci

        On another forum,the op was complaining his wife had developed non alcoholic fatty liver disease. What to do,what to do.
        Well, I decided to butt right on in and provided the op with a boatload of links to hflc and treating fatty liver.

        The response? Wait for it…




        the op and his wife become VEGANS!

        A few weeks later,we get this lovely bit from the op:

        “So when I went in these past couple times about my illness, they also found I had absurdly high blood pressure. To the point that the doctor said if I were older, she’d have sent me straight away to hospital. And when I used the automatic machine at the pharmacy it screamed: ‘Your blood pressure is absurd. Go to the hospital, you idiot!”

        Any who, I checked it for a few days but it didn’t come down, so I wound up going to the hospital yesterday. Now I have to take medicine for it and follow up with a doctor soon…”

        Has the Dr. asked him what the hell he’s been eating of late? I doubt it,but I’m sure she got told
        several times that he’s a special snowflake vegan.

  5. Bruce

    For the “Gourmet Vegan Society” ad, you should include, “and then add artificial meat flavoring and texture so it actually tastes like something you want to eat”

      1. Firebird

        There was a mural painted onto the front window of a Dublin restaurant that read, “I wish this tasted like tofu said no one ever.”

  6. Sky King

    Go Tom Brady and my Patriots! I think Tom can thank his wife Gisele for a lot of what he eats these days. She’s very forward thinking when it comes to nutrition. The only thing I would change about their diet would be to include more fatty cuts of meat vs. lean. Unfortunately Tom’s diet hasn’t helped his ability to run any faster. He still runs like a Clydesdale.

    As for Tom vs. Manning this Sunday, I think it’s more like Brady vs. Wade and Von Miller. Manning’s great days are way behind him. He’s a game manager now and relies on his smarts and experience to try and get the job done.

    As for Tom and Deflategate, here’s a great article on that:–science-shows-shame-of-it-all-073316233.html

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Manning, ever humble (one of the reasons I like him so much), seems to agree. When he was asked about leading the Broncos into another championship game, he said it’s the defense leading the team into the championship, and he happens to be on the team. That being said, even though his athletic skills have declined, he’s still a genius at reading defenses and switching the play at the line when necessary.

      Heck, even the Colts said they didn’t get whomped in that game because of any deflated footballs. Talk about a whole lotta nuthin’.

  7. Janknitz

    I’m appalled to have family and friends who will gladly take DMARDS and other immune suppressing treatments because “it’s too hard to give up bread and pasta”. One dear friend has developed melanoma, which is a known side effect of drugs which turn off a body’s defenses.

      1. Walter Bushell

        And in this case the “side effects” are known by everyone to be a direct result of the main purpose of the drug.

        Reminds me of that old Jack Benny sketch, where the robber says “Your money or your life . . .
        Come on now your money or your life.” Jack replies, “I’m thinking . . . I’m thinking.”

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I believe it’s a Tennessee milk snake … although I didn’t attempt to milk it to confirm.

      My guess is that the snakes come in through the crawl space.

        1. Walter Bushell

          Hey, if there is such a thing as soy and almond milk, then snake milk is not out of the question. If it doesn’t come from a tit it’s not milk.

      1. Dianne

        I can’t decide whether the “crawl space” reply is you being funny or not, considering the nature of the animal under discussion.

  8. Dianne

    BTW, off topic but wanted to share an update. Back on November 4 I posted a comment about how my sister and I had tried to convince a friend that total cholesterol is meaningless and statins are evil. She wasn’t having any, but another friend heard us and was very interested because she’d suffered from joint pains ever since starting statins back in the late 1980s. Well, I ran into this lady a few weeks ago and she said she’d taken herself off statins against her doctor’s wishes, and felt 75% better. She said she’d rather live a shorter life than live longer in misery. I assured her she was not shortening her life by dumping statins and might be saving her brain, and she said that her son, 57, had insisted on taking himself off statins because of memory problems, and that once the statins were gone his memory returned. I wish that had been the case for your dad.

      1. Dianne

        But you know, Tom, even though you couldn’t help your dad, you have helped many other people. If it hadn’t been for your crusade against statins, and your Science for Smart People, I would not have known to tell this lady that statins do no good for women and have such nasty side effects. (Her doctor had told her it couldn’t be the statins causing her pain.) So you see, your crusade is creating a brigade of other crusaders, and you are helping people you will never meet and most of whom you’ll never even hear about. You’re one of the good guys, Tom, and we thank you.

        1. Tom Naughton Post author

          I appreciate that. Seeing what statins did to my dad (and to my mom to a lesser extent) certainly steeled my resolve to warn people about them.

          1. Esther

            I’m firmly convinced what ultimately caused my dad’s death from heart failure was the cumulative effect of years of statin poisoning. While his memory remained fairly intact, his muscles just gradually wasted away and he had a lot of trouble with his legs.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      I’m not sure they’d like being a majority. So many seem to have their egos wrapped up in being special and (in their minds) abused.

      1. Walter Bushell

        Yes, but as a majority they would make eating meat Illegal, and work on getting the “higher” plants protected. “No bread, yeast are too close to animals, evolutionarily.

  9. tony

    Bobby Layne, Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler. What do all these quarterbacks have in common? All won superbowls/championships and all were drunkards. Bobby Layne even got a few pops during halftime.

    Thus, I do not believe that Brady’s greatness – he’s the best ever because he’s accomplished the most with the least talent around him – has anything to do with his diet. It’s his God given talent.

    Concurrently, I do not believe that Peyton Manning’s proficiency has deteriorated abysmally because he is on a Papa John’s Pizza diet.

    I’m rooting for the Patriots because Denver is a dirty team.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Heh-heh … well, Brady’s diet probably helped him stay in top form as he nears age 40.

      Max McGee of the Green Pay Packers played in the first Super Bowl with a hangover. He assumed he wouldn’t play in the game and got smashed the night before, apparently in the company of several young women. Then Boyd Dowler got hurt and McGee had to go out on the field to run routes and catch passes — which he did, and quite well at that.

      1. Firebird

        The Philadelphia Flyers won their two Stanley Cups in 1974 & ’75 drinking beers and smoking cigarettes in the locker room between periods.

        1. Hugh Mannity

          I think Tom Brady needs more good fats in his diet and fewer grains (whole or otherwise)

          But I might just be grumpy because I didn’t get a free coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts this morning because the Pats lost.

    2. Firebird

      Peyton Manning is going to the Super Bowl as a 38 year old man. He had to reinvent himself after that serious neck injury. He’s using his brain more.

      He’s also heavily invested in Papa John’s. I believe he owns 20 franchises.

  10. Ulfric Douglas

    Those two offensive pictures at the bottom of your post :
    I find them both genuinely funny.
    Got them in hi-res?

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      The article on the vegan site has a higher-res version of theirs. Mine started life as a Photoshop file, so it can be output to higher res than fits on the blog.

  11. Lori Miller

    A friend of mine went off her RA medication because of side effects and started a starvation-type elimination diet. Sadly, she’ll probably end up on another medication because I doubt she’ll ever give up her hearthealthygrainsandbeans to eat more meat…cuz meat makes you fat and gives you cancer, doncha know.

      1. Woalter Bushell

        Ah, see needs to be brainwashed which would mean removing incorrect statements from her truth tables. Washing is to get rid of dirt, after all.

        What she has is suggestion at a very gross level which can be as strong as hypnosis. As we see all type of the well oil (anointed) clinging to their beliefs against all evidence.

  12. Linda

    Another great post as usual, Tom! BTW, that was a perfectly presentable snake, even if Chareva’s was larger! And no, it really didn’t look like a large worm.

    I especially liked the references to going wheat free and also staying away from those nasty arthritis and statin drugs! Through reading your blog, I went totally wheat free and about 99% grain free and followed Dr. Davis’ advice in his blog and Wheat Belly. As a result, the horrible pain caused by the statins is gone and I believe much of the crippling effect I had from statins has been reversed. I was on the way to being totally wheel chair bound and in constant pain from a couple of months of statins. I can now walk with a walker (preferable to a wheelchair) and the only time I have pain is when I ingest grains.

    Keep up your good work! I so admire what you do and how it has helped so many!

  13. Galina L.

    I remember some ridiculous Facebook post where girls complained how hard it was to be a vegetarian. I didn’t even comment. Masochism is not that rare after all.

  14. Josh

    So Tom Brady has a personal chef Well, IMHO, it is a lot easier to follow such a restrictive diet as his when a person has a personal chef to make one’s meal.

    OTOH, many of us have cook our own meals after working all day and then getting home. So we use short cuts. What a surprise!!!

    As far as organic all the time and grass fed beef, etc, fine for Brady. But,most of us will earn less in the next 20 years total than he will earn in a year, so we can’t afford organic everything, grass feed beef, free range chicken and, of course, the personal chef to make it into a tasty meal.

    In other words, what works for the very rich, often does’t work for the middle class and certainly not for the poor.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Sure, it would be much easier to follow that diet with a personal chef and a high income. That’s why when the purists go on and on about all grass-fed, all-organic, etc., I reply that most people can’t afford to be purists. I don’t want perfect to the enemy of good, so I promote a good diet, not a perfect diet.

      1. Dianne

        I thought going paleo, and especially trying to do grass-fed and organic whenever I could, would shoot a big hole in my wallet, and was surprised when it didn’t. Then I started calculating what I had been spending on fast food and convenience foods, on bread and bottled juice, and understood why I was so easily able to afford the real food (which also fills me up with less). Like Tom, I don’t let a drive for the perfect keep me from enjoying the good. If I can get grass-fed beef and organic asparagus without making the 18-mile round trip to Whole Foods, I get them. If not, I just eat the best of what’s available and try not to obsess and compulse about paleo purity. It’s still better than Hamburger Helper and frozen dinners, and it doesn’t even entail that much time and work to fry a burger patty and steam a green veg.

        Mercy, I seem to be awfully gabby this time around. I’ll shut up now.

        1. Tom Naughton Post author

          No need to shut up. I think your approach is the sensible one. Aim for high-quality food, but don’t obsess.

      2. Hugh Mannity

        I’ve been lucky enough to find a supplier of organic grass-fed meat, eggs, and butter who delivers. It’s all local (sourced within 100 miles of their place) and it’s delicious. I live close enough to Tom Brady that he might be getting his meat from the same place.

        For between $50 and $80/month I get enough meat to feed 2 people. Mostly. I still have to buy fish, heavy cream, and veggies.

    2. Firebird

      Now there is an article going around, written by a woman who tried and failed (after three days) on Tom Brady’s “ridiculous” diet.

      1. j

        Unrelated but reminds of when Gwyneth Paltrow took the $29 per week’ food stamp challenge’ and failed after 4 days..

    3. Lori Miller

      I’ve found grass-fed beef in two different cities (Denver and Indianapolis) and get odd cuts like tongue, heart and liver for $3 to $4 a pound. There’s even a co-op smack in the middle of a “food desert” on the east side of Indy that sells pastured lard for a few bucks a pound and free-range eggs for a whole lot less than Whole Paycheck. Check out for a farmer or rancher near you.

      As for cooking, I work full-time and until recently had almost a one-hour commute each way to an exhausting job, and just went through a rough year-and-a-half. I get the need for take-out and frozen dinners and Quest bars sometimes. But normally, it’s pretty easy to cut an ox tongue into big slices and throw it in the pressure cooker for an hour, or make a simple salad while you fry a grass fed burger (available at Kroger), or roast a cage-free chicken (also at Kroger) on the weekend and get several easy meals out of it.

      1. Angel

        I get pastured, free range whole chickens fed non-GMO feed from a local Amish farmer for $9 per chicken, which includes the gizzard, liver, and heart. I almost always get 20-26 oz of meat from one of these chickens, which means it costs about the same as deli meat, and the same or even less than the “hormone free” chicken parts at the grocery store. I also get eggs for $3/dozen from the same farmer, from layers that are raised the same way. That’s cheaper than any of the organic brands at the store, and not much more than conventional eggs most of the time.

        And yeah, I hardly ever eat out or buy junk food, so my food costs are probably similar to what they’d be if I was living off of microwave meals or even “healthy” fast food options like salad or bunless sandwiches.

  15. Angel

    It seems to me that by claiming to be a protected minority, the vegans are claiming that their lifestyle is belief-based rather than science-based. Diet seems to be the new religion/politics in the old adage to not talk about religion, sex, or politics in polite company.

    1. Tom Naughton Post author

      Don’t remember who it was, but somebody interviewed on Jimmy Moore’s podcast said if you want to start a fight at a dinner party, talk about politics. If that doesn’t work, talk about religion. If that doesn’t work, talk about diet.

  16. Dianne

    Lately I’ve been getting some very tasty grass-fed beef from Tom Thumb (Safeway in some parts of the country). They have ground beef (85% lean and 93% lean — get the 85%) and some steaks. It’s from Australia, so not exactly locally sourced, but the taste and texture are very good and the price, at least for the ground stuff, isn’t even that bad. I think it’s $6.49 for the 85% lean and $6.99 for the 93% lean, which is too dry for my taste and not as satisfying a meal. I can get local raised-in-Texas beef at WF, but as I mentioned before, it’s an 18-mile round trip, so unless I’m going to be over in that direction anyway, I save the gas and the wear and tear on my ancient Subaru.


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