Like so many other venerable foods, oatmeal has been roundly abused by food marketers for more than 40 years. Take, for example, Quaker Strawberries and Cream Instant Oatmeal, which contains no strawberries, no cream, 12 times the sugars of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and only half of the fiber. At least it’s inexpensive, less than 50 cents a packet on average. (A serving of cooked rolled oats will set you back half that at most, plus the cost of condiments; of course, it’ll be much better in every respect.)
A more accurate description than “100% natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.”
So the latest book on vaccine from
Dr Paul Offit MD (head of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia): Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All which will no doubt draw fire form the anti vaccine crowd as his previous books did. He has written widely and has several oped (listed here) all of which debunk the myths associated with vaccines in an attempt to stem the rising anti-vaccine tide.
His outstanding credentials on the subject as a vaccinologist and an expert in infectious diseases lend credibility to his position and one that is supported by the data that vaccines save lives. Despite the claims by the anti vaccine proponents of brain damage, autism, diabetes, and cancer, as Dr Offit points out these claims are littered with misinformation, faulty research, and sly deceptions and unfortunatley offerd to fraught parents who are doing their best to make the right choices in a complex world. I have written about this before and the importance of data (Snake Oil and Detox, Vaccination and Essential Part of Child Healthcare and Wrapped in Data and Diplomas It’s Still Snake Oil), but it was the piece on the Colbert Report that I thought brought home the message:
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As is often the case humor can help get the message across