Friday the 13th

Happy Friday everyone! So glad the weekend is upon us. Let’s start this Friday out with a little link love from around the blogosphere.

What you’re Up Against from Free the Animal  – Reading something like this really scares me when it comes to the government taking over healthcare. New views, ideas, and experiences are simply not wanted, we are all about the status quo and proving that what we’ve been doing is right, instead of maybe taking a step back and seeing possible alternatives. Because conventional wisdom has clearly been working so well…

Lessons on Real Food from 100 Years ago – Too bad things aren’t labeled “imitation” anymore. Wouldn’t want people to get the idea that they are eating something fake now would we.

I spend a lot of time reading studies, and weeding out the good from the bad, as well as the observational from the clinical. Biggest thing I have learned is that CORRELATION DOES NOT EQUAL CAUSATION. Unfortunately so many studies in the media with their scary headlines are simply observational studies that don’t prove anything except a possible hypothesis for clincial study. My biggest frustration is often with magazines who tout “a new study finds xyz something scary” and then we aren’t even provided with the study to look into ourselves. I suggest everyone watch this funny and informative video called “Science for Smart People” so that you know the difference and don’t fall victim to blindly believing media headlines and observational data. (and even clinical studies need to be looked at with a critical eye)

I think that’s enough food related stuff for today, let’s get on with the fashion!

Let’s just say it is COLD here in the PNW today. The news told me 27 degrees when I was getting ready to be exact. Perfect day to pull out my warm faux fur vest and suede boots to keep me toasty. The shirt is actually a rasberry pink, it looks a little red in the pictures, but either way, I always love a little color.

This weekend I have some secret birthday festivities planned for the husband – should be fun! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Jeans – Citizens of Humanity, T shirt – GAP, Vest – LOFT, Boots – BCBGeneration via Ross

 

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adrienne

Funny you should bring up the whole “clinical studies” thing. This morning on Good Morning America, they had Dr. Richard Besser on. He was telling us all that bacon and sausage causes pancreatic cancer.

Once he started talking about it, he admitted it was a “combined” study out of Norway (I think, or Sweden), so not very reliable. He also said that eating bacon and sausage and any cured meats with nitrates would increase a person’s chances of pancreatic cancer by less than 1%. I do think nitrates are unhealthy so I try to limit them….but let’s not unnecessarily send people into a panic about bacon and sausage. These so called “studies” and the media’s exaggeration of them is exasperating!

Here’s the link in case you’re interested:
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/study-suggests-sausage-bacon-linked-cancer-15352901

You are looking very chic and cozy in your faux fur…have a great weekend!
Adrienne

amyreh

Funny you should mention that study Adrienne, a co worker, knowing I love my bacon, said I wouldn’t be happy to see this “study” and showed it to me. Of course he didn’t show me the study, he showed me the media’s interpretation of it. Here is the link to the actual study, which is purely an analysis of observational studies http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/bjc2011585a.html. If you actually read it you will notice this fine quote from them.

“Our study has some limitations. First, as a meta-analysis of observational studies, we cannot rule out that individual studies may have failed to control for potential confounders, which may introduce bias in an unpredictable direction. All studies controlled for age and smoking, but only a few studies adjusted for other potential confounders such as body mass index and history of diabetes. Another limitation is that our findings were likely to be affected by imprecise measurement of red and processed meat consumption and potential confounders. Categorisation of main exposures and confounders that are measured with error may induce misclassification and may bias the expected RR toward or away from the null value (Flegal et al, 1991; Wacholder et al, 1991; Wacholder, 1995). Thus, misclassification of red and processed meat consumption and of potential confounders might have resulted in an over- or underestimation of the association between red and processed meat consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer. Finally, publication bias could be of concern in meta-analysis. Nevertheless, we found no evidence of publication bias.”

Honestly, it makes me sick how the media twists things. Bring on the bacon!

Rebekah

You look all set to conquer those bitter PNW winters I remember so well.

I will never, ever again believe media stories related to food and healthy. I spent 15 years throwing out egg yolks and just eating the whites. Funny enough, I was raised on eating the whole egg, using butter, etc. and never had a weight problem growing up. My new conventional wisdom is, “If my great-grandmother ate it, I’ll eat it.” Except organ meats.

amyreh

Thanks Rebekah! I think that is absolutely the attitude to have. It is so sad how scared we have become of real food. Next month is the American Heart Association’s awareness month – just can’t wait to hear how we should be eating fake stuff to avoid saturated fat. I often want to break these studies down and show them for what they are, but don’t want to alienate people either. I think next month I might just break down and become and anti AHA zealot anyway.

amyreh

Oh, and totally with you on the organ meats! : )

Heather

Beauty AND Brains! Amy, I thoroughly enjoy your blog….from the pretty face and clothing to the AWESOME recipes. Thank you formerly. 🙂

    amyreh

    Thanks so much Heather! I really appreciate it.

bravoerunway

LOVE this fur vest, it’s not like your ordinary version, the knit is awesome! OK..so I scrolled down, I also have that hot pink polka dot sweater from Old Navy, Love how you styled it 🙂 AND your husband’s b-day is 3 days before mine.. Hope you are surviving the cold, it’s the same lousy weather in Chicago as well 😉