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The Day the Laptop Died

Posted Sep 28 2010 4:04pm

Hello HOTR-Readers! Just a quick post tonight to make a not-so-great announcement.

Sunday night, my trusty ancient, crappy old laptop that I’ve been using to blog all these months suddenly died on me. This is the second time it’s happened within the past few months, and this time it looks like it’s for good.

What this means for the blog is that all blogging-related activities have been temporarily suspended. It’s pretty hard to write posts on my phone and though I’m thankful to have that feature, it’s not realistic to think I can continue to post from it on a regular basis. I’m not sure how long this hiatus will last. I’m in the process of trying to figure out what to do next (read: waiting for a pot of money to fall from the sky so that I can afford a new computer), so it may only be a week…or it may be longer. There’s a chance that I’ll be able to post occasionally from another computer while I’m working out a resolution, but there’s no guarantee. So at this point, I think it’s safest to say I won’t be blogging.

Of course, this also means that I am extremely happy to accept guest posts during this break (*cough* Mom *cough*). So if any of you have the gumption to write a guest post for HOTR, please let me know! I’d be extremely grateful and can have my trusty assistant (read: EC) get them online for ya.

Finally, because I don’t want to leave you without anything interesting or useful to read, here is a link to a great post by Marion Nestle on her blog Food Politics (if you aren’t already reading this blog, I highly recommend it!).

FTC says no to POM Wonderful advertising claims

The article is in regards to the controversy currently surrounding POM Wonderful ‘s not-so-wonderfully-honest health claims. If you haven’t heard about this, the FTC has issued a complaint against Pom Wonderful , saying that the drink’s claims to do things such as reduce the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer are false and unsubstantiated. Now POM is fighting back and suing the FTC , basically saying that these claims are protected by their first amendment rights, and that they have research that “proves” the power of these antioxidants.

What Marion Nestle’s post does is serve as a great reminder for us consumers to be wary of the truth behind all this “research” by companies to prove the benefits of their products. The design of a research study is extremely important, and it can be manipulated to give the researchers the results they’re looking for. So when you read health claims from companies that seem too good to be true (and yes, even healthy food companies make them — it is all about marketing their product and making a profit, after all!!), take a step back and try to read between the lines. Chances are, there’s a lot more to the claims than meets the eye.

And with that, I’m out! Keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be back sooner rather than later.

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