Fun-Filled Friday: Scene On 7, Facebook, Birke Baehr, Betty White, Stephen Colbert, Potato Diet, Edwin McCain
Posted Oct 01 2010 5:50pm
Which way do you go? High-fat, low-carb or low-fat, high-carb? Yes, I know some people prefer to take a more “moderate, balanced” approach to eating by having a little bit of everything in moderation. But that’s a bunch of hooey! So how much rat poison do you want in moderation? And what is the definition of a moderate amount of anything? It’s all very subjective and doesn’t even apply to everyone equally. Some people can get away with 100g carbohydrates daily while others (myself included!) have to stay at ketogenic levels around 30g net carbs a day or negative health consequences will ensue. This is why the debate over low-fat vs. low-carb is so silly–why not promote BOTH as options for people to choose from to determine which plan is best for them. In the end, everyone wins with this solution and all the nitpicking, bickering, and gnashing of teeth can cease once and for all. YEAH RIGHT! Like that’ll ever happen as long as groups like the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is around touting a plant-based diet as the ONLY way to attain health. Incidentally, after a couple of rescheduled interviews due to various circumstances, my long-awaited conversation with PCRM President Dr. Neal Barnard is set to take place on Monday and will air on Monday, November 1, 2010 on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” Hopefully nothing will get in the way between now and 11AM on Monday morning so that can happen. Should be a curious conversation!
I couldn’t wait to get started posting in this week’s “Fun-Filled Friday” but I don’t think you’ll mind. As always, I have a lot to say about a bunch of different topics of interest that may or may not have anything to do with diet, health, and fitness. Whatever’s going on up in that head of mine that I want to share on this special weekly blog post will probably find its way right here on my Friday posting. It’s always a pleasure to share with you some items of interest, intrigue, and entertainment. Let’s get going!
One of the really awesome things about having a blog/podcast/YouTube presence online is the opportunity to do some media appearances from time to time. And that includes some that don’t even have anything to do with low-carb diets or healthy living. One of these that I’m privileged to be a regular part of is a local television news show in the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC market on the CBS affiliate WSPA-TV at 7:30PM weeknights called “Scene On 7.” The producer Heather did a report on my weight loss success back in 2005 for another local station and kept my contact information when she came to WSPA. About a year or so ago, she asked if I’d like to come on this program and be a part of their “Main Event” segment where they discuss the top issues of the day making news and I was thrilled to have the opportunity. Today was my fourth or fifth time on the show and I LOVE IT! We discussed the Rutgers student suicide, a Florida high school football coach under fire for housing a homeless player, and the new Facebook movie that hits theaters today putting founder Mark Zuckerberg in a bad light (my opinion on this was “Nobody cares who this guy is, they just want to connect with their friends on Facebook”). I’ll post the video in next week’s “Fun-Filled Friday” post.
Speaking of that movie about Facebook called The Social Network , have you seen the trailer?
It looks interesting and I’m curious how this film will do at the box office with 1 out of every 14 people on the planet currently on Facebook (I’ve even got my own personal page as well as a page for “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” ). Talk about your viral marketing! But look all over Facebook right now and there’s not even an ad or anything about this movie–me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg hopes this movie flops at the box office, but I think he wins no matter what. Facebook fans won’t care about the sordid history that he has endured as the founder of Facebook and there might even be people who have never engaged in social networking at all who will create a Facebook page after watching this film. Either way, he wins! Then you have people like my dad who don’t even own a computer–don’t get me started on how crazy a concept that is in the year 2010.
One last thing about Facebook–have you seen the “If Historical People Had Facebook Pages” graphic from the folks at Cool Material (FYI: some of the content at this link is vulgar, so you’ve been warned)? Here’s a small sampling of it…GREAT STUFF!
Too funny! That’s pretty darn creative. And it doesn’t matter how old you are, creativity and passion can guide you to promote a cause you really care about. Just check out this TEDx presentation from 11-year old Birke Baehr sharing a speech entitled “What’s Wrong With Our Food System” (hat tip to my “real food” buddy Ann Marie Michaels at the “CHEESESLAVE” blog for sharing about this amazing video).
That’s some kid that Birke! I e-mailed his mom about having him on my podcast show and we’re working on the details about that as we speak. Cool! It’d be awesome to see a lot more youth rising up to take back control of their health since the adult “experts” have abdicated that responsibility for the next generation. Of course, we could have a bunch of little ones who obsess over Betty White!
HA! What was that impromptu song he was singing at the end about her? LOL! Too cute. I hope somebody shows this to Betty White…she’ll get a kick out of it. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we had Stephen Colbert giving testimony “in character” from his Colbert Report show on Comedy Central before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security on immigrant farm workers last week. In case you missed it, here’s the footage from C-SPAN on September 24, 2010:
You know, I like Stephen Colbert and his tongue-in-cheek approach to presenting the news of the day. But what the heck was this about? Why make a mockery of such an important issue by having him testify before a Congressional committee? If it was all about showmanship and a few yuck-yucks, then mission accomplished. But what redeeming value did his appearance there have on the debate over this issue? Anyone? I suppose I should be glad he’s not like the guy who is eating 20 potatoes a day for 60 days in a row ! This is somebody I DEFINITELY want to interview, although I realize this is a HUGE publicity stunt by the Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission Chris Voigt. I’m sure he’s trying to make a point that potatoes aren’t as unhealthy as they have been portrayed by low-carb diet supporters. It’ll be interesting to see how he measures the results of his experiment (will he include weight, blood sugar testing, cholesterol, triglycerides, etc? We’ll see…maybe an interview with him would be interesting as well).
I’ve got a few more tidbits to share with you before I finish up this “Fun-Filled Friday” post:
- Don’t miss this shocking encounter Dr. William Davis from “The Heart Scan Blog” had with an insurance company recently regarding the care he gave a patient. You’re not gonna believe what they told him to do! Speaking of Dr. Davis, his long-awaited new book Wheat Belly is now slated for released sometime in 2011! I can’t wait for that one!
- My low-carb blogging buddy and fellow author Dr. Joe Leonardi from “Fat Then Fit Now” has entered into the podcasting world this week with an introduction about his amazing low-carb transformation story and where he hopes to take his show. I’m always game for new voices to the low-carb health podcasting world and Doc Leonardi has just the personality to pull it off!
- I read an article this week from Martin Robbins in the UK Guardian called This is a news website article about a scientific paper that exposes a dirty little secret about how new studies are reported on by the media. If you’ve ever seen a negative low-carb study and wondered how in the world they could come to the conclusions that they did (like this recent one ), then you will get a kick out of this!
- One of the most brilliant columns I’ve ever seen get posted on The Huffington Post on the subject of diet and health is by Justin Stoneman earlier this week called “America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation” where he blames a culture that allows corporate interests to trump (a trample all over!) the health of our nation–an ideal that has been expressed quite often in the health blogosphere since I’ve been at it. It is interesting to see this excellent piece get through the editorial eyes of senior medical editor Dr. Dean Ornish who has summarily come in and blacklisted anyone who speaks positively of low-carb, high-fat diets. Just ask my friend Fred Hahn from Slow Burn fame what happened to him. His blogging privileges have been revoked for good! May have to get Fred to come back on my podcast again for another interview to talk about what happened to him.
I hadn’t really listened to much of Edwin McCain’s music before, but I LOVE his style! May have to check out some more of his music now. That’s all I have for you this week for “Fun-Filled Friday.” THANK YOU for reading, as always, and I hope you have an enjoyable weekend full of exciting stuff! SEE YA SOON!