Milking the system — 9 Comments

  1. The problem with all these studies is that they can only relate to the impact on the average person, of which, of course, there are very few. As you point out, there are infinite variables, and that renders the whole study effectively meaningless.

    Yes, I remember well the "Drinka Pinta Milka Day" advertising campaign.

    I didn't take any notice of that, either.

    When I look back, I realise that my cynicism regarding all that the 'experts' tell us goes back many, many years. It started, I think, when as a teenager back in 1967 I threw all caution to the winds and smoked some dope. Contrary to everything that had been drummed into me as a youngster about how evil and life-threatening it was (aaarrrgh – DRUGS!!!!), I found it to be not only very pleasurable but about as threatening as a pint of beer.

    So much for the 'experts'.

    • The one factor that everyone seems to overlook – the stuff they claim is harmful or dangerous is the same stuff we lived with for decades without it doing any harm whatsoever.  To listen to the "experts" there should be no survivors from the last century whatsoever.  What went wrong?  How did we all manage to live through all those terrible dangers?

  2. Tut…  Grandad you missed the point – it's about policy based evidence making – the feckers know what result they want and there's always some unprincipled amoral "researcher" who wants the money – and whatever they're given – it's never enough becuase they have to keep scares going to keep the salary coming in….   

    Over here on the mainland the medics (those that deal with blood, poo and actual diseases 'n stuff) have shoved the unprincipled scaremongering Public 'Elf cuckoos out of the NHS nest – they'e all been transferred to local councils – aren't we lucky eh?

    • I am well aware that the results drive the research but why would anyone want to discredit milk?  It doesn't make any sense.

  3. All foods, even milk, do perform one important function though. They prevent starvation!

    In a risk/benefit analysis of the pros and cons of milk, I think everything should be measured against dying from hunger.

    • The important factor to consider is how much pleasure items give.  It is the one factor which is never taken into consideration and coincidentally is the one factor that seems to be common to all research – the more pleasurable it is, the greater likelihood that they will demand a ban.

  4. My practical observation over a number of years, not scientific study, has shown me that drinking a glass of wine after a couple of good meals every week is great for my health. So don't anybody try to confuse me with statistical analysis!

    • Indeed a bottle of wine after every meal is not to be sneezed at.  It smacks too much of decadence though as far as the Puritans are concerned.  Wine must be banned.

  5. It's easier just to ignore them all which I am sure most sensible people do. The more ridiculous it gets the more they discredit themselves.

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