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June 13, 2002
The Company You Keep
Here's more info on the "Dr. Burton" mentioned in the egregious Weekly Standard advertisement (see the Tuesday, 6/11 post below.) This is courtesy of the invaluable Quackwatch. This is surely the same person. As far as Burton's methods go, what the book that the advertisement is selling is supposed to do for you, other than tell you more stories about his miracle cures, is hard to imagine. It's not something you're going to whip up at home (although stuff you could whip up at home would do just as much good, it seems, and cost less, too.)
As for Johanna Budwig, a Google search of that name will give you hours of reading, if not of reading pleasure. Flax seed oil and cottage cheese seem to the the two constituents of her miracle diet - there, I've saved you the $19.95 that those slimeballs were charging for their book.
I've had opportunity to study the effects of various lipid constituents on biological targets in the body, and I'd certainly not deny that you can effect a lot of interesting biology by varying the lipid profile of your diet. But keep cancer from even happening? I think not.
No response from the Weekly Standard folks yet (I sent them the first article below.) I'll be quite interested to hear what they have to say, if anything.
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