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Obesity cure not easy, but simple
Despite Mike Anas’ assertion (Tribune-Star, July 15), “It’s my hormones doc” is not valid excuse for the weight gained by most people.
Hormones do regulate appetite and metabolism, but there is no rampant hormonal disorder that is driving the current obesity epidemic.
Everyone’s insulin increases after eating, especially when one consumes high-glycemic foods that contain easily absorbed sugars (soft drinks, ice cream, French fries, and other favorites). However, very few people who eat a high-fiber, balanced diet experience a rapid drop in blood sugar or suffer from low blood sugar. Insulin spikes are not responsible for the recent increase in obesity, but obesity is likely propelling the recent increase in Type 2 diabetes.
For an enlightening exercise, look at high-school and college yearbooks from years ago. I find the old photos in Parsons Hall at ISU very interesting, but any high-school yearbook from 1960 or earlier will suffice. Almost nobody is obese. Hormones have not evolved in the last 60 years. Metabolism has not evolved in the last 60 years.
One could make a small argument for environmental chemicals, but the evidence is weak. Face it, we eat more junk food (and calories) and exercise less (writing editorials is only an exercise in futility).
Though unpalatable, Chris Davies’ column (Tribune-Star, July 6) is correct. For most of us (the 99 percent), the keys to long-term weight maintenance are to eat better, eat less, and exercise more. Are hormones the major drivers of weight gain in some people? Absolutely. But, general advice should not be based on the exception.
— Jim Hughes
Learning more about Norquist
I don’t know how many people know who Grover Norquist is, but we all need to know him and the influence he exerts on the Republican Party.
But who is he, and where does he get his power? My information has come from articles sent to me by my daughter, other reading, and from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Norquist has never been elected to office, but he was tapped by Ronald Reagan when he was a little-known staffer at the Chamber of Americans for Tax Reform. This was a pressure group organized to push a comprehensive tax package, and it has pressured Republican congressmen to sign a pledge promising never to raise taxes, especially on the wealthy.
Politicians who have signed Norquist’s pledge include every top Republican running for governor, 1,300 state lawmakers, 40 of the 47 Republicans in the Senate, and 236 of the 242 Republicans in the House. Norquist’s anti-tax pledge was directly responsible for last summer’s effort to raise the debt ceiling, which wrecked the nation’s credit rating by leading the nation to the brink of default. He has also wrecked the Republican Party, a party I grew up with, but not the party it is today.
Norquist made a fortune supplying arms to the Contras during the Reagan administration. He forged an early alliance with Karl Rove. Then, after Obama was elected, this ultimate Washington insider positioned himself as the anti-establishment Tea Party, complete with financial support from the billionaire Koch brothers. Apparently, he has convinced enough Republicans that he has enough power to see that they are either not elected to office, or are not re-elected. He is one of the reasons Richard Lugar, who did not sign his pledge, was not re-elected. Fortunately, there is a ray of hope. I have read that there are more Republicans who are deciding to take their chances against him. Also, former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has warned his colleagues against Norquist.
It is true that most of us don’t like to pay taxes, but to have someone like Norquist protecting the very wealthy from paying their share is wrong. Without more revenue, in the form of taxes, our programs such as Medicare and Social Security are in real danger, as well as other programs which we badly need, including health care. And our deficit, which was a result of two wars which we did not need, and which we did not raise taxes to pay for, will only grow.
We all need to vote, and we need to become as informed as we can. It is too bad that much of our news media aren’t telling us the whole truth. There are a few who try, and Bill Moyers is one who does, but there are too few.
— Jane White
Thank you Tribune-Star and Hobby Lobby for the beautiful page A5 in July 4 paper. It is good to read these truths in our daily paper.
— Lois Moore
TERRE HAUTE —
Obesity cure not easy, but simple
RONN MOTT: Frustration
For those who know me well, they can say without contradiction I am not a patient man. But in this hustle and bustle world I’ve been a part of all my adult life, I’ve had to learn a little patience. On occasion, however, I find some experiences extremely frustrating.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news: MVC tourney an event worth having
It’s been a long time since the Missouri Valley Conference chose Indiana State University to host its post-season baseball tournament, but Terre Haute had never been more prepared for an event such as this.
- READERS' FORUM: May 23, 2013
EDITORIAL: Cleaning up voter rolls
It’s not a lot of money in the big scheme of things, but the $2 million designated in the recent session of the General Assembly will begin the messy but necessary process of cleaning up Indiana’s voter registration rolls.
READERS' FORUM: May 22, 2013
Rich history all along the river
Great work by Duke employees
RONN MOTT: Rabid Republicans
The so-called news people at Fox News can hardly sit still long enough to report on the latest gossip or untruth about our sitting President. They can hardly contain themselves.
READERS’ FORUM: May 21, 2013
• Great response to annual golf outing
• Doing your part on climate change
LIZ CIANCONE: Smell of fresh air gave way to dryers
Remember when clean clothes smelled like fresh air and sunshine rather than fabric softener and dryer sheets?
READERS' FORUM: May 20, 2013
The dangers of a little knowledge
Students enjoyed Rose study trip
Mark Bennett: High-profile mural connects historical dots from city to river
At 96 feet wide and 2 stories tall, the power, impact and value of the Wabash will be evident.
EDITORIAL: Waging the ‘readiness’ campaign
Almost every Hoosier who starts college intends to finish. Unfortunately, those who arrive on campus unprepared in key academic areas are far less likely to fulfill that aspiration.
READERS' FORUM: May 19, 2013
• Flawed reasoning on gun checks
• A hint of things yet to come?
• Are the ‘makers’ doing the ‘taking’?
• The ‘Obamination’ is finally revealed
• Pondering effects of Obamacare
• Fantasizing on the ‘Apocalypse’
• Another view of Hinduism
• Great experience for HCMS students
FLASHPOINT: A legislative session of missed opportunities
Given the nature of politicians, grand claims of accomplishments and overblown rhetoric about “historic” efforts are to be expected at the close of any legislative session.
RONN MOTT: Mushrooms = Hoosier happiness
Someone wrote or said a few years ago a statement that would define the word “Hoosier.” According to this urban legend, a Hoosier is somebody dribbling a basketball around the Indy 500 while eating a fried, morel mushroom. It did not define me, at the time.
EDITORIAL: Insult to an independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
RONN MOTT: Israel’s Air Force
Recently the Israeli Air Force bombed and rocketed a convoy leaving Syria going to Lebanon with rockets that were going to be used to attack Israel. It did not get there. It was destroyed.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news: Dashing finish for the Sycamores
It’s always thrilling to see Indiana State University’s athletic teams do well in high-level competition, and two specific teams rose to impressive heights last weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference outdoor track and field championships.
Readers' Forum: May 16, 2013
Moving Deming folks sounds ‘nuts’
Readers' Forum: May 15, 2013
Participants rise to the challenge: I would like to write a letter congratulating all the Wabash Valley Roadrunners that competed in the One America Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
RONN MOTT: Media merry-go-round
Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. That isn’t a unique phrase to this writer or to this era in time. But, when it comes to the musical chairs of broadcasting, it certainly applies.
LIZ CIANCONE: Courts see a different appearance than cops
Have you ever noticed the transformation between the arrest of an accused lawbreaker and the first appearance in court?
READERS' FORUM: May 14, 2013
ISTEP failure exposes flaws
Community hasn’t changed its spirit
Egregious threat to nation’s defense
READERS' FORUM: May 13, 2013
• Women’s group criticizes Bucshon
• Let’s hope this doesn’t come true
• Many get thanks for fest success
MARK BENNETT: Life at face value: Mom’s simple advice still presents a valuable daily challenge
Most moms don’t base their advice on scientific research.
(Unless, of course, your mother is a scientific researcher. If so, carry a No. 2 pencil and take good notes.)
EDITORIAL: Better monitoring needed to prevent local environmental messes
The nasty, hazardous messes lurking in the community raise a bottom-line, red-flag question. Could these environmental problems have been monitored and, thus, prevented?
GUEST COLUMN: Nursing more than medicine and bandages
Being a nurse … Like most nurses, I chose this profession because I had a strong desire to help others and no other career would allow me the opportunity to touch lives the way I have been able to through nursing.
READERS' FORUM: May 12, 2013
Vigo Youth Football, entering 45th year, seeks new support
Media ignoring important case on abortions
Proud to be old-fashioned
Guns in school? What’s next?
Promoting hate not a ‘brave’ act
FLASHPOINT: Again in 2013 General Assembly, middle class generally ignored
Last year, the people of Indiana entrusted the Republican Party with some of their most precious possessions.
RONN MOTT: ‘Raccoons II’
In the Algonquin Indian language, raccoon means “working with hands.” They are really cute little fellows until they injure a child, or a pet, or leave feces around where you certainly do not want it.
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