As you may well know I’m the very model of a modern vegetarian …
Australian vegetarians might be healthier than meat-eaters but they are unhappier and more prone to mental health disorders, new research suggests.
The Alere Wellness Index shows vegetarians drink and smoke less and are more physically active than their carnivorous counterparts.
But they are also more likely to have depression and anxiety disorders, according to the Index made up of scores for nutrition, fitness, smoking, alcohol, psychological wellbeing, body mass and medical conditions.
Dr John Lang, who developed the wellness index for preventive healthcare company Alere, says the adoption of a vegetarian diet can sometimes follow the onset of mental disorders.
“So the diet isn’t the cause but rather the symptom,” he said.
“If you think of people that are committed to being a vegetarian it’s a fairly significant commitment and it picks up people at the fringe of the obsessive-compulsive spectrum.”
The study, which is based on 50,000 surveys a year conducted by Roy Morgan Research, also shows vegetarians are less optimistic about the future, with 28 per cent more likely to suffer panic attacks and anxiety disorders.
They are also 18 per cent more likely to suffer from depression than the general population.
In 2012, a German study of more than 4000 vegetarians and meat-eaters linked vegetarianism with higher rates of depression and anxiety.
An analysis of the respective ages at adoption of a vegetarian diet and onset of a mental disorder showed that the adoption of the vegetarian diet tends to follow the onset of mental disorders, they concluded.
But the good news for vegetarians is that they have the highest nutrition scores – with 105.9 points compared to 100.7 points for meat-eaters.
Sounds like bull shit to me but you can read a little more <HERE>.
The Anglican Church has told the Abbott government to change its approach to climate change, urging it to respect and base its policy on scientific evidence.
… and the scientific evidence for god is?
… are equal and opposite. I thought it was Newton’s third law but it may have been Darwin’s.
Shamelessly filched from VisualConsumer.
Robert McGee is the worst person in the world … <Check it out>.
The obvious limitation to a debate about the R word would appear to be not knowing which R word we are debating.
And it seems not to be unanimous, not quite everyone believes Robert McGee outranks Rolfe Harris, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Julian Knight for the title.
Neshaminy High School senior Gillian McGoldrick doesn’t think her principal, Robert McGee, is the “worst person in the world,” but when it comes to allowing the use of the school nickname “Redskins” in the school newspaper, she thinks he’s dead wrong.
Dead wrong to allow the school nickname to be used in the school newspaper? Quite so, it’s a racial slur, so offensive that it’s a school nickname. In fact Ms McGoldrick will be unhappy to see the word in the Poconorecord report quoted above, she prefers R——-.
Neshaminy, by the way, is in Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia.
Reminds me of a story, an Englishman, an Irishman, a Scot and an Australian got into a discussion. I’d tell you about it but it is sure to offend someone.
Why you can’t trust the geological record …
Fortunately that was before Noah had to build his ark, although one of his ancestors did have the unenviable task of hand feeding the rest of creation behind a dinosaur proof fence.
One in every three Americans denies evolution.
Mmmm, evolution deniers …
Reader Truth Serum has been kind enough to correspond with me regarding a prior post. They write …
Do you ever bother to look into a story before you publish it? Or do you simply “copy and paste” information from disreputable groups like the “official sounding” ANZMI?
If anybody had bothered to look a bit further, they would have found that all of Neville’s full time service was with the Special Forces. He was trained as a communications specialist, then Green Beret trained by the Commandos, and then by the SASR in Long Range Patrol & Recon, to complete his “basic training” as a covert operative. If the ANZMI was actually an official organisation, maybe they would have access to classified information about Neville’s highly distinguished service, in combat, in Vietnam.
Or maybe they could have discovered that after his full time service, Neville spent 36 years part time service within branches of Special Forces and Military Intelligence.
Over his 42 years of service Neville was involved in virtually every Australian overseas operation, and also served with distinction on “loan” to the U.S., NATO, and the U.N.
He is entitled to wear all of his medals, but didn’t do so until after he had retired from the service – and had been advised that he was finally allowed to do so.
Neville is too loyal to the military to make a public “fuss” and bring these ignorant people to account. It is the ANZMI who are the “pretenders” and big note themselves whilst hiding like cowards. It is them that brings shame to the Australian military community.
Neville deserves an apology, and a big “thank you” for his extraordinary service to his country.
I’m glad that is cleared up and offer my sincerest apologies for any offence I may have caused. Although, Neville could hardly be called an unsung hero given all the medals he has been awarded.
It would be good to receive more news on Major General Donohue’s health, he was in poor shape last we heard, dying of cancer and all. After all he has been through it would be a great shame if he were to die before having the opportunity to clear his name.
I guess we can take it for granted that the police have dropped the charges.
And of course the Age will be correcting this story, the Sydney Morning Herald this story and the Herald Sun the story about him evading court by pretending to be in the Alfred Hospital dying of cancer. Those vicious vigilantes at ANZMI will, no doubt be updating their web page.
You can’t send everyone to university and still expect it to be “university” as that term was understood through the previous half-millennium. It’s now a euphemism for (from the faculty’s point of view) a little light social engineering in the manners and mores of progressive conformism and (from the students’ point of view) an agreeable and undemanding extension of adolescence for another half-decade. Whether it’s worth over a trillion dollars in collective personal debt or the attendant costs in later workplace participation, later family formation and general societal infantilization is another matter. But it’s not “university”. That awful Mark Steyn, of course.
We can all have an A in mediocrity and the left can the achieve the equality of outcome they so desire.
But how will it play out when you turn up at the hospital and your neurosurgeon has a borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder? Couldn’t happen, right …
A medical student who suffers an “extreme” fear of exams has won the right to continue her degree after a tribunal ruled the university discriminated against her because of her mental health disability.
The woman, who has a borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder, had failed to sit written exams and avoided some clinical assessments, particularly in paediatrics and surgery, because of ‘‘extreme anxiety in relation to sitting exams [and] performance assessments’’.
The University of Newcastle declined to grant the woman an extension of time to complete her Bachelor of Medicine after she had only completed three-and-a-half years of course work in an eight-year period, the maximum time allowed.
The Dean of Medicine, Professor Ian Symonds, felt there was a significant risk that she would not be able to safely work as a doctor, even if she ultimately managed to graduate, because of her psychiatric illnesses.
But the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal upheld the woman’s claim that the university discriminated against her on the grounds of disability and directed the university to grant her an 18-month extension.
I guess the members of the tribunal went to university …