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RockneCAST – Blog

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A Pet Peeve I Have With Keto Critics

One pet peeve I have with keto critics.  Keto is not for everyone.  It is not perfect diet.  It is also carries some risks, especially for some people.  I also have no dog in the keto fights.  Don't endorse any products.  I am not selling any classes.  Could care less...

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On Jefferson/Market One Way to Two Way Conversion

I was disappointed to see that the City of Iowa City staff has recommended modifying past Council’s decision to convert Jefferson and Market Streets from one way to two ways. At first glance, this seems to be a superficial, unimportant decision, but it is actually a...

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Overreach: A Mutual Problem of Diet Tribes and Politics

As many of you know, I have been diving deep into the intermittent fasting/keto worlds.  I have gotten a kick out of all of the dieting debates.  On one level it is a nice respite from all of the intensity arising in more traditional debates between Republicans and...

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Inductive Reasoning and the Green Bay Packers

This morning I was watching morning sports show Colin Cowherd and he was discussing the Green Bay Packers.  it reminded me that the Packers were the only community owned non-profit football team.  The NFL has now banned community owned football programs, but it did...

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Consider the Semmelweis Reflex in Dieting Debates

One thing that I think is interesting.  It’s when heretical views take on conventional wisdom and turn out to be right.  There is a well established conventional view, something that everyone knows is true.  You have a seeming crank crying in the wilderness making...

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A Mistake People Make on “Fad Diets”

One mistake people make when they dive into any new eating pattern.  They don’t read a learned source in its entirety prior to getting started.  This can lead to some very bad and potentially dangerous outcomes. So before you change your diet, stick with whatever...

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Gary Taubes – Keto’s Rocky Balboa

Have to admit.  I have a mancrush on Gary Taubes.  Nearly 20 years ago, he walked right up to dieting conventional wisdom and punched it right in the mouth with his New York Times article What It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?  In that article, he questioned whether the...

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A Question for Anti-Keto Diet Experts

A friend of mine recently pointed out that Keto ranked near bottom for expert diet recommendations by US News. I didn’t have time to respond in depth, but it got me thinking.   Critics of Keto, what’s your alternative to get people out of obesity in the real world?  I...

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The Un-Philosopher of Reality – Nassim Taleb

I was going to call Nassim Taleb my favorite philosopher, but it occurred to me that would have been kind of dumb because he is skeptical of any universal claims to truth or any overarching philosophical system describing reality.  He is more concerned with what we...

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The Simple Beauty of Fasting

  One of intermittent fasting’s greatest virtues is its simplicity.  There are a lot of different diets floating around: Keto, Carnivore, Vegan, Pescatarian, Mediterranean, Atkins, Paleo.  It is extremely confusing sorting through all of the MD’s in each camp...

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