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    California State Senator Cooks-Up Another Recipe for Economic Failure

    California State Senator Cooks-Up Another Recipe for Economic Failure

    A California state senator has cooked-up a bill that combines:

    1. New York City’s nanny-state “Big Gulp” bans.
    2.  Small businesses fees to pay for excessive compliance requirements.
    3. Distribution of power to unelected bureaucrats to enforce the vaguely worded legislation.

    Talk about recipe for failure!

    Steven Frank’s California has the details on this monstrosity:

    Do you think your local doughnut shop, taco joint or pizza place could afford to spend $50,000 on a “risk assessment” for each of the foods it serves—because they “could cause obesity or cancer?   Pass this and hundreds of thousands of Californians are out of work on Day One—and tens of thousands of Californians have lost there investments and businesses….

    “This bill, known as the Public Health Epidemic Protection Act of 2013, would require the department, for every product intended for consumer consumption for which it has credible evidence that the product significantly contributes to a significant public epidemic, to conduct a risk assessment evaluation to determine whether the product contributes significantly to a significant public health epidemic, as defined, and whether the adverse public health risk would have a fiscal impact on the state of $50,000,000 or more.

    The bill would authorize the department to charge the manufacturer of the product for the reasonable costs of producing the risk assessment and would create the Public Health Fund, to be used by the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to fund the program. If the department determines that the criteria are met, the bill would require the manufacturer to create, for approval of the department, a public health impact report (PHIR) containing specified information, including a list of adverse public health impacts and a mitigation plan for those impacts.”

    Based on my biochemistry background, the information presented by Professor Glenn Reynolds, and information I have gleaned from reading from a variety of sources, I hold that the government is responsible for the obesity epidemic in this country:

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) dietary guidelines are the gold standard for healthy eating, according to most experts. The problem is that these recommendations promote a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet based on grains like bread and rice. These kinds of foods consist almost entirely of carbohydrates. When you digest carbohydrates, they are converted into sugar in your bloodstream, the same sugar found in ice cream, soda, potato chips, and all the other junk foods most people would recognize as unhealthy. Since high blood sugar is toxic, your body produces a hormone called insulin to bring it down to a reasonable level. The trouble with this, however, is that insulin brings down your blood sugar by converting it to fat and sending it into your fat cells to be stored.

    Welcome to the new federalism:  State governments taxing and regulating us to solve problems created by our federal government.

    California has been named the “worst state to do business” for 8 straight years.  Legislation like this means we are apt to keep the title for a full decade at least!

    Californians who want to join me in trying to jettison this bill before it becomes law can contact the sponsoring California Senator, Mark DeSaulnier, or one of the other state senators.


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    southcentralpa | April 14, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    That having been said, California is being run moronically…

    radiofreeca | April 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Since most non-chain restaurants in CA are owned by minorities (often staffed by people recently arrived here, frequently absent various pieces of paperwork), and this is, effectively, a poll tax on restaurants: McDonalds will pay $50,000 for a study on all Big Macs sold at all McDonalds restaurants in the state, while their competition has to pay for each restaurant individual, this politician is really pro-big-business, a racist and anti-illegal-immigrant.

    And I think he should be called on it!

    jdkchem | April 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    High speed train wreck.

    LibraryGryffon | April 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Go to PubMed (, NLM’s free public access to Medline and search on Paleolithic. There’s a ton of stuff, quite recent, pretty much all of it showing that minimal to no grains, and no processed grains, and for many, no cow’s milk, leads to a significant improvement in health.

    Here’s an article from 2009, of a study done in San Francisco with excerpts from the abstract (the article is behind a paywall, but I’ve read it at work):

    Metabolic and physiologic improvements from consuming a paleolithic, hunter-gatherer type diet.

    Methods:We performed an outpatient, metabolically controlled study, in nine nonobese sedentary healthy volunteers, ensuring no weight loss by daily weight. We compared the findings when the participants consumed their usual diet with those when they consumed a paleolithic type diet. The participants consumed their usual diet for 3 days, three ramp-up diets of increasing potassium and fiber for 7 days, then a paleolithic type diet comprising lean meat, fruits, vegetables and nuts, and excluding nonpaleolithic type foods, such as cereal grains, dairy or legumes, for 10 days. Outcomes included arterial blood pressure (BP); 24-h urine sodium and potassium excretion; plasma glucose and insulin areas under the curve (AUC) during a 2 h oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT); insulin sensitivity; plasma lipid concentrations; and brachial artery reactivity in response to ischemia.
    Conclusion: Even short-term consumption of a paleolithic type diet improves BP and glucose tolerance, decreases insulin secretion, increases insulin sensitivity and improves lipid profiles without weight loss in healthy sedentary humans.

    I’ve tried this, though I couldn’t stick on it, since it’s hard when the rest of the family won’t go along, and also I really, really like chocolate, but I’ve been at my parents the last few days and eating grains, which I normally don’t do, and my insides are really, really, complaining after only two days. I’ve also found that when I keep grain products, not just gluten, but all grains, essentially non-existant, I don’t have half the trouble with reflux, and can stop taking my prilosec.

    As for the weight loss, when I find that I eat fewer overall calories when I eat meat, so I lose weight without trying or feeling like I’m starving. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have found the same thing.

    Also recommended, Why We Get Fat, and Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

      SoCA Conservative Mom in reply to LibraryGryffon. | April 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      I did South Beach back in 2005 when my husband was deployed. South Beach is essentially lean meats, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates from vegetables (mostly,) and very limited grains (whole grain in small quantities.) I lost 30 pounds in 10 weeks. The few times I cheated, I felt physically ill after eating something with flour and sugar.

      Think about how cattle in a feed lot are fattened up… a diet of 80% to 90% grains.

    I blame all this insanity on the entrenched hacks in the leadership of the GOP. But for their failure — and their refusal to move aside for competent leadership — the national vacuum of leadership they created has been steadily filled with freakish ideas becoming law.

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