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Column: When it comes to health, let sleeping dogs lie




A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine says there is no connection between coronary heart disease and saturated fat. I always thought there was a link, like the one on my plate next to the eggs and hash browns.

Usually I get health information directly from either “Good Morning America” or USA Today. Relying too much on any one authority is risky. In the old days, most of my medical knowledge came from either Ben Casey or Quincy. For you younger readers, I’ll pause a moment while you check with Siri to see who these people are.

Mondays are a particularly good day to find new research in the media. Newspapers get the breaking, cutting-edge stories over the weekend because a scientist in Ontario is late for his 5 p.m. curling match, so he just calls the paper and blurts out something like: “Chocolate can reduce your blood pressure;” or: “People who eat peanuts have fewer strokes.”

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