From Meat to Meth

by Mona Charen

You probably believe — as God knows I did for decades — that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, legumes, and fish is the healthiest. Every authoritative body in the nation told us so, from the American Heart Association, to the New York Times, to the Department of Agriculture. Oh sure, they changed their recommendations every now and then about how many eggs you could safely consume in a week, but one thing was certain: That rib roast was a ticket to an early grave.

This week on Need to Know, Jay and I welcome Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. This may not seem to be a Need to Know-ish topic, but trust me, the topic is interesting in itself and also has wider implications for our trust in conventional wisdom on many subjects. Not to mention that after reading this book, or listening to the podcast, you can eat your bacon and eggs without the slightest anxiety. 

The chaos of the wider world beckons in the second part of our program. Jay and I wade into the moral muck of the world’s response to Hamas. It’s the same story, decade after decade, and yet, as Jay says, he who tires first loses. So we don’t. 

There’s more, including Jay’s reflections on Maine. Not on the famous senator, James Gillespie Blaine (1830–1893) about whom schoolchildren used to chant “James, James Gillespie Blaine, monumental liar from the state of Maine” but about more recent troubles, like meth.

Do join us.