Category Archives: QOTD

QOTD: Mussolini Defines Fascism

“The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State. The conception of the Liberal State is not that of a directing force, guiding the play and development, both material and spiritual, of a collective body, but merely a force limited to the function of recording results: on the other hand, the Fascist State is itself conscious and has itself a will and a personality — thus it may be called the “ethic” State…. ..The Fascist State organizes the nation, but leaves a sufficient margin of liberty to the individual; the latter is deprived of all useless and possibly harmful freedom, but retains what is essential; the deciding power in this question cannot be the individual, but the State alone … ”

Benito Mussolini, 1932

QOTD: James LaFond on War

“The more one can place the person who demands violence outside of the field of violence the more violence they will demand. There was rarely a group of people more against their sons going to war than veterans of the U.S. Pacific War of the 1940s, who generally told the younger men of their families not to go to Vietnam, with some even offering to front money for a trip to Canada.”

Source: JL: ‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle’

QOTD: E.E. Blaak on Metabolic Effects of Dietary Carbohydrate

Overall, energy restriction is the primary factor producing weight loss, and it is increasingly understood that distinct macronutrients may vary in energy yield and effects on satiety, also based on individuals’ phenotype and genotype. Although an overall healthy diet, either Mediterranean or a low-fat, high-complex CHO diet may be effective in diabetes and cardiovascular prevention, insight is increasing that dietary prevention or treatment may require more personalized approaches to become most effective.

     —E.E. Blaak, in a review of effects of dietary carbohydrate in body weight control, glucose homeostasis and cardiovascular risk

In plain English, Blaak is saying:

  • weight loss depends on calorie restriction
  • proteins, fats, and carbs provide different amounts of energy and have different effects on hunger
  • your response to proteins, fats, and carbs depends on your genes and how you look
  • the healthiest diet for you probably isn’t the best for everyone else

This is why my Advanced Mediterranean Diet book offers two different eating plans: 1) reduced-calorie Mediterranean, and 2) l0w-carb Mediterranean. It also provides tips for deciding which method will work best for you.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Steve Parker MD, Advanced Mediterranean Diet

Two diet books in one

QOTD: Moynihan On Broken Homes and Chaos

“A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, never acquiring any rational expectations about the future—that community asks for and gets chaos.”

—U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1965

QOTD: Exercise or Die?

What fits your busy schedule better, exercising 30 minutes a day or being dead 24 hours a day?

—Randy Glasbergen in a 2008 cartoon

QOTD: Captain John Parker on the American Revolution

Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.

Captain John Parker at Lexington Green, 1775

QOTD: Weight Training Versus Gravity

Average age of study subjects was 71

A good resistance training program will strengthen her bones, improve her balance, and prevent that hip fracture 60 years from now

Adult life is a battle against gravity. Weight training postpones your inevitable defeat.

—Steve Parker, M.D.