nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Poison Pill Of The Day: HC Reform Law Directs Useless Calorie Labeling

Posion Pill #7:  The health care reform law requires restaurant chains with 20 or more locations to include calorie labeling in menus and billboards--a strategy for obesity which lacks proof.

Actually, I've written before on calorie-labeling.  A study of the New York City ordinance which directs a similar labeling requirement failed to show any change in calorie consumption.

There may be a way to educate people about their dietary and nutritional requirements that will result in a reduction in obesity, but we haven't found the right formula yet.  Putting a regulatory requirement on a type of restaurant is premature.

This requirement is so counter-intuitive that it exempts vending machines from the labeling requirement.  I guess the message is that a Double Whopper is bad, but Snickers are OK.

These regulations will cost businesses money, but have yet to show they will have any effect on obesity.

Besides I don't go to a restaurant to count calories.  I go to pork out.

Doc D

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