Mailbag – The Pancetta Menace

Operative DT takes a break from Myrmidon Wrangling to write in:

Doc, I think the Estudiante Medico Pequeño is on to something. That planet’s not just meat – that’s sweet, sweet bacon (pbuh)! 

That makes me curious, though – as a cardiologist, are you allowed to like bacon? On the one hand, bacon is the easiest way to prove that God loves us and wants us to be happy. On the other hand, I’ve heard that it’s fashionable among you sawbones’ these days to frown on bacon as a recommended base of the food pyramid. 

Oh, wait, I bet it’s all marketing smoke and mirrors! I bet bacon is actually health food, and it’s rice cakes and bean sprouts that keep sending people to the cath lab. Primum non nocere my left buttock! We’re onto you now, doc. Wait ‘till the Czar hears! 

Operative DT 

Yeah, you are right, though I don’t think that Tatooine looks like any ordinary bacon, but rather it looks a lot like sweet, delicious pancetta.

Now regarding the vast cardiovascular-breakfast-meat industrial complex. Dr. J. loves bacon but eats it sparingly. The lil med student, who is rail thin, loves the stuff and eats quite a bit of it.

Bacon itself is not evil. The problem is that unhealthy choices can cause weight gain, and concomitant metabolic changes (diabetes, and high triglycerides). Cholesterol can go up with weight gain as well. Reasonable dietary cholesterol intake is not unreasonable, it’s the calories that are the real issue. Diet and exercise lower triglycerides and raises good cholesterol but significant weight loss (if needed) and eating bark and twigs is what it takes to lower bad cholesterol.

Thanks for writing in.

About Dr. J.

Dr. J. was born the son of a New Atlantean sharecropper who cornered the market on notoriously delicious seaweed Himanthalia elongata (popularly known as Thongweed). With his newly minted seaweed fortune, Mr. J. the Elder sent his son to attend the Academy of Sorcery, Alchemy and Surgery where the good doctor apprenticed with the finest sorcerer surgeons in New Atlantis. Dr. J.'s areas of expertise grew to include bleeding, cutting for stone, trephination, medical divination with outstanding spatial and temporal resolution, cybernetic sorcery and medicinal alchemy. When King Orin of Atlantis fell ill with the Ick, Dr. J. stepped in with an elixir he devised from a combination of minerals, herbs and saps. Curing the king, Dr. J. gained significant notoriety which afforded him the luxury of time to devote himself to his side hobbies which include porpoise racing, the study of supply-side economics, cooking and raising his lovely merchildren alongside his lovely bride the archconservative Mrs. Dr. J.