Friday Bullshit! #1 (100% uncut, unrehearsed and putrid)

I’ll post links to the sources tomorrow morning. Doing a collaborative app dinner with friends. I’m doing seared ahi and rack of lamb. We’ll see what the friends bring.

Here’s your load of Bullshit!

Bullshit #1 from Richard Nikoley on Vimeo.

Update: OK, here are the video notes and time segments in case anyone wants to jump to or revisit any particular topic.

2:00 Mail OnlineGiving up bread can make you fat: Gluten IS good for you, by Peta Bee

Submitted by Chris Turland

3:50 Globe and Mail: Eating your way to lower cholesterol, by Pippa Wysong

Submitted by Jupiter Boone

8:40 Fido Friendly: Interview of Rory Freedman, Co-Author Of Skinny Bitch, by Susan Sims

Submitted by Jay Cannon

13:35 USDA Centert for Nutition Policy and Promotion: Linda Van Horn, Chair of the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says:

There is no biologic requirement for saturated fat and all the essential fatty acids can be, and many of them should be, derived from the unsaturated fatty acid sources.

Submitted by Michael Huthman

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Kyle Bennett on May 21, 2010 at 18:10

    Rotini is pasta.

    This is cool, your head looks like it is popping out of the frame, since the white wall above blends into the page background.

    • Richard Nikoley on May 21, 2010 at 18:32

      My first take was it was a cool effect, then I realized what was going on. I kinda like it, though. I’m loving doing the video completely unscripted and ad lib. 5-10 minute prep for this and I want to keep it that way.

      • Kyle Bennett on May 21, 2010 at 19:03

        Yeah, it was good. A little more red meat, though. It got really good when you started going off on the USDA skinny bitch. Maybe just a tiny bit more prep to give it a little basic structure, it ended too abruptly, but overall I like the winging it.

        The video quality and lighting is really good, and the sound just pretty good (a little echo), but I seem to always have problems with Vimeo being choppy. All Vimeo videos are literally unwatchable on my old Mac Mini PPC.

  2. Garth Whelan on May 21, 2010 at 18:13

    Are you getting enough sleep? You look like you need more. Love it though. You are so good at this!

    • Richard Nikoley on May 21, 2010 at 18:27


      Yea, actually I don’t look great and I noticed that myself. It’s part lighting, but mostly fatigue. Rough night last night. That rice put me down hard early, 9pm and then I was up at 11, then 12, 1, 2, and finally by 3 I was able to nock off 3 hrs.

      Plus, I no longer have the benefit of fat in my face. Tradeoff, I guess. I had chubby cheeks from day one (baby pics) and my body seems to want to get rid of that in advance of other areas i personally find more important.

  3. Ken on May 21, 2010 at 21:19

    Cheers on the BS! While it comes across that you’ve maybe had 5 or 6 of those Scotches I love the casual nature and your snarky sense of humor.
    Keep up all your good efforts, I will continue to enjoy, and when financially able, help support.

    • Ken on May 22, 2010 at 13:13

      As a Massage Therapist I just want all you all to know we aren’t all fluffy fern feelers with horrific nutritional knowledge.

  4. Sarah Madden on May 22, 2010 at 03:58

    Licensed massage therapist..that cracked me up!!

  5. Byron on May 22, 2010 at 06:14

    Popping out of the frame looks amazing. Good authentic style + humor. Well, gluten is important…lol. Thanks for funny 17.30min.

  6. Julie on May 22, 2010 at 08:16

    As I watched, I was reminded of Fat Head Tom Naughton’s statement in his blog about Time Magazine’s 1984 article about “deadly” cholesterol. He said, “Yup, that’s how stupid Mother Nature is … she designed the body to require all kinds of substances that happen to be deadly.”

  7. arlojeremy on May 22, 2010 at 23:47

    re: Vegan Dogs. I swear I’ve posted this before… but it’s so totally relevant:

    More seriously, if she’s concerned about animals, why not feed her dogs pasture-raised meat?

  8. scott miller on May 22, 2010 at 10:54

    Loved it, Richard! Good style. Love your pauses for effect.

  9. Felix on May 22, 2010 at 10:59

    Hi Richard,
    I hate to say this, because I like saturated fat as much as the next guy, but that Nutrition-Board woman is right. Saturated fats are not essential. There is no need to eat them at all. We can make our own out of the essential fatty acids. We can make it out of carbs, or protein if we have to. Plus, we usually carry enough of it around. So there really is no need to eat it. That said, there’s absolutely no reason not to. 🙂

    • Richard Nikoley on May 22, 2010 at 11:12

      Felix, I made this very distinction in the video. Saturated fats ARE biologically essential even though not dietarily essential. I’ll bet she knows this and used that specific word to paint them as bad rather than inessential in the diet.

      Our bodies make saturated fatty acids and therefore are utterly essential to our BIOLOGY.

  10. dylan on May 22, 2010 at 12:04

    Great one!! My comments

    Rotini is the swirly pasta.

    I think you look more tired because your face is tilted down. Look down at a mirror. You will be horrified.

    The hot girl in the picture is Rory the vegan and not the woman who wrote the article. She is not all that skinny either.

    • Richard Nikoley on May 22, 2010 at 12:13

      Damn! How did I get that wrong…

      So the hot one is Friedman, eh? Well thanks for ruining my day! 🙂

  11. Aaron (halotek) on May 22, 2010 at 16:42

    Great Video! I was almost on the floor laughing. Keep this stuff unscripted, it adds to the message. BTW – I second the 3d effect caused by the white ceiling at the top — way cool.

    I keep thinking how you basically said — sure, eat gluten — if you wanna turn your insides to mush. Can’t stop laughing.

  12. Lute Nikoley on May 23, 2010 at 18:21

    Have you been watching Craig Ferguson’s emails segment of his show?

    • Richard Nikoley on May 23, 2010 at 18:34

      Craig? Unfortunately haven’t tuned in for three months. Didint know he had email clips. But of course, I love him.

  13. Younger Brother on May 24, 2010 at 08:44

    Losing fat in the face seems to be a common side effect with PALEO. Now that I’ve dropped to 10% body fat, I have the body of a collegiate volleyball player, but my face has aged 5 years. I’ll take the side effect, but am wondering if you’ve discovered any supplements or foods to make us cavemen look pretty?

    • Keith Thomas on May 27, 2010 at 04:45

      We cavemen can look “pretty” if we wear shorts, roll up our sleeves, tuck our t-shirts in and walk the way Art DeVany teaches. Forget the face.

      Richard – loved the video. Pity some of the bullshit is subtle – too subtle for your style of demolition work. Most of the scientific work is written up like amateur stamp collecting. Today I posted this on the blog of a professor who has spent the last 15 years on the Mediterranean diet, but has still not worked out why it’s beneficial:

      > It’s not clear to me from the above what you see as the benefits
      > of the Cretan form of the Mediterranean Diet. You refer in the
      > background to “heart disease” (which heart disease?), and in your
      > summary of your research results, you refer to metabolic control
      >of heart disease and feeling “more energetic”.

      > Two questions: What are you aiming for with your Cretan version
      > of the Mediterranean Diet? Are you confident that this diet provides
      > those outcomes better than all other protocols?

      The prof can be found here:

  14. Twim on May 24, 2010 at 14:16

    I ditto Ken on the Scotch, but it was a fun vid. Good job,
    save Johnny for after.

  15. Mallory on May 25, 2010 at 08:55

    hahahah i got a good laugh out of this… i cant believe they can skew the need for saturated fat so badly

  16. Alex on May 30, 2010 at 17:41


    I heard about this new diet and book and had to tell you about this utter bullshit. Some firefighter in Austin convinces the whole station to go vegetarian and all their cholesterol goes down and they lose a bunch of weight. Big surprise after they were eating the standard American diet, right?

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