Doug Sellman

Guest Post – Doug Sellman and his delight in finding more things to stop!

by Frances Denz

I am really fussy about the use of words and the effects they have on the subconscious.  And of course people like Sellman are experts at using strings of words to have the greatest effect on their messages – and include downright lies.  And when one lie is included with some truths it is usually taken as a truth.

He does this with the following statement

Fast food outlets facilitate overeating through convenience, low price and provision of energy-dense moreish food, and therefore are an important factor in the New Zealand population eating too much.

Which is the lie in here?   Read more »

Another dopey idea from Doug Sellman

Doug Sellman seems to have the monopoly on dopey ideas. 

His latest mad rant is to call fast food an addiction.

Addiction expert and researcher Professor Doug Sellman is director of the National Addiction Centre in Christchurch.

He told Newshub the fast food industry thrives on people eating it more, and the moreishness of particular brands lies in the engineered combination of fat, sugar and salt in its products. These are all ingredients New Zealanders consume far too much of already.

“Fast food outlets facilitate overeating through convenience, low price and provision of energy-dense moreish food, and therefore are an important factor in the New Zealand population eating too much.

“Not everyone with food addiction is obese and not everyone with obesity has food addiction. However, in our experience there is a very strong relationship between the behaviour of food addiction and the medical condition of obesity.”

Prof Sellman says it is possible to become addicted to fast food.   Read more »

Defamation? They’ll need to get in line

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Prof Doug Sellman of the University of Otago, Prof Boyd Swinburn of the University of Auckland and anti-smoking activist Shane Bradbock say Slater and Mr Graham have for “some years” been publishing “articles with a negative focus on various public health experts and advocates”.

Much of the pair’s work was revealed in Nicky Hager’s 2014 book Dirty Politics.

“We had hoped things would change, but the various articles and comments remain live on Whale Oil, and Mr Slater has continued to publish further material,” says Prof Swinburn.

“Accordingly, we have decided to bring these proceedings to address what we claim is a campaign of deliberate and sustained defamation.”

The trio say they will be making no further comments until the case has been dealt with by the courts.

The first I heard of this was when I was served the documents.  Read more »

Otago University really needs to get over itself

Oh boo hiss, those poor public health academics troughers from the University of Otago really do need to get over themselves.

Today’s ODT runs the article Challenging ‘big food’ can mean attacks, continuing the positioning of troughers as hard done by because they are apparently facing a dastardly foe called ‘big food’. This time the comments are from visiting Oxford University academic Professor David Stuckler, who says:

Taking on “big food” and other business interests can mean facing personal attacks and underhand tactics from powerful vested interests, a prominent Oxford University professor told health academics in Dunedin yesterday.

The “real politics” of the arena included attacks aimed at individual careers, and attempts to create arguments and division within the ranks of health advocates, Prof David Stuckler, a professor of political economy and sociology, said.

Tactics used by “big tobacco” appeared to be deployed by “big food” companies, too.

“We confront powerful vested interests who make and manufacture products that when used as intended cause grave harm.”

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Karl du Fresne slams Otago troughers

The more I read the work of Karl du Fresne the more he reinforces the view he’s a good bloke and says it how it is.

In his piece published today ‘The rise of the moral crusaders of academia’ he reinforces the view that Otago University is fast becoming the home of the nanny state idealists.

He says:

“But I have to accept that my romantic view of Otago is hopelessly outdated.

Because far from being a place associated with useful, functional things like stoves, houses and trousers, Otago has ironically become a name synonymous with the 21st century phenomenon of academic busybody-ism.

Unlike the business enterprises of those early entrepreneurs, this is not a field of activity intended to ease people’s lives or make a raw, young country more liveable.

On the contrary, it sets out to frighten and discomfort New Zealanders with an almost constant campaign of shrill hectoring and haranguing.

Then he hits at the heart of the shrill makers.   Read more »

Professor Doug Sellman finds a new whipping boy

Scientists keep complaining that media are critical of them, and they should just be left alone to practice science unencumbered by plebs having opinions.

Problem is, these scientists aren’t pure and very much driven by money.  There are so many government-filled money troughs, that truth really takes a back seat.

Take this example

Alcohol Healthwatch has joined the National Addiction Centre in calling for the sale of alcohol powder sachets to be banned or tightly regulated.
The alcohol sachets cost about $1.50 and have the strength of 0.4 of a standard drink.
They also contain 20 percent alcohol, and can be mixed with non-alcoholic drinks.

Director of Alcohol Healthwatch, Rebecca Williams, said they were not quality drinks but give people a quick hit.  She said they were predominantly used by young people trying to smuggle alcohol into restricted areas at sports and music events.

Doug Selman head of the National Addiction Centre said the sachets would take the country backwards. He said the sachets can be bought in some bottle stores, and are a cunning way for people to bring alcohol into events.

Professor Sellman, who is also the medical spokesperson for the lobby group, Alcohol Action New Zealand, said these sachets were simply a clever method of making alcohol more available.  “All the evidence points to the fact that if you make alcohol more accessible, more alcohol will be consumed and if more alcohol is consumed you’ll get more alcohol related problems.

“So what we have to do in New Zealand, where alcohol is still relatively out of control, is decrease the accessibility and these sachets are just taking us in the opposite direction by increasing the accessibility of alcohol, but in a rather sneaky and secretive way,” he said.
Professor Sellman said the Government currently had no policy on alcohol sachets and he was urging it to look seriously into regulating or banning them.

Certainly sounds like a potential problem.  Until you actually look into a little further:   Read more »

Doug Sellman…upset again

Well known prohibitionist Professor Doug Sellman seems to be having another bout of the dreaded #DirtyPolitics Derangement Syndrome.

So much so, that he and his off-sider Jennie Connor from Alcohol Action NZ sent out a press releases without any names attached to the comments.

Very strange.

This unquotable press release might have been issued by “Barry from accounts” for all we know.

They seem to have a real bee in their bonnet that Health Minister Jonathan Coleman mentioned in passing on TVNZ’s Q+A that Health Promotion Agency Board member Katherine Rich was, after three terms, not seeking a fourth term on the Board.

When Jonathan Coleman’s interview with Corin Dann was posted on the NZ Doctor website, Doug Sellman must have come across it.

Here’s the bit that upset the sensitive wee petal.

JONATHAN:     Katherine is not seeking reappointment.

CORIN:              Is there any reason for that? Has she given you any reason for that?

JONATHAN:     Oh, look, she will have a range of reasons, but the point is industry, actually, is an important part of the answer overall. It’s important, actually, to have them at the table in these discussions. Katherine actually did a very good job. She’s a person of very high integrity, but she’s decided she’s not going to seek reappointment.   Read more »

#dirtypolitics wowsers now hate entrepreneurs

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Here comes the cry-babies once again wishing everyone would be tucked into their beds by 6.30pm with a hot cup of milo.

And if you happen to disagree with their view, you’re labelled part of the #Dirtypolitics Chaos & Mayhem crew. Read more »

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And the Herald pays this guy?

John dreary Drinnan really has a bee in his bonnet about the Food Grocery Council.

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After interviewing his keyboard on Tuesday as a result of being missed off the list of recipients of an Easter gift basket by FGC, he got all outraged and desperately tried to find someone as upset about it as he was.

So bitter and twisted the old fool was, he dug out another old bitter and twisted fool, my good friend Doug Sellman to moan about it.

So in this morning’s Herald dreary Drinnan wheels out Sellman who is “aghast at the PR initiative”.   Read more »

Failure of fast food ban on South L.A.

The Doug Sellman’s and Boyd Swinburn’s of this world want sugar taxes, bans on fast food and labelling of what they call “unhealthy” products.

The main problem, apart from their control freak nature, is that they don’t work in combatting obesity.

The evidence is there for all to see.

The national discourse about health and obesity has never been a particularly cordial conversation.

In 2008, it hit a tendentious peak when a ban on new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles brought the term “food apartheid” to the table. The ordinance, which was implemented in a part of the city that is both disproportionately poor and obese, came as a response to the idea that there are two different systems for accessing food in Los Angeles, one with more limited options in an economically depressed part of the city that is predominantly black and Latino, and the other with more variety in more affluent neighborhoods.

Ban this, block that…no bottle stores near schools, stop fast food joints opening up…never is there a though about personal choice in the matter. Sugar taxes and bans and plain packaging will work they tell us.

Yeah, nah.

[T]he South Los Angeles ban was unprecedented in that it was the first to connect a policy to the obesity epidemic. The ordinance didn’t shutter existing restaurants, but it did block construction of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in an area with 700,000 residents. (That’s a population that, if separated from the rest of Los Angeles, would still make one of the U.S.’s 20 largest cities.) The effort also dovetailed with an initiative to encourage supermarkets and stores with presumably healthier fare to move in.

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