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Some folks are hard to praise

October 31, 2011 - Harry Eagar
Some people are hard to please. The other day, RtO – no friend of food policemen – ran what I thought was a relatively positive note about Dr. Barry Sultanoff, who had something good to say about drinking coffee, not a drink that gets much favorable notice from the food police ("Sumptuary panics," Oct. 21).

Sultanoff, who as Dr. B. presides over an eclectic music program on Manao Radio, was evenhanded, also noting some bad stuff about coffee.

I took the occasion also to note that food police overwhelming concentrate on stuff people like. When's the last time you read a warning about the bad effects of eating parsnips?

Dr. B was not pleased, penning a long letter which ran in Saturday's paper ("Lifestyle plays a big role in longevity and vitality," Oct. 29 – which would have been even longer if the editor hadn't snipped off a bit of snark at the end. Well, I can dish it out and I can take it, too, so that doesn't bother me.

Dr. B says his father and grandfather died young, while he – by sticking to veggies, exercise (and, he did not say but you gather from his Tropic of Love program) and extreme mellowness – has outlived them.

Good for him. I think I'll stick to my point, though. Dr. Sultanoff has not reached the advanced age of 66 because he drank, or failed to drink coffee.


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