Did Rush Limbaugh's Battle with Obesity Shrink His Brain?

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In normal times, Rush Limbaugh absolutely hates science. After all, those stupid scientists deny Creationism, while pretending, at the same time, that their silly Theory of Evolution is somehow supported by the evidence.

And it is common knowledge that if you dare to mention what credible scientists are saying about "global climate change," in the presence of the Maha Wacko, you'd better be ready to duck and cover.

One can only assume that these are not "normal times" for Mr. Limbaugh. Earlier this week, Rush was positively giddy about a new scientific study, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University. The study involved a new finding in the field of genetic science. Limbaugh, who cited an article at nbcsandiego.com, by Eric S. Page, titled "Scientists Find Liberal Gene", as his source, made a very interesting assertion about what he thinks that that study indicates. Here's how Mr. Page described the scientist's findings in his article.

"According to researchers, they determined that people "with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults." However, the, subjects were only more likely to have leanings to the left if they were also socially active during adolescence."

Now, let's take a look at how Mr. Limbaugh took those findings, as described by Mr. Page, applied his own Einstein-like genius to them, nudge nudge, wink wink, and showed those stupid scientists what that study really indicates. Limbaugh, who never misses an opportunity to slam the non-FAUX media, applies his new misunderstanding of the study's findings to Chris Matthews, titling the segment for his website, "Liberalism is a Genetic Defect as Demonstrated by Chris Matthews" .

"So it is a defect. It is a genetic defect. A genetic defect combined with an overactive social network as an adolescent. I remember, January 11th, 1995, on Rush Limbaugh the TV show, talking about a liberal, I said..."

Rush plays a sound bite from his archives...

"He's a liberal. He just can't help himself. It's programmed into the brain cells. It's genetic."

Then, Rush resumes his idiocy in real time...

"It is. It's always been. Everybody tries to figure out, 'How can a liberal be that way?  You know, why do people do stupid things?' It's in the brain, and now we've got science to actually back it up." 

Ah... no, not really Mr. Limbaugh. Nowhere in that article did Mr. Page suggest that the scientists had concluded that the gene involved was "defect[ive]". Mr. Limbaugh just made that part up. He pulled it right out of his rear end, so to speak. Do you suppose that his doing so, had anything to do with Mr. Limbaugh's "Libs are evil Satanists" money making agenda? Just maybe? Actually, if Rush had just done just a little bit of investigating, he would have discovered that he could read the entire study, online, in .pdf  format,  titled "Friendships Moderate an Association between a Dopamine Gene Variant and Political Ideology".

Ha! If anything, when I read that full study, it sounds to me like those scientists thought that that gene variant was a positive trait - like it might have some sort of survival advantage or something. Just sayin'.

Let me demonstrate the correct way to interpret a scientific study about intelligence, and how to apply it to your ideological, political opponent. First we'll need to set a couple of known parameters. First, that Rush Limbaugh has been fighting a life long battle with obesity. And, second, that he recently won that battle (maybe, time will tell), under very mysterious circumstances.  

Let's look back at the controversy. On July 30, 2009,  Mr. Limbaugh announced on his show that he had lost 80 lbs since starting a diet on March 9, 2009. That is an 80 pound loss in 21 weeks. Shortly after making the claim, the nutritional website, CalorieCount•com, did an article on Rush's claim saying, basically... 'Liar, liar, pants on fire!'. The math, and the science, didn't work out right, and it wasn't even close. It appeared that Mr. Limbaugh was holding something back about his weight loss. His diet, as claimed, defied the very "Laws of Nature". Bummer for Mr. Limbaugh. He desperately wanted America to believe that he had accomplished this feat with pure, innocent, conservative to the core, willpower and self discipline. Evidently, twasn't so.

The website article made Rush very angry. So, the next day, Rush went after the nutritionist's article, at CalorieCount•com, saying that she didn't know what she was talking about because, after all, you could plainly see that Rush had lost that much weight.

Well, yeah, okay. But Mr. Limbaugh either totally misunderstands the assertion that the article was making, or he's pretending to. CaloriesCount•com was not asserting that he had not lost the weight, they were asserting that there was, at the very least, something really totally screwy about the timeline. You can read Mr. Limbaugh's lame rebuttal, in a segment titled "It's a Fascinating Phenomenon: Limbaugh Weight Loss Deniers", on his website.

If one looks back through Mr. Limbaugh's 2009 transcripts, starting with the bizarre announcement that he made at the beginning of his January 28th radio show, it's obvious to see just how Limbaugh really lost all that weight, starting a full month prior to the date that he had publicly claimed. However, exposing that silly, year long load of shenanigans is not germane to this argument. The important thing to note here, is that Mr. Limbaugh is an admitted, lifelong sufferer of obesity, and that his return to normal weight, was not through self discipline.

And now that the parameters are set, I present my "Why Rush Limbaugh is so ignorant about everything he believes", hypothesis:

The reason that Rush Limbaugh exhibits such abject ignorance, about everything he believes, is possibly, at least in part due, to his life long battle with obesity, which caused his brain to shrink.

Think I'm kidding? Here's a snippet from a new study out of the University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles:

"These brain maps reveal that a commonly carried susceptibility allele for obesity is associated with structural brain atrophy, with implications for the health of the elderly."

You can read the full study, in .pdf format, here.

While we should all applaud Rush Limbaugh's efforts to attain a healthier body weight, it is obvious, as Mr. Limbaugh's case proves, that rapid weight loss, late in life, based on a diet lacking "self" discipline, does little to reverse this "atrophy".