OK here is my concern. The heat resistant hose I bought doesn't fit the barb on my ball valve. So I have been just draining my mash tun into my kettle about 18 inches below it free style. I am concerned after reading that chapter that I might possibly have ruined my beer.
I don't think that is much of a problem. I think shearing forces (from stirring the mash) are more of a concern. Commercial systems are designed to stir low-shear, for good reason. I have seen few homebrew designs that are likely to be a big problem.
If you carefully listen to the Bamforth interview on Brewstrong, his belief is that oxidized compounds can develop on the hot side but that if the fermentation is vigorous, they don't survive it and don't stale the beer downstream. He also believes there are some positive effects of HSA. Good interview, but if you walk away saying HSA is a myth, you didn't understand what he was saying.
I believe HSA is a very minor issue in homebrewing, but I do not believe it is a myth. I certainly don't believe it has been proven to be a myth.