~ What a nice surprise this morning to see that Jimmy Moore put a rush on doing an interview with Denise Minger, the young & very bright woman who got a hold of the original China Study Monograph, and using the same data Campbell did, demonstrated conclusively that he's far more guilty of the sorts of statistical shenanigans he accuses others of. Go listen to the interview.
Denise tells some of the back story, including her own experiences with raw veganism from as early as age seven. She also tells how she got interested in -- and then hooked on -- this data project. I really appreciate her giving me such a thankful mention at about 20 minutes in. This is where the groundswell began and I'm super pleased to have played a major role in that. Hours after that posting, Denise went from 20 visits per day to 20,000 visits in a few hours. I believe she told me in an email that she exceeded 50,000 visits in those first two days. Of course, that was not only from my posting but the fact that so many of you -- readers and other bloggers alike -- went out and spread the word.
~ Next up is a really fantastic article in The Huffington Post from a few days ago which I got wind of via Dana Carpender. So go get a load of Justin Stoneman's piece entitled America: A Big, Fat, Stupid Nation. There's way too much great insight there to do justice to excerpts, but I'll try.
Stupid? Welcome to a population who know less about what they put into their mouths than they do about, well, take your pick...celebrities or cars or American Idol or iPhones? Animals have the intelligence to know what to eat and to never get fat (except the ones fed by humans). Yet that simple challenge, gaining nourishment without destroying the body, is beyond your capabilities? [...]
"Insanity," declared Einstein. "Is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result." Was the sharp little man predicting your strategy against the impending obesity epidemic? Thirty years of repeating the same mistakes. Not just failing to halt the crisis, but actually exacerbating it.
And the new plan today? Fundamentally, it is identical. Michelle Obama's current, corporate-led, child obesity campaign scores 100% on well meaning -- and 0% on wholesale change. All that matters, what you are told to put in your mouth, is aligned to the same destructive, corporate-sponsored dietary doctrine. I apologize for my original accusation America, this is not stupidity -- it is insanity.
I'd dispute that anything a professional liar does is "well meaning," but I catch his drift.
As ADA past president Martin Yadrick stated in a 2008 US News & World Report article: "We think it's important for us to be at the same table with food companies because of the positive influence that we can have on them."
But, Martin, darling, they are paying you to be at their table. You are publicly telling America that you are somehow the one wearing the trousers in the relationship? My headline must be correct -- even the ADA seem to think that America is stupid. [...]
Your grandparents were raised in a generation aware that God's supermarket was better than man's. Saturated fat was a vital part of their diet. For them, obesity was not a common health problem. They were not suffering malnutrition in the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Remarkably, you, dear Western reader, probably are.
A processed product with 'zero fat' stamped on it (invariably high in sugar, chemicals and carbs instead) is great for making profits, but useless for losing weight. Wreaking havoc with insulin and your body's biochemistry is not clever. The majority of the western world now do so on a daily basis.
If you want to have some fun with graphs, you can go and look at the corresponding obesity spikes in other countries when they followed the 1977 change in US advice.
In Canada, the point was near-parallel. In Britain it happened in 1983. The Australians struck around the time of the Brits, launching their magically stupid 'Health Pyramid'. The obesity rate in each territory began its steady ascent. Big fat corporate party time.
Interestingly, while the article focusses much attention on food and drug company profits at the expense of health the author, to his credit, does not seem to be calling for controls or regulations. Rather, he's calling for you, individuals, to stop being so stupid and gullible.
It is not up to me to tell you the science; research that yourself. Do it thoroughly, the corruption and manipulation of facts is on a far greater, more shocking scale than the story I have detailed so far.
Look at the true details of the Keys' 'Seven Countries' study. How the food industry have used it to falsely demonize fats and change global policies. How we have been lied to about the relevance of calories. How the false 'crimes of cholesterol' can be simply resolved by picking up a globe and looking at the proximity to the equator of the 'Seven Countries' involved in the study.
Educate yourself and spot the lies that your trusted sources are feeding you. Alarmingly, few supposed 'experts' are free from bias. Including many learned figures who try to voice opinion on this great site. Do not ever underestimate the power of industry and the corrupting influence of money. People have vested interests and through intent, ignorance (or a dangerous combination of both), preach some unforgivable lies.
"Including many learned figures who try to voice opinion on this great site." Hmm, I wonder what lying Chubby Face he could be talking about. But let's not single out Dean "Smiley" Ornish. Dr. David Katz, MD, is an opportunistic liar pushing a guilt inducing, deprive yourself dietary regime as well.
Think of it this way: if you can get the sorts of stellar body composition and health results so many of my readers get for free, along with help from others of my readers (not to mention the many other bloggers out there doing similarly), then why do you need dishonest, self-promoting, false authorities like Ornish or Katz? You see, they are all about being perceived as authorities, smarter than you, and with exclusive access to the keys for health and longevity. They are all about complicating; making it harder, more complex, mysterious, counter-intuitive...nearly impossible -- and especially: unpleasant.
The Church has the key to Heaven, the State, to Social Standing and the Medical and Nutritional Licensees, to "Health."
They all (Church, State, Health Conglomerate) operate under a common theme and method.
- Guilt (sin, selfishness, gluttony - respectively)
- Fear (damnation, incarceration, pain and death)
- Reward (eternal life, authoritarian social standing, lean health)
- So...Sacrifice (your true animal nature, fruits of your labor, your gastronomic desires)
- And...Repent (confess to an authority, embrace the authoritarian political process, buy a vegetable steamer)
Then, and only then can you enter the kingdom of heaven, gain social respectability and feel superior to everyone else. But here's the fraud: none of them can deliver. Well, perhaps if you're willing to become part of the problem by becoming one of these "authorities" yourself, you can at least make a pretty decent -- though dishonest and fraudulent -- living here on Earth.
~ If you're got your shit together then there's nothing in the world wrong with being ridiculed. It's only kooks like me who ridicule the sorts of people who satisfy the three steps to total authoritarian conformity I outlined above. So with that in mind:
We once made fun of "Paleos," the "small New York subculture whose members seek good health through a selective return to the habits of their Paleolithic ancestors." But, by God, Dutch food conglomerate 'Unilever' is doing the same thing!
Unilever is the multinational food conglomerate that owns, among other brands, Ben & Jerry's and Lipton. According to the Times of London (Subscription required), Unilever has amassed a team of anthropologists, chemists and other experts to study the "average caveman's diet."
Well clearly, neither Adrian Chen nor Foster Kamer bothered to Google Paleo Diet or anything similar in order to determine that it's just a bit more than a "small New York subculture." But whatever.
Anyway, here's a link to an article describing what Unilever is up to, which truly is ridiculous. It's contradiction in terms laughable. Paleo foods already exist all over the place: meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits -- you get the idea. It's called Real Food, the exact opposite of what Unilever produces and profits from.
Now, something that comes in a package or box might could be made in such a way as to be less bad, perhaps even beneficial and nutritious -- and that's fine I might add -- but it's never going to be Paleo, Primal, Evolutionary or resemble anything from the original human diet.
And whether or not they ever come out with such products and whether or not any Paleos ever indulge in them or not, the distinction must always be clear: Paleo is Real Food and only real food; forever. always. for all time.