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Posted April 21, 2016: by Bill Sardi
Rates of obesity and diabetes rose in an era of endless diet books, calorie counting and low-fat diets. Something was obviously amiss. Arteries still become atherosclerotic on the 5-A-Day Plant Food Diet Promoted By Public Health Authorities. In contrast, people in Japan are leaner and healthier and live longer without local gyms and myriads of medications or even dietary advice. France has the most centenarians per capita and eats a diet rich in fats and cholesterol.
In a complete denunciation of modern medicine, the profit-making schemes of health plans and political efforts to make healthcare available to all come to an abrupt halt with a policy-bending report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that shows access to healthcare does not deliver health. It does deliver treatment.
Posted January 16, 2016: by Bill Sardi
I have written extensively at LewRockwell.com about cholesterol and statin drugs: A new injectable cholesterol drug (July 28, 2015); When will modern medicine give up its cholesterol cash-cow? (Dec 27, 2013); Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs work via reduction of iron (May 27, 2013); Statin drugs don’t save lives (Nov 10, 2008); Coronary calcium predicts future heart attacks, not cholesterol (March 28, 2008); Who will tell the people? It isn’t cholesterol. (Feb 5, 2007);
There have been numerous other critics of statin drugs: Don’t give more patients statins, John Abramson/Rita Redberg, NY times (Nov 13, 2013); The Great Cholesterol Con, Malcolm Kendrick (Oct 1, 2008); The Cholesterol Myths, Uffe Ravnskov (Oct 1, 2000); The Statin Damage Crisis, Duane Graveline (July 29, 2012); Lipitor Thief Of Memory, Duane Graveline (Sept 23, 2010)
Yet the American population has been systematically educated and can be considered a nation of ingrained cholesterol phobes and the statin drug industry continues to rake in billions of dollars in revenues.
Posted September 6, 2015: by Bill Sardi
This may be the high mark among the 100-plus scientific papers and book chapters that Honorary Professor of Medicine & Surgery STIG BENGMARK, MD, PhD, (Lund University in Sweden) has ever written. His most recent written work is published in the August 2015 edition of the journal Hepatobiliary Surgery & Nutrition, August 2015.
Posted March 5, 2015: by Bill Sardi
We are now living in the post-cholesterol era of modern medicine. Despite the dethronement of the 40+year paradigm that saturated fat consumption and elevated levels of circulating cholesterol are the primary causes of obesity and coronary artery disease, it is business as usual in the ranks of physicians.
This was not a misdirection corrected by new evidence. It was a complete fabrication from its beginning as a recent review revealed there was no supporting scientific evidence for dietary fat and cholesterol guidelines issued in 1977 and 1983. [Open Heart Jan 29, 2015] Other sources have already noted that saturated fat primarily raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but this blood fat does not significantly increase the risk for cardiovascular disease [Applied Physiology Nutrition Metabolism Dec 2014]
Posted February 15, 2015: by Bill Sardi
An 18-page U.S. dietary guideline issued in 1977 [US Gov’t Printing Office] that called for Americans to consume more sugar-producing carbohydrates from bread, rice and pasta and to limit intake of fat and cholesterol, in particular saturated fat, is suddenly being abandoned 37 years later. [Time Magazine Feb 9, 2015]
The realization that millions of Americans have been massively misled by food and nutrition experts comes without apologies from any group that represents modern medicine.
It’s not that newly understood food science has forced changes in fat intake guidelines. There was never ANY evidence to support the dietary recommendations issued in 1977! There was no evidence whatsoever that eating less fat would translate into fewer cases of heart disease or death. [Open Heart – British Medical Journal 2015]
Posted September 1, 2014: by Bill Sardi
CBS’ Marketwatch.com lists the top ten food companies in the world and they might be better described as the top ten junk food companies. They make money designing convenience foods under brand names like Pringles, Oreo, Coke, Pepsi, Sugar Pops, Milky Way and Snickers. Seven of the top ten food companies design products that pander to human food vices, generate dental decay, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease and heart failure as well as pollute the mind. They intentionally design foods that feed overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans) in the digestive tract that induces sugar craving. Some of these products, like Kellogg’s K cereal, are fortified with iron + high fructose corn syrup and are devoid of bran, a perfect recipe for the diabesity epidemic that has swept the globe. A National Geographic special edition a few years ago published a photographic image of the foods consumed by rich and poor across the globe. Regardless of the poverty level, every culture consumes high fructose corn-laced soda pop. These companies control the world’s food says Marketwatch. They sell around $320 billion of processed foods. The healthiest product they market is bottled water.
Posted July 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi
This report doesn’t cover new ground, just an old but forgotten topic.
A recent 15-year study of 74,645 men and women in Sweden reveals that consumption of red meat was associated with shorter survival (-2 years) compared to adults who were not red meat eaters. In the breakdown of the data red meat was only associated with reduced survival when processed red meat was consumed! [American Journal Clinical Nutrition July 16, 2014]
Posted May 10, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The view of the food industry is that there will be a billion or two more people on the planet soon and we have to make food that is resistant to insect invasion and more durable under weather conditions. But the hidden agenda is simply increasing bottom line profits possibly at the expense of health.
That possibility will forever be wrapped up in debate. There are those who say “not a single person has ever been harmed by genetically modified foods.” [DailyCaller.com April 29, 2014] One claim is that GMO foods compete with organically-grown crops (no herbicides, no pesticides) and that GMOs pose an economic threat to the few loud-mouthed organic growers.
Posted May 9, 2014: by Bill Sardi
Suddenly there are a plethora of recent reports that indicate many of the common health practices promoted in recent decades have been a giant misdirection. Let’s examine some of them:
Like millions of Americans are you still taking a baby aspirin every day to prevent blood clots from forming in your coronary arteries that supply your heart with oxygenated blood?
Posted February 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi
In the relentless pursuit of competing on price for the food consumers’ dollar, food producers are not only ruining the taste and palatability of foods but also our health.
Take for example the current gluten-free craze. Where did this emanate from? Some say it is the hybridization of wheat.
More than $10 billion of gluten-free products were sold last year, according to a report in the New York Times. But there are only 1.8 million Americans who have celiac disease where the immune system attacks the small intestine and another 18 million people (~6% of the population) who are gluten sensitive.
The true celiacs might want to check their vitamin C intake levels. That might be the origin of their problems. As for the rest of us, should we be searching for gluten-free products before gluten sensitivity sets in?