April 12, 2011 was a good day for all of the above. Which means it wasn’t a good day for you, me or anyone who relies on medical advice derived from bad science, ignorant doctors, or the media that disseminates it without scrutiny.
The day began with a report from my son on how his first visit to a new doctor went. Not well. Naturally, Ms. Doc asked him what he ate to stay so ‘nice and slim’.
“Fat, he said. Saturated. As much as I can eat. Some meat and vegetables, usually with butter or coconut oil melted on top.”
Ms. Doc freaked. Out. She immediately handed him one of the many pamphlets that lined every inch of her waiting and exam rooms. This one was on “Healthy Fats.” The inside was a bar graph of fats, starting with the fat that contained the least saturated fat at the top (and thus, the ‘healthiest’): Canola Oil, and the killer fats — coconut oil and butter — at the very bottom.
On the back of the pamphlet, in teeny, tiny, need-a-magnifier to read it letters was the following: Printed by the Canola Oil Association. Oh. My son said before he left he looked at some of the other pamphlets on a variety of subjects from “good diets” to “good drugs” that Ms. Doc felt contained good medical advice to give to each of her patients. Each pamphlet was printed by the industry promoting the advice, from Diet: Drink fruit juice! Eat grains! — to Drugs: Statins are good! Avandia is good!
We have always been at war with Eurasia.
My son tried to tell her about PUFAS. She said she didn’t know what PUFAS were, but said she’d order a lipid panel, which would show her (and of course, ignorant him) how bad his diet is. He then told her that a lipid panel was inadequate to show anything, since HDL and LDL contain many components, not one. HDL has three, some good, some bad. And LDL has five, some good, some bad. To break them down and measure them she would have to order a VAP, or Vertical Auto Panel. She said she’d never heard of a “VAP” and that she was pretty sure there was only one HDL and LDL.
My son, being my son, then tried to explain about Omega-3 fats vs. Omega-6 fats, why saturated fat was good for you if you didn’t eat sugar, which he didn’t, and that all this is completely explained, and then some, in Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories.
“What’s that,” she said. “A book?” My son nodded. “I’m not going to read a whole book!”
Thank you, Ms. Doc. Exit stage left, along with most of the rest of your ‘profession,’ to go read a few more Big Pharma handouts and call it “knowledge.”
But the day got worse. Nightline ran a piece called “Chunky Monkeys,” which they classified as “a story about what happens when you feed our nearest cousins a high-fat, high-calorie diet.” Seems the idiots at the Oregon National Primate Research Center decided to torture a few monkeys by feeding them a SAD (Standard American Diet), and confining them to their cages with the following objectives:
1: To see if they, like their human “couch potato” brethren, would get fat on a high-fat, high-calorie diet. [I’m using the term Cynthia McFadden — and shame on her for being nothing but a tele-prompter reader rather than a journalist — and Kevin Grove from ONPRC used constantly] The monkeys grew morbidly obese, of course.
2: To show that when these monkeys had babies, they passed on not just bad genes but bad social skills. Of course they didn’t mean ‘genes’ per se. They meant gene “switches” that were ‘on’ when they should have been off for health, or vice-versa — turned on via epigenetics — but I doubt if Grove would know about epigenetics even if it appeared on a teleprompter in front of him. Grove then made the hilarious comment that when obese teenage girls are mean to their mothers, it’s the bad diet those bad genes make them eat that causes it.
**3: The heart of the matter: through this research into a high-fat diet, to find a new anti-obesity drug for the pharmaceutical company that funds their
It took a bit of sleuthing to discover the composition of this high-fat diet, but it turns out the New York Times did a story on ONPRC on February 19, in which appeared:
“The monkey’s daily diet consists of dried chow pellets, with about one-third of the calories coming from fat, similar to a typical American diet, Dr. Grove said, though the diet also contains adequate protein and nutrients. They can eat as many pellets as they want. They also snack daily on a 300-calorie chunk of peanut butter, and are sometimes treated to popcorn or peanuts. Gummy bears were abandoned because they stuck to the monkeys’ teeth.
They also drink a fruit-flavored punch with the fructose equivalent of about a can of soda a day. In all, they might consume about twice as many calories as a normal-weight monkey. Dr. Grove and researchers at some other centers say the high-fructose corn syrup appears to accelerate the development of obesity and diabetes.
“It wasn’t until we added those carbs that we got all those other changes, including those changes in body fat,” said Anthony G. Comuzzie, who helped create an obese baboon colony at the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio.”
In other words, this so-called high-fat diet (that contained only 35% fat, which I’m willing to bet were vegetable oils, or PUFAS) was in fact a lethally high-carb, high-fructose diet of the kind most Americans eat because they watch Nightline sponsors’ ads, and visit their very own Ms. Doc’s for medical and nutritional advice. This is the diet ONPRC’s Big Pharma funders would like everyone to continue eating, so they can then sell you the newest diet pill that will let you eat this crap and stay sick forever, while losing a little weight. They say there’s no such thing as a Perpetual Motion Machine, but they are wrong. This little circle jerk will continue forever as far as I can see, with outliers like Taubes, Kendrick, Kwasniewski (and those who read and follow them, like myself and my son) pushed ever farther from it, lest the truth they reveal cost so much as a penny in profit.
Or Power. Yesterday ended with all my “Debunking HCG” threads on a forum being “locked” from further discussion by the moderators. I don’t believe it was from lack of interest from forum members; one of my threads had nearly 600 posts and over 14,000 views. But dare to question authority, or challenge profit (a few members happily sell HCG themselves), or bring actual science to a discussion of a high-fat diet — so-called — or a starvation diet, and various vested interests will not be happy.
Yep, it was a good day yesterday. For them, not you.