Lately I’ve been reading up a lot on nutrition, and I’m finding out that the riff-raff and fraud that are rampant in the food and pharmaceutical industry is even more cold-blooded than the playground kind of stuff we see in “climate science”. It really is that bad.
Recall how George Clooney once asked (paraphrasing) “if 99% of doctors tell you’re sick and only 1% say you’re fine, who are you gonna hang out with?” Turns out that taking Clooney’s advice is a good way to long, painful death.
Right now I’m reading “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis. This is a must read for anyone over 30.
When you get down to it, the pharmaceutical industry is not interested in making you healthy, rather they are all about making you sick while dragging out your life in order to reap maximum profits through a lifetime of drugs sales and expensive treatments. It turns out that many of the diseases (e.g. diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, skin diseases, asthma, arthritis, bone degeneration, etc., etc., etc.) are easily preventable (and even reversible) just by making adjustments in your diet: reducing the intake of carbohydrates, eliminating glutens, and avoiding plant-based fats and oil. But what good is a healthy patient to Big Pharma’s bottom line?
What follows is a short excerpt of Wheat Belly that depicts the cold-blooded advice that supposedly respectable professional organizations like the America Diabetes Association (ADA), American Dietetics Association, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all have been feeding the public for decades:
Years ago, I used the ADA diet in diabetic patients. Following the carbohydrate intake advice of the ADA, I watched patients gain weight, experience deteriorating blood glucose control and the increased need for medication, and develop diabetic complications such as kidney disease and neuropathy. Just as Ignatz Semmelkweis caused the incidence of childbed fever in his practice to nearly vanish just by washing his hands, ignoring ADA diet advice and cutting carbohydrate intake leads to improved blood sugar control, reduced HbA1c, dramatic weight loss, and improvement in all the metabolic messiness of diabetics such as high blood pressure and triglycerides.
The ADA advises diabetics to cut fat, reduce saturated fat, and includes 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrate – preferably ‘healthy whole grains’ in each meal, or 135 to 180 grams of carbohydrates per day, not including snacks. It is, in essence, a fat-phobic, carbohydrate-centered diet, with 55 to 65 percent of calories from carbohydrates. If I were to sum up the views of the ADA toward diet, it would be: Go ahead and eat sugar and foods that increase blood sugar, just be sure to adjust your medication to compensate.”
My, what a wonderful way to milk the patient for years until he dies. Davis continues:
But while ‘fighting fire with fire’ may work with pest control, and passive aggressive neighbors, you can’t charge your way out of credit card debt and you can’t carbohydrate-stuff your way out of diabetes.
The ADA exerts heavy influence in crafting national attitudes toward nutrition. When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, they are sent to a diabetes educator or nurse who counsels them on ADA diet principles. If the patient enters the hospital and has diabetes, the doctors orders an ‘ADA diet’. Such ‘dietary guidelines’ can, in effect, be enacted into health ‘law’. I’ve seen smart diabetic nurses and educators, who coming to understand that carbohydrates cause diabetes, buck ADA advice and counsel patients to curtail carbohydrates consumption. Because such advice flies in the face of ADA guidelines, the medical establishment demonstrates its incredulity by firing these rogue employees.”
Here too we see how “skeptics” of “consensus science” are harshly dealt with.
Davis continues, listing the ADA recommended foods for diabetics:
– whole grain breads, such as whole wheat or rye
– whole grain high-fiber cereal
– cooked cereal such as oatmeal, grits, hominy, or cream of wheat
– rice pasta, tortillas
– cooked beans and peas, such as pinto beans or black-eyed peas
– potatoes, green peas, corn, lima beans, sweet potatoes, winter squash
– low-fat crackers and snack chips, pretzels, and fat-free popcorn
In short, eat wheat, wheat, corn, rice, and wheat.”
Boy that’ll sure help your diabetes to improve, won’t it! This is like trying to cure an alcoholic with Jack Daniels, or a gunshot wound with a shot gun.
Recall the diet to help diabetics cope with their illness is recommended by the quintessential 97% of all real doctors and experts. Why, you’d have to be crazy not to hang out with them if you’re a diabetic!
Paging George Clooney.
William Davis’s Wheat Belly is chock-full with examples of such riff raff in the fields of food, nutrition and pharmaceuticals.
PS: Also available in German!