If someone really wants to follow a diet so much, follow the Mayo Clinic diet, you know, the one crafted by scientists and medical doctors and that don't rely on websites like lewrockwell.com to spread their message.
The Mayo clinic doesnt have a web site? I bet they do.
I think the problem is that the moment the establishment changed their adice and said to follow a high carb low fat diet co-incided exactly with obesity and diabetes taking off like a rocket.
Maybe it was a coincidence but many people think the advice they gave was the cause of moving obesisty to epidemic levels.
What if it all was a big fat lie?
Do you actually know what the Mayo Clinic diet is, and why they say you should follow it?
Besides, correlation does not imply causation; seeing as how you advocate the paleo diet, I'm not surprised you were unaware of this.
I was more focused on your suggestion that we depend on what the Medical Establishment, who are Scientists after all, have to say. I did just look at the diet and my assumption was right, it is what the medical establishment has recommended for years now, low fat and high carbs ( with at least the minor change that gains be "Whole Grains").
The more important thing to me is the idea that we need to listen to the "Scientists" with the implication that they have done the proper research and have come up with something backed by Scientific investigation.
That is a perfectly reasonable assumption. Scientists are a sort of secular Priesthood that we automatically ascribe many virtues to. We should turn to them for their advice. But like the Roman Catholic Priesthood or the Presidency, many of us have been disappointed. Nixon was a crook, Clinton couldn't keep it in his pants ( and neither could JFK or Johnson we have learned) and Roman Priests...well, lets not go there.
The main emphasis of Gary Taubes work is uncovering the shocking ****
poor Science behind the establishment food recommendations ( Low Fat, High Carb..lots of exercise). We have only been talking about the last page or two of his work that talks about what we should eat ( Basically he says Dr. Atkins and his diet is right).
Taubes is a Science Journalist. His first investigative work was into shoddy Science in Physics, namely Cold Fusion. Someone mentioned to him that if he was appalled by shoddy Science in Physics, he should take a look at Public Health and Nutrition which is the worst of the worst in terms of Bad Science.
That is what his 500 page book "Good Calories, Bad Calories" deals with. Bad Science in Nutrition and Public Health. Many of the other alternative advocates, especially Dr. Robert Lustig ( "Sugar, The Bitter Truth") will tell you about the exact studies that formed the basis for the Establishment Paradigm ( Low Fat, High Carb from "Whole foods") and how we know with very high certainty that they are wrong.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM&ob=av3e
One early study followed Men who ate a high fat diet. To make a long story short, their incidence of Heart Disease was high.. The Establishment was off and running and never looked back. But years later it occurred to a researcher that they didn't exclude several variables. It turned out that Men who ate a high fat diet ( back then) concurrently ate lots of sugar. So they re-tested Men who ate a high fat diet but left out the Sugar this time. Reverse results, the high fat diet reduced all markers of bad health ( blood lipids, inflammation , weight etc) and they had far fewer heart attacks. It's the sugar that kills, not the fat.
You would think that there have been studies that compare Low Fat Diets with the most popular alternative Atkins type High Fat Low Car Diet.
But you would be wrong. Never been done and it wont be. Any study ( and there have been several examples of this) that shows initial results demonstrating superiority of Low Carb Diets lose their funding half way through. Or if studies show contradictory results the part about Low Carb gets tossed and only the part that supports their agenda sees the light of day.
Go read Taubes book. He will give you names and dates. He is an investigative Journalist. This is his wheelhouse.
You would think there is incontrovertible evidence that Low Fat Diets prevent heart disease and obesity.
You would think that there is very convincing evidence that high cholesterol causes heart disease.
You would assume that these Scientists know with high certainty that saturated fat makes you fat and contributes to heart disease..
Nothing of the kind has ever been shown.
For example, Low Fat advocates cite the good results of Cholesterol lowering drugs and their proven ability to reduce Heart Disease. Therefore, a diet that lowers cholesterol ( Low Fat Diets) must be good too.
Not so fast. It turns out that it may well be the powerful anti inflammatory effects satin drugs have that is what is helping your heart, not the lower Cholesterol. In fact, they are finding that low cholesterol correlates with both increased cancer and accelerates dementia and all the while does nothing for your heart health... But how many Billions of dollars are made from Statins?
If you want to have a good career in this field you don't buck the system. You stick to the establishment paradigm,and any alternative is either ignored or actively suppressed. After all, if Low Carb is really the key then these guys have killed literally millions of people with incorrect data and incorrect advice.
So if you think there is lots of Scientific Data, lots of good experimentation, lots of careful reasoned analysis behind what the medical establishment has touted for the last few decades you would be wrong. The Bad Science involved in Public Health and Nutrition is scandalous.
At this point there are literally billions of dollars at stake and reputations to protect.
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