Here we go again

Mainstream media, medicine and government share a common thread; all ignore scientific research that promotes health and healing.  An example is their continual promulgation that healthy fats are dangerous.

Cholesterol has been a villain for years and the new enemy is coconut oil.  The American Heart Association (AHA) released a report advising against the consumption of coconut oil due to its makeup of almost 100% saturated fat even though this type of fat is compatible with cellular health as is butter, tallow, and lard from grass-fed sources.

The lead author of the report can’t understand why consumers love coconut oil, never considering the abundance of research citing the low incidence of heart disease and obesity in countries around the Asian rim and the coconut oil connection.

Refined cooking oils, like soy, corn, safflower, canola and other vegetable oils are produced by a mechanical and chemical process that remove natural nutrients creating a final oxidized product that breaks down into cancer causing free radicals.  Further, most of these oils originate from genetically modified seeds that do not have a history long enough to generate research on their effects.

They are no better than the hydrogenated oils they have replaced.  Hydrogenation damages oils, creating trans-fats linked to inflammation in the body.  Hydrogenated oils are the underlying cause of chronic illness and diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes and the mainstream continues to promote their use.

Critics claim there is no “scientific evidence” or “peer review” on the topic therefore; health claims are misguided and irrelevant.

Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the Lancet one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world published the following statement:

 “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” 

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”  Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal.

This is disturbing. Supposedly sound scientific literature that does not pass muster is used to develop drugs, and to educate medical students and consumers. Could this be related to why heart disease has been the number one killer in our country since the 1920’s?  Are we supposed to call this progress?

Is there more hypocrisy than facts?

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A good rule of thumb is to consume all things in moderation. Find a reputable resource that stands the test of time and follow it.  Stay informed with

Stay well.



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