Challenging Conventional Wisdom is Never Easy
Hi everyone, welcome to another Keto Cure Me blog post.
This is a rather special post because I can announce that today I will be a guest on Low Carb Conversations, Jimmy Moore’s low carb health podcast! In fact I just finished recording with Jimmy this morning at 6.00 am Brisbane time.
The episode (#138) will air on Friday the 6th of Feb and features myself and film-maker Max Lugavere, talking about his new movie ‘Bread Head’. I’ll be covering Max’s documentary in another post, so stay tuned.
Jimmy, Dietician Cassie, Max and I talked all about Keto Cure Me, plus headlines including American Food in schools policy and queensland State schools and plenty more. Best fun I’ve had in years!
Jimmy has been instrumental in my own success with my LCHF journey and subsequently with what I share with you and my client base. In many ways he travels with me all the time when I’m speaking to clients because of the information contained in his books Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity.
Both of these excellent books contain such a strong scientific basis and common sense approach to regaining our health through the use of food as medicine.
In addition to Jimmy’s broad knowledge on everything low carb, he has sought out and shared the knowledge base of noted physicians and researchers from around the world to reinforce the science behind the low carb phenomenon.
Todays Blog Post Topic
Challenging conventional wisdom is never easy. Don’t always believe what you hear.
You know when you discover something really cool you want to shout it from the rooftops? Duringmy own journey of discovery about how powerful the low carb, high fat approach is to health, I have wanted to tell everybody everything all at once. This isn’t always the best approach. A lot of people have a lot of opinions and sometimes they don’t want to hear mine.
Who was it that said slow and steady wins the race? I don’t know, I haven’t Googled it, but I know they were right. I share info with only those that want it and time will tell how well we all go with low carb. I’m living proof that it works!
When you challenge convention wisdom by speaking out in favour of a low carb, high fat diet, you will find there are many naysayers. After all it has been drummed into us that doctors are gods and are pillors of the community and fat makes you fat right? That’s been going on since Ancel Keys fudged his data and said that saturated fat gives you heart disease. That little gaff made a lot of drug companies very rich indeed (see Statins), and gave doctors permission to put us all on horrible low fat diets. We’ve been getting more obese and unwell ever since.
Take the Australian and American Heart foundations for example.
These two organisations have a great deal of pull in terms of what they endorse as being a heart healthy approach to eating. Many medical professionals and the public take what they say as verbatim. It’s the Heart Foundation, they must be right, right?
The Australian Heart foundation follows or aligns itself with the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMR).
The NHMR says it has carefully analysed around 55,000 new research publications to create the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. If they have actually read that many publications and are still promoting the out-dated and flawed science of the last forty years (see the debunked lipid hypothesis), then there is no way I am going to afford them my respect when making decisions about my own health, especially if they are going to promote saturated fat as being the bad guy in health.
The Australian and American Heart Foundations continue to standby this out-dated lipid theory (yes its only a theory), despite science proving time and time again that saturated fat does not cause heart disease or ramp up your cholesterol.
The Australian Heart Foundation has attracted a lot of criticism in recent months with over 54,000 people petitioning against their healthy heart tick of approval program, given that many of the products they ‘tick’ as being healthy are not healthy at all.
The Australian Heart Foundation is encouraging people to eat vegetable and seed oils and many other heavily processed / refined carbohydrates. So many of the Heart Foundations ticked products contain huge amounts of sugar, which is deplorable, and the Heart Foundation should and is being called to account.
Check out Jessie Reimers article on the Heart Foundation and her links to research that dispel the myth that saturated fat negatively impacts on our health.
Just because the Heart Foundation says something is so, doesn’t mean you can’t question them, the same applies to the advice we get from medical professionals. Challenge them; make them accountable for the misinformation they telegraph to the Australian population.
The Heart Foundation hides behind the NHMR Australian Dietary Guidelines. The Heart Foundation should be challenging the integrity of those guidelines, as should the people running our hospitals. They are all too scared of what would happen if they admitted they were wrong and actually look at the science with fresh eyes and implement new dietary guidelines that will restore peoples health and relieve the governmental health burden.
In America at the moment the Obama administration is pushing its food polices in schools. They want kids to eat fewer calories from fat, salt and sugar. On the surface that sounds good doesn’t it? On the other hand Jamie Oliver did it, and there was such a negative response from the schools because fruit and veg got wasted. It’s too expensive for the school budgets, but overall it seemed like a good idea especially given Jamie’s passionate reasons for starting the projects in the first place.
An American group, the School Nutrition Association (SNA), who are the umbrella body for 55,000 school cafeterias in the states, have rallied against Obamas food in schools policy. The SNA also note that the White House want to increase consumption of grain based products in school cafeterias. The SNA argue that the fruit and veg will be wasted and cost the school nutrition programs big money (just like Jaimes plan).
The suggestion from the Republicans is that the current government and the agricultural industry will see the profits from increased produced sales and the kids end up binning the food and craving more of the unhealthy foods they are eating in the first place.
What I’m trying to say is sometimes the motive for why a group is doing something isn’t always clear at first. If you believe that the White House is doing it all for the kids then please take your blinkers off. The produce industry is a powerful lobbyist and the governments in America and in Australia listen. Money talks.
I’m not saying don’t encourage schools to serve more healthy options like good fats, fruit and veg, I’m saying don’t do it to improve the governments bottom line and that of the grain producers. This is how we all ended up eating so much processed grain based foods in the first place.
Pretending it’s all about kids health is just rubbish.
If you want to stop kids eating junk then get harder on the marketing and advertising of junk food and make food labelling stricter. Feed the kids more protein and fats and they won’t crave junk as much.
We should also look at the evidence as to what good saturated fat does for the human body and change our nutrition in hospitals. Try lowering the cost of health care by feeding our most vulnerable people decent food instead of white bread rolls and sugar coated biscuits. Our hospitals are making people sicker. I should know I work in one!
So be careful with your research, look deeper and try not to get sucked in by organisations like the Australian Heart Foundation. Think about why the last forty years of life on this planet has seen the biggest increase in obesity related metabolic disorders. We were told to stop eating saturated fat and eat more grains.
That’s all from me for this Keto Cure Me Blog Post.
Make sure you listen out for Jimmy Moore’s Low Carb Conversation next Friday the 6th of February and give a big shout out for me as a guest. It’s great for people to hear how much support there is for the low carb movement down under.
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Take care of yourselves,
Michelle, Keto Cure Me