Good News From Around The World

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You better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changing. – Bob Dylan.

The times are indeed a-changing, and I believe we’re going to see the anti-fat hysteria that led to so much bad dietary advice eventually sink like a stone.  Perhaps even sooner than most of us thought.  As evidence for my optimism, here’s some good news from around the world.

British cardiologist say saturated fat is good for you

Sure, other cardiologists have come out and said saturated fat and cholesterol in foods don’t cause heart disease.  Dr. William Davis and Dr. Dwight Lundell, to name two examples.  But the good news here is that major newspapers are starting to pay attention to the contrarians, as in this article from the U.K. Independent:

Four decades of medical wisdom that cutting down on saturated fats reduces our risk of heart disease may be wrong, a top cardiologist has said. Fatty foods that have not been processed – such as butter, cheese, eggs and yoghurt – can even be good for the heart, and repeated advice that we should cut our fat intake may have actually increased risks of heart disease, said Dr Aseem Malhotra.

He told The Independent: “From the analysis of the independent evidence that I have done, saturated fat from non-processed food is not harmful and probably beneficial. Butter, cheese, yoghurt and eggs are generally healthy and not detrimental. The food industry has profited from the low-fat mantra for decades because foods that are marketed as low-fat are often loaded with sugar. We are now learning that added sugar in food is driving the obesity epidemic and the rise in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

I suspect some people will read that article and feel frustrated by all the conflicting advice in the media … one article says saturated fat will kill you, another says it’s harmless, a third says nobody knows for sure, etc.  I feel their pain.  But if you’ve spent years believing something that simply isn’t true, being confused is a step in the right direction.

Anti-fat hysteria blasted on Australian TV

Some months ago, an Australian science reporter named Maryanne Demasi emailed me to ask where I found the news footage of the McGovern committee.  I answered her and then forgot all about it … until some Australian readers sent me a link to an episode of ABC’s Catalyst that aired Down Under a couple of days ago.  Check it out:

I love it.  And from what I’ve heard through the internet grapevine, the Australian Heart Foundation has been swamped with complaints about their lousy advice since the program aired.  (No surprise, since their representative in the Catalyst program admitted the evidence is “inconclusive.”) There’s even an online petition demanding that the Heart Foundation stop with all the anti-fat nonsense.

Swedish government changes its official position on saturated fat

Okay, I’ve made it pretty clear over the years that I want governments to get out of the dietary-advice business.  We were better off before they started telling us what to eat.  But if governments are going to give out dietary advice, they should at least get it right.

In Sweden, they’re finally getting it right.  Swedish doctor Andreas Eenfeldt of course wrote about the change on his blog, but my favorite take on the news came from Dr. Malcolm Kendrick – because as you know if you’ve read his blog or his book The Great Cholesterol Con, the man does not mince words:

Now, I have been aware that there has been a movement towards a high fat low carb diet (HFLC) going on in Sweden for some years. This has been led recently by the heroic Dr Annika Dahlqvist, a General Practitioner who had been advising her diabetic patients to eat a low carb high fat diet (LCHF).

She was, of course, attacked by the idiots…sorry experts.

… In reality all that the Swedes really ‘discovered’ is the quite astonishing fact that eating a high carbohydrate diet is bad for you, and worse for you if you are a diabetic. Well, blow me down with a feather. They have found exactly what a working knowledge of human biology/physiology would tell you would happen.

But we live in a wold controlled by entrenched stupidity, dogma, and the financial interests of massive companies who are making billions selling tasteless low fat mush. These companies know that the only way you can make low fat food, e.g. low fat yoghurt, taste like anything half palatable is to stuff it with sugar. Cheap, nasty, and damaging to health – also driving the ever increasing weight gain and diabetes in the Western World.

In December, I’ll be giving a speech on how the Wisdom of Crowds effect is changing what people believe about diet and health.  I think that’s exactly what we’re seeing here.  Bloggers, independent filmmakers, podcasters, rebel doctors – heck, even people who leave blistering comments when online media articles promote anti-fat hysteria – are spreading the word and turning the tide.  Major media outlets are paying attention, and more and more people are questioning what we’ve been told about saturated fat and cholesterol for the past 40 years.

The times they are a-changing.


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150 thoughts on “Good News From Around The World

  1. Randal L. Schwartz

    The biggest problem in the US will be the big Pharma and big Farma wanting their precious bottom-lines to be unaffected by this international sea change. Expect to find more and more places where the broken “conventional wisdom” science is codified as legal requirements and insurance requirements. Expect it to get worse before it gets better.

  2. Shelley

    Good to know that this info is being seen and heard more and more in the mainstream. Here is a really interesting article that was published on our main news website this morning – http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/9327862/Fighting-fat-with-fat I love this comment “But in nutrition science, as in all other science, we must be prepared to change our mind on the basis of evidence.” Like a lot of places, NZ has a big problem with obesity and diabetes, and of course the standard advice is not helping at all. I’m really hopeful that this guy’s research can make a big impact in this area.

    Another excellent example of why I’m feeling optimistic.

  3. Jorge

    I just watched the Australian docu and loved it as well. I could tell right away that it was inspired by Fat Head as there were too many key points from it (and presented in a similar way).

  4. Richard Feinman

    What government can do is hold hearings where everybody is represented.

    One of its mistakdes is the USDA Nutritional Guidelines. A petition to trash that before it gets going and wastes two years of money.

    We have wildly different opinions on the ability of government to come to the correct conclusions and do the right thing.

    1. Bret

      Government already did that, Doc. Physicians at the McGovern hearing gave a scathing critique of the low-fat approach, but McGovern pushed his low-fat message anyway. There is no reason to believe repeating that event today would generate a different outcome.

      So many people believe that government should fix our problems, but they are ignoring the fact that government largely created those problems in the first place and still perpetuates them currently.

      Bingo. That’s why I replied that he and I have different opinions on government’s ability to do the right thing. To paraphrase George Washington, government isn’t reason or eloquence; government is force. Giving small groups of people the power of coercion over others doesn’t turn them into altruists. It does, however, give self-interested government officials who wield power and self-interested corporations who can benefit from that power a reason to get into bed together, metaphorically speaking.

      1. susan

        Funny how when they get into bed together, we’re the ones who always seem to get shafted.

        Indeed. And they don’t even buy us a drink first.

  5. Randal L. Schwartz

    The biggest problem in the US will be the big Pharma and big Farma wanting their precious bottom-lines to be unaffected by this international sea change. Expect to find more and more places where the broken “conventional wisdom” science is codified as legal requirements and insurance requirements. Expect it to get worse before it gets better.

  6. Shelley

    Good to know that this info is being seen and heard more and more in the mainstream. Here is a really interesting article that was published on our main news website this morning – http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/9327862/Fighting-fat-with-fat I love this comment “But in nutrition science, as in all other science, we must be prepared to change our mind on the basis of evidence.” Like a lot of places, NZ has a big problem with obesity and diabetes, and of course the standard advice is not helping at all. I’m really hopeful that this guy’s research can make a big impact in this area.

    Another excellent example of why I’m feeling optimistic.

  7. Jorge

    I just watched the Australian docu and loved it as well. I could tell right away that it was inspired by Fat Head as there were too many key points from it (and presented in a similar way).

  8. Mark

    So what happens to all these people who dispensed the advice that led to the last forty years of ill health and deaths? They just get a free pass? The old adage is true: “One man is always the dead – and two million is always just a statistic.” We have a lot of statistics from the last forty years.

    They’ll retire or die. As Max Planck put it, science often progresses one funeral at a time.

  9. Richard Feinman

    What government can do is hold hearings where everybody is represented.

    One of its mistakdes is the USDA Nutritional Guidelines. A petition to trash that before it gets going and wastes two years of money.

    We have wildly different opinions on the ability of government to come to the correct conclusions and do the right thing.

    1. Bret

      Government already did that, Doc. Physicians at the McGovern hearing gave a scathing critique of the low-fat approach, but McGovern pushed his low-fat message anyway. There is no reason to believe repeating that event today would generate a different outcome.

      So many people believe that government should fix our problems, but they are ignoring the fact that government largely created those problems in the first place and still perpetuates them currently.

      Bingo. That’s why I replied that he and I have different opinions on government’s ability to do the right thing. To paraphrase George Washington, government isn’t reason or eloquence; government is force. Giving small groups of people the power of coercion over others doesn’t turn them into altruists. It does, however, give self-interested government officials who wield power and self-interested corporations who can benefit from that power a reason to get into bed together, metaphorically speaking.

      1. susan

        Funny how when they get into bed together, we’re the ones who always seem to get shafted.

        Indeed. And they don’t even buy us a drink first.

  10. Howard Lee Harkness

    You are certainly feeling optimistic tonight, Tom.

    I hope you are right. I was not feeling all that optimistic when I wrote my last blog post, on the only significant variable in any nutritional “study.” I made a prediction near the end of that post. (http://nequals1health.com/significant-variable-nutritional-study/)

    Maybe my prediction is wrong. That would be nice…

    I’m not optimistic that the low-fat industry will just give up and go away. Of course they’ll fight — billions of dollars are at stake. But I am optimistic that over time, they’ll lose the “hearts and minds” battle — which means they lose, period.

    1. Firebird7478

      You’d think they’d see the writing on the wall then switch gears and just go back to making the full fat versions.

      I kind of wish the oil industry would do the same with biodiesel.

      1. Nowhereman

        Firebird, that’s really where we need to pay attention. The smart companies and such will start quietly and gradually providing what the market wants, and those that don’t, will fail or suffer losses. But that will be the big marker, much more so than just some government agencies changing policy.

    2. Walter Bushell

      Let’s just hope the fake food manufacturers are as bad at winning hearts and mind as the American military.

  11. zoe harcombe

    Hi Tom
    Don’t worry – you can always rely on Public Health England to keep fighting the good fight. Across the pond, we’re working with the fake food companies to take one and a half swimming pools of saturated fat out of the nation’s diet. (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-tonnes-of-saturated-fat-to-be-taken-out-of-the-nations-diet)

    Even Kit Kat is swapping out saturated fat – presumably for those ‘orrible oils and shocking sugars – so that we may all be saved.

    We still think we run the Commonwealth – it’s going to take us a while to catch on!

    Zoe x

    I expect to see the usual suspects push the same agenda for as long as they can. But once a critical mass of the public no longer believes them, they’ll become irrelevant.

    1. Firebird7478

      Dr. Robert Haas who wrote “Eat to Win” and “Eat to Succeed” in the 1980s, two books that starved me into fitness, has since turned the corner and admitted that what he wrote was incorrect.

  12. Per Wikholm

    Tom, this week has been trouly remarkable and might go down to history as the week the dietary paradigm shift really took of. However there are some overoptimistic interpretations of what has actually happened in Sweden.

    The Swedish dietery guidelines to the general public (based on the new edition of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations) haven’t changed much at all. The only change is that we are now allowed to eat 5 % more MUFA and 5 % less carbs. Recommended carb intake is now 45-60 % of calories, Before it was 40-60 %. Maximun SFA intake ist still 10 %. And our USDA, the Swedish National Food Administration is campaigning to ban schools from serving butter and whole milk.

    http://www.norden.org/sv/aktuellt/nyheter/new-nordic-nutrition-recommendations-focus-on-quality-and-the-whole-diet

    The SBU ( Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment)-report on the other hand is indeed revolutionary but restricted to the treatment of obesity in the health care system. It´s states that low carb is better at least in the short term for weight loss, that it has benificial effects on bloodsugar, HDL and triaglycerides. The most revolutionary aspect of this SBU-report is that they say that the scientific base for the warnings against saturated fats is “fragile”.

    So we how have two different government authorities with very differnts stands on saturated fat. One warning against artery clogging saturated fat, the other one basically saying that warning is based on crappy science. We will have to see what comes out in the future of this controvercy. It might at least produce some good entertainment (so let´s not shut down government).

    Well, it’s a good start.

    1. Per Wikholm

      Correction: Recommended carb intake is now 45-60 % of calories, before it was 50-60 %. (So I am now only need to eat 45 % carbs, thats a whopping 5 % less carbs than before)

  13. Mark

    So what happens to all these people who dispensed the advice that led to the last forty years of ill health and deaths? They just get a free pass? The old adage is true: “One man is always the dead – and two million is always just a statistic.” We have a lot of statistics from the last forty years.

    They’ll retire or die. As Max Planck put it, science often progresses one funeral at a time.

  14. Jan

    Yes, it certainly has been a great week for great news, around the media, blogs and websites. It would appear that the times ‘certainly are a-changing’. I do hope so and that this great momentum keeps with us. We must all keep on spreading the good news.

    All the best Jan

  15. Howard Lee Harkness

    You are certainly feeling optimistic tonight, Tom.

    I hope you are right. I was not feeling all that optimistic when I wrote my last blog post, on the only significant variable in any nutritional “study.” I made a prediction near the end of that post. (http://nequals1health.com/significant-variable-nutritional-study/)

    Maybe my prediction is wrong. That would be nice…

    I’m not optimistic that the low-fat industry will just give up and go away. Of course they’ll fight — billions of dollars are at stake. But I am optimistic that over time, they’ll lose the “hearts and minds” battle — which means they lose, period.

    1. Firebird7478

      You’d think they’d see the writing on the wall then switch gears and just go back to making the full fat versions.

      I kind of wish the oil industry would do the same with biodiesel.

      1. Nowhereman

        Firebird, that’s really where we need to pay attention. The smart companies and such will start quietly and gradually providing what the market wants, and those that don’t, will fail or suffer losses. But that will be the big marker, much more so than just some government agencies changing policy.

    2. Walter Bushell

      Let’s just hope the fake food manufacturers are as bad at winning hearts and mind as the American military.

  16. zoe harcombe

    Hi Tom
    Don’t worry – you can always rely on Public Health England to keep fighting the good fight. Across the pond, we’re working with the fake food companies to take one and a half swimming pools of saturated fat out of the nation’s diet. (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-tonnes-of-saturated-fat-to-be-taken-out-of-the-nations-diet)

    Even Kit Kat is swapping out saturated fat – presumably for those ‘orrible oils and shocking sugars – so that we may all be saved.

    We still think we run the Commonwealth – it’s going to take us a while to catch on!

    Zoe x

    I expect to see the usual suspects push the same agenda for as long as they can. But once a critical mass of the public no longer believes them, they’ll become irrelevant.

    1. Firebird7478

      Dr. Robert Haas who wrote “Eat to Win” and “Eat to Succeed” in the 1980s, two books that starved me into fitness, has since turned the corner and admitted that what he wrote was incorrect.

  17. Gerard

    A Grade stuff mate…. in reference to the Australian story – seriously that is amazing. ABC are contacting *YOU* for information.

    lol – they are Government Run you know. My taxes paid for that story. But I love my ABC – as do a majority of lefties and righties here. No Government would dare get rid of it.

    Seriously your movie acted as a good summation or better still even what may have spurred this whole thing on. You should be very proud.

    Im so looking forward to the episode on statins next week.

    I’m looking forward to that one too.

  18. Frank

    I hope you will be recording and publishing your ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ speech.

    I’m anticipating the backlash against LCHF, something along the lines of Fat Wars: Ancel Keyes Strikes Back.

    Sure, the low-fat industry will fight back. But they’re going to lose in the long run.

    1. Daci

      >Sure, the low-fat industry will fight back. But they’re going to lose in the long run.

      I hope this happens in my life time,but I’m not holding my breath.
      Anyway, I so wish these shows would be aired on PBS and Dateline,but I sincerely doubt that would come to pass.

      I think it will come to pass. Maybe not soon, but it’ll happen.

    2. Jean Bush

      Unfortunately, none of these so-called experts bother to study history, which has shown that man thrived for over million years on meat, fish and fat. If it were true that the Food Pryramid was correct, we would have died out long before agriculture was developed.

      How convoluted was that?? Ugh!

      The truth is, the weaker, sicker and more confused we are, the easier we can be controlled.

      Perhaps they’re counting on that.

      1. Nick

        Just a small correction, Home Sapiens, man, has only existed between 200,000 and 250,000 years. Fossil records are actually more recent than that estimate though, at around 160,000 years.

        If you count our ancesters, such as as Homo Erectus, as “man”, then yes, over a million years would be correct.

        But I agree with your point nonetheless.

  19. Chris Bennett

    It was a good week for the pro fat message but it did not seem to last long. Three days after having a cardiologist arguing against the villification of fat the BBC was running a headline about a report which recommends forcing manufacturers to limit salt, sugar and fat in ALL their products.
    This does not effect me too much as I buy mainly fresh fruit, veg, meat, fish and nuts but they better not reduce fat in the cheese! I have seem some lighter versions around.
    It is annoying that only days after that interview the are talking about the dangers of saturated fat and salt in contributing to heart disease. I would like to see these studies that show that but they still do not think they need to justify such statements.

    On another note. Anyone who has not read Malcolm Kendricks ‘The Cholesterol con’ should really read it. He takes a serious subject and makes you laugh at all the bad science going on. Just read it for the second time last week. I think I appreciated it more the second time as the first time I was only just moving away from the fat is bad concept.

    We will see anti-fat hysteria continue to be pushed by the usual suspects for a long time. But the good news is that we’re also seeing more and more media articles/shows pointing out why anti-fat hysteria is wrong. People may be confused by the mixed message, but when they hear a representative for the Heart Foundation admit the evidence is “inconclusive,” that’s got to have an effect.

  20. Kathy in Texas

    Speech! Where? Will you post a link for those of us who can’t be there? Or is this a “private event”? Inquiring minds and all ……….

    It’s a private event, but I’ll see about videotaping it.

  21. rudy-in-la

    I’d laugh about this if it didn’t make me feel like screaming. The comments in response to the linked articles are as telling, if not more so, about the push for low fat, which seems to now be turning into a fight for Veganism. Dogma does not go away easily.

  22. Jan

    Yes, it certainly has been a great week for great news, around the media, blogs and websites. It would appear that the times ‘certainly are a-changing’. I do hope so and that this great momentum keeps with us. We must all keep on spreading the good news.

    All the best Jan

  23. Gerard

    A Grade stuff mate…. in reference to the Australian story – seriously that is amazing. ABC are contacting *YOU* for information.

    lol – they are Government Run you know. My taxes paid for that story. But I love my ABC – as do a majority of lefties and righties here. No Government would dare get rid of it.

    Seriously your movie acted as a good summation or better still even what may have spurred this whole thing on. You should be very proud.

    Im so looking forward to the episode on statins next week.

    I’m looking forward to that one too.

  24. Frank

    I hope you will be recording and publishing your ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ speech.

    I’m anticipating the backlash against LCHF, something along the lines of Fat Wars: Ancel Keyes Strikes Back.

    Sure, the low-fat industry will fight back. But they’re going to lose in the long run.

    1. Daci

      >Sure, the low-fat industry will fight back. But they’re going to lose in the long run.

      I hope this happens in my life time,but I’m not holding my breath.
      Anyway, I so wish these shows would be aired on PBS and Dateline,but I sincerely doubt that would come to pass.

      I think it will come to pass. Maybe not soon, but it’ll happen.

    2. Jean Bush

      Unfortunately, none of these so-called experts bother to study history, which has shown that man thrived for over million years on meat, fish and fat. If it were true that the Food Pryramid was correct, we would have died out long before agriculture was developed.

      How convoluted was that?? Ugh!

      The truth is, the weaker, sicker and more confused we are, the easier we can be controlled.

      Perhaps they’re counting on that.

      1. Nick

        Just a small correction, Home Sapiens, man, has only existed between 200,000 and 250,000 years. Fossil records are actually more recent than that estimate though, at around 160,000 years.

        If you count our ancesters, such as as Homo Erectus, as “man”, then yes, over a million years would be correct.

        But I agree with your point nonetheless.

  25. Chris Bennett

    It was a good week for the pro fat message but it did not seem to last long. Three days after having a cardiologist arguing against the villification of fat the BBC was running a headline about a report which recommends forcing manufacturers to limit salt, sugar and fat in ALL their products.
    This does not effect me too much as I buy mainly fresh fruit, veg, meat, fish and nuts but they better not reduce fat in the cheese! I have seem some lighter versions around.
    It is annoying that only days after that interview the are talking about the dangers of saturated fat and salt in contributing to heart disease. I would like to see these studies that show that but they still do not think they need to justify such statements.

    On another note. Anyone who has not read Malcolm Kendricks ‘The Cholesterol con’ should really read it. He takes a serious subject and makes you laugh at all the bad science going on. Just read it for the second time last week. I think I appreciated it more the second time as the first time I was only just moving away from the fat is bad concept.

    We will see anti-fat hysteria continue to be pushed by the usual suspects for a long time. But the good news is that we’re also seeing more and more media articles/shows pointing out why anti-fat hysteria is wrong. People may be confused by the mixed message, but when they hear a representative for the Heart Foundation admit the evidence is “inconclusive,” that’s got to have an effect.

  26. Lawrence

    Here’s a link the Dr Oz show where he ads he’s been giving the wrong advice about saturated fats and carbs. I don’t put much stock into what Dr Oz says but a lot of people do ( my parents included…sigh). Times are indeed changing 🙂
    http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/do-carbs-cause-alzheimers?video_id=2753218220001

    I see Dr. Oz appearing on all these magazine covers with blurbs along the lines of “Dr. Oz reveals how to lose 9 pounds and six inches in one week!” so I don’t put much stock in what the man says. But since so many people do, I’m glad he’s coming around.

    1. Kathy in Texas

      Lawrence, thank you for posting this link. The only time I ever watched Oprah was when Dr. Oz was making an appearance. He taught so many folks things about their bodies, the kinds of things people are reluctant to discuss with their docs. (I admit to being a medicine-biology-nutrition information nut.) But then he became a celebrity and was handing out the advice we know him for now and I lost interest. My point is that this is huge, that he would admit to even the possibility that he had misled his viewers. There is hope for the masses to get the word.

  27. Kathy in Texas

    Speech! Where? Will you post a link for those of us who can’t be there? Or is this a “private event”? Inquiring minds and all ……….

    It’s a private event, but I’ll see about videotaping it.

  28. rudy-in-la

    I’d laugh about this if it didn’t make me feel like screaming. The comments in response to the linked articles are as telling, if not more so, about the push for low fat, which seems to now be turning into a fight for Veganism. Dogma does not go away easily.

  29. Lawrence

    Here’s a link the Dr Oz show where he ads he’s been giving the wrong advice about saturated fats and carbs. I don’t put much stock into what Dr Oz says but a lot of people do ( my parents included…sigh). Times are indeed changing 🙂
    http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/do-carbs-cause-alzheimers?video_id=2753218220001

    I see Dr. Oz appearing on all these magazine covers with blurbs along the lines of “Dr. Oz reveals how to lose 9 pounds and six inches in one week!” so I don’t put much stock in what the man says. But since so many people do, I’m glad he’s coming around.

    1. Kathy in Texas

      Lawrence, thank you for posting this link. The only time I ever watched Oprah was when Dr. Oz was making an appearance. He taught so many folks things about their bodies, the kinds of things people are reluctant to discuss with their docs. (I admit to being a medicine-biology-nutrition information nut.) But then he became a celebrity and was handing out the advice we know him for now and I lost interest. My point is that this is huge, that he would admit to even the possibility that he had misled his viewers. There is hope for the masses to get the word.

  30. Danny J Albers

    Its sad how the Egg = smoking correlations are still page 1 along with the red meat will kill you studies but this stuff is still stuck in the rear sections of the papers.

    Thankful for the internet where people search by subject, and page order is irrelevant.

    Still its good to have some main stream press to pull out at parties to make my point rather than having to rely on Mark’s Daily Apple whom many have never heard of.

    Fat Head the movie on Netflix, in my mind, deserves a lot of credit for bringing this to a lot of people’s attention that would not otherwise of been interested.

    The usual nonsense does show up in newspapers, but at least in the online versions, people are leaving comments calling them on the b.s.

  31. Danny J Albers

    Its sad how the Egg = smoking correlations are still page 1 along with the red meat will kill you studies but this stuff is still stuck in the rear sections of the papers.

    Thankful for the internet where people search by subject, and page order is irrelevant.

    Still its good to have some main stream press to pull out at parties to make my point rather than having to rely on Mark’s Daily Apple whom many have never heard of.

    Fat Head the movie on Netflix, in my mind, deserves a lot of credit for bringing this to a lot of people’s attention that would not otherwise of been interested.

    The usual nonsense does show up in newspapers, but at least in the online versions, people are leaving comments calling them on the b.s.

  32. Ann

    YEAH ! I was scrolling through the website of my son’s new school recently and to my disgust found the AHA dietary advice on the overview of their health and physical ed syllabus. Time to write a letter !

  33. Ann

    YEAH ! I was scrolling through the website of my son’s new school recently and to my disgust found the AHA dietary advice on the overview of their health and physical ed syllabus. Time to write a letter !

  34. Craig

    Government-subsidized big pharma and big agri will spend a fortune fighting the truth, but they are ultimately fighting one of the most powerful concepts in the world of numbers — exponential growth. Cutting grains and sugars and eating real food instead of processed junk simply works. And as it works for us we naturally tell friends, create blogs, post instagram pics of our food for people to see the kind of meals we are enjoying, etc.

    And at first it can seem frustrating when the world doesn’t immediately pay attention to what is obviously working. But I’ve had several friends profoundly thank me over the past couple years for “life-changing” advice about nutrition. Each one of us only has to fully convince TWO other people that “low fat, whole grain, lots of cardio and pop a statin every day” is deadly advice for our message to enjoy exponential growth.

    Exponential growth curves always start slow until that doubling effect makes the numbers suddenly start jumping at an amazing rate. The bread industry has had the food pyramid on its packages for decades. but my friends have watched me effortlessly drop weight that I’ve easily kept of for a couple years now. In those friends’ minds the old drawing of the food pyramid is now competing with my instagram pics of meals like the pile of beef short ribs, bacon and vegetables simmering in chicken stock in my Crock Pot.

    I agree. We’re seeing what’s described in “The Wisdom of Crowds” and “The Tipping Point” (both excellent books).

  35. Michael Cohen

    I can help but think that the Australian program is simply Fathead done with the resources of a national class TV studio.

    I think it would be more accurate to say Fat Head and the Australian show were both heavily influenced by “Good Calories, Bad Calories” — with rather different styles, of course. I was glad she was able to get Gary Taubes on camera. He agreed to be interviewed for Fat Head, but his publisher didn’t want him appearing in a film billed as a comedy documentary.

    1. William

      This program was actually a copy of Justin Smith’s “Statin Nation” documentary.

  36. Chuck

    I’m doing my part, by flooding my Facebook page with as many relevant videos, articles and blog posts as I can. Some are taking notice because they see my results, or know someone else who is trying it and getting great results.

    Dr. Oz supporting it would be great, (for those that take him serious) but he will probably contradict himself in the next show. Can you imagine how horrible your daily diet would be if you took all the supplements, nasty teas, drinks and other things he promotes on a daily basis. YUK! Not to mention the strange ideas that make you fat and methods that cure it. *Warning*– Please put your helmet on first.

    http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/your-house-making-you-fat?gallery=true&page=1

    http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/get-rid-belly-bloat (they got one right, sugar)

    It’s no wonder people are so confused with people like him flooding the airways with garbage everyday.

    Dr. Oz is all over the map. That’s why I don’t listen to him.

    1. j

      I watched the “get rid of belly bloat” segments hoping to learn something. I was hugely disappointed. This is what I call junk info, where it’s more about entertainment than education.

      1. Chuck

        A commenter posted this link on one of Tom’s older blogs. I believe it tells you all you need to know about “belly bloat”.

        http://www.gnolls.org/1444/does-meat-rot-in-your-colon-no-what-does-beans-grains-and-vegetables/

        If you read the comments there is a bit more info, like: of all living creatures, only some termites can digest plant cellulose (fiber), and the waste product from colon bacteria is a type of saturated fat, and that herbivores like cows, are just basically feeding plant material to the bacteria so they can produce the fat and proteins they need. As the author of the article says “It’s instructive that once you understand how digestion actually works, you end up at something relatively ‘paleo’ by default.”
        Quite interesting.

    2. Firebird7478

      “Dr. Oz is all over the map. That’s why I don’t listen to him.”

      This is where the TSA could come in handy. 😉

  37. Craig

    Government-subsidized big pharma and big agri will spend a fortune fighting the truth, but they are ultimately fighting one of the most powerful concepts in the world of numbers — exponential growth. Cutting grains and sugars and eating real food instead of processed junk simply works. And as it works for us we naturally tell friends, create blogs, post instagram pics of our food for people to see the kind of meals we are enjoying, etc.

    And at first it can seem frustrating when the world doesn’t immediately pay attention to what is obviously working. But I’ve had several friends profoundly thank me over the past couple years for “life-changing” advice about nutrition. Each one of us only has to fully convince TWO other people that “low fat, whole grain, lots of cardio and pop a statin every day” is deadly advice for our message to enjoy exponential growth.

    Exponential growth curves always start slow until that doubling effect makes the numbers suddenly start jumping at an amazing rate. The bread industry has had the food pyramid on its packages for decades. but my friends have watched me effortlessly drop weight that I’ve easily kept of for a couple years now. In those friends’ minds the old drawing of the food pyramid is now competing with my instagram pics of meals like the pile of beef short ribs, bacon and vegetables simmering in chicken stock in my Crock Pot.

    I agree. We’re seeing what’s described in “The Wisdom of Crowds” and “The Tipping Point” (both excellent books).

  38. Michael Cohen

    I can help but think that the Australian program is simply Fathead done with the resources of a national class TV studio.

    I think it would be more accurate to say Fat Head and the Australian show were both heavily influenced by “Good Calories, Bad Calories” — with rather different styles, of course. I was glad she was able to get Gary Taubes on camera. He agreed to be interviewed for Fat Head, but his publisher didn’t want him appearing in a film billed as a comedy documentary.

  39. Chuck

    I’m doing my part, by flooding my Facebook page with as many relevant videos, articles and blog posts as I can. Some are taking notice because they see my results, or know someone else who is trying it and getting great results.

    Dr. Oz supporting it would be great, (for those that take him serious) but he will probably contradict himself in the next show. Can you imagine how horrible your daily diet would be if you took all the supplements, nasty teas, drinks and other things he promotes on a daily basis. YUK! Not to mention the strange ideas that make you fat and methods that cure it. *Warning*– Please put your helmet on first.

    http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/your-house-making-you-fat?gallery=true&page=1

    http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/get-rid-belly-bloat (they got one right, sugar)

    It’s no wonder people are so confused with people like him flooding the airways with garbage everyday.

    Dr. Oz is all over the map. That’s why I don’t listen to him.

    1. j

      I watched the “get rid of belly bloat” segments hoping to learn something. I was hugely disappointed. This is what I call junk info, where it’s more about entertainment than education.

      1. Chuck

        A commenter posted this link on one of Tom’s older blogs. I believe it tells you all you need to know about “belly bloat”.

        http://www.gnolls.org/1444/does-meat-rot-in-your-colon-no-what-does-beans-grains-and-vegetables/

        If you read the comments there is a bit more info, like: of all living creatures, only some termites can digest plant cellulose (fiber), and the waste product from colon bacteria is a type of saturated fat, and that herbivores like cows, are just basically feeding plant material to the bacteria so they can produce the fat and proteins they need. As the author of the article says “It’s instructive that once you understand how digestion actually works, you end up at something relatively ‘paleo’ by default.”
        Quite interesting.

    2. Firebird7478

      “Dr. Oz is all over the map. That’s why I don’t listen to him.”

      This is where the TSA could come in handy. 😉

  40. Chareva

    Tom,
    Hello from Cabo. We are having a wonderful time. We miss you and wish you were here. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. I can’t get into my Hotmail — so I’m writing here. Please remember to unplug the heat lamp in the morning and give the chickens clean water 😉
    Sara wanted to add — we go to the pool every day and look for shells on the beach. Sara has about 150 so far and the girls have created a barter and trade shell system. We love you and I hope to get my email working soon so as not to bore your blog readers. P.S. Marzhan says “Hi”.

    [Apologies to any blog readers who may be bored. Chareva and the girls have been in Mexico since Friday. Apparently this is our only way of getting messages to each other until she can access her email.]

    Hello, Ducky. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourselves down there. Kiss the bride and groom for me.

    The chickens are all alive and well. The heat lamp stopped working, but it’s warmer at night than it was last week, so I’m not worried about them freezing. I am, however, worried about my ability to feed them without getting stung. Some bees discovered all those pears on the ground and apparently invited all the bees in Tennessee to join in the feast. I’ve never seen so many bees in one field. They aren’t at all impressed by my yells of “Get the @#$% out of here, you @#$%ing varmints!” and refuse to leave. There were even bees flying around inside the coop when I finally stopped whimpering and went inside to feed the chickens. I haven’t gotten stung yet, but given my history with stinging insects, I’m not optimistic.

    I believe Rascal misses you all, because he won’t leave me alone. If I sit down, he jumps into my lap and mushes his face against my chin. If I stand up, he walks around my feet and brushes up against my legs. If I walk to another room, he follows me. If he were human, we’d consider this co-dependent behavior and get him into therapy.

    Tell the girls I miss them and can’t wait to see them. Love you all.

    1. PeggyC

      Not bored at all. I think it’s sweet. Thank someone or other for the internet making it possible to communicate in more than one way.

  41. David F

    …and here comes the backlash!! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-28/professor-says-abc-catalyst-episode-could-result-in-deaths/5050866

    My god…people could DIE from watching this TV program. There’s a second episode on this topic this week…should be very interesting.

    Keep up the great work Tom!

    Oh no, people might watch the show and stop taking their statins! Heh-heh-heh … well, that would be just awful for the pharmas. They’d not only sell fewer statins, but fewer painkillers, fewer erectile-dysfunction pills, fewer memory-loss treatments, fewer diabetes treatments …

    1. Chuck

      After watching Fat Head and doing some of my own research, I made my mom quit taking her statins (she’d been taking them for 2 yrs.). She was pretty close to a zombie and couldn’t think. She couldn’t recall things she had done earlier in the day and very important things from the past. When asked questions she would just look confused, and after a couple of minutes just say “I don’t know, I can’t think”. She has been off of them for 2 months now, and what a difference (I could see the difference in just one week). She can answer questions without trouble and talks about her childhood on the farm quite regularly now, just like she used to. If your movie had not talked about statins I probably would’ve never been aware of it, just thought it was old age symptoms (she is 73 soon to be 74). You have definitely helped buy her many more years of living independently because of it. Thank you!

      Glad you were able to convince her. I still kick myself for not finding out about the effects of statins in time to save my Dad’s memory.

      1. Kristin

        It is really nice to read that some folks have been successful in getting a parent off of statins. My folks have both been on statins for over 20 years. My dad passed over last year and in the last few years of his life had progressively more fragile skin and expanding ulcers. It wasn’t until the last year that I knew it was caused by the low cholesterol he was so proud of.

        Now I’ve explained to my mother about how statins actually have a disclaimer that they have not been shown to prevent heart disease. I thought it was a pretty good argument to ask her why she takes a drug with so many side effects when it specifically won’t do what it is being used for. To her credit she did ask her doctor, relaying my specific concern. The doctor’s answer? Yes, I know what she is getting at and keep taking them anyway. My mother of course has listened to her doctor.

        That seems to a common and unfortunate trait among older folks. They think Doctor always knows best.

  42. Honora

    I know that we are making progress, but I just got a call from my middle daughter who is a senior at Georgia Tech. She has to take a health class to graduate. She is studying for the nutrition test. All whole grains, low fat and lots of fruit. She has been gluten free and paleo since her oldest sister was diagnosed with Celiac. She planned to regurgitate the crazy talk for the test, shaking her head and LOLing all the way to an A. I feel sorry for all the kids in her class who think that they have been taught cutting edge nutrition.

    I’m afraid that’s what nutrition students who know better will have to do until until all the misinformed professors die or retire.

  43. Chareva

    Tom,
    Hello from Cabo. We are having a wonderful time. We miss you and wish you were here. The wedding was absolutely beautiful. I can’t get into my Hotmail — so I’m writing here. Please remember to unplug the heat lamp in the morning and give the chickens clean water 😉
    Sara wanted to add — we go to the pool every day and look for shells on the beach. Sara has about 150 so far and the girls have created a barter and trade shell system. We love you and I hope to get my email working soon so as not to bore your blog readers. P.S. Marzhan says “Hi”.

    [Apologies to any blog readers who may be bored. Chareva and the girls have been in Mexico since Friday. Apparently this is our only way of getting messages to each other until she can access her email.]

    Hello, Ducky. I’m glad you’re enjoying yourselves down there. Kiss the bride and groom for me.

    The chickens are all alive and well. The heat lamp stopped working, but it’s warmer at night than it was last week, so I’m not worried about them freezing. I am, however, worried about my ability to feed them without getting stung. Some bees discovered all those pears on the ground and apparently invited all the bees in Tennessee to join in the feast. I’ve never seen so many bees in one field. They aren’t at all impressed by my yells of “Get the @#$% out of here, you @#$%ing varmints!” and refuse to leave. There were even bees flying around inside the coop when I finally stopped whimpering and went inside to feed the chickens. I haven’t gotten stung yet, but given my history with stinging insects, I’m not optimistic.

    I believe Rascal misses you all, because he won’t leave me alone. If I sit down, he jumps into my lap and mushes his face against my chin. If I stand up, he walks around my feet and brushes up against my legs. If I walk to another room, he follows me. If he were human, we’d consider this co-dependent behavior and get him into therapy.

    Tell the girls I miss them and can’t wait to see them. Love you all.

    1. PeggyC

      Not bored at all. I think it’s sweet. Thank someone or other for the internet making it possible to communicate in more than one way.

  44. David F

    …and here comes the backlash!! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-28/professor-says-abc-catalyst-episode-could-result-in-deaths/5050866

    My god…people could DIE from watching this TV program. There’s a second episode on this topic this week…should be very interesting.

    Keep up the great work Tom!

    Oh no, people might watch the show and stop taking their statins! Heh-heh-heh … well, that would be just awful for the pharmas. They’d not only sell fewer statins, but fewer painkillers, fewer erectile-dysfunction pills, fewer memory-loss treatments, fewer diabetes treatments …

    1. Chuck

      After watching Fat Head and doing some of my own research, I made my mom quit taking her statins (she’d been taking them for 2 yrs.). She was pretty close to a zombie and couldn’t think. She couldn’t recall things she had done earlier in the day and very important things from the past. When asked questions she would just look confused, and after a couple of minutes just say “I don’t know, I can’t think”. She has been off of them for 2 months now, and what a difference (I could see the difference in just one week). She can answer questions without trouble and talks about her childhood on the farm quite regularly now, just like she used to. If your movie had not talked about statins I probably would’ve never been aware of it, just thought it was old age symptoms (she is 73 soon to be 74). You have definitely helped buy her many more years of living independently because of it. Thank you!

      Glad you were able to convince her. I still kick myself for not finding out about the effects of statins in time to save my Dad’s memory.

      1. Kristin

        It is really nice to read that some folks have been successful in getting a parent off of statins. My folks have both been on statins for over 20 years. My dad passed over last year and in the last few years of his life had progressively more fragile skin and expanding ulcers. It wasn’t until the last year that I knew it was caused by the low cholesterol he was so proud of.

        Now I’ve explained to my mother about how statins actually have a disclaimer that they have not been shown to prevent heart disease. I thought it was a pretty good argument to ask her why she takes a drug with so many side effects when it specifically won’t do what it is being used for. To her credit she did ask her doctor, relaying my specific concern. The doctor’s answer? Yes, I know what she is getting at and keep taking them anyway. My mother of course has listened to her doctor.

        That seems to a common and unfortunate trait among older folks. They think Doctor always knows best.

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