AMA President Eckel warns don't "misinterpret" low-fat study results
THIS IS AN HISTORIC DAY THAT YOU'LL WANT TO REMEMBER!
Mark down February 7, 2006 in the annals of history regarding health, diet, and nutrition because the uncovering of a three-decade long ruse begins today as we watch it unravel right before our eyes and it will change all conventional wisdom regarding what we consider healthy living forever.
This Washington Post story about the published results of an EIGHT-YEAR study on the low-fat diet shows that there was ZERO health improvements in the risk of getting cancer and heart disease.
For those of you playing along at home, yes, this is the SAME low-fat diet recommendation that we have heard from our doctors, government, and health "experts" since the early 1970's that they have so highly touted as the wave of the future for people to follow to ensure they live a long, healthy life relatively free from the diseases that "other" nutritional approaches offer. Guess what? That was ONE BIG FAT LIE!
The eight-year study of 48,835 women published in Wednesday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the study participants failed to lose a measurable amount of weight on the low-fat diet. In fact, most of them even remained overweight which put them at an even greater risk for cardiovascular disease despite following their low-fat regimen.
This is the second major blow to the low-fat diet to come out in 2006 and the news just keeps getting worse as research reveals what so many of us have known for a long time -- the low-fat diet is a failure.
While advocates of restricting fat for weight control, disease prevention, and good overall health have long gotten a free pass by much of the media, health officials and physicians in the U.S. and around the world, studies like these cannot be ignored and the ramifications of dismissing them rather than making changes in the way we think about health and diet could be devastating. It is clear to everyone who has eyes to see that we must look at other nutritional approaches and stop monopolizing the public health message with an exclusive low-fat bent!
The study, which incidently cost American taxpayers $415 million to conduct since 1998 (and worth every penny!), found there was NO difference in the rate of breast cancer, colon cancer and heart disease among those eating a low-fat diet and those who did not.
Low-fat supporters are quickly defending these stunning results as not surprising because the study supposedly failed to look at the difference between eating good fats and bad fats. Huh? Um, I think you just got caught with your pants down and you are just too embarassed to realize that everyone can see who you really are now, low-fatties!
Additionally, they claim that the low-fat dieters who participated in the research must not have cut their fat consumption enough to make a real difference in the disease rates. PUH-LEEZ! If the researchers wanted to control the amount of fat these women consumed to a specified level so they could make valid observations, then all they had to do was make that a part of the study. Now that the results have gone completely against what the researchers had expected, they want to cry wolf and kick and scream that the study participants screwed up their grand scheme. Riiiiiiiggggggght!
It's time to face reality and low-fat advocates are in for a rude awakening! YOU WERE WRONG -- DEAD WRONG! Admit it! The LIES that you and all your cohorts in the media, government, and upper echelons of health have NOT been in the best interest of public health. It's okay to tell people you were misled and thought you were sharing information that would help them be as healthy as possible.
But now that the truth has come out in a LONG-TERM study, don't you think it's time to set the record straight and open the door to new opportunities to educate the public about a wide variety of dietary plans that can and will help them lose weight, improve their health, and live a much longer and fulfilling life? The lid that you've been keeping on the low-fat diet for over three decades has now been literally blown completely off to expose the low-fat lie for what it really is. And people want to know and be told the truth about what constitutes healthy living. The time for that to happen is NOW!
The researchers admit that certain good fats like those found in olive oil and nuts are a healthy part of a preventative program against heart disease. Guess what? Those are both EXCELLENT healthy foods to consume when you are livin' la vida low-carb!
It really shouldn't surprise anyone that American Heart Association President Dr. Robert Eckel would make the statement that these study results will be misunderstood if they are not interpreted correctly.
"It would be easy to misinterpret the results of this study," he said.
Uh, what's to "misinterpret," Dr. Eckel? The cherished low-fat diet that you and others in your position have been ramming down our throats as the ONLY way to get healthy, lose weight, and prevent disease has been exposed as a fraud. If the low-fat diet were a government official, there would be an uproar so loud to have him removed from office and thrown in prison for life like the world has never seen before! IMPEACH HIM NOW, they'd say!
The public health has been violated by this low-fat diet scandal and the American people deserve an explanation from our government and health leaders why a more thorough examination of all the potential ramifications to our health weren't studied sooner before such glowing recommendations were so freely distributed to the an unsuspecting public.
Should we now question anything and everything we hear as an official position regarding health from our government and health leaders? Can we ever trust and believe in ANYTHING they tell us from now on? These are serious issues we are dealing with here and it seems those in positions of power have lackadaisically played around with our health to protect their own vested interests.
No longer can we view the low-fat diet as the "healthy" nutritional approach we have always thought it to be and any such characterizations of it being described in that manner should cease immediately in light of this study.
If you are as outraged by what this study has concluded as I am, then make your voice heard loud and clear:
- American Heart Association
- National Institutes of Health
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Your family doctor
- Your local newspaper