An old adage but still very true, and topical with what I want to RANT about today.
If I own you, then you will do as I say or pay the consequences. In this day and age, in the world of big business this is patiently obvious. Take for example the Universities and other edifices of learning that rely on grants to fund their research. For quite a few years now there has been terrific pressure put to bear on society to accept that they are the ones responsible for the so called Global Warming Fiasco that is about to destroy humanity.
If you receive your funding from the government (and most do), and the government edict says we need to fight this forthcoming (computer modelled) catastrophe with every ounce of our strength and the tax payers dollar – and you do research which contradicts the edicts from on high – do you think your funding will continue? I certainly don’t!
There is one other point to also consider….. do you think your research would even get published? You would be going against the grain…. against the silent consensus that says “shut up and accept the money – or you will be out of a job”.
Now to the topic of this RANT…. which by the way is not about climate change or anthropological global warming – oops probably that should read global cooling – but heck!!!
I spent considerable time recently looking into why so many of us develop blood (as in vascular) disorders. My focus was centred on the subject of diabetes (pre-diabetes – insulin resistance) and the vascular and organ damage this can cause. I myself am recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I am managing to control this with diet alone. (LCHF)
I was astounded at how many papers, books, seminars and even You Tubes are currently telling us that the driving factor, the thing that underpins this entire epidemic – and it is a worldwide epidemic – is the hormone insulin.
I wonder if you would be amazed when I tell you that most non diabetics know little about and care little about their insulin levels. They have this meme in their minds that diabetes is also called ‘sugar diabetes’….. ONLY when referring to sufferers of Type 2 diabetes, and it does not affect them because they don’t use sugar in their tea or coffee….. end of subject, move along here please, there is nothing to see.
Never in their wildest dreams have they considered that this sugar (which they don’t use), but do consume in copious amounts in their everyday food items, under the more correct term ‘carbohydrate’, could be responsible for their poor memory issues. Gosh they blame it on the ‘brain fog’……. on aging, on stress, on the general business of life – but never on their diet! After all how can that pasta bake, or that delicious stuffed baked potato, or that slice of triple chocolate cream cake cause memory issues? Does not compute does it?
Those who reported the highest carbohydrate intake at the beginning of the study were 1.9 times likelier to develop mild cognitive impairment than those with the lowest intake of carbohydrates. Participants with the highest sugar intake were 1.5 times likelier to experience mild cognitive impairment than those with the lowest levels. LINK
But now they know – “Numerous studies have shown a link between type 2 diabetes and brain shrinkage and dementia, but we haven’t known much about whether people with blood sugar on the high end of normal experience these same effects,” said study author Nicolas Cherbuin, PhD, with Australian National University in Canberra. LINK
And if you need another study to chill you to the bone:
………… in people without diabetes, risk for dementia was 18 percent higher for people with an average glucose level of 115 milligrams per decilitre compared to those with an average glucose level of 100 mg/dl. And in people with diabetes, whose blood sugar levels are generally higher, dementia risk was 40 percent higher for people with an average glucose level of 190 mg/dl compared to those with an average glucose level of 160 mg/dl.
“The most interesting finding was that every incrementally higher glucose level was associated with a higher risk of dementia in people who did not have diabetes,” LINK
The powers that be in the Health Department and the Government are crying out loud and strong that we are in a crisis, we need a new plan, we need to be able to work with the general public to prevent an all out catastrophic disaster in the healthcare system in Australia. Diabetes and Obesity are the new bad kids on the block and they promise they will tackle these issues head on and save us from ourselves. They are going to encourage more exercise and healthy eating, and we will all be better off for it.
According to Professor Jonathan Shaw, associate director of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute: In affluent countries, under exertion and overconsumption become the norm. LINK And there you have it – people get more exercise and eat less seems to be his solution to the problem.
But eat less of what Professor Shaw? The Healthy Guidelines for Australians have followed those set for Americans and The British (among others) for thirty years, and all that has managed to do is make people fatter and sicker. The Eat less saturated fat and more carbohydrate mantra has proved futile in this world wide experiment with people’s lives.
Mega numbers of studies are coming forth showing that we as a species need our healthy fats. What is far more detrimental to us are the processed seed oils which would be far better off used in motors and engines than in the human body. LINK
And while the oils are being shown to be harmful so are the carbohydrates, which push up our insulin production, fuels our fat storage and leads to vascular damage and full blown diabetes.
In Tasmania we have our own Knight in shining Armour who has determined his crusade is to make people, particularly in the Health Department and the Government aware of the misinformation being handed down to diabetics, obese individuals and the public in general. He pulls no punches and tells it like it is:
The consumption of Sugar(carbohydrates) and Polyunsaturated Seed Oils combine in our diet to create inflammation in every blood vessel wall and in every tissue in every organ of the body. The inflammatory process makes everything susceptible to damage and further disease. Dr. Gary Fettke
Will he be seen as a lone wolf crying in the wilderness? I do not believe so. He will have his work cut out for him convincing the Tasmanian Health Service and the Australian Government than he is on the right course and can help them set a new and better direction. But alone in this crusade he most certainly is not.
Gary is on the same team (metaphorically speaking) as Robert Lustig, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital who’s made headlines for years with his public health crusade against excess sugar consumption. Andreas Eenfeldt a Swedish medical doctor is also part of this crusade which seems to be spanning the world. Zoe Harcombe, a qualified British Nutritionist states her ambition: is to reverse the obesity epidemic. She jokes that I’ll try world peace afterwards, but I’m deadly serious about the first goal. You can bet your bottom dollar she is preaching and teaching about the dangers of carbohydrate laden foods and dietary sugars and the benefits of good healthy saturated fats.
So why do you think that these and possibly hundreds (if not more) of highly credentialed doctors. dieticians and scientist, who have clearly shown that high carbohydrate consumption is seriously detrimental to the health of the human race – are not being listened to?
Why is it that agencies like the Heart Foundation seem to be the ones advising the governments of this world and setting policies which are in total contradiction to the science? They are promoting a low fat high carbohydrate diet, which is then taken on board, by Diabetes Associations world wide- compounding the problem and adding hundreds upon hundreds (worldwide) to the diabetes epidemic every day?
They promote medications and insulin instead of lifestyle changes as a first line of attack. Why is this so do you think? Could it have anything to do with who it is that is paying the piper? After all, if millions of diabetics worldwide, gave up their high carbohydrate lifestyle and turned to fresh meats, fish, vegetables, fats and cheeses, butter, cream etc, many industries would collapse. Not the least of which might well be the Diabetes Organizations who make millions, and get millions given to them every financial year via donations and Government grants. The Foundations that call for Healthy Hearts also promote the same kind of diet…. they are one big money making scheme right across the world.
Then there are the pharmaceutical interests who make the diabetes drugs and the insulin injections, and the medications and dressings used for the treatments of diabetic complications. Losing a high percentage market share would not be great for their shareholders would it?
Finally I need to draw your attention to the fact that Major Soft Drink Manufacturers and others are sponsoring Nutrition Conferences, where our dieticians are in training. What hope do we have while extremely rich Pipers are Playing the Tune?
I believe we need to support these brave people who stand in the gap for us, who fight so fearlessly trying to get national health guidelines changed. They do not benefit personally from their action, but they do benefit when they see vast improvements in patients life expectancy and health outcomes.
Three cheers for the Knights in Shining Armour, and a rotten big raspberry to those who stand in their way.