I’m speechless…

Unpublished nutritional data gathered between 1968 and 1973…

This is preposterous! Absolute outrage! Or, was it a conspiracy? 22% higher risk of death makes a big difference – just imagine how many deaths since this period could have been avoided? This is criminal…

I am asking why was the data withheld from public? Who is responsible for this? Who profited from this? (the answer to this one is a no-brainer)

Although this article only mentions studies done on butter versus corn oil, this really is about saturated fat versus polyunsaturated.

Can anyone tell me what else has been hidden from the public?

 

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Vitamins and Supplements – the ultimate conspiracy theory

Well, yes, it is only my theory, and a fairly convoluted one at that. But hear me out – it ticks all the boxes from a marketing perspective.

What if the complimentary medicine products are manufactured by the same pharmaceutical companies that make allopathic medicine drugs? Why would they do this? Isn’t it against what all the evidence based medicine stands for?

Yes, it is, and that is the whole point if you are trying to maximise the profits. Let me explain.

Let’s say that a large percentage of the population believes that modern medicines are the only way to get better if you’re sick. But there is always a small percentage of people that will have other beliefs.

So how do you convince that small part of population to your side? You don’t – you give them what they think they want. You offer them another product that stands against the mainstream one. You also stir up enough controversy in the media to make this minority even more convinced that they are correct. By not letting the industry’s foot soldiers (doctors) in on the secret, they will actually do this part for you and denounce supplements at any opportunity. The minority will think that the mainstream industry is conspiring against people by trying to deny them the healing power of vitamins and supplements.

Have you noticed how much advertising pops up these days for some “weird fruit/spice/extract that destroys cancer/diabetes/melts fat” etc? They all have a common theme that puts pressure on consumers to buy now before authorities shut them down. One example is shown here.

So, in an nutshell, you have just turned all of the population into your clients. But wait, there’s more! There are always people that will double-dip thinking that they will gain extra benefits by taking both at the same time. And now you are getting more than 100% of possible profits as the sum of the products is more than the whole – bloody brilliant marketing!

By the way, nutritional supplements industry is shaping up as one of the fastest growing industries and projected to hit $60 bil globally by 2021.

On that note, I think I will start applying for Marketing Strategist positions with some large companies 🙂

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​ Have you ever wondered?

 

You hear about the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids just about everywhere. Every product that contains them has got it blasted onto the packaging with such force that it is impossible to ignore it. You’d be excused to think that it is a miracle supplement that will cure everything from blindness, cancer, obesity to low intelligence. Of course, we need it to live healthily and prevent many of these conditions, but it will probably not magically annihilate cancer or turn you into a genius overnight.

We also need Omega-6 fatty acids in our diets. They are equally important. So why is everyone promoting Omega-3s and not 6s? Most of the diet-related information says that we need to keep them in a ratio of 1 : 1. Analyses of our modern diet, however, show that this ratio can be skewed up to 200 : 1 in favour of Omega-6. So why is this a problem? And, is it a problem in the first place? I have been wondering about this for some time.

Current scientific thought on this is a bit inconclusive. On one hand, it says that the ratio does not matter. But on the other, there seems to be contradictory statement when looking at the Omega-6 page. Omega-6s are pro-inflammatory, while Omega-3s lower inflammation. Inflammation is necessary for healing wounds and fighting off infections, for example. But once the job is done, it does not need to continue. Eating more foods that promote inflammation may cause it to become chronic. As inflammation has been linked with some nasty diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and metabolic disease, you would want to prevent it from becoming chronic. Therefore, it makes sense to keep the ratio as close as possible to 1 : 1, as such a diet may help the body to turn inflammation on when needed, and also to have the means to turn it off once done.

In my opinion, it’s better to err on the side of caution, and actually pay attention to the ratio. If it does not matter, then no harm done whether it’s 1 : 1 or 200:1. If it does, then it’s worth the hassle to keep as close to 1 : 1 as possible.

Where can you find Omega-3 fatty acids? Unfortunately, our bodies do not make them and we have to provide them from the diet. Some best known and most abundant sources of Omega-3s are fish and krill oils as well as flax seed oil. Many other foods, like meat and eggs, also contain them but in smaller quantities. Omega-6s seem to be more abundant in our diet as most of the vegetable oils currently in use contain them, as well as poultry, eggs, wheat, cereals and nuts.

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Biggest con of the last century…

… and we are still paying for it.

Here’s a very interesting article about how it happened:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig-john-yudkin

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Rainbow Doritos?

No, thank you… Waiting for rainbow Pringles 🙂

http://www.naturalnews.com/051215_Rainbow_Doritos_corporate_gaywashing_LGBT_community.html

 

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Deception?

I was watching a science program on TV called “Truth about fat“. It basically showed that fat people have a deficient hormone which tells the brain when they are full. At least that’s how it was for the study sample. It was all very fascinating, but…

Programs such as this are making you forget about your own responsibility. It allows you the luxury of having an excuse for being overweight (or any other ailment you may got yourself into).

Ok, I agree, we’re all different. So we have a different genetic make-up, different bodies, different lifestyles, different attitutes and beliefs. However, we all have a responsibility to our bodies. We all need our bodies to be “well-oiled and maintained machines” to last the whole life through. And this comes down to the individual resposibility. You can’t just say “I have a fat gene” and let it go. You need to work out what works for you and what doesn’t.

If you’ll listen to all this science, although interesting, you will get bogged down in excuses and will stop trying.

P.S. The program also mentioned that just because you have a gene, it does not necessarily have to be activated. Further studies are currently going on in the gene activation field.

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Chips time :)

I have just bought some ghee and about to make some home-made chips.

GheeYeah, chips taste better fried in saturated fats like ghee. But it’s not just that. After about 40 years of drumming into the unsuspecting public the dangers of cholesterol and saturated fat, the latest findings are that it is not so clear. In fact, there is no proven link between heart disease and saturated fat.

Sweden has done one better, as it is the first western nation to ditch the low fat dietary advice in favour of low-carb, high-fat and protein diet. Kind of like what people used to eat before industralisation and wide-spread farming…

I see all this as a step in the right direction, although, it will probably take a whole generation to undo the damage done by 40 years of “brainwashing”. It is a fact that in the last 30 years, Americans have lowered their consumption of fat by 10% but the obesity rate has doubled! This is scary – only 10% less fat but such a huge impact. (To be fair, I’m sure there are other factors affecting this statistic, like less exercise and more sedentary lifestyle.)

Personally, I’ve never been swayed either by the low-fat or calorie counting fads. In the past 10-15 years, I would actually add extra fat to my meals, like butter, coconut or olive oil. The effect on my body was that I’ve struggled to put the weight on, and my total cholesterol would be about 4.5 mmol/L. But then again, my genes must be different 🙂

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