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The Big Lie (New Scientific Study)
The front page New York Times article was the first I read of the newest big nutritional lie. Then, the news was reported
on New York's two all-news radio stations, WCBS and WINS. Later that evening, ABC, CBS, NBS, and FOX news all reported their version of the following:
***Those eating high-fat diets experience the same rates of cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease as those eating low fat diets with fruits and vegetables.***
Where did the New York Times get such a story?
The February 8, 2006 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes with a series of articles that people who eat a high-fat diet do not suffer the statistical consequences of cancer or heart disease any differently than those who eat low fat diets. In other words, Jack Sprat ate lots of fat, and was as healthy as those who ate just lean.
I sensed that something was very wrong here, but where would I begin my own investigation?
What's the catch and where's the bias? I always look first for the bias. It awaits good investigators. OK...step one. Check out the senior author. Oh...there she is, Barbara V. Howard, PhD. Who is this Doctor Howard?
Ah...here we go...She is a paid consultant and an honorary member of the nutritional board for (drum roll, please) The National Egg Council.
Oh...do these scientists and Page-1 New York Times editors have egg on their faces yet?
Let's examine the design protocol of this study. Just who were these human laboratory rats?
OK...They (Howard, et. al.) decided that the fair way of doing American nutritional research would be to select nearly 49,000 Americans to participate in the study. OK, so far, no complaints here. That's a respectable population.
What kind of Americans? Women. OK, that works for me.
What kind of women? Please do not laugh, dear reader. Here's where it gets interesting. Dr. Howard decided that it would be appropriate to study post menopausal women, but not just any post menopausal woman, mind you. Just the fat, old ones who ate absurd diets. Huh? Fat? Old? What does the Notmilkman mean by that?
OK, I admit it. I cheated. Rather than read the abstract or take the New York Times at their word, I opted on the side of intellectual prudence and went to the library for the actual study. It's good to know that post-menopausal women are experiencing their change of life later these days. The average beginning age of this study's post-menopausal subject for this eight year study was 62. What? 62? Isn't that a bit deceptive? Let's look a little closer at these zaftig women whose waist size averaged out at 35 inches. What did these women weigh? Here's where the study begins to smell like the neighborhood skunk who lives in my back yard. The average weight of the 48,835 women in this study was 169 pounds. Where did they find these zaftig ladies, at weight
These overweight female laboratory subjects have spent a lifetime eating the standard American diet which consists of all of the wrong things. High on meat and dairy and low on fruits and veggies.
Was this study intentionally designed with fatal/biased flaws from the very beginning? The obvious answer is yes, but the study protocal deteriorates as one further explores the scientific deception.
In order to be accepted into the study, each female subject could not have previously been eating a diet that was less than 32 percent fat (calories). I'll repeat that. If less than (approximately) one-third of your diet consisted of fat, you were not eligible to participate in this biased research. Biased? Absolutely. The game was fixed before it began.
What did the scientists do? They divided the groups in two, and met with one group (the intervention group) once every 20 days for a year, teaching, instructing, motivating those subjects to eat a low fat diet high in fruits and veggies. The other group was left alone to continue eating what they had eaten all their lives. After one year, the scientists cut back to four meetings each year for the next eight years.
They, the researchers, followed through with calls and interviews. What did they find? No difference. Each group suffered through the same percentage of heart attacks, strokes, and cancers. In other words, eating high fat foods...
Such as eggs...
Made no difference in the final outcome of a person's life.
The Egg Council must be pleased to learn these results. So must all purveyors and marketing agents for the meat and dairy industry. Eat fat, it does not matter, and it tastes great. Less filling. Tastes great. Less filling. Tastes great.
The scientists intentionally ignore what brought these women to that point in their lives when heart disease and cancer were the expected outcomes. Previous science has demonstrated that heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis are cumulative
lifestyle diseases. By age 62, only dramatic changes in diet can reverse these standard American diseases. Weighing 169 pounds and having a size 35 waist was never normal for a 62-year-old American female?
Soon you'll be reading the conclusions of this story in women's magazines, accompanied by colorful recipes such as, The High Fat Corned Beef and Bacon Sandwich with Hollandaise Sauce. Eat two because JAMA says that dietary fat does not matter.
There have been no critics of this study to step forward and voice their outrage. I may be the minority of one here, but I say that Fat Does Matter. A woman should not weigh 169 pounds at age 62. That matters too.
One thing to learn is that at age 62 it might be a bit late to change one's diet. I don't really believe that, but ask any scientist or doctor. They'll give you a second opinion by citing JAMA, February 8, 2006, Volume 295, No. 6.
My suggestion: It does matter. The earlier one converts from saturated fat-eater to plant-based food eater, the more it will matter in longevity and health. Can a 62-year-old woman regain her health and youth? Of course, but a drastic change is called for. There is no compromise. Become a statistic or become reborn. That is your choice.
As for this study, this one takes the Tiramisu.