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The rise and fall of the low-fat guidelines: Saturated fat is good for you!

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Cooked up: reducing dietary animal fat might not be as healthy as government advice has led millions of people to believe
The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets.

When Ronald M Krauss decided, in 2000, to review all the evidence purporting to show that saturated fats cause heart disease, he knew that he was putting his professional career at risk. Krauss is one of the top nutrition experts in the United States, director of atherosclerosis research at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and adjunct professor of nutritional studies at the University of San Francisco at Berkley. But challenging one of his field's most sacrosanct beliefs - that the fats in meat, cheese and butter are bad for health - was a near-heretical act.

A few years earlier, when a colleague of Krauss's had merely tried to speak about his positive findings regarding the high-fat Atkins diet, he was met with jeers and derision. One member of the audience yelled "I am absolutely disgusted that the [government] would waste my money on a study on the Atkins diet" - to the applause of many.

Challenging any of the conventional wisdom on dietary fat has long been a form of professional suicide for nutrition experts. And saturated fats, especially, are the third rail. But Krauss persevered and concluded in 2010, after reviewing all the scientific literature, that saturated fats could not be said to cause heart disease. In March, another group of scientists, including faculty from Cambridge and Harvard, came to the same conclusion after conducting a similar "meta-analysis". These were stunning results. It seemed that saturated fat, our principal dietary culprit for decades, had been unfairly convicted.

Yet the truth is there never has been solid evidence that these fats cause disease. We only believe this to be true because nutrition policy was derailed over the past half-century by personal ambition, bad science, politics, and bias.

Comment: This is what happens when politics, science and biased thinking goes together. It's not a secret that agriculture and food industy have been lobbying and corrupting the food guidelines and the science behind it. A century ago it was common knowledge that too much carbohydrates are bad for you. Then we bought the lies and now we're paying high price with global health epidemics like type II diabetes, not to mention all the other autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. A ketogenic paleo diet is the way to go if you want to take care of your health. Check out these other articles to get more valuable information:

Red Flag

Chinese university allegedly performed illegal GMO rice trial on students over 4 year period that led to leukemia boom

According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China.

Students of the Huazhong Agricultural University have revealed that "over 10 students suffered from leukemia within a 4 year period." They listed the names of at least 7 cases.

The students also stated: "When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told us that the rice used by our canteen is GM rice from the university's experimental base."

The normal incidence rate of leukemia among young people in China is about 2 - 3 cases/100,000 people, and the rate of acute cases is about 0.6 - 1.6 cases/100,000 people.

The leukemia incidence rate of the students at the Huazhong Agricultural University is therefore about three times the normal incidence rate.
Whistle

CDC whistleblower exposes massive lies about MMR vaccine safety

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been engaged in a massive campaign of deception concerning the alleged safety of the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, also known as MMR. A top-level scientist from the agency, who recently came forward as an anonymous whistleblower, confessed that the CDC deliberately concealed data showing that MMR can cause autism, particularly in African American boys who are vaccinated before the age of three.

Speaking to Dr. Brian Hooker from the Focus Autism Foundation (FAF), the whistleblower reportedly filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking original data on a study that the CDC routinely cites as evidence of MMR's safety. Dr. Hooker and the whistleblower crossed paths not long after, together uncovering a dirty little secret about this prominent study that was never disclosed to the public -- that MMR is linked to a 340 percent increased risk of autism in black boys.

Publishing this bombshell in a recent issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegeneration, Dr. Hooker discovered, with the guidance of the whistleblower, that MMR tests conducted on young, African American boys born between 1986 and 1993 were intentionally manipulated after the fact to cover up the link between MMR and autism. This manipulation involved excluding a significant percentage of the study's participants from the final sample size.
Health

Ice washing: An emotional trigger used to fund donations that do little find a cure for ALS

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With $80,000,000 of your dollars raised, the ALS foundation openly admits only 27% of the funds go to ALS research, and sadly, virtually none of your donated money goes to already proven natural solutions.

You've probably already heard about 'pinkwashing' -- breast cancer awareness months' most shameful cause-marketing campaign that paints pink anything from breast-cancer causing cow's milk products, buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken and synthetic perfume products - anything to make a quick buck by triggering a consumer's charitable instincts.

Or, how about 'greenwashing'? - the purposeful labeling of toxic chemicals with 'green' marketing copy, e.g. Simple Green cleaner, making you think you are saving yourself and the planet from the chemical apocalypse, but, in fact, ensuring you and your family are on the fast-track to arriving there.

Well, if that weren't enough to create Orwellian cognitive dissonance in your life, now you can add 'icewashing' to the mix, which uses emotional triggers and promises of doing good to generate donations to 'find a cure' for ALS, but whose approach may be diametrically opposed to fulfilling its stated promise promise.

Comment: In addition to natural and nutritional remedies, it is important to consider the emotional causes of ALS. Dr. Gabor Maté explains in his book, When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection that patients who develop ALS have difficulty expressing their emotions, have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and seem unwilling to pay attention to their own needs.

Dr. Gabor Maté: "When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection"

Health

Concerns over spread of highly resistant gonorrhoea strain found in Australia

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Electron micrograph of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection.
A "sex superbug" has put doctors in Australia and New Zealand on high alert amid mounting evidence that antibiotics used to treat the infection are no longer working.

The most highly resistant strain of gonorrhoea ever detected in Australia was recently found in a tourist from central Europe who contracted the STI in Sydney.

Australia's Health Department said a new multidrug resistant type of gonococcal bacteria, dubbed A8806, was identified with similarities to an untreatable strain of gonorrhoea known as H041.

It was first discovered in Japan in 2009, when a 31-year-old sex worker who had no symptoms of the disease tested positive in a routine check-up in Kyoto and could not be treated with the commonly-used ceftriaxone.

There have also been reports of a resilient strain in Hawaii in May 2011, as well as in California and Norway.

The Australian Health Department has urged GPs to refer all cases of gonorrhoea, known as "the clap", for culture testing and New Zealand health clinics are on a high state of alert.

Electron micrograph of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection The capacity of the gonorrhoea bacterium to develop antibiotic resistance is well known, the New Zealand Sexual Health Society said, and many of the antibiotics used in the past 70 years no longer provide effective treatment.
Alarm Clock

Alarming results of Big Pharma & the CDC in America: 1 in 6 children now has a developmental disability

Something is very wrong here.

Shell Tzorfas on YouTube pointed us to this U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paper "Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Children, 1997 - 2008" and what are some pretty astonishing figures.

The joint CDC - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) paper not only revealed that one in six children across America suffered from a developmental disability in 2006-2008, but the rate of parent-reported developmental disabilities in their children had increased 17.1% from 1997 to 2008.

Worse, in the 12-year period, the prevalence of autism increased nearly three hundred percent (289.5%).

Males were twice as likely to suffer from developmental disabilities as females. The sample size wasn't small, either; the study included some 119,367 children.

One in six. That means if you go to just two of your neighbors' homes with children, it is very likely that at one of them, you will find at least one child with a developmental disability. And these figures were from 2008, so that begs the question: how bad are they now?
Beaker

Gut bacteria discovered that may prevent food allergies

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The bacterium, called Clostridia, appears to minimize the likelihood that rodents will become allergic to peanuts, and researchers would like to find out if it does the same in people.
Mice that were raised in a sterile environment or given antibiotics early in life lacked a common gut bacteria that appears to prevent food allergies, US researchers said on Monday.

The bacterium, called Clostridia, appears to minimize the likelihood that rodents will become allergic to peanuts, and researchers would like to find out if it does the same in people.

In the meantime, they found that supplementing rodents with probiotics containing Clostridia later in life could reverse the allergy, according to the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Environmental stimuli such as antibiotic overuse, high-fat diets, caesarean birth, removal of common pathogens and even formula feeding have affected the microbiota with which we've co-evolved," said senior study author Cathryn Nagler, food allergy professor at the University of Chicago.

Comment: Actually it's carbohydrates and sugar - not high-fat diets - that negatively contribute to the state of gut health. But it seems that there are many scientists studying these conditions who are still far behind what many orthomolecular-minded Doctors and researchers have been saying for years. Further, it is not only allergies that are induced by a lack of good gut bacteria but also other ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, candida and other auto-immune disorders.

See also: A gut check for many ailments

Heart - Black

Human guinea pigs: Chinese university feeds GMO rice to students resulting in three times the normal incidence of leukemia

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According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China.

Students of the Huazhong Agricultural University have revealed that "over 10 students suffered from leukemia within a 4 year period." They listed the names of at least 7 cases.

The students also stated: "When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told us that the rice used by our canteen is GM rice from the university's experimental base."

The normal incidence rate of leukemia among young people in China is about 2 - 3 cases/100,000 people, and the rate of acute cases is about 0.6 - 1.6 cases/100,000 people.

The leukemia incidence rate of the students at the Huazhong Agricultural University is therefore about three times the normal incidence rate.

Comment: It is totally unconscionable to use humans as human guinea pigs for GMO experimentation, yet that is exactly what BigAg has been doing to unsuspecting populations for decades. Perhaps this illegal trial may be one reason that China's Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn.

Ambulance

Congo found another hotbed of Ebola as a doctor treated with experimental drug died

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Officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say that a second, separate outbreak of the deadly virus has occurred in the country. Meanwhile, a Liberian doctor treated with an experimental serum against the illness has passed away.

DRC Health Minister Felix Numbi said that two of eight people who died from a "hemorrhagic fever" last week have been diagnosed with a strain of the disease in postmortem lab tests. The death toll of the sudden epidemic in the country's Equateur province has reached 13 in total.

"This epidemic has nothing to do with the one in West Africa," said Numbi. "The experience acquired during the six previous epidemics of Ebola will contribute to the containing of this illness."

DRC, then Zaire, was where the virus, which eventually kills patients by literally liquefying their organs, was first discovered in 1976. Numbi said that medical cordons have been erected around the town of Gera, where the patients were identified.

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The man who believes sugar is poison: Robert Lustig and the obesity epidemic

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'We don’t have to ban sugar. But the food ­industry cannot be given carte blanche,' says Robert Lustig.
The maverick scientist has long argued that sugar is as harmful as cocaine or tobacco - and that the food industry has been adding too much of it to our meals for too long. A convert hears more about his theory

If you have any interest at all in diet, obesity, public health, diabetes, epidemiology, your own health or that of other people, you will probably be aware that sugar, not fat, is now considered the devil's food. Dr Robert Lustig's book, Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease, for all that it sounds like a Dan Brown novel, is the difference between vaguely knowing something is probably true, and being told it as a fact. Lustig has spent the past 16 years treating childhood obesity. His meta-analysis of the cutting-edge research on large-cohort studies of what sugar does to populations across the world, alongside his own clinical observations, has him credited with starting the war on sugar. When it reaches the enemy status of tobacco, it will be because of Lustig.

"Politicians have to come in and reset the playing field, as they have with any substance that is toxic and abused, ubiquitous and with negative consequence for society," he says. "Alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine. We don't have to ban any of them. We don't have to ban sugar. But the food industry cannot be given carte blanche. They're allowed to make money, but they're not allowed to make money by making people sick."

Lustig argues that sugar creates an appetite for itself by a determinable hormonal mechanism - a cycle, he says, that you could no more break with willpower than you could stop feeling thirsty through sheer strength of character. He argues that the hormone related to stress, cortisol, is partly to blame. "When cortisol floods the bloodstream, it raises blood pressure; increases the blood glucose level, which can precipitate diabetes. Human research shows that cortisol specifically increases caloric intake of 'comfort foods'." High cortisol levels during sleep, for instance, interfere with restfulness, and increase the hunger hormone ghrelin the next day. This differs from person to person, but I was jolted by recognition of the outrageous deliciousness of doughnuts when I haven't slept well.
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