Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Short version: "Our diet advice is crap."

The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.
Etc.  They still don't want us to eat much meat, because "We're still sure about it!"  Which is more bullcrap.

As to past research,
In 1913, Niokolai Anitschkov and his colleagues at the Czar’s Military Medicine Institute in St. Petersburg, decided to try it out in rabbits. The group fed cholesterol to rabbits for about four to eight weeks and saw that the cholesterol diet harmed them. They figured they were on to something big.
Rabbits.  Pure herbivores.  Feed them cholesterol and it's bad(who could ever imagine such a thing?), so "It must be bad for people, too!"
...In passing, the paper noted that while the cholesterol diet harmed rabbits, it had no effect on white rats. In fact, if Anitschkov had focused on any other animal besides the rabbit, the effects wouldn't have been so clear -- rabbits are unusually vulnerable to the high-cholesterol diet.
Yet they kept pushing 'cholesterol is bad!'.  And this is the kind of crap the food police have been basing a lot of their demands on.  Wonderful, isn't it?

Down at the end,
When our view of the cosmos shifted from Ptolemy to Copernicus to Newton and Einstein, Allison said, “the reaction was not to say, ‘Oh my gosh, something is wrong with physics!’ We say, ‘Oh my gosh, isn’t this cool?’ ”
Maybe that's because physicists aren't telling us what to eat, and pushing diets that are probably responsible for the obesity problem?


Evyl Robot Michael said...

I got to the word "rabbits," and involuntarily cringed, noting the relative size of a rabbit's liver.

Firehand said...

One of the BIG STUDIES a lot of this was based on was conducted on Crete: "Little meat is eaten, everyone is fine, even the old men work in the fields!"
Old men worked in the fields because they had no choice,
Everyone was NOT fine, and
The reason little/no meat was they did this during Lent. And didn't account for that.

I've come to the conclusion that a good half of nutrition 'research' is an insult to that word.

Windy Wilson said...

Anitschkov was also a Russian scientist, which, not to disparage Russian scientists generally, was also where Lysenko was also a Russian scientists, and Lysenkoism was invented. If this were to become more widely known, Antischkovism should be as widely known as Lysenkoism, but I don't expect today's College graduates to know this, they took too much time off for Global Warming, Feminist/grievance studies, White Privilege, and Testosterone poisoning as excuses for how bad things are in Leftist-run places.

Windy Wilson said...

As to the Physics, new science needs not just well-stated theories, but experimental verification. As Einstein said (more or less) when 100 scientists in Germany after 1934 signed a document condemning the "Jewish Science" of his Theory of Relativity, "Why 100 scientists? Why not 500? One lab assistant with a single repeatable experiment could disprove everything everything about my theory."