History Of Diet Stupidity Promotions?
If you don’t think for yourself, how are you smart enough to decide who should think for you?… And you’re on the wrong page.
Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with the consensus thinking that promotes opinions as facts, we find it hard to question and decide differently from the swirling cacophony of support that surrounds.
Then it’s good to review historic and highly credentialed stupidity to reinforce your own ability to make good decisions…
In 1956, an American Heart Association (AHA) fund-raiser aired on all three major networks. The MC interviewed, among others, Irving Page and Jeremiah Stamler of the AHA, and researcher Ancel Keys. Panelists presented the lipid hypothesis as the cause of the heart disease epidemic and launched the Prudent Diet, one in which corn oil, margarine, chicken and cold cereal replaced butter, lard, beef and eggs…
(Editor: Even that event didn’t go perfectly; because… )
Dr. Dudley White, disputed his colleagues at the AHA. Dr. White noted that heart disease in the form of myocardial infarction was nonexistent in 1900 when egg consumption was three times what it was in 1956 and when corn oil was unavailable.
When pressed to support the Prudent Diet, Dr. White replied: “See here, I began my practice as a cardiologist in 1921 and I never saw an MI patent until 1928. Back in the MI free days before 1920, the fats were butter and lard and I think that we would all benefit from the kind of diet that we had at a time when no one had ever heard the word corn oil.”
The profit potential (and perhaps the Malthusian belief that the world was running out of food and that the ruling elites needed to help people die) overwhelmed commons sense observations as political power transformed opinion into the gospel of stupid food opinions.
Inner Man: "There you go, man Keep as cool as you can Face piles of trials with smiles It riles them to believe That you perceive The web they weave... And keep on thinking free"