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Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on June 13, 2005 at 06:50:44:

Thanks, Misty.

This kind of c--p has been going on at least since the 1930s. It is just
business as usual!

One third of the blue ribbon presidential commission resigned in protest and
published a report of their own after this kind of skullduggery was promoted
about the original report I was aware of in the 1950s.

Namaste`

Walt


----- Original Message -----
From: "Misty L. Trepke"
To:
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2005 2:41 PM
Subject: [S-A] [AltMedForum] The Shocking Truth Behind the Original Food
Guide Pyramid


> Just perhaps those we trust to look out for our welfare are really
> looking out for something entirely different... At one time I was so
> shocked to see this kind of thing in regards to alternative medicine,
> but then one day it dawned on me- perhaps this modus operandi reaches
> farther than that... It is an interesting exercise.
> Other comments?
> Misty L. Trepke
> http://www.searching-alternatives.com
>
>
> The Shocking Truth Behind the Original Food Guide Pyramid
>
> http://www.mercola.com/2005/jun/11/food_pyramid.htm
>
> Can the government be relied on to provide objective, health-promoting
> food and nutrition advice, via the new Food Guide Pyramid? According
> to nutritionist Luise Light, a former U.S. Department of Agriculture
> (USDA) insider and contributing architect of the original version of
> the Food Guide Pyramid, most certainly not.
>
> With no holds barred, Dr. Light highlights the shocking reality of a
> government bowing to industry interests and playing a key role in the
> obesity epidemic that now plagues the United States.
>
> A Blast From the Past
>
> In the early `80s, Dr. Light served as a leader of a group of
> top-level nutritionists with the USDA; the team constructed the
> original Food Guide Pyramid and based their eating guide on nutrient
> recommendations, disease prevention, documented dietary shortfalls and
> major health problems of the population.
>
> They submitted their final version of the Food Guide to the Secretary
> of Agriculture only to be hit with a load of shocking revisions, some
> of which included:
>
> *Baked goods made with white flour were moved from the peak of
> the pyramid -- signifying to eat them sparingly -- to part of the
> pyramid's significantly larger base.
>
> *The wording "eat less" was changed to "avoid too much," giving a
> nod to the processed-food industry's interests by not limiting highly
> profitable junk foods.
>
> *Lean meats were downplayed, as lobbyists feared consumers would
> stay away from high-fat products.
>
> *The meat lobby changed the color of the saturated
> fat/cholesterol guideline chart from red to purple, as producers
> believed consumers would associate red with bad fat and red meat.
>
> In a ditch attempt to save the pyramid, Dr. Light protested the
> changes and explained the revised guidelines could lead to an epidemic
> of obesity and diabetes. Her lone cries were unheard.
>
> Later, Dr. Light discovered the wholesale changes made to the guide
> were calculated simply to win the approval of the food industry.
>
> Is There any Hope for the New Food Guide Pyramid?
>
> Not likely. That's because the food industry molds the nutrition
> agenda served to the public by dictating the government's food advice.
> What's more, in the eyes of the food industry, the sole purpose of
> food guides is to convince consumers that all foods (especially those
> being sold by the industry) fit into a healthy diet, explains Dr.
> Light.
>
> And in closing, the former USDA nutritionist states that, to the
> government, nutrition has very little to do with our health and
> instead is primarily a marketing tool used to fuel consumer spending
> on food, and increase demand for major food commodities like meat,
> dairy, eggs and wheat.
>
> Crusador November 9, 2004
>
> Dr. Mercola's Comment:
>
> It's taken 20 years to change the fraudulent and seriously conflicted
> recommendations of the first food pyramid; recommendations that may
> have made a strong contribution to America's current poor state of
> health.
>
> Of course, if you consider that the USDA also gives $15 million to
> farmers who grow more corn and soybeans (two of the processed food
> industry's most important commodities) and nothing to farmers who
> focus on healthier foods like fruits and vegetables, none of this
> should come as a surprise.
>
> Thankfully, the newest food pyramid does show some improvement over
> the first one, though not nearly enough.
>
> Considering the influence that the food industry has had in the past,
> it's a wonder there were any improvements made at all.
>
> Related Articles:
>
> Did the Faulty Food Guide Pyramid Make You Obese?
>
> US "Food Pyramid" Invalid as It was Made by Experts with Conflicts
> of Interest
>
> What If It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?
>
>
>
>
>
>



Re: Political games with our healt.h: Archive in political medicine.

Posted by PhillyLady [1906.1536] on June 13, 2005 at 13:19:26:

In Reply to: Political games with our healt.h: Archive in political medicine. posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on June 13, 2005 at 06:50:44:

Hi Dr. Stoll:

Thanks for posting this. I know for a fact that many people consider a meat sandwich with a glass of milk more nutritious than a plate full of vegetables. One of my friends thinks this way. His reasoning is that vegetables and fruits are mostly water-filled, useless items. The food industry doesn't do much to dispel this erroneous belief. Spinach-eating Popeye at least made a small attempt.

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