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Are "health journalists" missing the message?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 08, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Just poking through this article and it really got me to thinking that it's mainstream health journalists as much as anyone who are responsible for the misguided messages that are out there right now.

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on March 08, 2011
at 11:52 PM

I doubt it was that high. Maybe in like one place like in Switzerland when Weston Price went there, although I highly doubt that many people are eating low fat yogurt like Dieticians will have us believe. So they are eating plenty of animal protein through fish and animal fat through dairy. It still doesn't mean that grains are healthy. They would be better off without them.

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on March 08, 2011
at 11:10 PM

I don't have the reference any more, but I remember reading that the Greeks actually eat tons of dairy, mostly in the form of cheese, and that the get something like 80% of their calories from fat.

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on March 08, 2011
at 10:45 PM

Yep, and I was reading the article I was thinking the same things. That led me to the thought that these journalists are propagating the crap that ends up being "conventional dietary wisdom."

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on March 08, 2011
at 10:43 PM

I dislike that dishonest argument. It is called affirming the consequent and it is epidemic in the health community as a whole. It goes If This then That. That, therefore This. If animal fats are unhealthy then the mediterranean diet will be healthy since it is low in them. The mediterranean diet is healthy, therefore animal fats are unhealthy. But that is ridiculous since there are dozens of explanations why the mediterranean diet is healthier than the SAD or a low fat diet. They eat a great deal of fish, a reasonable amount of omega 6, get good nutrition in general and have a fair amount of fat in the diet, albeit mostly monounsaturated. Of course that is healthier than some diets. But it doesn't follow that it is the lack of animal fats that made it so.

I don't want to see this kind of nonsense anymore. There is no evidence that animal fats when tissue HUFA is balance are unhealthy and a ton that they are health-promoting.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

(2099)

on March 08, 2011
at 11:10 PM

I don't have the reference any more, but I remember reading that the Greeks actually eat tons of dairy, mostly in the form of cheese, and that the get something like 80% of their calories from fat.

6d9b8105790efa406618c72e840f2093

on March 08, 2011
at 10:45 PM

Yep, and I was reading the article I was thinking the same things. That led me to the thought that these journalists are propagating the crap that ends up being "conventional dietary wisdom."

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on March 08, 2011
at 11:52 PM

I doubt it was that high. Maybe in like one place like in Switzerland when Weston Price went there, although I highly doubt that many people are eating low fat yogurt like Dieticians will have us believe. So they are eating plenty of animal protein through fish and animal fat through dairy. It still doesn't mean that grains are healthy. They would be better off without them.

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1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on March 08, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Those aren't journalists...they're paid hacks, apologists, stooges and shills, that's all.

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