Friends across the country and across the world who believe in the Just Eat Real Food message — who believe that the Dietary Guidelines here in the United States and around the world have not only failed to help people but have actively contributed to the rise of obesity, diabetes and other diseases — I call you to urgent action that could help (finally) bring down the high carb low fat U.S. Dietary Guidelines!
Would you like to see real change, such as:
- Tossing out mindless restrictions on eating healthy, natural fats?
- Ending the veneration of whole grains as somehow uniquely healthy?
- Stopping the bad science that’s caused our overwhelming public health crises?
- Demanding accountability from the system?
If so, there is something you can do right now, today, that will have a big impact: we just need you to post reponses indicating your frustration and displeasure with the guidelines. (See below for details.)
As many news outlets (and blogs like mine) reported, last week, the British Medical Journal published a powerful investigative piece that laces into the terrible junk science in this year’s report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). If health agencies act on this report, we can look forward to another 5 years of low fat high carb guidelines. Millions of vulnerable women and children on government assistance programs will be fed sugar, grains and factory-made rancid vegetable oils and kept away from nutritious food that’s sustained humanity as a species for millennia, such as butter, whole milk and meat. I and many others believe that millions of people will get sick as a result of this report, and thousands will die.
This cannot stand. We must not let it stand.
Unfortunately, the forces of evil (and industry) are not going to go quietly into that good night, and numerous angry bloggers and guardians of the nutritional status quo have been striking back, trying to smear the BMJ piece and its author. We cannot allow this. But Brandolini’s Law — the idea that the amount of energy needed to refute bullsh*t is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it — is in full effect here. I/we don’t have the time/energy to fight back against all these people alone.
Here’s how you can help. Below are links to four attack pieces that attempt to discredit the British Medical Journal. Go leave comments at these sites, sharing your story and any data/ideas that you think are pertinent to the conversation. And please write about this on your own blog — or use whatever microphone you have to get the word out.
POST YOUR COMMENTS AT THE FOLLOWING 4 SITES:
- David Katz’s stupid piece in the Huffington Post: An Open Letter to the BMJ Regarding US Dietary Guidance
- Retraction Watch’s piece on this brouhaha
- The Verge has published a series of pieces. You can’t actually comment, but feel free to write about The Verge’s biased and ridiculous response on your blogs or wherever and call attention to their nonsense. (Sunlight is the best disinfectant.)
- Finally, there’s some execrable whinging courtesy Marion “calories count, so shut up you stupid fatties and starve yourself thin like good sheep” Nestle
We need your help. Scattered though we may be, we have strength in numbers. If a lone guy working in his backyard can build a magnifying glass strong enough to turn ordinary sunlight into a beam of energy hot enough to make magma, we can surely unify our disparate energies and fight back hard.
Lastly, a caveat: if you’re like me, you’re hella mad about the DGAC report and all the shenanigans in the world of nutrition perpetrated over the past 50+ years that have led us to this sorry state of affairs. However, I beseech you to be kind and humane in your responses. We can hate the message, but let’s not hate the messengers. The people aggressively pushing the attack on the BMJ piece are not bad people; most of them honestly believe they’re trying to help and make people healthier. They just are so blinded by their misconceptions and past beliefs that they can’t see that the DGAC report (and the guidelines it advocates) will do precisely the opposite.
So be kind. Be compassionate. But be aggressive and relentless.
To paraphrase Edmund Burke: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing.
Let’s fight back! Go! And share the word!