Who’s Biased?

The world is obsessed by health. Seems funny to say that when we are in the middle of an obesity, diabetes, autoimmune, cancer etc. epidemic. But people really want to know the truth and I believe the thing driving this is the rise of social media. Previously information was being controlled by the media, so if there was something that they didn’t want you to know, it just wouldn’t be printed. Think of it like this (made up example to show a point) –

A new study just came out linking bread consumption with stomach cancer.

Should something like that be reported in the media? Definitely. But what if Tip Top paid heaps in advertising space to the newspaper and TV industry? Is it in their best interest to report something so damaging to a major source of their income? Definitely not. So it gets swept under the carpet never to be seen again.

But then along comes this thing we call the internet and the rise of Social Media where everyone involved becomes the media. The best thing about this is that the truth is getting out there to us, the general public. But the bad side of it is that there is now so much noise out there, it’s hard to sort the truth from the lies. Just look at the movie “What the Health” which I spoke about a couple of weeks ago. It’s amazing the opinions that money, or a vested interest can buy.

So how do we tell what is truth and what is truly BS. It’s really not that easy but the first step is to follow the money. A perfect example is back in the 1960’s there was a study that found sugar was fine, but fat was the major contributor to heart disease which as you may know has shaped dietary advice for the past few decades. New evidence is coming out now that proves that is complete BS especially as the sugar industry funded this research!

Together with other recent analyses of sugar industry documents, our findings suggest the industry sponsored a research program in the 1960s and 1970s that successfully cast doubt about the hazards of sucrose while promoting fat as the dietary culprit in CHD.

The DAA (Dieticians Association of Australia) has long been considered the regulatory body for dietitians in Australia. They have governed what is acceptable practice and advice for dieticians to be giving while being sponsored, or as they like to say in Partnership with” Arnotts, Nestle and Unilever (Flora margarine, Streets ice creams and Bushells tea). Could there be a conflict of interest there? Maybe. But the fact that they still hold to the same dietary advice that is now relatively defunct in saying that saturated fats are bad and sugar is fine despite all the recent evidence stating the opposite, it says to me there is something holding them back.

The head of the World Heart Foundation did a talk earlier this year after checking all the research papers over the past 14 years, that really put much of this poor science to rest. It basically said that saturated fat had a mild heart protective effect and polyunsaturated fats which are said to be good for the heart, really had no effect either way.

I don’t know about you, but when the head of the World Heart Foundation comes out with this kind of information, I listen. Maybe the DAA haven’t seen it yet?

So if you’re unsure of who to listen to, follow the money first.

Here’s a few quick examples to show it’s not just a one off –

Coca cola payed scientists to shift the blame of obesity and type 2 diabetes to lack of exercise, not consumption of their sugary beverages.

An analysis of 17 studies found that those with financial backing of soft drink manufacturers were 5 times more likely to find no association with obesity and soft drink consumption than those without backing from the manufacturers

A report showed that Children and adolescents who eat candy tend to weigh less than their non-consuming counterparts. This was funded by the National Confectioners Association.

I leterally found dozens of articles on this as it is so widespread. But hopefully you get the picture now.

Run Well

Chris O’Driscoll

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