The Criminality of the US Dietary Guidelines

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This is a great video of the Weston A. Price condemnation (okay, critique) of the federal government’s fraudulent misuse of science to develop the new government dietary guidelines that continue to make people fatter and sicker. It is slightly in excess of two hours, but it is worth every minute spent away from the boob tube.

“What has happened with the dietary guidelines is that they preach a kind of low-fat, high-fiber, low-salt, puritanical diet that is impossible to eat. We have cravings for these kind of foods because we need these foods. We need saturated fats, we need salt in the diet. And people try to go on this puritanical diet and they just can’t stay on it and the result is that people end up eating what I call pornographic foods. This happens at schools as well. They get the puritanical lunch and then at 2:00 in the afternoon these starving children are at the vending machines eating pornographic foods. Why not just feed our children, feed every body, good, rich, nourishing, nutritious foods that our ancestors ate.” Sally Fallon Morell, February 14, 2011

In fact, whether it is Taco Bell’s now famous filler-loaded non-beef or Domino’s high-IQ pizza, our kids are starving on carb-and-filler-loaded non-food, driving them to constantly seek food, any food, to satiate their bodies that are deprived of adequate human nutrition.

During this press conference, several real nutrition experts – or bearers of untainted information – were on hand to address the government’s fraud in a smashing takedown: Weston A. Price Foundation President Sally Fallon Morell, Morton Satin of the Salt Institute, Adele Hite and Pam Schoenfeld from the Healthy Nation Coalition, Peter Farnham of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society, and a former carrier of conventional wisdom, Dr. James Carlson, D.O.

It is always important to note that the government’s food pyramid is not, and has never been, based on science. It is a purely political animal developed by politicians for political purposes. It was Senator George McGovern and his Select Senate Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs that, according to Good Calories, Bad Calories author Gary Taubes, “almost single-handedly changed nutritional policy in this country and initiated the process of turning the dietary fat hypothesis into dogma.” Notable members of the committee were megalomaniacs such as Bob Dole, Edward Kennedy, Walter Mondale, and Hubert Humphrey.

McGovern, who was influenced by vegetarian Nathan Pritikin, had spent a month at Pritikin’s diet center and was unable to stick to the low-fat, near-starvation diet for self-evident reasons. Yet, in spite of the fantasy-reality disconnect, the food politics of the Committee were set in motion and McGovern’s Dietary Goals for the United States were hammered out at the hands of federal politicians and a labor journalist who wrote the final draft. These dietary guidelines attacked the meat and dairy industries while they propped up the powerful grain cartels. The guidelines were heavily influenced by lobbying from the food industry and edible oil industry soldiers who vilified animal fat and won, in spite of the numerous, highly-qualified scientists who debunked their political agenda with the power of science. The Dietary Goals for the United States (The McGovern Report) was issued in 1977, leading to the 1980 publication of Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, first edition. Since that time, the government has had a non-scientific lock on dietary-nutritional central planning.

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5 Responses to The Criminality of the US Dietary Guidelines

  1. Richard Nikoley says:

    March 3rd, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Tom Naughton’s film, Fat Head, has an excellent run down of that whole dietary guidelines BS, with a lot of humor thrown in.

    It’s now available for free (with commercials) on Hulu.

  2. Steve says:

    March 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I watched part of the movie “Woodstock” last night and noticed how skinny 99% of the kids were.

    One exception was a very pudgy guy eating a popsicle. Happened to be a cop…

  3. Eric W. says:

    March 10th, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Hi Karen.

    Do you know a good source for the percentage of total US food subsidies spent on meat & dairy vs. grains? I’ve seen unsourced claims that far more is spent on meat & dairy.

    One complication is that a lot of grain grown is used in feedlots, effectively subsidizing the production of meat, dairy, and grains, but only subsidizing the consumption of meat and dairy. Since it’s health that’s the concern here, it’s the contribution of subsidies to consumption that’s relevant here, so I’d be interesting in finding this info.

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    March 10th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Eric – no, not comparative statistics. But, one good place to start is a visual of the food pyramid we’ve had for 30+ years. :–) There are also political considerations outside of monetary subsidies: meat and dairy is very un-pc. Vegetarianism is the state-approved, pc lifestyle.

  5. Mark S. says:

    May 1st, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    where is the graph of the obesity vs. regulation timing is coming from?


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