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Putin Slams Big Pharma and Fast Food Companies – Is He Right?

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It’s not often that a power-hungry dictator is partly right about what’s good for the people in his country. But Putin may be on to something here:

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes the pharmaceutical industry and big food corporations are threatening the lives of Russia’s citizens…

According to the report, Putin believes that “we as a species have the choice to continue to develop our bodies and brains in a healthy upward trajectory, or we can follow the Western example of recent decades and intentionally poison our population with genetically altered food, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, and fast food that should be classified as a dangerous, addictive drug.

Australian National Review: Putin Slams Big Pharma and GMO Foods

The good and the bad

I have a few objections. I believe most commonly used vaccinations have far fewer side effects than the often terrible diseases they protect against. And I don’t think new genes are dangerous per se, it’s more a question of what the result is on the food. Changing the properties of our food can become a problem.

When it comes to overmedication based on distorted “science” from the very companies that sell the drugs this dictator is quite right though. Continue Reading →

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Beware These “Healthy” High-Sugar Snacks

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A lot of “healthy” snacks are shockingly full of sugar, even if the packaging looks nice and contains words like “Paleo, natural, protein”, etc. Here’s a closer look at some of the worst offenders:

MailOnline: Beware those ‘organic, vegan, raw, healthy’ snacks

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That Sugar Film Premieres in the UK

Here’s a nice clip where the eloquent Dr. Aseem Malhotra and the entertaining film maker Damon Gameau discuss the problem of sugar. Well worth watching.

The movie That Sugar Film premieres in the UK today. I’ve seen it, it’s fantastic and I highly recommend it. The US release is July 31.

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Watch the Movie That Exposes the Cholesterol Cover-Up

Is high cholesterol the main cause of heart disease? Are cholesterol-lowering drugs miracle drugs, nearly free of side-effects, that the majority of the adult population needs to take every day?

This movie exposes the exaggerations and the grossly misleading marketing of daily medications to people who don’t need them. That is, most people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs without having heart disease. That’s when the risk of bad side effects (that are silenced) usually outweighs the benefit.

There’s another problem: total focus on cholesterol is profitable for the pharmaceutical industry, but it sucks energy from all other effective lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease. Real health is not to be found in a bottle of pills.

Statin Nation

The movie Statin Nation does a good job of providing information about the cholesterol cover-up. We are now able to stream the movie online for our members (free trial available).

You can watch the trailer above. Watch the full movie here: Statin Nation (for members).

Sign up for a free trial month – watch Statin Nation and get immediate access to many other videos and movies.

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After a free trial month, should you choose to continue, membership is $9 per month. Every dollar is used to finance the Diet Doctor organization. Our goal is to help ever more people revolutionize their health. Continue Reading →

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The Beginning and End of the Fear of Fat

 
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This is the book that contributes to finally dismissing the old fear of fat. When the book The Big Fat Surprise came out in June last year, major American newspapers praised it. It has become a New York Times  best seller and The Wall Street Journal appointed it one of the best books of the year.

This book redefines food for many influential people and the fear of fat is losing its grip on the world.

Finally, I too have read the book. It’s a big book that initially is very similar to the fantastic Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). But once you’ve read the first chapters you realize that this book is so much more. It’s an updated version with a somewhat different focus – and for most readers probably far more entertaining, clarifying and upsetting.

This is the definitive story on how fear of fat was based on how ambitious researchers and well-meaning politicians took short cuts and ignored the lack of real evidence. And as gigantic economic interests entered the picture things went very wrong.

The Problem with Fear of Fat

We know the result: instead of harmless fat – that we’ve been unnecessarily afraid of – people began to eat more sugar, wheat flour and other refined carbohydrates, which increase the fat-storing hormone insulin. Voilá: an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

The book also goes in detail through the tragicomic and terrifying hunt for a replacement for natural saturated fat. Continue Reading →

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“Why Is It So Difficult to Eat Real Food In the 21st Century?”

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Yes, it’s hard to eat real food in the 21st century:

The Verge: Why is it so difficult to eat real food in the 21st century?

However there is an upside if you actually manage to do it. If you don’t just passively eat whatever processed junk is most profitable for some giant company.

Your health, weight (and probably life) will be vastly improved. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it’s worth it.

Earlier on real food

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Do You Want to Watch the Excellent Obesity Documentary FED UP?

This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).

The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.

The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.

Here’s the movie’s strengths… and its fatal weakness: Continue Reading →

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