Who Can’t Handle the Truth?

Nina Teicholz – the author of the great book The Big Fat Surprise – was just disinvited from a food policy panel. It seems the other participants, one from CSPI and one from USDA, refused to participate if Teicholz was on the panel.

Teicholz suggested other people to replace her, but they were also turned down. Instead she was replaced by someone from the potato industry.

It’s a great metaphor for the entire nutrition debate. The old guard won’t even let opposing views be heard. They can’t handle debate. Perhaps they can’t handle the truth?

Politico: Teicholz disinvited from food policy panel

Update: There’s now a petition to get Teicholz reinstated on the panel.

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5 comments

  1. Paul
    The food industry and its government bureaucracy behave just like the cigarette industry did in the early days of citizen concern: lie, cheat, cover-up and bloviate. I'd love to see a photo of those on the panel; my bet is metabolic syndrome will be on full display.
  2. Paul
    A Google of the person that replaced Teicholz on the panel (Maureen Storey) shows her work entails pushing high-fructose-corn-syrup on children:
    http://m.ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/6/1662.short
    And she pushes the "nutrient density" of potatoes for all!
    In other words, Storey's a propagandist FIRST, scientist second. She's intent on marketing her HFCS and potatoes no matter what. Icky.
  3. Apicius
    Here's an excerpt from Maureen Storey (who will replace Nina). Notice how Maureen's flowery language is used to say nothing at all, as well as deflect focus while appearing as a very smart scientist who belittles others who oppose her views (which is financed by the beverage industry, potato industry and cereal industry). Here's an example of her evil and condescending bloviation:

    Interviewer asks: "Do you foresee any social or political implications for your research?"

    Maureen's response: "That's a tough, but important question. At a minimum, I hope that our research helps dispel the urban myths that have gained momentum about HFCS. Politically, I see a more troubling picture for the scientific enterprise as a whole, and one that reaches far beyond the controversy about HFCS. What I mean by that is the facile dismissal or scarlet-letter-branding of research that is conducted or supported, in part or in whole, by industry.

    Though such dismissal or branding is often conducted under the banner of such good sounding phrases like "integrity in science," as Dr. Kenneth Rothman, the founding editor of Epidemiology has pointed out, such "J'accuse-like" innuendo is simply a thinly veiled ad hominem attack carrying an implicit and unfounded presumption of inferiority or dishonesty in industry-supported research that borders on a modern form of McCarthyism. Such statements are antithetical to the essence of science and ones that we as scientists in academia and industry or society, in general, can ill afford."

    At the time, her title was:
    Maureen Storey, Ph.D.
    Senior Vice President, Science Policy
    American Beverage Association
    Washington, D.C., USA"

    More here:
    http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2009/09novfmf/09novfmfStor/

  4. Miriam Walton
    Meanwhile, we've just had breakfast at a local cafe in Shropshire, UK. Somehow we could not help noticing that, of 13 women present, 9 of them were not just overweight but morbidly obese in appearance. That's 69%, according to my calculator. No prizes for guessing what they were all tucking into and also what many of them left uneaten on the side of their plates (the mushrooms and tomatoes which come with the 'Full English Breakfast', in case you're wondering!)

    Not only that but as my husband and I arrived we were handed a cake as a present from a well-meaning friend. I don't think there is a person of my acquaintance who has not noticed that I am 5 stones+ lighter now than I was 3 years ago and that I never eat bread, cake or potatoes. Nevertheless a cake is considered a treat by most people and who would want to seem ungrateful?

    We'll give the cake away (that feels wrong, too!) but reading the above article, in conjunction with living an everyday life in the UK where Celebration = Cake to most people and where bake-offs dominate the media it feels like there is a long way to go when industry has so much clout to suppress the LCHF message.

    Thanks for all you do to further this vital cause and thanks also to all those who post such helpful information and views on this site. The number of people who 'get' it do seem to be growing.

    Miriam

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  6. Marion
    There's a petition to get Nina reïnstated on the panel

    "http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reinstate-teicholz-on-food-policy-panel

    please sign it!

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