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NYT: How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat


The sugar industry managed to pay scientists to play down the link between sugar and heart disease, according to newly released internal documents. Instead, saturated fat was blamed.

The New York Times and many other papers write about it today:

Big Sugar was able to shape the dietary guidelines for decades by enticing Harvard scientists (among others) to sell out their independence and conduct its paid research.

But as these things are revealed, the game is changing. Sugar is now well on it’s way to become public enemy number one, and deservedly so.

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The Sugar Conspiracy – New Popular YouTube Video

Is big business hiding how bad sugar really is for us? Yes, clearly they are at least trying.

This new – slightly conspiratorial – video has quickly reached more than 250,000 views on YouTube. Worth watching for an entertaining five-minute primer on the topic.

A few facts are a bit overblown: High fructose corn syrup is hardly as addictive as cocaine. And its effects in the body is not much worse than regular sugar, it’s close to the same thing. Also it’s only toxic in the abnormally high doses that most people consume today.

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How Drug Companies Attempt to Brainwash Your Family Doctor


Here’s a good article about how the education of family doctors is often taken care of by drug companies:

The Star: Drug Companies Wine and Dine Family Physicians

Not that any family doctor wants or expects to become corrupted. But don’t be surprised when you’re offered a life-long prescription of dubious benefit after a 5-minute consultation with your doctor. It’s just how the system works. Advertising works.

I’ve been to many, many of these lunches and dinners myself during the last 16 years. Eventually they started to leave such a foul taste in my mouth that I stopped going. Except for once in a while to study the method and the shameless bias.

I feel that drug companies should not be allowed to do any sort of “education” of doctors, ever. It’s seriously less like education and more like brainwashing. Doctors who can’t see it are doubly deceived, unfortunately.

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Watch the Movie That Exposes the Cholesterol Cover-Up

4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars79%4 stars13%3 stars2%2 stars2%1 star1%79 ratings7,867 viewsIs 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).

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“It Is Health That Is the Real Wealth”

How can we improve the health of billions of people? What are the problems standing in the way?

Here’s a great new five-minute presentation from the UK cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra. A brave man as usual, not afraid to tell some uncomfortable truths.


The Sugar Industry Is Paying Obesity Experts in the UK


Yet another example of how the sugar industry is trying to hinder efficient dietary guidelines and legislation. According to a report the person who is probably the UK’s foremost advisor on obesity issues has received funding from the sugar industry:

RT: Big Sugar’s scandalous sweetheart deal with public health experts exposed

Why does the UK do so little to reduce the consumption of added sugar, an expert in the article wonders. Yes, why?


The Soda Industry Suffers Historic Loss in the US


The soda industry in the U.S. suffered a historical loss the other day. For the first time, a soda tax is imposed!

Berkeley, California, became the first city to vote, with great majority, in favor of introducing a tax that will make sodas noticeably more expensive:

Politico: Berkeley breaks through on soda tax

This could be viewed as an insignificant event – Berkeley is a city of just 80,000 people, so who cares? But symbolically it’s a big thing. Similar proposals have on some 20 occasions been voted down in different cities in the U.S., after huge economic countermeasures from the soda industry, in the form of advertising.

Just in little Berkeley, the soda industry spent around 2 million dollars on TV and other advertisements to oppose the proposal. That’s almost $26 per person: during the Swedish election campaign in 2014, all the Swedish political parties combined spent $4.70 per person on advertisements. Per person, the soda industry spent five times more in Berkeley than all of the Swedish parties combined in an election year.

They must have bought up every single advertisement spot available. And yet they lost.

Now, experts think more cities in the U.S. will follow Berkeley’s example. And Mexico has already introduced a soda tax.

Some people think that there should be no taxes on anything, not even tobacco. Personally I disagree, but what I think doesn’t matter. What matters is that if we’re ok with taxing tobacco for health reasons we should certainly tax soda too.

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Another Train Wreck: Heart & Stroke Foundation Recommends Eating Candy


Here’s another nutritional advice train wreck. The Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation allows their “Health Check” symbol to be put on candy. Why? As far as I can tell because the candy uses the word “fruit” in its name.

CTV News: Ottawa doctor says Heart and Stroke Foundation is misleading parents over a “Health Check” product

Putting the spotlight on this insanity is one of my heroes, dr Yoni Freedhoff. Here are two recent posts from his blog:

The Heart and Lung Foundation put out a press release saying that they are trying to develop a “comprehensive position” on sugar and will be soliciting international experts to help out. Meanwhile they’ll keep recommending candy.

Here’s dr Freedhoff’s comment:

So what exactly do the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check Registered Dietitians do for the Foundation if Health Check needs to ask for outside help to determine whether or not endorsing fruit juice gummis that are themselves 80% sugar by weight with virtually no associated nutrition is a good idea?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if your organization needs international experts to tell them selling candy as a health food is a bad idea, perhaps you might want to consider the possibility that there’s something wrong with your organization’s own expertise.

I’d rephrase that last message for the Heart and Stroke Foundation:

If your organization believes that selling candy as a health food is OK, then your organization has zero credibility.

Bottom line: choose. You can have the candy money or you can have credibility. You can’t have both.

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Seal of Approval on Goodies Macabre

Cancer for dessert

Cancer for dessert

Can we prevent breast cancer – a disease for which the risk increases with overweight – by contributing to an increased consumption of cinnamon buns and fancy pastries in the midst of an obesity epidemic?

The ill-conceived and dishonest sponsorship by the Pink Ribbon and the Swedish Cancer Society drew criticism in Swedish local paper Corren from myself, among others:

The Swedish Cancer Society responds by trying to shift the blame:

So, people who gain weight from eating cinnamon buns and pastry, thus increasing their risk of getting cancer, only have themselves to blame. Don’t blame the Cancer Society! They only, embarrassingly enough, happen to have their trade mark in advertisements for sweet baked goods. Apparently, they don’t accept any responsibility for the consequences.


Can You Prevent Cancer with Millions of Cinnamon Buns?


Only Anti-Soda Tax Ads Broadcast in Mexico

This is how powerful Big Sugar is. Mexico is debating a soda tax, which makes total sense in the world’s most obese country. However, only anti-soda tax ads are seen on TV.

The biggest TV networks have refused to run pro-soda tax ads, so they won’t upset their best clients. I wonder if this means that their news programs are affected too. My guess: certainly.

NBC News: Bloomberg gets caught up in Mexico soda tax fight

Bye bye informed choice. Coca Cola and friends are buying media control in the most obese country on Earth.