Metabolical (2)

Subtitled “The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine” the book offers a lot of wisdom that I wish I were smarter enough to fully comprehend.

More excerpts:

However, every single one of these pathologies can be prevented, mitigated, and in many cases reversed, by changes in diet. And none of these changes in diet have anything to do with calorie restriction. Inmost cases, reversal can be accomplished just by removing processed food and substituting Real Food. (page 150)

These supplements don’t get where they need to go in the cell to be effective, but because they are nutraceuticals (a food with purported health properties), the FDA can’t regulate them. (page 150)

Autoimmune diseases are a disaster and there are no good medicines available (steroids work, but the treatment is worse than the disease). (page 156)

As you will see in Part III, nutrition is easy to do right, as we did it for ten thousand years. But sadly, it’s even easier to do wrong, and that’s what we’ve stupidly done for the last fifty years. (page 159)

Epidemiology means correlation, not causation. (page 167)

If there’s any solace to be had within this pandemic, it’s that by reducing restaurant outings and cooking at home, the world is consuming less sugar. (page 197)

But don’t get too enamored with vaccines; our experiences with influenza show that obese individuals don’t generate an adequate antibody response and remain susceptible to infection. (pages 197-8)

Real Food is low-sugar and high-fiber, which lower insulin; it protects the liver and feeds the gut. (page 202)

For years as part of their public relations machinery, soft drink companies would push lack of physical activity as a cause of obesity. However, the evidence reveals that the impact of physical activity on chronic disease is minimal. You can’t outrun a bad diet. (page 303)

However, in the late 1970s, efforts to ban junk food marketing on television led to a corporate power struggle pressuring Congress to “declaw” the FTC (take away its enforcement powers), which eventually occurred in 1980; the FTC has never been heard from again. The 1970s also saw the rise of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a bill mill that writes legislation beneficial to the oil, pharma, tobacco/alcohol, and food industries. (page 307)

But nowhere does the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act (FDCA) of 1938 mention chronic toxicity, where one exposure isn’t toxic but rather cumulative exposure will kill you. This loophole lets the food industry get away with all sorts of slow murder. A perfect example is tobacco. Do cigarettes kill? Yes, but not one, and not today, and not even tomorrow; but then thousand smoked over ten years just might. As a result, the FDA couldn’t and didn’t regulate tobacco, because it didn’t fit under the heading of “acute toxicity.” Even with all of FDA commissioner David Kessler’s railing and lobbying, he couldn’t bring Big Tobacco to heal, because chronic toxicity isn’t in the FDA’s charter (eventually tobacco finally did come under the FDA’s regulatory framework, but only after Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act in 2009). (page 319)

Natural means about as much as healthy does – nothing. (page 324)

Big Pharma, well, they’ve got more and sicker patients who are prescribed their medicines by doctors, so they’re making out like bandits. Even Obamacare couldn’t stop the party – all it did was cap insurance company profits at 15 percent, not pharmaceutical company profits, which can be any amount, whatever the market will bear. (page 349)

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