Like Junk Science on the Climate, Saturated-Fat Fear mongering Has Been Exposed as Baseless
This is from the Wall Street Journal. It is a long article and I’m just gonna give you the nut of it. There is NO evidence — capital N, capital O; zilch, zero, nada, none, doesn’t exist, evidence — that high-fat diets or high-fat anything leads to heart disease. NO evidence. Once again we have been lied to for decades, in this case by a single scientist.
RUSH: It’s been a 50-year effort to get people to stop eating meat, eggs, and whole fat dairy. And do you know, an entire multiple billion-dollar industry has developed around it. And do you know there is one person responsible? Just like one person is responsible for all the deaths of malaria because we can’t use DDT, the idiot Rachel Carson, there’s one person responsible for this. The person’s name is Ancel Keys
Now, you might say, “Aw, come on, Rush. Look, I love you, but what do you mean? What’s politics about telling people not to eat mayonnaise and eggs?” Health care is what’s politics about it. The fact that you don’t know what’s good for you is what’s politics about it. The fact that you need an FDA or some other government agency telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat because you’re not bright enough to know what’s good for you or not, that’s what’s politics about it.
Butter, Meat, and Cheese belong in a Healthy Diet
We’ve gotta stop eating McDonald’s hamburgers. Not only will they kill you and give you a heart attack, but they’re destroying the planet. That’s the politics of it. There’s politics all through this. The story is by Nina Teicholz. Nina Teicholz has been researching dietary fat and disease for nearly a decade. She’s got a book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. Simon & Schuster is going to publish the book on May 13th. What is this, the 8th? The 7th, okay. So six days from now this book is gonna be out there. But it’s not just her.
“‘Saturated fat does not cause heart disease’ — or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.” You know, what’s found on a farm you could argue is some of the most natural food out there, couldn’t you? Butter, milk, eggs, beef, vegetables, you could argue all of it’s the essence of natural. The earth produces it. Whether man does anything about it or not or to it or not, saturated fat does not cause heart disease, so concluded a big study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
So Nina Teicholz said, “How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries.” You remember Julia Child, the cooking shows? Julia Child put a stick of butter in everything. If she was preparing some roasted almonds as an appetizer, she’d boil ’em in a stick of butter. Everybody made fun of her. Everybody accused her of being a killer. She said, “No, butter makes everything taste better.” She said there was nothing wrong with it. She pronounced it “butter.” “Butter.” But she said there was nothing wrong with it. And she was right.
Now, let’s stop right there. Julia Child lived to be 91, by the way. She drank wine like a fish, too. “There has never been solid evidence for the idea these fats cause disease.” Fifty years. How many of you believed it, still do, maybe? Let me rewrite the sentence. There has never been solid evidence for the idea that man is causing the climate destruction in the earth. Same thing, folks. “We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy –” politics, anyone? “– has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics and bias.”
Can I tell you a short little story? I’ve told you this before. I am a man of substance. I am over what the actuarial tables say is my correct weight, and I eat all this stuff. And every time I go in for mandated insurance policy health checkups, the doctors, they take the blood and they do the triglycerides and they do the cholesterol, the good and the bad, they do all of that. And because even what they believe, my readings should be off the charts. They think they need to have a stretcher nearby to get me to the ER right after doing their tests. Then the tests come back and say, whoa, my cholesterol’s below normal, good and bad. Triglycerides only slightly elevated.
Then in Hawaii three years ago or so I had what everybody thought was a heart attack, but it wasn’t. They went in to find the blockage, so they had to do one of those — what’s the name of it? I forget. But they go in either through your groin or through your arm and they go in there and they find what the blockage is, and if they find it then they do surgery, take it out. The doctor was stunned. There wasn’t any. Zero. Zilch, zero, nada blockage. It just didn’t compute, based on what I like to eat, what I do eat, what I have eaten.
Now, I know that’s just one example, not scientific, it’s pure anecdotal. But this is so typical. One man, Ancel Keys. “More than a billion dollars have been spent trying to prove Ancel Keys’s hypothesis, but evidence of its benefits has never been produced. It is time to put the saturated-fat hypothesis to bed and to move on to test other possible culprits for our nation’s health woes.” Not really identified here.
History and Junk Science: the Origin of Liberal Fiction
But here’s the history of this, folks, very, very, very quickly. “Our distrust of saturated fat can be traced back to the 1950s, to a man named Ancel Benjamin Keys, a scientist at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Keys was formidably persuasive and, through sheer force of will, rose to the top of the nutrition world.” Not based on any genuine exhibition of superiority, just sheer force of will. He just willed himself into this role, like Rachel Carson: I am gonna be in charge of insecticides.
Anyway, “Dr. Keys was formidably persuasive and, through sheer force of will, rose to the top of the nutrition world — even gracing the cover of Time magazine — for relentlessly championing the idea that saturated fats raise cholesterol and, as a result, cause heart attacks.” So why did people believe it? Well, sheer force of will. Guy was formidable. He went out there and he was just damn sure of himself. He was persuasive because of it, and there’s another ingredient that has to be present for anything like this to work.
Critics have pointed out that Dr. Keys violated several basic scientific norms in his study. For one, he didn’t choose countries randomly but instead selected only those likely to prove his beliefs.”
Huh. Where have we heard that before? He chose Yugoslavia, Finland, and Italy. “Excluded were France,” land of butter, milk, eggs, cheese, bearnaise, hollandaise, mayonnaise. You eat it out of the jar with a spoon in France! So he didn’t go there. They’ve even tried to tell you that there’s some super-secret ingredient in red wine that eats up all that fat, and that’s how the French get away with it
“As it turns out, Dr. Keys visited Crete during an unrepresentative period of extreme hardship after World War II. Furthermore, he made the mistake of measuring the islanders’ diet partly during Lent, when they were forgoing meat and cheese.”
This guy can be immediately linked and traceable to today’s climate scientists. Start out with a premise that you want to be true and then go make it true. Now they’ve done another huge, huge study here, huge, folks. There is no evidence of this. You can literally eat steak and eggs and butter and cheese and milk, not skim, but the whole thing, guilt free. If you don’t like it, that’s another thing, but you don’t have to feel guilty. And you vegans, man, what a bill of goods you bought.
RUSH: I actually believe that part of the reason they tried to run Paula Deen out of business is because she was a big advocate of butter and fat and southern cooking and all that, and she just offended the food Nazis of the left. Do not doubt me on this. I’m not ignoring the other things, but I guarantee you that was part of it.
The reason I spend time talking about this is because my mission is to expose fascism, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, liberalism, everywhere it is. But my primary objective is to try to promote critical thinking. I want you to be skeptical of anything you hear in the media these days. I don’t want you to trust any of it. I want you to use your common sense and your own God-given intelligence and just stop for a moment and ask why all of a sudden is minimum wage being discussed. Why all of a sudden income inequality, and then the next day, why global warming?
I want you to finally get to the point that everything happening in the news media today is about getting you to willingly agree to let the government control more and more of your life. And you’re not gonna have the best life you can have if you do that, and you’re not gonna have the best country we can have. So if I can come along and help you to understand how you’re being hoaxed with global warming, how you’re being hoaxed with all of this food stuff — you know, every day, every week it’s a different food threat that you now have you avoid if you want to survive. And it’s all lies, it’s all bogus. And I don’t believe that every liberal doctor, medical personnel, health official is a rabid liberal activist.
It is my belief you are better equipped to survive relying on yourself, than turning your life over to people you’ve never met who have no qualifications. Barack Obama doesn’t know the first thing about the health care business or hospitals or doctors’ offices. He doesn’t know the first thing about the military. He doesn’t know the first thing about anything. He hasn’t ever done anything. You know more than Barack Obama about how the business you’re in operates and how it succeeds than he does. And you care more than he does, because he’s not interested in that.
So that’s why I bring this stuff up. I think if, in our schools, critical thinking were taught, and curiosity and skepticism, we’d be much better off, but that’s not what’s happening. Kids are being propagandized, unknowingly.
Global warming, classic example. America sucks, classic example. America unjust, immoral, multicultural, it’s all part of a massive effort to discredit things that you really should believe.
It’s a shame, but science has become just as corrupt as any other institution that’s touched by politics.
It’s got some protection because people think that science is unsullied. People think science is untouched by politics, and it’s one of the most political disciplines out there anymore. Hell, half the people in science who earn a decent living do it by getting grants from various places to further research to proven a political point or to advance a political agenda. The only effort here…
Honestly, I don’t care what you eat. I really don’t. It’s your business. If you want to be a vegan, you go right ahead — but don’t preach to me about having to do what you do. I’m not one who wants to control what you do and eat. I want you to have free will, and I don’t want you living and believing a bunch of lies. I want you to be able to spot who is lying to you the moment they do.
That’s really the objective here. I really… If I could wave a magic wand, it would be that, that people could spot tainted political statements the moment they hear them, hear corrupt political statements and understand the political nature of practically everything around ’em. If we could pull that off, we could stop liberalism in its tracks, because it would be demonstrated as fraudulent before a liberal even opened his mouth.