7 “new” ways the government is trying to trash your health—and what you should do instead

7 “new” ways the government is trying to
trash your health—and what you should do instead

“Let’s face it. Every American is looking for a pill. It’s not going to happen,” U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson said at the Washington, D.C., news conference announcing the “new” government-approved dietary guidelines. Tommy is so cool, isn’t he? Mister Tough Guy. Armed with years of political self-serving and lavishing other people’s money on the undeserving in Wisconsin, he is now so high and mighty that he can lecture you and me on diets and pills and things. It’s amazing how an exalted government cabinet position can turn a professional pinko politician into a genius on any given subject.

But the problem is, there is no essential difference between the new guidelines and the old dunce cap—I mean pyramid—that sits on a bed of beans and grains.

Ann M. Veneman, secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) admitted: “The new guidelines have additional science incorporated, but many of the recommendations are not significantly different than what’s been recommended in the past.”

The big “but”

Neither of them came out and directly criticized their arch-nemesis: the low-carb diet. But they certainly didn’t try to hide their true feelings (or should I say political agendas?).

Thompson said “We don’t want to disparage or take away from any diet program because every one of those diet programs serves some people or serves a need, but if you want to get by without joining an organization, follow this diet. This diet is probably the best out there.”

Oh, Tommy, you are such a fake—you make me sick.

Here are some of the gems of advice from the “new pyramid.” In all, there are 41 recommendations in the report. I’ve just chosen the ones that I consider the most harmful to your health.

  • “Limit intake of saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugars, salt and alcohol."

I’ll agree with them on the trans fat and sugar bit, but saturated fats, salt, cholesterol? How many times have I told you, Tommy, that you are barking up the wrong tree?

Don’t listen to the propaganda from Tommy and his flunkies at the American Heart Association about cholesterol. A high saturated fat, high cholesterol diet is essential to good health.

Salt is also essential to your diet, and 90 percent of people can eat all the salt they want.

  • “Eat three or more ounce-equivalents of whole-grain products each day.”

You don’t have to eat any grains, whole or otherwise, for good health. And, by the way, fiber is highly overrated. It’s not going to prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, or constipation. It will just give you a big stool. Two quality cigars a day will do you more good than all that nutrition-free fiber you’re eating.

  • “Consume three cups a day of fat-free or low-fat milk.” YUCK! You might as well drink water (and you know where I stand on that). Milk should be drunk whole and unpasteurized in unlimited quantities.
  • “Consume less than 10 percent of total calories from saturated fatty acids and less than 300 milligrams a day of cholesterol.”

There they go again, on the anti-saturated-fat campaign trail. I hate to break it to them (mostly because they never listen anyway), but saturated fat is essential for good health and can be eaten in large quantities. That includes all animal fats, butter, and the tropical oils like coconut and palm.

  • “Eat lean, low-fat or fat-free meat, poultry…”

More rotten and destructive advice Tommy probably got from his cardiologist and you’ve probably gotten from yours over and over and over again. Once again, their big phobia is the cholesterol content of meat that has fat on it. And once again, cholesterol is good for you. If you’re still not sure, read The Cholesterol Myth by Uffe Ravnskow, M.D., Ph.D. You’ll wonder why you ever bought into the whole low-fat nonsense in the first place.

Don’t sweat it

Of course, the guidelines didn’t stop there. They also weighed in on their other favorite topic…

  • “To reduce the risk of chronic disease in adulthood, engage in a moderate-intensity physical activity at least 30 minutes a day.”
  • “To prevent gradual weight gain in adulthood, engage in about 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity on most days of the week.”

EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE! And, in turn, increase your appetite so that you can enjoy more of Tommy’s and Ann’s meat-once-a-week, beans-and-bagels, low-cholesterol, no-egg diet that’s not fit for a poodle, a pig, or even a politician.

You don’t have to exercise to maintain health; just quit eating all that crapola recommended by Tommy, Ann, and most dieticians.

“New U.S. Dietary Guidelines: Eat Less, Exercise More,” HealthDay, 1/12/05