November 30, 2019

Sweet Tooth for Fake Science

Timothy Birdnow

Looks like the attack on dietary fat was born out of manipulated science.

From NPR:

In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The article draws on internal documents to show that an industry group called the Sugar Research Foundation wanted to "refute" concerns about sugar's possible role in heart disease. The SRF then sponsored research by Harvard scientists that did just that. The result was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1967, with no disclosure of the sugar industry funding.

It always baffled me how the powers that be blamed dietary fat, when people had been eating fat throughout history with little problem. The big problems with coronary diseases and diabetes and obesity came when everyone started drinking vast quantities of Coca-Cola, eating ice cream at home, etc. And with pre-packaged foods they always have to add sugar to make them taste right - and salt to balance. So the America consumption of sugar skyrocketed in the '70's, at the same time everyone started getting fat.

Here is something for the irony-impaired NPR crowd:

"It was a very smart thing the sugar industry did, because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion," co-author Stanton Glantz told The New York Times.

Isn't this how Global Warming has been pushed so hard? The Gang Green, the environmentalist lobby and their pretty-in-pink socialist brothers have systematically subverted peer review and seen to it that only papers that promote hysterical claims of doom were published. We know this from the Climategate e-mails, in which the "hockey team" of top climatologists openly conspire to bully journal editors or get them replaced with believers, to peer review each-others' papers, to blackball "denier" scientists. And they have gotten away with it, because the public was never told by a complicit media.

Global Warming isn't the only example of this, but it IS the most spectacular. We've also had Global Cooling, Nuclear Winter, Dioxin, nuclear power, any number of medical research, and almost all psychology. Vaping is another example; they are in the process of using "science" to demonize the practice, which came about when liberals complained about the health consequences of tobacco smoking. It was a healthier (not healthy, but healthier) alternative to puffing the butt.

Science has been politicized, especially since the late seventies when the government took over almost all funding. Now what gets published is work that supports things the government wants.

It may have been true that sometimes an industry was able to influence the thinking on an issue by funding research, but it was only one stream of funding and could be refuted by researchers without an agenda or with another agenda. Now, with the Big Dog paying the bills, no alternative research can exist, or at least compete. Science was always about testing hypotheses, especially alternate hypotheses against each-other. But when the money is all on one thing you no longer have science but political research.

BTW, it's interesting to note the main study that gave us the sugar craze was done at Harvard. Not Texas A&M, or Nebraska, but at the Ivy League's premier university, the citadel of liberalism.

After doing a study that was likely funded with taxpayer dollars, the authors conclude:

"Policymaking committees should consider giving less weight to food industry-funded studies," they write.

And instead should believe only studies produced by your friendly Washington bureaucrat.

Good luck with that!

Hat tip; Tim McNabb.

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1 I used to eat at a small eatery in Tucson named "Casa Chimichanga." Best chimichangas I ever had, in part because they were cooked in lard. They were crispy and you could not detect that they had ever been anywhere near any kind of fat.

Then the government stepped in because lard is unhealthy and the government didn't know that if the lard is hot enough the food absorbs not one ounce of lard, but is merely flavored and browned by it, and said that Casa Chimichange had to cook in vegetable oil.

Vegetable oil cannot be heated to as high a temperature, so the chimichangas absorbed quite a lot of oil. They lost flavor, were not as crispy, and they tasted greasy and awful. Casa Chimichanga promptly went out of business. Sad. I really liked their chimichangas when they were cooked in lard.

Posted by: Bill H at November 30, 2019 09:27 AM (vMiSr)

2 We also have that Roundup weed killer causes cancer. Many studies have determined that there is no evidence that points to this. No studies have ever determined that it does cause cancer, but a few studies have come to the conclusion that it "might contribute" to cancer. The latter have been used by class action shysters to get juries to award tens and hundreds of millions to people who have cancer which was almost certainly caused by something else. Advertisements on television are now saying that "juries have proved" that Roundup causes cancer.

Posted by: Bill H at November 30, 2019 09:34 AM (vMiSr)

3 Yeah Bill. KFC is now cooking in Canola, as another example, and their chicken doesnt taste anywhere nearly as good as it used to. My great grandmother lived way out in the country and she used lard to cook everything; never had better fried chicken, or anything else!  It's sad how the killjoys in the Progressive movement take everything that is good and pollute it or suppress it.

BTW, I wrote about the Roundup issue at Canada Free Press a few years ago. See here.

The World Health Organization's draft report concluded there was no discernible link between Roundup and cancer but the report was changed by some environmentalists before it was released to say it was a "likely" carcinogine. Based on this court cases proceeded here and overseas, liberal juries found for the plaintiffs, and based on that more have been filed. It's a shakedown - and it is despicable.

Paul Driessen has written about the subject here as well.

This is just another attempt to get a large corporation under their thumb and milk them for money.

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