Part 2 of this series explores how a focus on food policy could tackle the obesity crisis.
It's a terrible thing that you with you with your purity and clearness of thought have to cry in the wilderness about something as fundamental as eating properly.
You should have a bigger forum to reach more like-minded people.
I agree with Means' diagnosis of the problem and also the solution. However, as much as I would like to believe it, I don't believe his statement that "“it could be fixed very easily.” Really? Did he not pay attention to how people reacted during Covid? "YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!" Did he not notice people's anger at the proposed tax on sugar laden sodas in NY, no doubt egged on by industry executives like his former self when he worked for Coke? IMHO, it will be extremely difficult to bring about the changes he proposes, at least here in the U.S., where we prize individual freedom above all, including the freedom to kill ourselves. That sounds harsh, and I realize many people are addicted to junk food and drinks, which fuels their angst, as it's really hard to give up one's addiction, especially without professional help, which is not covered by insurance when it comes to food addiction. Perhaps Mr. Means could accomplish more good if he explained how he went from being evil to promulgating good, so we can figure out how to convince all the Big Food Executives (and the politicians they support) to give up their sins and move to the light.
Wife is currently providing community support in central Queensland in response to the recent fires. She has been dealing with people in desperate need exacerbated by their chronic metabolic issues, and more recently overwhelming tiredness, often with chest 'discomfort', and quite a few with new and/or resurgent cancer. Big Pharma is not the answer to most of these ailments, it is almost certainly the cause along with Big 'Food' and the dominant discourse pushed by these cabals and enabled by Government.
Thanks again for your work shining a light on these issues.
Calley Means cites the usual suspects and has the usual vague answers. The two worlds of nutritional medicine is an overriding correctible factor in dealing with obesity. The vending machines are not teaching students. Insofar as University's teach that food is medicine, they are teaching the wrong food. While the emphasis on drugs and surgery is true -- that is what medical schools do -- it is "lip service” exactly to food and lifestyle changes" that is the problem. Not all lifestyles are the same. The obsessive and irrational refusal of the medical establishment to face carbohydrate restriction and ketogenic diets as medicine is not explained entirely by money. It is not my field, but Calley might see if there are any big food companies who have invested in keto -- which credentialed professor at Stanford will jump in and see that it is done right.
And when you use vague terms like "ultra-processed food" you keep nutrition at a popular, Luddite, anti-intellectual level which any Professor or food company can turn to their own advantage. It is not true that "“Nobody's asking why heart disease is going up as we prescribe more drugs,....,” Maryanne and I and our friends are asking. We just can't get real answers or real dialogue.
I think this is very serious but the post does seem to have a lighter side. Robert Kennedy Jr.'s assurance that “If I have not significantly dropped the level of chronic disease in our children by the end of my first term, I do not want you to re-elect me,” made me think back to Hermann Goering statement that if any bombs fall on Germany, "you can call me Mayr."
I was taught that treating value judgements as if they were facts is wrong.
The processing is gone when you eat the food. Microwave cooking has added useful method although FB still has examples of suspicion. (Recommend:
Barbara Kafka’s “Microwave Gourmet.”)
Cutting to the chase: study sections that fund “ultra-processed” are unlikely to fund “ketogenic.”
Still, we trust you to keep an eye out for the corruption.