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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Challenging the Dogma of the Government Sponsored Food Pyramid

Another day, another credible study debunking the "benefits" of the government sponsored "food pyramid".

Another research paper is suggesting that saturated fat isn't bad for you at all. Funny how all this was kept from the people after all these years...

The link is here, by the way:,0,2193813.story#axzz2ipyaTllV

Yet, we are STILL teaching the Food Pyramid to our kids in the schools as if that was a fact. As it turns out, it seems like the Food Pyramid "fact" is really dogma.

For al those who don't know what the term "dogma" is, here is a nice definition of it from Wikipedia:

Dogma is a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.[1] It serves as part of the primary basis of an ideology or belief system, and it cannot be changed or discarded without affecting the very system's paradigm, or the ideology itself. They can refer to acceptable opinions of philosophers or philosophical schools, public decrees, religion, or issued decisions of political authorities.[2]
Dogma is basically teaching people that the established theories of a certain topic are really facts that cannot be challenged. But they aren't really facts at all. People were taught in the dark ages that the world was flat. That was a theory disguised as fact.

The problem with teaching these to students is that they will leave school with a closed mind. Any suggestion to the contrary of dogma is met with derision and laughter.

You still think the schools nowadays are teaching the right things to students? Or are they really programming our kids to accept some facts that aren't really facts at all? They still are today. And as a result, people are more resistant to change their minds on alternatives to dogma.

It took me literally decades before I had to "deprogram" myself from my high school teachings from when I was a kid to actually ACCEPT the fact that maybe the Pyramid Diet wasn't good for people. The fact that my athletic performance actually shot UP the past two years by going against the Food Pyramid Dogma just about clinches it for me.

Sometimes you have to wonder what else the schools teach our kids that aren't exactly true?

Let's compile a list of dogma in nutrition, shall we?

1) Salt in the diet is "bad for you."

Really? Turns out that you actually NEED the stuff to live. Oh, and it tends to LOWER heart disease, not raise it like we are commonly taught about in schools. Here is a link to a good article about that. The best salt to have is unrefined sea salt, as it has a balance of potassium and magnesium as well as sodium. All three electrolytes are needed for basic human function. Lowering this will only complicate that process.

2) Cholesterol is "bad for you."

Recent studies have actually shown that cholesterol is not the culprit in heart disease. Oops! Wonder how "cholesterol = bad" became dogma? It could be that the pharmaceuticals might be making a financial killing off this dogma, but some of you might call me a "conspiracy theorist" on that one.

Again, here is a link about cholesterol really not being bad for you here.

If cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease, what does? Sinatra is among a growing number of physicians who point the finger at inflammation, which is caused by a number of things. Eating too much sugar is at the top of the list.

Oh gee. All those people taking those expensive statins for cholesterol might actually be contributing to their demise? How come I'm not surprised?

3) Grains are "good for you."

Yeah sure? Take a look at that Food Pyramid and you'll see grains on that fat bottom part of it. Basically we are told that grains should be the foundation of our diet to live healthy lives.

Basically, tell that to the cows that are forced fed the stuff so that they can fatten up quickly so that the meat that comes from them are "juicy and tender". Interesting how that works, huh? Think about it, if grains can fatten up cows very quickly, what do you think it does to us humans?

She'd rather have greens than grains. Maybe you should too.

Grains basically shock the system by dumping a whole lot of sugar into the blood stream. The body has to go into overdrive with insulin to sweep all those sugars out. It's basically converted to fat in the process. Oh, and frequent "sugar dumps" and the severe insulin response that follows can lead to type 2 diabetes when people get older.

After seeing that, grains can hardly be called healthy, can it?

Hey, but don't take it from me, take it from these people here who know better than me:

Grains - Don't Eat Them -

Why Grains are Unhealthy -

When it comes to diet, it's definitely right to justify the dogma of a high carb, high grain, low fat diet. There is a lot of research that is coming out that is countering that established norm. All people need to do is to keep an open mind to alternatives to that norm by listening and keeping an open mind to the alternatives when it comes to diet and exercise. Because those people might actually be more correct than what you were told in high school.

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