Originally published March 3 2014
The Seven Countries Study hoax and how the politics of food policy keeps the USA in the dark
by S. D. Wells
(NaturalNews) This is the true story of an American scientist named Ancel Keys who studied saturated fat long ago (in the 1950s) and made the cover of the illustrious Time magazine, although in that "infamous" way that we later learned of. The damage was done though, and what Keys did was set a precedent of falsified and skewed research to mislead a whole nation for decades to come. It was known as the "Lipid Hypothesis," and it was put in plain terms like simple math so that any average "Joe" could remember how to "add it up." Saturated fats raise cholesterol and cholesterol causes heart disease. Got it? High fat produces high cholesterol and high cholesterol leads to heart disease, so you can go on about your day, America, because this man studied "seven whole countries" to get these results AND made the cover of Time magazine!
In the year 1958, Keys began the "Seven Countries Study" to examine the association between diet and cardiovascular disease in different countries. The results: countries that consumed the most fat had the most heart disease. Quick, announce to the world that dietary fat causes heart disease! What he failed to mention in his summation was that he LEFT OUT the countries where fat consumption was low but heart disease high, like Chile. He basically cherry picked certain countries to support his theory. Plus, he left out countries that consume tons of fat but have low heart disease statistics, like Holland and Norway. This study gained massive media attention, influencing dietary guidelines and still fooling the masses today who haven't learned otherwise, thanks to allopathic doctors and other Western (quack) MDs who never study a lick of nutrition.
Is "artery-clogging-saturated-fat" one word?George McGovern led a U.S. senate committee in 1977 to publish the USA's first set of "Dietary Goals" so we could all "reverse the epidemic of heart disease" in the country. Certainly we need politicians telling us what to eat and what NOT to eat based on flawed science and money-making schemes (like margarine). All that heart disease in America couldn't be from all the processed foods since WWII. Certainly America did not hire Nazi scientists fresh out of prison to help develop food additives, preservatives, pharmaceuticals and vaccines 20 years prior to the "Seven Countries Study." From the designers of the Auschwitz gas chambers to the GMO food on your dinner plate, how could that be? Our government could never be so sinister, right? (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Still, the new "saturated fat" guidelines received serious criticism at the time from respected scientists (who blamed sugar), but Time magazine didn't cover that. I guess those headlines wouldn't stand out so much, like mad scientists who propagate political agendas. The guidelines were picked up by the USDA, whose job it was to sell grains. How convenient! America was put on the low-fat, high-carb diet and had no idea where it was all headed. Without any scientific proof, America charged forward. Guess what began next? - The obesity epidemic and the diabetes epidemic. It's time to debunk this "cornerstone" of modern nutrition policy and the reason why health authorities help perpetuate the health avalanche.
You see, if you eat pesticide and insecticide food (most conventional and all GMO) and you become obese or get cancer, or both, then you are most likely a victim of misinformation, which has led to your demise. It is important to realize the massive significance here. Every decade or so, American media create and perpetuate new health lies, to keep the old ones alive and keep the "on the fence" health enthusiasts fighting the wrong battles. Since modern nutrition policy is based on completely fabricated lies and bad science, it's time to drop the "seven countries myth," eat the good fats and maintain the good kind of cholesterol.
Want some ibuprofen for that inflammation or organic fats to fight it?Organic Coconuts and Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat that you can find, with around 90% of calories as saturated fat. The initial studies on coconut oil that supposedly demonstrated that it was unhealthy used refined and hydrogenated coconut oil that contained trans fats! These studies have no relevance to unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil. Populations that eat a large percentage of calories from coconuts are much healthier than Western nations and have little to no traces of cardiovascular disease, despite the high saturated fat consumption. It all depends on which kind of saturated fat - you see - there's the rub.
Avocado: Recent research shows that the absorption of two key carotenoid antioxidants, lycopene and beta-carotene, increases significantly when fresh avocado or avocado oil is added to a salad, and doing so can increase absorption of carotenoids by between 200 and 400%. Though avocado is a "high-fat food" (about 85% of its calories come from fat), phytosterols are key supporters of the body system that keeps inflammation under control. This is well documented for helping arthritis sufferers. (http://www.whfoods.com)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Hemp Seed Oil: Omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death by as much as 45 percent, as demonstrated in a major study that involved more than 11,000 patients (GISSI Prevention study). These fatty acids also protect against stroke, improve blood pressure, reduce inflammation and can improve vascular function and lipid metabolism, just for starters. Check out the benefits of including more omega-3 in the diet:
• Smarter children - Children in mainstream primary schools taking DHA supplements were better behaved and showed increased reading ability.
• Benefits pregnant women - Taking omega-3s during pregnancy reduces post-partum depression and results in healthier babies.
• Cancer prevention - Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer. (http://www.naturalnews.com)
Olive Leaf Extract: Olive leaf extract is one of nature's most incredible "cure all" medicines. Olive leaf extract has been said to kill virtually every virus and bacterial growth in existence. It is well known in the health enthusiast world as a natural remedy for high cholesterol, as it prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, so it can't attach itself to arterial walls. This is significant considering that many sufferers of high cholesterol also suffer from high blood pressure and adult onset diabetes.
50 Years of Skewed "Facts" Welcome to the land where wheat, corn, bread and hydrogenated cooking oils are the staple diet, and where people still can't differentiate the good fats from the bad ones. Just as we have good water (spring water) and bad water (fluoridated tap water), we have good fat and bad fat. But Ancel Key's research targeted all fats as bad for the heart.
Remember the weight loss craze? Remember aspartame and the zero calories craze where everything was either labeled "light" or "zero"? Remember George W. Bush pushing his subsidized GMO corn on America? We feed the world! There is a plan to make you sick, folks, so don't underestimate the power of the "Seven Countries Study" or any scientist who makes the cover of some ever-so-popular and classic mainstream magazine!
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