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Pete Ross writes about bad health recommendations from our beloved health authorities in the Observer (and on Nurse Angry’s birthday. Awww.)

Happy reading!

Health Authorities Continue to Fail Us

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And in the end, she’s still inclined to root for Gary Taubes.  Looks to Nurse Angry like Stephan Guyenet and Yoni Freedhoff are mighty annoyed because Mr. Taubes is more intelligent (and certainly less pompous) than both of them put together, even though he’s (shame on him) not a medical doctor.

So here’s a little sugar debate to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Don’t eat all your chocolates (or flowers) in one go if you can possible control yourself!

https://www.cato-unbound.org/issues/january-2017/sugar-state

Nurse Angry is not only happy, she’s excited. It may not be obvious what the “right” diet for human beings should be, or if there even is one that would be good for everyone, but it’s obvious to NA what it shouldn’t be, and that’s low-fat. NA would find it gratifying if the Stockholm school system would switch to full-fat milk and butter as well as serve snacks that consisted of something more than carbs. (A sugar ban in school would  make NA positively ecstatic, but it does seem like a bit of a pipe dream).

Nurse Angry asks herself how on Earth we allowed ourselves to be led to believe that reduced fat, often sugar-laden food products would be better than good old fashioned food? Who knew we were so… compliant?

Nurse Angry was dismayed to find that among about 100 kinds of yogurt at a NYC deli, there was only one that was full fat and without added sugar or other sweetener. Most were 0% fat. That doesn’t taste good without loads of sweetener so NA was really motivated to find the full fat yogurt. To which she added some walnuts and fresh fruit.

UP with fat, DOWN with sugar and other crappy carbohydrates!

Here’s the intro from an article by Dr David S Ludwig MD, PhD (New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts) in JAMA, published online on September 28, 2016. You can read the whole article here:

http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2564564

“The recent revelation that the sugar industry attempted to manipulate science in the 1960s1 has once again focused attention on the quality of the scientific evidence in the field of nutrition and how best to prevent diet-related chronic disease.

Beginning in the 1970s, the US government and major professional nutrition organizations recommended that individuals in the United States eat a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet, launching arguably the largest public health experiment in history. Throughout the ensuing 40 years, the prevalence of obesity and diabetes increased several-fold, even as the proportion of fat in the US diet decreased by 25%. Recognizing new evidence that consumption of processed carbohydrates—white bread, white rice, chips, crackers, cookies, and sugary drinks—but not total fat has contributed importantly to these epidemics, the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans essentially eliminated the upper limit on dietary fat intake.2 However, a comprehensive examination of this massive public health failure has not been conducted. Consequently, significant harms persist, with the low-fat diet remaining entrenched in public consciousness and food policy. In addition, critical scientific questions have been muddled.”

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Sweden is the land of strapping, healthy vikings, right? That’s what even the Swedes still want to think, but Nurse Angry has been here for 25 years and has watched the metamorphosis. People in Sweden are now, well…fat.

Nurse Angry has looked on in horror at the stupefying amounts of sugar consumed by the children around her, but she is even more distressed by how these amounts have become “normal”.  Nurse Angry turned herself into a persona non grata at school by questioning whether the kids should be given leftover cookies every afternoon. As if that wasn’t enough to make the people at the after school program despise her, she then contacted the principal. Who agreed with her(!)

Nurse Angry also wrote an email to the other  parents in her daughter’s class at one point, pointing out that it maybe wasn’t necessary for the children to eat 8-10 (or more) cookies when there’s an event at school. This missive was met with total silence. Not that she’s against the idea of being the crazed American anti-sugar parent by any means, but that subject just didn’t fly. She let it go.

Nurse Angry is currently on a literature binge that started when she was trying to understand why people of Asian origin more easily get type 2 diabetes (the insulin resistance kind). She was also trying to get a grip on the whole LCHF phenomenon. Being a vegetarian, Nurse Angry is basically not invited to the low-carb party, but as a seasoned gatecrasher, she felt like it needed some investigation.

In an attempt to excuse herself from reading the next book club book, Nurse Angry emailed her friend Nurse Nancy (the literary district nurse and accidental hemorrhoid expert), explaining that she had been plowing through books such as Ann Fernholm’s Ett sötare blod and Det sötaste vi har, Andreas Eenfeldt’s Matrevolutionen, John Yudkin’s classic Pure, White and Deadly, Robert Lustig’s Fat Chance, and most recently, Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories. And that the end was nowhere in sight. So Grief Is the thing with feathers (or any other work of fiction) is not on Nurse Angry’s current reading list.

Nurse Nancy wrote back: “Any bad calories  that were surprises? Some ways NOT rocket science.”

And if Nurse Angry is completely honest, she will say no, there weren’t. Not at this point. But throughout her reading spree she has gotten more than a few interesting (and some shocking) surprises, and not just about bad calories. The first couple of books were a warm-up, so to say, as it takes  a while for a new subject to become understandable on a higher level. Nurse Angry certainly knew that sugar was very bad indeed, but maybe not just how very, very bad. And the idea of carbs in general as potentially undesirable fodder for human beings was a new one on Nurse Angry. The insights gained would chill the heart of any vegetarian, and Nurse Angry is no exception (more on that in another post which will be called The Recovering Vegetarian).

Nurse Angry certainly did not realize that the dietary guidelines she learned in nursing school are basically a bunch of mumbo jumbo that was intended to prevent heart disease, but ended up just making everyone fat and miserable. That in itself is enough to turn your hair blue, but there’s more. Nurse Angry now thinks that low carb eating, which sounds like mumbo jumbo, is totally ok and does not turn people into greasy blobs of cholesterol, as cholesterol was not the problem in the first place. Does anyone else remember wondering why anyone would bother counting carbohydrates back in the 70’s and 80’s? We were counting calories, duh?  Well, now Nurse Angry has understood.

Fat-free anything and low fat/low calorie diets are so not helpful. The “eat less, move more” theory of weight loss needs to be completely canned at this point as it has caused more than its fair share of human suffering. Nurse Angry still thinks you should exercise, as it brings a wealth of health benefits. Unfortunately weight loss is not one of them.

She suggests everyone start doing some seriously selfish reading on the subject of nutrition right now, because government, the health care systems of the world, Big Pharma and the food industry don’t look like they’re going to be making changes any time soon. There’s too much money involved for some, and others are already having enough trouble winning elections without rocking the sugar boat. Once you get started reading it’s hard to stop. Seek out sources you find reliable. Or check out Nurse Angry’s new hero, nephrologist Jason Fung. Or Dr. Robert Lustig. Or Dr. Zoe Harcombe. Or Dr. Georgia Ede. Or Dr. Eric Westman. If you speak Swedish you can follow Dr. Annika Dahlqvist. Or why not Dr Andreas Eenfeldt on dietdoctor.com or kostdoktorn.se?

Find out more about metabolic syndrome, insulin and insulin resistance, dietary connections with Alzheimer’s, cancer and much more. It’s fascinating reading and you get to make up your own mind. Nurse Angry thinks the future looks hopeful.