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Gary Taubes is a prominent scientific journalist and author of several books, two of which delve into the fallacies of conventional wisdom with respect to diet and health. I actually published one of his articles on this site nearly 10 years ago, in which he expounded on the misguided dietary advice to “eat less fat and more carbohydrates,” stating that this advice just might be the cause of the skyrocketing rates of obesity in America.
Today, of course, there’s no shortage of evidence supporting this claim. Many of my articles touch on this each and every week. It just goes to show that if you’re really a seeker of the truth, the truth will eventually make itself known.
More recently, I commented on his excellent expose on sugar, featured in the New York Times. This is definitely a highly important health topic, and I was thrilled to see an article speaking such powerful truths in the mainstream media. In this interview, Taubes shares a variety of insights from his own research as a health journalist, so I highly recommend listening to the interview in its entirety.
Interestingly, we are both about the same age and have very similar physical characteristics, and both have a passion for scientific journalism that communicates to the public. We really connected well and I look forward to many more engaging future discussions with Gary as he is clearly a leader in the field and has a wealth of solid knowledge from his voracious review of the scientific literature.
Mechanisms that Maintain Dogmatic Beliefs, Regardless of the Evidence
Today, it’s easier than ever to connect the dots and see how health and dietary recommendations are the result of massive conflict of interest, perpetuated by self-interested groups, and industries that push unfavorable research findings under the proverbial rug. The medical and health fields are now absolutely riddled with dogmatic beliefs that defy both common sense and scientific truth. And yet they prevail, even though it’s clear to see that many of these recommendations are doing more harm than good.
Why is that?