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Weight Gain: It’s Really Not About the Calories

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Weight Gain: It’s Really Not About the Calories

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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?

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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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2:39PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thanks

11:17AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

So True! How many times, must this be educating people on this!

Thank You, AWESOME ARTICLE!

I must save though I hate seeing a ad on the PIC, for this article!

6:04AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thanks

4:42PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

thanks but post was too long.

4:39PM PDT on Aug 8, 2013

Thank you so much for that, it was fascinating, just what I needed to read as I have come to my own conclusions over the years, but not being a scientest, what could I prove...

8:08AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Fascinating

4:20PM PDT on Aug 1, 2013

Thanks

7:02PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

This post sounds promising but it lost me after the 4th page---a shorter 1 page summary would've been fabulous! Thanks

1:42PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

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We must get corporate influence not only out of politics but science.

1:41PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

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These are industrial diseases, not diseases of 'human choices', and the industrial victim blame strategy, having gained official support by governments involved in WW2 and the high levels of often avoidable expedient or experimental exposures to even complete carcinogens such as asbestos and radon/radiation, as well as petrochemicals/high levels of unrestrained industrial pollution/fossil fuel emissions known to cause cancers - among not only military and war workers but (often experimentally!) the general public - resulting in a predictable wave of predominately lung cancers/disease only dying down with the up-to 60 year latencies of asbestos exposures - for which the military/governments also wished to evade liability, now covers all such appearances of vastly increasing disease/dysfunction of industrial causation, not just lung and heart diseases.

This is the highly successful, long-term strategy applied to cover the effects of our progressively more toxic food supply, and it's important that we be aware of this, rather than propagating industry propaganda which lets them get away with not only murder of humans but of life all over the planet.

This has also produced a psychopathic corporate culture in which it's felt there's a corporate 'right' to kill for profit/cost-saving measures which appears in too many politicians drawn from the corporate pool, as evidenced in their attitudes, utterances, and actions.

We must get corporate influence not onl

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