For months we’ve all been treated to the public shaming of any idea outside of “the” group consensus. And, thinking outside of the box, or having a contrary opinion even has a name now, “fake news.” But sadly, this phenomenon isn’t new and has helped to wreak havoc on Americans since at least 1972.
John Yudkin was a British professor of nutrition who “sounded the alarm” about sugar in 1972. He recognized the danger of sugar and knew that if it were treated as any other food additive, it would have been banned; he even went so far as to say that sugar- NOT fat- was the more likely cause of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
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As you can imagine the entire world championed his efforts and gave him a medal. Opps, no. Actually, he was “branded a shill for the meat and dairy industries,” had his work dismissed as “science fiction,” and journals refused to publish his papers. Ian Leslie, writing a piece for The Guardian called “The Sugar Conspiracy,” explained that important nutritionists and others in the food industry worked to destroy his reputation. Sadly, his career never recovered.
Because nutritionists had already decided that dietary fat was the enemy of health (info they based on the “Seven Countries Study, published in 1970, which looked at 12,770 middle-aged men in countries ranging from the U.S. to Yugoslavia”) they were unwilling to look anywhere else. And that attitude is still present today.
From the article:
“While the obesity rate barely changed from 1960 to 1980 — going from 13% to 15% — over the following two decades – 1980-2000 – the rate jumped to 35%.
Nutritionists are only now grudgingly beginning to admit that their approach to nutrition guidelines could have been, well, wrong, and Yudkin’s work is only now being rediscovered. The federal government, for example, quietly admitted recently that there’s nothing wrong with eating cholesterol.”
But why does this happen? Ian Leslie believes that “scientific inquiry is prone to the eternal rules of human social life: deference to the charismatic, herding toward majority opinion, punishment for deviance, and intense discomfort with admitting to error.”
If you’ll take a moment to watch the video below, Dr. Margulis explains this exact thing and how flawed this thinking is. And bonus, you’ll be watching the first episode from the docu-series The Truth About Vaccines.
What happened to Yudkin shows us that blindly or rigidly following a scientific consensus, especially when it involves something extraordinarily complex, like the human body, is short-sighted. Now, lest someone call me out, let me say this plainly: sugar is not the sole problem for our nation’s obesity issue. But it’s certainly not helping. At all.
We will never know what might have happened had nutritionists swallowed their pride and listened to Yudkin like we are now- years later. But, it’s still not too late to start listening to each other.
Source: Investors Business Daily