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Note: this post has been updated in December 2020.

Healthy diet - Are You Confused?

We are all confused and the problem is because of Industry Intrusion. Big industry wants it that way and very seldom do you see any information on a healthy diet.. Just look at all of the advertising on television. I hope to prove this in the discussion that follows.

Many of us are confused about the relationship between healthy diet and relationships of so called Health industries. However, before we can address that question, there is some background information that sets the back drop for what we see happening in marketing and research today. It involves around science and the scientific method in scientific research. Before I provide evidence and information helping us with some answers, we need to review some of the basic research concepts we learned in high school. Notice that we follow each step of the scientific method. Normally we will accept or reject the Hypothesis at this point and report out findings through research articles to the community.

The scientific method in research

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Realistic View of the scientific method

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The graphic above is adapted from Dr. Colin Campbell's research showing the realistic view of research in  the Universities today. This true and new view is totally  different then the the perceived view of the public thinks or what we learned in school. Note the differences!

The public doesn’t get to see the realistic view of the research process. and most individuals and groups are unaware that “Industry” does get involved in many steps of the research process. The industry Influence is actually buried in every stage of the scientific process. The Industry referred to here is comprised of the food, drugs, supplements and medical practice Industries.

However, it seems that most of the influence is evident at the public policy and information level and note the money flow in the above chart.  We all know that money does influence!

Additional research by Dr. Colin Campbell findings show there are basically three aspects of the research findings we read and see. The first is funding, second is publishing, and the third is dissemination. Dissemination consists of policy development and public information.

This is very important to keep in mind, about 2/3 of the funding comes from National Institutes of health {NIH} funded by US taxpayers, among 27 institutes, not one of these institutes is involved with nutrition. Less than 15 percent of the proposals are funded and most of these proposals come from academic (Universities) or research institution.

All proposals go through a very rigorous review process by highly qualified peer experts. After the research is carried out the researchers attempt to get their findings published. Less than 1 percent get published by the best know journals. The review process has many benefits, such that the research is professionally reviewed, the results are publicly documented and the authors are held accountable. As far as dissemination is concerned a huge amount of information is published and most is never read again. Sometimes during dissemination the media comes in and selects and publicizes bit of information that they think is news worthy.  If the research is well known it is more marketable and as Dr. Campbell mentioned that the more reductionist the study, the more there is potential for profit.

The Problem is Industry Intrusion

Again the Industries that we are talking about are comprised of the food, drugs, supplements and medical practice Industries. These industries get involved at the research level because they are interested in selling products and need to influence decision makers so there can be saleable products.

Of course money does influence. Consumers are also at fault because we want and demand these products. We want a pill or simple fix for every problem, so we get a pill or fix for every problem! The public policy and public information level of the research process is where the research model is challenged because our system is not set up for health, it is set up identify marketable findings and to sell products.

  1. The meat industry wants people to buy lots of meat.
  2. The dairy industry wants people to buy lots of dairy.
  3. The egg industry wants people to buy lots of eggs.
  4. The drug companies want people to buy lots of drugs.
  5. The health industry wants people to do lots of surgical procedures.

We are lead to think these Food Products are Good for Us

Unfortunately, the overwhelming public opinion is that most of these products are good for us. We have been convinced that this is true by all of the marketing hype that we read, see and hear.

Because we think these products are good for, we are confused and do not know what to eat, what supplements to take, what drugs to take, and what medical procedures we need! Proper nutritional information is the major stumbling block to good health. The American diet includes:

  1. we consume 42% animal products, 
  2. we consume 51% oils and refined carbohydrates.  
  3. we consume  only about 5% fruits and vegetables.
  4. In other word the American diet is 95 % of things that we should not be eating.

It is no wonder we eat the way we do with all of the incorrect information we receive from different sources.  We have these industries  bombarding us with information: we should eat this low fat food, take this supplement, follow this diet book and keep well medicated from the physicians.  

It makes sense if we think about it and just follow the money trail!  The short answer could be no one cares. We live in a corrupt world run by greed and governments who want people to buy and eventually get sick just to make a profit. However, I hope this is not totally true!

In Our Confusion We Stumble

Because we think these products are good for, we are confused and do not know what to eat, what supplements to take, what drugs to take, and what medical procedures we need!

Proper nutritional information is the major stumbling block to good health. The American diet is 95 % of things that we should not be eating.  This includes 42% animal products, 51 % oils and refined carbohydrates.  We eat only about 5 % fruits and vegetables.

It no wonder we eat the way we do with all of the incorrect information we receive from different sources.  We have these industries  bombarding us with information: we should eat this low fat food, take this supplement, follow this diet book and keep well medicated from the physicians.  

It makes sense if we think about it and just follow the money trail!  The short answer could be no one cares. We live in a corrupt world run by greed and governments who want people to buy and eventually get sick just to make a profit. However, I hope this is not totally true, however, it is in some situations!

The Real Answer

The answer to great health is simple in concept! However, hard to implement, and it will be a long and tough fight to get people to understand the consequences of poor nutrition. We have to get individuals to take an interest in good nutrition and why good nutrition is important. We have to quit believing all of the food and medical advertising on TV about how great drugs are and how the “Happy Meal” will save us!

We need to find and support medical personnel that embrace the health concept we believe in. I believe we can win the war over time, however, the battles against the “Industry” will be long and hard.   Perhaps the day will come when Individuals stop eating like kings and queens and get back to the basis of eating to live and not living to eat!

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