Food Politics

By David Spero | December 17, 2008 4:16 pm

In my book, Diabetes: Sugar-coated Crisis[1], I made the case that most dietary advice is strongly influenced by the food industry. If I had known then what I know now, I would have made an even stronger case.

A November 25 article from The Philadelphia Inquirer[2] reports several cases of health “authorities” who are paid by food industry sources.

If there’s one thing I have learned from the last few years of research, it’s this. Science is a rigged game. It’s not an objective search for truth; it’s a way of finding the truths that meet the sponsors’ needs. This might make you think twice about advice like the “eggs are bad for you” study I reported a couple of weeks ago. Never respond to one study or one “authority,” even if it’s your doctor. Find multiple sources; then decide. We’re lucky to live in a time when it’s fairly easy to do such research.

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Happy holidays to everyone! It’s been great sharing with you and reading your comments in 2008. See you next year, or visit me at www.davidsperorn.com[5].

Endnotes:
  1. Diabetes: Sugar-coated Crisis: http://www.davidsperorn.com/diabetes_sugar_coated_crisis.htm
  2. article from The Philadelphia Inquirer: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/homepage/35050754.html?viewAll=y
  3. Lisa Hark: http://www.lisahark.com/
  4. Obesity Society: http://www.obesity.org/
  5. www.davidsperorn.com: http://www.davidsperorn.com

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David Spero: David Spero has been a nurse for 32 years and has lived with multiple sclerosis for 25 years. He is author of two books: The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness (Hunter House 2002), and Diabetes: Sugar-coated Crisis – Who Gets It, Who Profits, and How to Stop It (New Society 2006). He writes for Diabetes Self-Management and Arthritis Self-Management magazines. He is a project director with New Health Partnerships: Improving care by Engaging Patients, a project of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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