Wake Up and Smell The Conspiracy- Day 246

February 4, 2011 No Comments

365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 246

Quote of the Day

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” – Galileo

The readers who know me are aware that I am a great deal more outspoken and passionate on some of our modern day issues relating to the deteriorating human condition than what has been reflected in the last 246 days of blog posts.  I suddenly realized though that my time is coming to an end here on my 365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey (May 31st) and I have yet to pass on so much of the information that I have learned over the last several years researching health and lifestyle issues.

Most of my friends and family like to avoid the topic of nutrition and pharmaceuticals when talking to me for fear of sending me off on a tangent.  Some flee from the room, the polite ones listen until their eyes glaze over at which point I realize I have to step off the soap box and try again another day.  But on some occaisions I actually make a difference in someone’s life by getting them to start thinking just a little differently about improving their own little human condition.

It constantly amazes me how naïve the general population is.  Many people still think that our governments would not let food companies and pharmaceutical companies sell things that are hazardous to our health.  Now these are the same people who laugh at me when I touch on ideas that border on conspiracy theories.  To those people I say it will give me no pleasure to have the last laugh.  I believe people are dying younger and living less vital lives as a result of what they are eating and the pills they are being prescribed.  I will continue to bring to light facts that never really see the light of day because they are surrounded by controversy and therefore their impact is reduced.

I want to urge people to use their common sense and take responsibility for their own health and I mean truly take responsibility for their own health.  Start reading between the lines but most importantly START READING.  There are a great number of dedicated people in the world researching and writing about this stuff.  Don’t dismiss it as bunk.  Ask yourself why so many people are trying to send these messages out to the masses and then ask yourself who is it that has a vested interest in keeping this information quiet.  I have heard many people dismiss good sound information suggesting that the author “just wants to sell books”.  Although that may be true in some cases, it is my belief that for every author who is writing garbage there are many more who are passionate about their message.  It is extremely difficult to write a book even with passion and facts on your side.  Imagine how difficult it is to write a book with neither.

In his book “The China Study”  Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD gives us the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and a compelling expose of the research and medical establishment.    It provides us with critical, life-saving nutritional information.  I believe this is a must read for all of us.

In The China Study Dr. Campbell talks about The Controversy of Controversy which I think should make even the most skeptical among us stop and think.  The following is a quote from The China Study (it is a bit lengthy but worth the read)

Imagine looking at the front page of the newspaper and finding the following headline:  “Cow’s Milk the Likely Cause of Lethal Type 1 Diabetes.”  Because the reaction would be so strong, and the economic impact monumental, this headline won’t be written anytime soon, regardless of the scientific evidence.  Stifling this headline is accomplished under the powerful label of “controversy.”   With so much at stake and so much information understood by so few people, it is easy to generate and sustain controversy. Controversies are a natural part of science.  Too often, however, controversy is not the result of legitimate scientific debate, but instead reflects the perceived need to delay and distort research results.  For example, if I say cigarettes are bad for you and provide a mountain of evidence to support my contention, the tobacco companies might come along and pick out one unsolved detail and then claim that the whole idea of cigarettes being unhealthy is mired in controversy, thereby nullifying all my conclusions.  This is easy to do, because there will always be unsolved details; this is the nature of science.  Some groups use controversy to stifle certain ideas, impede constructive research, confuse the public and turn public policy into babble rather than substance.  Sustaining controversy as a means of discrediting findings that cause economic or social discomfort is one of the greatest sins in science.

It can be difficult for the layperson to assess the legitimacy of a highly technical controversy such as that regarding cow’s milk and Type 1 diabetes.  This is true even if the layperson is interested in reading scientific articles.

Take a recent scientific review of cow’s milk – Type 1 diabetes association.  In ten human studies (all case-control) summarized in a paper published as part of a “controversial topics series,” the authors concluded that five of the ten studies showed a statistically significant positive association between cow’s milk and Type 1 diabetes and five did not.  Obviously, this at first seems to demonstrate considerable uncertainty, going a long way to discredit the hypothesis.

However, the five studies that were counted as “negative” did not show that cow’s milk decreased Type 1 diabetes.  These five studies showed no statistically significant effect either way.  In contrast, there are a total of five statistically significant studies and all five showed the same result; early cow’s milk consumption is associated with increased risk of Type 1 diabetes.  There is only one chance in sixty-four that this was a random or chance result.

Dr. Campbell continues discussing this at length but I think you get the point.

He concludes with the following:

Because this issue has mammoth financial implications for American agriculture, and because so many people have such intense personal biases against it, it is unlikely that this diabetes research will reach the American media anytime soon.  However, the depth and breadth of evidence now implicating cow’s milk as a cause of Type 1 diabetes is overwhelming, even though the very complex mechanistic details are not yet fully understood.  We not only have evidence of the danger of cow’s milk, we also have considerable evidence showing that the association between diabetes and cow’s milk is biologically plausible.  Human breast milk is the perfect food for an infant, and one of the most damaging things a mother can do is to substitute the milk of a cow for her own.

Now before all you mothers of diabetics start defending yourselves, I should point out that I am one.  When I read this I felt great guilt over the fact that I did not persevere with breast feeding my first born.  I could use the excuse that I had some difficulties with it after he was hospitalized for a few days and put on IV feeding, but the fact is I took the easy root and will always feel somewhat responsible for that.  In my weak defensive it could be said that had I been given this information at the time I would have moved heaven and earth to make breast feeding work!

I wonder if the people who suppress this information and much more like it feel as responsible for the millions of lives they damage or destroy?

Don’t you think it’s time to use our common sense when it comes to these issues?  Your first act of showing good common sense should be to run to the book store to buy The China Study.

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