Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks

Could Low-Fat Diets be Contributing to Obesity? (part 6)

The headline on the front page of The New York Times for 8 February 2006 announced: “Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds.” Kolata summed up the results of the study: “The largest study ever to ask whether a low-fat diet reduces the risk of getting cancer or heart disease has found that the diet has no effect.” Gina Kolata, “Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds,” N. Y. Times, 8 February 2006, A1, A17.

That’s not the entire story, stay tuned and I will reveal the results of my research on why diets fail.

Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI


In Spite of the Low-Fat Campaign, Americans are Fatter than Ever

Could Low-Fat Diets be Contributing to Obesity? (part 5)

In spite of the low-fat campaign, Americans are fatter than ever, obesity having risen by 50% since the 1970s. Jane Brody admitted: “The very tactic viewed as the key to weight control—stripping the diet of fat—seems to have backfired.”

That’s not the entire story, stay tuned and I will reveal the results of my research on why diets fail.

Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI

GMO’s Causes Tumors, Organ Damage, and Premature Death.

(NaturalNews) Eating genetically modified corn (GM corn) and consuming trace levels of Monsanto’s Roundup chemical fertilizer caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death. That’s the conclusion of a shocking new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto’s genetically modified corn.
The study has been deemed “the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops and the herbicide Roundup on rats.” News of the horrifying findings is spreading like wildfire across the internet, with even the mainstream media seemingly in shock over the photos of rats with multiple grotesque tumors… tumors so large the rats even had difficulty breathing in some cases. GMOs may be the new thalidomide.
From the Daily Mail: “The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group.”Here are some of the shocking findings from the study:
• Up to 50% of males and 70% of females suffered premature death.
• Rats that drank trace amounts of Roundup (at levels legally allowed in the water supply) had a 200% to 300% increase in large tumors.
• Rats fed GM corn and traces of Roundup suffered severe organic damage including liver damage and kidney damage.
• The study fed these rats NK603, the Monsanto variety of GM corn that’s grown across North America and widely fed to animals and humans. This is the same corn that’s in your corn-based breakfast cereal, corn tortillas and corn snack chips.
“This research shows an extraordinary number of tumors developing earlier and more aggressively – particularly in female animals. I am shocked by the extreme negative health impacts.” – Dr Michael Antoniou, molecular biologist, King’s College London.
“We can expect that the consumption of GM maize and the herbicide Roundup, impacts seriously on human health.” – Dr Antoniou.
“This is the first time that a long-term animal feeding trial has examined the impact of feeding GM corn or the herbicide Roundup, or a combination of both and the results are extremely serious. In the male rats, there was liver and kidney disorders, including tumors and even more worryingly, in the female rats, there were mammary tumors at a level which is extremely concerning; up to 80 percent of the female rats had mammary tumors by the end of the trial.” – Patrick Holden, Director, Sustainable Food Trust.
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Low-Fat Diets cause Increased Triglycerides

Dr. Jules Hirsch, physician-in-chief at Rockefeller University, raised a different challenge. His studies suggested that when the fat content of the diet fell below 20%, the body started producing saturated fat from carbohydrates. Willett noted that substituting carbohydrates for fats could reduce high-density lipoproteins (HDL) levels while raising triglyceride levels.

So low-fat diets cause increased triglycerides and cause the body to make saturated fats, and they wonder why we’re getting fatter?

Stay tuned, I will be releasing my report soon on why diets fail.

Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI

Critics Doubt Benefit of Low-Fat Diet.

In an article, “Critics Doubt Benefit of Low-Fat Diet.” One critical cardiologist pointed out that the 30% fat Step 1 AHA diet, recommended by the NCEP for all Americans, had no effect on cholesterol levels or heart disease rates. Dr. Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, concurred, noting that public health officials had been “very dogmatic” about the diet’s efficacy and applicability. He explained that because the scientific community had recommended the diet, people assumed there was proof that the diet worked, even though there was none. One researcher confessed, “The evidence isn’t as good as we’d like it to be.” But the overall strategy, to get Americans to eat less fat, was “generally thought to be a laudatory goal.   
Isn’t it funny, during the past 50 years that they have been pushing the low fat diet the obesity rates have skyrocketed? 
Stay tuned folks, over the next few posts I will continue share some facts about what I’m learning while doing my research on why diets fail. I have a special announcement coming real soon that you don’t want to miss, just putting some final touches on it now. 
Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI

Could low fat diets be a contributing factor in obesity?

Could low fat diets be a contributing factor in obesity?


Scientific studies dating as far back as the 1940’s showed that there may be some connection to high fat diets and high-cholesterol levels. In the 1960’s we see for the first time that a low-fat diet may be a good idea for everyone not just high risk heart patients. In the 1980’s physicians, federal government agencies and the food industry began overwhelmingly to promote low fat diets as healthy even though there still was now clear evidence that it did prevent heart disease or weight loss. What is really interesting is in the same time period that we as a nation embraced low-fat diets we have seen obesity reach epidemic levels and we have see no change in cardiovascular events.


In fact to the contrary to the medical establishment’s warnings, we saw that those people that embraced the Atkins diet, which promotes high protein and higher fats actually saw a reduction in triglyceride levels and an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.


Keep watching because in the very near future I will be launching a series of blog posts answering the question, “Why do diets fail?”

Are Low Fat Diets Beneficial? – “No Final Proof” but do it anyway.

In 1961 the AHA published a report on prevention of coronary heart disease that singled out reducing certain kinds of dietary fat intake as a way to lower the level of risk. The report was cautious, however, stating: “It must be emphasized that there is as yet no final proof that heart attacks or strokes will be prevented by such measures.” The report recommended that Americans eat less fat and substitute “a substantial part” of liquid vegetable oils for solid animal fats, such as butter and fatty meat.

Hmmm “No Final Proof” yet do it anyway?!?

Stay tuned, I have lots more coming as I wind up my research on why diets fail!

Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI