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Fun-Filled Friday: Euphoria, Katy Perry/Elmo, Lady Gaga, Clinton, PCRM, Carrot Juice Is Murder, Corn Sugar, Polar Bear, Bonnie

Posted Sep 24 2010 1:37pm

One of the nice perks about having such a successful brand as “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” is the opportunity to participate as a member of the media in a wide variety of conferences and events. I’ve been a part of some obesity lectures, scientific sessions, and even a couple of BBQ festivals. But this weekend, Christine and I will take part in a local event just down the road from us a few miles in Greenville, South Carolina that attracts people from around the world. It’s called Euphoria and features some of the top chefs, wines and music that the South has to offer. Tonight there will be a special “Taste of the South” event where we’ll get to sample some of the incredible culinary offerings of local upscale restaurants. Then on Saturday, we will be able to witness the cooking prowess of people like former “Top Chef” contestants Kevin Rathbun and Bryan Voltaggio, for example. It should be a lot of fun and I’ll keep my eyes on the lookout for some amazing low-carb dishes. I may be able to sneak in a video interview or two with some people there as well if time permits. It’s gonna be a wonderful weekend of fun stuff!

Speaking of fun, it’s Friday again and that means it’s time for “Fun-Filled Friday.” There’s always something interesting that strikes my fancy that may or may not be related to diet, health, and nutrition, so you’ll see it pop up here in this weekly blog post at the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog.

Let’s start with singer Katy Perry’s cute new duet with Sesame Street character Elmo on a kid-friendly rendition of her song “Hot N Cold” that was summarily banned from being shown on television because parents complain that the dress she wears in the video is too revealing. Here’s the aforementioned video and you decide whether you think it’s inappropriate:

Anyone who has followed Katy Perry’s music career realizes that this is the kind of outfit she wears when performing. If the producers at Sesame Street would have seen something wrong with a child watching her dressed like that, then don’t you think they would have requested she wear another outfit? Sometimes controversies like these are much ado about nothing and it only seeks to give MORE publicity to the very acts who parents abhor. Think Lady Gaga and her now-infamous “meat” dress at the Video Music Awards show:

It’s funny how that whole fiasco blew up because the PETA folks threw a hissy fit. You can’t help but love Lady Gaga for stirring the pot with these militant vegetarians just a bit. Late night television host Jimmy Kimmel even made a comments about Atkins in response to the Gaga meat dress:

“This Atkins diet has gone too far.” Bwahahahaha!!! Of course, the awesome Denise Minger has been doing her part in the blogosphere in recent months with her series of columns tearing down the principles espoused in The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. Denise went back to the original data and noticed how Campbell interpreted the numbers to fit within a preconceived template that just doesn’t exist. I’ll be sharing a podcast interview with her coming up on Monday, but former podcast guest Chris Masterjohn has penned a brilliant new column on the Weston A. Price Foundation web site this week entitled “The Curious Case of Campbell’s Rats — Does Protein Deficiency Prevent Cancer?” that you need to check out! It’s a comprehensive review of Dr. Campbell’s animal research and it reveals some pretty surprising omissions in light of the assertion by plant-based activists that this work is the be-all, end-all when it comes to nutrition. NOT! It doesn’t help that we have prominent people like former President Bill Clinton out there touting a vegan diet publicly.

It saddens me to think of how many people will hear President Clinton talk about the vegan diet like it is some kind of miracle health panacea and believe there is no other way to get healthy. This kind of monolithic thinking is what people like Dr. Campbell and Dr. Dean Ornish promote and it’s wrong. Thank goodness we have celebrities like Kelly Osbourne promoting a low-carb, sugar-free diet for weight loss and Hollywood A-list actress Angelina Jolie talking about how a “juicy steak” keeps her looking sexy while veganism nearly killed her! Man, I’d love to be able to interview these gals about their experiences following a healthy low-carb lifestyle! When big names like them are out there promoting livin’ la vida low-carb, it makes it easier to convince restaurants to allow low-carb substitutions of their high-carb sides .

Speaking of Dr. Weston A. Price, did you know his classic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects is now available FOR FREE ONLINE ? If you’ve never educated yourself about the work of this pioneer in nutritional health, then you must take a look at and absorb the lessons in this masterpiece sometime. And the influence of people like Dr. Price is being felt today from physicians like Dr. Pauline W. Chen who writes the “Doctor and Patient” column for The New York Times. She recently wrote “Teaching Doctors About Nutrition and Diet” that explained how nutritional education in medical school is so inadequate that medical professionals are finding it more and more difficult about how to properly treat chronic diseases that are brought on by a lack of healthy diet. We need more Dr. Chens out there who would be willing to shine a light on this subject to help shift the medical school teaching away from peddling prescriptions and more towards nurturing nutrition with patients. There may be hope for our culture yet!

Of course, my optimism is squelched whenever nonsensical advertisements are run like what Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) began running in targeted markets recently blaming McDonald’s and all of their “high-fat” foods for leading to “high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks” and ultimately death. The tagline of the spot says, “Tonight, make it vegetarian.”

It’s one thing to promote what’s good about your way of eating to help others make an informed decision about what’s best for them. But it’s quite a stretch to show a man holding a half-eaten Big Mac lying in a morgue just to use that image to promote vegetarianism. If the guy had thrown away the bun on that burger, then there’d be no reason why he would have ostensibly died from heart disease. This is the kind of propagandist misinformation that leads people down the wrong paths (like making the claim that eating potatoes can prevent strokes and that you need to eat pasta for energy ). Can you imagine if some low-carbers did a public service announcement ad like this showing something chowing down on a high-fat steak and then showing them going to the doctor to find their health IMPROVED? You wouldn’t be able to stop the backlash from the veg-heads on that one!

Of course, it doesn’t help that people like First Lady Michelle Obama tells restaurants to cut the fat out of their dishes in an effort to make them “healthier.” I just wish these people would broaden their spectrum of nutritional knowledge outside the realm of the vegetarian/vegan propaganda they’ve been fed by their advisors. How about reading books like The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith or Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes ? Don’t they know that even “Carrot Juice Is Murder?”

Yes! This was a cute musical mocking of the PETA types by a group called The Arrogant Worms . Funny stuff! Okay, are you ready to bust out laughing so hard you’ll be crying with side-stitch pain? Have you seen the latest tactic from The Corn Refiner’s Association to make high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) come across as less unhealthy? They’re petitioning the FDA to change the name of HFCS to “corn sugar” (cue the laugh track!). They’re dead serious about this because they know what a dismal failure their “Sweet Surprise” television ad campaign in 2008 was about changing public perception of the damaging effects of consuming HFCS. They now think if the public hears “sugar” in the name, then it’ll be okay. But people are becoming wiser about the damaging impact sugar is having on their health, so I’m not real sure this is gonna help their cause much. I’ll give Audrae Erickson at the Corn Refiner’s Association one thing: she’s tenacious and persistent even in the midst of defeat!

Have you seen the Nissan television ad with the polar bear leaving his home on the ice to walk through cities and traffic to get to a man’s house where the new LEAF electric car is parked? It’s meant to show how “environmentally-friendly” people who choose to drive these vehicles are. They’ve been showing this particular commercial quite heavily during the NFL football games on Sundays and here it is if you haven’t seen it yet:

Cute ad but I wonder how many kids will watch this thinking you can just walk right up to a polar bear and give it a hug? I know, I know…it’s just television. But children can be quite impressionable. Will we see any news stories in the coming months of kids being attacked by a polar bear at the zoo? I sure hope not. And finally today, I have an encouraging video from a woman named Bonnie who shares her progress on low-carb over the past couple of years where she had several epiphanies along the way:

YOU GO GIRL! We are all so very proud of you and encourage you to KEEP IT UP!!! That’s all I have for you in this week’s “Fun-Filled Friday” post. Have a super-duper weekend and we’ll see you again soon!

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