It’s been a couple of weeks now since that 13-member Advisory Committee for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their best recommendations for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the response from members of the low-carb community has been quite staggering in their underwhelmed opinion about what has been handed down as dietary truth like the Ten Commandments to Moses from the mountaintop! But, as I previously shared, what they are promoting as healthy nutrition to the American people is still very carbohydrate-heavy and fat-phobic to say the least with their recommendations for people to be eating even MORE carbs (you know, all those “healthy whole grains”) and to slash dietary fat, especially the dastardly “artery-clogging” saturated fat, even further. These asinine and archaic recommendations are still based on decades old propaganda (can you say Ancel Keys?!) that do not accurately reflect the most up-to-date research and information that we have at our disposal today. Be sure to read the scathing yet pointed commentary from across the low-carb/health blogosphere on this public sham put out by the USDA, including Sally Fallon Morell , Dana Carpender , Tom Naughton , Ed Bruske , Kristen Michaelis , Dr. Jonny Bowden , Mark Sisson , and Bonnie Minsky , just to name a few.
The level of incredulity and concern regarding the seemingly blatant miseducation of the American people about something as critical to their lives as how they should eat for optimal health led me to seek out some of my favorite low-carb and health expert friends from around the world to chime in on the issue. We are in a serious philosophical battle for reaching the hearts and minds of people who struggle with obesity, diabetes, and chronic diseases that could easily be preventable if the truth about things like saturated fat and carbohydrates was more clearly defined for people so they can make informed decisions for the health of themselves and their families. Many people are seeking out this alternative information on the Internet which is why I am constantly writing and talking about it every chance I can get. While you and I might not be looking to the USDA for dietary answers, sadly a lot of people are trusting that this 13-member panel knows exactly what they’re talking about–and nothing could be further from the truth.
Here’s what some key voices in the real food, low-carb movement have to say:
JON & CATHY PAYNE , hosts of the Our Natural Health podcast
COLETTE HEIMOWITZ , nutritionist with Atkins Nutritionals
HANNAH SUTTER , British author of Big Fat Lies and owner of GoLower
DR. ANDREAS EENFELDT , Swedish physician and the world’s top low-carb blogger
FRED HAHN , author of Slow Burn Fitness Revolution and owner of Serious Strength
GARY TAUBES , author of Good Calories Bad Calories
PAM SCHOENFELD , low-carb nutritionist
DR. RICHARD FEINMAN , biochemistry professor and founder of The Nutrition & Metabolism Society
KEVIN BROWN , health advocate and author of The Liberation Diet
JACKIE EBERSTEIN , registered nurse who worked with Dr. Robert C. Atkins for three decades
DR. LARRY MCCLEARY , pediatric neurosurgeon and author of Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly
VALERIE BERKOWITZ , low-carb nutritionist and co-author of The Stubborn Fat Fix
The severity of just how completely wrong these 2010 Dietary Guidelines are has spurred me to do something I hadn’t planned on doing–I’m heading to Washington, DC to testify before the 13-member Advisory Committee on Thursday, July 8, 2010 in the Jefferson Auditorium at the USDA South Building. Although we’re not currently in the best financial shape to be making such a trip, I feel it is too important for people like me to just sit idly by accepting the same old garbage without making our voices heard. Remaining silent is tantamount to putting your rubber stamp of approval on something and that speaks volumes. I want it to be known loud and clear that what they have come up with as nutritional advice for all Americans is as wrong as wrong can be.
That’s why I’ve already cleared my busy schedule next week (had to cancel five scheduled podcast interviews) to voice my concerns along with people like Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Richard Feinman among others. We will not be permitted to take any audio, video or pictures inside the USDA building (man, I wish we could!), but I’ll be doing on-the-spot YouTube videos with people outside once the testimonies are finished. The meeting is set to last from 9:00AM-5:00PM with three-minute presentations each from a wide variety of people who want to address the Committee. That’s not a lot of time, but we’ll make the most of those precious few moments of undivided attention we’ll receive from the Committee.
I’m sure there will be vegetarians/vegans who think the 2010 Dietary Guidelines didn’t go far enough pushing a plant-based diet and they’ll present their case. But the continued vilification of fat and complete ignorance of the negative health implications of pushing lots of carbohydrate on people all in the name of health needs to be addressed. I’m working on my remarks as we speak and will possibly write another blog post with what I will be saying to the Committee. I’ll likely share my story, the tens of thousands of people I represent through my blog and podcast, why one set of dietary guidelines for everyone is as ludicrous as having one shoe size for everyone, and how much better the health of Americans would be if multiple options were made available for people to choose from. I’m still in the midst of crafting the message, but that’s the basic outline. I’d love to have your support for this trip if you want to help defray the costs. CLICK HERE to donate through PayPal and THANK YOU for anything you can contribute.
We will be hopping on a plane for Washington on Tuesday and coming back next weekend. While I’m there, I may try to go see my U.S. Senator and Congressman to express concern over the government intrusion into the diet of the American people. It never hurts to present your case to a powerful member of the government and let them be an advocate for your cause if you make your case strongly enough. I’ll simply share what I’ve learned and let them decide whether it’s worthy of their time or not.
I realize this is last-minute for most of you, but if you live in or around the greater Washington, DC area or if you want to fly into the nation’s capital to be a part of this event, then we’d love to meet you. We’ll be staying in a hotel in nearby Reston, Virginia and it would be a privilege to meet you face-to-face and maybe go have a meal together. E-mail me at email@example.com and we’ll work out the details. I always enjoy meeting the people who support “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and it would be my pleasure to hang out with you in DC. Lemme know!