Last week, I gave a presentation at a health and wellness fair. The speaker before me was an Internist and referenced Time magazine's cover story ... The Oz Diet. So, when I was flying home, I purchased the magazine hoping that Dr. Oz would make sense of the complex world of diet, health, and lifestyle.
Oh, was I disappointed. Dr. Oz's information floated up on my B.S. chart. Rather than pick apart most of the article, I decided to write a letter to the editor of Time. Here it is.
No doubt, The Oz Diet continues the confusion and myths. Let's look at a few "facts" that Dr. Oz states:
#1 - "The era of myth and marketing is at last giving way to an era of hard fact."
The reality is: billions are being spent in advertising and marketing to hype processed and fast food. I'll pass on the "heart-healthy" Cheerios and the Rice Krispies that Helps Support My Child's Immunity!
#2 "The only fat that is universally accepted as bad is trans fat, and that's now been stripped out of most foods."
If Dr. Oz was going to state facts, he would have warned readers that many processed foods (Ritz Crackers, Nilla Wafers, Girl Scout Cookies, Snackwells, Cheetos - to name just a few) boast zero grams of trans fat, when, in fact, the product contains partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat).
#3 "... don't go crazy with the salt shaker."
He neglects to mention that upward of 80% of the salt in our food comes from restaurants and processed food.
#4 "... it's best to add this antioxidant (resveratrol) to your list of supplements."
At this point, he appears to be a salesman for the supplement industry!
#5 "Eat in moderation."
While that's a wonderful buzz-phrase, and most people state it with confidence, it comes with no definition. Thus, moderation is a pliable concept. And candidly, does not work.
Dr. Oz could have moved the ball forward by stating something as simple as this: To stay out of the Circle of Disease, eliminate this: fast food, processed food, soda, junk food, minimize sugar and salt, and up the exercise.
Unfortunately, the marketing and advertising people would have pounced all over Dr. Oz for making such a "radical" proclamation.
September is National Childhood Obesity Month
What's B.S. about this is that we should declare the next decade Childhood Obesity Awareness. Let's start doing something about it! Now!
Here are a couple of states that know there's a problem and are addressing it:ColoradoGeorgia
(#2 in childhood obesity)
By the way, Mississippi is #1 in childhood obesity (adults too). Here's its health outcomes:
#1 in rate of heart disease
#2 in type 2 diabetes
#50 in life expectancy
The above statement not B.S. Sadly, I have to present the
Here's one for the guys and one for the ladies.
No doubt, we're all afraid of the "C" word - cancer. Men are repeatedly advised to be tested for prostate cancer. Take a moment to listen to an interview with the author of the book: Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers
. You just mind find that we are overtested, diagnosed, and biopsied.
Many ladies are advised to go on drugs for the "disease" Osteopenia. However, there is a fascinating story how this non-disease turned into a disease
. You just might learn that there is no need to be on a med for Osteopenia.
I read this Headline in USA Today
. Here's the reason that it is a bunch of B.S. If you are leading a healthy lifestyle, you need to do aerobic exercise and weight training. Weight training is incredible for muscle development and bone density.
As we age, we lose bone density and muscle. Unfortunately, it happens to ladies many years before men. The bottom line: You are never too old to begin weight training. The benefits are amazing.
On a sad note: Many ladies are led to believe that they need a drug for osteopenia. However, osteopenia is a made up disease. Don't believe me? Check this out
The other day, when I mentioned that the saying: Everything in moderation
is a failing proposition - in regard to diet, health, and lifestyle - a nice young lady with lots of credentials (RD, CDE, MPH, LDN) asked me to ... Please post the research from peer reviewed journals. I'd love to see your references.
Here's the thing. Sometimes, common sense trumps research. In fact, most people who tell me: Everything in moderation
are not healthy a
nd are overweight. In my speeches, I explain why Everything in moderation
does not work.
In regard to research, I recommend reading this article: Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
. If you read the article, you will discover that much of what we believe to be accurate information, is not.
Another great resource is the blog/website Health News Review
Unfortunately, the above statement might be accurate. I'd like to believe that it is not. However, my suggestion: Identify an exercise that you enjoy. If you enjoy it, you might stick with it!
I've listed below activities that I enjoy:
- Running* (3 - 5 miles)
- Weight training (3 times per week)
- Kayaking (don't do this frequently)
- Walking (since I run, I do not walk for exercise ... however, when running errands, I park far from the store.)
The bottom line: For a healthy lifestyle exercise is important.
*I'm very fortunate. I live near three three national parks
that have hiking and running trails. Thank you NPS for creating these trails!
A Paleo advocate states: "How many people will try a vegan or vegetarian diet thinking it's good for them just because he (Bill Clinton) says so? This is sad."
Interestingly, you can lead a healthy lifestyle via many different plans. And, what you do not eat, is as important as what you do eat. One more point, Vegans and Paleo folks omit many of the same foods. Hey, can't we all get along?
Source: Tweet from: @livinlowcarbman Jimmy Moore
A side note: Only 1% of the population are Vegans and 3% are Vegetarians
Sure, over 66% of Americans are overweight or obese. We've heard this CDC stat over and over again. I mention it in my presentations.
However ... I ask: "What's the cause and what's the effect"?
My answer: The American diet is a catastrophe. We have a food crisis. It's the food that causes the obesity epidemic which causes the disease crisis that we have. Concentrate on food, not obesity.
This is one of my favorites.
The reason: It's been a long-standing myth and truly a bunch of B.S. Of course, most people have bought into this myth. Bottomline: If you are hungry, eat! When you are eating a healthy diet, there's no need to worry about eating ... at any time.
Most likely the reason for this rule: After dinner snacks usually consist of cookies, cake, or ice cream. That ain't healthy eating.
Source: Eat This, Not That Tweet
Kelly Brownell is the main force behind a soda tax ... because it causes obesity. He is well-respected and quoted in many articles about diet, health, lifestyle, obesity, and obesity-related public policy.
I'm just wondering why he is morbidly obese? These pictures are of Brownell speaking at an obesity conference in Colorado. If he has a health issue that causes this, he should explain. I've never seen or heard an explanation.
As a health advocate, I do not believe I could sit through one of his speeches. Via speeches and my book, I dole out diet, health, and lifestyle advice. If I was overweight, in good faith, I would not provide any advice. I practice what I preach. After all, would you purchase a house from a builder who lived in an poorly built home? Not me.
By the way, he does conduct some very good interviews (podcasts) at the Yale Rudd Center website.
Here's a recent interview with Kelly Brownell: