Why It’s Wrong to Blame Meat for Our Modern Health Woes

By David Seaman, DC, MS, DABCN

 

Blaming meat for cancer and heart disease has been a popular theme for many years. It started with Ancel Keys, who became known as the father of the lipid hypothesis of heart disease.

The anti-meat and anti-fat propaganda was strongly supported in 1977 when the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs recommended Dietary Goals for the United States.

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The recommendation was to consume 55-60 percent of calories from carbohydrates; the official recommendation in the report was to increase consumption of fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Apparently, most people heard only whole grains and instead ate mostly refined grains. Bless our hearts.

The Logic Breakdown

The caloric breakdown of the average American’s diet currently stands at approximately 20 percent from refined grains, 20 percent from refined sugars and 20 percent from refined oils. Another 10 percent comes from dairy.1 You just have to wonder how they blame meat for our problems when almost 60 percent of our calories come from refined carbohydrates and oils. How is it that these totally unnatural foods escape criticism, but meat gets the blame?

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What’s the Deal with Cholesterol?

Not a day goes by when I am not asked a question by a patient about cholesterol.   “I thought high was over 260″?  “My father-in-law had a heart attack and his cholesterol level was normal”.  “What’s this new cholesterol calculator thing that now says the numbers don’t matter”?  It’s no wonder people are confused with all this conflicting information being spread.  Below I have posted a video that does a fairly good job educating people on the topic.Dr. Oz on Cholesterol

 

 

 

 

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Life University

Dr. Guy Reikman will be speaking at the North Carolina Spring Convention this year.  I love the vision he has for Life University and for the healthcare in our country!

Life University President Dr. Guy Riekeman

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