Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Classic Quote, Eisenhower

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I think this is truth for one's personal food war too. 

Interestingly, Eisenhower was a victim of the "lipid hypothesis".  Diagnosed with high cholesterol, he was given a diet, described in Gary Taubes' "Good Calories Bad Calories", consisting of very low fat, very low cholesterol, and very low in nutrition.  He was observed to be grumpy, complained of his mental clarity, and he gained little reduction in cholesterol.  If the carbohydrate hypothesis is correct, Eisenhower was in effect poisoned.  He was given exactly the foods that would worsen his "disease of the west."  That he died relatively young isn't as tragic as unnecessarily having to live badly.

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