Friday, August 3, 2012

Grass Based Health: Ignore the Evidence

If you saw this story in the paper would it surprise you?

A young German pediatrician, moved to America and settled in New York City. She was “startled” by the number of fat children she saw – “really fat ones, not only in clinics, but on the streets and subways, and in schools.”1 Indeed, fat children in New York “were so conspicuous that other European immigrants asked Bruch about it, assuming she would have an answer. What is the matter with American children? they would ask. Why are they so bloated and blown up? Many would say they’d never seen so many children in such a state.”

Would it surprise you to find that the pediatrician, Ms. Hilda Bruch, came to the US in 1934?

Gary Taubes (author of Good Calories Bad Calories and "Why We Get Fat") has pointed out in both of his books that any theory of obesity has to account for the phenomenon outside of the paradigm we see in our time; no McDonalds, no HFCS, limited industrial seed oils, and perhaps without low prices on sugar.  Further, these kids were not spending time on electronic devices, and many presumably walked anywhere they went.

The author's conclusion:

The observation that obesity and under-nourishment occur simultaneously in very poor populations is not limited to Bruch’s experience. This phenomenon has been repeatedly documented throughout the world. Obesity is a form of malnutrition. So how do the experts reconcile these observations with their opinions? They ignore the evidence. They have to. The evidence disproves their hypotheses. 

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