It is time that the public at large learn the truth about ‘heart healthy’ advice so that they can protect themselves and their loved ones from not only heart disease but many other chronic, degenerative illnesses including cancer, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration and arthritis that I believe are strongly contributed to by poor nutritional advice based on dodgy science for the sake of money.
The Heart Foundation currently advises that we steer clear of ‘dangerous’ saturated fats, consume margarine, vegetable and seed oils, keep our cholesterol low, low, low, consume a diet made up of mostly carbohydrates and choose foods with the tick of approval, the very large majority of which are highly processed, devoid of essential nutrients and many of which contain huge amounts of sugar (for example Milo Cereal which is 27% refined sugar).
They claim that this advice is based on solid scientific evidence- however the evidence they continue to produce is very outdated and has been debunked by major studies many, many times since. All I am finding is more and more evidence to suggest that saturated fat and cholesterol are NOT associated with cardiovascular disease and that this idea was based initially on an extremely faulty study by Ancel Keys, who cherry picked data in an attempt to prove what he wanted to prove. If all of the data had been used they would have found absolutely NO correlation between saturated fat and heart disease- yet somehow this out-dated and even dangerous hypothesis is clung to so that margarine, cholesterol lowering medications and all manner of unnecessary and most certainly very unhealthy and damaging products can be sold.
Here is an example of evidence to suggest that saturated fat and cholesterol do not cause heart disease. This is a MASSIVE meta-analysis involving many studies and a huge amount of people. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2010/01/13/ajcn.2009.27725.short
Christine Cronau www.facebook.com/christinecronau- Author of the Fat Revolution (and signatory of this petition) has put together a massive compilation of relevant studies which can be found here http://christinecronau.com/studies/
In fact saturated fat and dietary cholesterol from natural, healthy sources such as butter from grass fed cows, animal fats from naturally raised animals, eggs (including the cholesterol filled yolk), unrefined coconut oil etc have been found to be extremely beneficial to health and actually assist in protecting, NOT causing cardiovascular disease. There has been a great deal of research and science to show this which has been largely ignored by the medical and scientific communities and by Heart Foundations and nutritional authorities around the world. Some of these researchers, scientists, Drs, cardiovascular surgeons, obesity experts, authors, nutritionists etc include Dr Eric Westman, USA; Dr Andreas Eenfeldt, Sweden; Dr Malcolm Kendrick, UK; late Dr Barry Groves, UK; Dr William Davis, US; Dr Gary Fettke, Australia and Dr Perlmetter, USA, Zoe Harcombe, Dr John Briffa, Dr Chris Kresser, Cyndi O’Meara, Dr Sandra Cabot, Gary Taubes, Sally Fallon, Christine Cronau, David Gillespie, Uffe Ranskov, Anthony Colpo and there are many others, all of whom rely on evidence based research and a great deal of well respected scientific studies, not on merely 'opinion' or 'quackery'. It is time people learned the truth. The current advice CONTRIBUTES to inflammation, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and a whole host of unpleasant and unnecessary medical complications.
Honestly it just seems absolutely ridiculous that a health authority like the Heart Foundation whom many of the public trust and listen to, advise to eat a diet made up of mostly processed carbohydrates in the form of cereal, bread and pasta, consume margarine and vegetable/seed oils- which are unnatural and contribue to inflammation, processed sugar filled foods filled with additives, preservatives, colours and flavours and which are devoid of essential nutrients and even products that contain aspartame. How can they honestly say that this will protect people against cardiovascular disease? Whilst telling people to avoid fat and cholesterol which is absolutely essential to the correct functioning of the body on so many levels.
We need to be educating people to eat REAL, whole food. Actual food that contains vitamins, minerals and all that the body requires to operate and protect itself effectively. This isn't rocket science, it is simply what humans have always done and now suddenly we have rampant cases of heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and chronic degenerative illness. Clearly these new ideas are failing everyone.
If you would like to read the Heart Foundation’s response to my petition you can do so http://thehealthyjessie.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/the-heart-foundations-response-to-my-petition/.
You can also check out my response to their statement in relation to the recent A Current Affair segment on the petition http://thehealthyjessie.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/response-to-the-statement-released-by-the-heart-foundation-post-a-current-affair-segment-on-the-petition/
Please get involved with the petition, sign and share with as many people as you can. This information is vitally important for everyone in Australia to understand and have access to. You can follow progress on facebook at www.facebook.com/getafreshstart.