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Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Tell Congress not to cut funding that protects family farmers & hungry Americans!

The Farm Bill is the most important and comprehensive piece of food and farm legislation in the United States. In 2018, family farmers, the environment, and all Americans could suffer major losses if the Farm Bill is not adequately funded and passed this year. We’re asking Congress to pass a Farm Bill in 2018 that helps all Americans, and to provide sufficient funding so that the programs actually work. The Farm Bill is critical to family farmers and ranchers because it covers: Programs that help keep food producers on the land during times of environmental and economic uncertainty Trade relationships and food exports Federal loan programs that help food producers access financial resources necessary to maintain their operations Programs to ensure the future of American agriculture by training and supporting beginning and socially disadvantaged producers The Farm Bill isn’t just for farmers – it affects consumers, rural communities, and the environment too: Helps farmers implement practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change Funds essential programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that make food affordable for vulnerable populations Backs programs that help rural communities thrive by bolstering economic growth and improving quality of life. But the success of the Farm Bill depends on two things: funding and timing. If Congress fails to pass the Farm Bill within the year, many of these important programs are at risk of expiring, leaving family farmers and hungry Americans without crucial support. Even if it is passed in 2018, if the programs don’t receive adequate funding, they won’t be able to do what they’re supposed to do - secure our nation’s food supply and natural resources, support our rural communities, and feed our hungry. Sign this petition to ask for a Farm Bill that’s fully funded and passed on time – and join Farmers Union to fight for a food system that works for all of us.

National Farmers Union
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Support the science and Professor Tim Noakes

We are writing to ask if you will join us in signing a letter in defense of the science and Professor Tim Noakes of South Africa. Many of you probably know the story of Professor Noakes. He is a world-famous professor (now emeritus) of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town, who happened to discover that the low-carb diet was highly effective for the treatment of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and other nutrition-related disease. He became famous in South Africa for promoting the diet—and this led to various forms of retaliation by his colleagues. Perhaps most stunning, however, has been that medical authorities (HPCSA) have subjected Professor Noakes over the past few years to a public hearing, with his medical license hanging in the balance. The charge? Sending a tweet to a breastfeeding mother that she could safely wean her child onto a “LCHF” diet. Specifically he was charged with giving “unconventional advice” that is “not evidence-based." Prof. Noakes was actually acquitted last April, but the medical board is appealing its own decision. Although there are many disturbing ethical issues surrounding the HPCSA's treatment of Prof. Noakes, this petition will only focus on the fact that his advice IS evidence based and that this evidence is acknowledged by a group of physicians, other health care providers, scientists, and researchers. To HPCSA:  We understand that you are appealing the April 2017 acquittal of Professor Tim Noakes. Of the various charges alleged against him was the contention that his “unconventional advice” via a tweet to a breastfeeding mother was “not evidence-based.”[1] The judgement on this point by the HPCSA was that Professor Noakes’ tweet was “not not evidence-based,”[2] or, in other words, that it was evidence-based. We, the undersigned, set forth in this letter a large body of scientific evidence to demonstrate that the kind of diet favored by Professor Noakes—that is, one lower in carbohydrates and higher in fat than the traditional “low-fat” diet--is, indeed, evidence-based.  Low-carbohydrate diets have now been tested in more than 70 clinical trials[3] on nearly 7,000 people, including a wide variety of sick and well populations. Thirty-two of these studies have lasted at least six months and six trials went on for two years, enough time to demonstrate the lack of any negative side effects. In virtually every case, the lower-carb, higher-fat diets did as well or better than competing diets.[4]  The cumulative evidence shows that low-carb diets are safe and effective for combating obesity,[5] highly promising for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes,[6] and improve most cardiovascular risk factors.[7]  Moreover, the best-available data from the U.S. government shows that in 1965, Americans ate 39% of calories as carbohydrates and 41% as fat. [8]  These percentages are what nutrition researchers now consider to be within the realm of a “low-carbohydrate, high-fat” diet. Thus, all Americans, including infants (the population addressed by Professor Noakes’ tweet) were formerly on the sort of diet that he favors. (This was, of course, before the epidemics of obesity and diabetes from which so many nations suffer today.)  Part of the claim against Professor Noakes was that his tweet responded to a question about weaning an infant child. We understand that the South African pediatric guidelines (2013) advise "From 6 months of age give your baby meat, chicken, fish, or egg every day as often as possible. Give your baby dark green leafy vegetables and orange coloured vegetables and fruit every day.”[9] This advice is entirely consistent with a low-carbohydrate, higher fat diet. Finally, recent results, published in The Lancet, from the largest-ever and only truly global epidemiological study, called PURE, find that populations with the highest-fat and lowest carbohydrate consumption had the lowest rates of total mortality.[10] Taken together, these findings firmly support the advice given by Professor Noakes. Further, virtually no rigorous clinical trial data exist to contradict this body of evidence. Thus, from a scientific perspective, the evidence overwhelmingly supports the idea that a diet low in carbohydrates and high in fat is “evidence based.” Sincerely, Dr. Sarah Hallberg DO, MS, FOMAMedical Director, Medically Supervised Weight LossIndiana University Health ArnettIndiana University School of MedicineMedical Director, Virta HealthAspen Institute Health Innovator FellowDebra Ravasia, MD, FACOG, FRSCSObstetrician/GynecologistDiplomat – American Board of Obesity MedicinePO Box 18426Spokane, WA, 99208 E. James Greenwald MDOrthopaedic Surgery SpecialtyHealth, Reno Nevada. 89511 Associate Professor, Dept of Surgery Univ. of Nevada School of Medicine Nancy Noyce MD MPHAshland, Oregon, USAInternal MedicineThe Noyce Clinic for Metabolic Rehabilitation Dawn Lemanne, MD, MPHBoard Certified OncologistClinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of ArizonaMedical Director, Oregon Integrative OncologyAshland, Oregon USA Ann M. Childers, MD, FAPALife Balance Northwest LLC1595 Holly StreetWest Linn, Oregon 97068 Mark Nelson, MDFamily Physician (I take of adults, children and infants)Wheaton, IL 60187 Jasmine Moghissi, MD Board Certified Family Practice9401 Lee Hwy, Suite 302 Fairfax, VA 22031 703-281-5560 Christy Kesslering, MDBoard Certified Radiation OncologistMedical Director Radiation OncologyNorthwestern Cancer Center WarrenvilleWarrenville, IL John Madany M.D.Board-certified ABFMBarrett Hospital and HealthcareDillon, Montana Georgia Ede MDPsychiatristSmith CollegeNorthampton, Massachusetts Dr Rod TaylerAnaesthetistMelbourneVictoriaAustralia Dr Paul MasonConcord Orthosports, NSW, AustraliaFRACSEPM.B.B.S. (Hons)B. PhysioMaster Occ. Health Brett NowlanMBChB FACC ABCL RPVICardiologist, Internal MedicineBloomfield, CT Charles CavoDO, FACOG, Diplomat ABOMMedical Director Pounds TransformationWest Hartford, CT. 06107 Peter Brukner OAM, MBBS, FACSPProfessor of Sports MedicineLa Trobe UniversityBundoora, Vic 3086AUSTRALIA Sean Bourke, MD, FACEP, Diplomate American Board of Obesity MedicineCo-Founder and Chief Medical Officer JumpstartMDPortola Valley, CA 94028 Eric J. Sodicoff, MDBoard Certified in Internal Medicine & Obesity MedicinePMA Medical Specialists LLCPottstown, PAOffice Phone# 610-495-2300 Barbara M Buttin, MD, FACOGPractice Leader, Gynecologic OncologyNorthwestern Regional Medical Group4405 Weaver PkwyWarrenville IL 60555 United States Mark Cucuzzella MD FAAFPProfessor West Virginia University School of MedicineWVU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health304-596-5038 Radley Griffin MDBoard Certified Family Physician Griffin Concierge MedicalTampa, FL USA Carol Loffelmann MD FRCPCAnesthesiologist, TorontoCofounder: Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition Jeffry Gerber, MD, FAAFPBoard certified Family PhysicianSouth Suburban Family MedicineDenver's Diet DoctorDenver, Colorado, USA Barbra Allen Bradshaw, MD FRCPCAnatomical PathologistAbbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer CenterCo-founder: Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition Caroline Roberts, MD. EndocrinologyVirta Health. Portland, OR. USA Robert A. Schulman MDDirector of West County Integrative MedicineSanta Rosa, CABoard CertifiedPhysical Medicine and RehabilitationPain MedicineIntegrative MedicineMedical Acupuncture Dr. Jason Fung, NephrologyScarborough General HospitalToronto, Ontario, Canada   This petition has been supported by The Nutrition Coalition,    [1] Full transcript of trial:[2] Statement on judgement by HPCSA committee chair:[3] Low Carbohydrate Diet Studies:[4] Johnston, Bradley, Steve Kanters & Kristofer Bandayrel et al, Comparison of Weight Loss Among Named Diet Programs in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Meta-analysis.[5] Bueno, Nassib, Ingrid Sofia Vieira de Melo, et al, Very-Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet v. Low Fat Diet for Long-Term Weight Loss: A Meta-Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials.[6] Feinman, Richard et al, Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction as the First Approach in Diabetes Management: Critical Review and Evidence Base.[7] F.L. Santos, S.S. Esteves, et al, Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Of Clinical Trials of The Effects Of Low Carbohydrate Diets on Cardiovascular Risk Factors.[8] Cohen, Even, Michal Cragg, et al. Statistical Review of US Macronutrient Consumption data, 1965-2011: Americans Have been Following Dietary Guidelines, Coincident with the Rise of Obesity.[9] Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for South Africa:[10] Associations of Fats And Carbohydrate Intake With Cardiovascular Disease And Mortality In 18 Countries From Five Continents (PURE): A Prospective Cohort Study.

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