Dear Elected Member of the Australian Parliament,
I write to you specifically to say ‘Congratulations’ and to tell you how pleased I am to see a new direction opening up for our Country. With you all at the helm my hope is being restored.
It is no secret that financially things are tough, we have accrued a huge deficit and it must be paid off and no doubt budget cuts will be necessary. Maybe it would be fair to say there will be tweaking occurring in many different arena’s. The one that concerns me highly is the Health Arena.
It has been made loud and clear that we have a looming crisis on our hands with a particular emphasis on Diabetes and Obesity. This crisis of epic proportions will cause the current strained budgets to completely blow out. This will in turn cause serious problems within the health care provider service, as without sufficient funds, services will have to be curtailed, or at least scaled back. Cutbacks will mean less services, less training, less education to name but a few examples.
Yet all we hear on the news media is that people need to exercise more and eat less to prevent this catastrophe from worsening. If it were as simple as that, things would have changed for the better thirty plus years ago, and we would not now find ourselves amongst the rest of the world, fighting to stop things from worsening.
To cut to the chase, the ‘eat less saturated fat and eat more carbohydrate’ scientific experiment has failed miserably. There was no proof initially that this would be healthy for the population of this planet, it was simply a ‘we have to do something’ attitude, ‘so we may as well go down this path’. And we did – it failed, and we are paying the price for it now.
I believe it is time that the Australian Government and its Health Department focussed more on the scientific studies showing that seed oils (in general) and carbohydrates (sucrose and fructose) specifically, in the amounts we are currently consuming them, are detrimental to our health. It is not as if this is a big secret. It has been known for more than a century that carbohydrates and diabetes type 2 walk hand in glove. Yet the two associations in Australia that could have some effect on how people think about and deal with this issue, still say eat your carbohydrates and don’t touch saturated fats.
Isn’t it time The Diabetes Association and The Heart Foundation stopped driving the Nation’s Health Bus as it were with old and out dated studies, and YOU the elected Government took over the reins? The science is there, but is being ignored. One must wonder why? Who is being protected? It certainly isn’t the voters, the patients, their families, the medical profession or the diabetics – current or future.
Often we also hear that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will cause a huge drain on the purse of the Nation in coming years, yet the science showing that a higher carbohydrate intake drives these brain disorders is also being ignored – why?
It is not my intention to submit to you a series of scientific papers, simply I wish to draw your attention in this new Term of Office to something, which if done correctly, might not only save the Nation billions of Health Care Dollars, but more importantly, thousands upon thousands of Australian lives.
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The following are provided as an introduction to the current science..
Dr. Robert Lustig – Sugar The Bitter Truth LINK
Watch “The Skinny on Obesity” with Dr. Lustig: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]
Dr. Gary Fettke
The consumption of Sugar and Polyunsaturated Seed Oils combine in our diet to create inflammation in every blood vessel wall and in every tissue in every organ of the body. The inflammatory process makes everything susceptible to further damage and disease.
Andreas Eenfeldt a Swedish medical doctor specialized in family medicine
Is “eat less and run more” really the only thing you need to know in order to lose weight? Why is it then that most people lose weight on a LCHF diet, even when eating until satisfied? And this without even any increase in exercise? To think that this should be so controversial! The best explanation, in a simplified version, looks like this: Carbohydrates – > insulin – > obesity
Thus more carbohydrates lead to more insulin which leads to more fat accumulation.
A joint Group Health-University of Washington (UW) study in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that higher blood sugar levels are associated with higher dementia risk, even among people who do not have diabetes.
Dementia and Brain Shrinkage
“Numerous studies have shown a link between type 2 diabetes and brain shrinkage and dementia, but we haven’t known much about whether people with blood sugar on the high end of normal experience these same effects,” said study author Nicolas Cherbuin, PhD, with Australian National University in Canberra.
Carbs, sugar & Cognitive Impairment
People 70 and older who eat food high in carbohydrates have nearly four times the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, and the danger also rises with a diet heavy in sugar, Mayo Clinic researchers have found. Those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired, the study found. The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Brain Disease Starts in Your Daily Bread – a Neurologist with a story to tell humanity Dr. David Perlmutter
Lifestyle factors are profoundly influential in determining risk for Alzheimer’s, and yet, perhaps because they cannot be monetized, no one is bringing this information to public awareness.
For example, researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic recently published a report showing that a lower carb, higher fat diet is associated with a 42% risk reduction for dementia, the most common form being Alzheimer’s.
More recently, the New England Journal of Medicine showed us that even small elevations of blood sugar translate into increased risk for becoming demented. And blood sugar relates to dietary choices. Higher carbs means higher risk for dementia. Alzheimer’s can, and more importantly should be prevented, even if it means, and perhaps especially if it means that preventing this disease will translate to a reduction in sales of pharmaceuticals.
So what can you do, today, to meaningfully reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a disease for which the current medical armamentarium offers no treatment solution?
1. Adopt a dramatically lower carbohydrate diet. That means counting carbs and keeping them below 60-80 grams daily. 2. Add more fat. Fat is a super fuel for the brain, protecting and nourishing delicate brain cells. Good choices include extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass-fed beef, and wild caught fish. follow the links provided for more information
Dear Reader, If YOU also believe it is time for a real change, time for the health of Our Nation to be addressed properly by current and relevant science, and not by Charities who seem to be currently driving the bus and setting the criteria (wrongly) tell your local member….. either copy and paste this letter and fill in your own personal details or send them the link to this article and follow it up a few days later with a telephone call.
Together we can make a big difference.