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Facts are Funny Things

When I was growing up, let’s say in the 60’s and 70’s, almost every day we’d hear about things that were no good for us to eat. On TV the commercials were pushing “fake butter” because real butter will gunk up your arteries, but this processed “scientific” stuff was better for you.

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Bob Rinear | February 9, 2021

When I was growing up, let’s say in the 60’s and 70’s, almost every day we’d hear about things that were no good for us to eat. On TV the commercials were pushing “fake butter” because real butter will gunk up your arteries, but this processed “scientific” stuff was better for you.

Likewise, we kept hearing about killer eggs. The story goes that eating eggs will certainly screw up your cholesterol, and you’ll die of Coronary heart disease.  Once again TV and our Government was trying to “help you.”  (and as Ronald Reagan once said, the scariest words of all are “I’m from the Government and I’m here to help)

Then of course it was Salt. Oh my God, if you don’t cut your salt intake down by at least 50%, once again you’re going to stroke out. Lower sodium products started showing up on shelves and TV (and once again, our friendly Gov) was telling us how bad salt is and how you must avoid it at all costs.

On top of all that, our Governments own “food pyramid” was created to show the average American how they should eat. At the base of the pyramid, the building blocks of the pyramid, Uncle Sam’s geniuses said you should intake 6-12 servings of “bread, pasta, rice, cereal.”  Proteins were almost at the top of the pyramid, generally 2 or less servings. Then at the very top, was fats and oils. You should only use them sparingly.  So they wanted you loaded up on carbs, a veggie here and there, some protein if you have to, and God forbid any oil, butter, etc.

Now I’m no genius, but as the years went by it was clear to see that something was horribly wrong. Deaths from heart disease continued to grow. Deaths from Stroke continued to grow. Death from Cancers of all types continued to grow. Autism rates continued to grow. Food allergies continued to grow. I could go on.

Along with not being a genius, I’m also not a nutritionist, or a scientist. But I do enjoy learning, and over the years of course what I learned… flies in the face of all these “do gooders” theories about what’s good and what isn’t.

So, let’s look at some “facts” and see if we’ve been lied to. We’ll start with eggs. Has there ever been a really good study to see if eating a few eggs every day will clog you up like radiator stop? Yep and here’s the latest, published just in December. This is from the National Library of Medicine:

Association Between Egg Consumption and Risk of Cardiovascular Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Introduction: Considerable controversy remains on the relationship between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease risk. The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to explore the association between egg consumption and overall cardiovascular disease events.

Results: We identified 23 prospective studies with a median follow-up of 12.28 years. A total of 1,415,839 individuals with a total of 123,660 cases and 157,324 cardiovascular disease events were included. Compared with the consumption of no or 1 egg/day, higher egg consumption (more than 1 egg/day) was not associated with significantly increased risk of overall cardiovascular disease events (pooled hazard ratios, 0.99; 95% confidence interval, 0.93-1.06; P < .001; I² = 72.1%). Higher egg consumption (more than 1 egg/day) was associated with a significantly decreased risk of coronary artery disease (pooled hazard ratios, 0.89; 95% confidence interval, 0.86-0.93; P < .001; I² = 0%), compared with consumption of no or 1 egg/day.

Conclusions: Our analysis suggests that higher consumption of eggs (more than 1 egg/day) was not associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but was associated with a significant reduction in risk of coronary artery disease.

Well now! Hows about that?  The poor misunderstood egg, that was beaten senseless for decades, actually REDUCES the risk of artery disease. And yet all of those decades, we were told it was a FACT that they were bad for you. Funny thing those facts, it seems they’re reliability depends on who’s stating them, eh?

So, we’ll move to salt. I love eggs and we just found out they’re good for us, how about another thing I’m not shy to say I like; salt. I like it. So, is it the high blood pressure, heart killing poison that we keep hearing about? Let’s look:

In April 2010 the Institute of Medicine urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the amount of salt that food manufacturers put into products; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already convinced 16 companies to do so voluntarily. But if the U.S. does conquer salt, what will we gain? Bland french fries, for sure. But a healthy nation? Not necessarily.

This week a meta-analysis of seven studies involving a total of 6,250 subjects in the American Journal of Hypertension found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressure. In May European researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the less sodium that study subjects excreted in their urine—an excellent measure of prior consumption—the greater their risk was of dying from heart disease.

The correlation between salt intake and poor health has remained tenuous. Intersalt, a large study published in 1988, compared sodium intake with blood pressure in subjects from 52 international research centers and found no relationship between sodium intake and the prevalence of hypertension. In fact, the population that ate the most salt, about 14 grams a day, had a lower median blood pressure than the population that ate the least, about 7.2 grams a day.

2006 American Journal of Medicine study compared the reported daily sodium intakes of 78 million Americans to their risk of dying from heart disease over the course of 14 years. It found that the more sodium people ate, the less likely they were to die from heart disease. And a 2007 study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology followed 1,500 older people for five years and found no association between urinary sodium levels and the risk of coronary vascular disease or death.

Then of course we have the famed “French Paradox.”  The French consume more fats, and dairy than most other peoples, and yet they have a very low incidence of Coronary heart disease. This has been studied for years on end, and the results are often “not what doctors wanted to hear.” 

They drink a lot of wine in France. It seems that slow steady alcohol consumption, like say 3-5 glasses of wine throughout the day, has a stabilizing effect on blood pressure, and it seems that eating fats, butters and what have you is a lot more healthy than we’ve been led to believe. Here is a fascinating study that’s quite a few pages long, but again very very interesting. It goes over the different studies they’ve done, sample groups, genetics, alcohol intake, etc. Very engrossing stuff.

So here we are in 2021. We know that despite Uncle Sam’s food pyramid, that excess carbohydrate intake causes all manner of issues, from diabetes, to obesity. We also know that the US is in terrible shape health wise:

Over 70 million adults in U.S. are obese (35 million men and 35 million women). 99 million are overweight (45 million women and 54 million men). NHANES 2016 statistics showed that about 39.6% of American adults were obese. Men had an age-adjusted rate of 37.9% and Women had an age-adjusted rate of 41.1%.

Question: If we know carbs lead to insulin problems, and obesity, why is it the cornerstone of the Governments pyramid?? Could it be that they want us fat and sickly?  Hmmm.

Obviously, my point in all of this isn’t to show you food groups. My point is that all of this baloney was indeed stated as FACT to you over the years. “They” knew best and they told you their fact findings. But their facts were either wrong because they made mistakes OR… they lied to you and called it facts.

Right now, with the division between the left and the right, and media censorship and all these supposed “fact checkers” you’d best do your OWN research into things.  Mike Lindell the pillow guy has released a 2-hour video called absolute proof. In it, he has experts, data experts, time stamps, vote weighting, packet flow charts, you name it.  It’s really well done.

The left is saying it’s his opinion, not facts. Mike says they are absolute facts, pure evidence, and he’s now asking Dominion for a face off. He would like big media and Dominion and his team to publicly air a debate/discussion between his facts, and what Dominion says about their machines. That would be interesting for sure.

Trust no one folks. Any time you hear the media say something is  a Fact, immediately question it. Hunt it down, look it up, make up your own mind. Because from where I sit, we’re being lied to in Biblical proportions about a ton of things… from the election, to the covid, to the economy, to you name it.

By the way, eat your butter, eggs and salt. It worked for thousands of years. Just sayin.