By Marika Sboros
If you’re expecting scientific consensus on “healthy eating” in 2018, don’t hold your breath. Many doctors and dietitians continue to dish up conventional advice that many experts say is dangerous.
These experts go further and say that “healthy eating” is one of modern medicine’s biggest “mistakes”.
A new book reveals who is behind that big mistake and why so many perpetuate it. It is Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake by Dr Verner Wheelock. The subtitle speaks volumes: How modern medicine has got it wrong about diabetes, cholesterol, cancer, Alzheimer’s and obesity.
It is a fascinating and important read
Of course, you could accuse me of bias as I contributed a chapter for the book. That’s on the ongoing trial in South Africa of Prof Tim Noakes for his challenge to dietary dogma.
I became involved after it became clear Wheelock intended the book as a labour of love of scientific truth. And that he makes the scientific case for an urgent revision of official dietary advice in the UK. Thus, the book’s message has global relevance.
Publishers Columbus have made Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake heavily discounted on Kindle and in print on the book’s website for January 2018.
Wheelock’s is an intriguing perspective as he is neither a doctor of orthodox medicine nor of dietetics. Instead, he is a food scientist.
Brought up in the County of Wexford, Ireland, he has chemistry and agricultural chemistry degrees from Queen’s University. He also spent five years at the National Institute for Research in Dairying. His PhD is from the University of Reading.
A period at the University of Bradford, followed, where he established the Food Policy Research Unit. The unit’s main focus was research into food production and consumption.
Wheelock once bought fully into low-fat, high-carb dietary dogma. Over the years, he became concerned at food and drug industry influence on official dietary advice. More importantly, he was concerned about effects on population health. And the actual lack of robust evidence.
In the book, he goes over new and old scientific ground. He:
- Dissects original scientific evidence on which official dietary guidelines are based;
- Dispels accepted myths about “good” and “bad” cholesterol;
- Demonstrates how low-fat, high-carb diets have actually compounded the obesity crisis;
- Examines the effect of big industry, bad science and arrogance on the nation’s health;
- Shows how the widely accepted dietary advice for those with cancer, dementia, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity is wrong; and
- Reviews recent research to show the positive effects of an alternative approach for health and wellbeing.
Not surprisingly, his focus is on the benefits foods low in sugar and other carbohydrates and high in healthy fats. In other words, Wheelock advocates for low-carb, high-healthy-fat (LCHF).
A special focus of his work is LCHF to treat and prevent types 2 diabetes. He sees it as a modern-day scourge but also the tip of the iceberg. Those who have type 2 diabetes also have a much higher risk of developing other common chronic diseases. These include heart disease, various cancers and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Award-winning British journalist Jerome Burne has reviewed Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake extensively. Here’s an excerpt from his Health Insight website:
“You’d think that the scientists would have sorted out something as basic as a healthy diet by now. Well, quite.
“And if you really want to know what is going on, Dr Wheelock’s book is a good, if firmly partisan, place to start.
“You might also expect nutrition to be a relatively calm and stable profession, perhaps even a little dull. But you’d be very wrong.”
Behind the scenes disputes about carbs and fats rage, Burne says. Scientists caught up in twitter storms, hurling accusations of fake results and bad science at one another. Looming behind them are billion-dollar food corporations. These have “large strong commercial interests in an approach devoted to cutting back on fats and increasing carbohydrates”.
Wheelock is a “firmly committed member of the independent researchers trying to overthrow this low-fat, high-carbs hypothesis”, Burne says. Buoyed up by his scientific training Wheelock has “plunged into a mound of research. This book is the result.”
Wheelock has also written extensively on Healthy Eating: The Big Mistake. On his blog, Verner’s Views, he says:
“I am delighted to announce that the book I have written with the help and support of Marika Sboros will be released on February 8, 2018. It has taken the best part of three years to complete.
“The main focus is on the fundamentally flawed dietary guidelines,” he says. These have had “a disastrous impact on the state of public health all over the world”.
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He also says there is absolutely no doubt that some official recommendations are totally incorrect. Among those is the advice, such as in the UK, to “base meals on carbohydrates” .
“The recommendations are directly responsible for ill-health on a scale that is unimaginable.”
Despite the overwhelming evidence, experts continue to implement policies based on false premises, he says. There is also “very powerful resistance” to any attempt to revise the guidelines.
At the same time, many people are discovering that they can control their diseases or even reverse their conditions completely. And they can do so “simply by following advice in direct conflict with the official line”.
One effect of so-called “healthy eating” recommendations is that the fat content of the national diet has fallen, Wheelock says. Experts have also demonised animal fats present in milk and meat.
Wheelock shows how animal foods contain many individual fats that are valuable nutrients in their own right. He also shows that most people are simply not getting enough of them. And the less fat people eat, the more carbohydrates they eat.
The result: spiralling rates of type 2 diabetes worldwide.
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“There has been a steady increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes in many countries,” says Wheelock.
“In the UK, this has approximately doubled in the past 15 years. All indications are that it will continue to increase in future.”
He says that cause of type 2 diabetes is “quite simply an excess of glucose in the blood”. The cause: a high consumption of sugar and carbohydrates. The solution is obvious: eat less sugar and carbohydrates.”
Therefore, he hones in on the real “big mistake”. It is that so many doctors and dietitians still encourage people to follow official advice to increase carbohydrates and reduce fat. Hence, their condition deteriorates.
Wheelock includes a reference to my chapter on Noakes’s trial. It led one reviewer to describe the book as “more akin to a thriller than (one) on nutrition”
Wheelock hopes that readers will gain a “deeper understanding” of factors involved in official nutrition advice from the book. And the best way forward to achieve truly “healthy eating”.