Food industry revenues and profits are growing rich and fat.

You are growing fat and sick.

Why is that?

Some doctors who really care about you, and who understand the science of healthy nutrition feel the time is right for you to know just how influenced some dietary decisions are. The recent battle over the American Food Dietary Guidelines is one such example. Decisions were heavily influenced,  and belabored,  by the weight of big companies and big money, not because they cared about your health but because they wanted you to eat more animals, and products from animals, which are profitable. Some doctors think it’s time you had  a glimpse of the inner workings of the one committee with which they have been arm wrestling to protect your health interests.

A lawsuit has been filed.

United States District Court, Northern District of California:

by plaintiffs:

Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, John McDougall, M.D., Ulka Agarwal, M.D., Debra Shapiro, M.D., and Donald D. Forrester, M.D.   [Note: The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine consists of 150,000 members including 12,000 physicians.]

verses defendants:

Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, USDA, ( United States Department of Agriculture), and Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

Here’s a summary and my understanding of just some of the complaints in that lawsuit:

  • Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (“DGAC”) recommends dropping longstanding advice for Americans to consume less than 300 milligrams, daily, of dietary cholesterol. Much stricter limits to apply to individuals at heightened risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Ignoring abundant scientific evidence showing that cholesterol is a significant contributor to cardiovascular disease. Whereas, cholesterol is THE leading killer of Americans.
  • The recommendations are part of a twenty-year attempt, based on research funded by USDA’s egg promotion program to increase egg consumption regardless of the health risks from unlimited cholesterol ingestion.
  • The guidelines committee was allowed to rely on recent studies funded by the federal egg promotion program administered by USDA.
  • The guidelines committee was allowed to rely on the views of guidelines committee members whose institutions allegedly received substantial egg industry funding.
  • Four members were appointed to the guidelines committee who held positions with an institution that received funds from USDA’s egg promotion program for the sole purpose of overturning Defendants’ recommended limits on dietary cholesterol intake.

In other words, this lawsuit is attempting to lay bare the financial paper trail that allegedly influenced the resulting American Dietary Food Guidelines which will shape diets and medical decisions for the next 5 years.

Science did not get it wrong all these years. The rule remains as simple as always: no fats or cholesterol. Zip. Nadda.