Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Religious doctrine is influencing your health

Most religions have some type of dietary restrictions built-in. Off the top of my head, I know that Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent, Jews shouldn't be eating pork or shellfish, and many Hindus or Buddhists don't eat any meat. I don't want to start a religious war (literally) over the merits of these rules, and I'm totally cool with your beliefs informing what you eat.

What you put in your body is a very personal decision informed by your experiences, your culture and/or religion, even your economics. You are free to eat whatever you want. You are also welcome to recommend to others what they should eat, as long as you disclose your biases. When folks come to me with nutritional advice, I always start with a big disclaimer about what has worked for me and what I've seen work for others. You can take my recommendations in the context of my bias.

When you read the nutritional recommendations from the American Dietetic Association, now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, do you know their biases? They present their literature as the scientific truth. But did you know that they were started by and their mission is at the core from the Seventh Day Adventists?

I'm totally cool with the Seventh Day Adventists being vegetarian/vegan (I don't know which). It's fine with me that they think that eating meat makes you a bad person and that grains keep you wholesome. Religious and cultural beliefs are your own. But when you present your beliefs as scientific truth, that's when I have a big problem with it.

Randy sent me this article last week, but I didn't get a chance to read it until tonight. You really need to read it and then reflect on all of the nutrition advice you've heard.

Coincidentally Dan John (he uses Futura on this blog, right?) wrote this on Facebook today:
Forty years ago, the USDA and the US Senate gave us dietary recommendations. Since, 1977, it is amazing to see the change in America with less obesity, less Heart Disease, and the virtual vanishing of Diabetes. The Senate continues to lead our nation in health care issues without the interference of lobbyists and businesses.


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