Medicine, the FBI and Bread

It ain’t getting better.

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This story really tells it all.

The medical system has been making a living off your ills for a very long time.

The history of obesity is very interesting.

Greek physician and philosopher Galen was treating obesity 2000 years ago, and prescribed massage, baths, and “slimming foods” like greens, garlic, and wild game for his overweight patients.

Weight-loss drugs hit the mainstream in the 1920s, when doctors started prescribing thyroid medications to healthy people to make them thinner

In the 1930s, the weight-loss chemical 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) came along, followed by amphetamines, diuretics, laxatives, and diet pills like fen-phen, all of which worked only in the short term and caused side effects ranging from the annoying to the fatal.

A doctor in the 50’s proclaimed that 25 to 30 % of all Americans were obese-He just made up the number.

Another physician claimed he was getting “gratifying results… on the problem of obesity” by using 800 calorie a day diets coupled with amphetamines and phenobarbital. Hmmm.

Then in the 70’s they determined that wiring your jaw shut would help you lose weight. Really?jaw wiring quote600

Yea it worked really well until you un-wired your jaw.

More shenanigans

In 1997, a panel of nine medical experts tapped by the National Institutes of Health voted to lower the BMI (body mass index) cutoff for overweight from 27 (28 for men) to 25. Overnight, millions of people became overweight, at least on paper, according to the NIH.

The panel argued that the change brought BMI cutoffs in line with World Health Organization Criteria.

Well yea, that’s important.

What they didn’t say, because they didn’t have to, is that lowering BMI cutoffs, and putting more people into the overweight and obese categories, also made more people eligible for treatment.

The Hypocritical Hippocratic Oath

Fast forward to the summer of 2013 with the AMA (American Medical Association) meeting to discuss, among other things, Resolution 420.

Resolution 420 was short and to the point: “That our American Medical Association recognize obesity as a disease state with multiple pathophysiological aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”

The AMA asked its own Committee on Science and Public Health to explore the issue; the committee came up with a five-page opinion suggesting that obesity should not be officially labeled as a disease, for several reasons.

The AMA membership didn’t agree and passed the resolution overwhelmingly.

Why?

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Follow the money. Doctors want to be paid for prescribing weight loss treatments.

Read the article.



I’m not impressed

Remember all the good cop shows? They’d always have “the chase scene.”

Guns drawn, running through traffic, into abandoned warehouses, up rickety stairs, wondering if you’ll get shot at the next turn.

But these guys were sprinting, jumping and climbing-a serious workout no doubt.

  • Miami Vice
  • Dirty Harry
  • Starsky and Hutch.

These dudes were in shape. Fitness was in.

Now, in 2015 our top law enforcement officers, the FBI,  have to pass a fitness test.

And it’s pitiful.fbi fitness500

Read the Fed Fitness Plan.

 

 

 

 



Can’t live without bread?

Have you tried? This is a pretty good article.

Especially if you’ve tried to lose fat without much success.

What you have to remember is:

  1. Food is big business
  2. Business must survive within the political environment (you know, pay to play)
  3. and politicians never care about the right answer, only the politically expedient answer (i.e., power, getting elected, living high on the hog)

Oh, so cynical.

So what’s the story here?food_pyramid450

It means you better think for yourself. Just because some government agency says it’s good for you or, even better, how much you should eat of it, doesn’t make it true. As a matter of fact, it can be downright untrue in some cases.

Incompetence, fraud, lying or just mistakes. I don’t know.

Example

The USDA Food Pyramid calls for 6 to 11 servings of grains a day. It’s your government looking out for you.

This will keep you healthy. ‘Cause they really care.

Uh-huh. Maybe they care more about pharmaceutical companies selling a lot of drugs (and donating to their campaign) or medical device companies implanting a lot of cool, new contraptions (in their home state).

Or maybe they care about big agricultural companies growing a lot of crappy food for your food chain. They must, since they subsidize it so heavily.

Just looking out for you, the little consumer.

OK, Just my opinion, but…

If you base your nutrition off the USDA Food Pyramid, you’re probably fat. And a bit unhealthy.

Why even eat grains?

It’s a good question but you don’t even ask it.

You believe they are an essential part of your diet. They’re good for you. You need them for good health.

Why do you believe this?

  • Well, you’ve done it your whole life. Must be good. You know, when I was a kid, Pluto was a planet. Now it’s not. Things can change.
  • The government says so. And they want the best for you.
  • The food companies all say so. It’s right there on the labeling. And the government checks the labeling. So all good here.
  • Your doctor says it’s good for you. Except he is fat.
  • Well you have to get your fiber so you poop well. And grains are the best source of fiber. Wait, who said that?

 

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Read the article.

and think for yourself.



Have your cake and eat it too

This is quick read read.

Yea you can have ice cream, chocolate, pecan pie and a few beers.

And still be quite fit. Actually, you can eat any damn thing you want and be the fittest guy on your block.

Just abide by these two simple rules:

  1. Rule 1-You can eat anything you want; you just can’t eat anything you want any time you want.
  2. Rule 2-You can eat anything you want; you just can’t eat any amount of anything you want.

That’s it.

Just make it fit into your overall caloric goal and you are cool.

Simple.

Read the article.

What do you think?

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About the Author Mark Fickler

Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 62 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so their energy soars and they live awesome lives using his signature Spartan Method system.

  • Marc says:

    Good post. Have you signed up for or completed a Spartan OCR yet?

  • Marc says:

    I did a beast and a sprint in 2014. Last weekend I did the Bigfork, Montana Spartan Beast May 9th and the Sprint May 10th. I’m doing the Spartan Super June 27th in Midway, Utah and then maybe another Spartan Sprint in Lake Tahoe, California. I think that one is October 4th.

    • Mark Fickler says:

      Wow, you’re killing it. back to back must be tough. Sounds like you are hooked. I should put one on my calendar.

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