MEA CULPA FROM TIME MAGAZINE?

1984
2014

The March 26, 1984 cover of Time Magazine showed a frowny face made out of bacon and eggs. The headline of the feature article said, “Cholesterol, and Now the Bad News.” Inside, an article titled, “Hold the Eggs and Butter,” started with this line: “Cholesterol is proved deadly, and our diet may never be the same.”

Amazingly, that original article from the 1984 issue (you can read it here) actually stated that the study on which this conclusion was based was not a diet study at all, but a study of a cholesterol reducing drug. The nine page article outlined the low-fat orthodoxy that has ruled the medical establishment for the last 30 years.

Basil Rifkind, the project director for the study cited in the ’84 Time story, was quoted as saying he “believed” the research indicated that lowering cholesterol and fat in your diet would reduce your risk of heart disease. All the previous studies that the government had funded to try to “prove” the lipid hypothesis of heart disease had failed. We now know why; eating fat and cholesterol actually reduces the amount in the blood. Researchers have also found that the markers for inflammation are dramatically reduced on a low-carb diet with more fat. You can read about two recent studies on Pub Med here and here.

The writing is on the wall and the statin pushers are already looking for other ways to sell their wares to every man, woman, and child on the planet. How about as a cure for the common cold?

You can read “Ending the War on Fat,” by Bryan Walsh from the June 12, 2014 Time Magazine here.

(c) 2014, Judy Barnes Baker, www.carbwars.blogspot.com

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