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From: Pumpkin (
Subject:         A little of both, maybe?
Date: November 2, 2006 at 4:10 am PST

In Reply to: Re: A little versus unlimited... posted by Warren Green on November 1, 2006 at 10:03 pm:

I really have a hard time believing that more than a very small percentage of the Western health authorities that promote less-than-optimal diets for disease conditions are doing so out of a calculating attempt to deceive. However, I do believe that the financial incentives offered by big food interests probably do help steer the medical/research culture away from anything "radical," even if fabulously successful.

People's ability to justify their own actions, and to ignore the extent to which they are acting out of self-interest, seems to be almost limitless. And the scientific community as a whole actively mediates against radicalism. I believe Dr. Campbell discusses that in "China Study," and personally, as a scientist in a very different field, I've seen similar things and how the culture works, often, against "good science" actually being done, let alone published, if it is a little off the mainstream.

And yes, it's good to be realistic about how this happens. People who follow mainstream scientific/medical recommendations re diet, or many other things, are often putting themselves at risk, and this is why.

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