The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.Theodore Parker, 1853
Today, the Parliament of Western Australia released a report in support of a low carbohydrate as a means of putting type 2 diabetes into remission, officially advocating for the dietary regimen over the failed ‘carb up, shoot up’ approach advised by industry groups such as the American Diabetes Association.
Since governments are responsible for setting dietary and health care policy, and have historically continued to beat the usual ‘saturated fat is bad’, ‘cholesterol is bad’, and ‘you need grains to survive’ drums, it is refreshing to see at least one acknowledge recent scientific findings, instead of continuing to believe ancel keys’ scientific deception from the 1950’s.
From the report’s summary:
This report challenges the norms of ‘business as usual’ and inappropriate guidelines. The existing medical practice of ‘screen and prescribe’ is no longer suitable from a personal health point of view, as a community health response, and in a health system that competes for scarce resources.
However, far from being a simple issue of restraint, or not enough ‘energy out to energy in’, food has become over-processed and is marketed in a manner that aims not simply to satisfy our hunger, but to create social sustenance, deliver a reward, or placate a
Further historical evidence illustrates how industries manipulated dietary guidelines to focus on saturated fat as being the major health risk, shifting the blame from sugar. In addition the food industry has been criticised for blaming obesity on ‘lack of exercise’ without reflecting on its contribution to the epidemic.
We here at regenerative times are thrilled to see some signs of sanity from governments, no matter how small they may be. We hope that this report leads to changes in WA’s government and produces results other governments may emulate.
Side note: the author of this article himself is a type 2 diabetic who has been following a ketogenic ( low carb ) dietary approach and is completely asymptomatic, per blood work over the last 5 years.
For more information, see the WA Parliament’s report here: http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliament/commit.nsf/(Report+Lookup+by+Com+ID)/E65D9AAEA62B2B2C482583D800295552/$file/EHSC%20Report%206%20The%20Food%20Fix%20FINAL.pdf