Brian Williams, super-foods, and “confusion over clarity.”

Those employed in the “system” actually think that they are helping — but in fact they are only adding to the confusion.

Brian Williams, anchor

On the NBC Evening news (8-22-11), Brian Williams introduced a piece about healthy eating saying “What if science could take what’s good in the healthy foods and create a “superfood” that prevents disease?” First they featured a rather obese-looking MD by the name of Dr. Steve Clinton of Ohio State, who was busy combining foods in “unique ways to target very specific cancers.”

Believe it or not, he was talking about extracting the superfood nutrients to make lollipops that could be used by smokers to prevent oral cancer. Then, they trotted out their very own Dr. Nancy Snyderman (NBC’s Chief Medical Editor) who introduced Dr. Lori Mosca, a cardiologist from Columbia University. While shopping for healthy foods in the grocery store, Dr. Mosca said with a big smile that…

…salmon is a home run because it’s rich in Vitamin D and in omega-3 fatty acids….She then added that olive oil is one of the ‘good fats’ that can help you ward off disease.

If the reader had just read The China Study, they would be very confused by that advice. That’s because the system likes to keep us confused. As Dr. T. Colin Campbell stated in his book, “the entire system—government, science, medicine, industry and media—promotes profits over health, technology over food and confusion over clarity.” For, if they were CLEAR about how to prevent or reverse disease, that entire system would lose about two trillion dollars a year in revenue — as people everywhere learned how to take charge of their own health.

Dr. Steve Clinton, Ohio State

If Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn had also been on the show, they would have disagreed vehemently with Dr. Clinton and Dr. Mosca respectively. They would have encouraged the eating of more whole foods in nature’s package (not in lollipops) and would have confidently stated that neither salmon or olive oil has any place whatsoever in a truly health-promoting, heart disease-reversing dietary regimen. Question:

Who would you trust to tell you how to reverse your heart disease? Someone who has done it successfully for over 95% of his patients (Dr. Esselstyn) or a cardiologist who makes her living repeatedly treating ‘symptoms’ with stents & bypasses (Dr. Mosca)?

As for the “superfood” segment; while some of the foods mentioned were excellent, plant-based, health-promoting choices — the casual viewer will get nothing of real value from the segment — just more confusion. That’s because they’ll hear something completely different tomorrow night and the next night.

Ironically, there were five ads during the break leading up to the superfood piece; three of them were promoting products for which there would be no market if everyone shifted to a truly health-promoting diet of mostly whole plants — Zantac for heartburn, Centrum Silver for making you feel less guilty about your poor eating habits, and VisiCare for over-active bladder. When will the madness end? When will our “system” start telling the truth about our food to the innocent public?

Without strong leadership focusing on changing our vast interconnected “system” of misinformation, only a relentless grassroots revolution will be able to get the human race back on the right track. A few recent posts on that topic might be interesting for you as you consider joining us that revolution:

FOOD — World’s brightest are missing the main point.

“One Term President” — just might be the answer — for true leadership

LEADERSHIP. Grassroots revolution or one-term president?


J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to Brian Williams, super-foods, and “confusion over clarity.”

  1. Karen Kane says:

    Jim, I totally understand what you’re saying. I used to subscribe to a number of email newsletters that regularly promoted different weight loss, nutrition, supplement, etc. suggestions. I have now gotten off most of those lists. I know that the plant based diet I’m following is supplying all I need. The weight is slowly coming off, my blood glucose numbers are improving and I feel great!

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