“Just the facts” on the infamous Mediterranean Diet Study


I am reminded of the saying, “All that glitters is not gold.”

Colin's co-author launches revealing video on YouTube.

Colin’s co-author launches revealing video on YouTube.

Take five minutes and watch the following video by Howard Jacobson, PhD, who assisted with Dr. Campbell’s new book, WHOLE, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. Here are four of many headlines on this “earth shattering” study:

  • New York Times. Mediterranean Diet Shown to Ward Off Heart Attack and Stroke.
  • Fox News. Protecting your heart with the Mediterranean Diet.
  • Dallas News. Mediterranean Diet Study rocks the medical world.
  • NBC News. Tasty diet cuts heart disease, study finds.

But Dr. Jacobson has just played a little game of “Gotcha” with our host of trusted news sources—he’s suggesting that they all post a corrected headline, something like this:

Three Almost Identically Bad Diets Produce Three Almost Identically Bad Health Outcomes.

Watch his fact-filled 5-minute video to understand why.

Who paid for the study and who stands to benefit from the findings—as misrepresented as they appear to be? From an Associated Press article dated 2-25-13. I don’t know about you, but I smell a rat. From the article (see link below)

The Spanish government’s health research agency initiated and paid for the study, and foods were supplied by olive oil and nut producers in Spain and the California Walnut Commission. Many of the authors have extensive financial ties to food, wine and other industry groups but said the sponsors had no role in designing the study or analyzing and reporting its results.

The U.S. government spends close to one trillion a year on health care, far more than we spend on our armed forces.

“Disease care” in our country is all about this.

The Bottom Line. There are 35 million jobs in food industry, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and media. And not a single one of them has an incentive for us to be healthy. Their only incentive is to maintain the status quo of the “system” and to promote their own sales and profits.

As Dr. Campbell said in The China Study, that system of 35 million jobs works together to promote confusion over clarity when it comes to what we should be eating.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

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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4 Responses to “Just the facts” on the infamous Mediterranean Diet Study

  1. It takes some effort to compose a worthy and short article. You can use mine as a guide.
    My letter got printed, intact:
    http://santamariatimes.com/news/opinion/mailbag/diet-that-bests-mediterranean/article_a34a4e3a-86f1-11e2-a61f-001a4bcf887a.html

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    Diet that bests Mediterranean

    Referring to your recent health section article on the Mediterranean diet, long-time healthy
    lifestyle experts have evaluated this poorly designed study, plus they have commented on news
    writers’ badly reported articles.

    Just Google “Mediterranean Diet — Dr. Ornish,” “Mediterranean Diet — Dr. McDougall” and
    “Mediterranean Diet — Dr. Esselstyn” for their rebuttals.

    These studies were supported by the olive oil and nuts industries, and the comparison low-fat
    37 percent of calories from fat diet, was not a low-fat diet.

    Much, much better health-promoting results come from eating mainly plant-based whole foods,
    with calories from fat ranging from 8 to 20 percent.

    Dr. McDougall’s evaluation concluded, “However, the reader should consider the findings of this
    study important because they do show people can change their diets when instructed to do so,
    and removing animal foods from the diet is beneficial. But recommending more olive oil, nuts,
    seeds and fish is not the message people deserve to hear. They need to know that a truly
    healthy diet provides the bulk of calories from traditional starches, like rice, corn and potatoes.
    Commercialism needs to be eliminated when life-and-death issues for you and your family are at
    stake.”
    ======================

    • I’ll try to correct the layout of that post:

      A diet that bests “Mediterranean”

      Referring to your Feb. 28 health section article on “Mediterranean Diet,” long-time healthy lifestyle experts have evaluated this poorly-designed study, plus they have commented on news writers’ badly-reported articles. Just Google “Mediterranean Diet – Dr. Ornish”, “Mediterranean Diet – Dr. McDougall”, “Mediterranean Diet – Dr. Esselstyn” for their rebuttals. Also go to “Mediterranean Diet – J. Morris Hicks”.

      These studies were supported by the olive oil and the nuts industries, and the comparison “low fat” 37% of calories from fat diet, was not a low fat diet!  

      Much, much better health-promoting results come from eating mainly plant-based, whole foods, with calories from fat ranging from 8% to 20%.

      Dr. McDougall’s evaluation concluded with “However, the reader should consider the findings of this study important because they do show that people can change their diets when instructed to do so and that removing animal foods from the diet is beneficial. But recommending more olive oil [junk food = empty calories], nuts, seeds, and fish is not the message people deserve to hear. They need to know that a truly healthy diet provides the bulk of the calories from traditional starches, like rice, corn, and potatoes. Commercialism needs to be eliminated when life and death issues for you and your family are at stake.”

  2. Joanne Irwin says:

    Time for Campbell and Jacobson to write Op-Ed to the papers who posted articles on the Med Diet. I sent a letter to our local paper, and waiting to see if they print. It’s infuriating when such misinformation is fed to the public!

  3. Wayne Johnson says:

    So wonderful to have you back in my in-box!!! Thankyou so much! Charlien Johnson

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