The 'health industry' is one of the world's most corrupt industries. It is they who determine what we are to eat. They TRICK us into an unhealthy lifestyle, then TREAT us for the resultant illnesses. The 'health industry' profits from both.
The various chapters detail how over 70 chronic, degenerative diseases are caused by our 'healthy' diet. They also discuss and show what foods we should eat to be healthy, so that we no longer have to depend on those who TRICK AND TREAT us.
W H Smith
Few people have 'old age' as a cause of death on their death certificate. Today, we die of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, osteoporosis, diabetes - and we accept these conditions as normal causes of death.
They aren't - and neither is the ill-health, pain and discomfort that make our later years a misery.
In this controversial, evidence-based account of how and why the health-care establishment has got the concept of 'healthy eating' so wrong, Barry Groves shows us how to take charge of our own health and lives, in contravention of what the health-care industry would have us believe and do.
Trick and Treat is the result of almost 30 years of research by the author into diet and ill-health, and the control that the 'health industry' has over our health and our lives.
The text is supported by over 1,100 medical references and citations.
Part I: How 'Healthy Eating' Is Making Us Ill
1. Trick to Treat
2. What's Behind The Screens?
3. How We Got To Where We Are
4. Learning From History
5. Fats: From Tonic to Toxic
6. The Seeds of Ill Health
7. Climb Off The Bran Wagon
8. Why 'Five Portions'?
9. The Phoney War On Salt
10. Soy, Fluoride and the Thyroid
11. Our Irrational Fear of Sunlight
12. Exercise Care
13. Homo Carnivorous
14. The Metabolic Syndrome And Glycaemic Index
15. Unhealthy Dogma Means Unhealthy Diet
16. So What Should We Eat?
17. Why Low Carb Diets Must Be High Fat, Not High Protein
18. You Are What Your Grandparents Ate
19. Prevention is Better
Part II: New Diet, New Diseases
20. ' Healthy Eating' is Fattening
21. The Diabetes Time Bomb
22. Diseases of the Heart and Blood Vessels
23. The Dangers of Low Blood Cholesterol
24. Cancer:Disease of Civilization
25. Gut Reaction
26. Deficiency Diseases
27. Diet and the Brain
28. Multiple Sclerosis
29. ' Healthy Eating' Shows
30. And Finally . . .
The health industry feeds off illness
The ultimate purpose of any business is to generate profits. Medicine is a business just like any other: it derives its income and profits from the sale of treatments for disease, which in most cases means the sale of drugs. If an industry profits from something, then it has a vested interest in that something continuing. So research into the prevention of disease is discouraged and ignored in medicine; the focus is on treatment only.
And if the treatment causes damaging side effects, they will give you another treatment for those side effects. And if the disease doesn’t go away (and it probably won’t as the cause is rarely addressed), then they will gladly refill your prescription. And if nothing seems to be working, don’t worry, they are about to announce that they are coming out with a new, better drug next month. (It will probably be only a slight variation on the formula for an existing one, but this will mean they can get a new patent.) Their PR department will spin a story of a revolutionary break-through for the newspapers, who will trumpet the good news on the front page. As a consequence, the public will be convinced that this new drug will bring them health, wealth and happiness, and they will all demand it. Arguments about ‘postcode lotteries’, where some patients are prescribed it whilst others in more prudent areas are not, will mean that very quickly, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), will approve it and soon everyone will have to be offered it. The NHS will then need yet more money to fund the treatment, most of which will go to the drug company.
Couldn’t happen, you think? Oh, but it does – all the time.
All ill health has the potential not just to make money, but to make it by the barrow load. Almost daily, it seems, we hear of medical break-throughs that herald an end to one disease or another. It’s been the same for decades, and it’s a fraud and a delusion. In spite of the ‘triumphs’ of medical science, medicine is far from decreasing human suffering as much as its practitioners would like us to believe.
Paradoxically, in health, epochal discovery has rarely been brought about by medical men. Most of the truly significant discoveries have been made by men who, by standards applicable to their time, could only be considered scientific heretics – men so dedicated and so passionately altruistic that they dared to dream impossible dreams of victory over disease and made those impossible dreams become reality. But the penalty for dreaming such dreams has been severe – derision from their professional contemporaries and the label of fraud, or worse. Medical literature is full of such men.
In the 19th century, Dr Ignaz Semmelweis in Vienna held that germs on doctors’ hands caused death in childbirth. He proved it by getting doctors to wash their hands before delivering babies – and the death rate among newborn babies and their mothers plummeted. Doctors refused to see the obvious; Semmelweis went down in utter defeat driven out of his mind into an asylum, and an early death from the very staphylococcus infection that had been killing mothers.
Other heretics included Armand Trousseau, who found that there was an anti-rickets factor in fish liver oil, and Christiaan Eijkman who discovered that eating unpolished rice prevented the dread killer disease, beriberi. And there were, and are, many others. These men were scientists. Scientists aren’t like normal men. They ask questions that others are too lazy to research.
The eradication of cholera and typhoid in the 19th century wasn’t brought about by medical men, but by improvements in sanitation, clean piped drinking water and better housing. Child deaths from diphtheria, measles, scarlet fever and whooping cough fell dramatically in the early 20th century long before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization. Although other factors helped, most important was the higher resistance of children to disease that followed from better nutrition.
Diet and Health Tour de Force
In this, my 100th book review or so on www.Amazon.com, I admit to bias for the first time. I edited an early version of the text more than a year ago, which was acknowledged on p vii. My book, "Malignant Medical Myths", was highly praised under Resources on p489.
Dr. Groves had two main themes; (1) eating digestible carbohydrate or fiber to excess is not healthful, and is the cause of or contributes to a wide range conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, several digestive system conditions, PCOS, osteoporosis, arthritis, and a multitude of mental problems; and (2) the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom is not doing much to prolong the healthy lifespans of Britons, and The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA is equally compromised. This may sound familiar, if you read many books on health, or it may sound unbelievable if you don't.
What makes this book unusual is its depth of literature searching, with 1174 numbered citations. Still more unusual is the clarity and readability of this author. So we have a catchy title, a shocking cover picture, an easy-to-read style with appropriate graphs, tables, diagrams, and even a chemical reaction or two. There are also a glossary, many resources, and an excellent index. So Carl Sagan said that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Dr. Groves, Ph. D. Nutrition, provides it. When there is disagreement on a topic, opposing views are cited; when there is uncertainly, it is presented as such; no ranting here. He points out what should be obvious -- drugs and wonder foods cannot save lives. "We are not an immortal species; life is a universally fatal, sexually transmitted disease. The best anything can do is prolong our lives." (p428)
Bad advice from dieticians and Big Pharma, collusion of government agencies and NGOs, perversion of physicians and others are all exposed here. The difference is that there is nutritional and medical science backing all claims in "Trick and Treat". Books on mere scandal abound, many written by reporters; they serve a purpose. But here is an unusual, scientific, very understandable presentation of why so many beliefs of your mainstream physician are false. "Many over the last century have warned that this was happening. They were ridiculed, dismissed as `cranks', sacked from their jobs, sidelined, reviled and ostracized as a result... In the last two decades, however, the rapid escalation in the numbers [of those with] chronic diseases and the visibility of them [obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer's, autism, etc.] means that the evidence [of malpractice and malfeasance in office] can no longer be brushed under the carpet." (p425)
Read why eating bran and carbohydrates, even whole grain, is not healthful; about salt intake, soybean products, fluoride in water, exercise, and the truism that a diet satisfactory for thousands of years for our ancestors and for a number of primitive societies today, a diet high in animal meat and fat, could not suddenly turn dangerous in the 20th century.
So a major message is that you should use the facts in Trick and Treat to participate in your own health decisions. If this means changing providers, do it. If it means re-thinking your contributions to useless health-related charities, do it. You and your physicians need this book.
But if you want a smaller and less technical presentation with most of the same main themes, Dr. Groves' earlier book: Natural Health and Weight Loss", 2007, is also well-referenced, and contains the names and ratios of essential amino acids, carb contents of foods, and recipes. Also 5-star.
Professor Emeritus Joel M Kauffman, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Healthy food: Should we be eating more fat?
For breakfast, Barry Groves had an extra large egg and a 3oz slice of liver, fried in lard. He washed it down with a cup of cocoa made with double cream.
At lunch, Barry, 72, who lives near Oxford with his wife Monica, 70, will enjoy pork chops, with the fat left on, plus a few green vegetables in butter.
Finally, the couple will have a light supper consisting of cheese with a home-grown apple or pear, topped with cream, followed by more cocoa.
Despite following this shockingly high-fat diet for more than 40 years, Barry now weighs 6lb less than he did on his wedding day in 1957 when he tipped the scales at 11st 7lb.
He and Monica break every single diet diktat that has been trumpeted as “healthy eating”. And yet, here they are, trim, fit and full of beans, albeit metaphorical ones. How on earth do they do it? And where are the rest of us – eating piles of fruit and veg, and steering clear of cholesterol-laden butter – going wrong? After all, we’ve never been subject to so much education on good dietary practice, and yet prey to so many illnesses, ranging from diabetes to heart disease.
“Most people are eating in a way that is unnatural to us as a species,” says Barry, who holds a doctorate in nutritional science and has just written a book called Trick and Treat: How Healthy Eating Is Making Us Ill. “We’re a carnivorous species – our gut is identical to that of a big cat. Yet we’re encouraged to eat foods that have been padded out with modified starch and vegetable oils, and complex carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and rice, which have all been labelled healthy – but not the fatty meat that our body actually recognises.”
He says this is why we don’t know when to stop eating: “Try to eat too much fat – cheese, say – and your body will quickly tell you when it has had enough. But when you eat processed, 'low fat’ food, your body never gets the message it has had enough, so doesn’t tell the mind it is full.”
Many people are familiar with the idea of a high-fat, low-carb diet, such as that practised by the Groves – it is not dissimilar from the Atkins diet. The couple took it up initially in 1962, after piling on the pounds as newlyweds.
But Barry believes the way he eats is healthy, too. His cholesterol measures 8.2mmol (millimols per litre of blood) – current British Heart Foundation (BHF) advice is that people who are at high risk of, or who already have, heart and circulatory disease should aim for a total cholesterol level of less than 4mmol/l. He says, however, it would be far more risky to have a cholesterol level that measures less than 7mmol/l than to have it high. Research has linked low cholesterol levels to cancer and depression. His blood pressure is irrefutably impressive at 115/62 mmHg (millimetres of mercury.) The BHF’s target for the general population is to have a blood pressure below 140/85.
But hasn’t it been proved that too much saturated fat is bad for the heart?
“The whole premise that eating saturated fat would lead to heart disease is based on two old reports,” says Barry. “The first, in 1950, showed that if rabbits were fed a cholesterol-rich diet, it would fur up their arteries. Yet, rabbits are only designed to eat plant life, which has no cholesterol. The clogged arteries were caused by feeding them an unnatural diet. It could have been an allergic response.
“The second study was in 1953 when an American called Ansel Keyes, who charted six countries’ consumption of fat, compared with their rates of heart disease and found a perfect curve upwards when he started with Japan at the bottom (low consumption) and America at the top (high consumption). Of course, Keyes had access to data from 22 countries, but simply ignored that from 16 countries which didn’t suit his hypothesis.” Barry points out that this study is often used now to demonstrate how not to do research.
Even the long-term investigation into heart disease, the Framingham project started in 1948 by the American National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and now in its 60th year, has found no evidence of a link between diet and heart disease, according to Barry. “Professor Sylvan Lee Weinberg, a past president of the American College of Cardiology, said in 2003 that the low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet could no longer be defended.
“So, when you think how long we’ve been given these healthy eating guidelines and how in that time the rate of disease has gone up not down, you have to ask if our modern ailments have been caused by the very diet that was designed to stop them.”
What about those other tenets of a healthy life – five portions of fruit and veg, wholegrain cereals, soya milk, low-fat yogurts?
“Vegetables are not the problem,” says Barry, “but there’s no biological or chemical reason to eat them. Liver, for example, has all the minerals and vitamins we need. But fruit? The natural sugar it contains – fructose – is much more dangerous than simple glucose or table sugar. It has been linked to the rise in obesity.”
And he refuses to touch wheat. “It collects bacteria and dirt as it grows, and is impossible to clean. Then stored in silos, it is a haven for mice and rats, so it gets sprayed with insecticides. Put a wheat flower under the microscope and you’ll see traces of rat faeces.”
Soy milk is made with unfermented soya beans – “highly dangerous,” claims Barry. As for yogurts made with skimmed milk, they “lack conjugated linoleic acid, which prevents cancer”.
So how do we eat more healthily? “Eat purer foods, and ones that are more natural to us as a species. Cut down on bread and eat more fish, eggs, butter – any animal protein, anything that used to move around, that wasn’t stuck in the ground. Liver, kidneys, snails – even insects will do.”
• Trick and Treat: How Healthy Eating Is Making Us Ill by Barry Groves (Hammersmith Press) is available from Telegraph Bookshop for £11.99 plus £1.25p&p. To order, call 0870 428 4112, or go to telegraph.co.uk/bookshop
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