In November I was at Google headquarters in Mountainview for a series called Talks at Google.
This is like a TED talk series but it goes for 60 minutes not 18. I was invited to participate in a debate on the viral movie What The Health [WTH] and I prepared some notes.
I was joined by director Kip Anderson for the green team.
At the last minute the format changed to a more collegial discussion amongst participants with different viewpoints but these notes were created.
I hope these selected bullet points are of value.
There are some points of agreement between opposing sides;
1. Some meats are not even good enough to be considered food.
2. Carcinogens have been found in every chicken sample in fast food restaurants.
3. Some processed meats can be as harmful as cigarettes.
4. Sugar messes with your hormones.
5. Sugar is addictive.
6.Sugar causes inflammation (so does meat).
7. CAFO’s (factory farmed animals) harm animals, pollute earth, create antibiotic resistance, sicken people living near them.
The opponent wrote in a blog that documentaries like WTH suggest 'you should consume your vegetables in liquid from and eat soy burgers for the rest of your life'.
Where did WTH say that?
In addition, it was claimed that the following points were made in the movie and are false.
As above, there was some agreement that some processed red meats can be as bad for health as smoking.
Furthermore, the science in a 'comparative risk study' showed that one egg a day over 15 years was same risk for heart disease as smoking five cigarettes a day.
My prior article on WTH addressed this but more points can be made.
The fact that short term studies show ketogenic diet can reverse type 2 diabetes does not prove anything about sugar CAUSING diabetes.
A recent Chinese study of fruit intake showed it to prevent the development of diabetes type 2.
A large analysis in May 2017 of the relationship of specific sugars in sweetened beverages demonstrated no relationship between the sugars and the onset of diabetes type 2.
No one said sugar is harmless.
No one in the movie recommends eating more sugar containing foods other than whole fruit which can prevent diabetes type 2.
Who said that in WTH? No one promoted eating more sugar.
Studies have shown that plant diets can reverse the number one killer in the Western world, coronary artery disease.
There is NO data that diets containing animal foods can reverse established atherosclerosis.
Also, only plant diets have been shown to reverse prostate cancer.
There is no evidence that low carbohydrate, high fat diets stimulating ketogenesis do the same.
David Jenkins, M.D., a highly esteemed senior researcher in nutriton, did show this exact finding in a peer-reviewed research study published in 2012.
What about the debate that eggs are fantastic nutrition?
Indeed it is.
In a new report filling 127 pages from researchers affiliated with Oxford University, grass fed meat contribued as many greenhouse gases as factory farmed meats.
This point was argued by Dr. Milton Mills in WTH the health but has also been presented for decades by the world’s leading cardiac pathologist, William C. Roberts, M.D. of Baylor University.
PBN's Klaus Mitchell talks to Dr. Milton Mills
It is pretty clear that the health organizations called out in WTH were not presenting dietary suggestions consistent with disease prevention and reversal and their conflicted funding is in question.
It was implied that PETA funded the movie WTH when, in fact, no monies were accepted from PETA at any stage.
The debate did not happen as planned and the panel discussion can be viewed by all soon.
The nine health claims listed here were to be the focus of the presentation at Google headquarters today and are still important to consider as to their accuracy.
It is my opinion that they have sufficient scientific support to indicate the the movie was accurate in its statements, has not been debunked, and represents the future of a compassionate, holistic, and harmonious dietary pattern.
This article was first published on Thrive Global here
As one of the world’s top cardiologists, Dr. Kahn is preventive Professor of Cardiology, Summa cum Laude graduate. Founder: Kahn Center for Longevity and GreenSpace Cafe. www.drjoelkahn.com @drjkahn
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