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Like Junk Science on the Climate, Saturated-Fat Fearmongering Has Been Exposed as Baseless


RUSH: How many of you believe that eating eggs and mayonnaise and steak and other high fat foods is a no-no, shouldn't do it.  It's gonna lead to obesity -- fat, if you're in Rio Linda. It's gonna lead to cholesterol. It's gonna lead to clogged arteries. It's gonna lead to your death, prematurely.  You shouldn't get anywhere near it. How many of you believe it?  I would venture to say almost everybody believes it, even the people who eat the stuff and they're willing to take the risk.  I think probably everybody simple because this has been told to us for a hundred years, or whatever is our entire lives.  We've all been told that that stuff is just, "Aw, gee, you don't want it." 

I once had it described to me when I was having some fried chicken, pan gravy, "You know, that's the stuff when they do bypass surgery, that's the stuff that they have to clean out of the arteries."  I mean people believe this stuff. It's been a 50-year effort to get people to stop eating meat, eggs, and whole fat dairy.  And do you know, an entire multiple billion-dollar industry has developed around it.  And do you know there is one person responsible?  Just like one person is responsible for all the deaths of malaria because we can't use DDT, the idiot Rachel Carson, there's one person responsible for this.  The person's name is Ancel Keys

This is from the Wall Street Journal.  It is a long article and I'm just gonna give you the nut of it.  There is NO evidence -- capital N, capital O; zilch, zero, nada, none, doesn't exist, evidence -- that high-fat diets or high-fat anything leads to heart disease.  NO evidence. Once again we have been lied to for decades, in this case by a single scientist who for some reason, what he said was popular with some who picked it up, and I will go out on a limb and say that it may not have been at the outset, but this has been turned into a political issue, because everything is. 

Now, you might say, "Aw, come on, Rush. Look, I love you, but what do you mean?  What's politics about telling people not to eat mayonnaise and eggs?"  Health care is what's politics about it.  The fact that you don't know what's good for you is what's politics about it.  The fact that you need an FDA or some other government agency telling you what you should and shouldn't eat because you're not bright enough to know what's good for you or not, that's what's politics about it. 

What's politics about it is the opportunity it presents for people to control what you do, and they don't even have to work very hard. They just have to pummel you for a few years with the fact that X is gonna kill you and you'll stop doing X or a lot of people will. And not only will you stop doing it, when you see other people doing it, you'll try to shame them.  And where has it led?  Now we've got to get rid of cattle and cows for global warming because of the methane that comes when they expel gas.  That's how you get to the politics of it. 

We've gotta stop eating McDonald's hamburgers.  Not only will they kill you and give you a heart attack, but they're destroying the planet.  That's the politics of it.  There's politics all through this.  The story is by Nina Teicholz.  Nina Teicholz has been researching dietary fat and disease for nearly a decade. She's got a book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. Simon & Schuster is going to publish the book on May 13th.  What is this, the 8th?  The 7th, okay.  So six days from now this book is gonna be out there.  But it's not just her. 

"'Saturated fat does not cause heart disease' -- or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine." You know, what's found on a farm you could argue is some of the most natural food out there, couldn't you?  Butter, milk, eggs, beef, vegetables, you could argue all of it's the essence of natural.  The earth produces it.  Whether man does anything about it or not or to it or not, saturated fat does not cause heart disease, so concluded a big study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. 

So Nina Teicholz said, "How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries."  You remember Julia Child, the cooking shows?  Julia Child put a stick of butter in everything.  If she was preparing some roasted almonds as an appetizer, she'd boil 'em in a stick of butter.  Everybody made fun of her. Everybody accused her of being a killer.  She said, "No, butter makes everything taste better."  She said there was nothing wrong with it. She pronounced it "butter."  "Butter."  But she said there was nothing wrong with it.  And she was right. 

"The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries. For many diet-conscious Americans, it is simply second nature to opt for chicken over sirloin, canola oil over butter."  And of course remember we had to get rid of coconut oil 'cause of those anorexics at Center for Science and Public Interest.  "The new study's conclusion shouldn't surprise anyone familiar with modern nutritional science, however. The fact is, there has never been solid evidence for the idea that these fats cause disease."

Now, let's stop right there.  Julia Child lived to be 91, by the way.  She drank wine like a fish, too.  "There has never been solid evidence for the idea these fats cause disease."  Fifty years.  How many of you believed it, still do, maybe?  Let me rewrite the sentence.  There has never been solid evidence for the idea that man is causing the climate destruction in the earth.  Same thing, folks.  "We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy --" politics, anyone? "-- has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics and bias."

Can I tell you a short little story?  I've told you this before.  I am a man of substance.  I am over what the actuarial tables say is my correct weight, and I eat all this stuff.  And every time I go in for mandated insurance policy health checkups, the doctors, they take the blood and they do the triglycerides and they do the cholesterol, the good and the bad, they do all of that.  And because even what they believe, my readings should be off the charts.  They think they need to have a stretcher nearby to get me to the ER right after doing their tests.  Then the tests come back and say, whoa, my cholesterol's below normal, good and bad.  Triglycerides only slightly elevated. 

Then in Hawaii three years ago or so I had what everybody thought was a heart attack, but it wasn't.  They went in to find the blockage, so they had to do one of those -- what's the name of it?  I forget.  But they go in either through your groin or through your arm and they go in there and they find what the blockage is, and if they find it then they do surgery, take it out.  The doctor was stunned.  There wasn't any.  Zero.  Zilch, zero, nada blockage.  It just didn't compute, based on what I like to eat, what I do eat, what I have eaten. 

Now, I know that's just one example, not scientific, it's pure anecdotal.  But there are others who are the same way.  All it did was disapprove what everybody thinks is the conventional wisdom and theory.  I mean, we're all gonna get something.  But this is so typical.  One man, Ancel Keys.  "More than a billion dollars have been spent trying to prove Ancel Keys's hypothesis, but evidence of its benefits has never been produced. It is time to put the saturated-fat hypothesis to bed and to move on to test other possible culprits for our nation's health woes."  Not really identified here. 

But here's the history of this, folks, very, very, very quickly.  "Our distrust of saturated fat can be traced back to the 1950s, to a man named Ancel Benjamin Keys, a scientist at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Keys was formidably persuasive and, through sheer force of will, rose to the top of the nutrition world." Not based on any genuine exhibition of superiority, just sheer force of will.  He just willed himself into this role, like Rachel Carson: I am gonna be in charge of insecticides. 

Yeah, cardiac catheterization.  You should have seen the doctor when they didn't find any blockage.  It's a mixture of shock, surprise, even some disappointment, because the theory's all wet.  It happens every time I go in for one of these checkups. 

Anyway, "Dr. Keys was formidably persuasive and, through sheer force of will, rose to the top of the nutrition world -- even gracing the cover of Time magazine -- for relentlessly championing the idea that saturated fats raise cholesterol and, as a result, cause heart attacks." So why did people believe it?  Well, sheer force of will.  Guy was formidable.  He went out there and he was just damn sure of himself.  He was persuasive because of it, and there's another ingredient that has to be present for anything like this to work. 

It is a willingness on the part of the gullible to believe it because everybody seems predestined to believe pessimism.  Everybody seems to be predestined to believe that something is gonna be the end of all of us.  And this guy, Ancel Keys, relentlessly championed this idea.  "This idea fell on receptive ears because, at the time, Americans faced a fast-growing epidemic. Heart disease, a rarity only three decades earlier, had quickly become the nation's No. 1 killer." And so here came the explanation. 

"Even President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in 1955. Researchers were desperate for answers. As the director of the largest nutrition study to date, Dr. Keys was in an excellent position to promote his idea. The 'Seven Countries' study that he conducted on nearly 13,000 men in the US, Japan and Europe ostensibly demonstrated that heart disease wasn't the inevitable result of aging but could be linked to poor nutrition. Critics have pointed out that Dr. Keys violated several basic scientific norms in his study. For one, he didn't choose countries randomly but instead selected only those likely to prove his beliefs."

Huh.  Where have we heard that before?  He chose Yugoslavia, Finland, and Italy.  "Excluded were France," land of butter, milk, eggs, cheese, bearnaise, hollandaise, mayonnaise.  You eat it out of the jar with a spoon in France!  So he didn't go there.  They've even tried to tell you that there's some super-secret ingredient in red wine that eats up all that fat, and that's how the French get away with it.  You know who's responsible for that?  The red wine industry.  I'm sure you like that one. You got an excuse to go out and drink the red wine while you have the steak and the butter and the eggs, except you're not having the steak and the butter.  You're out there eating chicken cordon bleu.  No, you will not have chicken cordon bleu because there are fats in it. 

So, anyway, he didn't go to France. He didn't go to Switzerland.  He went to poor countries and so forth.  Didn't go to West Germany.  "The study's star subjects ... were peasants from Crete, islanders who tilled their fields well into old age and who appeared to eat very little meat or cheese." That's who he chose.  "As it turns out, Dr. Keys visited Crete during an unrepresentative period of extreme hardship after World War II. Furthermore, he made the mistake of measuring the islanders' diet partly during Lent, when they were forgoing meat and cheese."

This guy can be immediately linked and traceable to today's climate scientists.  Start out with a premise that you want to be true and then go make it true.  Now they've done another huge, huge study here, huge, folks.  There is no evidence of this.  You can literally eat steak and eggs and butter and cheese and milk, not skim, but the whole thing, guilt free.  If you don't like it, that's another thing, but you don't have to feel guilty.  And you vegans, man, what a bill of goods you bought.


RUSH: I actually believe that part of the reason they tried to run Paula Deen out of business is because she was a big advocate of butter and fat and southern cooking and all that, and she just offended the food Nazis of the left.  Do not doubt me on this.  I'm not ignoring the other things, but I guarantee you that was part of it. 

Now, what is the result of people dropping fats from their diet?  They're eating more carbs.  "Instead of meat, eggs and cheese, we're eating more pasta, grains --" Oh, yeah, the grains, you'll live forever, right?  Berries, go pick 'em up off the floor in the forest, grab berries and eat the bark off trees. Eat the grains, oh, yeah, man, now we're talking health.  Wrong.  "-- pasta, grains, fruit and starchy vegetables such as potatoes. Even seemingly healthy low-fat foods, such as yogurt, are stealth carb-delivery systems, since removing the fat often requires the addition of fillers to make up for lost texture."

The reality is -- and this can be traced to the Atkins diet and they tried to destroy that guy and everybody that had a derivative.  The reality is, fat does not make you fat.  Fat does not make you diabetic.  Scientific investigations going back to the 1950s suggest that actually it's an overabundance of carbohydrates that do that.  They're all broken down as sugar, metabolic process.  


RUSH:  As usual, I checked the e-mail during the break, and I'm kind of glad I got the question.  Someday I hope not to have to explain this, but I'm happy to do it.  "Rush, do you realize what's going on that you're not talking about?  Who cares about saturated fat, fast foods?  You got these elections that are happening. Tea Party gets shellacked in North Carolina. You haven't brought it up. We got health care, it's deteriorating, Obama and climate change and you haven't talked about it." 

I talked about it all day yesterday.  Folks, what do I do here?  What do we believe in here?  I am perhaps one of the biggest believers in individual liberty, rugged individualism and self-determination there is, because I believe that is what gave us America.  I believe rugged individualism, this undying passion for liberty and freedom, to not be controlled, to be able to fulfill our wildest dreams and ambitions, cannot happen if liberalism, socialism, communism rule the day.  If people are willing to not trust themselves, not willing to educate themselves and instead turn everything over to the government to protect them, to guide them, we are not gonna have the United States of America as we have it. 

The reason I spend time talking about this is because my mission is to expose fascism, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, liberalism, everywhere it is.  But my primary objective is to try to promote critical thinking.  I want you to be skeptical of anything you hear in the media these days.  I don't want you to trust any of it.  I want you to use your common sense and your own God-given intelligence and just stop for a moment and ask why all of a sudden is minimum wage being discussed.  Why all of a sudden income inequality, and then the next day, why global warming? 

I want you to finally get to the point that everything happening in the news media today is about getting you to willingly agree to let the government control more and more of your life.  And you're not gonna have the best life you can have if you do that, and you're not gonna have the best country we can have.  So if I can come along and help you to understand how you're being hoaxed with global warming, how you're being hoaxed with all of this food stuff -- you know, every day, every week it's a different food threat that you now have you avoid if you want to survive.  And it's all lies, it's all bogus.  And I don't believe that every liberal doctor, medical personnel, health official is a rabid liberal activist.  I think they don't know any better. 

Some of them genuinely think that you can't take care of yourself, and they want to help you.  But they, too, believe a bunch of lies.  They have been caught up in all of this, and then in an effort to make themselves feel good, and "I want to make a difference," they start carrying the water on all of this stuff.  For 50 years you have been lied to.  We've all been lied to about the danger of certain kinds of foods, literally lied to.  There is a political agenda attached to it and the political agenda is no more complicated than every time they can make you believe that without them you can't survive, they win. 

It is my belief you are better equipped to survive relying on yourself, than turning your life over to people you've never met who have no qualifications.  Barack Obama doesn't know the first thing about the health care business or hospitals or doctors' offices.  He doesn't know the first thing about the military.  He doesn't know the first thing about anything.  He hasn't ever done anything.  You know more than Barack Obama about how the business you're in operates and how it succeeds than he does.  And you care more than he does, because he's not interested in that. 

So that's why I bring this stuff up.  I think if, in our schools, critical thinking were taught, and curiosity and skepticism, we'd be much better off, but that's not what's happening.  Kids are being propagandized, unknowingly.  Global warming, classic example.  America sucks, classic example.  America unjust, immoral, multicultural, it's all part of a massive effort to discredit things that you really should believe.  Yeah, and of course the magic words, "the consensus" is that there is global warming, so you think, "Oh, wow, if all the people smarter than I am think there's global warming, there must be."  They're not smarter than you are.  That's another thing.  They're not smarter than you are.  You just think they are. 

They wear lab coats or they went to three universities, as our caller said yesterday.  Or the conventional wisdom, "Well, everybody else thinks it, I best think it myself," and so forth.  Any chance I have exposing something like this, to me, is every bit as important as talking about Obamacare.  It's all the same thing, folks.  It literally is linked.  In fact, I had this saturated fats story a couple days.  I just didn't get to it, lest you think that I'm not discussing things you think are more important.  I'm putting it aside. I'm waiting for the opportune time to do it. 

I just want the best for everybody.  We all dream. We all have ambition.  I don't want that to get killed off.  I don't want people's aspirations and desires to be great and good and all that to be wiped out by pessimism and fear, lack of confidence.  I want everybody to be the best they can be.  There's nothing wrong with relying on yourself and there's nothing wrong with self-interest.  That's not selfishness.  And there certainly is nothing wrong with disagreeing with the majority.  There's certainly nothing wrong with being a contrarian, if you believe it. 

I'm happy for the question.  I hope someday that others understand.  I realize the question in the e-mail might have been a taunt, but still it gave me the opportunity.  It was settled science that too much fat causes heart attacks?  You want to be controlled by what you eat?  I mean, it's so unnecessary and it's based on just absolute things that are wrong.  Anyway, I could go for the rest of the half hour on this, which is how much I fervently believe it.  You know, it's all rooted in the fact that I believe an informed, participating public is the way you get the country you want.  And that's what we're about here, pure and simple.  


RUSH:  This is Rick in Orefield, Pennsylvania.  Hi.  Thank you for calling, sir.

CALLER:  Rush, it's a privilege to talk to you.  I'm a longtime listener.  I consider you my silent inspirational business partner.  Hey, I love the way that you correlated the low-fat myth with people's unwillingness to have critical thinking and with the global warming.  I've been a bodybuilder since the eighties, and have been preaching about the low-fat myth forever, and people just don't want to listen.   I remember when the Atkins book came out getting mad at myself because the only thing Atkins did was document what bodybuilders had been doing since the sixties.

RUSH:  Yeah.  I practiced the Atkins Diet when it came out, and you're right. There were people saying, "You're gonna kill yourself! That's absolutely horrible. You can't do that. You gotta have your vegetables. You've gotta have carbohydrates!" I said, no. "Yeah, you're gonna get diabetes!" You know, this stuff is so ingrained in people that they literally get mad at you when you violate what they think is life-threatening dietary regimen.

CALLER:  I've got into arguments with family members who are dieticians.  I've got in arguments with doctors, nurses.  My first bodybuilding contest was in 1984.  I was eating over 6,000 calories a day and lost 30 pounds in six weeks.  It's an easy concept to understand.

RUSH:  That's because you probably were not eating any carbs so you had to burn stored whatever for energy, right?

CALLER:  Absolutely.  There are only three macronutrients.  You either got fat, carbohydrates, or proteins. Only one of them is an energy source, and that's carbohydrate, and fat on your body is nothing but stored energy.  But, you know, I'll see people -- my own wife -- go to the store. She'll bring home this stuff. "It's low fat, low fat."

"Why did you bring that home?"

"Well, you know, it's low fat. It's good for you."

"Well, turn it over and look at the label!"

Its first ingredient is sugar or fructose or corn syrup.  The kids are gaining weight. Okay, what are they drinking? Apple juice, pineapple juice, grape juice. These things are just loaded with carbohydrates.  I talk to people and I say, "What's bad about that French fry? What's bad about that potato chip?"

"Oh, it's the fat. It's the salt." 

"No, it's not.  It's the potato!"

RUSH: (laughing) That's right.  Well, here's the thing, folks, because Rick is absolutely right.  Here's a guy that doesn't want any fat on his body or as little as possible.  What's he doing?  He's eating fat and protein.  He's not eating carbs.  He needs as much muscle mass as he can get, and he's not eating any carbs.  He's eating fat and protein, and he's probably very lean. What is your body fat percentage?

CALLER:  You know, Rush, I couldn't tell you.  I'm five-foot-seven and about 200 pounds, but I'm in a size-33 pair of jeans, if I can get the thighs to fit.  I don't know what it is.  I go downstairs to my basement five/six days a week and I train with my weights, and I watch what I eat.

RUSH:  It's gotta be under 10%.  It's probably lower than that.  Some athletes --

CALLER:  Rush, I feel good.  As long as I'm down there, and I feel good, I eat what I want. I'll order steak. I'll have a beer if I want.  As long as I leave out the bread with the butter or I leave out the potato or have small portions of carbohydrates. Maintaining a weight is relatively easy, but most people don't want to think about it. 

RUSH:  Look, this has been "science" for 50 years.  People in white lab coats have told us for 50 years -- and then we go to the doctor's office, and they have told us.  And then we've got all this cholesterol medicine, and we have all of that. It's just people... They not only become aware of it, they become evangels.  They want to save you from committing suicide by eating all these horrible things! 

The point here, folks, again, in spending time in this, is that this, just like global warming, is presented as science, and there wasn't anything scientific about the way it was decided. Ancel Keys went around and established this idea that saturated fats cause heart attacks, heart disease, and clogged arteries.  It's a shame, but science has become just as corrupt as any other institution that's touched by politics.

It's got some protection because people think that science is unsullied. People think science is untouched by politics, and it's one of the most political disciplines out there anymore.  Hell, half the people in science who earn a decent living do it by getting grants from various places to further research to proven a political point or to advance a political agenda.  The only effort here...

Honestly, I don't care what you eat.  I really don't.  It's your business.  If you want to be a vegan, you go right ahead.  Just please understand what you're doing -- you're not making yourself healthier -- and don't preach to me about having to do what you do.  I'm not one who wants to control what you do and eat.  I want you to have free will, and I don't want you living and believing a bunch of lies. 

I want you to be able to spot who is lying to you the moment they do. 

That's really the objective here.  I really... If I could wave a magic wand, it would be that, that people could spot tainted political statements the moment they hear them, hear corrupt political statements and understand the political nature of practically everything around 'em.  If we could pull that off, we could stop liberalism in its tracks, because it would be demonstrated as fraudulent before a liberal even opened his mouth. 

Anyway, Rick, I appreciate the call.  



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