JAMA Studies Missing the Mark
A Renowned Nutrition Expert Sets the Record Straight
³These studies were designed to show NOTHING. And they
did a great job. The results are worthlessthey studied diet changes that
were too little and too late.² Joel Fuhrman, MD.
According to Dr. Fuhrman, the recent studies published
this week in JAMA are nothing new. Researchers are still in the dark. ³Low
Fat² is not, and never has been, the key factor in disease causation.
(Researchers that conducted those studies should already be aware of the
hundreds of other studies that demonstrate the very same thing!)
Unfortunately, studies are still focused on low-fat
diets, instead of childhood diets, which is where most heart disease and
Dr. Fuhrmanıs recent book, Disease-Proof Your Child,
reviewed these studies that show late life dietary changes to lower fat
intake have literally no effect on incidence of cancer or heart disease.
It is the concentration of nutrients (what Dr. Fuhrman
refers to as the ³nutrient-per-calorie ratio²) that should be the focus,
NOT the amount of fat consumed.
Valuable vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds constitute
a shameful 5% of total calories consumed by American childrenTHIS IS THE
ROOT OF OUR CANCER EPIDEMIC.
Did anybody else notice that 85% of the calories
consumed in the study were from processed foods and animal products?
(There are no cancer-fighting phytochemicals and
antioxidants in egg whites, chicken, and pastaas ³low-fat² as they may
One might say that studying the cancer risk of a
moderate diet change in post-menopausal women is about as effective as
studying whether or not cutting cigarette smoking from a 2 pack-per-day
habit down to 1 pack-per-day has any effect on lung cancer in 65 yr-olds.
Itıs insanity. This doesnıt mean to throw out your healthy eating plan. A
little nutritional intelligence is all thatıs needed here.
He adds, ³Even though the factors initiating cancer
causation cannot be eliminated with late-life dietary changes, nutritional
excellence later in life can have dramatic effects at lowering cholesterol
and preventing heart disease.
However, a much more aggressive change in diet is
required to achieve that degree of protection than what was looked at in
these recent studies. It has already been established that a diet-style
which contains a much larger percent of calories from unrefined plant
foods (ninety percent) has dramatic effects on the occurrence of heart
Too many people cut out fats without realizing the focus
should be quality, not quantity. If you skip foods like nuts, seeds,
avocados, and other unprocessed ³high-fat² foods, for the sake of lowering
fat intake, you are robbing your body of some of the very components (phytochemicals
and antioxidants) it needs to prevent disease in the first place. That
being said, it could be reasonably concluded that: Cutting these healthy
fats out of your diet could be contributing to the problem!
Dr. Fuhrman has read and reviewed over 60,000 medical
journal studies over the last 20 years, has over 15 years of clinical
success in his own practice, and authored the best-selling EAT TO LIVE in
an effort to outline his plan in usable form for anyone interested in
preventing and reversing disease with nutritional excellence.
Dr. Fuhrmanıs vegetable-based diet was studied in the
medical journal Metabolism, 2001 and was found to lower LDL cholesterol 33
percent and have dramatic effects on cardiac disease markers. Similar
plant-based dietary approaches either vegetarian or near-vegetarian
containing mostly vegetables, bean, fruits, and nuts have also been shown
to offer dramatic protection against heart disease, even when adopted
later in life. (See references below.)
Joel Fuhrman, MD, board-certified family physician,
best-selling author, lecturer, and expert on all subjects of nutrition, is
available TODAY to explain why the JAMA study is NOT a good reason to stop
eating nutrient-rich foods, and would welcome the opportunity to debate
(w/any ³trusted source²) the popular myth
that is keeping our country stuck in a vicious cycle of
I hope you find this critical information valuable to
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Youıve seen Dr. Fuhrman on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Good
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Food Network, CNN, and the Discovery Channel, among others.
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