The world is flat and the sun revolves around the Earth. Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes caused by her beloved fatty food. Anything else is simply heresy.
And yet, here we are…bombarded with media scrutiny at Paula Deenâ€™s expense to make a good headline…under assumptions that are as unfounded as the other two examples were at one time.
You see…itâ€™s the misinformed, guided-by-conventional-wisdom (aka federal policies funded by agribusiness – just a theory) information weâ€™re being fed thatâ€™s making us sick…not Paula Deenâ€™s food.
Iâ€™m not going to touch on the ethics of endorsing a diabetes medication here…it’s not up to me to decide how she sleeps at night and what threadcount an endorsement of Victoza buys you. Besides, for these journalists to find irony in the situation they have to make 2 bold assumptions.
1. People like Paula and establishments like McDonaldâ€™s force people to stuff food down their pie holes. (Apt nickname for mouth in this context.)
And that simply is not the case. In America today…anyone with access to the internet can educate themselves on diet in many ways. You can learn about conventional wisdom approaches…and if you look really hard you can even get beyond that into other ideas about â€œdiabesityâ€ (diabetes and obesity). You can learn about what type 2 diabetes is. You can discover that it has to do with how your body reacts to the insulin your pancreas secretes to lower blood sugar (glucose)…that your cells become â€œresistantâ€ to the signal insulin is trying to give it or stops producing enough insulin – both leaving you with toxic high blood sugar. And while itâ€™s complicated…and could possibly have something to do with fat intake (as the articles about Deen would lead you to believe is definitive), you might start to reconsider lumping ALL fats into one lot as culprits…and/or looking away from them as a cause of this in the first place…you might start looking at sugars and carbohydrates.
You say – â€œsome donâ€™t have access to the internetâ€. Nice try, thereâ€™s this thing called the library too…and besides…if theyâ€™re not on the web…theyâ€™re probably not following Paula Deenâ€™s show and â€œtweetsâ€ anyway.
2. What they â€œthinkâ€ causes T2 diabetes actually does.
Most of the articles you come across are going to blame fat mostly. The reasoning is that being overweight causes T2 diabetes and fat intake causes you to be fat…therefore, fat intake causes T2 diabetes. Nevermind how illogical it is to immediately assume that lowering fat intake would be the first way to non-medically control your blood SUGAR (as Deenâ€™s sons are out doing with their new low fat show)…what if fat isnâ€™t the main cause in the first place (if at all)? What if being overweight is simply another SYMPTOM that exists in tandem with the conditions leading to T2 diabetes. Could something else be to blame? And are we being hurt worse by the naive implications these editorials sell us?
I believe we are.
As for Bourdain…itâ€™s really the pot calling the kettle black here but heâ€™s famous for being a jerk and getting big reactions…so thereâ€™s really no surprise there. He has every right to say whatever he wants and dammit…it is entertaining. But my point is this…the jokeâ€™s on him if he thinks pointing a finger at Paula Deen under the presumptions he makes doesnâ€™t do more harm to Americans than Paula Deen ever has. He and all the other journalists writing pieces to demonize Paula DeenÂ are setting a hypocritical trap for Americans to continue to fall into if they (the journalists) are in fact incorrect about what it is she does that is said to be â€œunhealthyâ€.
Sure, itâ€™s on the individual to not fall prey to this nonsense as discussed before…but whoâ€™s going to hold these supposedly righteous reporters accountable for their part?
Nobody, unless we question the very premise they found their criticisms on. I realize I raised many questions here that I did not answer…and that was my intent. Iâ€™d like to use this media instance to reach those who might be nodding their heads in agreement as they read the conventional take on Paula Deenâ€™s plight. If youâ€™re not on board with me…or if you are but know someone who isnâ€™t…letâ€™s see if we can get them thinking about this critically…and use this to at least explore other theories. What could it hurt to expand your horizons? After all, weâ€™re here in America only because we didnâ€™t fall right off the edge of the world on the way over.
Things to ponder:
What is type 2 diabetes? What does insulin do?
How does the body store excess carbohydrates from starches and sugars, and what role does insulin play?
Could carbohydrates and sugar play an even more immediate role in the accumulation of body fat than dietary fat?
Does being overweight CAUSE anything or does it exist in tandem with other symptoms?
What, then, could cause our cells to stop responding to or stop production of insulin?
What is inflammation and what foods are inflammatory?
Should grains, sugars, and industrial oils (omega 6 polyunsaturated fats) be scrutinized before saturated fats?
What were the rates of diabetes in the early 1900s and what was the typical daily fare?
What are the rates of diabetes today and what is the typical daily fare?
Has saturated fat intake increased or decreased in the last century…and what have the rates of diabetes done in the same amount of time?
I apologize for â€œleading the witnessâ€ here but I wonâ€™t tell you what to conclude, at least – for fear that Iâ€™m no better than those Iâ€™m in discord with now.Â Objection – overruled. Clearly though, Iâ€™ve made my camp on one side and itâ€™s a risk Iâ€™ll just have to take. Itâ€™s possible that the prevailing theories are true…but what if theyâ€™re not? What if the paradigm theyâ€™re promoting is the real poison weâ€™re being fed?
And, lastly, I want to introduce you to some of the â€œAristotleâ€™sâ€ if the cause. Heretics you might learn from if you are so inclined.
Tom Naughton. Â Fat Head movie – for free. â€œYouâ€™ve been fed a load of bologna.â€
Chris Kresser. A full series on â€œdiabesityâ€.
Should be a good start. Maybe Paula Deen will in effect…save your life. Pass it on.