Fat: Why the Medical Establishment Gets It Wrong

Fat: A Documenary

Directed by Peter Curtis Pardini (2019)

Film Review

This 2019 documentary provides an update in the ongoing battle to get the American Diabetic Association, the American Heart Association, the Dieticians Association of Australia, and similar public health organizations to acknowledge research evidence that the low fat high carbohydrate diet they promote is largely responsible for the epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cancer (the most common medical conditions linked to COVID19 deaths) that is currently sweeping the industrialized world.

The film features investigative science and health journalists Nina Teicholz and Gary Taubes, the handful of doctors and scientists who have actually reviewed the relevant research, and four parents who did battle with the rigidly dogmatic medical establishment. In both cases, parents saved their kids (one with refractory epilepsy and the other with insulin-resistant diabetes) lives by putting them on a ketogenic diet.* .

Filmmakers interview researchers who assert research has never been done linking high cholesterol levels with high cholesterol intake. All dietary cholesterol is totally broken down during digestion. The liver produces the cholesterol found in the blood to fight inflammation.

Likewise there is no credible research evidence linking high saturated fat intake with heart disease. Evidence suggesting otherwise includes the 1928 Bellevue Study (revealing people on an all meat diet have greater overall resistance to disease); seven decades of research indicating 50-70% of children with refractory seizures benefit from ketogenic diets; the Warburg Effect (demonstrating the beneficial effect of starving cancer cells of glucose), the !973 Minnesota Coronary study revealing that low fat carbohydrate diets don’t reverse the incidence of hearth disease; John Judkins 1972 book Pure, White and Deadly, warning of the dangers of sugar; and numerous longitudinal studies showing low carbohydrate diets can reverse type II diabetes, as well as lowering the risk of heart disease and obesity.

Unlike earlier films on this topic, Fat delves more into the psychological factors that cause medical and public health officials to stick so tenaciously to unscientific myths (including those around vaccination and fluoridation) as a growing body of research debunks them.

The conclusion filmmakers reach is an ugly one – for medical professionals to reverse themselves on the low fat high carbohydrate diet would force them to acknowledge their role in the premature death of hundreds (or possibly thousands) of their patients.


*The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. It’s commonly used to treat refractory epilepsy.

 

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