December 2014

In this month’s newsletter, I would like to discuss a subject that many are confused about due to new information being released concerning how important this substance is and if it is a healthy or unhealthy substance to be consuming.  What is this substance you ask?   FAT!

Let me just say it right out--------- we have been lied to for years about fat!

For almost 60 years, we have been lied to by organizations like the American Heart Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and even the American Medical Association.  We were told that if we lowered our dietary fat intake, especially from animal sources, that we would lower our risk of heart disease, obesity, and even cancer. Well, we have dutifully obeyed their call for reduced fats and changed our diets to include products like polyunsaturated plant fats such as margarine (instead of butter) and soy, corn, and canola oils.  With all that said, how well has the massive change toward low-fat diets served our citizens?

  1. We are the most obese people to ever inhabit the plant.  Two-thirds of Americans are over-weight and one-third are clinical obese.
  2. There are now 29 million diagnosed cases of diabetes, 79 million pre-diabetics, and 1.9 million new diabetic cases being added to this total each and every year. 
  3. Cancer rates are rising to epidemic levels.  Cancer cure rates are far from encouraging.  We are NOT winning the battle against CANCER!
  4. Heart disease is still the number one killer in our country. 
  5. More than 5 million Americans now have Alzheimer's disease.  Every 67 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's.
Clearly, the Low-Fat dietary changes we have may have not helped the overall health status of Americans.  

Unfortunately, due to some very bad science of the early 1950’s, we have been on the wrong track now for more than 60 years.  Thankfully good new research is telling the real story about how important fat is in our diet.  That is of course if it is the right kind of fat.    

In the early 1950’s, after these erroneous facts about fat began to take-hold, our medical associations began to make health recommendations that have not served us well for the last 6 decades.  Well-meaning, but totally ignorant politicians jumped on the band-wagon and began legislating changes to our food supplies in this country.  The food industries saw it as a chance to financially benefit by producing foods that had considerably longer shelf-life and thus maximize their profits.  

Where has all this lead us?  We now have foods in our grocery stores that hardly resemble REAL food but will stay on the shelf without spoiling for months and months.  These so-called foods are loaded with sugar (and even worse high fructose corn syrup), salt, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and worst of all BAD FATS commonly known as hydrogenated fats/oils (trans-fats).   These are devitalized food products that will result in nothing but poor health for those who choose to consume them.

The medical associations we mentioned above have been pushing the Low-Fat/High Carbohydrate diet for decades now and our nation just gets sicker and sicker!  Low-Fat and High Carbohydrate eating has never worked and never will.  It is physiologically wrong for the human body.  Our bodies were not designed to function on this type of diet. 

   

OK, I will get off my soap box now and give you some good information about fats and how you should consume them for better health.

IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT GOOD FATS

I do feel that people are being harmed by the misrepresentation that low-fat is healthier, so let’s look at how the low-fat diet can be harmful. 
  • There are a number of vitamins that are fat soluble and it is the fat in our diet that allows these vitamins to be absorbed and assimilated into our systems.  Without adequate fat, we will eventually become deficient in Vitamins A, D, E, and K.  In my own practice, I find patients that have been following a low-fat diet for a long time, especially vegans, tend to be deficient in these vitamins.
  • The trillions and trillions of cells in our bodies, each have a cell wall that is composed primarily of fat.  Deficiencies in good fat can cause these cells to not be able to let nutrients enter the cell or waste to be expelled.  As the years go by, this spells CANCER. 
  • Cholesterol is a very important fat.  Without adequate amounts of cholesterol, hormone production will not occur and the immune system will not function optimally. 
  • New studies show that a high percentage of patients with Alzheimer’s disease have low cholesterol levels and especially the LDL cholesterol (the type commonly known as “bad cholesterol”).  Our brains need fat, especially cholesterol.
  • Proteins cannot be properly utilized without proper amounts of fat in the diet.
  • Because good fats are so important to our overall health, ingesting the wrong types of fat may promote a poor immune system, poor healing capacity, and a malfunctioning hormonal system.
So if I have convinced you that fats are not evil, and fat are a MUST for good health, then let’s discuss good fat that you should have in your diet and dangerous fats that you need to avoid at all cost. 



RECOMMENDED HEALTHY FATS
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Organic butter
  • Avocado oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Flaxseed oil
These are the only oils I recommend to my patients and use personally.

FATS TO AVOID
  • Vegetable oil
  • Corn oil
  • Canola oil
  • Soybean oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Cottonseed oil
  • Peanut oil
  • All margarines and butter substitute spreads
These oils are highly linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and are highly inflammatory to the body. 

There are many hidden fats in processed foods.  You MUST learn to read labels to protect yourself from consuming these dangerous health destroying fats and oils.  The best way to accomplish this is to avoid packaged processed foods altogether. 

Another important thing to remember about fat-free products is the high sugar content they contain.  Fat is what gives food its flavor. When you remove the fat, the only way to make a product palatable enough for consumers to buy again and again is to load it up with sugar.  Excess sugar in the diet (the average American now consumes on average 170 lbs. of sugar annually) will lead to obesity, diabetes, and YES even cancer. 

THE TAKE AWAY FROM THIS NEWSLETTER

Please don’t continue falling for the “Low-Fat, High Carbohydrate” recommendations that many doctors and some medical organizations push on the American public.  There are plenty of good books available giving the real facts about fat that is based on good science. 
  • “Low-Fat Lies”----by Kevin Vigilante, M.D. & Mary Flynn, Ph.D
  • “The Great Cholesterol Con” ---- by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick
  • “The Cure for Heart Disease” ---- by Dwight Lundell, M.D.
  • “Know Your Fats” ---- by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D
  • “The Calorie Myth” ---- by Jonathan Bailor
  • “Grain Brain” ---- by David Perlmutter, M.D.
  • “Wheat Belly” ---- by William Davis, M.D.
  • “The Coconut Oil Miracle” ---- by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D.

There are many volumes now written concerning this subject, and the new science is getting to the general public about how incredibly important good fat is for the human diet.  Please do not be fooled by old, out dated claims touting the dangers of natural fats.  Most of these claims are based on really bad science that only benefits “Big Pharma”, “Big Food”, and “Big Farming”.

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.If you have found this Newsletter helpful in your quest for good health please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com where I have all of my previous Newsletters archived.  You may find a topic there that may be of help to you, a family member, or a friend.

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