03 November 2008

Dietary Committee's Industry Ties Ignored

Supports Chapter One: Trick to treat

The US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services failed to tell the public about relevant conflicts of interest on the newly impaneled Dietary Guidelines advisory committee, which a year from now will recommend changes to the government's daily food intake advice.

A Center for Science in the Public Interest analysis reveals that nearly half the roster's 13 members have taken funding from the food and pharmaceutical industries.

None of those industry ties were disclosed by the government; and, according to Robert Post, director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, none received waivers declaring that their expertise was needed to round out the committee, which the law requires before scientists with conflicts of interest can serve on federal advisory committees.

When it comes to it, it's pretty obvious that their wealth is much more important than your health.



SanderJB said...

This news should really be getting a lot of attention (it isn't, for obvious reasons). Basic nutritional guidelines that are gonna be cited and followed by millions of people, recommended by a heavily biased committee. It just shows how hard it can be for people to really know what's good for them, if they can't even just follow these government guidelines anymore. Especially since we're talking about one of the most basic and important aspects in life, influencing everyone's health and well-being.

Slightly off-topic: Barry, I've been a big fan of your website ever since I came across it a few years ago, checking every now and then for new items. I like how your scientific approach debunks a lot of modern 'health myths' that too many people believe in, fueled by 'experts'. Feelings and beliefs seem to play a more important role than actual scientific evidence or mere common sense. I just ordered your book, can't wait to read it.

I'm sure that when more and more people will find out about this, they will think for themselves instead of simply following nutritionists, doctors, health experts, food producers, friends and common beliefs.

Barry Groves said...

Thanks for your kind comments about my work.

The Internet can be a great resource but, unfortunately, there is both good and bad out there.

I'm beginning to think you need a good background in science to pick the wheat from the chaff. That is why I reference everything. That way, at least the abstracts can be accessed via PubMed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez

Not that the abstracts tell the correct story some of the time!