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@ahhite 1/ Great analysis Adele, However I think it remains an interventionist, paternalistic message that assumes the individual is a pawn in the advice/ services provided by their more knowledgeable/ wealthy/ superior/ brethren.
@ahhite 2/ Currently we have guidelines specifically advising AGAINST things that make us healthy . The chances that governments worldwide will say "mea culpa" and stop telling people is worse than zero. Too many careers/ reputations etc. already depend on it
@ahhite 2/ We have a large cohort of individuals proving daily that #lchf works to improve the consequences of serious chronic conditions . Meanwhile we have all of our biggest charities only reluctantly embracing that news simply because to do so also involves that same "mea culpa"
@ahhite 4/ The work being done to try to broaden the range of what can be considered a healthy diet is hugely important in helping that change of mindset across all public bodiesi.e. it can be presented as " additive" to what is already known instead of a replacement -its an easier sell
@ahhite 5/ Even today the UK governments is embracing severe calorie restriction as a treatment for diabetes faster than low carb.why ? because it places the onus on the individual for having eaten too much and absolves the food industry from having provided damaging food-easier sell
@ahhite 6/ Your message that " diet doesn't fix everything" is a message suitable for audiences that can / should provide the services that you propose - ( all of which I agree with wholeheartedly) .
@ahhite 7/ It is however still an interventionist message - ie somebody other than you personally - should do something to help you overcome things that have affected you. Laudable- but not actually happening
@ahhite 8/ The low carb. message is different because it IS something that once individuals and families CAN work on for themselves and can see results without needing to see any professional of any type.
@ahhite 9/The work that the Noakes Foundation is doing in South Africa to help the poorest families figure out ways to improve health through nutrition on severely limited budgets is crucial to that process.
@ahhite 10/For the low carb. message to thrive on the ground only needs governments to stop actively trying to prevent it doing so.
@ahhite 11/ Indeed at present it is starting to happen even with continuous "it is bad for you" messages coming out daily. why? because it works ? of course not for 100% of people 100% of the time, but then nothing ever will achieve that.
@ahhite 12/ When you send out the message " diet doesn't fix everything" to a poorly advised, poorly resourced community it is a message of despair.
@ahhite 13/ When you send out the message " diet might fix an awful lot" it is a message of hope especially when accompanied by information from individuals who did find a path through the current mess - many already on very limited resources.
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