American Elephants

Nanny Government Prepares to Strike Again! by The Elephant's Child
April 20, 2010, 8:39 pm
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Freedom, Health Care, Law | Tags: , ,

How do you sell government regulation to the ignorant masses?  First warn of a “crisis” and suggest that without immediate changes terrible consequences will follow.  Social pressure, advertising, warnings.  Then you declare those efforts insufficient, and propose government intervention to save you and “the children.”

Nanny Government The Food and Drug Administration is planning an all out effort to reduce the amount of salt consumed each day by Americans, claiming that less sodium in everything would prevent thousands of deaths from heart disease and high blood pressure. This would lead to legal limits on the amount of salt allowed in food products.

This is the FDA inserting itself into determining the recipes of prepared foods.  The FDA intends to work with the food industry and “health experts” to reduce sodium gradually over a period of years to adjust the American palate to a less salty diet, according to FDA sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the initiative had not been formally announced.

Officials have not determined salt limits.  The FDA would analyze the salt in spaghetti sauces, breads and thousands of products, and then set limits for salt, designed to gradually ratchet down sodium consumption. The changes would be calibrated so that consumers hardly notice.  This sounds harmless, and probably helpful, because “everyone knows that salt is bad.”

Except the best science for nearly half a century — including the government’s own findings on examinations reflecting 99 million Americans’; more than 17,000 studies published since 1966; and even a recent Cochrane systematic review of the clinical trial evidence — fails to support the hypotheses that salt reductions offer health benefits for the general public.  Cochrane’s reviewers specifically concluded that such interventions are inappropriate for population prevention programs. …

The latest vital statistics data from the CDC National Center for Health Statistics was just released and reported that age-related deaths from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, liver disease and hypertension — all of the causes some want us to believe are due to unhealthy lifestyles, rather than mostly aging — have continued to drop significantly for more than 50 years. The latest Health US report from the CDC found our life expectancy has reached another record high and age-adjusted mortality for the leading causes of death have been cut nearly in half since 1950, including heart disease.

There is no crisis of hypertension, no crisis of  high salt intake, not even an association between salt and heart disease or premature death.  Oddly enough the Japanese have one of the highest salt-intakes in the world, as well as the highest life expectancy.  Sodium is essential to human survival.  Given free access to salt, humans consume similar ranges of salt across a wide variety of diets, cultures, environments and heredities, according to Dr. Michael Alderman MD in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Behind many food alarms and false panics, you will find the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the leader of the food police.  This crackpot organization has appointed itself to control what people eat, and how their food is to be regulated.  You really need to learn what they are up to.  It will give you a healthy dose of skepticism and common sense.

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Well we don’t agree on this one. Besides, this cook is an entrenched special interest group in support of red onions. Write a post in defense of onions in the sights of big government regulators and I’m here. They’ll get my Bermuda onions when they pry them from my cold dead hands full of produce bags!


Comment by zeusiswatching

You know how it goes — first they came for the salt, then they came for the butter and then… Here in the Northwest, we’re partial to Walla Walla sweets. Have you ever had an onion sandwich? One of my dad’s favorites. Also stuffed olive sandwiches. Do check out the Center for Science in the Public Interest. We all need to understand the efforts going on in the background.


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