At the end of one of Gary Taubes lectures, it was asked why don't we just change recommendations - Taubes says, because if a patient comes in today & a doctor recommends a low carb way of eating & he dies tomorrow of a heart attack (even though he would have died anyway) then the doctor is open to litigation of a malpractice suit for deviating from government recommendations (of a low fat, high carb diet) even though what the doctor is recommending IS malpractice.
I always wondered why I could never get a flu shot at a doctor's office. They were always "out" year after year, it didn't matter which doctor or where. I recently found out doctor's don't get flu shots (due to mercury) & potential health hazards. So the very best they can do is say nothing - isn't that a sad response.
I highly recommend everyone to listen to this. Taubes book is a hard read but his lecture is fascinating. Basically same info in abbreviated lecture, he just talks fast but a few extra nuggets in the longer version.
American Heart Association's low fat, high carb recommendations are based on flimsy, faulty science. Time has proven that this does not work without a doubt. It has been proven that carbs not dietary fat cause VLDL, high triglycerides, high blood pressure & high blood sugars - yet the American Heart Association still recommends a low fat, high carb diet. American Diabetic Assc uses the AHA recommendations (for a "healthy" heart) even though the disastrous effects of carbs on a diabetic have NEVER been in dispute.
U.S. government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & lowered their fat intake by 11% & increased their carb consumption. In this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels. Through their direct effects on insulin & blood sugar, refined carbohydrates are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes.
Until the govt. officially changes their recommendations, doctors can be charged with malpractice recommending anything else. We have to force a change, this info is vital to public health.