Anti-Low-Carb Groupthink Is The Real Danger To Health

Filed under: Health — @ December 7, 2009

The low-fat dogma is more about mindless groupthink than anything else

I was recently encouraged by low-carb diabetes legend Dr. Richard Bernstein to look up the term “groupthink” on Wikipedia for an apt description of what is happening with the relentless and might I add stubborn opposition to healthy low-carb living even in the midst of a growing body of scientific evidence in support of this way of eating. See if this definition has some ring of truth to it (the bold sections are my added emphasis):

Groupthink is a type of thought exhibited by group members who try to minimize conflict and reach consensus without critically testing, analyzing, and evaluating ideas. Individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking are lost in the pursuit of group cohesiveness, as are the advantages of reasonable balance in choice and thought that might normally be obtained by making decisions as a group. During groupthink, members of the group avoid promoting viewpoints outside the comfort zone of consensus thinking. A variety of motives for this may exist such as a desire to avoid being seen as foolish, or a desire to avoid embarrassing or angering other members of the group. Groupthink may cause groups to make hasty, irrational decisions, where individual doubts are set aside, for fear of upsetting the group’s balance.

You know, if the shoe fits…it’s hard to argue that this isn’t exactly what is happening right now with the low-carb lifestyle by those who feel threatened by it in some form or fashion. Whether it is the food manufacturers and fast food industry who stand to go bankrupt if people cut down or eliminate their consumption, the pharmaceutical industry who doesn’t want people to start coming off of their cash cow drugs, the diet industry who constantly repackages variations on the same old fat-cutting, exercise-till-you-drop weight loss programs, or the low-fat vegetarian promoters who scoff at the notion that eating meat and fatty foods can even remotely be considered healthy, livin’ la vida low-carb is indeed a menace to their society and must be opposed no matter what.

The real danger of this kind of active groupthink against the low-carb lifestyle is it leads people further and further away from the truth about their health. And yet even more insidious than that is the fact that the very things that are encouraged and promoted as healthy by the so-called “experts” are precisely what is making people even more unhealthy. It’s a sickening paradox that people in the future will someday wonder why nobody ever seemed to notice it while it was happening. Well, some of us do see what’s going on which is what motivates me to get up everyday and write so passionately about this subject that is so sorely needed in our society by those suffering from obesity, diabetes, and worse.

Click here to read about an MD in Orlando, Florida changed his tune about low-carb diets when he discovered this healthy nutritional approach was the perfect way to manage his Type 1 diabetes and why he decided to break away from the groupthink mentality towards low-carb living.


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