Ispectrum Magazine Ispectrum Magazine #06 - Page 38

Metabolic Stalinism: A Century of Lost Opportunity The tragedy of modern metabolic impairments and a rapid loss of cerebral volume over the past half century has been the direct result of influence by a small number of powerful scientists who have influenced negatively the understanding of the causes and mechanisms of a range of degenerative diseases – obesity/diabetes/heart disease, and dementias. From the 1920s through the 1970s the major figure in diabetes research was Elliot Joslin and his textbook on diabetes was mandatory. Joslin held the view that diabetes was a fat-driven condition and that sugars were not the causative agency, in spite of the knowledge that incidence of this condition dropped K Ration Dinner Kit dramatically during both world wars, when sugars were not readily available. During the 1950s Ancel Keys, a brilliant American physiologist who pioneered research into nutrition and developed the famous US K-Rations for use by US servicemen during WW2, developed the 37 theory that fats and cholesterol were the driving force of cardiovascular disease, and that sugars were not significant. This double theory was then extended to include obesity and metabolic syndrome, and this remains the view to this day. Any researchers who opposed this view