We are all suffering from news fatigue in the alternative news and blogging community, this dull, personality deficient, anodyne election campaign, with the liveliest and most interesting candidates kept under wraps by party managers lest they say or do something that might trigger snowflakes or in some way show they are human beings.
In Europe the mainstream media continue to play down the farmers protests in France, Germany and Netherlands and the political dysfunction in Italy, Spain and Belguim and pretend everything is hunky dory in Brussels and federalisaion i=of Europe is charging ahead. And across the pond of course we have the impeachment hearings as The Democrats once again try to remove Trump from office and once again completely fail to produce any evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanours.”
But what of the UK, how is our election going and who is winning. The Conservatives have lost momentum because they were afraid to let Boris be Boris, Labour;s political vehicle, a shiny red Ferarri under Tony Blair, and a clapped out Volkswagen Beetle under Ed Milliband, have been turned into a rusty old bike by Jeremy Corbyn, whose back-to-the-1930 policies have been about as popular as a dose of clap in a brothel. than that its has been boring. Deadly dull and uninspiring, in fact the most interesting thing is the way Lib Dem leaders Jo Swinson’s head seems to get larger with every TV appearance. But other Al least there will be a bit of excitement if Ms Swinson’s head explodes before election day. The question is will ballot paper splattered with Swinson brain tissue count as Liberal Deomcrat votes or spoiled ballot papers.
The Daily Telegraph gleefully reported today, “New poll shows Conservative lead down to eight points.” Some readers might find this surprising as the Telegraph is n=know for being a conservative – supporting newspaper. But the headline was not the only surprising thing about the story, and perhaps the most surprising things of all were what the report did not mention; that the same polling organisation, Savanta – ComRes published three polls last week, showing respectively eight point, sx point and ten point leads for the conservatives; and that also published to day in The Observer Sunday newspaper, sister publication of the heavily left wing The Guardian, which carries the story on their website, a poll carried out by Opinium gives the Conservatives a fifteen point lead.
So it looks as if we may be heading for a big Conservative majority, or a small conservative majority, or a hung parliament or a Labour / SNP coalition. T.he Boggart Blog bookie’s advice? Don’t bet on anything
Dozens of elderly native Swedish tenants were forced to leave their apartment homes in an area of Stockholm after the block was closed, only to be re-opened immediately and occupied by Muslim migrants to replace the former tenants.
Residents at Dianagården were told they would have to leave because the toilets in the facility were 5cm too small to comply with regulations. However, soon after the 48 apartments were emptied, they were filled with newly arrived migrants.
“It was later revealed that politicians planned that immigrants would instead move into the premises,” reports Fria Tider.
In 2015, Sweden accepted more refugees per capita than any other country, and despite worsening problems with sexual assaults, grenade attacks and violent crime, the inflow shows no sign of being seriously restricted.
A recent opinion poll found that the anti-mass Muslim migration Sweden Democrats are now the most popular party in Sweden. The Sweden Democrats would get 24.2% of the votes if an election was held today, beating the ruling Social Democrats.
Back in October, Leif Östling, former CEO of trucking company Scania, warned that Sweden is heading towards civil war due to uncontrolled mass immigration.
“We’ve taken in far too many people from outside. And we have. Those who come from the Middle East and Africa live in a society that we left almost a hundred years ago,” he said.
Sadly the Swedish goverrnment consists of such pathetical, emotionally needy, virtue signalling, leftie, intestinal parasites, they give in to every demand made by Muslim community leaders in migrant communities, even if this means inflicting total injustices on Swedish people. So much for their socialist bullshit, as George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “all the animals are equal,but some are more equal than others.
We are just learning that /Nasty, neo – Nazi supporters of the far – left, Jew hating Labour party, it’s Trotskyite leader Jeremy Corbyn and his propaganda chief, the Stalinist John McDonnell, have mobbed the market hall in the small Lancashire town of Westhoughton, where Boris Johnson was due to meet voters and traders today.
According to reports from local radio stations Johnson’s visit was cancelled at short notice due to what the Conservative Party describe police “security concerns”.
A group of protesters had gathered before the Prime Minister’s arrival.
One witness tweeted: “The police have now arrived and Westhoughton Market is in lockdown after market traders say protestors tried to force their way in.”
There was a similar incident in Rochester, Kent yesterday, when rabid, neo – fasist Labour supporters forced the cancellation of a walkabout after police fears that the feral hysterial that drives left wing hatred of anyone who disagrees with them would override civilised values and in their frenzied determination to tear the Prime Minister to sheds, the drug crazed, anti – Semitic crusties would injure or even kill members of the public.
Can any sane person believe a party that encourages such sociopathic paskudnyaks are fit to run the country?
As the loony left tried to claim Boris is chickening out of facing the people, but conservative sources say (correctly according to law,) that the police have the final say and that security considerations determine what happens.
Corbyn’s scaremongering preaches to the converted (Picture: Google)
One quickly tires of Labour Party candidates and their Jew – hating supporters claiming, every time an election is in the offinge, the “The Wicked Conservatiovs plan to sell the NHS to private enterprise. They’ve been at it again throughout the current election cycle, and of course there is no more truth in the claims than there ever was before. But the lefties, as they glefully point at any conservatives whose heads appears over the parapet, “Witches, burn them,” that the Labour government, between 1997 and 2010 under the traitor and war criminal Tony Blair privatised much of the NHS. (Our local super-hospital where my wife was recently murdered by bureaucratic institutionalised incompetence was built by one of Blair’s Private Public Finance initiatives and is now owned by a subsidiary of HSBC, making it, perhaps, an NHSBC hospital.
So those leftie claims that the “evil conservatives” planned to sell off our ‘precious NHS’ qyickly start to look rather empty. And that is before we have considered the detail of Labour’s plans for the NHS.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made the repeated accusation that Boris Johnson’s government, if re-elected with a majority in parliament, will see the NHS to American healthcare companies as part of a free trade deal informally discussed between Johnson and US President Donald Trump. Corbyn and his Stalinist bagman John McDonnell, along with other party figures and left leaning joursnlists in mainstream media continue to repeat this in spite of both men offering assurances that the NHS was not “for sale” and the document Corbyn and his cronies claimed revealled a secret deal containing no evidence that any such deal had been discussed.
Corbyn’s attempts to expose his imaginary Anglo – American conspiracy by producing a 451-page document “proving the NHS is for sale” during a press conference on November 27 were debunked when it was revealed that the NHS was only mentioned four times, with US officials only once asking about the UK position on our ‘health insurance’ system”. The other times the UK Health Servive was mentioned were all in the context of allowing US pharmaceutical companies access to the NHS for their products.
Despite this, the stunt has caused quite a storm, but it can be revealed how Labour were actually the first to float the idea of privatising health services in the UK.
Tony Blair took office in 1997, with the promise of removing “internal markets” in the NHS – the idea that Health Authorities ceased to run their hospitals, but “purchased” care from their own or other authorities hospitals.
However, during his second term, Mr Blair announced his administrations intention to strengthen links with the private sector as part of his plan to “modernise” the NHS. Driving Labour’s planned reforms were factors including the rising costs of medical technology and medicines, the desire to increase standards and “patient choice”, an ageing population, and a desire to control government expenditure.
It was these plans, now more than ten years old, that Corbyn referred to in his docdgy dossier on plans to sell the NHS.
Picture: Daily Expres
Corbyn’s stunt caused a storm in an eggcup on social media as the usual suspects jumped on the bandwagon to accuse Boris and his party of planning to sell the NHS, but it is widely known that Labour were actually the first to float the idea of privatising health services in the UK, although Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government in the 1980s introduced the idea of an internal market (whatever that means’) to the NHS and also encouraged the outsourceing of certain services such as janitorial duties and waste disposal.
A Labour government under Tony Blair took office in 1997, and quickly introduced the concept of PFI, Private Finance Initiativs (also termed Private – Public partnerships,) the idea that Health Authorities ceased to own their hospitals, but hired them from private companies as a managed facility. Many left wing commentators were horrified and dismissed the idea as a ‘licence to print money’ for the private half of the partnerhip.
In 2006, Blair welcomed 11 private healthcare providers, including private health insurance firm Bupa, into this “NHS family,” in a bid to drive up the quality of services provided. Blair made his and Labour’s intentions clear in 2006 when he said “By 2008 we could have as much as 40 perrcent of acute operations done in the private sector being done under the NHS banner.”
The network’s spokesman, Mark Smith, admitted the changing healthcare market meant the independent sector was increasingly looking to the NHS for business. He said some companies had “specific targets for a large number of patients to be NHS patients in the future because undoubtedly things are changing. Wherever people are treated – in a traditional hospital, an independent hospital, a new treatment centre or in the community – it is the protection afforded to them of tax-funded healthcare, according to need and not ability to pay, which makes them NHS patients.
Nice try at wrigging out of Labour’s committment to privatising the NHS but between 2004 and 2014, demand for NHS services increased rapidly and hospital admissions increased by 32 percent, outpatient attendances by 17 percent, primary care consultations by 25 percent and community care activity by 14 percent. The only way the massive, clumsy, centralised bureaucracy that runs service could cope was by outsourcing more work. Research carried out on behalf of the GMB trade union, which represents many NHS workers, shows 15billion of health service contracts have been handed to private companies since 2015. And yet the service is still failing to cope with increased demand.
So far in 2019 £3.3billion, or 63 percent, of contracts have been given to organisations in the private sector. So though Labour Party spokespersons have not admitted as much in public, these figures prove that their manifesto committments to increase spending on health must include further outsourcing of work to the private sector. Far too much of what the organisation does has already been handed to the private sector for the position to be reversed. So Blair’s plan to put more work out to the private sector, carried on by the Conservative . Liberal Democrat coalition from 2010 and by the Conservatives from 2015 is still in place. And it has to be said that the NHS, in permanent crisis now, would have collapsed without it.
France has been closer to social breakdown than the political establishment in the EU and their mainstream media sock puppets will ever admit since the the gilets jaunes demonstrations at their height nearly torched Paris and other cities. It would be a mistake to think, as television news bulletins and large circulation newspapers have suggested that support fot the protest movement has dwindled or the national mood is any less angry. Last month we reported on protests promted by new, over – zealous restrictions on agriculture imposed by the EU, as thousands of French farmers drove their tractors into Paris and other cities and blocked the main highways.
Today, in responce to calls by unions and activist groups for a nationwide strike, public workers across the country stayed home on Thursday, immobilizing public transit across the country as the first general strike in more than 20 years began.
The main reason for the walkout was President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms (not unlike how a planned – then scrapped – gas tax hike sparked the giles jaunes).
On the fist day of the strike, which is planned to last through the weekend, parts of Paris resembled ghost towns during the morning rush hours. Roads were empty, and train stations were deserted, according to the Times.
The biggest industrial action of Macron’s tenure is, so far, outweighting by a huge margin the Yellow Vests protests in scale: 50% of French teachers are reported to be off work, nine out of ten trains have been cancelled today and eleven of the fourteen lines in the Paris Metro are closed. A total of 245 separate demonstrations have been announced across France as students, police officers and firefighters, healthcare workers and others joining the action. Striking ground staff at Air France forced numerous flight cancellations, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. Air France cancelled 30% of its domestic flights and 10% of international short- and medium-haul flights on Thursday, RT reports.
Millions of workers are staying home.
In Paris, some commuters and shoppers resorted to bikes, skateboards or walking in the bitter cold as buses and underground trains failed to run. Some joked that the strike had made Paris into a much more ‘eco-friendly’ city. This way of looking at the situation must have appealed to thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists and other environmentalist groups who took the opportunity to link their the climate action agenda to the protests.
The strike is expected to continue until Monday as the unions and Macron butt heads over the controversial pension reform proposals. Paris police are deploying 6,000 riot police to do battle with demonstrators who have decided to take their yellow vests out of the closet and back into action.
Many of the French capital’s most popular tourist spots were forced to shut their doors because of the strikes. The Eiffel Tower and the Orsay museum did not open on Thursday, while the large parts of The Louvre, the Pompidou Center and other museums were mostly closed with only the most popular exhibits accessible.
Outside the busy Gare du Nord railway station taxis lined up with their green lights on, struggling to find customers in the deserted streets.
Of more immediate concern for Macron and his beleagured government is the fact that dozens of gilet jaunes protesters are blocking the nations major fuel terminals in the south and near the city of Orleans, leaving more than 200 petrol stations without fuel on Thursday, while another 400 report they will run out on Friday. If that action persists the country could be at a standstill by the end of next week. These blockades show the protesters have a coherent strategy which could bring the country to its knees and force Macron out of office or at least into a humiliating climb down. No matter how many times political leaders wax lyrical about the wonders of clean, green, sustainable energy, society still needs oil, in spite what the Swedeish Baby Troll Greta Thunberg and her supporters wish for.
Political failures and corporate greed have brought the NHS to its knees, and led to my mother’s death
While the rest of the country obsesses over Brexit and the election and our political leaders, Jezza and Boris, compete to win the award for making the title of most outrageously dishonest pledge to protect the NHS I am unusually quiet on matters of politics, because I am still getting over the loss of my lovely wife Teresa who died of respiratory failure,while surrounded by highly trained medical professionals and millions of poundsworth of hi tech equipment.
Only last week a story featured on the BBC main news of a young man, Mark Stuart, who was admitted to the same hospital as Teresa routine surgery, and having bee prepped for his operation, was left untended after the surgery was deyated and left without food or water for FIVE DAYS, The story is no longer online at BBC News but a report can be read on the Lancashire Evening Telegraph website..
You will read how the efforts of Mark’s parents to get to the truth of what happened and how such a cock up could go unnoticed for FIVE DAYS have been delayed, obstructed and obfuscated by snivelling little parasites who have brown nosed their way to roles far beyond their lavel of competence in the dysfunctional centralised bureaucracy that runs the national Health Service.
My wife’s case is still under investigation so I cannot go into great detail, but in view of similarities with the case of Mark Stuart and others involving the same hospital let’s just say a pattern has emerged.
Another case which has aspects of the same pattern featured in the i Newspaper today and is reproduced below in this not for profit blog under fair use terms, for public information.
The time where we could accept cautious evolution has passed – our NHS today needs a revolution from the i Newspaper
“I love you too much, you have a heart of gold. Look after your Papa.” These were the last lucid words my mother said to me as I hugged her tighter than I’d ever done in my life. A week later she was gone.
One year ago at 2:32pm on the 29th November, Dr Anisha Malhotra took her last breath. A GP that had dedicated over 25 years of her life to the NHS was ultimately failed by it.
Four weeks earlier my mother had been admitted with a temperature and excruciating back pain. She was diagnosed with discitis, which proved to be resistant to antibiotics. A secondary heart attack as a result of the stress on her already frail body was enough to tip her over the edge. But what happened in hospital, which eventually led to the premature death of a 68-year old lady in the most horrible of circumstances, and the profound emotional trauma of family members witnessing it, was entirely avoidable.
Lifestyle-related disease – a result of consuming too much ultra-processed food and inactivity – had left her overweight, resulting in hypertension and severe osteoarthritis. Years of popping ibuprofen like Smarties to deal with joint pain made her anaemic, and loss of appetite made it particularly difficult to get enough nourishment from her vegetarian diet. Weak bones from malnourishment and lack of activity brought her to hospital twice last year in the space of four months.
‘The system is struggling to provide even basic quality care to many patients.’
An overstretched system
Although remarkably strong in spirit she was extremely frail and weak by the time she was admitted to hospital for the final time. But rather than allow her to die with dignity, an overstretched system meant a missed heart attack was only noted by her medical team eleven days after it was reported.By then it was too late to save her. Excess intravenous fluids led to heart failure. It took several days of diuretics to make her comfortable and allow her to be taken off oxygen. But by then she’d slipped into a deep coma, never to wake up again.
There can be no doubt years of austerity and NHS underfunding have led to a shortage of nurses and doctors unable to keep up with increasing demand. But even if that were to be resolved overnight it would be at best no more than putting a sticking plaster on a severed artery, because the system is struggling to provide even basic quality care to many patients.
Lifestyle factors and ‘too much medicine’
The two major reasons for this are simply not being addressed: maldistribution of resources through “too much medicine”; and diet-related disease. Former medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, has previously stated that one in seven operations and treatments should never have been carried out on patients in hospital.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges waste report stated that “one doctor’s waste is another patient’s delay”. For my mother that meant waiting for two extra hours (because of understaffing) to be prescribed oxygen and diuretics whilst in crashing pulmonary oedema, an experience that can only be likened to drowning but remaining alive at the same time. And this is despite my father, a doctor, watching by her bedside totally helpless to relieve the suffering of his life partner of 45 years.
The root of our healthcare crisis
This can and must not be taken as attack on the NHS itself. Instead, it’s an indictment on what is at the very root of our healthcare crisis: those vested interests that have brought it to the brink of collapse. The increasing burden of diet-related disease is at the heart of increasing demand on the NHS, yet there is absolutely nothing in the Conservative manifesto on policy changes to deal with the public health crisis.
It also does not address the tainted, industry-biased research which continues to cause significant harm to patients, with side effects of medications one of the leading causes of death. If 93 per cent of medical research is of questionable reliability and not relevant to patients it’s going to lead to bad outcomes, and that’s what we’ve got. But such lack of action is perhaps not surprising.
A BMJ investigation earlier this year highlighted that the Conservative party has received £4.3m from “free market” think tank, the IEA, that has opposed public health initiatives to tackle obesity, such as calorie labelling and advertising restrictions on unhealthy foods. This organisation has received funding from tobacco companies and the sugar and soft drinks industries.
‘It is now time all doctors also took some responsibility’
Following the cash-for-questions scandal in 1994, the then Prime Minister, Sir John Major, set up the Committee on Standards in Public Life. A subsequent report made it imperative that all those in public life, including MPs and Doctors whose primary duty is to serve the needs of the people, uphold the seven so-called “Nolan principles”: selflessness, objectivity, integrity, accountability, honesty, openness, and leadership.
The excesses and manipulations of industry that put personal greed and wealth before health would not be possible if it were not aided and abetted by regulators, politicians and powerful scientists.
It is now time all doctors also took some responsibility for and action against system failures that make their jobs unmanageable and, most importantly, deny patients timely and quality care. Corporate greed and systematic political failure have brought the NHS to its knees.
The system is broken and money alone cannot fix it. The time where we could accept cautious evolution has passed – our NHS today needs a revolution. No one should suffer like my mother, and no family should have to witness it.
Dr Aseem Malhotra is an NHS Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Evidence Based Medicine
My mother’s vegetarian diet contributed to her early death. We should all learn from it
NHS cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra: my mother’s diet was full of ultra-processed foods and was ultimately to the detriment of her health
Two weeks ago, my father and I made a trip to Rishikesh in northern India to scatter my mother’s ashes in the River Ganges at an idyllic location at the foothills of the Himalayas. This was in keeping with her wishes as a devout Hindu that her spirit be released at a place she loved and previously visited on pilgrimage. Our family lost a greatly cherished mother and wife who went before her time, at only 68 years old.
I believe that what was finally written on her death certificate – severe sepsis and discitis with concomitant myocardial infarction (heart attack) – was entirely avoidable.
‘Growing up, I witnessed her regular consumption of starchy carbohydrates and ultra-processed snack foods of biscuits, crisps and chocolate. Our kitchen was flooded with these products’
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For most of her adult life, my mum was vegetarian and significantly overweight. Growing up, I witnessed her regular consumption of starchy carbohydrates and ultra-processed snack foods of biscuits, crisps and chocolate. Our kitchen was flooded with these products. I still have a vivid memory of her only meal on a weekly fast day consisting of a large chapatti and what can only be described as a mountain of table sugar. Her weight contributed to developing high blood pressure in her 40s and as a result, she suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2003.
Despite making a full recovery, taking up going to the gym and even learning to swim at the age of 50, the next 10 years resulted in a gradual deterioration in her mobility. Obesity related osteoarthritis led to slipped discs and severe degeneration of her spine, forcing her to take early retirement from General Practice.
Her vegetarian diet required her to take Vitamin B12 and iron supplementation. Protein deficiency led to sarcopenia (a decline in muscle mass) which limited her mobility even further. In the last six months of her life, she had two hospital admissions with agonising spontaneous sequential bilateral osteoporotic fractures of her pelvis. By the time she passed away, even high doses of morphine weren’t enough to completely ease the additional excruciating back pain from an infection in her spine.
What I see in my job as an NHS cardiologist
Such cases are not unusual for me to see as a cardiologist working in the NHS. The majority of those admitted with heart attack are not obese but have a condition known as metabolic syndrome (photo: Pixabay)
Although, as in my mum’s case, it is widely acknowledged that obesity is associated with the development of chronic disease, a not well-known phenomenon of being “overfat” (defined as excess body fat that can impair health and contribute to chronic disease) is now estimated to affect 70 to 80 per cent of the Indian adults and 41 per cent of children.
A large percentage of overfat individuals will have a normal Body Mass Index, with up to 50 per cent having excess body fat linked to risk factors for disease.
I recently learned an uncle of mine who has been a “slim” physically active vegetarian all his life, and never smoked, had a triple coronary bypass for three occluded heart arteries aged only 69. This was less than a year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. When I spoke to him, he admitted for the last twenty years his diet was high in flour based and sugary foods, but he believed because he wasn’t overweight he was perfectly healthy.
The diabetes capital of the world
Such cases are not unusual for me to see as a cardiologist working in the NHS. The majority of those admitted with heart attack are not obese but have a condition known as metabolic syndrome with one of the major components being increased waist circumference. The significant limitation of BMI (calculated by dividing one’s weight in kg by height in metres squared) is that is that it fails to take into account age, ethnicity, bone structure, fat distribution and muscle mass.
‘It’s instructive to note that India, with more vegetarians and vegans than the rest of the world combined, is the “diabetes capital of the world”‘
In developed countries such as the USA, New Zealand, Greece, and Iceland the prevalence of having excess body fat has reached over 90 per cent. In the UK, it’s estimated that 86 per cent of the adult men and 77 per cent of women are overfat. Excess body fat, which acts as a substrate for chronic inflammation and insulin resistance, is now implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
It’s instructive to note that India, with more vegetarians and vegans than the rest of the world combined, is the “diabetes capital of the world”. The city of Chandigarh has the highest prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the country and the state of which it is capital, Punjab, has 75 per cent of the population as vegetarian. In the subcontinent, the last 50 years have specifically seen significant increases in consumption of processed wheat, sugar and vegetable oils (which have overtaken animal fats as a percentage of calories).
Majority of vegetarians not following a healthy diet
(One can have a very healthy vegetarian diet but the majority of vegetarians in the world are clearly not following this (Getty Images)
The Indian Dietetic Association recently put out a statement claiming 84 per cent of vegetarians in the country are protein deficient versus 65 per cent of meat eaters. As one of New Zealand’s most eminent dietitian’s Dr Caryn Zinn told me: “Calorie for calorie, meat is more proteinaceous and nutrient dense than vegetables. Of course, one can have a very healthy vegetarian diet but the majority of vegetarians in the world are clearly not following this.”
A large observational study conducted in Australia in 2016 concluded that contrary to popular belief, once other lifestyle factors were accounted for, vegetarians do not live longer than non-vegetarians in the developed world. Similarly, a large Austrian study published in the prestigious medical journal PLOS 1 found that despite having a lower BMI and less alcohol consumption, “a vegetarian diet is associated with poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders) a higher need for health care and a poorer quality of life.”
‘The point about saturated fat is: the evidence is now looking pretty good, but the guidance hasn’t shifted’
The totality of evidence does not find an association with the consumption of unprocessed red meat and reduced life expectancy. The association of the dietary saturated fat and heart disease found in high amounts in animal products has also been debunked in a paper I coauthored with two eminent cardiologists.
Taking much of this evidence into consideration after two days of debate and discussion at the international science and politics of nutrition conference jointly hosted by medical reinsurance company Swiss Re and the BMJ in June last year, the editor in chief of the journal Dr Fiona Godlee remarked: “The point about saturated fat is: the evidence is now looking pretty good, but the guidance hasn’t shifted […] there doesn’t seem to have been an enormous ‘mea culpa’ from the scientific community that we got it so wrong. That does surprise me.”
A focus on starch, sugar and salt reduction instead
(Pexels) Population-wide strategies to curb obesity should now discard fat and saturated fat and focus on starch, sugar and salt reduction instead.
Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Freedman School of Nutrition Science And Policy at Tufts University, Massachusetts, told me at the event in Zurich that population-wide strategies to curb obesity should now discard fat and saturated fat and focus on starch, sugar and salt reduction instead.
Ultra-processed food now makes up more than half of the British diet and is strongly linked to weight gain and even cancer. Ultra-processed is broadly defined as industrial formulations (any packaged food) with five or more ingredients. And when broken down into food groups, 77 per cent comes from sugary products and drinks, starchy foods and breakfast cereals, and ultra-processed fruit and vegetables. 19 per cent comes from ultra-processed meat, fish, eggs and dairy, and two per cent from “fats” and two per cent from salty snacks.
‘There’s been much media hype recently suggesting that adopting a meat or animal product free diet is best for human and planetary health, but this is not evidence-based’
There’s been much media hype recently suggesting that adopting a meat or animal product free diet is best for human and planetary health, but this is not evidence-based.
An independent report from the US Department of Agriculture predicts complete removal of animals from the food supply would only reduce total US greenhouse gases by 2.6 per cent but simultaneously increase dietary energy consumption from a plant only system and worsen nutritional deficiencies.
Not less meat, but better meat
Red meat happens to be one of the best sources of zinc and Vitamin B12 (Photo: Miguel Mendez/AFP/Getty Images)
“We don’t need less meat but better meat in the food supply,” said Dietitian and organic farmer Diana Rodgers. She recently wrote a devastating critique of the “nutritionally deficient” Eat Lancet report which recommends we consume less than half an ounce of red meat per day, the equivalent of one eight of a steak.
Red meat happens to be one of the best sources of zinc and Vitamin B12, a supplement of which needs to be taken by up to 92 per cent of vegans. “Well-managed cattle can also be one of our best tools at mitigating climate change,” Rodgers added, citing a study that shows how methane-emitting cattle can actually be a carbon sink, when looking at the full life cycle. “It’s not the cow, it’s the how.”
‘The biggest beneficiaries could very well be the ultra-processed “meat and dairy free” food industry, the vitamin and supplement industry and a predictable rise in the overfat epidemic and associated chronic diseases would be a cash cow for Big Pharma’
So whilst population health continues to suffer, the biggest beneficiaries could very well be the ultra-processed “meat and dairy free” food industry, the vitamin and supplement industry, and a predictable rise in the overfat epidemic and associated chronic diseases would be a cash cow for Big Pharma.
My mother dedicated most of her adult life to working as a GP in the NHS and was one of the most kind and compassionate people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. She wholeheartedly supported my public health advocacy work as it was in line with her philosophy as a Hindu to put Dharma (duty) to the community as paramount.
Sadly, her devout religious faith to avoid consuming animal products, combined with a high starch, high sugar diet, was ultimately to the detriment of her health. I very much hope that her premature and painful death was not in vain and we can learn that much of these ills are preventable.
Dr Aseem Malhotra is an NHS Consultant Cardiologist and Professor of Evidence Based Medicine. He is donating his fee for this article to Children in Need.
Labour planned to privatise 40% of NHS as hypocrite Corbyn takes aim at Johnson One quickly tires of Labour Party candidates and their supporters claiming the “The Wicked Conservatiovs plan to sell the NHS to private enterprise. They’ve been at it again throughout the current election cycle, and of course there is no more truth in the claims than there ever was before. But the lefties forget, as they gleWfully point at any conservatives whose heads appears over the parapet, yelling “Witches, burn them,” that the Labour government, between 1997 and 2010 under the traitor and war criminal Tony Blair privatised much of the NHS.
Kirsty McColl & Shane McGowan perform with The Pogues and if you feel triggered by the lyrics yo can pogue mo thoin (pron: pogue mahone trans: kiss my arse) picture via Wikimedia commons
How dare they? How fucking dare they? The self – righteous snowflakes at Radio Solent, one of the BBC local radio stations that nobody listens to, have banned the best Chistmas song ever, well let’s be brutally honest – the only really good Christmas song ever.
Paskudnyak presenter Alex Dyke caused consternation online by tweeting that he will not longer play the world’s greates Christmas song Christmas song, by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl again, because the lyrics make him feel uncomfortable.
The song includes frontman Shane MacGowan calling his duet partnerr Kirsty MacColl an “old slut on junk,” and her retorting that he’s a “cheap, lousy faggot.” In a since-deleted tweet, BBC Radio Solent’s Alex Dyke, probably Britain’s oldest snowflake, branded the lyrics as “an offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge.”
The song has become synonymous with Christmas and a welcome relief from all those schmatltzy, cloying ditties about snow and stars and babies born in cowsheds (as if, at the first whisper of a woman giving birth in a cow shed, social services would have had baby Jesus away into a care home in two shakes of a lambs tail. It has made the charts every year in the UK since its release in 1987, but the 57-year-old DJ called time on it because he doesn’t feel “comfortable” playing it.
I predict he will not feel comfortable not playing it either, it must be imposible for anyone to feel comfortable when his head is that far up hos own arse.
The censoring of the song has provoked outrage on social media with some accusing the BBC of “woke PC nonsense,” and asking“Is there anything the Snowflakes won’t ban?” Others acknowledged that the language used was offensive, but that it was “a twisted love song and they are only referring to each other.”
So come on everybody, join in and let a few million voices sining in unison remind Mr. Dyke of what a modern Christmas is all about.
A Fairytale Of New York
It was Christmas eve babe In the drunk tank An old man said to me: won’t see another one And then they sang a song The rare old mountain dew I turned my face away and dreamed about you Got on a lucky one Came in eighteen to one I’ve got a feeling This year’s for me and you So happy Christmas I love you baby I can see a better time Where all our dreams come true.
They got cars big as bars They got rivers of gold But the wind goes right through you It’s no place for the old When you first took my hand on a cold Christmas eve You promised me broadway was waiting for me You were handsome you were pretty Queen of new york city when the band finished playing they yelled out for more Sinatra was swinging all the drunks they were singing We kissed on a corner Then danced through the night.
And the boys from the nypd choir were singing Galway Bay And the bells were ringing out for Christmas day.
You’re a bum you’re a punk You’re an old s*** on junk Half dead on the bed with a drip in your arm You scumbag you maggot You cheap lousy faggot Happy Christmas your arse I pray god it’s our last.
And the boys of the nypd choir’s still singing Galway Bay And the bells were ringing out For Christmas day.
I could have been someone Well so could anyone You took my dreams from me When I first found you I kept them with me babe I put them with my own Can’t make it out alone I’ve built my dreams around you
And the boys of the nypd choir’s still singing Galway Bay And the bells are ringing out For Christmas day.