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Fat - the good, bad and ugly.

When Matias showed up for his follow up session, which was scheduled for just over one month from the initial appointment, he appeared visibly different. He looked much slimmer, his skin has cleared up and appeared quite radiant despite the usual gloom of New York's winter. At our session he sipped the customary tea I serve during the consultations and spoke enthusiastically about the changes in his lifestyle and how much more energy he felt. Matias was clearly inspired. The mechanics of my approach appealed to him and sunk right in, but there was this one thing that he just couldn't make sense of. When I asked Matias what it was, he just shook his head and said, "I just don't understand, how could I be eating all this fat and slim down all at the same time!"

This question comes up quite often in my practice, and rightfully so. After all, for years we have been taught to avoid fat as the plague. Indeed there are types of fat that would fit this description, but on the other hand there are types of fat that are crucial sources of nourishment and serve as the pillars of health. Consuming these types of fats is crucial for proper hydration, elimination and all other processes that are essential to the life of a human organism. When Matias' dietary habits received the much needed overhaul, his body had thanked him by shedding the unnecessary weight, increasing his energy levels and with a few other positive changes he hadn't even expected.

Well then, you may ask, why all this fat phobia? Why is the media and the medical profession still demonizing this innocent molecule?

In science, research always produces multiple results. Even though the initial motives may appear noble, the following discoveries may change that. Cholesterol is a good example. When it was discovered that this essential molecule was among the ones that are present in the arterial plaque and since the mechanism by which cholesterol was synthesized in human physiology was known, it was assumed to be part of the problem and became the "villain of the day" and an easy target. At that time, the exact reason what was the true cause of the molecule's presence in the plaque, what was the condition of the molecule at this state, why it was "bad" or "good" what changed those conditions and by what process, was not clear. But It was a simple answer to the fast growing problem to heart disease that would at least buy some time for further research into this plague and an opportunistic business strategy. As the business of war on fat was booming, the cholesterol lowering drugs became the sexiest thing to use as preventive care for heart disease, diabetes and just about any other health challenge. And this "preventive care" brought in enormous profits to the Big Pharma and a slew of other quick witted entrepreneurs. All you have to do is to look around and see the enormous amount of business this "war on fat" has brought about to many industries. The results of this unfortunate strategy are as clear as day: the current state of health in the US is as sad as the Standard American Diet. And it is well known that the occurrence of heart attacks and diabetes have only increased and are currently the top causes of death in this country.

One sexy Villain + One expensive War = Extreme Profit; doesn't this formula look familiar?

You would need little imagination after reading the results of this monumental clinical study published in a well-respected (and rather conservative!) medical journal to get a good idea about the business practices of the opportunistic medicine.

By Eli Katz, NC 01.10.10

Human digestion