Diet Laws

I am all for improving America’s diet.  I just don’t think the government needs to be so heavily involved.  As a physician, it should be us giving the advice but I admit that I don’t think we have all the right answers yet.   Are grains the problem?  Has fat been maligned for the wrong reason?   I agree that that trans fatty acids are bad but will saturated fats make a comeback?   Processed food is a major culprit but how do we get it out of the common person’s diet?  The WSJ did a nice piece entitled the Tax Code Diet.  Check it out.  The editors have issues with a government-led diet transformation “across all levels and sectors of society” where we turn over a large part of fiscal policy to a scientific committee. The panelists want to expand farm subsidies—entitlements for plants and animals—to include fruits and vegetables. As the article says, they would have done “far better to endorse an end to subsidies for row crops like corn, which become low-quality calories via refined starches and high-fructose corn syrup.”   I really can’t see how the government can eat for us and when politics and new diet regulations come together only bad things can happen.  That scares me.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Diet Laws

  1. Sheila Chambers
    May 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    The problem is simple, make veggies taste like French fries! If real food tasted like junk food, there would not be a obesity problem.

    Here is an opportunity for Monsanto to genetically modify vegetables and fruits to taste like hamburgers,fries, ding dongs and fuzzy drinks.

    In stead these jerks are putting bug poisons and herbicides INSIDE our food!

    Looking at how the government handles the budget, I don’t want them telling me what to eat!

  2. May 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    IF one subscribes to the notion that gov’t should provide routine health care (along with all levels of education, retirement planning, child care, “fair” housing, ad nauseum) then it logically follows that the entity which provides for our care also tells us what to eat. In fact, this is what the vast majority of the electorate deserves, for buying into such bad ideas.

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