The Experts Are Morons

Rare Fillet SteakSkepticism is good and valuable when it comes to the advice proffered by health experts.

With each year and with each reversed or altered health and diet recommendation, the credibility of health experts – people who run around anointing each other with the authority to dictate the dietary decisions of other people – erodes just a little more. Actually, the whole dog and pony show has become a big national joke. These people are statists who believe they are uniquely qualified to guide the rest of us in what we eat. So qualified, in fact, they even know better than the person who depends on the body in question for their life.

A very interesting Wall Street Journal report aims to chip away at a century of myths about saturated animal fats – one example of the constantly moving target that Americans chase around like a dog running after a rolling frisbee.

This article is eye-opening, a reversal from the so-called common knowledge that Americans of all ages have grown up understanding to be as factual as deforestation and global warming (or are we calling it climate change, or El Nino…I can’t flippin’ keep track). As sure as robbing a bank is a bad idea and Jesus is our savior, so assured have we been that meat and butter are bad for you that feeling guilty after a good steak is as much a part of the post-meal ritual as my snifter of B&B (links included for the louts out there).

Turns out, health experts don’t really know what they’re talking about, and they’ve created quite the mess as generation after generation of them have played with our health.

It really doesn’t even make sense to have ever believed in the first place that meat, butter, and lard caused the horrible health conditions that emerged in the 20th Century. Look at it through a historical lens: the problems modern dietary dictators have been trying so hard to figure out – heart disease, diabetes, and obesity – all became problems as the second half of the century went along. In centuries prior these problems weren’t really problems at all, partly because people died of hangnails and hygiene wasn’t a thing.

But while still alive, people through the ages ate animal fats. So while middle aged men started kicking off in droves from heart attacks about 60 years ago, and the size of the average American keister ballooned just about 20 years ago, and the number of Americans known to have diabetes has quadrupled in the last 30 years – we as a species didn’t just start eating tender bacon-wrapped steaks and washing it down with delicious butter.

No, we’ve been eating animal fats for, well…forever. Throughout history humans have fueled their exceptionally energy-hungry brains (the brain uses 20-25 percent of all the calories our body uses, yet it is only 5-6 percent of our total body mass, even less for Democrats) primarily by eating calorie-rich meat and foraging for the occasional berry or grain. Consuming animal fats is one of the most natural things someone can do, so that just cannot be the cause of those health scourges.

Could it possibly be that decades before heart disease became a serious health problem, the health hierarchy of dietary dictators started pushing a program shunning the consumption of animal fats, leading people to replace lard and butter with vegetable-based fats? The WSJ piece elaborates, and it’s worth a read.

Health and dietary experts’ recommendations about our diets may have done more damage to our health than our diets have.

Another problem that the dietsphere is atwitter about are trans fats. Who knows if in 50 years it’s revealed that those are actually the fountain of youth, but for now let’s take it at face value that they’re bad for us. If they are a problem, they’re also a byproduct of the shunning of animal fats, which led to vegetable fats, which led to the advent of hydrogenated and trans-fats, fats which are manufactured, not natural (if there’s a modicum of common sense in the health and diet industry, it’s that exercise is good and food that’s manufactured is not).

Some of these experts work for universities or other organizations. Many work in government. All have a renewed raison d’etre when some new study overturns old recommendations, and thus they must earn their salary by shuffling their paperwork. But while this cadre of anxious diet seers was once a small gaggle of goofs in some office in an obscure federal bureaucracy, the proliferation of government “health experts” has in recent decades become much more democratized. That is to say, in an age of government largesse, one of the fastest growing fields is one of government-funded functionaries who must constantly shuffle the cards lest the public discover that their entire profession is dependent on never actually finding a sensible diet. Once they do that, people will eat it and the profession will be of no further use.

For example, according to the BLS, the number of so-called “community health experts” will grow by 25 percent between 2012 and 2022 from about 40,000 to more than 50,000 such “experts” who are employed by local units of government and bloated hospital bureaucracies. The number of dieticians and nutritionists will grow by 21.1 percent. Here’s a high-and-mighty job title: the number of “Health educators” will grow by 19 percent. The more modest-sounding field “community health workers” will grow by 25.1 percent. There are entire college degree programs in which one can learn how to be a “health educator” and earn the title of “expert.”

All these experts, dietitians, nutritionists, and educators will scurry around in our communities making a living by lecturing us about how we’re eating the wrong foods as per the “experts” and they’ll surely peddle the same bogus, always-changing guidelines for how to avoid imminent doom owed to a licentious diet. Some of them will even become the first lady and campaign against the decadence of bacon and burgers and slabs of prime rib soaked in au jus with horseradish sauce made with mayo and garlic toast loaded with butter. Will someone please throw some cold water on me?

Americans should rebel against the know-it-alls who righteously proclaim a special role in society to shape the diets of everyone from newborns to the elderly, from the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Keys. They claim this power based on their highly specialized knowledge, which as it happens isn’t all that high and not nearly as specialized as they portray. A skeptic now has evidence that much of that knowledge is based on decades of shoddy science.

One minute caffeine and alcohol will kill you as fast as a speeding bus, and the next every cool health expert frenetically recommends drinking both.

One moment the oils used at movie theaters are so dangerous they might as well build a funeral home right next door; the next moment the experts’ consensus shifts quietly and they coyly whisper just kidding…

It’s probably safe to just ignore everything said by the so-called, self-proclaimed health expert class with the nauseatingly haughty titles, as well as anyone else who gives advice as to what to eat.

At least take their advice with a massive grain of salt.

Or a big, fat, juicy steak.


About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.