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Sunday 28 July 2013

Diabetes New Zealand another Black Ops shill for big pharma ?

One of our friends who lives in New Zealand sent in a link to an outfit called Diabetes New Zealand. DNZ loves sugar and carbohydrates, poor old sugar gets some stick, they imply, ah poor old Mr. Sugar never mind old chap. Let’s all feel sorry for poor old Mr. Sugar. The fact is sugar contains nothing other than calories, no vitamins no minerals, none, zilch.  “But sugar is just a type of carbohydrate” they tell us. Now that is good, because our NHS doesn’t seem to know that ! Give it a rest Eddie I hear you say ! They must know. Well yesterday we quoted the NHS who’s spokesman said in the Sun newspaper  “It’s important everyone eats a healthy, balanced diet. This includes plenty of carbohydrates, choosing higher fibre options where possible, fruit and vegetables, some meat, fish, dairy and non-dairy protein foods, but only small amounts of foods high in salt, saturated fat and sugars”

Did you spot that  “plenty of carbohydrates” but only small amounts of sugar. And people wonder why diabetics are so often confused. I reckon DNZ, the NHS and our DNZ equivalent DUK are not confused. They push the carbs and they push the sugar, just like big pharma wants it. Because we all know nothing gets those BG numbers into the danger zone faster than poor old Mr. Sugar and Mrs Carbs, and how do you get them down ? Good old Mr. big pharma drugs. Everybody’s happy eh. I have tried to find out who sponsors this outfit, at time of writing all I see the DNZ site states “Diabetes New Zealand gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our special sponsors.” What’s the betting big pharma and junk food are pulling the strings, of yet another useless and dangerous puppet ?

From the Diabetes New Zealand website here. Check out the diet plate.

“Someone may have told you that people with diabetes can't eat any sugar. Some people think that eating too much sugar causes diabetes in the first place. Such ideas make sugar sound like a 'bad guy'. But sugar is just a type of carbohydrate. New Zealand registered dietitian Alison Pask explains why a sugar free diet is no longer the norm for people with diabetes.”



Lynda said...

Thanks Eddie - isn't that the craziest thing you've ever read? That was from a dietitian!! Diabetics don't stand a chance over here. I had a comment from a reader the other day saying that she was told to eat the "Diabetes NZ" way and her number went up. She changed to our way and what do you know? Normal blood sugar numbers.

I often pop over into that diabetes website out of pure disbelief, surely they have it wrong and will change it... yeah right.

Lynda said...

Oh and don't forget my favourite part "'Blood sugar' and sugar in food are not the same and this is what creates the confusion. It is important to note that sugar does not cause diabetes."

paul1976 said...

Crikey!! What an eye opener!! I thought the lunacy was mainly confined to the NHS/ADA and now I read this!

A shame this 'Dietician' couldn't come over here on the blog Eddie and guys would put her straight eh!:)

Anonymous said...

"Lunacy" a great word. The shame of it is these "lunatics" could well be killing people, or at least shortening lives and bringing on diabetic complications.

Paul B

Lowcarb team member said...

Thanks for sending us this link, I think many have enjoyed reading it.

It would appear the hold big pharma and junk food has is everywhere, perhaps the only escape is to read other well intentioned blogs that help to spread good news, related articles to diet and health care. Slowly we can perhaps change what is the established mindsets so people do start to question the "lunacy".

All the best Jan