Obedience in a citizen is apparently a virtue by modern standards. One must have faith in the voices of authority, particularly if they have “science” and institutions behind them. Good little boys and girls eat their vegetables and clean their plates otherwise their arrogant disdain of such nutritional wonders (starch, phytochemicals, and generally non-bioavailable vitamins) in juxtoposition to the “starving children in China” may result in shame-related health conditions.
Or perhaps it is merely a matter of “genes”.
Weston A. Price, DDS, believed that gene expression was determined by generations of nutrition and that nobody had “bad genes”, rather, some genes were poorly expressed due to generations of poor nutrition. I believe that he was correct.
However, during the time when Price made his travels and studies of various isolated peoples who were not yet exposed to the “foods of modern commerce,” the Eugenics movement of the Twentieth Century was in full swing. Now that we are in the Twenty-First Century however, and Hitler and his Nazis were defeated, there’s nothing left of the Eugenics movement anywhere, right? Certainly not in the CIA, Centers of Disease Control, or in any of the institutions and foundations of health for which the United States is so justifiably admired.
It is important to trust all of these authorities because it is by virtue of their superior genes that they rule over us. God gave them those superior genes and so did “science” and therefore, having “faith” in those authorities is a virtue that will surely be rewarded one way or another, right?
Here’s an example of the infinite wisdom of our superiors.
They say that you can’t fool all the people all the time, which may be true. However, so long as obedience is considered such a high virtue, only those of us with “vice” are immune. It is therefore very important in preserving the privileges of our aristocracy that all of those with “vice” be adequately shamed. Similarly, those of us with “poor genes” are advised to quietly go somewhere to die.
Eugenics plus modern behavioral conditioning turns out to be quite the lethal combination.
Meanwhile, as the ludicrous nutritional “wisdom” of the 1970’s is slowly being debunked, a bit at a time, our august voices of authority are earnestly spinning webs designed to salvage what is left of their credibility.
Despite major gains in fighting hepatitis C and other chronic liver conditions, public health officials are now faced with a growing epidemic of liver disease that is tightly linked to the obesity crisis.
In the past two decades, the prevalence of the disease, known as nonalcoholic fatty liver, has more than doubled in teenagers and adolescents, and climbed at a similar rate in adults. Studies based on federal surveys and diagnostic testing have found that it occurs in about 10 percent of children and at least 20 percent of adults in the United States, eclipsing the rate of any other chronic liver condition.
There are no drugs approved to treat the disease, and it is quickly becoming a leading cause of liver transplants around the country.
Doctors say that the disease, which causes the liver to swell with fat, is particularly striking because it is nearly identical to the liver damage that is seen in heavy drinkers. But in this case the damage is done not by alcohol, but by poor diet and excess weight.
“The equivalent of this is foie gras,” said Dr. Joel E. Lavine, the chief of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. “You have to force feed ducks to get fatty liver, but people seem to be able to develop it on their own.”
That sounds pretty terrible, doesn’t it? Here comes the anecdotal case to tug at our heartstrings:
Gavin Owenby, a 13-year-old in Hiawassee, Ga., learned he had the disease two years ago after developing crippling abdominal pain. “It’s like you’re being stabbed in your stomach with a knife,” he said.
An ultrasound revealed that Gavin’s liver was enlarged and filled with fat. “His doctor said it was one of the worst cases she had seen,” said Gavin’s mother, Michele Owenby. “We had no idea anything was going on other than his stomach pain.”
With no drugs to offer him, Gavin’s doctor warned that the only way to reverse his fatty liver was to exercise and change his diet. “They told me to stay away from sugar and eat more fruits and vegetables,” Gavin said. “But it’s hard.”
What poor Gavin needs is a little discipline and self-control. Of course, those of us with the proper breeding to fully appreciate the New York Times are not so unfortunate to be deficient in those virtues. Must be our good genes.
…Fatty liver strikes people of all races and ethnicities. But it is particularly widespread among Hispanics because they frequently carry a variant of a gene, known as PNPLA3, that drives the liver to aggressively produce and store triglycerides, a type of fat. The variant is at least twice as common in Hispanic Americans compared with African-Americans and non-Hispanic whites.
In Los Angeles, liver disease is diagnosed in one out of two obese Hispanic children, and it is a leading cause of premature death in Hispanic adults.
Here I thought that to be “Hispanic” was to be part of a population so diverse as to be entirely separate from race or genetics. Who knew? It is a good thing that the “paper of record” is here to tell me so much about the place where I happen to live.
At the end of the article, thank goodness, the following charitable effort is provided:
Do you have a question about fatty liver disease? Ask your question below. Your question may be answered by our reporter, Anahad O’Connor.
Unfortunately, I am so beset by vice, that I am unable to atone by submitting an offering to the kind and beneficient Anahad O’Connor. Instead, I will offer it to you, dear reader. Here’s the question I’d like to ask Anahad O’Connor should I have the privilege to encounter this individual in person in a dark alley:Do geese fattened for foie gras suffer from a deficit of fruits and vegetables? Or is it bad genes? Seriously, you’ve given me an idea on how to raise humane foie gras—impoverish them from self-determination and provide them with plenty of nutrient-deficient varieties of corn. They’ll fatten up voluntarily and I’ll feel so good about myself at the same time. Isn’t eugenics grand?
I must be such a bad person.