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From: Steve (
Subject:         Why so many low fat gurus?
Date: September 9, 2007 at 2:03 pm PST

Being slightly older than most people on this board I remember being a child during the 70s seeing Nathan Pritikin's books and convenience foods in the supermarkets.

Through the years I have seen Ornish, McDougal, Esselystyn, Barnard and Furnham come onto the scene. I always wondered why these men needed to write books on low fat diets when Pritikin already did it.

One day while I was bored at work I googled around on "Pritikin" and I learned that he wasn't even the "unmoved mover" in terms of low fat gurus.

He got his ideas back in the 50s from scientists studying Europeans who were forced into low fat diets as a result of food shortages during WW II.

Why so many low fat gurus? Why did it take to the 70s, then the 90s to get people aware of low fat diets when it was discovered in the 50s? I guess the next question, which I can already guess someone like me in the future might ask is "why was education to reverse the smear job by Atkins necessary?".

I know Ornish contributed clinical verification. Some of McDougalls older books published information that the public was not aware about previously.

I guess these other guys offer new packaging more palatable to a wider audience?

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