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    California State Senator Cooks-Up Another Recipe for Economic Failure

    California State Senator Cooks-Up Another Recipe for Economic Failure

    A California state senator has cooked-up a bill that combines:

    1. New York City’s nanny-state “Big Gulp” bans.
    2.  Small businesses fees to pay for excessive compliance requirements.
    3. Distribution of power to unelected bureaucrats to enforce the vaguely worded legislation.

    Talk about recipe for failure!

    Steven Frank’s California has the details on this monstrosity:

    Do you think your local doughnut shop, taco joint or pizza place could afford to spend $50,000 on a “risk assessment” for each of the foods it serves—because they “could cause obesity or cancer?   Pass this and hundreds of thousands of Californians are out of work on Day One—and tens of thousands of Californians have lost there investments and businesses….

    “This bill, known as the Public Health Epidemic Protection Act of 2013, would require the department, for every product intended for consumer consumption for which it has credible evidence that the product significantly contributes to a significant public epidemic, to conduct a risk assessment evaluation to determine whether the product contributes significantly to a significant public health epidemic, as defined, and whether the adverse public health risk would have a fiscal impact on the state of $50,000,000 or more.

    The bill would authorize the department to charge the manufacturer of the product for the reasonable costs of producing the risk assessment and would create the Public Health Fund, to be used by the department, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to fund the program. If the department determines that the criteria are met, the bill would require the manufacturer to create, for approval of the department, a public health impact report (PHIR) containing specified information, including a list of adverse public health impacts and a mitigation plan for those impacts.”

    Based on my biochemistry background, the information presented by Professor Glenn Reynolds, and information I have gleaned from reading from a variety of sources, I hold that the government is responsible for the obesity epidemic in this country:

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) dietary guidelines are the gold standard for healthy eating, according to most experts. The problem is that these recommendations promote a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet based on grains like bread and rice. These kinds of foods consist almost entirely of carbohydrates. When you digest carbohydrates, they are converted into sugar in your bloodstream, the same sugar found in ice cream, soda, potato chips, and all the other junk foods most people would recognize as unhealthy. Since high blood sugar is toxic, your body produces a hormone called insulin to bring it down to a reasonable level. The trouble with this, however, is that insulin brings down your blood sugar by converting it to fat and sending it into your fat cells to be stored.

    Welcome to the new federalism:  State governments taxing and regulating us to solve problems created by our federal government.

    California has been named the “worst state to do business” for 8 straight years.  Legislation like this means we are apt to keep the title for a full decade at least!

    Californians who want to join me in trying to jettison this bill before it becomes law can contact the sponsoring California Senator, Mark DeSaulnier, or one of the other state senators.


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    JerryB | April 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    It’s been known for decades but not publicized much that the western diet with its emphasis on refined carbs is responsible for the diabetes and heart-disease syndrome. See to learn more about studies into traditional diets and their impact on health. Another good book covering the same is The Saccharine Disease by T. L. Cleave.

    The medical monopoly has been feeding us bad advice for a long time (pun intended). I think its time for a movement that could be entitled “separation of medicine and state.” It should review and expand on the Nuremberg Code. We should find better ways for medicine to police itself short of the government guaranteed monopoly we have today.

    Western diet has nothing to do with prevalence of Diabetes. It has more to do with consumption of starches such as white rice and processed sugars:

    “Global diabetes prevalence

    The UK is currently not the worst sufferer of diabetes. Globally 285 million people currently have diabetes, which is estimated to double by 2030.

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) currently states that the top 5 countries with the highest amount of diabetic patients are as follows:
    United States

    The countries with the highest prevalence, however, are nations such as Saudi Arabia, Nauru and Mauritius. It is probably due to a country’s size, why their numbers of people with diabetes are higher however it is definitely more prominent in low and middle-income countries.”

    If western diet were responsible for diabetes, then why are Saudia Arabia, China and India amongst the top diabetic nations? Answer, Western diet is NOT responsible for diabetes, lack of insulin producers coupled with high starch and sugar intake is.

      JerryB in reply to Paul. | April 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Did I say solely responsible? It’s clear that the western diet causes the syndrome, just as you outlined it.

      In the books by Weston Price and T.L. Cleave, they look at societies with traditional diets that were healthy, i.e., no diabetes, no heart congestion, good teeth, and followed their transition into a western diet. Cleave demonstrated a “rule of thumb” that in 20 years diabetes would develop, and in 40, CHD.

      It’s easy to watch what’s going on. Joe or Jane Average gets up, eats sweetened cereal or a pop tart, downs pasteurized juice, has coffee with sugar, gets to work, has a donut or bagel, and more sweetened coffee, etc. They’ll go “healthy” by eating yogurt — laced with 30 g of HFCS, or granola, also laced. Then the blood sugar drops, and they’ll get another fix. Day after day, year after year, it is an enormous strain on the system.

    If you read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis you find that the above statements about obesity are credible. Especially with regard to the genetically altered wheat that is part of most people’s daily diet.

    As the book cover proclaims, “Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight.”

    Come on, Californians. Move to Maryland where we tax the rain that falls on your roofs and driveways. And we just raised our gas tax that is now tied to inflation and goes to 23 cents by 2016. Join the fun.

    southcentralpa | April 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Yes, that clearly explains the widespread obesity in rural China where the overwhelming majority of calories is from rice.

    The FDA guidelines are wrong, but not the way you think. A genuinely low-fat (5-10% of calories from fat, not 20-30%) is the ticket to success … A genuinely low-fat diet is the only proven way to reverse coronary artery disease. Try and explain that away …

    I’m always amused when people try to tell me that “carbs” will make you fat. I ask them what they’re talking about, and they say “Donuts, fries, pizza …” Let’s see: fried, fried, smothered in cheese. Fat, not carbs, is the issue with those foods.

    (And yes, there are a surprisingly large number of people who have sensitivies or allergies to WHEAT, but to use that as an excuse to block up your arteries with meat three meals a day is cutting off your nose to spite your face.)

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