NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
April 29, 2015
Dear Steve,  

DID YOU KNOW that Stonewalled, a new book by five-time Emmy award-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, details the struggles she has had publishing stories because of the ever-encroaching commercial and corporate interests? Understanding what is going on here should be especially important to you, because so many stories on health-related issues such as disease and prescription medication never see the light of day, unless you read it in eNewsletters like ours. The censorship is getting worse and this book is shocking.

RECAP: If you missed Monday's piece You Need the Truth About Yogurt, go to this link.
Dean Ornish Takes it on the Chin
Bonnie: As many of you know, I have never been a proponent of the Ornish Diet.

When I read his New York Times op-ed piece panning high protein diets, I cringed. There were so many things I wanted to address. However, before I had time to write something, Scientific American did the job for me with Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says About Nutrition Is Wrong. I don't think I could have said it any better.

I also learned something about his diet that I never knew. When Dr. Ornish did his initial study, in addition to changing diet, he also made the diet group stop smoking, start exercising, and take stress management classes, whereas the placebo group did none of these. These are three major confounding factors, given the fact that he built his entire diet empire on this study.

Many of you are not only familiar, but adhering to what I consider to be the most sensible, most enjoyable, and best long-term eating style: PaleoMediterranean.

NCI Well Connect Members can access our Jump-Start PaleoMediterranean Action Plan for free by email request. If you are interested in signing up, here's an example of what NCI Well Connect members receive. After signing up, we will email you the Jump-Start PaleoMediterranean Action Plan.
You Won't Believe What Pepsi Did
Steve: Here's part of PepsiCo's official statement on their Diet soda products: "While decades of studies show aspartame is safe, we recognize that consumer demand is evolving. Many consumers don't want it in their cola." Gee, ya think?

PepsiCo announced last week that they are ditching the artificial sweetener aspartame from Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi this August.

Guess what they are replacing aspartame with? A blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium, both of which are artificial sweeteners. Acesulfame potassium is basically aspartame with a minor chemical change. Sucralose is the main ingredient in Splenda.

As expected, PepsiCo is not making the move in the interest of the health of the consumer. It is making the move because aspartame has become such a pariah that BigSoda needs to get out from under its sludge.

PepsiCo still thinks we're dumb by changing the names of increasingly irrelevant and harmful ingredients. Don't you realize by now that we're onto to you PepsiCo?

In ten to twenty years, we'll be reading a similar statement from PepsiCo. The only difference is that they will be removing sucralose and acesulfame potassium from their diet sodas.

We're not surprised that PepsiCo "robbed Peter to pay Paul". We actually should be shocked if and when they do the right thing. Why not follow the mission of a company like to Chipotle who just went GMO-free, not because of customer backlash, but because it was the right thing to do.

This move by PepsiCo proves that consumers can exercise their rights mightily with spending power. This is the only message the food industry understands. Keep spending your hard-earned dollars intelligently!

Who Has Our Best Interests in Mind Anymore?
Steve: After posting the stories about Ornish and Pepsi, you'd think it could not get any worse, right? Unfortunately, it does.

Did you hear the story about the "wellness guru" who confessed that her whole story about healing terminal brain cancer through diet and other natural therapies was purely a lie? Of course, she admitted this after becoming a best-selling author and mobile-app phenomenon.

Australian Belle Gibson, the creator of a best-selling mobile phone app and cookbook, The Whole Pantry, confessed, "None of it's true".

The admission only came after weeks of public questioning of Gibson and media digging into falsehoods and contradictions in her cancer cure story. But it also comes after Gibson achieved great success and visibility, aided by various powerful media.

How tragic for those who may have followed her advice. I see bankruptcy and/or prison in her future.

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Have a happy, healthy day,
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