Take this last episode, Homer, in one of his hair brained schemes to earn some extra cash, signs up to be a lab rat for the testing of new drugs.. One drug he takes as a supposed appetite suppressant, has the additional side effect of turning him blind.. The following brief dialog ensues..
First scientist: Who in the world will buy a pill that turns you blind?
Second scientist: Don't worry, we'll let marketing take care of that..
Durian on the Beach
And such a profound truth there is there, for few of us are genuinely capable of seeing just how powerful the world of commercials and effective marketing truly is..
They managed to sell cigarettes and alcohol to the masses, despite the long term health effects associated with both, and they have manged to sell all kinds of other detrimental health products, with little more than a few catchy slogans, jingles, glossy magazine ads, and colourful tv commercials..
I suspect that it's probably true that much of so called nutritional science that the majority of us take as common knowledge and quote freely, has it's roots in advertising..
Opening the durian
Take the protein thing.. large financial institutions have had vested interests in telling us how important protein is for us.. Who do you think has paid vast sums of money to tell the public just that? Making us believe that without the vasts amounts they propose, we will likely shrivel up an die.. You don't win a prize if you guessed correctly the butchered-flesh industry.. Think about it, it's very clever advertising.. Of course, humans were eating flesh long before advertising became such a lucrative means to sell things, but I'm sure never to the extent that we do now..
The same goes with the whole calcium thing, which no doubt was kick started by the dairy industry, in a once more ingenious attempt at selling their wares..
There's this TV ad at the moment, for some kind of fish oil, they show you a whole load of food that one would need to eat daily in order to get ones recommended daily dosage of omega 3s.. (But recommended by who?) .. It's so much food, that we'ld have to be more or less continuously stuffing ourselves in order to reach our supposed safe level of intake.. And their smart solution? Just take 3 of their fish oil capsules a day, and you'll be ok..
Now that's clever.. Dark side clever, that is, not light side clever.. sly, artful, conniving, devious, covert clever.. Because most of us are unquestioningly hoodwinked into accepting their story as indisputable truth..
Even the nutritional scientists that have no real vested interest in selling any particular wares (if such exist?), are caught up in it all, and already have their foundation knowledge set by facts that have never actually been unbiasedly proven to be facts at all..
Statistics, based on blood analysis and similar, taken from the general masses, are based on people that eat in, let's say, traditional ways still generally accepted as being sound, when long term observation shows (to those that can step back in honesty) that this is clearly not the case..
The laboratories where research is conducted are sterile, and everything is sliced so finely that before it can be microscopically investigated, it is already void of any meaningful substance.. most particularly it's life-force, thus rendering the results of no real and consequential value..
This is why I don't do nutritional science, and why I often refer to it as a pseudoscience.. Try to defend fruitarianism with science, and you will likely loose.. OK, you may be able to defend certain aspects, but for every evidence one way, there is likely conflicting evidence that points elsewhere..
Eating fruit just makes common sense. It is, I believe, the ideal food for all humans.. I don't believe that some of us are inherently different, I don't believe in doshas, different diets for different blood types and all that jazz, i don't believe we need to have any knowledge of minerals, vitamins or callories. Eating correctly does not require us to be rocket scientists..
I believe a fruitarian diet makes sense, because love, if you'l pardon the cliché, is what makes the world go round, and no diet is more loving than fruit.. so either love makes the world go around, or it doesn't.. it's your choice..
Leave the dark side, eat fruit, live long, and prosper..