everett koop

Let’s talk about the diet industry.  This industry, not counting weight loss surgery, earns those companies $46 BILLION a year.  That’s ridiculous for products that absolutely have no evidence that they work. There is no successful diet.  At all.  So why do people keep trying?  There are so many reasons.  Let’s start with the medical industry that tells a fat person that anything that ails them is because they are fat.  Haven’t experienced this?  Ask a fat person.  But research says that fat people are unhealthy and at danger for multiple health issues, right? There are two things we can look at to determine the legitimacy of research.  Who is doing it and who is paying for it.  You may not know it but the former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D. is the person who declared the “war on obesity”.  He started a program to ‘Shape Up, America!” with money from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and Slim-Fast.  He advertised for them.  James Hill, PhD, is a spokesperson for community groups fighting this “war”.  He is a paid consultant to several pharmaceutical companies that sell diet drugs.  This while also being a member of the National Institute of Health Task Force on Obesity Prevention and Treatment.  There are many incestuous connections between the diet industry, diet research, and government programs that want us to keep fighting something that is a biological mandate as much as freckles are.  I don’t want you to just believe what I say.  I want you to research it, but know that the propaganda is deep and you will need to look hard.  May I suggest the New England Journal of Medicine from January 1998?  Or the 1992 NIH Technology Assessment Panel?  Please check it out.

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Also. Ronald Reagan was a despicable human being. He chose, with careful consideration, to do NOTHING about the spread of AIDS in the United States under the belief that only homosexuals like myself, and dirty blacks could be infected. Reaganomics hurt any economy that attempts to make use of the ideologues theory- he knew nothing about economics or history. It's not too late to analyze your heroes without bias.

I’ll just address HIV/AIDS here.  This was the budget, not adjusted for today’s dollars, note that HIV was not even identified as a singular virus until 1983:  1982 - $8 million, 1983 - $44 million, 1984 - $88 million and it continued to double every year during Reagan’s history.  Of course more could be done.  More can always be done.  Reagan doing nothing about HIV/AIDS is a lot of propaganda and rewriting of history. 

I’ll mention this now: I was there. I’ve taken care of people with HIV my entire clinical career; thank God few AIDS patients come onto hospice service anymore;  My sister is a world-renowned retrovirologist at the NCI who has been working on HTLV-I and HTLV-III(HIV) since 1978 - her entire post-graduate career.  

We simply did not know what we were dealing with; here again know your history; there was not enough communication between researchers and clinicians worldwide there was just the beginnings of the web.  People found out things at annual conferences, not instantly. This slowed everything. With HIV/AIDS a lot was happening at once and the early population clusters just happened to be among gay men and Haitians and Africans (truly the earliest were in Africa).  We didn’t even know they were related for years because yes your immune system crashed but people didn’t succumb to the same illness each time; it took time to correlate.

The HIV virus was identified first by the French in 1983 and then somehow independently in the US in 1984 - today there would be better collaboration.  An antibody test did not become available until 1985.

No Reagan did not mention HIV/AIDS in public until September 1985 at a press conference, two years after it was named and three years after he had signed off on funding for it.  On Feb. 5, 1986, he said, “One of our highest public health priorities is going to be continuing to find a cure for AIDS.” At that point he’d brought in Surgeon General C. Everett Koop to prepare a major report on the disease. Yes, Reagan brought Koop in, not the other way around.