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Would a medical journal publish an article pushing for a higher Recommended Dietary Allowance of protein from an author whose email used to be smiller@beef.org?

JAMA did in its June 25 issue this year in an article titled The Recommended Dietary Allowance of Protein: A Misunderstood Concept.

In its Oct. 15 issue it had to print a correction stating that author Sharon L. Miller was "formerly employed by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association" and author Robert R. Wolfe received money from the Egg Nutrition Center, National Dairy Council, National Pork Board and Beef Checkoff through the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Oops.

Both Cattlemen flack Miller and Robert R. Wolfe, Professor of Geriatrics at the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, have a paper trial of junk food science articles funded by Big Food.

The dairy industry funded their, Protein Metabolism in Response to Ingestion Pattern and Composition of Proteins, (J Nutr 2002) Miller's, New Frontiers in Weight Management (J Am Coll Nutr. 2002 Apr), her Dietary Calcium And Dairy Modulation Of Adiposity And Obesity Risk (Nutr Rev. 2004 Apr) and probably--just guessing--Wolfe's Milk Ingestion Stimulates Net Muscle Protein Synthesis Following Resistance Exercise (Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2006 Apr).

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association funded Wolfe's Dietary Protein Intake Impacts Human Skeletal Muscle Protein Fractional Synthetic Rates After Endurance Exercise (Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Oct) and the Danish Meat Association and the Danish Dairy Board sponsored his talk at the 9th Nordic Nutrition conference in Copenhagen in June 2008.

The talk was on guess what? Protein's crucial role in weight management and satiety!

As Director of the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity at the University of Arkansas, Wolfe leads a tireless crusade against the Red Meat Deficiency he and Cattlemen see in the elderly.

How many of his "more meat" articles-- Optimal Protein Intake In The Elderly (Clin Nutr. 2008 Oct;27) (with Miller), Role Of Dietary Protein In The Sarcopenia Of Aging (Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 May) The Recommended Dietary Allowance for Protein May Not Be Adequate for Older People to Maintain Skeletal Muscle (J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2001 Jun;5) Aging Does Not Impair The Anabolic Response To A Protein-Rich Meal (Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Aug) [ed note: what is this trying to say?]and Seniors Need More Protein Rich Food To Decrease Muscle Loss (2007 Medical News Today)--have Cattlemen's "hoof prints" on them?

Nor does Wolfe restrict his nostrums to the elderly.
He presided over the infusion with endotoxin of 18 laboratory pigs--"until the pulmonary arterial pressure reached a pressure similar to that found in trauma victims"--to reach the conclusion, after killing them and removing their lungs, "that the common practice of providing calories in the form of polyunsaturated [non red neat] fatty acids to critically ill patients carries the risk of being detrimental to lung function." (Nutrition. 2002 Jul-Aug;18)

Yes, the animals died from a saturated fat deficiency! Not from the "risks" perpetrated by Wolfe et al.

Of course most people know by now that red meat is a rich and varied source of cancer and cardiovascular disease which is as good for you--and as necessary--as cigarettes.

Which is why Big Meat is running scared.

Ninety five percent of "Registered Dietitians (RD) reported they believe people already get too much protein in their diet." says the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in its Oct. 2008 quarterly update.

This indicates the need "for widespread dissemination of the scientific evidence supporting the role of protein in optimal health in order to alter the current misperceptions about protein in the diet," say the Cattlemen.

It also explains Wolfe's fool's errand to JAMA in which he wrote (before correction), "A variety of studies have shown levels of protein intake above the RDA benefiting muscle mass, strength, and function, bone health, maintenance of energy balance, cardiovascular function, and wound healing."

Maybe journals need to see emails that read @onthetake.org.
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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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Thank God - that "researchers" with ties... by Suzana Megles on Monday, Dec 8, 2008 at 10:02:43 AM