Having attended Brian Clement’s lecture in London yesterday, I was today alerted to a Daily Mail feature via Facebook, which portrayed Brian Clement (a former recipient of a US national award and listed as one of the “Top 500 Americans”) as an evil demon preying on the sick and vulnerable.
The Daily Mail article, which I read in its entirety, is highly sensationalist, and it conveniently fails to mention that Brian Clement has now been acquitted of any wrongdoing (but then the journalist wouldn’t have been able to put together such an attention-grabbing story). I was present at the lecture yesterday, and saw no evidence of any “terminally ill” people, the target group that the Daily Mail states the lectures were being promoted to. The audience was a mix of ages, and the majority appeared to be strong, fit and healthy.
No medical claims were made in the lecture (and I was looking out for them), which was a good mix of peer-reviewed science indicating studies which show how the introduction of certain foods could improve the health of those following a standard British diet, and how the health of developed nations is failing; largely as a result of increasingly poor food choices. Of particular note was the section on refined sugar, and its massively detrimental effect on human health. This is something that is widely accepted in the medical profession, and something that any doctor, state registered dietitian or nutritionist would concur with.
Other important issues were covered in the presentation, including that we should aim to increase our own personal happiness by choosing a career or life venture that fills us with passion. With so many people now spending 8 to 10 hours a day in a job they hate, and living a life of misery (with or without controversial and side-effect laden antidepressants), this is surely essential advice for the masses.
Sensationalist journalism is great for selling newspapers, but it can give a somewhat biased representation of facts in any area, be that social, economic, religious, political, sporting or indeed any other. Wasn’t it once stated that we should never let the truth get in the way of a good story? Anyone with an interest in clinical research for health improvement would, in my opinion, have benefitted from attending yesterday’s presentation.
Much of today’s scientific research is indicating the link between poor dietary choices and a higher risk of degenerative disease; this is not in any doubt. The presentation highlighted this important issue, and reinforced that ultimately, we are all responsible for our own food and lifestyle choices, and the benefits or consequences that result. Nothing controversial, nothing sensationalist, just common sense; which, regrettably, does not sell newspapers.