Quick, Name the Surgeon General ... Didn't Think So
Mark Bittman on why we need a strong one again
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2013 1:30 PM CST
A file photo of surgeon general Regina Benjamin.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – With Americans' terrible diets responsible for millions of premature deaths along with soaring health-care costs, the country needs a strong surgeon general more than ever to fight "the obfuscation and confusion sown by Big Food," writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times. But, sadly, the essential job of America's top doctor has been "eviscerated," he writes, with scientific information regularly "vetted and censored for political reasons."

Leroy E. Burney in 1957 and Luther L. Terry in 1964 were important for educating people about the link between smoking and lung cancer, and C. Everett Koop spoke forcefully about AIDS in the 1980s. But since then the position has been rendered impotent, and the current surgeon general, Regina Benjamin, has been typically ineffective. Instead of attacking Big Food for marketing dangerous refined sugar products at children, Benjamin has mostly blamed the "victims"—that is, us—for falling prey to it. "A strong statement by America’s doctor decrying this, and calling for control of what amounts to a controllable substance, might assure Regina Benjamin of a place in history equal to those of Burney, Terry and Koop," writes Bittman. Click for the full column.

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right2dave
Feb 24, 2013 1:50 PM CST
Who was the women that talked about beating off?
drflora3rd
Feb 24, 2013 2:12 AM CST
It's not right to look for help from someone who obviously has her own issues with food that she has not been able to control and so feels that it's 'her fault' and she's projecting that onto others. The major problem is that most physicians are not trained to know the foods that are addictive, like the dairy protein casomorphine which is an opiate, especially concentrated in cheese. The female hormones cause our cells to multiply out of control and we get fat and impotent when we eat flesh or bi-rpducts from female animals; i.e. hens, eggs, hamburgers from cows instead of bulls; sows, instead of boars, hens, instead of roosters.Dairy does nothing for our bones. In fact, the coutries which use the most amounts of dairy have the highest amounts of osteoporosis, and breast, endometrial and prostate cancers, diabetes,and ms. That tastes good, but is poison. A better choice for bones is not calcium (no usable calcium in dairy anyhow), but potassium, magnesium and silica, which picks up carbon, oxygen and silica in the body and that turns into bone calcium. Ingested food containing natural calcium lines the myelin sheath of the nerves and helps you feel more peaceful. Added artificial calcium lines your arteries and plaques there and makes nodules on the outside of your bones.. Not good and usually fattening. White bread, white milk, white pasta, fried or grilled chicken,(both carcinogenic), Read Biological Transmutation and the 80-10-10 Diet, The China Study and How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, a scientifically based cure" or the "RAVE Diet.". Old guy, your bigotry and racism are showing. Let's havean intelligent conversation, not that ignorant trash. and beeone2 should not talk about his mother like that.
old_guy
Feb 22, 2013 1:38 PM CST
When you appoint a Negro Doctor you get Negro intelligence which is understandable but what is unbelievable is this continued cry for regulating food choices, get a life. If anything the mantra should be if it tastes good spit it out it is bad for you. Kind of like just say no but even more ineffective.