The Wall Street Journal’s on-line article by Stu Woo, NFL Linemen Turn to Fatty, No-Carb Diet, but Science Is Unclear published on August 20th is surprisingly Biased.  The title of the Article expresses the opinion of the author and his bias, so you really don’t need or want to read it.

Years ago – as a young man just starting out in business, I was involved in a brouhaha that had a significant public appearance.  I got a call from a NY Times reporter for my comments.  Boy was I thrilled – THE NY “eff’n” Times – was going to interview me.  The reporter’s first question clearly stated his bias.  I was shocked, disappointed but learned a big lesson: Everyone has a bias – even the most respected Newspapers.

So let’s analyze the article:

The Headline:  Two concepts thrown in your face:  No-Carb, which a ketogenic diet isn’t and “but Science is Unclear.”  At the best interpretation – that is on both sides of the isle.  40 years of Low Fat – and we learn that the Science was False.

I checked out the author’s Facebook page.  On August 21st he posted the following: “Some Giants and Jets linemen are into the trendy and controversial “ketogenic” diet, which prescribes eating 70% fat, 30% protein and 0% carbs.”

The first words are a repetition of the Official Government WORD:

U.S. health officials recommend that carbohydrates make up 45% to 65% of every adult’s diet, with the remaining calories coming from fat (20% to 35%) and protein (10% to 35%).

Then a statement as to what the NFL Linebackers are doing.

The 300-pound blockers, who are toiling in training camp to prepare for the start of the regular season in three weeks, are partaking in a fashionable and controversial regimen called a ketogenic diet, or just “keto,” as they call it.

So now – what I have been doing for 8 years is both Fashionable and Controversial. What he is saying – fashions pass – so don’t get caught up in a controversial program.

Next – let’s generalize the oppositions’ position: “Some nutritionists, however, caution that the benefits of the diet are unproven, and that it’s unsustainable in the long run.”  Excuse me – but I and so many others have sustained this diet for many – many – years – Me – since 3/12/07.  “Unproven” come on.

I love this quote:

“It’s definitely new and trendy,” said Kate Patton, a dietician with Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. “There’s not a ton of conclusive long-term research on this. There’s obviously so much more research on balanced-carbohydrate diets and their benefits.”

She is a dietician – the lowest rung on the professional ladder.  Her statement is absolutely false.

When he does quote Phinney and Volek, he intentionally ignores the fact that Phinney is a physician and that Volek has a doctorate.

Dr. Stephen Phinney, a nutritional expert who, along with Ohio State professor Jeff Volek, has studied the low-carb lifestyle.

What they have studied goes well beyond the concept of “lifestyle.”  They are being demeaned.

He then goes on to quote a dietician as the ultimate authority in a headline banner:

Fueling up with just fat and protein is akin to trying to put diesel in an unleaded fuel tank and expecting your luxury car to run at peak performance.’ —nutritionist Katie Ferraro

So he parades Ferraro as the ultimate authority and denigrates Phinney and Volek.

The last sentence of the article sums up his bias with a quote from Ferraro:

“It’s not a sustainable way to eat,” she said.

OK – rant over.  I just expected something better from the Wall Street Journal.  Maybe it is just this author – can you believe anything he reports about?

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