Sponsored Health “News”


The NBC News affiliate in Seattle runs a series called HealthLink in which it ostensibly conveys news on health-related issues.  A recent such “news” piece entitled “Getting pregnant:  What you eat does matter” shows a woman who claims to have had two miscarriages that she ultimately traced to her diet.  The piece is replete with unassailable assertions like “you have an unhealthy lifestyle, you have unhealthy other issues” and “a Harvard study shows a woman’s fertility can be improved by eating a healthy diet.”

Well – duh! – who can argue with that?  But this particular clip defines “eating a healthy diet” as eating Paleo – no grains, no dairy, no soy, no corn, etc.  Since this is a news program, the viewer naturally assumes that this dietary remedy for miscarriage is supported by legitimate research.  And, as I’m sure you know by now, there is no research supporting the a link between consumption of grain to either fertility or miscarriage.  What there is that supports this connection is lots and lots of meat industry money, the money that supports all things Paleo.

Yes, diet is important to good health.  Which is important to fertility.  And to lots of other things.  If you want to improve your diet and your health and your fertility, try reducing the level of your dietary fat consumption from 50 percent to 10 percent, which is not the direction the Paleo people want you to go.  And be on vigilant alert for local news programs that pretend to give you real news about healthful living.  I would not recommend King 5 Broadcasting in Seattle.