How refreshing: a Presidential appointee speaks out
against Administration policy. This is from a Medscape
News article (free registration), which is from
Reuters Heath Information. The report quotes a professor of
Immunology who is on the href="http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/ADVISORY/pcp/pcpchr.htm">President’s
Cancer Panel at the rel="tag">National Cancer Institute. href="http://www.mdanderson.org/departments/immunology/print.cfm?displayPrint=1&id=6BA754F9-6AD2-4220-93954E0F8682EE69&method=displayfull&pn=082E88E7-B295-43D1-94D38FA20872EC4E&PrintPage=1">Margaret
Kripke Ph.D. is well qualified, being one of the senior
researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) Aug 16 – A new
report on cancer takes
on not only tobacco companies but the food industry while calling on
the federal government to “cease being a purveyor of unhealthy foods”
and switch to policies that encourage Americans to eat vegetables and
…”Ineffective policies, in conjunction with limited regulation of
sales and marketing in the food and beverage industry, have spawned a
culture that struggles to make healthy choices — a culture in dire
need of change,” said the report, available on the Internet at
Margaret Kripke of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson cancer center,
a member of the President’s Cancer Panel, said in a telephone
interview, “What became clear to me is that we simply don’t have the
political will to protect the public health.”…
In direct contradiction to the President’s stated policy, the Panel
advocates an increase in the tax on cigarettes. It also
recommends having the FDA regulate tobacco products.
What’s more, the report described Federal policies as “ineffective.”
The authors called for more regulation of the sales and
marketing of food and beverages. They go on to criticize the
policies behind farm subsidies:
“We heavily subsidize the growth of foods
(e.g., corn, soy) that in their processed forms (e.g., high fructose
corn syrup, hydrogenated corn and soybean oils, grain-fed cattle) are
known contributors to obesity and associated chronic diseases,
including cancer,” the report reads.
“The people who are doing the U.S. agricultural subsidies
need to connect their subsidies with the policy on public health and I
don’t think that has been done,” Kripke said.
Dr. Kripke is recommending that our agricultural policies be
consistent with our public health policies. This would keep
two different parts of the government from working at cross-purposes,
which seems sensible to me.