This entry is a continuation of the "Conspiracy Theory" (Link) entry I did in October. It seems that the "powerful conspirators" are at it again. Medicare may start funding the Ornish and Pritkin Diets for those at risk for cardiovascular disease. See the article here. Both the Ornish and Pritkin diets are very low in fat, very high in carbohydrate and primarily vegetarian (70% carbohydrate, 20% protein, 10% fat). These diets 'seem' to work in the short-term, primarily due to the fact that they result in weight loss. Over the long term however, studies have shown that a diet lower in carbohydrate and higher in fat and protein is more effective in reducing weight and cardiovasucular disease risk. See abstract to a review study here. And for even more back up check out this, this, this, and this.
All of this research makes the fact that Medicare is considering paying for these diet programs highly suspicious in my mind. Is decreasing the incidence of cardiovascular disease really the goal of the "conspirators" or are they looking for more ways to generate dollars for the government, healthcare system, pharmacological and diet industries? It's definitely something to think about.
I encourage you to be "Paranoid with a Purpose" - it might save your life.