There is no doubt that a new national nutrition policy is struggling to be born, although its heredity is a bit confusing. Like Frankenstein's monster, parts of this awkward, pseudoscientific creature are being supplied from no fewer than a dozen government and independent organizations. For that and other reasons, some would call the baby illegitimate.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where 11 separate institutes are now engaged in some form of nutrition research, are saying the nutrition debate is the most politicized issue ever to arise in the area of medical research. Even Donald Fredrickson, MD, director of the NIH, was visibly nervous when confronted recently by members of Senator George McGovern's (D-SD) Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition.
The debate seems to have begun in 1977 when heated words on the lack of knowledge and policy on nutrition were exchanged during hearings conducted by McGovern's Select