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Paula Deen Sells Her Soul

January 31, 2012 by  

Paula Deen, the Southern chef known for creating fat- and sugar-laden dishes, has sold her soul to the devil that is Big Pharma.

Deen now admits that she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago. But rather than use her bully pulpit to preach a lifestyle of making healthy eating choices, Deen is now promoting the diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) manufactured by Novo Nordisk.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Victoza in January 2010, but it did so amid strong evidence of a link to thyroid cancer. The FDA ordered Novo Nordisk to include a “black box” warning on the drug’s label. A black box warning is the agency’s strongest warning and is used only when grave side effects are at issue. The warning states that the drug causes thyroid C-cell tumors in rodents. If the FDA — which cares only about Big Pharma profits and not a whit for the health of Americans — requires a black box warning, the cancer risk must be enormous.

Deen would do more for the health of her fans if she would talk to them about eating healthful, whole and raw foods and avoiding trans fats and sugars, especially high fructose corn syrup. Instead, she sold her soul. Those who follow her advice to continue eating “pleasure” foods and just turn to Big Pharma for a cure are embarking on a journey in which the cure can be worse than the disease.


Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Nick

    Victoza in my opinion is a useless type of insulin. My Dr. perscribed it as a supplement to the NOVOLOG 70/30 I use. Victoza has done nothing to help be, all it has done is take more money out of my pocket. I am retired military, the base pharmacys won’t even carry it. I wonder why????? Never the less, the user needs to monitor themselves with good equipment to make sure they acheive the desired results.

    • Robert Smith

      From Nick: “Never the less, the user needs to monitor themselves with good equipment to make sure they acheive the desired results.”

      It’s amazing what I can find at my local pharmacy. BP cufs, sugar testers, test strips of all sorts… I can even do a rudimentary EEG with a thing called ZEO from the local electronics store. It monitors sleep and offers all sorts of information.

      50 years ago most of that stuff was very expensive and no where near as accurate as today. The BP measuring stuff came right out of NASA.


    • Marky

      I tried Victoza and it makes me feel very I’ll. The same happens with Byetta-too many side effects and I was taking it the way I was supposed to take it. I haven’t found any supplement that really works. I try to watch my diet but I like to cook like Paula. I don’t use all the butter and sugar as she does but I believe that diabetics should be able to determine what’s good for them too. There is some personal buy-in on what one eats, for Pete’s sake. Paula has had an unbelievably sad life and I can relate. With people such as we are, we equate love with food. It’s something we can do well and give to our family and friends. People don’t understand this though. And, it’s very difficult NOT to do when you have those that really like for you to cook for them.

      I watch the carbs and use the “No White foods diet”I.E. Nothing made from or including anything white such as flour, sugar, milk, shortening, salt, breads, etc. Works for me.

      But don’t be too hard on Paula. She has been living with the disease and the guilt from promotion of her recipes now for three years. She became caught in a double-edged sword situation. She grew up in relative poverty, learning that the foods she could prepare were a way out for her. Unfortunately, her salvation was a snare. She became diabetic and was torn between making a living and being a hypocrite.

      Perhaps, she could develop a TV show that uses recipes for diabetics. After ‘fessing up”, I think this could be a real boon for Paula.

      I still like her as well as her shows and won’t abandon her or them. I pray that she will be able to overcome this problem in a positive manner.

      • Rebecca

        I love Paula too and she probably has no idea the dangers of this drug. Most people who haven’t studied natural remedies put blind faith in conventional medicine. However, Paula’s son, Bobby Deen has a new show on Food Network called “Not My Mama’s Cooking”. The show features healthy alternatives to Paula’s high calorie and fat recipes. In addition, Paula never forced anyone to eat her recipes except maybe her husband!

  • Jean

    Paula has a golden opportunity to teach the world how to eat correctly by getting rid of the butter and sugar she uses in all of her recipes. Personally, I cannot stand her program because of how she promotes all the unhealthful eating. And I do not know anyone who watches it.
    There are ways to avoid diabetes by eating properly and life style, and these should be taught. I understand that some people are genetically predisposed, but those people need to work hard to beat the odds….and Paula could be their teacher.

    • Robert Smith

      I agree with: “I understand that some people are genetically predisposed, but those people need to work hard to beat the odds….and Paula could be their teacher.”

      With 20/20 hind sight I think a better course for her would have been to go with the traditional body conditioning and diet efforts. If at some point during the three years she has been diagnosed she reached a point where that didn’t work THEN she can endorse the product until the original health efforts kick in.

      But, that’s 20/20 hind sight.

      Let’s fact it… Yummy food is yummy food. In moderation it isn’t gonna kill anyone anymore than a rare glass of wine or an occasional cigar will.

      Someone once said something like: All things in moderation, including moderation.


      • Marky

        Here, here!! I’ll drink to that!

      • Rebecca

        For once! Robert and I agree on something! Kudos Robert!

    • s c

      Jean, perhaps this will help. Paula Deen seems to suffer from the same delusional brainwashing that starts in medical school. Future MDs are told to follow the ‘party line,’ and never deviate from it. The basic message is ‘tell your patients to eat and drink whatever they want’ [YOU"RE A DOCTOR!].
      Also, ‘when they get a problem, tell them to come to you, as you’ve got what they need.’ At the heart of this approach is the idea that an MD is NEVER to interrupt the solid gold cash flow that this mentality gives them. The fact that this approach lets a patient suffer is irrelevant. They’re protected by the AMA, and the FDA stands behind the AMA. You already know how Big Pharma controls both the AMA and the FDA.
      It’s sad to see someone make the wrong choice, especially when their health suffers. Then again, our overpaid quacks have had a lot of time and help (don’t forget the role of Congress). And, the MONEY is SO GOOOOOD!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Kindly define “healthy eating and lifestyle” as no one has come to a consensus on what that phrase means.
      There are fat people with better lab and test results than some normal or thin people. Your view, that fat people are visually unappealing and therefore are not healthy, will not cut it.
      Paula Deen will lose the majority of her following,maybe also lose her show,her endorsements. There will be chefs who will distance themselves from her afraid of having their restaurants and careers ruined.

    • Karolyn

      There is nothing wrong with butter or even sugar. Back in the 70s I was using I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter because of all the hype. Through my years of research, I came to the conclusion years ago that butter is better – all natural and a great source of dairy, as well as tasting so good. It’s already been mentioned that moderation is the key.

  • Joyceann

    Oh for crying out loud. Listen to the “teacher” points made – that is not her job nor of anyone else’s. She is a good southern cook and her show teaches how to make them. We ate this way for how many years – and you are so sure it’s the food bringing on the “over weight” condition of America. Could it be a habit of overfilling and overeating? Could it be most of us sit on our butts way more than we used to do? If I want to eat healthy, there are plenty of cooks I can tune into. If I want to learn a new dish, it is my choice. Diabetes comes to people who eat healthy also – I know this. Diet is a part of controlling the disease but to blame her for her disease is so wrong. Proof. There is none. More fat people are diabetics than healthy people? Could there be more fat than healthy people? Even if, and I say if, these diatribes against good food true, it still is my responsibility to choose my food, and not because I am forced into it because a good cook has been baned from television. By the way, her show is very popular so if you know nobody who watches, you have a very limited field of friends. America is self-responsibility.

    • annie

      it is not all what you eat. because iam type 2 diabetes also. i found it out two years ago. i have been eating the same thing for about 55 years. i have been testing after everthing i eat. my suger go up when i eat sugar free. and when i get upset over something.

    • JeffH

      Hear hear Joyceann!

  • sandy

    I agree completely with Joyceann!!!!! She said exactly what I would have said, so no need to repeat it all.

  • http://n/a Old Corp.

    In Charleston, SC we ask “who is this Paula Dean character? I’ve eaten i the line of business at her place many times but the real Paula Dean and the white tooth glistening presentation of her are quite different. She is not a great cook or manager but is a world class promoter. Come to Low country South Carolina if you want to eat well and wish to come back!

  • Buck

    So , other than a fat broad who samples all her own cooking , who is Paula Dean ?

  • Marky

    You are an ass. Bite me. Paula Deen has written a very poignant book about her life. I suggest you read it .

    Or not.

  • Karolyn

    Medication is not even necessary for Type 2. If more people would do their own research, they would find a myriad of natural ways to rid themselves of the disease, the easiest of which is to lose weight and eat right.

  • JeffH

    Paula Deen is known for her use of butter and sugar in her southern style of cooking…she’s worked and sacrificed to become successful not only on TV cooking shows but in her restaurant business as well. She is an American success story and has become a celebrity.

    This may be one of the first times that I disagree with Mr. Livingston. Paula Deen’s endorsement of Victoza isn’t a sell out to “Big Pharma” in my opinion and just because she doesn’t start “preaching” about healthy alternatives is what I admire about her. She is now suggesting more Diabetes friendly recipes. I could have a problem with Paula Deen if she were a part of government, but she’s not.

    As for Victoza, I’ve been using it for about a year now, at no cost to me or my insurance(free samples from doc). I spent considerable time researching it and after months of resisting my doctor decided to give it a try with no telltale aftereffects…I can make the choice to “quit” using it myself if I choose. I’m borderline metabolic syndrome and also take “cinnamon tablets” daily to reduce my sugar level along with diet.

    Paula Deen doesn’t influence my choices in life and my doctor can only recommend treatment…ultimately I’ll take the responsibility to make the final decisions where my health and my medications are concerned…I learned that many, many years ago that the doctor isn’t always right and I’ll do heavy research where any medications are concerned before I make a decision. The first thing I look at are healthy and natural alternatives that are available and have been used in some form for thousand of years.

  • jeanelane

    Why should Paula Deen be any different than the majority of people in the U.S.A.? Just because you say so? Most people want a quick and easy way to deal with their health issues – take a pill or whatever. They just want to continue to eat whatever it is they like. I know someone whose mom and brothers are diabetic, so he just continues until he too is diagnosed. Faced with an unhealthy gall bladder, what does he do but have it removed. No, don’t eat better so it will fix itself. Just because someone is in the spotlight does not mean they will do whatever someone else thinks is right. Listen to you folks who spout freedom, and then try to take people’s freedom to kill themselves slowly away from them!

  • ranger rick

    You can dismiss out of hand the lifestyle promoters and knuckle-draggers that just happened by. There’s this new concept called personal responsibility. The way I understand it YOU control what you put in your mouth and how much. It seems everyone wants to solve diabetes (type 2) in a sound bite like all the medical shows on television but real life isn’t like that. How about decreased metabolism? How about aging pancreas? How about insulin resistance? As mentioned here before our lifestyle has changed to exclude physical activity we used to take for granted like just walking somewhere. This is, in part, caused by the computer age and our desire for convenience. We want to have more free time to do what we like. If you exercise regularly you’ll find many issues will resolve. There will still be diabetes. Also, I don’t think painting all “Big Pharma” with one brush serves us well. There is some of the profit-above-all but I just can’t believe that’s the driving force for the entire industry. Balance or moderation and research. Knowledge is power.

    • Joey

      You need to do more reading on the big pharma/medical monopoly. There is abundant evidence showing that money not health is the driving force of the” legal” drug cartel. The whole FDA system of leading people to believe that they work for the best interest of citizens is a farce. Money flows from the Pharmaceutical companies to the FDA along with executives that move from the Pharma companies to work for the FDA. Murder By Injection is a book that detaileds history of their connection’


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