ï»¿Not everyone bought into it. For public-health authorities and health reporters, dietary fat and/or cholesterol continued to be the prime suspects in chronic disease, and dietary fat had already been linked through international comparisons to colon cancer, as well as breast cancer. Burkitt recalled memorable disputes with researchers in the United States who blamed colon cancer on dietary fat, but he insisted that the absence of fiber was responsible. Eventually, they compromised. His opponents, said Burkitt, concededthat the fact that fat happened to be causative
did not preclude the possibility that fiber might be protective. Harvard nutritionist Jean Mayer also discounted the significance of fiber, after Burkitt, Walker, and Trowells early papers sparked the furor over fiber in the United States. But then Mayer, too, saw the wisdom of compromise. The ideal diet, he noted, would minimize the risk of both heart disease and cancer. It would be low in fat, or at least low in saturated fat, and so would be low in meat and dairy products. And it would be high in fiber. A good diet, Mayer wrote, high in fruits and vegetables and with a reasonable amount of undermilled cerealswill give all you need of useful fiber. The assumption that it would lead to long life and good health, however, was based more on faith and intuition than on science. West, L. Jolyon, ed. 1962.Hallucinations. New York: Grune& Stratton. Bonds would be needed to finance drainage system improvements, but increasing the citys bonded debt ceiling would require, by law, additional taxes and approval from the state legislature. The citysItem andMorning Tribune newspapers urged authorities to allow the city to borrow the funds.An old and a finished city may well stand still, pay off its debts, stop borrowing and rock along. New Orleans, in the midst of vast private development projects, attracting the attention of the nation and of the world, must provide herself with needed funds and go ahead. Chave, S. P., J. N. Morris, S. Moss, and A. M. Semmence. 1978.Vigorous Exercise in Leisure Time and the Death Rate: A Study of Male Civil Servants.Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Dec.; 32(4):23943.