If I had a nickel for every post on the net dealing with obesity (treatment and removal of), nutrition, diet, carbs, fat, lipids, etc. etc. etc. — I’d be a wealthy woman. I’d also be skinny. But since no one will pay me for those words, I’ve decided to add a few hundred thousand more. No one will pay me for those, either, but if I can’t get money I can at least strive for clarity. I may never discover the “Unified Theory of Fat” that will tie everything together, but it won’t be for lack of trying.
I’ve spent the last four years doing two things:
- Reading every medical journal, textbook and study (down to the raw data) on obesity from every angle, studied every type of resistance (particularly leptin, insulin and thyroid hormone), and performed quite a few experiments where n=1. I’ve read most of the best blogs about all this out there, including the brilliant Petro Dobromylskyj’s HyperLipid, Mark Sisson’s Daily Apple, and too many more to mention. All of it has made me a lot leaner and healthier and frankly, I’m tired of keeping all that information in my head. I’d like to share and, if possible, give a little back. That part comes now.
- Learning, at the molecular level, how to make to delicious desserts that are sugar-free, chemical and artificial sweetener-free — that taste as good as, or better than the ‘real’ thing. And I’ve succeeded. Unfortunately getting the business set up will take a few months more. I’ll just have to continue making the cheesecakes, double-chocolate brownies, fudge and cupcakes for friends and family, dang it. You don’t know what loyalty is until you’ve asked your family to chow down on cheesecake #25 … hazelnut praline.
You are who you read. I learned most of what I know from amazing and generous mentors (who don’t know I’m alive), so if I can’t thank them in person I can at least do so here. If you haven’t read or watched the work of these giants, you don’t know nuthin’.
In no particular order:
- Jan Kwasniewski (Optimal Diet)
- Wolfgang Lutz (Life Without Bread)
- John Yudkin (Pure White and Deadly)
- Malcolm Kendrick (The Great Cholesterol Con)
- THINCS (The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics)
- Robert Lustig video (Sugar: The Bitter Truth) — 90 minutes
- Jorge Cruise video (Death By Sugar) — 4 minutes
- Lierre Keith (The Vegetarian Myth)
- Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It)
- Barry Groves (Trick and Treat: How ‘Healthy Eating’ Is Making Us Ill)
- Chris Masterjohn (The Daily Lipid)
- Uffe Ravnskov (Ignore the Awkward: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive)
- A.T.W. Simeons (Pounds & Inches), who got a few important things wrong, but quite a few other things right. I’ll be talking about this at length in my next post.
- Dr. David Diamond (College Professor Decries U.S. Dietary Mindset) describes (with slides) how Fat Phobia is making us obese and diabetic. He details how he lost weight and reduced his triglycerides by eating red meat, eggs and butter. A career scientist at the J.A. Haley Tampa VA Hospital where he studies Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he used his free time to delve into the diet myths that he believed led to his sky-high triglycerides and unwanted excess weight.
- A Cardiologist’s take on Saturated Fat, Obesity and diabetes. Great charts, illustrations, and the Molitics© (Money in Politics) of current nutrition guidelines. Enjoy Saturated Fat, It’s Good For You!
- Weston A. Price Foundation has a wealth of information on everything relating to food, nutrition, obesity, diabetes and a lot more. If you read nothing else on this site, read Chris Masterjohn’s powerful article on Vitamin K2 and why all of us need this one particular Vitamin almost above all others. On the Trail of the Elusive X-Factor: A Sixty-Two-Year-Old Mystery Finally Solved.
- New for 2012: Has your doctor told you to cut back on salt? Read this Weston A. Price Foundation press release (the link to the original article is in it), then print it out and give it to your doctor to read. And remember that if you are eating a healthy diet of real, non-processed food, you need to make sure you get enough salt every day. FDA Warned on Dangers of Salt Restriction.
- The Fat Trap. When the New York Times published an article by that name by a “Health Reporter” (term loosely used) that basically opined that fat is forever since her 1200 calorie diet “didn’t work” — Gary Taubes started an iPetition to make the Times publish a rebuttal. The rebuttal was brilliant (and even better: true) but the Times didn’t bite. They did however, agree to publish a brief Letter To The Editor in the 1/22 Sunday Magazine, and put a link to the original iPetition in it. The Fat Trap Rebuttal.
- Body By Science. The only thing exercise does for weight loss is make you hungry. However, the right kind of exercise can make you strong, powerful, lean and healthy — and that’s the only kind of exercise we need. Just as the Protocol is smart eating, so Body By Science, by Dr. Doug McGruff, is working smarter, not harder. You may start by going to the gym twice a week for about thirty minutes a time, but if you follow this book you’ll end up going once a week for about twenty minutes, then once every other week. And you’ll get the best cardiovascular workout of your life. If you can sit in a chair, you can do this workout.
My Guiding Philosophy: Save the Planet. Become a Carnivore. Eat a fat Vegan.
Kidding. Though I’m sure I’m already in trouble with the Humor-Challenged. So I’ll say instead that the one thing that turns me on is science. Real Science that controls for variables and follows the scientific method. You know, where you don’t stack the deck in your favor by, say, making the fat in a “high fat diet test” Crisco or vegetable oils rather than lard. Where you don’t end statin tests two years early because you know the deaths from diabetes and heart disease are about to pile up. Science. Where you try to disprove your hypothesis by every means available, not set out to prove you’re right. Where you don’t send the media press releases stating you’ve found ‘links’ between things, implying causation when you are more likely to be describing effect. And where you know that without a controlled, random, double-blind study you don’t get to call your hypothesis a fact, but have to admit it’s still a theory.
Here’s what science has shown me over the years: Ancel Keyes’ Lipid Theory has never become, and will never become a fact. Not just because it’s based on fundamentally flawed and fudged data (7 Countries Study, anyone?), but also because it’s dead wrong. That is to say, it kills the people who follow it, first by making them insulin resistant, then obese, then diabetic, and finally by clogging their arteries until they implode. There’s an excellent reason why women who live the longest worldwide have the highest cholesterol levels. They don’t believe in Keyes or his theory. Which means they don’t take statins.
Statins don’t work by lowering cholesterol (which has zip to do with heart disease), but by lowering inflammation, which has quite a lot to do with heart disease. That’s why statins do nothing good (and quite a lot bad) for anyone but a tiny segment of the population; (mostly) men who already have heart disease. If you are not among that limited population and you take statins, you are opening yourself up to horrendous side effects that include muscle pain, muscle loss and short-term memory loss. You’ll have proven increased risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. And that’s not the worst, since statins have now been implicated in early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. All side effects, no benefits. Just what you want in a medication. But hey, Big Pharma’s happy.
I believe that eating the right kind of fat (saturated, particularly butter and coconut oil), and avoiding the wrong kind of fat (vegetable PUFA’s and trans-) doesn’t make you fat or clog your arteries, or give you heart disease. It not only doesn’t “raise your cholesterol” it instead lowers your triglycerides, raises your HDL, and makes your LDL big and fluffy. In the absence of sugar, processed fructose and other empty carbohydrates, eating this way makes you slim and heart-healthy. Ditto for modest amounts of grass-fed meat and enormous amounts of free range eggs, especially the yolks so rich with choline.
Finally, I believe that everything always comes down to the liver. As Dan Aykroyd’s Julia Child so wisely declared: Always Save The Liver!
My One Religious Precept: Dark Chocolate is The Food of all Gods and Goddesses.
Finally (thanks to Mark Twain), the motto that guides all my work: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
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