Welcome all seeking refuge from low carb dogma!

“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact”
~ Charles Darwin (it's evolutionary baybeee!)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Health Quiz

I would like everyone to take this health quiz.  Nevermind who made it up, or what it's a quiz for.  Nevermind that some of the things aren't really X number of times per whatever types of things.  Just answer the questions and note your score to yourself.   

How often do you experience the following
(0) never    (1) weekly    (2) daily    (3) multiple times a day
1Allergies worsening
3Blood pressure: too low or too high
4Blurred Vision
5Caffeine needed each morning
7Cravings for heavy or fatty foods
10Facial Swelling

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dr. Roy Taylor's Diabetes Summit Presentation

I received some fanmail yesterday -- it was a nice email!! -- encouraging me to share Dr. Roy Taylor's presentation at the 2015 Diabetes Summit -- of Newcastle Diet aka "crash diet" for reversing diabetes.   It's too bad he ended the talk encouraging the host to keep spreading good information ... sadly his is a rare inclusion in this event.

HURRY -- I thought these would be available through Thursday Noon, but it's saying 3 hours :(  -- hopefully they'll extend that.  SORRY!!

This summit is the second annual event put on by the director of Sweet Life Diabetes Centers, a chiropractor turned nutrition expert and other things, Brian Mowll DC.  Last year he co-hosted the event with Jimmy Moore, and I dubbed it the Reversing Diabetes Knowledge Summit.   There are more of the same chiropractors, naturopaths, and such spreading their views on how you basically should eat a very low carb diet and avoid this or that bad food that is killing your pancreas, etc.   Mark Sisson was back spreading his misinformation on how diabetes develops, which is why it is all the more important to wonder why Taylor was not made THE keynote speaker?!  But that diabetes expert Jimmy Moore ... is on deck tomorrow ....

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Two Outside the Asylum Appearances ...

Hello all!  I have two items to announce/alert you to.

1.  I did a webinar for Richard Sennewald who runs a group called The Carbophobe Rehabilitation Group.  

I put this one first, as it will only be available free to the public until Wednesday (tomorrow) I believe, so if you're interested, hop on!  Carbsanity 101 ... if that link doesn't work, try this one.  

Just some commentary on the experience.  This is the first time I've ever done something like this.  Note to self:  Mount large clock on wall ;-)    I ran quite a bit over the initial time, so it is a bit long.  I didn't practice this out loud due to time constraints and my predictions were obviously a bit off.   It is VERY strange talking into a headset w/o seeing the audience.   I'll probably pre-tape sections of any future webinars I do to keep things going.  Also, I went "off script" here and there, but this was probably a good thing to keep it less formal.  It's all in the learning experience and I do believe I managed to get the primary information across.   Oh ... and I let my hair down a little bit at the end.   So have a listen, check out the full video content Rich is offering, and I appreciate any constructive feedback as always!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Does Metabolic Syndrome hamper weight loss efforts?

BUMP:  This post is over four years old (original publish date:  11/17/10).  It came to mind a day or so ago when someone linked me to Sam Feltham's latest DISinfographic and accompanying video.

If what Feltham is saying (and I can't for the life of me understand how he "borrows" this from Bailor w/o any complaint from Bailor ... even his book title is similar to Bailor's former one!), the results in this study shouldn't have occured.

So the original (short) post, unedited, and some commentary afterwards in how some things have changed in my knowledge, understanding and thinking about all of this.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

Who Should Fund "Science"? Who Should Publish It?

I'm working on another post regarding conflicts of interest and such, and this came up on the background gathering.  A number of journals are adopting "noble" policies of no longer accepting industry funded studies.

Mind you, many of these same journals appear to have no qualms publishing the works of individuals with clear biases and conflicts.

I think this is hard line on industry funding is wrong-headed.  Not that I'm a huge fan of many industry funded studies per se, but please read on.

If "industry" is not funding, then who is?  The government via NIH, NIDDK, etc.?   Some states have research funding initiatives.   Is any presumption of objectivity in funding disbursal even possible here??   I don't think so.  Indeed in many areas of science, government funding carries with it as much baggage as a dollar from Big Food, Big Pharma and Big Agra combined.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Masai Women Ate a "Low Fat" Diet

Ahh the trails that Nina Teicholz leads me down ...  

Image Summary of Post:  

adapted from source
gray values are calculated from original data

While the males of the Masai tribe consume 3040 cals/day of approximately 39%P : 47% F : 13% C, the females consume 2450 cals/day of approximately 27%P : 33% F : 40% C. Got that?  Masai women, ate a "low fat" diet.  This data comes from a sourced cited in The Big Fat Surprise.

The "near-vegetarian" diet of the neighboring Akikuyu tribe is more likely attributable to micronutrient deficiences, more pronounced in males due to their avoidance of "effeminite" leafy greens.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Not Really Surprised ~ Nina Teicholz Digs In On Lean Meat Flub

Lori H. Barrett original
Perhaps we should chip in and buy the print
for Nina Teicholz?
I recently noted yet another "error" made by Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise.  This time it was in an editorial in the New York Times, unsurprisingly blasting the report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.

As much as I am no big fan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, CSPI, their  Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson  wrote an article in response to this same editorial for the Huffington Post.  It has been pretty widely shared and well received:  

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Nina Teicholz Distorts the Fatty Acid Content of Wild Animals

direct link  African Buffalo
I have recently revisited Chapter 1, The Fat Paradox, in The Big Fat Surprise, and it's safe to say that Nina Teicholz's contentions about the diets of Native Americans are grossly inaccurate.  The "all the Indians ate meat" is rounded out by a British physician named Prentice who visited South Central Africa and attributed rampant meat eating to the natives there as well.  An then (begins at location 327 of 12033 in Kindle version):

... no savvy heart disease researcher can read these historical observations without raising a standard and reasonable objection, namely, that the meat from today’s domesticated animals is far more fatty— and a greater proportion of that fat is saturated— than was the meat from wild animals roaming around a hundred years ago. Experts argue that the meat from wild animals contained a higher proportion of polyunsaturated fats, which are the type found in vegetable oils and fish. IV  If wild animals contained less saturated fat, the argument goes, then early carnivorous populations would have consumed less of this fat than people eating meat from domesticated animals today.