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“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!)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Insulin Paradox

I think this post has needed a bump for a while.     I also think the data on growing animals eating a keto diet should be cause for at least caution in encouraging such diets for kids, teens or even young adults.


One of the more difficult things to sort out from the enormous amount of information out there is the actual effect, if any, of dietary composition on resulting body composition.  This is complicated from the get-go by many rodent studies that are done on reproductively mature animals that are still growing.  How to compare this to humans who cease growing vertically once they reach adulthood?  Next we have to sort through the studies that are done, and the implications of them, in the context of weight loss/underfeeding vs. those in the context of weight gain/overfeeding.  Clearly there are compensatory mechanisms at play in both situations that are drastically different.  Lastly, and here's where we probably have the least amount of information, and practically nothing in humans, what role does one's dietary composition have on their body composition over the long haul for a "normal" weight stable adult?    Verifiable science basically fails us on this last point, and we're left mostly to the "wolves" of the diet/fitness industry -- e.g. body builders,  trainers and nutritionists for elite athletes, etc. -- for their anecdotal reports.  I don't mean to disparage these folks with the term wolves (hence the quotes), but we can never separate the reports from the reality when there's money on the line in a world where ads are required to include "results not typical" disclaimers.  While I'm not saying all of these folks, or even a majority, are of the 2am infomercial variety, the claims remain largely unverifiable.  It would sure be cool if there was a privacy-sparing way to collect verifiable body composition, dietary and activity data for a large population of free-living humans, eh?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bump: The Diabetes "Crash" Cure & Pancreatic Fat

Bumping Again!

New Article in BMJ:  Analysis: Beating type 2 diabetes into remission*

The original posting of this was shortly after the first papers published on the success of a very low calorie diet -- essentially a 6-800 calorie protein-sparing-modified-fast, protein shakes + non-starchy veggies -- in curing diabetes in relatively short order.  You may also be interested in the following posts:

The Diabetes "Crash" Cure Revisited (a follow-up to this one)
Diabetes "Crash" Cures: VLCal vs. VLCarb

Check Featured Comment (if any) for further updates from me.

*In light of commentary below, I'll add that I am not a fan of using the term remission here.  Cancer does seem to strike at random most times and recurrence seems to be equally random.  At best we have few if any ways to predict who will see cancer return etc.  But Type 2 diabetes doesn't work that way in most.  The source of the beta cell dysfunction is pretty well known now, and that it IS reversible and can be restored is as well.  An underlying genetic propensity towards T2 (e.g. weight distribution and having a low personal adipose storage threshold) is not the same as having an active disease or condition.  There's considerable evidence that those whose diabetes resolved following gastric bypass do not see it return -- in other words they haven't worn out their pancreases and just kick the can of beta-cell exhaustion (a model that has been invalidated quite thoroughly at this point) down the road.

In my opinion, diagnosis of T2 needs to be followed by a much more aggressive lifestyle change "prescription" than is currently given.  Sadly, the medical establishment would rather add obesity to its lists of chronic, incurable lifelong diseases than adjust their model for existing disease that turns out to be curable after all.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Keto Clarity Academy ~ Medical Disclaimer

Blogstress Note:  I'm trying to finish up a project outside the Asylum, have had lots of computer issues that have made this frustrating to say the least, coupled with family obligations and "real job" starting back up.  An unfinished, older, now past-its-shelf-date post went live the other day that I have since unpublished.  I may or may not re-publish it merged with another at some point.

I've been meaning to weigh in on the whole Keto Clarity Academy launched by Jimmy Moore and Melanie Miller (of Evangelizing Low Carb fame), and a more in depth look will have to wait until higher priorities are fulfilled.  

Here is the current front page of Keto Clarity Academy.  Finally, the stock photos have been replaced, though at this time we still don't have bios and official roles of the four ladies joining Jimmy and Melanie in this endeavor.

For $75 (down from $100) you can take KETO 101 based on Jimmy's book.  The blurb on the bottom reads:

KETO Clarity Academy
Based on the best selling book by Author & pod-caster Jimmy Moore. The KETO Clarity Academy is a fantastic starting point for the ketogenic lifestyle. KCA specializes in helping clients achieve their personal goals, improve health gains and receive knowledge of the science of the ketogenic lifestyle.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

PURE Rubbish

Let me preface this post by saying I'm a bit time constrained, and computer issues have made my life miserable these past few days.   However a new article from the PURE study was recently published in Lancet, and I wish to add some limited commentary to the mix.  

First things first, the links:
Secondly, I've tweeted these links out.  Commentary by others:
And now for my favorite headline!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

That Seven Countries White Paper and Ancel Keys' Six Country Plot


  • A white paper has been published by the True Health Initiative attempting to set some things straight vis a vis Ancel Keys and his Seven Countries Study
  • Such discussions will always involve the erroneous conflation of that 1970s study and Keys' 1953 "Six Countries Plot"
  • ANCEL KEYS DID NOT CHERRY PICK.   In 1953, it was "possible to get fully comparable dietary and vital statistics data from 6 countries" from 1948-9.  
  • Yerushalmy originally put forth data from 12 and then 22 countries.   These data were from different sources and for different classifications of disease vs. that used by Keys.
  • NEITHER set of data used by Y&H even existed in 1953, so it could not have even been available to Keys.
  • Zoe Harcombe is a terrible researcher at best.  Some institutions will give a PhD to pretty much anyone these days.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tom Naughton Doubles Down on Kooky Kalorie Klaims for Fat Head Kids


I have to say this.  Sorry, not sorry.  If you have children, and you want to help them with nutrition and health as they grow, teach them about food and teach them how to cook.   Get your own weight and health under control (if it's a problem) so that you can pass down good habits to your children.  Or do nothing.  None of my business.  But whatever you do, do not buy your child a copy of Fat Head Kids or let them within 50 yards of a showing of the Fat Head Kids movie if it ever comes out.  Put a block on your Hulu or whatever streaming service it is eventually on.  I cannot recommend more strongly against this.

Every time I have watched snippets of some video of Tom talking about this book, or read the preview content on Amazon, I just get utterly creeped out by the whole thing, and Tom Naughton specifically.  Books for children should not include shirtless pictures of the middle aged author who goes on about boy boobs.  

Tom seems to be working through his unresolved childhood issues and perhaps even ongoing body image issues, and has a weird obsession with "moobs".  How else to explain a chapter entitled "Bad Food Makes Boy Boobs"??   Never mind that this topic is irrelevant to half of his prospective audience and his own two children.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Podcast Appearance Tomorrow: Superhuman Radio

Hello inmates!  I'll be appearing on Superhuman Radio with Carl Lanore tomorrow, August 10, at 12 noon EST.

You can listen live HERE

You can always listen to rebroadcasts, and I'll post a link once the podcast is "in the can".

Our topic will be A New Perspective on Type 2 Diabetes.  This was inspired by a meme on Carl's Facebook wall and my response that carbohydrates are neither the cause of diabetes or the the direct cause of the associated hyperglycemia.   Basically challenging the notion that diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance.

Should be good!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

J.E.R.F.? Just Eat Real Food ...

... an acronym most closely associated with Sean Croxton.   [ Or as I call him in my head:  Sean Ton of Crocks, because Croxton is the king of the alt func med summit marketeering spree].  But now it looks like Croxton is in the processed convenience food biz, releasing a J.E.R.F. bar!  

screenshot of today's home banner

One of the things that most annoys me about Noakes and his "Real Meal" revolution.  Many in paleo talk about eating "real food", and many exclude from this definition foods that aren't part of their restrictive food paradigms.  You know, such UNreal aka fake foods like whole grains and legumes for the low carbers,  soy and veggie oils for the "ancestrals", maybe dairy for the vegans, regular sugar for just about everyone.    "Real food" is a foolish label.   If what you mean by *real* is "whole" foods, then concoctions don't fly, no matter how "clean" the ingredients list is, and almond flour and butter are not almonds.  If by *real* you mean "natural" -- as opposed to synthetic or artificial -- then Fritos qualify as they contain only corn and oil.  If by *real* you mean "clean" (according to your definition of allowed foods for your paradigm) you're the worst of all using the term as a fraudulent marketing one.

Real food?  Most food is real food, or likely upwards of 95% by weight *real*.  Even many food additives are real -- take lecithin for example, that can be derived from a number of foods such as eggs, soybeans or sunflower seeds.  Sugar is real.  Flour is real.  White rice is real.  Coconut oil is real, but so, too is corn oil.  

The #IRONY is soooo thick with this JERF bar.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Disabilesity ~ Part II: An Epidemic?

This series was inspired by my own "journey" through what I'm going to call disabilesity.  If you haven't done so and would like some personal background, read Disabilesity ~ Part I: Intro and My Own Journey.

This installment is about increased risks and rates of physical impairment, preceding and including formal physical disability, that have coincided with the rising rates of obesity.  A theme of this series is that unlike the chronic metabolic disease risks (diabetes, CVD, etc.), the impairment of physical ability is often overlooked.  In my opinion, this does a disservice, especially to younger obese individuals who are not properly educated/warned about these very real consequences.  Most people don't die of things like osteo arthritis, but quality of life can be greatly affected.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Disabilesity ~ Part I: Intro and My Own Journey

This post was inspired by my own "journey" through what I'm going to call disabilesity.  It got insanely long and cumbersome, so I'll break it up into parts:

  • Intro and My Own Journey of Disabilesity
  • The Forgotten Disabilesity Epidemic
  • How the Obesity Industrial Complex does a disservice to those at risk or suffering from Disabilesity

It has been my observation for a while now that various interests I shall refer to collectively as the Obesity Industrial Complex, are only marginally interested in *fixing* any problems attributable to the obesity epidemic in affluent countries.  Instead, for various reasons and in varying ways, the different factions seem more intent on maintaining some level of the status quo for profit, relevance, notoriety or some combination of the above.