I've been struggling a bit of late with the content of this blog. On the one hand, I'd love to keep it all science, all the time. I clearly have a contingent of readers that are interested in just that. But you know what? I like to think that even in those science posts, my personality peeps through my writing and has some people reading (and hopefully learning) despite the otherwise rather bland content of said posts.
But a large number of my readers seem to see me as some sort of disgruntled anti-Gary Taubes, anti-LC blogger - and that this is the single focus of this blog. It is unfortunate, in a way, that my posts concerning him garner so many views, but there's nothing keeping anyone who stumbles upon this blog from reading the vast amount of other content if they're interested. In other words, to those of my detractors who criticize the manner in which I criticize Taubes, you need to move past your own motives for reading those posts and actually read the criticism of his "science". A goodly number of posts have ended up focused on debunking this man's work. I'd like there to be fewer, really, but at the same time -- as a good friend reminded me recently -- were it not for this effort, I would never have learned all I have from such pre-eminent researchers as Keith Frayn and so, SO, many others. It is unfortunate that so many can read various posts on what the scientists and Taubes' own references say that outright states the opposite of what he represents them to say, and still conclude he is a man of integrity, but ....
And then there's the Big Guy Jimmy Moore's LLVLC franchise. My outright calling out of this community and it's friends' promotion of Atkins-style LCHF has me being criticized about the web as some sort of hate monger lacking compassion spewing hatred. It took a bit to post some of those posts but I get a crapload of emails about this "movement" in my Inbox from people who find my blog and have moved past LC to continued progress (vs. stagnation or worsening health) that I basically feel who the hell are you to define compassion or dictate what is helpful? To channel Bob Grant (a broadcasting legend) - Someone's gotta say it ... It might as well be me. Well, since I've been kicked out of LLVLC forum for mentioning such blasphemy as that carbs don't cause IR, calories count, and such, I've made the decision that there was no more reasons to hold my tongue on what I see as a hijacking of a lifestyle and a community that can only be described at this point in one word: Cult. This movement is replete with hypocrisy and misinformation. You deserve the full story before deciding if LCHF is right for you.
So anyway, I suspect that many who come here for the pure science may well have been bothered by my posts on Taubes and my more recent series exposing the Atkins-style low carb community, but I think it is important that this gets discussed. Many have accused me of hateful motives for merely naming names and shining a light on these things. Mind you, I'm not highlighting anything that's not public knowledge or published in advocacy of this WOE, but somehow pointing out inconsistencies is crew-el. I've thought on this a lot and I can think of nothing more cruel than to set oneself out as an example of the wonders of LLVLC, all the while struggling with persisting eating disorders and encouraging others to follow your path. A person with a binge eating disorder is not helped by being cheered on in their latest quick weight loss efforts or even the 2oz water weight loss with butter dripping down their lardo-soaked arms. Bottom line, this community is filled with career yo-yo dieters and overweight/obese people advocating their WOE as "deliverance" from obesity and yo-yo dieting that resulted from ELMM (low fat of course) or at the very least had nothing to do with EMML (Eating More Moving Less). This offers up pie in the sky expectations for those seeking a solution to their own situation. Sickening really. Obese folks hustling other obese folks. As if the obese need more hucksters to separate them from their hard earned money.
So anyway, I have decided that I will be continuing some version of this series along with a few open letters to the community as a whole and Jimmy in particular. (Just remember folks, Jimmy asked ME to appear on his podcast). So if these end up "tearing down" anyone, I'll only suggest in advance that you shouldn't have been up on the pedestal to begin with. Your readers deserve better, and they shouldn't have to delve back into your past writings to discover who exactly it is and how they're faring while promoting a lifestyle with a "look how well it's working for me!" message.
So ... the future of this blog? I've hinted at some changes ... and they are a'coming.
I'm not exactly sure of all the specifics as of yet, but I'm zeroing in. I've considered merging the Chronicles here. I'm weighing some options for some premium content or ways to financially support some of what I do here. I'm going to be writing a book or two. These will not be diet books, that much I promise! In doing so I'll be putting a name to the face but rather than piecemeal changes I'm working on one "unveiling", likely over a weekend. Probably next, if I can get it done before hosting Fathers' Day BBQ at my house.
So that's that. Just some thoughts I wanted to share. As always ... feedback is welcomed and encouraged - even if critical of my work/writings. If you prefer email, carbsane at gmail.com. Thanks in advance!