As often happens with me, certain potential themes for blog series float through my head. A stream of thought that connects things I see, read and hear about the web. One of those themes lately has to do with the quality of information coming from a number of bloggers and otherwise-advocates of low carbing who are by all accounts actively practicing physicians. Many of these physicians routinely chastise, mock and otherwise scorn their fellow practitioners in the course of promoting their views.
This series will highlight the more ridiculous claims made by these doctors, but not so much on the minutia of their entire pro-low carb message. In other words, a bit less about the overarching erroneous themes, and a bit more about individual "schtick" or just what I would call absurd random statments they make. And I guess with each installment of this series, I would ask:
First up, only because I happened to be reading her site because of a reader inquiry, is Dr. Cate Shanahan. If Jimmy Moore has his way, there will be some sort of safe starch debate at the next Ancestral Health Symposium with Dr. Cate on the panel. A quick read of her site and you see she's pretty far to the "left" (as in the opposite of right = correct) on that. A topic for another day ...
The pholly worthy of mention comes from this post:
Stop snacking. Seriously.
If you want to lose weight, there is no such thing as a healthy snack. Why? Because snacking provides you with sugar and/or protein to burn for fuel, the body never had to dip into its fat reserves to keep you going. A few other reasons to quit snacking:
Isn’t it hard enough to plan 3 healthy meals a day? Do you really want to plan for a healthy snack on top of all that? After all, when you’re really in a rush, foods that might seem like a snack could serve as a meal, and seem more like a real, planned out meal if you don’t ever snack. For instance, sometimes I just have a couple of handfuls of nuts and a slice of cheese, or small pile of sauerkraut. For me, that’s a light lunch.
If you avoid snacks then by the time you finally get to eat you are more likely to actually be hungry. The hungrier you are, the better food tastes. Enjoying the taste of REAL food (carb-y and sweet foods don’t count as real food for reasons described elsewhere) is key to health and lasting weight loss success.
Your GI tract needs to rest. If you are eating every three to four hours, your intestinal system is always working and it’s just not designed for that. For one thing, when you eat, your GI tract is forced to draw fluid from your bloodstream, and can take several liters out of your circulation. This drops your blood pressure and can also make you feel tired, cold, or both. If you snack and then have to be up and rushing around, your body now has to route blood to your legs that your GI tract could really use. This is a set up for all sorts of digestive misfortune from GERD to irritable bowel and inflammatory conditions.Whether or not the GI tract needs to rest, that is not such an outrageous claim. But the bolded part that follows is outright ridiculous. It doesn't require a medical degree or even a scientific background to realize just how ridiculous this is.
Several is, at a minimum, more than two. So let's even cut Dr. Cate (as she likes to be called it seems) some slack and say that by several she means three liters. When you eat, several liters of water is diverted from circulation to your GI tract? Really? I presume that any good low carber familiar with the whole "teaspoon of sugar" in circulation meme is aware of roughly how much blood we have. Surely a physician should know. It's about FIVE liters.
sev·er·al (svr-l, svrl)
1. Being of a number more than two or three but not many: several miles away.
Dr. Cate's Physician Pholly
After eating, 3L of the 5L of fluid in your bloodstream, or 60% , is taken out of circulation and diverted to your digestive tract.
In other words, eating will kill you.