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 ....
If you scan down my article from last year, my main complaint with calling it the "Reversing Diabetes" Summit was that low carb diets rarely reverse the disease, and in the cases where they do, adherents are practically pummeled at every turn with the falsehood that they must eat fewer and fewer carbohydrates to continue in their remission. But therein lies the rub. Because while Tim Noakes downs 2000 mg of metformin a day as he runs (does he still?) around the globe spreading his #LCHF-cures-diabetes message, the difference in Taylor's approach is that at the end of the day, folks are actually non-diabetic! As in, they can eat carbs and not have blood sugar control issues. I believe the phrase he used in this interview was something to the effect of having an athletic insulin response.
I've blogged on this quite a bit:
Although I believe Taylor's take and mine disagree (and disagree with scientific evidence) in some places, the bottom line is spot on, and I believe he is more relying on older evidence than the LC schtick. Two points:
- There appears to be ample evidence that the source of fatty acids in VLDL is not from DNL (see the series on triglycerides beginning with Part I). However even if it is, Taylor emphasizes that this is due to overconsumption -- period -- and doesn't blame carbs per se. IOW, the source of the fat deposition is rather irrelevant.
- Some possibly outdated ideas on insulin resistance: though this is far from a settled case, the peripheral IR model has fallen out of favor, or is at best a late stage development, see for example: β-Cell dysfunction vs insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes: the eternal “chicken and egg” question. From the early days at this blog -- The Progression of Insulin Resistance -- to more recent discussions -- Insulin Secretion in the Progression of Type 2 Diabetes ~ First/Early Phase -- insulin action at the muscle cell level seems to be a symptom of things already gone awry if all that relevant in the end.
Taylor emphasizes that the source of glucose in hyperglycemia is the liver, a point made in this post, and a point, I might add, that is known, or should be, to every low carb researcher and doctor out there. Further, towards the end Taylor mentions that he has just submitted a paper regarding a personal fat threshold, which seems to be becoming more and more recognized. Here is a 2010 post on a decade old paper discussing a similar concept: Critical Visceral Adipose Tissue Theory.
I have seen much derision in the low carb community both towards Roy Taylor's work, and the man himself. Indeed it may have been my blogging on his discoveries that got the attention of a particularly disgruntled diabetic in the UK. I suppose they see Taylor's efforts as a threat to the low carb way of life. Jenny Ruhl called his diet "idiotically dangerous", as if PSMFs haven't been used safely in various contexts for decades, and insisted the same results could be attained with moderate carb restriction. Every other blogger went on and on about it not being a sustainable diet -- ignoring the fact that it was NEVER intended to be! And if you really think that adhering to this is too far fetched, take it up with Dr. Eric Westman.
I believe the problem is one where diabetics seem to turn on one another. You see it in various communities of those with health/physical challenges -- somehow if there is the opportunity for someone in the community to "get out" -- this is seen as turning on their peers. I saw it in the deaf community several years ago when cochlear implants became more accessible and feasible. I have a deaf cousin (and another by marriage) who attended the very famous New York School for the Deaf (eons ago) which was at the center of this controversy early on. There were some contentious news stories regarding how to deal with a "cure" for many of the hearing impaired, and it was as if those who chose to embrace the technology were turning their backs on the others. They were viewed as turncoats who didn't want to be "like them", rather than perhaps just wanting to be able to hear like everyone else which was bad somehow? Anyway ... I see an analogy here in the behavior.
Ahh ... sorry folks. I went on there. Posting this up because I just noticed the clock is ticking on this. I recorded this so if anyone has specific questions, I'm happy to help.