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‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show’ Episode 389: Registered Nurse Jackie Eberstein Busts The Lingering Atkins Myths

Posted Aug 15 2010 2:25pm

The Atkins diet enjoys a rather odd position in the world of health and nutrition–you either love it or you hate it! There are very few people who kinda like it or kinda dislike it. And I suppose this has a lot to do with the misconceptions and myths that pervade about it in our culture. But the fact is most of these perceptions about the Atkins low-carb lifestyle are easily combatted with the facts that have been borne out by the experience of real life low-carbers and the science that backs them up. Today’s podcast interview guest is arguably the most knowledgeable expert on the Atkins diet today after working directly with the late, great Dr. Robert C. Atkins for nearly three decades.

In Episode 389 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome back to the show registered nurse Jackie Eberstein from Controlled Carbohydrate Nutrition and co-author (with Dr. Mary C. Vernon ) of Atkins’ Diabetes Revolution . It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had Jackie with us on the podcast (listen to my June 2008 interview with her–listen to Part 1 and Part 2 ) and she’s been a regular keynote speaker on The Annual Low-Carb Cruise the past few years. But I wanted to bring her back on the podcast to address many of the lingering myths about the Atkins low-carb diet that still pervade in our culture. Listen to Jackie share what she thinks Dr. Atkins would say about The New Atkins For A New You , her attempts to correct the ongoing Atkins myths over the years, her typical low-carb menus, why she has to personally stay very low-carb, why reactive hypoglycemia is not caused by low-carb eating, the impact of sweeteners on hypoglycemia, whether you should count calories on the Atkins diet, why “calories in, calories out” is totally bogus, why Atkins won’t raise your lipids to unhealthy levels, why high triglycerides are not caused by fat but by insulin (stoked by carbohydrate consumption), which is more important–LDL particle number or particle size, why red meat is not the great harm it is purported to be in studies, why pigs are better animal studies than rats and worms, why there are no kidney damage concerns for people eating the Atkins diet (because it’s NOT a high-protein diet, it’s a moderate protein diet), why getting adequate protein is so vital to your health, her reaction to what the 2010 Dietary Guidelines will include and whether low-carb will even be considered, whether the Paleolithic diet jives with the Atkins diet, why free-range, organic meats are best, her response to the “one golden shot” theory that you can only lose weight on Atkins low-carb once, why there is a lot we don’t understand fully about fat cells, why cutting fat while consuming a low-carb diet is not wise, why the scale is not an accurate measuring stick for your weight loss progress, why regular exercise is an important companion tool with low-carb living, why some people are continually tired on the Atkins diet and what they can do to overcome it, the research links she provides on her web site, why Atkins does not lead to osteoporosis, why low-carb is not lacking in nutrition because you need to take supplements while on it, how consuming carbohydrates actually depletes nutrition from your body, and what she wishes more people would understand about the Atkins diet. For anyone who thinks low-carb is harmful to some aspect of their health, then this interview with Jackie Eberstein is one you don’t want to miss!

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 389:

1. Listen at the new iTunes page for the podcast

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site for the podcast

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 389 [63:15m]

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What did you think about what you heard from Jackie Eberstein? Did her arguments supporting the Atkins low-carb lifestyle convince you? Respond to what you heard in the show notes section of Episode 389 . Check out the wealth of information Jackie provides at her web sites and and be sure to pick up your own copy of her book Atkins’ Diabetes Revolution . If you enjoyed what you heard from Jackie Eberstein and would like to hear more from her in person, then consider joining us on The 4th Annual Low-Carb Cruise to Jamaica in May 2011 . Coming up next week, we’ve got two outstanding interviews to share with you. On Monday, we’ve got Ramiel Nagel , author of Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition , to discuss how proper nutrition impacts the health of your teeth. You’ll find he was heavily influenced by the great Dr. Weston A. Price in his thinking and is helping thousands of people naturally “cure” their dental woes. Then on Thursday, we’ll have a first for the podcast–we’ll have more guests on at the same time than ever before with a panel of people representing The Ancestral Health Symposium coming up August 5-6, 2011 at UCLA (FYI: the fact that the event will be held at UCLA does not imply or represent endorsement by UCLA or the Regents of the UC regarding the content and programming of our event). If you are a member of the low-carb, Paleo, or primal eating community, then make plans to attend this “Woodstock” event that will hopefully make a similar impact culturally on healthy living in the United States and around the world. You’ll find out lots more about this exciting event from people like Seth Roberts, Brent Pottenger, Aaron Blaisdell, and many more on Thursday! It’s gonna be an exciting week at “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.”

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