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Fun-Filled Friday: April Fool’s Day, John Pinette, Gary Taubes, Embryo Adoption, PETA

Posted Apr 01 2011 8:18pm

Happy “Fun-Filled Friday” everyone and what better day to have it than today on April Fool’s Day? I mean, this has got to be the all-time best day ever invented, created, concocted or whatever it was. For all of you mischievous folks out there who find great pleasure in making practical jokes on unsuspecting people for this one day of the year, it’s the perfect way to find a way to release all that that pent up frustration, anger, and need to freak the living bejeebies out of somebody you know and love. Aren’t cultural celebrations totally awesome?! Hopefully you got in a jab or two at your co-workers, kids, and maybe even your spouse today. It’s all a part of this thing called life that keeps it interesting. What’s the best April Fool’s joke you ever pulled on somebody?

Oddly enough, it didn’t take a lot of searching on YouTube to find the most popular April Fool’s Day video online–and I kinda wish I hadn’t now. There’s this kid named Fred who speeds up his voice to make it sound really high while he’s running around making oddball faces while living his life. It’s a rather strange concept for a fella who will probably find his way to Hollywood as an actor someday–if silly, idiotic antics could work for somebody like Jim Carrey, then surely Fred will get his due someday as well. This video about Fred on April Fool’s Day has received over 11 million views. After you watch it for yourself, you’ll wonder just how he did it:

Goofy, idiotic, and yet wildly popular. Go figure! For any of us who have ever started on a low-carb lifestyle change for the first time, maybe you can relate to stand-up comic John Pinette’s experience trying to start his own version of livin’ la vida low-carb:

HAHAHA! I remember those days. Ain’t it good to know this isn’t a “no carb diet” as he kept describing it? And you NEVER “come off” of it when you make it a permanent and healthy lifestyle change. But it’s quite entertaining to make fun of it I suppose! This guy desperately needs to get him a healthy dose of some Gary Taubes:

Gary has been making the rounds sharing about his new book Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It, including a lecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts this week. It seems to me Gary has been getting more and more of these opportunities this go around promoting his new book compared with what he received in 2007 after he released Good Calories Bad Calories. Good for Gary! Keep it up my friend.

Christine and I started our embryo adoption journey in earnest yesterday and we’re so excited about the possibilities that await us. After our failed IVF attempt in December 2007 when we pretty much put all of our hopes and dreams of becoming parents into that procedure only to have them dashed, this time around we are going into it realizing it’s probably a long-shot that we’ll get pregnant this way. But while we realize the reality is it probably will not happen, we are still believing that it can and will happen to give us the baby we have always dreamed of having in nearly 16 years of marriage.

And please don’t bring up, “well, you could always adopt a child that’s already born.” That sounds like something nice to say, but it’s so not cool. The red tape and expense of traditional adoption is horrendous and they make it extremely difficult for people like us who want kids to make it a reality. The IVF cost us $17,000, adopting domestically in the United States would cost $20,000 and international adoptions can run upwards of $40,000…and there’s no guarantee you’ll have a baby after spending all that money either. This embryo adoption process was around $7500 and there are donors with good eggs and sperm who provide embryos that have been frozen to help people like us. For the next few weeks, Christine will be taking a series of shots, patches, and such to prepare her body for carrying a baby (or two!) if the embryo transfer that happens on April 27, 2011 results in a pregnancy. Here’s a video we shot yesterday showing all the drugs involved in this:

Remarkable isn’t it? And Christine is quite the trooper for going through all of this again just like she did in 2007 for the IVF. We’re going to have two embryos transferred into Christine later this month and we’ll know for sure if she’s pregnant after we return from the Low-Carb Cruise on Monday, May 9, 2011. It’s possible we could have as many as four babies (if the embryos implanted split) or none at all. Like I said, we’re trying to stay grounded in the reality that this is more likely going to result in not being pregnant so we’re not as disappointed as we were after the IVF. But deep down inside we are praying that this is the right thing to grant us our wish of being parents at long last. THANK YOU for standing alongside us in this process!

Okay, how about some interesting headlines that have been stacking up in my inbox:

- Are Americans just a bunch of dummies? That’s what this Newsweek poll concludes after asking 1,000 Americans some basic questions about the United States. For example, nearly one in three don’t even know Joe Biden is the vice-president. Another 44% don’t know what the Bill of Rights are. EEEEK! If our future as a nation is truly “imperiled by our ignorance” concerning our history, how much more truth is in that statement as it relates to what Americans know about diet and health? Scary to think about!

- I recently came across a column in the Salmon Arm Observer by registered dietitian Serena Caner that asks the simple question: “Can you put the blame on carbs?” She details how carbohydrates have played such a strong part of her own culture that they can’t possibly be the reason for why we’re fat these days. She claims people who try to eliminate carbs from their diet remove “many essential nutrients” and avoid the very foods that are lowest in saturated fat and cholesterol. Therein lies your problem, Ms. Caner. When you cut the carbs from your diet, dietary fat and cholesterol are what you want to replace them with for energy and healthy nutrition. And this idiotic notion of constipation (something one of “The 5 Worst Promoters of Nonsense” Dr. Mehmet Oz brought up last month on his show featuring Gary Taubes) is just silly. Drink plenty of water and that’s just not an issue. I appreciate that this RD recognizes that carb consumption should not be “a large quantity” but she’s so missing the boat about the positive role saturated fat plays in this equation. PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF!

- Have you ever wondered what drinking one little 12-ounce can of sugary soda day over a year looks like in terms of sugar? My friend Ken Leebow shows you here . Still wanna drink that stuff ever again?!

- Dr. Joseph Mercola shares reasons why we should all be eating more grass-fed beef for conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) . If you wonder what the consequences of consuming grain-fed beef can be on your health, he tells all the dirty details in that column, too. Even CNN gets in on the debate about what cows are being fed. The moral of the story: EAT MORE GRASS-FED BEEF! Check out a farm near you by visiting .

- Spam! No, not that gelatinous “meat” stuff that you buy at your grocery store. I’m talking about that never ending influx of e-mails that clog up the inboxes of innocent people every single day. You can’t even imagine how much of it I have to sift through on a daily basis even with a spam filter. Have you ever wondered how much money a spammer actually makes sending this stuff to you? This Wired article tells you–man, I’m in the wrong business! LOL!

- For all you overweight Christians out there, I just thought you’d like to know why: this new study says it’s your church-going habit that makes you fat! I’m not joking here either. Perhaps there’s some merit to this concept for Southern Baptists (of which I’ve been one for most of my life) because of all the carb-laden church potluck dinners. But feeding your soul with the Word of God will NOT make you obese!

- Shhhhh! I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag or anything, but I’ve got a whole boatload of prize giveaways lined up for my 6th Annual Blogiversary Contest this month. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging so long, but I’ve made it a tradition to celebrate by having lots of free giveaways–and this year’s grand prize is something you’ll get to share with ME! Let that whet your appetite for now and we’ll provide more details sometime in the next week. I promise you don’t want to miss out on this!

- If I went on a flight and had to watch Richard Simmons tell me the safety stuff, I’d need to use the hurl bag. This is an actual video used by Air New Zealand at the beginning of each flight:

- The nanny state in Venezuela is alive and well now that their president Hugo Chavez has called on his citizens to cut their caloric intake . He seems to think people get fat solely from eating too many calories–not much different than the conventional wisdom dietary advice promoted in the United States, Canada, the UK and the rest of the civilized world. UGH! Can you imagine if one of the leaders of these nations improved their weight or beat their diabetes eating a high-fat, low-carb lifestyle? Game changer!

- I love the work of Dr. John Briffa in the UK and I found this video of him combatting the cholesterol myths that still pervade our culture. Is the tide finally starting to turn?

- This column from Precision Nutrition is a pretty good basic primer on why low-carb diets work and how they can help improve fatty liver disease.

- Did you hear about the French vegan couple found guilty of neglect this week after their 11-month old daughter died from vitamin deficiency? These vegans avoided all animal products and fed their newborn just breast milk leading to a severe lack of Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 which increased the baby’s susceptibility to infections as a result of the “unbalanced diet.” Veganism is well-known for leaving people who eat this way deficient in B12 and other essential nutrients that would be missing from a mother’s milk if it is not consumed in her diet. This couple now faces up to 30 years in prison if they are convicted of “neglect or food deprivation followed by death.” Do you think this couple should be convicted of a crime or is this just a sad tragedy?

- As if you needed another reason to avoid cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like Lipitor, how about because it’s linked to developing diabetes ? NEVERMORE will I take those health-robbing drugs again!

- Registered nurse Jackie Eberstein asks, “Where Are You on the Road to Type 2 Diabetes?” I’m looking forward to hearing this RN who worked directly with the late, great Dr. Robert C. Atkins for 30 years in his complementary medicine practice in New York City share her lecture on the upcoming Low-Carb Cruise on May 1-7, 2011 . Jackie also sent me a thought-provoking piece from an MD entitled “Staying Healthy — It’s Complicated” who is now dealing with pre-diabetes requiring him to be mindful of his carbohydrate intake. Is the unintended consequence of obsessing over cholesterol numbers for so many years actually an INCREASE in blood sugar disorders? It’s hard to argue otherwise.

- Physicians like that one above could stand to learn a lot more about the role of carbohydrates in obesity and chronic disease by taking part in the educational modules presented by Innovative Metabolic Solutions featuring Dr. Mary Vernon and Dr. Eric Westman teaching a 14-week course on all the ins and outs of this way of eating. CME credit is available to medical professionals and even educated laypeople like my readers can participate as well. They just lowered the price on going through this sensational course that I HIGHLY recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about low-carb diets from the clinical perspective.

- Hey, have you heard about the new series coming up this summer on Animal Planet? It’s called “Sweet Avenger” featuring the owner of a cupcake company called Vegan Treats named Danielle Konya who “promises to make a vegan out of you at first bite.” She states that her purpose is “to show people that by eating a vegan confection, you’re directly saving the lives of cows, chickens and thereby the environment and habitats of thousands of other exotic species” and that “there’s nothing appetizing about the suffering of 10 billion animals a year, and my treats can satisfy both the palate and the conscience.” Uhhh, okay. The show will feature people who allegedly have no interest in veganism and Danielle will try to win them over to a dairy-free, flesh-free and egg-free diet. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! Whaddya wanna bet these “treats” are just LOADED with sugar…who wouldn’t want to eat that?! Duh! Doesn’t make it health.

Speaking of vegans, take a look at the latest propaganda from PETA in their war against meat:

And as if stuff like this isn’t bad enough, PETA is also running a “Why should PETA neuter you?” contest (THIS IS REAL!) where the winner will receive a free vasectomy! O…M…G!!! What’s really sad is how many people actually buy into this sort of nonsense. It’s more people than we care to admit–but that’s why sharing the truth as we do here at the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog is what drives me to continue on in my crusade to educate, encourage and inspire everyone who visits.

That’s it for this special extended edition of “Fun-Filled Friday” this April Fool’s Day. Just a heads up that we won’t be having a “Fun-Filled Friday” next week because I’ll be heading up to Baltimore, Maryland to attend a low-carb science conference presented by the Nutrition & Metabolism Society and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians . Christine and I are excited about visiting that area and we’ll be doing LIVE tweeting and Facebook updates from the event which I’ll be blogging about next week. You can follow my Twitter feed by clicking here and my Facebook page here . We also have planned a special meetup with Baltimore low-carbers for Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3:30PM–details coming up soon! THANKS for reading my blog and giving me the privilege to share about my low-carb journey with you.

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