Low-Carb News And Health Headlines For September 2009
Posted Sep 17 2009 10:40pm
It’s time to restore some “balance” into low-carb news and health headlines
The news and information about the wonderful world of carbohydrate restriction along with the accompanying health headlines that dominate the media never slow down for anyone or anything. Stuff just keeps percolating out there and I try to keep an eye on it for you to sort the good from the bad. Here are just a few of the most interesting low-carb news and health headlines for September 2009.
In the “Gee, I Wonder Why” department comes new research out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine that claims Type 2 diabetics are not following the dictates of the diet pushed on them by advocacy groups like the American Diabetes Association. GOOD! With idiotic recommendations like this why would they?
Looking at a survey of the food intake by 2,757 Type 2 diabetics, the researchers found that 93 percent ate more than the recommended percentage of calories from dietary fat, 85 percent consumed more saturated fat than the recommendation called for, and 92 percent took in more sodium than they were supposed to. Less than half got in the recommended minimums on fruits, veggies, dairy, and grains which are supposed to be “healthy” for them.
But you know what? This is FANTASTIC news! Wanna know why? Because it means enough diabetics are tired of being lied to about their health that they are taking control of their disease by consuming a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet that naturally cures the manifestations of their Type 2 diabetes. Kudos to the diabetics who understand the importance of carb control in keeping their blood sugar and insulin levels stabilized. And boo hiss to these idiot researchers who think there’s some kind of “education” deficiency at work here. Uh, no. It’s called enlightenment and hopefully it will reach them someday soon.
I love how Men’s Health magazine is so unashamed to share the nutritional truth for people in their columns thanks to people like Adam Campbell and others who aren’t stuck in dietary dogma. This is yet another fine example of honest journalism that is so refreshing to read in such a mainstream health publication. Dealing with the issue of saturated fat, which has been mistakenly tagged with the “bad fat” label alongside trans fats for far too long, we see fantastic evidence supporting the inclusion of MORE saturated fat in the diet to maximize health.
The column goes through the history of how saturated fat got such a bad rap when Ancel Keys made his famous proclamation in 1953 that fat increased cholesterol which led to heart disease fatalities. This “diet-heart” hypothesis stuck quickly in the minds of people because on the surface it seemed to make sense. But what if it was wrong? Dead wrong!
Today this notion that saturated fat is the culprit in heart disease and worse is predicated on a big fat lie which we learned about in Tom Naughton’s 2009 FAT HEAD documentary. Nevertheless, virtually every major health organization from the American Heart Association to the American Diabetes Association trumpets the “diet-heart” hypothesis as the gospel truth because by golly it must be after all this time, right? WRONG!
The seldom talked about FACTS about saturated fat is they almost always raise HDL “good” cholesterol, lower triglycerides, and provide better heart protection for people who combine their consumption of it with a simultaneous reduction in carbohydrate intake. Nevertheless, fat-phobia lives on in America despite numerous evidence to the contrary cited in this column that dietary fat is completely irrelevant when it comes to heart disease. How do you right a ship that’s been way off course for decades? Certainly, mainstream articles like this one in Men’s Health will go a long way towards educating the public and someday we’ll look back on these “low-fat” days shaking our heads wondering how we could have all been so deceived.
Speaking of cholesterol, you’re gonna get nonsense like this out of the mainstream health for the most part because they are stuck on the notion that fats and saturated fats specifically are the devil. This column is a mixed bag, though, because they accurately point to the excessive carbohydrates and promote people find “the exact type” to eat. Hmmmm, what would that be? Oatmeal, oat bran, kidney beans, brussel sprouts, apples, pears, psyllium, barley, blueberries and prunes. Oh yummy!
While some of those foods are acceptable on a low-carb lifestyle change, some are not because they contain way too many carbohydrates. This notion that you need the fiber in some of these foods is just a ruse — many times there are a LOT more net carbs (the number of carbohydrates AFTER subtracting fiber from the total) than fiber itself. Giving a health halo to these foods while neglecting their impact on a wide range of health issues is wrong.
Additionally, the recommendation to “watch the quantity of red meat you eat” is even more evidence of the ignorance that exists out there. Yes, omega-3 fats are important as noted in the column, but don’t skimp on the eggs just because they have dietary cholesterol in them. The cholesterol myth is scaring people into thinking they will die from clogged arteries if they don’t lower their fat and cholesterol consumption, but nothing could be further from the truth. LDL and total cholesterol aren’t nearly as important as the triglyceride/HDL ratio as I discuss in my upcoming new book 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb. This information is too important to let it be twisted and distorted by those who have been severely misinformed.
We already high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is bad news for your health, but it could be even worse for you when it is heated up. This new study published in the August 27, 2009 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that bees in warmer climates fed HFCS to help increase honey production can ingest dangerous levels of a poisonous substance to them called hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). Upwards of one-third of the U.S. honeybee population has been killed off likely from the consumption of HMF created by heated HFCS. Now, if it’s doing all this to bees, then what the heck is it doing to the humans who are consuming it in just about every sugary soda and snack food on supermarket shelves today?
Mr. Sean “Underground Wellness” Croxton did a fabulous job asking me questions about my healthy low-carb lifestyle and it was so much fun! Take some time to listen to this one from start to finish and be encouraged in your low-carb way of life. There are people on your side!
California state Sen. Alex Padilla has thrown down the gauntlet and plans on holding hearing beginning in November about the link between sugary soda and the inevitable obesity that follows. As the chairman of the California Senate’s Select Committee on Obesity and Diabetes, Padilla is a powerful lawmaker who certainly is sharing concerns that many of my readers have about the problem with soda consumption in America. These hearings coincide with a new declaration by the American Heart Association in August who said people would be wise to cut back on their sugar consumption and more specifically their sugary sodas to keep calories in check. It’s so much more than calories, though. We’re trying to control blood sugar and insulin especially which can lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and death. Kudos to Sen. Padilla for bringing attention to this issue. Maybe I should try to get him on my podcast show to discuss this move legislatively in the state of California.
Yes, we know all about the health benefits of increasing your Vitamin D levels in your body, but could it protect against the dreaded H1N1 virus known as swine flu? With people getting flu shots left and right around the world, the Public Health Agency of Canada is taking a look at how Vitamin D supplementation could be a part of the reason why some people are prone to getting this dreaded virus. In 2008 when my Vitamin D levels were at 42, I knew I needed to do something about it. So I started taking 10,000 IU daily of Vitamin D3 gelcaps and in just six months my levels rose to 68. I’ve been taking about 4,000-5,000 IU daily ever since and HIGHLY recommend it for a variety of reasons. If you can possibly protect yourself from the ravages of swine flu just by supplementing with and getting adequate Vitamin D from the sun, why wouldn’t you?
Hmmm, at first glance you might think I’d be referring to a well-known diet scam artist who I’ve featured here at my blog many times, but alas this is yet another one who hails from the Bahamas and runs a weight loss company called LighterLife. There’s just one problem — the owner Jackie Cox weighs nearly 200 pounds on her 5′2″ body frame. Take a look at her diet plan and see if it looks familiar: ultra-low-calorie, marketed as “fast, simple and safe,” and has led to a series of health complications. Although this isn’t the Kimkins diet, it sure sounds a lot like it. But now with the tragic death of a 34-year-old woman who was following the diet, it makes me all the more passionate about getting the word out about any and every diet schemer whose only desire is to make a buck off the emotional need for weight loss that people feel. It’s sickening beyond belief and I for one won’t stand for it without a fight!
This is why I believe President Obama should have taken my recommendation and chosen Michael Pollan to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture in his Cabinet. The man knows what he’s talking about and pens a masterful response to those who think our health care crisis has to do with the logistics of the care itself. But like I shared in this blog post a couple of weeks ago, we don’t have a problem with health care as much as we do a preventative disease epidemic that could be brought under control if people would begin making better choices for the sake of their weight and health.
Diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are ripping through Americans at record levels and yet all of these could be improved or completely eradicated by a good low-carb lifestyle change. Pollan echoes that three out of every four dollars spent on health care today goes to a chronic disease that is preventable. Hundreds of billions of dollars going down the tube because somebody chooses to keep drinking their sugary sodas and downing their Little Debbie snack cakes to “save money.” Who are we kidding?
If universal government-run health care is passed into law, then get ready for the food industry to feel the brunt of it because government health leaders already know what is gobbling up precious medical expense dollars in this country. This could be both revolutionary and frightening at the same time when a bureaucrat will decide whether my low-carb diet is healthy enough for me to be consuming if I want to have quality care if and when I need it. Of course, if it reigns in all the sugary foods and beverages people are consuming, it could be a good thing. Pollan’s column makes you think!
Maybe I’m starting to make a positive impact on some of my podcast guests who didn’t necessarily embrace all the concepts of healthy low-carb living when I interviewed them, but they’re coming around. Take Dr. Steve Parker, for example. This column appeared on Monica Reinagel’s “Nutrition Data” blog where Dr. Parker refers to Gary Taubes’ book Good Calories Bad Calories as “a brilliant book” that physicians should read. He expressed concern that this book which has been heralded by low-carbers and non-low-carbers alike has been “ignored by many academic establishment-type nutritionists, physicians, and researchers.” Dr. Parker went on to say that Taubes’ book is “well-argued and supported by numerous scientific references,” and yet reviews of it do not appear in any of the major medical journals that are out there. Isn’t it great that medical professionals are finding this treasure and now encouraging their colleagues to learn from it, too?