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Ask The Low-Carb Experts (Episode 7): ‘The Long-Term Effects Of The High-Carb SAD Diet’ | Dr. Cate Shanahan

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In Episode 7 of “Jimmy Moore Presents: Ask The Low-Carb Experts,” we are pleased to welcome a nutrition-minded physician named Dr. Cate Shanahan discussing the interesting topic of “The Long-Term Effects Of The High-Carb SAD Diet.” You might recall Dr. Shanahan was a guest in Episode 459 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast talking about her two incredible books entitled Deep Nutrition and Food Rules. She looks at treating patients with quite a different perspective than most traditionally-trained medical doctors. Dr. Shanahan is a board certified Family Physician who trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She practiced in Hawaii for ten years where she studied ethnobotany and her healthiest patient’s culinary habits. She’s a big believer in hormone regulation and the impact diet plays on it and did a fantastic job answering YOUR questions related to the long-term effects of eating a SAD diet on your hormones. If you are curious about what kind of damage all those years of eating the Standard American Diet have done to your health and hormones, then you need to take a listen to this podcast! We were so pleased to have Dr. Shanahan join us on ATLCX answering listener questions about the long-term effects of the high-carb SAD diet in EPISODE 7 on February 23, 2012.

Listen to Dr. Cate Shanahan discuss “The Long-Term Effects Of The High-Carb SAD Diet”:

  • This is a “hot button issue” because so many people deal with it
  • People are perplexed that their poor diet finally catches up to them
  • Before we gain weight, our diet dysregulates our hormones
  • Testing hormone levels is critical because of resistance to them
  • Women over 50 taking thyroid hormone is a resistance problem too
  • Leptin is a hormone getting a lot of attention now
  • Your metabolism can get deranged so you hormone signals are gone
  • The best example of this is Type 2 diabetes and the hormone insulin
  • 10% of all adolescents already have pre-diabetes
  • Inflammation is an example of the hormone signal disruption
  • High-sugar foods (sugar, grains, starchy carbs) get “sticky” in the body
  • Trans fats (oxidized fats) and vegetable oils are also a culprit
  • Both of these feed off each other to create glycation and free radicals
  • You don’t know what hormone is going to go “off” first
  • For girls, it could manifest itself as irregular periods over years
  • When you hit a plateau, it’s best not to change ANYTHING about your diet
  • Fat cells tend to promote “extra estrogen” which impacts fertility
  • Fertility can come back in your 20s and 30s with the right diet changes
  • Doing the “Reader’s Digest” version of Paleo or Atkins is not enough
  • The more you can do to nourish your body with quality foods, the better
  • The more diverse you get your diet consistently, your body can repair
  • Whether it is possible regardless of your age to turn around your health
  • Why it may take longer for you to reach your goals than you want
  • “Moving in the right direction” is the ultimate goal of making changes
  • We all need to be on Vitamin D because “we’re not running around naked”
  • Getting multiminerals like magnesium is a key element in your plan
  • Hormone supplementation doesn’t seem to do much good for people
  • You have to lose the resistance that led you to have low hormone levels
  • There’s a whole other layer of thyroid hormone not usually tested for
  • Animals tend to sleep a lot and gain weight with this new thyroid issue
  • Testing is interesting and helpful, but may lead to wrong treatments
  • She’s “not a fan of running to” hormone therapies as the “first” option
  • How getting your diet right impacts testosterone levels
  • My testosterone and other hormone panel from December 2011
  • Women with PCOS tend to have high luteinizing hormone (LH) and low estrogen
  • Over time you get down regulation of hormones (“dwindling down”)
  • We’re trying to get you to “act like a teenager” (sleep and activity)
  • What’s most important for your health when you travel a lot
  • Avoiding the things that will “toxify your body” is best
  • Why she’s become “stricter” with carb control lowering to 30-75g daily
  • Her favorite things from a Whole Foods store when she’s traveling
  • It’s okay to buy store-bought fermented foods to save time
  • Why not make travel days a time to do intermittent fasting
  • If you are using fat for fuel, you shouldn’t have any trouble fasting
  • Which is worse: high blood sugar or high total cholesterol?
  • High total cholesterol is a “totally meaningless” number
  • The most important ratio is triglycerides/HDL in cholesterol
  • Chris Masterjohn noted HDL/total cholesterol ratio but it’s not the best
  • What specific issues do years of eating “healthy whole grains” lead to
  • Once on the Paleo low-carb diet, you shouldn’t get any new health problems
  • Why eating after 5PM makes someone feel better compared to before 5PM
  • Fat-burning enzymes are at the “maximum capacity” in the morning
  • The diurnal variation of hormones (“burst” of cortisol later in the day)
  • Everybody has unique metabolic solutions to the challenges to SAD diet
  • What about the controversy over low-carb causing “permanent” hormone imbalance
  • The theory that long-term low-carb gets your thyroid out of whack
  • Carbs are sugar and it’s addicting and people have a hard time giving up
  • If taking a weekend off plan every six weeks cause any metabolic damage
  • Every load of sugar and trans fats that you avoid is “a good day”
  • There are associations with cancer from consuming trans fats and carbs
  • If you go on “a pro-inflammatory food binge” then a stroke is possible
  • A stroke is permanent and much scarier than even a heart attack
  • Hemochromatosis is a genetic disease that stores too much iron
  • Having a phlebotomy is the best way to lower high iron levels
  • Maybe avoiding red meat and liver can keep iron levels at bay
  • Excessive iron causes oxidation that leads to inflammation
  • Be careful about chelation therapy because it removes more than iron
  • Can a Type 1 diabetic have permanent metabolic damage from high-carb diet
  • If you took insulin to cover carbs that your body would have made, no issue
  • Halle Berry was dependent on insulin and then came off of it
  • Why hormone levels come back “normal” with PCOS symptoms
  • Low-carb diets have been shown to help “fix” PCOS
  • In the absence of trans fats, could we get away with eating more carbs?
  • There are effects to eating carbs without trans fat (stunted growth)
  • The French paradox is changing because of carbs and trans fats
  • What a pregnant woman should do with hormone supplementation
  • Whether semi-elite athletes have impaired hormonal function despite exercise
  • There is an expanding camp among athletes that low-carb is optimal
  • How the SAD diet can cause damage to the health of a fetus
  • Of all the hormones, which are the most important and why?
  • There’s no such thing as “one master hormone” (not leptin or insulin)
  • When you eat a high-carb diet, insulin is VERY important

    There are four ways you can listen to Episode 7:

    1. LISTEN LIVE ON THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 7PM ET by calling (712) 432-0900 or on Skype at “freeconferencing.7124320900″–whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code “848908.” You can listen and even participate on the topic discussion by asking your questions directly to the featured expert.

    2. Listen at the iTunes page for the podcast:

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

    4. Download the MP3 file of Episode 7 [75:25m]:

    If you cannot join us LIVE on the podcast on Thursday nights at 7PM ET, then you can still ask your questions of the expert guests in two ways. First, you can visit AskTheLowCarbExperts.com and fill out the form along the right-hand side of the page under “Submit Your Question” to input your name, e-mail address, the name of the expert you want to ask, and your question for them. These questions will be asked LIVE on the show airing on Thursdays. Or, for your convenience we have set up a way for you to e-mail us your questions directly to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name, the name of the expert you want to ask your question to in the subject line, and your question on the specific topic of discussion. This is a golden opportunity for you to tap directly into the wealth of knowledge and experience on all things related to healthy low-carb living featuring the best and brightest experts in the realm of health!

    Did you have any feedback about what Dr. Cate Shanahan shared about “The Long-Term Effects Of The High-Carb SAD Diet?” Talk about it in the show notes section of Episode 7. Pick up both of Dr. Shanahan’s fabulous books Deep Nutrition and Food Rules and visit her superb web site DrCate.com.

    Coming up in EPISODE 7 next Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7PM ET we’ll welcome a long-time friend and incredible low-carb physician named Dr. Mary Vernon addressing the topic of “What Questions Should I Ask My (Non-Low-Carb Friendly) Doc?” I receive so many emails from people frustrated that they can’t find a doctor near them on my “List of Low-Carb Doctors” blog. Many times they like their doctor, but they don’t care for the nutritional advice he is spouting off to them. This is where Dr. Vernon will be able to help! Start submitting your questions for Dr. Mary Vernon about what kind of questions and information you should be asking your non-low-carb friendly doctor about by using the “Submit Your Question” form (on the right-hand side of the web site) or e-mail your name, the name of the expert you want to ask your question to in the subject line, and your question on the specific topic of discussion to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com (please keep your questions limited to the specific topic for this episode). If you have any burning questions related to what questions to ask your doctor who may not be pro-low-carb, then be sure to tune in LIVE next Thursday night to ask your question directly to Dr. Mary Vernon.

    Here are the upcoming experts and topics we’ll be covering on #ATLCX:

    EPISODE 9: March 8, 2012 | Mat Lalonde | “All Things Calories (Calories 101)”
    March 15, 2012–NO PODCAST–ATTENDING PALEOFX
    EPISODE 10: March 22, 2012 | Chris Kresser | “All Things Thyroid (Thyroid 101)”
    EPISODE 11: March 29, 2012 | Dr. Jeff Volek | “Saturated Fat Is Good For You?”
    EPISODE 12: April 5, 2012 | Denise Minger | “The Fallacy Of Vegan/Vegetarian Diets”
    EPISODE 13: April 12, 2012 | Dr. Cassandra Forsythe | “Low-Carbing Women & Weight Lifting”
    EPISODE 14: April 19, 2012 | Dr. Larry McCleary | “Dietary Remedies For ADHD”
    EPISODE 15: April 26, 2012 | Dr. Eric Westman | “Exploding The Low-Carb Myths”
    5-3 to 6-14: NO PODCASTS
    EPISODE 16: June 21, 2012 | Valerie Berkowitz | “Low-Carb, Pregnancy & Kids”

    Spread the word about this podcast: PLEASE REVIEW THE SHOW ON ITUNES!

    • Lawanda Johnson

      Wow, you are inspiring and thank you for the heartfelt work you do to get people fit and healthy.  For the last month or so I’ve been maintaining a Paleo diet and I feel great.  Food is not controlling me anymore, I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’ve had enough…I also do have intense food cravings and mood swings when I’m hungry.  There’s a lot that can be said by simple cutting wheat along….anyway to support my self and hopefully inspire others to change the way they relate to food I’ve started a new blog  myself.  
      http://paleorecipebooknaturalfoods.blogspot.com/

      • Anonymous

        How awesome Lawanda! I’ve added your blog to my next big blog update.

    • Craig

      Great show. I bought Deep Nutrition after hearing your previous podcast with Dr. Shanahan and now consider it one of the best traditional food-related books available. She is a treasure.

      • Anonymous

        She is awesome!