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Low-Carb News And Health Headlines For December 2009


Jump for joy at the latest low-carb news for December 2009

Christmas is almost here and so much is going on in the wonderful world of livin’ la vida low-carb. With the new year just a couple of weeks away I wanted to squeeze in one last low-carb news and health headlines update for 2009 into the schedule. Soak it all in!

STUDY SHOWS EATING LOW-CARB INCREASES HEART DISEASE RISK

Eating that low-carb diet of yours will raise your risk of cardiovascular disease. Did you know that? Oh my gosh, then I guess I should stop doing the very thing that helped me lose over 100 pounds, get me off of three prescription medications, make me into an energetic and confident man, and produce a calcium heart scan score of a whopping ZERO plaque build-up in my coronary arteries! NOT! The so-called scientists who published this study in the December 2009 issue of the scientific journal Diabetes claim that people who eat less carbs in their diet are 25 percent more likely to have clogged arteries than those consuming a low-fat diet. They blame the added fat in a low-carb diet for this. I’ll give the researchers credit for one thing, though — the macronutrient ratio was much more accurate than usual for these studies with the low-carb group having a fat/protein/carbohydrate ratio of 60/20/20 and the low-fat group with a 20/20/60 ratio. But you can easily identify where their loyalties lie with such bombastic statements like this: “And the potential negatives of increased cardiovascular risks far outweigh the potential positives of more easily sustained dieting/weight loss, especially when there is a proven and safe alternative in low-fat high-carbohydrate weight loss diets.” There’s no bias in that statement, is there? Like I wrote about in an entire chapter of my new book, you can’t always trust or believe the negative studies on low-carb!

FRUCTOSE LINKED TO HIGHER RATES OF CHILDHOOD DIABETES

While childhood obesity has been getting most of the attention from pediatric health experts, the sudden emergence of Type 2 diabetes among our kids is equally as devastating. And a new study from researchers at the University of California has found the culprit: FRUCTOSE! More specifically, high-fructose corn syrup which is found in just about everything packaged these days (read your labels!) is directly responsible for packing on the pounds, increasing heart disease risk, and leading children down a path towards developing diabetes. Now we are paying a serious price for our desire to have cheaper sweet foods at our disposal. My favorite quote in this story is when a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina made this profoundly accurate statement: “Historically, we never consumed much sugar. We’re not built to process it.” If ever there were a reason to start eating like our early Paleolithic ancestors did, this should be it!

WANNA SAVE THE PLANET? EAT LESS RED MEAT AND DAIRY?

The radical vegans and vegetarians will never ever stop their hellbent crusade to get the entire world eating the way they do. And they are literally everywhere telling people how bad eating red meat and consuming dairy foods is destroying the health of those who consume them. But lately they’ve taken a different tactic by claiming meat-eaters are responsible for global warming and this new UK government report does much of the same thing. I applaud the fact that they acknowledge grass-fed animals are “a more sustainable use of resources” and that consuming more organic sources of food is preferred. Absolutely! But removing meat and dairy from the diet will do more harm than good as former vegetarian Lierre Keith outlined so brilliantly in her book The Vegetarian Myth. Their dietary solution for “a warming planet” is a curious one that includes very little meat (not for me!), less processed sugary foods and beverages (not bad!), lower calories (but I’m eating if I get hungry), and buying local foods (again, I’m all in favor of this). The headline screams don’t eat meat, but that’s not the whole story…as usual!

DIETITIAN’S SHARES ‘THE TRUTH ABOUT DIABETIC DIETS’

Diabetes is a very serious health concern these days and is growing at an alarming rate. And yet organizations like the American Diabetes Association and other like-minded groups are putting out information that may be making the problem worse than it needs to be. This CNN story from a registered dietitian has some good and not-so-good points to make about people wanting to eat to control their diabetes. In my recorded interview with the CNBC-TV show dLife this week, I told them that “I eat like a diabetic so I don’t become one.” I agree there is no one size fits all diet, that you shouldn’t eat all the fruit you want with no blood sugar consequences, and that you need some fat in your diet. But sugar and foods that turn to sugar really do need to be avoided as much as possible, salt is a non-issue except for the 5% of the population who is “salt-sensitive,” most carbohydrate-laden foods are indeed off limits, and low-carb nutrition IS the key to controlling blood sugar and insulin levels. After my interview was over for the dLife segment, I wish I had said something to the effect of “people with diabetes should significantly reduce their carbohydrate consumption to keep their blood sugar from spiking unnecessarily requiring medication and insulin.” But that message needs to be shouted from the rooftops! Neglecting livin’ la vida low-carb over concerns for heart disease is just a red herring because there is no credible evidence that they are linked in any way.

HEART SURGEON SAYS LOW FAT IS A BIG FAT LIE

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Dwight Lundell about the REAL reason for heart disease and it ain’t consuming fat! He brilliantly explains in this column for Total Health Breakthroughs that the low-fat diet for heart health is just a myth by looking at some key facts about obesity and heart disease in America. Although he used to believe strongly in the recommended low-fat, high-carb diets that most medical professionals embrace so willingly these days, he knows that this makes his patients get sicker and sicker. This was my favorite part of Dr. Lundell’s column: “There is no credible evidence to suggest that a low-fat diet equals lower incidences of heart disease and obesity. In fact, all the evidence proves otherwise. The low-fat and cholesterol theories are based on incomplete science.” With people like him out there sounding the alarm against blindly following the rest of the lemmings who are espousing low-fat diets, maybe we’ll make a dent in the obesity and disease crises that have plagued our society since the low-fat lie was rammed down our throats just a few short decades ago.

NORA GEDGAUDAS AIDS IN ‘TAMING THE CARB CRAVING MONSTER’

Fellow low-carb author and podcaster Nora Gedgaudas knows a thing or two about carbohydrate temptation and what it takes to overcome the tremendous pressure to stuff your pie hole with carbs, carbs, and more carbs. She wrote a book about combatting this urge called Primal Body-Primal Mind: Empower Your Total Health The Way Evolution Intended (…And Didn’t) and this recent column of hers arms you with some issues to think about in tackling this aspect of low-carb living. Many of the conditions she writes about in her piece center around your emotional state of mind which is what drives a lot of people to eating sugary/carby foods that their body just doesn’t need. I’m happy that the listeners of my podcast show named her as one of their top five favorite interview guests from 2009 so that she will be featured again during my special “Encore Week” of podcasts in the first week of January 2010. If you have any follow-up questions you want me to ask Nora, then e-mail those to me at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. I’ll be recording the interview on December 30, 2009.

DR. RON ROSEDALE ANSWERS QUESTIONS ABOUT INSULIN

I’ve been working on getting a podcast interview with one of the true nutritional health leaders of our day named Dr. Ron Rosedale for most of the past two years now. He’s been working overseas treating patients and is a very busy man, but was kind enough to answer some questions that “Whole Health Source” blogger Stephan Guyenet had for him regarding the role insulin plays in blood sugar control versus other hormones. Most low-carbers would say blood sugar control is THE purpose of the hormone insulin, but Dr. Rosedale disagrees. He says lowering blood sugar is a recent phenomena brought on by the increased consumption of sugar ad starchy carbohydrates. The friendly conversational debate on this subject is certainly a fascinating read! I’ll keep try for that interview with Dr. Rosedale in 2010.

‘EAT FAT AND GROW SLIM’ BY RICHARD MACKARNESS…IN 1958!

Don’t you love hearing people call the high-fat, low-carb diet a “fad” when in fact it has been around for a very long time. Some people think it all started in the early 1970s when the late great Dr. Robert C. Atkins came out with his version of the diet, but one of my astute readers pointed me to this online copy of a book by a man named Richard Mackarness that discussed the role of carbohydrate-restriction and eating more fat in your diet for health over fifty years ago. The book is called Eat Fat And Grow Slim and is an amazing read when you consider it was written prior to all the low-fat hysteria that swept our nation no thanks to the dastardly dietary deeds undertaken by Ancel Keys and his ilk shortly thereafter. This is one you’ll want to read from start to finish for some rather compelling proof of the need for eating more fat and less carbs in your diet. ENJOY!

EVOLVED TO EAT MEAT: THE LOGIC OF LOW-CARB DIETS

My blogging friend Sami Paju has written a wonderful post that opens up your mind to the reasons why humans were meant to consume animals and not so much many of the carbohydrate sources that are passed off as “food” in modern society. Whether you are a low-carb skeptic or a long-time believer in the science supporting this way of eating, check out what Sami has to say and share your thoughts about what he wrote.

KARLY PITMAN HELPS ‘CONTROL MY SUGAR CRAVINGS’ FOR GOOD

My sugar-shunning friend Karly Pitman from First Ourselves has created a brand new sugar course to help people who struggle with sugar addiction beat it once and for all. You get 12 lessons over a progressive 12-week transition period to arm you with the tips and encouragement you need to overcome the cravings and get your life back. Karly knows firsthand what it feels like emotionally to be in bondage to sugar and has been helping women especially for years to beat this addiction once and for all. I’m a big fan of the work she is doing and urge you to give her course a chance to help you if you are enslaved by your own sugar addiction.

GEORGIA LAWMAKERS TO CONSIDER LEGALIZING RAW MILK

In states like South Carolina where I live, purchasing raw milk without jumping through bureaucratic hoops is as easy as going to a local retailer and purchasing it. But in most states, raw milk is illegal like it is some kind of dangerous drug. That’s why the work Weston A. Price Foundation President Sally Fallon is doing with her Campaign For Real Milk is so important and it looks like South Carolina’s neighboring state of Georgia is on the verge of making it legal to purchase there. Republican state representative Bobby Franklin says it’s not the government’s business to tell people what they can and can’t feed their family and he’s right. Other lawmakers think there need to be regulations on raw milk to keep it safe for consumers. Regardless, it’s good to see this issue coming up for discussion and a possible vote in January 2010. I’d love to see state lawmakers all across the United States bring this issue up because people DESERVE to have access to full-fat, unpasteurized real raw milk. YUMMY!

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY REQUIRES PASSING FITNESS COURSE TO GRADUATE

Oh no they didn’t! Yep, the Historically Black college of Lincoln University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recently changed their graduation policy to include a controversial clause requiring overweight students to take and pass a fitness course in order to receive their academic degree. You can see for yourself in this link to the Faculty Meeting Minutes on November 3, 2009. Scroll down to “ANNOUNCEMENTS” and look under A. for the HPR 103 requirement presented by Dr. James Deboy. Students can “test out” of taking this course if they “earned a BMI of less than 30” (interesting choice of word to say a student “earned” it), pass the Lifetime Sports class, pass the Fitness for Life class, or pass an approved “physical activity course” at another college. One very brave faculty member pointed out to Dr. Deboy that they are “putting an extra burden on some students because of their weight” and that school attorneys had better examine this policy to “determine if it is legal.” Ya think? Although I certainly sympathize with the spirit of what Dr. Deboy is trying to do with this policy, it is not the business of a system of higher learning to lecture students about their weight and health. They are there to receive a degree and nothing more. What do you think? Is this the role of a college?

IS THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION BEGINNING TO TALK SENSE?

The latest column from registered nurse Jackie Eberstein examines some of the good news coming out of the American Heart Association (AHA) for a change lately. In case you’ve missed it in recent months, the AHA has FINALLY warned people against the dangers of consuming too many added sugars on weight and health after years of ignoring it. Jackie does an outstanding job as usual providing the historical significance of this shift in policy at the AHA and admits they still have a ways to go along with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in acknowledging the full benefits of carbohydrate restriction. I always enjoy hearing Jackie’s perspective on issues like these since she worked directly with Dr. Atkins himself for so many years in his complementary medicine practice. It will be such a pleasure having her join us again in March 2010 on The 3rd Annual Low-Carb Cruise to the Bahamas.

STUDY: SUGAR SHORTENS THE LIFE SPAN OF WORMS

We already know the devastating impact that sugar has on obesity and Type 2 diabetes, but now new research published in the November 2009 issue of Cell Metabolism shows that the consequences are much worse than we thought. Glucose fed to C. elegans resulted in a 20 percent reduction in their normal life expectancy. Researchers believe this is caused by insulin signals that hinder key life-extending molecules and that application to humans is relevant since there are known similarities between worms and people regarding this insulin signaling pathway. WOW! The lead researcher Cynthia Kenyon was so amazed by this discovery that she immediately began following a low-carb diet by cutting out her starch and sugary dessert consumption. How cool is that? I think she’d make an excellent podcast interview guest in 2010. Stay tuned.

LOW-FAT DIETS: NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

Low-fat diets have unfortunately dominated our culture for much of the past four decades and we are now paying the consequences for so willfully and blindly accepting the theory that they are a superior nutritional approach to all others. Many of the very foods that could help us eliminate obesity and disease around the world today are among the most scorned for their supposed deleterious effects on weight and health — namely saturated fat! But UK Guardian science writer Jerome Burne says the gig is up on the low-fat nonsense that has been spouted about as dietary dogma for far too long and he provides an excellent recap of how we got into this mess to begin with. The case he makes for saturated fat consumption being a GOOD thing (citing research done by Dr. Jeff Volek at UConn) is enough to make Gary Taubes grin from ear to ear. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a book from Burne about this sometime in the near future. We’d welcome yet another voice of sanity and reason in this debate of ideas anytime.

FORGET HIGH CHOLESTEROL, TAKE A STATIN DRUG TO FIGHT THE FLU

The statin drug companies are desperately scrambling to figure out ways to market their risky prescription medications now that people are figuring out their cholesterol-lowering effects are making little to no impact on protecting them against a heart attack or cardiovascular disease as has often been stated. Now they’re pushing these pills as a treatment option for the swine flu. I’m not kidding! A study was conducted that allegedly found that people taking statin drugs were twice as likely to survive when they catch the flu than those who aren’t taking them. More studies are underway to see if statins “cure” the flu, but this is so bogus it ain’t even funny! One of the so-called “experts” quoted in the story about this said that “there are relatively few downsides to trying statins.” Oh really? Have you ever experienced the tremendous pain and damage caused by statin drugs like Dr. Duane Graveline has shared about? I had muscle and joint aches like I’ve never experienced before and it still affects me years after I stopped taking them. They’re even wanting to put statins in our water supply –SERIOUSLY! What is this world coming to?

WANNA DE-STRESS YOUR LIFE? GO ON THE ATKINS DIET!

I love it when researchers get innovative in their experimentation and then find results that surprise them and their original theories. That’s exactly what happened when University of South Florida psychology professor David Diamond compared what would happen to rats fed a moderate-fat, high-sugar diet (with a fat/protein/carbohydrate ratio of 40/20/40) compared with a low-carb, high-fat diet (70/20/10) mimicking the world-famous Atkins diet. Various stresses were introduced to the rats two weeks into the study to see how they would respond. The high-fat, low-carb diet rats “showed no fear” while the moderate-fat, high-sugar diet rats “froze in panic.” These amazing results were presented in October 2009 at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago. Diamond was intrigued by the study results and is unclear why the high-fat, low-carb diets performed better for stress management. But what he does know is you shouldn’t mix fat and carbohydrates together if you want to lower the stress in your life. “The key is the very low carbs. It’s neuroprotective.” AWESOME! I’m gonna try to get him on my podcast show to discuss his research findings.

FDA INVESTIGATING ‘SMART CHOICES’ LABEL CLAIMS

It’s not often when I get to praise the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), but this action they’ve taken halting a controversial food labeling marketing scheme is worthy of admiration. I first blogged about The Smart Choices Program in 2006 and what a sham it was on the American consumer seeking better choices for the sake of their health. Well, it took them a while, but the FDA agreed that the nutritional claims being made about the products with this green “Smart Spot” logo on them are shaky at best. The program has been “postponed” indefinitely featuring some of the biggest names in the food manufacturing world: Kellogg, Kraft, General Mills, Unilever, PepsiCo, Quaker, and ConAgra Foods. The FDA could come down hard on these companies for making “false or misleading claims” about their products and it would send a strong message to the rest of the food industry to be cautious about how you market products to unsuspecting consumers. Of course, in the end it is the consumer’s responsibility to read the nutrition labels and decide whether that food item fits within the mold of your healthy lifestyle.

STUDY: HIGH-FAT DIET GREAT FOR MENTAL AGILITY IN PILOTS

The positive news for consuming fat just keeps rolling in from the research world as University of North Dakota psychology professor Tom Petros found in his study that pilots who consumed the most fat in their diet had the fastest response time and made fewer mistakes while flying than when they consumed a high-protein or high-carb diet. Each pilot was placed on one of four different diets (high-fat, high-carbohydrate, high-protein and a control diet) and then asked to perform in a flight simulator under difficult cloudy conditions. Memorization and other mental exercises were required as part of the test. What Petros found was the high-fat and high-carb diets did much better than the high-protein group and that the high-fat diet was “slightly better” than the high-carb one. So much for the idea that low-carb, high-fat diets make you forgetful!

BLOGS.COM FEATURES MY TOP TEN FAVORITE LOW-CARB BLOGS

I get asked to be interviewed by a lot of different sources from time to time and this was a really neat one from Blogs.com, a new site that helps readers find great blogs and helps blogs find new readers. They love my blog and asked me to pick my 10 favorite blogs on low-carb living. WOW, just ten?! Well, I could do that in my sleep and picked the very best of the best for people interested in livin’ la vida low-carb. Check it out for yourself and let me know if you agree.

That’s all the low-carb news and health headlines I have to share with you for December 2009, but I’ll have MUCH more for you in 2010 as the healthy low-carb lifestyle plows forward with lots more science and anecdotal evidence from people like you and me who are living this way of eating with great success. Feel free to send any diet and health news of note you find to livinlowcarbman@charter.net. The powers that be will try to prevent you from hearing the truth, but I will never stop sharing information that will benefit your health for many years to come!

  • Steve L.

    Unless Lincoln University is advocating Livin La Vida Low Carb, they’ll just be piling on by essentially unfairly and wrongly labeling their overweight students as lazy gluttons. . . . . . . . with good intentions.