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The LLVLC Show (Episode 697): Dr. David Diamond Responds To Starch-Based Society Claims


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In Episode 697 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we have a psychology professor named Dr. David Diamond sharing his personal story of health triumph as a result of livin’ la vida low-carb. Dr. Diamond was like any other American in dealing with his health. He obediently ate the high-carb diet with lots of whole grains while faithfully cutting his fat intake as a means for getting healthy. There was only one problem–his triglycerides were through the roof! This University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences department faculty member wasn’t about to sit on the sidelines and do nothing, so he started researching into what he could do to reduce his soaring triglyceride levels and take off a few extra pounds that had crept on.

That’s when he discovered the low-carb lifestyle that would allow him to consume foods like red meat, eggs and butter–and his triglycerides dropped like a rock without medications! He became so passionate about this topic that he created a college class about the lies and distortions we’ve been told about public health and he was invited to give a lecture about it on campus entitled “How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic” and it’s gone viral with over 85,000+ views and counting:


Listen in to today’s interview as Dr. Diamond and I talk about his personal health journey, how the vegan diet advocates like Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. John McDougall are incredibly shortsighted in the way they think about the role of nutrition and health and why he doesn’t seek out attention or accolades for the work he is doing educating the public on nutrition and health. We have a feeling you’re gonna REALLY enjoy this one from one of the featured experts in my forthcoming August 27, 2013 book release Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?

Listen to Dr. David Diamond share his personal low-carb story:

  • His expertise is in the brain, stress and memory
  • He had no formal education in nutrition in his background
  • In 2005, he had a publication looking at diet’s impact on the brain
  • He embraced the “fat is bad” mantra at the time
  • His study on rats that showed saturated fat caused damage
  • However, 40% of the calories consumed by the rats was from sugar
  • He is “a bit embarrassed” by this study because it was shortsighted
  • At the time, he was slowly gaining weight and had bad biomarkers
  • Triglycerides were at 700-800 at the time for a long period of time
  • He thought cutting fat and exercising would fix this issue
  • But every blood triglyceride test came back at that high level
  • He knew he needed to try something different–doctor wanted a statin
  • He was frustrated and felt helpless that nothing was working
  • The papers on triglycerides and heart disease that led him to low-carb
  • He continued to see the link of carbohydrates to high triglycerides
  • The obvious change was to reduce carbohydrates and the trigs dropped
  • He gave up starchy, sugar foods and dropped triglycerides to 150
  • HDL also doubled and went up into the healthy ranges
  • The college course he teaches “Myths & Deception In Medical Research”
  • That course was what led the students to get him to speak to the public
  • Watch his YouTube lecture on low-carb nutrition
  • Everything he is doing is rigorous, science-based with no agenda
  • He is simply a scientist evaluating the science for what it is
  • Dr. Dean Ornish is recommending a lifestyle change
  • But his dietary recommendations are not based on the science
  • Dr. Ornish puts refined carbohydrates in the middle of his diet spectrum
  • Butter is supposedly bad, but margarine is only marginal?
  • People eat less butter, more margarine and that leads to heart disease
  • Butter is demonized because vegetable oils can lower your cholesterol
  • People misinterpret that this means corn oil is healthier for them
  • People who lower cholesterol with corn oil have more heart attacks
  • Lowering cholesterol does not reduce the incidence of a disease
  • Dr. Ornish views chocolate as a sinful food, but it’s very healthy
  • He eats 80% of dark chocolate with a variety of different brands
  • The brand doesn’t matter as much as the percentage of cocoa (70%+)
  • People who eat the most full-fat cheese have lower heart disease risk
  • He eats grass-fed beef for the high level of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Coconut offers great brain health benefits from the MCTs
  • You can’t understate the benefits of consuming egg yolks
  • Dr. Ornish’s claims there are 100,000 components of fruits and veggies
  • But there was no reference to where he came up with this
  • The last thing you need to eat when you have cancer is sugary fruit
  • My interview with Dr. Thomas Seyfried in Episode 302 of The LLVLC Show
  • I was featured in Dr. Seyfried’s Cancer As A Metabolic Disease
  • Dr. John McDougall challenged me on people groups that ate meat
  • He decided meat was the culprit and there was no way to change his mind
  • The populations long-term who have thrived eating a carnivorous diet
  • People have denigrated the Eskimos, but they lived incredibly well
  • The paper stating they had osteoporosis is highly misinterpreted
  • They ate almost entirely on meat-based protein and fat
  • They survived very well on ketones as their source of energy
  • The claim that Eskimos have mutations–it’s never been show
  • Some say there’s something about living in the cold for high-fat diet
  • The saturated fat from coconuts in Polynesia leads to no heart disease
  • The Pennsylvania group of people from Italy consuming lots of lard
  • They ate lots of meat and had next to zero heart disease
  • They live in Roseto, PA and have become Westernized
  • Before, they ate less sugar and had much less stress in their life
  • The “elephant in the vegan room” is the French paradox
  • They eat liver, cheese, butter and more with no obesity or heart disease
  • Vegans completely ignore the French people and their robust health
  • He has purposely steered clear of trying to profit from this info
  • He feels obligated to test his hypotheses and let the science speak
  • Refined sugar, trans fats and vegetable oils are truly toxic
  • The quotes he shared in my upcoming Cholesterol Clarity book

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    What did you think about the scientific approach that Dr. David Diamond uses in determining what nutritional ideas to share? Share your thought about in the show notes section of Episode 697. Be sure to watch Dr. Diamond’s YouTube lecture and check out more of the work he is doing at his University of South Florida faculty page. Coming up next week, we’ve got a San Antonio, TX-based nutritionist and podcaster Beverly Meyer on Monday, the awesome husband-wife team of Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth from the “Paleo Parents” blog discussing their fabulous new book Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog on Tuesday and then a very special surprise for our historic Episode 700 on Wednesday. You WON’T want to miss it!

    Coming up this Thursday at 7PM ET in Episode 41 of the “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” podcast, we have another great family physician from Minnesota named Dr. Bill Wilson to take on the fabulous topic “Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar & The CARB Syndrome.” Dr. Wilson has seen all of these conditions up close and personal in his practice couldn’t help but notice that his patients were getting fatter and sicker than ever before with alarming effects on their brain health. That’s when he sought to find answers and developed what he refers to as “The CARB Syndrome” which identifies the metabolic component involved in the health of your brain that can manifest itself in a myriad of ways. Start getting me your questions on this topic NOW by e-mailing them to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com no later than 3PM ET this Thursday. You can also ask your question LIVE on my show by calling (712) 432-0900 or Skype the show for FREE by calling the username freeconferencing.7124320900. Whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code 848908. Listen LIVE and leave us a review at iTunes if you like what you hear. This is your chance to interact with the best nutritional health experts in the world, so don’t be bashful. We look forward to sharing this brand new episode of “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” with you later this week.

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    • Margaret

      Hey Jimmy, not sure where to post this, but I wanted to let you know that I ordered Glycosolve through your website and so far I’m very happy with it. I’ve been on a high fat/low carb diet for 18 months and my blood sugar levels were staying between 100-135, even at a fasted state. I have major insulin resistance, especially in the morning when my fasting number can be as high as 135. After taking Glycosolve, my fasting numbers have been in the 90s as long as I take it right before bed, and one hour after meals my numbers have dropped dramatically, sometimes as low as 87, but usually between 95-110. The trick is to take it as directed, 15 min before a meal. And at night, take it right before bed to keep that fasting number at bay in the morning. I wonder how this will affect my overall health now and how it will aid in me losing those last 10 pounds. I’ll let you know.

      I’ve tried just about everything to get those numbers down, from exercise (spikes my BG) to walking after meals, to eating a snack before bed (no affect). This has made the difference.

      Anyway, thanks for all you do!

      • LLVLCBlog

        OUTSTANDING! Congrats Margaret.