This Week in Low Carb News: Vegans on Carnivore and is Tribalism Bad?

Letter from Dr Barnard of PCRM to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs – One of the ways you start seeing the inroads the low carb diet is making in the culture is by seeing institutions consider adopting it.  The DVA is considering advocating a LC diet and using Virtahealth to monitor it which of course gets Dr Barnard all hot and bothered because it’s not Veganism.  He writes a letter urging the DVA to not pursue the ketogenic diet and his thinking on the issue is very interesting.  He admits LCHF lowers blood sugar levels but says that’s a bad thing because of a made up word, lipotoxicity.  Ok, maybe that’s not a made up word but he says too much fat can cause diabetes and the study he sites is one where the patients were given high carb AND high fat.  Just another insight into the mind of a man that cares more for animals than human health.

In a Questionable Report, National Academies Lower Salt Limits– Despite every bit of new evidence that comes out saying that people who eat more salt live longer, the National Academies have lowered the upper limit of salt intake recommendations.  This one has me stumped because at least when they talk about limiting fat, it’s easy to see who benefits, namely the Big Ag.  Who benefits when you limit salt?  The blood pressure medication people?  Not sure.

The Carnivore Diet for Mental Health – This Georgia Ede’s presentation at the Boulder Carnivore Conference. Great information and another piece of evidence might be one with as much animal products as possible and as few plants as possible.

CrossFit Fights the Nutrition Monopoly – CrossFit is actively fighting for the right to tell its people how to eat.  I am all for taking this power away from nutritionists considering how wrong they’ve been for years.  Go CrossFit!

Why are dietary recommendations One Size Fits All? – A very informative opinion piece in the Washington Post calling for more flexibility in the dietary guidelines.

11 Bizarre Claims of the Carnivore Diet – Another interesting look at how Vegans see the carnivore diet. Lots of assertions that fiber is awesome, lots of conflating a high meat diet with a high processed meat diet. (Just as a reminder, what gets added to a lot of processed meat? Sugar and grains. Look at the ingredients for bologna or hot dogs the next time you are at the store. It’s not the meat and you don’t need fiber to “sweep away toxins” if you aren’t eating toxins) Anyway, great article to see the other side.

Is tribalism undermining objectivity about low-carb, high-fat diets? – Weird article that tries to make a good point in a bad way. It ends on an incredibly distasteful note of linking LCHF advocacy to the anti-vax movement. I’m all for slow methodical science but there has to be room for disagreement and advocacy for the position you believe in. Full disclosure, one of the authors has been a guest on my podcast and really respect his work but he is convinced high LDL cholesterol is harmful even on a LCHF diet and statins are the answer and I couldn’t disagree more. Bonus link: Dave Feldman’s response is great.

Jillian Michaels Slams Keto Diet Side Effects: “It Is Bad for Your Overall Health” – I try not speak ill of people but my goodness Jillian makes it tough. Just stupid on top of stupid. Such great quotes like “Ketosis is a state of medical emergency” and “So, when the body becomes what is called ‘ketotic’, your cells cannot function.” So great. Just dead cells everywhere.

Early-stage detection of Alzheimer’s in the blood – Science is awesome. Now if they could just figure out that what they are detecting is the result of a glucose resistant brain.

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This Week in Low Carb News – Lying Bacon, Elderly Statin Patients and Genetic Freaks

Every week my browser fills up with tabs of stories I want to talk about. I never get to them all so this is everything I think is interesting in the Low Carb/Keto/Healthy Diet field from this week.

Most Uncured Bacon is a Lie – I love bacon but I am undecided about whether or not Nitrates or Nitrites are something to be worried about. However, I was under the impression that uncured bacon had fewer of them so I was surprised to learn “uncured” doesn’t really mean what I thought it meant. It just goes to show that relying in a large company to process your meat is always a bad idea and I need to learn how to make my own bacon.

Statins: the 3p pill that continues to cause uproar in the medical world – Turns out that the claim that giving a statin to everyone over the age of 75 could save 8000 lives a year was totally made up. There’s no data that even pretends to show that. Absolutely nuts. The Twitter discussion is pretty good as well.

This Genetic Mutation Makes People Feel Full — All the Time – Wouldn’t it be nice to never feel hungry? There are apparently people who can do that and it is all because of their genetics. Very interesting.

New study finds simple way to inoculate teens against junk food marketing – Turns out that if you tell young people that junk food marketers are manipulating them to make poor nutritional choices, it makes them less likely to eat that junk food.

Do Humans Need Vitamin C? – A very interesting look at how Vitamin C is metabolized and used by someone on a Low Carb diet. It made me wonder if Vitamin C supplementation is something we can do to prevent glucose absorption. For what it’s worth, it would be an interesting experiment and Vitamin C is cheap and easy to come by.

Why Giving Up My Dietitian’s License Was The Healthy Choice – How crazy is that Cassie Bjork though it would be easier to just give up her LD degree rather than fight about her low carb recommendations? What a crazy world we live in.

SUGAR INDUSTRY PAID SCIENTISTS TO CALL FAT THE CULPRIT OF CORONARY HEART DISEASE -Another look at why fat was blamed for what the sugar did.

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This Week in Low Carb News – KetoFest, VirtaHealth and Vegan Lies

Every week my browser fills up with tabs of stories I want to talk about. I never get to them all so this is everything I think is interesting in the Low Carb/Keto/Healthy Diet field from this week.

Ketofest is Coming! – Of all the keto conventions that happen, this one is my favorite to hear about and the one I would most like to attend. The food and festive atmosphere seems like it would be a blast. You should definitely consider attending.

A Plant-Based Meal Increases Gastrointestinal Hormones and Satiety More Than an Energy- and Macronutrient-Matched Processed-Meat Meal in T2D, Obese, and Healthy Men: A Three-Group Randomized Crossover Study – This is an absolutely amazing study that was released this week. 1 group is given a hamburger and another group is given a vegetarian tofu burger and of course the tofu burger group is more satisfied and shows better blood markers. But wait! Turns out there was a crucial difference between the 2 groups food intake buried way down in Table 2. See if you can spot it. “either a processed-meat burger meal (M-meal; cooked-pork seasoned meat in a wheat bun, tomato, cheddar-type cheese, lettuce, spicy sauce) together with 300 mL Café Latte with 21 g sugar, or a plant-based meal (V-meal; tofu burger with spices, ketchup, mustard, tomato, lettuce and cucumber in a wheat bun) together with 300 mL of unsweetened green tea.” That’s right, the meat group got basically a sugary coffee flavored shake and the vegan group got unsweetened tea. This is how vegans have to cook their results to show how much better the vegan diet is over a meat based diet. They have been doing this for decades and people have paid the price with their health. Don’t ever believe a pro-vegan study, Vegans lie.

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: A Narrative Review of the Evidence – Dr Sarah Hallberg just continues to show more and more evidence of the power of the Ketogenic diet to reverse Type 2 Diabetes. VirtaHealth is a Godsend!

Bad diets killing more people globally than tobacco, study finds – Of course I would agree with the premise of the article but the conclusion that we need more grains, fruits and vegetables is just misguided. We need to focus on meat first and then add vegetables and dairy as needed. Nothing wrong with a little fruit from time to time but those whole grains need to be fed to cows, not humans.

Death of the Calorie – Counting calories doesn’t work. It’s never worked and it will never work for the majority of people. There are always outliers but they are just that, outliers. Stop worrying about the amount you eat and start focusing on what you eat. Make it nutritionally dense and make sure it doesn’t spike insulin.

Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier? – It has always seemed odd to me that the idea that you are what you eat seems to stop at the neck. If the health of your body depends in large part on the type of food you eat, shouldn’t the health of the mind be affected by food intake as well? Of course it does and I can’t wait for this idea to take further root in the scientific community.

The Brain Needs Animal Fat – Another article on the same topic from Dr Georgia Ede.

The keto diet can help people breathe easier — literally – Interesting article on Yahoo Sports of all places about the benefits of keto for COPD. One of the biggest benefits for me was the end of my asthma and the ability to breath easier.

Pretty sure this one is fake. At least I hope it is.

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This Week in Low Carb News – Taubes and Guyenet on Rogan

Every week my browser fills up with tabs of stories I want to talk about. I never get to them all so this is everything I think is interesting in the Low Carb/Keto/Healthy Diet field from this week.

Taubes/Guyenet Debate on Rogan – This was easily the biggest thing in this space this week. It had so much potential but we couldn’t get past the personalities of the debaters to engage in the arguments. I posted some thoughts on twitter here but in the end I’m not sure it matters what camp you are in. As long as you avoid highly processed foods high in both carbs and fat, you will generally get thinner and healthier.

5 Ways We’re Powerless Against Junk Food Marketers – I’m always of 2 minds when I see articles about this topic. I believe anyone can remove all junk and fast food from their diet just by avoiding them but I also know that it is so tasty, cheap and ubiquitous that it is tough to avoid. This is where my innate Libertarianism comes into conflict with my desire to fix the problem, I’m not sure what the solution is besides more education.

How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks – This is a must read article about how the same tactics that convinced people to smoke cigarettes were used to hook people on sugar. The obvious common thread here is both tobacco and sugar are addictive but with sugar, you can get someone addicted almost immediately after weaning them instead of having to wait 18 years.

Could the high consumption of high glycaemic index carbohydrates and sugars, associated with the nutritional transition to the Western type of diet, be the common cause of the obesity epidemic and the worldwide increasing incidences of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? – It’s a shame this paper didn’t get a mention in the Rogan debate.

Low protein diets produce divergent effects on energy balance – I am becoming more and more interested in the role of different protein levels on satiety and body composition. This is definitely something I would like to experiment with.

The Calorie Myth – A great article looking at the history of the calorie. The same author wrote a sequel here that is also interesting.

Eggs linked to increased cholesterol, risk of heart disease in new study – Ho hum, another day, another Vegan propaganda study. Yes eggs can raise cholesterol but no, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Death of the Calorie – Another look at how years of CICO has failed us all.

How diet became the latest front in the culture wars – Another look at that terrible EATLancet study and its attempted impact on culture.

Calcium in arteries is shown to increase patients’ imminent risk of a heart attack – No duh but it’s good to see it studied.

Extended Ketogenic Diet and Physical Training Intervention in Military Personnel – The effect of diet on the military is absolutely terrifying. SO glad to see someone looking at how to repair the damage.

Veganism, vegetarianism, bone mineral density, and fracture risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. – Want your bones to crumble to dust? Easiest way to do that is to go vegan!

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This Week in Low Carb News: Uncovering the Keto Crotch Campaign and Cheaper Insulin

Every week my browser fills up with tabs of stories I want to talk about. I never get to them all so this is everything I think is interesting in the Low Carb/Keto/Healthy Diet field from this week.

The Keto Crotch Deception – Surely you heard all the hubbub surrounding Keto Crotch this week. You might be surprised to learn that it is an example of targeted native advertising disguised as a grassroots story covering the dangerous ketogenic diet. If you read one story on this page, you need to read this one.

Weight Watchers is Getting Crushed by Keto – I wonder where the money for this massive campaign came from? Maybe from the Oprah backed Weight Watchers? Perhaps the people are tired of something that is expensive and doesn’t work.

Drug Maker to Sell Cheaper Insulin – Finally someone is going to start putting out a generic insulin that is identical to the name brand stuff at half the price. While this is a step in the right direction, insulin is still way too expensive. It is my belief that insulin should be reserved for Type 1 Diabetics only with Type 2s being put on dietary and lifestyle interventions to remove the need for insulin. I think a dramatic fall in the demand of insulin should also result in a drop in price.

One More Time, With Big Data: Measles Vaccine Doesn’t Cause Autism – A fantastic look at 60,000 vaccinated children over a 10 year timespan. There is just no statistical difference between the rates of autism in vaccinated and unvaccinated children. None. Whatever is causing autism, it isn’t vaccination.

Fiber and Colon Health On A Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet: New Insights Question Its Role As An Unconditional Requirement – Fiber isn’t important! This is another one of those truths that is slowly being backed up by the evidence.

Zoe Harcombe addressing the UK Parliament

Cardiologist slams Government Dietary Advice in Parliamentary Speech

Why Cavemen Had Better Teeth Than You

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This Week in Low Carb News: Why Pushups Don’t Make You Live Forever and Get Your Nutrition From Food

Pushups And Heart Attacks: The Usual Harvard Nonsense – A great breakdown on why observational studies should be taken with a grain of salt. Rarely does the headline do the actual data justice.

Vitamin or Mineral Supplements Don’t Prevent Dementia – This isn’t difficult. Get your vitamins from food, not pills. We have been designed by evolution to get nutrition from food, supplements not so much.

No, meat is not the enemy and I’m a vegetarian – Vegans are crazy, even vegetarians think so.

Researchers Find Further Evidence That Schizophrenia is Connected to Our Guts – Man oh man, in about 50 years or so when we have a grasp of everything going on in our gut we are going to realize it is the source of everything good and bad in our health.

The Gut Solution – Speaking of the gut, if you would like a great video course on what we know right now about the gut, check out this video series. I’m only part of the way through it but so far it is fascinating.

This Ice Cream Was Created by Doctors to Help Give You a Better Night’s Sleep – What the actual heck is going on here. I can only assume it is designed to put you in a carb coma for the night.

How to Achieve Your First Pull-Up: A Beginners Guide – After I figure out how to do a handstand (4 months and I’m still terrible but marginally better than I was at the beginning.) my next challenge will be a chin up so this guide of simple exercises I can do starting now to work my way up is very interesting.

Tampa doctor launches Keto diet study – I’ve never heard of this doctor but I wish her well and hope this study goes well.

The Greatest Nutrition Lessons of Dave Scott’s Career – Very interesting look at why the greatest triathlete ever switched from low fat to low carb.

Screw motivation, what you need is discipline. – Between this and the Jocko Willink book I’m reading, I’ve been way more focused on my workout routines lately.

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This Week in Low Carb News: AOC Wants to Ban Cows and Why That’s Stupid

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Ban Meat – AOC released her ambitious Green New Deal and it was a doozy! I say “was” because she has already taken it down presumably because someone on her team realized it was insane and told her so. My favorite part is where she wants to ban farting cows because we can’t get rid of airplanes fast enough.

Nutritional and greenhouse gas impacts of removing animals from US agriculture – Oh look, removing all the farting cows would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.6% while causing widespread nutritional deficiencies. Whodathunk it!

Sugar and cancer: A surprise connection or 50-year cover-up? – Looks like there was evidence of the connection between. sugar and cancer 50(!) years ago but the funding mysteriously dried up once the connection was seen in the preliminary data

The Keto Diet – Is There Evidence to Support Its Effectiveness? – Great little back and forth between Dr Fung and Dr Kahn about Keto and IF vs Veganism.

Keto Could Help You Lose Weight… and Destroy Your Life – A staggeringly bad article about the dangers of the Ketogenic diet. If you want to see what happens when someone doesn’t deal with their carb addiction, this is the article for you.

Snapshot: Few Americans Vegetarian or Vegan – No one can actually stick to a Vegan diet because it is terrible and terrible for you. Of course the good thing about veganism is exvegans make the best keto-ers.

How to divorce your dentist – No grains in your diet means no cavities in your teeth.

The Top 4 Mistakes Everyone Makes On The Keto Diet (And How To Fix Them) – I like Dr Cole but his focus on veggies is sometimes a little misguided I think. Nevertheless, it’s a good article.

Listened to an interview of Nick Steiner this week and found his methods for reversing Myopia very interesting. Here’s a video that goes over the basics.

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This Week in Low Carb News: How to Cure Diabetic Horses, The Ketogenic Diet and Cancer and More!

The Ketogenic Diet: Making It Difficult for Cancer to Latch On? – Very interesting article looking at how a Ketogenic diet and calorie restriction can make tumors shrink in mice.

Brazen Beef Thief Caught on Camera Stealing Steak from Restaurant – This dude puts a 20oz steak in his napkin and walks out of the restaurant. This has nothing to do with keto but it just seemed crazy to me.

My Health Record: clinics receiving up to $50,000 a year in incentives – This My Health Record deal out of Australia is just weird. All your health info in one place where the government can see it. I’m trying not to see this as a tinfoil hat conspiracy but it sure feels like 1984.

BIOHACKERS ENCODED MALWARE IN A STRAND OF DNA – This has nothing to do with LCHF but it is terrifying that you can hack a strand of DNA to the point where it introduce malware to a machine.

Diabetes In Horses – Did you know horses can get diabetes? Guess what the treatment is. Cut back on grains. Wow, whodathunk it. Why is that the treatment for horses but not humans? Probably because horses can’t buy things.

Hospitals Shouldn’t Be Sugar Shacks – Why is Hospital food so terrible? Probably because they are under pressure to cut costs and food is an easy place to do that. Cheap food means lots of sugar and grains.

A Kingdom from Dust – Fair warning, don’t start reading this unless you have some time because it’s probably 20,000 words long but it is fascinating. A look at the water demands of the largest agriculture plantation in the US and what the owner has to do to keep his crops watered. It’s pretty amazing.

Danny Aguilar – This personal testimony of what a carnivore diet did for someone with 10 years of chronic depression is really amazing.

Farm waste is electric shocker for vegans – Turns out your electricity might not be Vegan. What will the crazy vegans do?

Anticatabolic Effects of Ketone Bodies in Skeletal Muscle – A look at how ketosis helps preserve muscle.

Nearly half of all US adults have CVD – That seems outrageous.

Quebec newspaper:”no coincidence” dried beans so prominent in new Canada Food Guide – It’s not pure science that goes into dietary recommenations. Sometimes it’s what is good for the local economy.

Cheese cake wedding trend helps break tradition and showcase local dairy industry – I hope every wedding I ever go to for the rest of my life does this.

The only proper way to eat carbs – I wish I could figure out how to embed this video.

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This Week in Low Carb News: EAT-Lancet Edition

Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it.  This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place.  Enjoy!

The Lancet report on what we should all be eating has come out and it was even worse than I expected. I mean I knew it was going to be Vegan drivel encouraging us all to eat massive amounts of wheat and veggies but I underestimated just how bad it was going to be. Of course the blogosphere has erupted with opinions and analysis. I intend to do my own analysis next week some time but for now, let’s take a look at what is going on in other blogs.

The Washington Post story – A surprisingly balanced and well-informed article looking at both sides of the issue. I can’t tell you how amazed I was to read this especially when it came to discussing things like greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

The Sustainable Dish response – I have to admit I hadn’t heard of this particular blog until it showed up in my Twitter stream but it is so good! A point by point breakdown of the Lancet study and is definitely worth the time you will spend reading it.

EFA News Response – Great article detailing some of the financial conflicts of interest in the report. In a bit I’m going to show you who financed this study and I think you will be shocked.

Zoe Harcombe’s Response – Zoe takes the recommendations and puts them through a nutritional calculator and discovers *surprise surprise* that is nutritionally deficient in several ways. I really need to get her on the podcast ASAP.

Gary Fettke’s response – Covers a lot of the same ground as above but worth a read as he always takes great pains to reveal the links to our good friends in Loma Linda, the 7th Day Adventist church.

Canivore Aurelius points out what this diet does to rats.

Tucker Goodrich has a lengthy stream comparing these recommendations to Nazis because Godwin’s Law cannot be ignored.

Nina Tiecholz points out Walter Willett’s conflicts of interest that for some reason never get talked about.

And in the interest of balance, Dr Joel Kahn’s response to the report. It’s nice and short because I’m sure the only problem he has with it is that it recommends eating 1/4 egg per day and he thinks that is WAAAAAY too much.

And as promised, a look at who sponsored this report. It will be a surprise to no one that the companies that paid for this report are the same companies that would benefit massively if everyone ate a diet high is sugars and grains and had to take lots of medications as a result.

The scariest company on that list isn’t all the crappy carb food companies or the pharmaceutical companies waiting to prescribe statins and T2D medicines but Google. If the company that effectively has a stranglehold on how we consume information has a vested financial interest in promoting this study, then how long before they start weighting search engine terms against Keto and Paleo and towards Vegan diets? They might already be doing it.

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This Week in Low Carb News: A Focus on Carnivory

Every week I come across a bunch of articles I want to tweet about and comment on and every week I run out of time to do it.  This is my attempt to clear out the open tabs on my browser by putting them all in one place.  Enjoy!

4 Good Reasons not to add fibre to your diet. – In light of World Carnivore Month starting today, I’ve decided to focus on a lot of meat related subjects today. This one addresses one of the typical bogey men of a carnivore diet, the lack of fiber. David Gillespie goes over the typical pro-fiber arguments and debunks them.

How does the carnivore diet reverse serious health conditions? – A great article attempting to figure out how a carnivore diet fixes so many auto-immune issues. This author focuses on the gut permeability issue and why a carnivore diet will repair those issues.

American Diabetes Association declares low carb <130 grams/Day carbohydrate and ketogenic diets as safe to use – Knock me over with a feather! The ADA says that LCHF diets are SAFE and EFFICACIOUS for Type 2 Diabetes treatments. I genuinely thought this was a joke when I first read it and they even cite Dr Halberg’s work with VirtaHealth as one of the reasons. I don’t even know what to say to that! Wow!

Veganism, vegetarianism, bone mineral density, and fracture risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. – A meta-analysis looking at bone density of people who follow different diets. Turns out Vegans have less bone density and higher rates of bone fracture than omnivores. Hmmm…who could have seen that coming.

Sugar’s Sick Secrets: How Industry Forces Have Manipulated Science to Downplay the Harm – A doctor in San Francisco watched as his AIDS ward emptied and became a T2D ward over the course of his career. Why? The sugar!

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