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A Food Revolution in South Africa

I’m about to leave South Africa after a great week. Apart from just enjoying this fantastic place we (me, Monique Forslund and professor Tim Noakes) did three lectures on LCHF, and one debate, at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and at the University of Cape Town Medical School.

It really feels like professor Noakes has started a LCHF revolution in South Africa that might one day catch up to the one in Scandinavia. A lot of smart people – like doctors, students and health coaches – are starting to fully get it. It feels like it did in Sweden a couple of years ago (we’ve gotten even further now).

I’ll end by quoting a tweet from professor Noakes from after the last event – that went two hours over because of all the questions – at UCT:

“Fat power”. I like it.

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Updates from South Africa

If you want to see what’s happening to us in South Africa there are plenty of pictures and reports on Monique Forslund’s blog!

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Another Weight-Gain Trend Reversed

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Before and after

I received an e-mail from Leanne in Cape Town, South Africa, about how she kept gaining weight while trying various diets. Here’s what happened when she instead recently found LCHF: Continue Reading →

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New Year’s Tip: The Benefit of Not Smoking

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Are you looking to quit smoking now that the new year is here? Then the statistics below – from a new article in The Lancet - may make you go for it.

A Decade

The graphs below illustrate how big the chance is for a 30-year-old to survive until a certain age, depending on wether they smoke or not:

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What do the graphs show us? That non-smokers live on average a decade longer than smokers. The chance of reaching your 80th birthday is now good in the western world… unless you’re a smoker. Then you’ll probably die earlier.

Previous smokers who quit, according to the same article, dramatically improve their odds. They will live almost as long as people who never smoked.

Do you want to see your grandchildren grow up? Then dump the cigarettes.

The Taxation Route

The article also includes intriguing figures on what happens in countries applying a hefty penalty tax on cigarettes. Presumably, a similar tax on sugar would yield similar results: Continue Reading →

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Don’t Fear Fat! Here’s the Documentary Cereal Killers

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The documentary Cereal Killers has now been released on internet. It follows Donal O’Neill, who tries to avoid walking in his father’s footsteps (with heart disease) by eating a high-fat diet.

The hour-long movie follows his experiences during four weeks of high-fat dieting, including careful medical examinations. Don’t miss the surprised lab technician 48 minutes into the movie. Donal’s basic metabolic rate increased according to the examinations, which the technician says he’s never seen before and can’t figure out why it happened. Perhaps he needs to read up a little.

In the movie we can also see Professor Tim Noakes from South Africa, Dr. Briffa from England and an Australian cricket team.

Well worth watching for 5 dollars:

CerealKillersMovie.com

Facebook.com/CerealKillersMovie

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Your iPhone Gives You Cancer – But Protects You From Malaria!

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*** Warning – irony below! ***

Do you have an iPhone? Beware: according to new studies, having an iPhone increases your risk for breast and prostate cancer!

However, your iPhone will protect you from infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. Hence, you don’t need to take malaria prophylaxis when traveling with your iPhone.

The above has been proven in many new scientific studies on cell phone habits among millions of people around the world. The map above is one example. Areas with many cell phones show an increased risk for cancer, while areas with few cell phones show an increased risk for malaria and certain other infections.

Paradoxes?

South Africa is tragically hard hit by HIV, despite many cell phones. This is the “South African Paradox”. Researchers speculate that perhaps wine drinking offers protection. Continue Reading →

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More and More Visits to DietDoctor.com

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Wow. More and more people are being told about this site. The number of visits are increasing every week and yesterday was a new record: More than 16,000 visits in a day. The chart above shows the number of daily visits since 2011.

A big thanks to everybody telling their friends about this site. There’s a lot of disastrous misinformation about diet and health out there, resulting in millions of people suffering needlessly. Together we can help at least some of them.

Visits

So who visited DietDoctor.com yesterday? Most people were from the US (10,776), Canada (1,102), the UK (972) and Australia (463). Also there were quite a few South Africans (195). The food revolution is getting started there as well.

All in all there were visits from 116 countries. Where are you from?

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Do you want to get quick updates from here and easily share some of them with your friends? Like DietDoctor on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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Going to Cape Town and Other Exciting Developments

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A lot of exciting things are happening now and it’s hard to find the time for everything.

Today I’m going to Oslo, Norway to speak at a low carb conference.

Tomorrow I’m flying to Cape Town, South Africa. Me and another Swede, Monique Forslund (LCHF author and born in South Africa), are going to lecture on low carb. We’ll present and debate at the Sports Science Institute, invited by professor Tim Noakes who initiated the event.

Noakes is a legendary sports scientist (and a demigod in South Africa I hear) who’s realized the benefits of a low carb lifestyle. After improving his own health and reading all of the new low carb science he has completely changed his diet recommendations for athletes. He’s started a low carb fever in South Africa that rivals the popularity in Sweden.

More about the (sold out) debate:

SSISA: LOW CARB/HIGH FAT DIET – THE CONTROVERSY

We’ll also do another public lecture in Cape Town, among other things. Should be an interesting week!

Even apart from all of the above these are exciting times. There are big long-term plans for this site.

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Legendary Exercise Professor Embraces LCHF!

I’ve heard about this story over and over for a while now, but only just now realized how big it is. The legendary Tim Noakes, professor of exercise and sports science in South Africa, is one of the world’s foremost researchers in exercise physiology. He’s also run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons and is the author of Lore of Running.

He used to believe lot’s of carbs were essential for exercise. Unfortunately he developed pre-diabetes and gained weight over the years (despite all that running!). A couple of years ago he discovered that the science behind LCHF diets were really strong (reading this book) – and tested it himself. After improving his health and weight dramatically he’s now heavily promoting LCHF diets, causing a lot of attention in South Africa.

Listen to this great recent interview on Jimmy Moore’s podcast. Especially interesting are all the anecdotes about athletes doing great on high fat diets:

South African Running Legend Tim Noakes Embraces High-Fat, Low-Carb Living

Apparently Noakes and his team has a bunch of studies planned on LCHF and exercise. Stay tuned!

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Vitamin D and the Sun Habits of Our Ancestors

How much time did our ancestors spend in the sun? And does it matter for your health today?

A new study provides an interesting clue. Continue Reading →

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