New Documentary on Allergies

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Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen wrote and produced the best new new movie about low-carbohydrate diets – Carb-Loaded. Lathe Poland is now working on a new documentary – Allergic, which may be released next year.

Poland writes on his homepage that in the process of making Carb-Loaded he came in contact with many other exciting diet-related areas, such as the enormously increased number of people who have suffered from allergies of all kinds in recent decades.

I’m looking forward to this movie. Many people who change their diet to a low-carb diet with focus on real food – or a Paleo Diet – report reduced allergy symptoms. I myself very rarely feel any of my earlier (moderate) pollen symptoms. What is the cause of this?

Possibly the biggest culprit behind the epidemic of allergies is the vastly increased amount of polyunsaturated omega 6-fat in modern industrial food and margarine (from new vegetable oils). Such fats are easily converted to inflammation-inducing substances in the body.

Science in this area is still shaky. But eating real old-fashioned food may be a wise insurance against new epidemics of chronic disease.

Have you improved your allergies with a lifestyle change and if so, which? Continue Reading →

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Feeding Infants Gluten INCREASES the Risk of Gluten Intolerance

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Do you have an infant and wonder about the official speculative and controversial advice to give gluten (wheat-based food) to infants early, under “protection of nursing”? Forget this piece of advice.

I’m sure it’s well-meaning advice (whether or not it has been influenced by formula-manufacturers) but new science shows with certainty that this is wrong. This past fall I wrote about two new high-quality studies that show that early gluten introduction on the contrary INCREASES the risk for early gluten intolerance.

The other day, yet another study came out that blew another hole in the official dietary guidelines. However, this is just a statistical observational study. Children in various countries don’t develop less gluten intolerance if they are introduced to gluten earlier.

On the contrary, Swedish children, who on average are given gluten earlier than children in other countries, are significantly MORE gluten intolerant compared to American children, who are given gluten later than all other. This new statistics further supports last fall’s high-quality studies.

Do you want to avoid that your child becomes gluten intolerant, or at least postpone potential future intolerance? The best science we have then points in this direction: The later you have gluten and the less you have, the better it is.

Time for an Update?

So when will the agencies that issue dietary guidelines update themselves and stop giving advice on early gluten-introduction? Who knows. Judging from their record on the issue of natural saturated fat they can be at least a decade behind the science.

Perhaps todays infants will see updated official advice when they have their own children? Continue Reading →

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“This Has to Be the Easiest Weight Loss Ever”

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Before and after

Frida had been more or less overweight her whole life, and the nurse’s advice to eat less and run more sounded easy enough, but it didn’t help. After a while she developed an eating disorder in her quest for weight loss.

Here’s her story about what happened when she recently found what worked for her: Continue Reading →

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LCHF Advice in 28 Languages – Now Including Ukrainian

Do you want advice on LCHF (low-carb high-fat) in your first language? Or do you want to send it to a friend who doesn’t speak English?

Here’s the page LCHF for beginners in 28 languages. New today: Ukrainian!

Do you have a translation to an additional language, or do you have a significant improvement of a previous translation? Please email me.

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Shocking New Implantable Weight-Loss Device

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Do you want an “easy” way to lose weight? A new device has been approved in the US. It’s a kind of pacemaker with electrodes to the upper part of the stomach. It will signal that the stomach is full… and people will lose weight:

CBS News: FDA approves new kind of device to treat obesity

In the company’s studies subjects with the implant lost slightly more than others. Side effects may include…. nausea, vomiting, heartburn and difficulty swallowing.

Admittedly it’s great with less extreme surgical procedures against obesity than cutting away healthy organs (regular bariatric surgery). But you have to wonder if this isn’t just another desperate emergency measure, that doesn’t address the real cause of the obesity epidemic. It’s of course not caused by a lack of electrodes in our stomachs.

mcDAs an almost too good irony the CBC News video clip starts with an ad. The two I’ve seen were for “cholesterol-lowering” wheat-based cereal and over-sized McDonald’s meals.

If I ate like that perhaps I too would need stomach electrodes to maintain my weight. Perhaps one could get a pair with a future Happy Meal?

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Type 1 Diabetes-Organization Curious About LCHF – Gets Massive Response

A type 1 diabetes-organization in Australia asked its members on Facebook if they had any experience from an LCHF diet. The replies are exciting reading with lots of people describing their tremendous improvements (as could be expected).

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World’s Biggest LCHF Health Summit Coming!

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This is going to be exciting. Late next month (20-22 February), the world’s biggest summit on LCHF diets and health will take place.

The meeting is in Cape Town, South Africa where such food has become extremely popular in recent years. This after the legendary professor of exercise and sports medicine Tim Noakes attracted much attention in the country with his complete about-face in recommending such food – not only for weight loss and diabetes but also for many endurance athletes.

The gathering of the world’s foremost experts on low-carbohydrate diets is perhaps the biggest ever (with competition only in recent years with ASBP/NMS meetings in the US). I’m in it too:

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Do you want to combine a holiday from winter in summer-warm and wonderful Cape Town with learning more about health and weight? Then this conference is for you.

The first two days are primarily directed towards professional health workers – such as physicians, researchers, nurses – while the last day is clearly directed at the public. This means that there will be more medical jargon during the first two days. If you’re fine with that you’re of course welcome during those days too.

Read more about the summit and the program

Those who don’t want to go all the way to Cape Town will of course see plenty of reports from the summit here at Diet Doctor.

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Dietitian: “My Diet Is 82% FAT and I’ve Never Been Healthier”

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Also in the UK more and more people, including dietitians, are becoming aware of the benefits of low-carbohydrate diets:

Mail Online: ‘My diet is 82% FAT and I’ve never been healthier’, dietitian claims – as research shows it’s carbs that fuelling the obesity and diabetes epidemic Continue Reading →

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What Is More Dangerous – Inactivity, Obesity or Something Else?

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The cause of health problems, or a symptom?

Is it more dangerous to be lazy than to be fat? The media reports on a major new European study with the usual simple and hasty conclusion. Here’s a typical example:

BBC: Inactivity “kills more than obesity”

The truth is not that simple. Asking what is worse, laziness or obesity, is the wrong question and mostly leads to prejudice. Understanding the real problem can provide an effective solution and improve the lives of many.

The study is large, but of the usual, simple and relatively cheap kind. It’s a questionnaire study about physical activity among about 300,000 Europeans, combined with measuring their weight and waist circumferences.

The result is that the quarter who reported significant inactivity – less than, say, a 20-minute walk every day – on average die slightly younger. This compared to people moving at least 20 minutes daily. For those who move more than that, no clear improvement was seen.

Media immediately jumps to the obvious, but far from proven explanation: that inactivity LEADS TO health problems. But this is just statistics from a survey, we can’t tell the cause. The opposite explanation is just as possible: that people with health problems move less than others.

For who would definitely want to leave the couch, chair or bed less than 20 minutes per day? Sick people, depressed people, people with severe obesity, people with disabling pain conditions, people who expose themselves to starvation dieting, people who are not feeling well.

If these people on average live shorter lives, it should not come as a surprise to anyone and we can’t hastily blame the multifaceted problems on inactivity alone.

Conclusion

Of course it’s a good idea to move more than 20 minutes per day, but nothing indicates that this is the right place to start for everyone.

If you really don’t want to move there may be another problem to tackle first. Perhaps a diet change, weight loss, health improvement or better sleep is what is needed in order to make you feel good and get enough energy that you’ll want to move… a lot more.

The truth is that you can start at any point you wish, but the positive effects then tend to spread. Good luck!

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“There’s a Better Way!”

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Before and after

Weight loss does not have to be a constant struggle. There is a better way, and Clare found it.

Here’s her story: Continue Reading →

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