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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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Yet Another Example of the “Dangers” of an LCHF Diet

Before and after LCHF

Before and after LCHF

Recently My Westerdahl reached a milestone and sent me a message:

Today I step on the scale and it shows me that my greatest milestone to date is reached! I’ve lost 165 lbs (75 kg) by adopting an LCHF diet! I was able to decline gastric bypass surgery by exchanging carbohydrates for generous amounts of fat! I haven’t suffered any allergy or asthma shocks since the day 3.5 years ago when I made the diet change! Please tell me, why would a body respond with health on a diet that will kill it? Doesn’t this violate the principles of evolution? Thank you, Diet Doctor, for your tireless work spreading knowledge for a healthier population!

Congratulations My! Continue Reading →

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Vitamin D and Seasonal Allergies

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Here’s well-timed news for people suffering from seasonal allergies: A new study, small but well designed, shows improvement with supplementation of vitamin D.

The participants (35 people with seasonal allergic rhinitis) received either vitamin D (4000 IU daily) or placebo for two weeks. Beyond this both groups received the same treatment. The group getting vitamin D experienced less daytime problems with sneezing, nasal congestion and runny noses:

Medscape: Oral Vitamin D Boost Intranasal Steroid Effect in Rhinitis

Observe that the study has only been presented at a scientific conference – meaning it’s not published yet. The result thus has to be taken with an extra pinch of salt. And we need another, larger study for proof. But it still sounds promising.

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