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Q&A: What Kind of Fasting Should I Do?

Ask Dr. Jason Fung

Do you want to lose weight or improve your diabetes using intermittent fasting? Are you unsure what kind of fasting to try?

My simplified suggestion would be to try “16:8″ fasting first, but there are many options and different variants may suit different people best. So let’s see what a real expert suggests.

Dr. Jason Fung, the Canadian nephrologist, is a world-leading expert on intermittent fasting and LCHF, especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Fung answers questions weekly on our membership site. The most interesting questions and answers so far are now available to everyone. Here’s a few selected questions and answers about what kind of fasting you may want to try.

Different Kinds of Fasting

Are there significant differences in benefits from 24-hour fasting vs. multi-day fasting vs. 16:8 fasting?

Dr. Jason Fung: The main difference, as you may suspect, is that shorter fasting periods are less effective and are usually done more frequently. So a 16:8 fast is often done daily, whereas a 24 hr fasting period is done 2-3 times per week. For more severe insulin resistance, I tend to prescribe longer fasting periods, whereas for maintenance I tend to prescribe shorter ones. Continue Reading →

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Statin Nation II – What Really Causes Heart Disease?

What really causes heart disease? Are healthy people being turned into profitable patients by the statin industry?

High cholesterol is hardly a main cause of heart disease. The benefits of cholesterol-lowering medications (statins) for heart-healthy individuals has been exaggerated dramatically, and the risks of side effects have been silenced. This has made these drugs the most profitable ever for the pharmaceutical industry.

Statin Nation II

The movie Statin Nation examined a lot of this when it was released a few years ago. Recently the sequel was released – Statin Nation II. Watch the trailer above and you can watch the entire movie on the membership pages (free trial here).

Watch Statin Nation II

About the Movie

Statin Nation II goes into more detail on all the paradoxes and contradictions in the cholesterol hypothesis. And how the people in the pharmaceutical industry are allowed to collect the evidence that is later used to create official guidelines on who’ll need their drugs.

As an added bonus people who are partly funded by the pharmaceutical industry are allowed to sit on the expert committees that decide on the guidelines (using the industry’s evidence). Not surprisingly a lot of people end up being told they need the drugs, even healthy people. Incredibly naive, really.

The problem? These are powerful drugs with significant risk of side effects. Taking them without needing to is not just a waste of money – it actually does more harm then good.

The movie also examines what the real cause of heart disease might be. Continue Reading →

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The Key to Obesity

Dr. Jason Fung

Earlier this week the world’s top LCHF conference came online. For the discounted prize $49 (usually $69) you get instant access to it, and you can also check out some short previews for free:

The World’s Top LCHF Conference is Finally Online!

We managed to get a special bonus for our members: one complete presentation per month. So which one should I choose first?

Personally I was most impressed with Dr. Fung’s talks, so here’s his first one. It’s about the key to obesity and type 2 diabetes: insulin resistance. How it develops and how you can reverse it. There’s some tremendously important information in there. To Dr. Fung an LCHF diet is just the beginning of the solution.

The presentation – among many other things – is available for members and as usual you can try membership for free for one month.

The Key to Obesity – full presentation

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Warning Label on U.S. Soda Advertisements May Be Coming Up

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Proposed warning label

A soda tax was recently introduced in Berkeley, California. Now San Francisco may start requiring health warnings on advertisements for sugary drinks. A decision is expected soon.

In Mexico, the world’s most obese nation, a soda tax was enacted last year and recent statistics already show significantly reduced soda sales. The soda tax works.

This all happens despite massive opposition from the soda industry’s lobbyists and the sugar industry’s paid “scientists” (those who still claim that sugar is harmless, with sugar money in their pockets.)

Nothing is likely to impact the obesity epidemic more than employing all means to reduce soda consumption. Soda is probably a bigger risk to public health today than smoking. So if we can stomach legislation when it comes to cigarette sales we should welcome urgent regulation of the excesses of the soda industry.

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The World’s Top LCHF Conference is Finally Online!

A few months ago the world’s top LCHF experts gathered in lovely Cape Town, South Africa, for a massive four day conference. I was there presenting as well. It truly felt like a historic gathering.

Unfortunately not everyone can go to Cape Town, even for an occasion like this. Over 600 people participated, but most of the people around the world who would have wanted to be there sadly missed it.

Now it’s possible to watch all the 30 presentations online, as the online LCHF Convention launched today.

You can check out previews from the presentations for free. The entire online convention is $69 but the presenters – including me – get to invite people for only $49, so following this link you get that significant discount:

The Low Carb High Fat Convention Online

As an added bonus you also get access to transcripts of all the presentations and handy direct links for any studies and articles discussed.

I highly recommend the online LCHF convention, it’s a convenient recording of an historic event.

Regarding the Cost

Note that we get no part of the price of the conference – even if you follow the discounted link above. We never do affiliate marketing here at Diet Doctor for credibility reasons.

The full price of the online conference goes to the organizers (they are well worth it!) and will hopefully cover the significant cost of filming, editing and transcribing four days of presentations. Any surplus will help the organizers set up new LCHF conferences. The next ones are preliminarily planned for London and Washington!

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Watch the LCHF Movie Cereal Killers for Free

What if everything you knew about nutrition was wrong? That’s the question behind the LCHF movie Cereal Killers. You can watch the trailer above.

I reviewed the movie when it was released a year ago and liked it a lot. And now it’s easier than ever to see it. Cereal Killers – among other movies – is available for instant streaming on our membership site.

You can try our membership for free one month, also getting instant access to video courses, video interviews, Q&A with experts, etc.

Watch Cereal Killers

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Have you already used your free month and want to try again? That’s fine. Just go to your account page and answer three quick questions and you’ll get another free month.

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The Hearing of Professor Noakes in Progress

Professor Tim Noakes – perhaps the world’s foremost advocate for LCHF for obesity and diabetes – was recently reported by the Association for Dietitians in his country. This after a tweet recommending a lower-carb diet for a child. An innocent piece of advice if you ask me.

The hearing of Professor Noakes is now going on. You can follow it live on Twitter using the hashtag #NoakesHearing.

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Update: After many hours of discussions the hearing was postponed until November 23. The committee members who were to judge Professor Noakes apparently were not qualified to do so according to regulations.

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The Big Fat Surprise

Does butter, meat and cheese belong in a healthy diet? And if so, how come we’ve been told the opposite for decades?

Here’s my recent interview with NYT bestselling author Nina Teicholz. Her book “The Big Fat Surprise” was called one of the best books of last year by publications like The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.

It’s a fascinating story. You can watch the first six minutes of our interview above.

Full Interview and More

If you want to watch the full longer interview – and a follow-up interview on the unintended and unfortunate dangers of new vegetable oils – they’re available on the membership site (free trial one month).

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