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How to Break Free of Corporate Sponsorship

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If you’re at all interested in weight loss, type 2 diabetes or fasting you probably already know about the fantastic Dr. Jason Fung. If not, check out his site Intensive Dietary Management.

Dr. Fung wrote a short post yesterday about the newly launched Diet Doctor membership and the value of breaking free of corporate sponsorship:

IDM: New at DietDoctor.com

Of course I agree completely. The Diet Doctor site will remain forever free of ads, the pushing of special low carb products (often junk food in disguise) or corporate sponsorships.

We would much rather be funded by the people who want – and deserve – the plain truth. That is the motivation we want. And that is what we plan to do together.

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Let’s Stop Lying About Physical Activity and Obesity

There were many impressive people at the recent Cape Town conference, but to me two people stood out the most. One of them is the British cardiologist Aseem Malhotra. A man who is not the least bit afraid to eloquently tell the truth that most people keep silent about.

Not long ago he wrote in the impactful British Medical Journal that it’s time to bust the myth that saturated fat has anything to do with heart disease. This placed him on the front pages of papers all over the world, but now a lot of people realize that he was right.

Malhotra has not slowed down after this. He is often on TV, expecially in his home country of England and it’s not hard to understand why when you meet him.

The Interview

I managed to get an interview with Dr. Malhotra in South Africa and above you can see a short section. He explains that the common idea about physical activitity as a cure for obesity is something we need to forget – because it’s not true.

In the full 22 minute interview ha talks more about what we should focus on instead of calories, what food can lower risk of heart disease more than statin drugs… and how he lost weight eating 1,000 calories extra of a certain kind of food.

The full interview can be seen on the membership pages (free one month trial):

How to Make Your Food a Powerful Medicine, Not a Slow Poison – Interview with Dr. Malhotra

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23 Packets of Sugar in One SMALL Soda??

Here’s an entertaining video, in which Coca-Cola’s European president is hard pressed by a British journalist. Even though he’s media-trained he gets thrown way off track.

The Coca-Cola president is desperately trying to move away from the comparison with tobacco. You will always need to eat and drink, while you don’t have to smoke, he says. True. But as the beginning of the video makes clear, there’s also no need for a single gram of added sugar from Coca Cola either! It’s completely lacking in nutritional value and only contributes excess energy in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

In short: Each Coca Cola you drink makes you fatter.

In the introduction of the segment the impressive and eloquent Dr. Aseem Malholtra is interviewed. He attended the LCHF conference in South Africa in February.

What do you think about the Coca-Cola clip above? Is the journalist being unnecessarily harsh and hard on the president, or is he getting what he deserves? Is he trying to wriggle out of his responsibility for the obesity and disease that his company is spreading?

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How Kellogg Lost Breakfast

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Manufacturers of processed sugar- and wheat-flour products are doing poorly in today’s increasingly enlightened climate. Kellogg which in the middle of an obesity epidemic makes its living by selling extremely sugary breakfast cereals (candy for breakfast) is an excellent example.

The cover story for the latest issue of the magazine Bloomberg Business is about their major problems:

As Americans become more health-conscious, they’re shying away from the kind of processed food baked in Kellogg’s four U.S. cereal factories. They tend to be averse to carbohydrates, which is a problem for a company selling cereal derived from corn, oats, and rice. “They basically have a carb-heavy portfolio,” says Robert Dickerson, senior packaged-food analyst at Consumer Edge.

Full article here: Who Killed Tony the Tiger? How Kellogg lost breakfast

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Missed the LCHF Conference? Check Out This 5-Minute Video!

Do you wish you could have gone to the great LCHF conference in Cape Town last week? Here’s a 5-minute video with highlights and short interviews with participants, including the organizers and a few of the biggest names. Feel free to share it.

Update April 21: All full interviews (15 of them) that you see soundbites from above are now available on the membership site (free trial one month).

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The Launch of the Amazing LCHF Conference

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Here’s the introduction to the LCHF Conference – yesterday – by the fantastic professor Tim Noakes. There are around 650 people in the audience, all that the room can take. Most are medical professionals, fantastically enough.

The slide is well chosen. Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant here in Cape Town in 1967. Closer to the end of his career he spoke these wise words:

I have saved 150 people through heart transplantations. If I had focused on preventative medicine earlier I could have saved 150 million people.

Modern medicine is mostly great. But it does not focus on prevention through life style change. Compared to drugs and surgery there’s almost no money to be made in life style change, unfortunately.

This fantastic LCHF conference is a big step in the right direction though. Hopefully there will be another similar conference next year in Europe – there are already some plans in that direction.

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The Greatest Gathering of Low-Carb Experts Ever?

What a gathering. The picture is from the night before the start of the LCHF conference in South Africa. Among many other low-carb experts you can see professor Tim Noakes, Dr Aseem Malhotra, Dr Eric Westman, Dr Jeffrey Gerber, Dr Michael Eades, Dr Mary Eades, Dr Jay Wortman and professor Stephen Phinney. And Zoë Harcombe who wrote the article about saturated fat that made headlines around the world last week. The next day Gary Taubes turned up as well.

Likely there has never been a greater gathering of LCHF experts in the same place before.

I’m happy to be here. You probably understand the lack of updates recently on the blog. I’ll be back soon with new energy and new insights.

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