How the Editor-in-Chief Became Free from Epilepsy

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Can you recover and manage without antiepileptic drugs by changing your diet? Ask Christer Kustvik, editor-in-chief at Swedish newspaper Corren:

I hope you can stand some rampant joy, dear readers, because this column will be written in a state of euphoria.

The past week has been one of the absolute best in my life.

As I wrote on Facebook:

“Yiiiihaaaa! For the first time in 20 years, I am OFF ALL MEDICATIONS!! Two decades of epilepsy problems are suddenly under control thanks to changing my diet (fewer carbohydrates /sugar). Absolutely amazing, I feel like I’m flying!”

That’s how it is.

Fewer carbohydrates/sugar has given me a new life. A healthy life.

Suddenly I feel strong. Energetic. Light.

To get well when you’re sick is like a dream. A feeling difficult to understand for healthy people, I think.

Corren.se: Arenas Filled with Junk Food

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Picnic at Diet Doctor’s House

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A picnic on the living room floor the other day – dinner when the family’s three-year old gets to decide.

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Could Drinking Milk Shorten Your Life?

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A big new Swedish study on milk consumption has gained some attention. It suggests that people who drink a lot of milk live shorter lives on average, and perhaps in addition have an increased risk of bone fractures:

BBC: High milk diet “may not cut risk of bone fractures”

Again, this is only based on statistics from questionnaires – i.e. an observational study. Thus it’s by no means proof that milk shortens life. To know for sure, the theory has to be tested in intervention studies, which is much harder and vastly more expensive.

But the statistics from the study are still worth pondering. My conclusion is that it’s wise to only drink milk regularly in larger quantities only as a child, not as an adult. Milk is very insulin stimulating, both through lactose, and through a special milk protein, which stimulates desirable growth in young children.

As an adult, it may be wiser to drink water on a regular basis and wine for festive occasions. As well as tea or coffee at your convenience.

Reducing milk consumption may also help to maintain a stable weight, by keeping insulin levels down. In particular, low-fat milk should be avoided. It could also be called white soda. Continue Reading →

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Last Week Tonight about Sugar

Several people have told me about this anti-sugar rant from John Oliver recently, on Last Week Tonight. It’s pretty funny.

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WSJ: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders

Here’s a nice op ed published in the Wall Street Journal:

WSJ: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders

The illustration is badly chosen, as this meal is likely to contain more sugar and other bad carbs than anything else. The article is good though. The author, Nina Teicholz, also wrote the new book The Big Fat Surprise on the same topic.

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”Looks Like The Medical Establishment Was Wrong About Fat”

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Is natural fat bad for you? Hardly. Here’s yet another fine article about the ongoing shift in scientific position regarding fat and carbohydrates:

Business Insider: Looks Like The Medical Establishment Was Wrong About Fat

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“Without a Doubt, Definitely the Best Decision I Have Ever Made”

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Weight loss on LCHF – even if it’s 121 lbs (55 kg) in eight months – is often just a welcome bonus. Emmy Frisk knows this. She emailed me her story, and what a story: Continue Reading →

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“I Finally Kept My Promise to My Mom”

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Here’s a story about a long struggle ending in success… by doing the opposite. A story about regaining health and losing weight – by eating MORE.

Christoph in Austria sent me his story about how he finally kept the promise he had given his mother: Continue Reading →

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Carb-Loaded: the Best Low-Carb Movie Ever?

This might be the best low-carb movie ever. It’s just been released and you can watch it online:

Watch Carb-Loaded

Back in August 2013 the readers of this blog (and its Swedish cousin) helped kickstart production of Carb-Loaded.

The creators, Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen, have since done a terrific job of interviewing almost everyone in the low-carb community – like professor Tim Noakes, Gary Taubes et al (and me) – plus many other experts in food and nutrition, like Drs. David Katz, Marion Nestle and Yoni Freedhoff.

They’ve done loads of interviews, but that’s not what’s most impressive about this movie. What’s most impressive is how funny it is. I’ve basically heard all the information covered before, but I still found myself sitting with a silly grin on my face through much of the movie.

There’s some pretty impressive animation work lightening up the film too. But my favorite is the obnoxious doctor who sort of represents the conventional “wisdom” of our time. Reportedly the character was inspired by “dr Spaceman” in the TV series 30 Rock – if you’ve seen him you know what to expect.

Here’s a sneak peek of Carb-Loaded:

Did you like that? Check out the whole movie online here:

Watch Carb-Loaded

If you’d rather order a physical DVD or Blu-Ray disc, or if you want to check out other Carb-Loaded merchandise (like T-shirts) have a look at their online store. I you’d like, you can use the coupon code “DIETDOCTOR” for a 25% discount.

What do you think about the movie?

Note: I have no financial interests in the video streaming or the merchandise above.

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“Before, I Was Ruled by Food”

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Before and after 3 months

Emma had tried to lose weight with much effort and little results. Here’s her story about what happened in a few months when she instead followed her dad’s advice and tried an LCHF diet: Continue Reading →

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