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Paleo Wars at AHS!

The Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 starts in a few days. Everyone who’s anyone in the Paleo world will gather in Boston.

My talk from last year is the most viewed one from AHS 2011. I’ll attempt to bring something interesting again. A new presentation called The Carb Controversy – and how Paleo could save America.

Pictured above is a slide from it. What’s this about “calories striking back” you ask? Well, check out the next slide: Continue Reading →

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The Paleo Event of the Year: AHS 2012

The tickets are about to be released for this year’s biggest event for Paleo fans. Last year’s Ancestral Health Symposium was a massive success. Most big names were there and the tickets were sold out months in advance.

This year’s version promises to be even bigger and better. The venue has been changed to the East coast, at Harvards.

I will be presenting again about a hot topic (my presentation from AHS 2011 is heading for 100,000 views on YouTube, pretty cool).

On March 1st you can get a ticket if you attended last year, on March 2nd the tickets are released for everyone.

Will you join us?

Info and tickets for Ancestral Health Symposium 2012

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The Food Revolution – edited lecture from #AHS11

After quite some work it’s now on YouTube – my talk from Los Angeles last month, edited with the slides included.

These 44 minutes (+ Q&A) summarizes what is about to happen. How uncovering the mistake behind the obesity epidemic makes it possible for us to help others eat real food and improve their weight and health, without hunger.

If you like the lecture please share it with friends who may be interested. Share it on Facebook, tweet itembed it on your blog (like above), mail it to friends. Like it on YouTube. Whatever suits you. Let’s spread the revolution across the world.

All comments are welcome.

PS: Once again a special thank you to Jimmy Moore who made this possible by generously giving me his speaking spot at AHS.

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AHS lecture on the way

I am finally done editing my lecture from Los Angeles last month. For different reasons editing two cameras + my slides together turned into a whole lot of work, but I also learned a few things.

Hopefully it will be uploaded to YouTube within 24 hours.

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Lustig, the number one talk of #AHS11, now online

To me professor Robert Lustig’s talk was the most “rewarding” of the Ancestral Health Symposium. Now everyone can see it.

To fully appreciate the video you need to simultaneously open Lustig’s slides to see them. It also helps if (like me) you are intrigued by the biochemistry of sugar, insulin and leptin – and how that relates to regulating our weight. Also observe that the video is spliced wrong: at 09:00 skip to 18:36 at the end skip back to 09:00.

To summarize Lustig puts (too much) insulin front and center as the cause of common obesity. The likely reason is ingesting excessive amounts of sugar/fructose (or even more massive amounts of starch/glucose) and a lack of fiber to slow the absorption.

Interestingly, the high levels of insulin blocks leptin, giving us leptin resistance, and in the long term obesity. There you have it: the insulin- and the leptin-people are both right.

Let’s see if this talk scores 1,5M viewers like his “Bitter Truth” talk did on YouTube. I see Lustig chose a better tie this time, just in case. Too bad he forgot removing his name tag instead. But those are details: Lustig is a very good speaker with lots of insights.

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AHS showdown: Gary Taubes vs Stephan Guyenet

Here is the most talked about, tweeted and blogged moment of the Ancestral Health Symposium, captured on film. Two stars colliding.

Stephan Guyenet has just finished his talk on “food reward” being a major cause of obesity. Gary Taubes, the undisputed champion of the “carbs->insulin->fat” camp, steps up to the microphone for the start of Q&A…

[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] Continue Reading →

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The Food Revolution 2015

The Food Revolution – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars86%4 stars9%3 stars1%2 stars1%1 star0%61 ratings6151:51

There’s a global food revolution going on. A paradigm shift in how we look at fat and sugar.

Natural fat used to be feared – a terrible mistake, it turned out. Now we’re increasingly viewing sugar as the big problem. While this is surely closer to the truth it’s still a very simplified version of reality.

tollHere’s my second presentation from the 2015 LCHF Conference in Cape Town. It starts with a truck driver getting arrested, for illegal smuggling of butter into a small European country. That, it turns out, can be a sign of big things to come. And it can help hundreds of millions of people to lose weight and improve their health.

The presentation is an updated version of the 2011 AHS talk which has about 600,000 views on YouTube.

Watch the updated presentation

You can buy access to the entire LCHF convention for $49 dollars from the organizers. Or you can see the talk on our member pages for free using a one month trial (then $9 per month, cancel at any time).

The Food Revolution 2015

On the member pages you also get immediate access to video courses, interviews, movies, Q&A with experts, etc.

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In Defense of Low Fat – Denise Minger vs. Dr. Fung

The “magic” theory, à la Minger

Is low fat a great idea? Do you have a few hours to spare? Then check out the new & massively long blog post by the always-entertaining, controversy-seeking and brilliant Denise Minger:

In Defense of Low Fat: A Call for Some Evolution of Thought (Part 1)

The post is a longer and more developed version of her 2014 AHS talk Lessons from the Vegans (worth watching, and it will only take you 30 minutes).

The general idea is that while low carb seems to work great for metabolic problems – like obesity and diabetes type 2 – so too can very low-fat plant-based diets sometimes work fine. Why is that? In Minger’s words it’s because of extreme low-fat “magic”, which presumably is another kind of magic than low-carb magic.

Interesting, but not necessarily true.

Dr. Fung’s reply

Enter Dr. Fung, with a much shorter but still interesting post on the controversy:

Dr. Fung: Thoughts on the Kempner Rice Diet [and the Minger post]

In Dr. Fung’s view the extreme low-fat diets (like the <10% fat rice diet) sometimes work well because you really eat the same amount of carbs but avoid everything else (almost no protein and no fat). This is because all reward from eating disappears, due to the extremely monotonous diet – people only eat when they are truly hungry. The rest of the time they are, in effect, fasting.

My comments and criticism

While I tend to agree with Dr. Fung about most things – and his comments here make a lot of sense – there are also interesting points in Minger’s long post. For example, that the “macronutrient swampland” of Western junk food – high carb, high fat – tend to be where we find massive food reward (think chocolate, ice cream or donuts), leading to overeating. It’s clear that whole-food plant-based diets avoid this problem.

I also have some criticism of Minger’s post. For example she spends tons of time attacking the idea that Ancel Keys started the low-fat movement. This feels very misleading. While it’s certainly true that he did not invent low fat, like Minger says, he was still the dominant figure transforming low fat – earlier a theory that not many people cared about – into officially accepted dogma. Quite a feat.

It’s like Dr. Robert Atkins and low carb. Dr. Atkins took a concept that had already been talked about and tested for over a hundred years – low-carb diets for weight loss – and made it famous and known by everyone. That’s why decades later the word Atkins is still synonymous with low carb. While Dr. Atkins did not invent low carb – not even close – he still had an important role to play. Nobody would seriously argue otherwise.

To summarise I find Minger’s post interesting and – as always – entertaining in her unique way. But I can’t help feel that she’s sometimes seeking controversy more than enlightenment. And there’s no magic in that.

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Ancestral Health Symposium Coming to Boulder, CO in 2016

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It was just announced that the 2016 Ancestral Health Symposium will take place August 11-13 in Boulder, Colorado. Registration begins in two days, October 15.

AHS is sort of the more serious and scientific cousin to the larger Paleo f(x) conference. They see “health from an evolutionary perspective to develop solutions to our health challenges”.

I was at the AHS-conference in 2011, -12 and -13 and enjoyed it a lot. I missed the 2014 conference due to the birth of my second daughter, and unfortunately the organizers cancelled the 2015 conference. But I hope the 2016 one will be great again and I’m marking the date in my calendar. Are you coming too?

More on the conference: AncestralHealth.org

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