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Hyperinsulinemia plays the dominant role in provoking obesity and fatty liver disease, but what causes it?

Insulin is intimately related to our diet, so that was naturally the first place to look. Highly refined and processed carbohydrates, such as sugars, flour, bread, pasta, muffins, donuts, rice and potatoes are well known to raise blood glucose and insulin production. This became known as the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis, and forms the rational basis for many of the low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins diet.

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“Had to Tell the World About It!”

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Before and after

In order to manage his blood sugar and weight, Mark had to follow a low-carb low-fat diet that left him with intense cravings and no success. Then one day a friend of his posted her dramatic transformation on Facebook, and said that she’d been able to lose weight with help from the Diet Doctor site.

He checked out the site, and thought that it made sense! Of course one has to eat more healthy fats to stay satiated. So he decided to give it a go: Continue Reading →


New Meta-Analysis: Meat Intake Does NOT Appear to Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Humans have been eating meat for millions of years, and so we should be well adapted to it. Nevertheless, some people still believe the somewhat absurd theory that eating meat can produce diseases like heart disease.

The flimsy scientific support for this idea is mostly based on selected observational studies (i.e. statistics), that are unable to prove cause and effect. And even these weak studies are highly conflicting. For example it’s been shown that – adding all studies together – people in Asia who eat more meat get significantly less heart disease, a finding clearly incompatible with the theory.

Now the first, to my knowledge, meta-analysis of higher-quality studies (RCTs) has been published. It finds zero evidence for any negative effects of meat on risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol.

AJCN: Total Red Meat Intake of ≥0.5 Servings/d Does not Negatively Influence Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: A Systemically Searched Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

I’m not surprised. Still, this should kill the bizarre idea that humans could get sick from eating real food like meat.

Brink on the juicy steaks. Especially from grass-fed animals, to make the meat good for the climate too.

Related low-carb myths

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“Here I Am Seven Months Later and I Rarely Suffer from Migraines”

Before and after

Before and after

Natalie suffered greatly from migraines. She realized that keeping her blood sugar levels low was vital for avoiding migraines, and decided to try a low-carb diet in order to keep it in check.

This is what has happened after seven months: Continue Reading →


Study Showing the Safety of Statin Drugs Is “Fundamentally Flawed”


A new article authored by Dr. Aseem Malhotra (among others) says that a Lancet study demonstrating the safety of statin drugs is very flawed.

Decades of misinformation on cholesterol and the gross exaggeration of statin benefits with downplaying of side effects has likely led to the overmedication of millions of people across the world.
– Dr. Aseem Malhotra

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Dr. Aseem Malhotra on BBC – We Should Eat a High-Fat Diet

We’ve cut out fat in general, and saturated fat in particular, during the last decades in order to prevent heart disease. That’s clearly been a mistake. We should do the opposite instead says cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra on BBC.

You can watch the full clip above, and hear Dr. Malhotra’s explanation on why lifestyle medicine and a diet rich in fat is the way to go.

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How to Make Diseases Disappear – Dr. Chatterjee’s Awesome TEDx Talk

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee can make common chronic diseases disappear, like type 2 diabetes. In this awesome new TEDx talk he shares how. It’s not about prescribing drugs – they can usually only cure acute diseases.

To cure chronic diseases we need to target the core reasons that people got the disease in the first place. So there’s nothing “magic” about what Dr. Chatterjee is suggesting – it’s something any doctor could do. If they knew how. But sadly, almost no doctors learn how to do it.

I think everyone should watch this 18-minute talk, it’s truly great. Please feel free to share it!

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Cholesterol and Heart Disease – Are Scientists Missing the Elephant in the Room?


Are scientists stubbornly focusing on the wrong risk factors for heart disease? The graph above by Dr. Ted Naiman illustrates how researchers in a recent study interpret data in favor of their preconceived ideas: that it’s the LDL cholesterol that is the problem.

The study’s strange conclusion is that “These findings may provide further support for… even lower LDL goals.”

Meanwhile, these heart-disease patients’ total and LDL cholesterol were already low. On the other hand, their triglycerides and HDL cholesterol are at dangerous levels.

Unfortunately, the most effective way to fix bad HDL and triglycerides is not by using a drug, so there’s not much money to be made from this problem. Instead, this can often be corrected with a low-carb and high-fat diet.

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Can a Ketogenic Diet Be Beneficial in Cancer Treatment?

4.9 out of 5 stars5 stars95%4 stars2%3 stars0%2 stars0%1 star2%47 ratings1,219 viewsHere’s a new short highlight from Dr. Angela Poff’s very popular presentation about ketogenic diets and cancer. Watch it above (transcript).

The full 45-minute presentation is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Exploiting Cancer Metabolism with Ketosis – Dr. Angela Poff

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Here’s what our members have said about the presentation (in additon to giving it a 4.9 star rating): Continue Reading →


Is Salt the Cause of Hypertension?


Salt intake is often considered one of the main factors behind high blood pressure. But the evidence supporting this idea is very weak, and eating less salt has a very marginal effect (and could sometimes even be dangerous).

Likely, there are other factors, like high levels of insulin, that play a much more powerful role in raising blood pressure. Professor Grant Schofield has written a very interesting piece on this, and even had a letter published in the Lancet:

High insulin causes salt retention, that can result in high blood pressure. If you suffer from this, it might be a good idea to switch to a low-carb diet, that lowers the insulin. That means that you’re treating the cause, not just a symptom.

How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure

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