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Insulin and Fatty Liver Disease

Dr. Alfred Frohlich from the University of Vienna first began to unravel the neuro-hormonal basis of obesity in 1890. He described a young boy with the sudden onset of obesity who was eventually diagnosed with a lesion in the hypothalamus area of the brain. It would be later confirmed that hypothalamic damage resulted in intractable weight gain in humans, establishing this region as a key regulator of energy balance.

In rats and other animals, hypothalamic injury could experimentally produce insatiable appetites and induce obesity. But, researchers quickly noticed something else, too. All these obese animals shared characteristic liver damage, which was occasionally severe enough progress to complete destruction. Looking back at hereditarily obese strains of mice, they noted the same liver changes. Strange, they thought. What does the liver have to do with obesity? Continue Reading →

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The Engineer Who Knows More Than Your Doctor


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Can an engineer know more about how to get healthy than his doctor, in fact more than his three doctors?

When it comes to using nutrition, the answer is yes. Meet Ivor Cummins, who quickly had to become an expert to cure himself.

Ivor Cummins is a well-trained problem solver. When blood tests showed liver problems – the very common issue fatty liver – Cummins set out to find the solution to the problem. He soon found it. Soon he had lost lots of weight and his liver problems were totally gone.

It all begged the question – why did an engineer quickly understand how to cure himself using nutrition, when none of his doctors could help him?

Ivor Cummins explains it all in this interview. Watch a segment above (transcript). The full 13-minute interview is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

The Engineer Who Knows More Than Your Doctor – Ivor Cummins

Start your free membership trial to get instant access to this and over 190 other low-carb TV videos. Plus Q&A with experts and our awesome new low-carb meal planner service, etc.

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Fatty Liver Disease or How Not to Make ‘Foie Gras’ at Home

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Fatty liver in a duck or goose is known as Foie Gras. But humans get it too, all the time. Here it’s known as fatty liver disease or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and it’s extremely common.

How do we get NASH? It all comes down to what we eat. Continue Reading →

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“A New Me with Lots of Life”

Before and after

Before and after

Julie developed more and more health issues over the years, and the low-fat diet which her doctor put her on just contributed to the problem.

Then in December, a friend introduced her to the Diet Doctor site and LCHF, and decided to jump right in. Can you guess what happened to her health issues and weight? Continue Reading →

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Can LCHF Help Arthritis, IBS or Chronic Kidney Disease?

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Can fatty foods worsen IBS symptoms?

The answer to this and other questions – for example, what can you expect will happen to arthritis on LCHF and is LCHF safe if you suffer from kidney disease? – in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt: Continue Reading →

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How Obesity Can Protect From Disease

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Obesity is not widely considered a protective mechanism. Quite the opposite. It’s usually considered one of the causal factors of the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.

I think obesity is a marker of disease, but ultimately it serves to protect the body from the effects of hyperinsulinemia. Let me explain.

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The Engineer Who Knows More Than Your Doctor – Full Interview


4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars89%4 stars5%3 stars1%2 stars2%1 star0%136 ratings9,017 viewsCan an engineer know more about how to get healthy than his doctor, in fact more than his three doctors?

When it comes to using nutrition, the answer is yes. Meet Ivor Cummins, who quickly had to become an expert to cure himself.

Ivor Cummins is a well-trained problem solver. When blood tests showed liver problems – the very common issue fatty liver – Cummins set out to find the solution to the problem. He soon found it. Soon he had lost lots of weight and his liver problems were totally gone.

It all begged the question – why did an engineer quickly understand how to cure himself using nutrition, when none of his doctors could help him?

I interviewed Ivor Cummins recently and it’s a truly interesting and insightful story. The full interview has only been available on our member site, but now everyone can watch it above. Enjoy – and feel free to share it.

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The Engineer Who Knows More Than Your Doctor


4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars89%4 stars5%3 stars1%2 stars2%1 star0%136 ratings9,017 viewsCan an engineer know more about how to get healthy than his doctor, in fact more than his three doctors?

When it comes to using nutrition, the answer is yes. Meet Ivor Cummins, who quickly had to become an expert to cure himself.

Ivor Cummins is a well-trained problem solver. And when blood tests showed liver problems – the very common issue fatty liver – Cummins set out to find the solution to the problem. And he soon found it. Soon he had lost lots of weight and his liver problems were totally gone.

It all begged the question – why did an engineer quickly understand how to cure himself using nutrition, when none of his doctors could help him?

I interviewed Ivor Cummins a few weeks ago and it’s a truly interesting and insightful story. Above is a short segment from it.

You can watch the full 13 minute interview and more than 190 other interviews, video courses, presentations and movies on our member site with a free trial.

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How Losing One Single Gram of Fat Might Cure Diabetes

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This is quite remarkable. A new study suggests that losing just one single gram of fat might reverse type 2 diabetes. The only problem? It has to be one gram of fat from the pancreas.

Express: How YOU can beat diabetes: Shedding just ONE GRAM of fat could cure Type 2 diabetes

Dr. Jason Fung has been talking about this possibility for a long time. Today he has a new post on it:

Dr. Fung: Losing a single gram of fat can reverse diabetes?

The shorter summary

To summarize type 2 diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance. This results from a long time of chronically excessive insulin levels, usually due to eating too many bad carbs too often (also called a standard Western diet). One of the hallmarks of insulin resistance is a fatty liver.

However, the body can often compensate for the insulin resistance by producing more insulin (with the unfortunate side effect of obesity, etc.). Thus the blood sugar can stay more or less normal for a long time. What tips people over into full-blown type 2 diabetes is that the body no longer manages to produce the pathologically high insulin levels required.

Why does this happen? Possibly because of excessive fat deposits in the pancreas. So not only does the liver get fat due to excessive insulin (resulting in IR) but the pancreas eventually gets fatty too, limiting how much insulin it can produce.

This is revolutionary, because it may explain why type 2 diabetes is not a chronic disease. Lose the liver fat and get rid of the insulin resistance, so less insulin is needed. Lose the pancreas fat (as little as one gram!) and normal insulin production resumes.

Voilà! The disease is gone.

How to do it

How do you do all this? Lower your insulin. An LCHF diet is great, but the most effective way is fasting.

Except there is one thing better – combining both.

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Fatty Liver Disease: The Frightening Epidemic Affecting One in Three Australians

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One in three Australians now have fatty liver disease – a disease connected to obesity and diets full of sugar and other bad carbs.

Some of these people will end up with severe liver problems, like fatal liver cancer, or liver failure requiring a transplant:

The Age: Fatty Liver Disease: The Frightening Epidemic Affecting One in Three Australians

So how do you avoid this common problem? It’s quite simple actually. Consume less sugar and other processed carbs. See links below.

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