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New Study: Keto Beats Low-Calorie Diet for Treating Type 2 Diabetes

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A typical keto meal

Can it be a good idea to follow a ketogenic diet, rather than a conventional low-calorie diet, when treating type 2 diabetes? The result from a new intervention study once again suggests that the answer is a definite yes:

Nutrition & Diabetes: Short-Term Safety, Tolerability and Efficacy of A Very Low-Calorie-Ketogenic Diet Interventional Weight Loss Program Versus Hypocaloric Diet in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

The study found that weight loss and a reduced waist circumference were significantly greater in the ketogenic group, and blood glucose was also significantly improved.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to exchange the current treatment for one that not only makes perfect sense, but that’s also proven to be more effective?

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Serious Drug Side Effects Greatly Underreported in Medical Papers

Here’s another reason to be skeptical of life-long medications. Sixty-four per cent of drug side effects are left out from published versions of medical trials, a new study finds. This includes serious side effects, like suicide attempts.

Most of these studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies looking to sell the drug that is being studied. So it’s not very surprising that nasty side effects are underreported, or that the positive effects of drugs are inflated.

And what’s the problem with this? Medical professionals base their decisions on published data from trials when giving patients medicines. If side effects are left out, then physicians are not basing these decisions on the whole picture.

How can we stop this? By making pharmaceutical companies present full data on side effects to medical professionals. Until this is regulated, unfortunately, drugs will keep being overprescribed.

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More Practical Tips for Fasting

This is a continuation of practical tips for fasting. Let’s start with some common questions.

Will fasting make me tired?

In our experience at the Intensive Dietary Management Clinic, the opposite is true. Many people find that they have more energy during a fast—probably due to increased adrenalin. Basal metabolism does not fall during fasting but rises instead. You’ll find you can perform all the normal activities of daily living. Persistent fatigue is not a normal part of fasting. If you experience excessive fatigue, you should stop fasting immediately and seek medical advice. Continue Reading →

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“Don’t Scapegoat Big Sugar. Lots of Food Producers Profited from the Demonization of Fat”

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Recently, there were big media headlines about the revelation that the sugar industry paid Harvard researchers in the 1960s to shift blame from sugar to fat.

There has been a lot of bad science in the field of nutrition — and many “Big Tobaccos.”
– Nina Teicholz
But according to a new op-ed by Nina Teicholz, it is naive to believe that only Big Sugar played a role in this shift, since other food industries (such as corn syrup, wheat and vegetable oil producers) also capitalized tremendously on it:

LA Times: Don’t Scapegoat Big Sugar. Lots of Food Producers Profited from the Demonization of Fat

Producers from these industries also paid scientists, and the American consumption of these foods has increased even more than the sugar consumption.

The bad (and bought) nutrition science is not just about sugar.

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A Year of Self-Tracking in Nutritional Ketosis


4.6 out of 5 stars5 star72%4 star21%3 star2%2 star3%1 star0%79 ratings5,047 viewsWhat would happen if you spent a year eating a very low-carb diet, a ketogenic diet, while tracking all kinds of blood tests and other things?

Dr. Jim McCarter did just that and presented his findings at this year’s Low Carb Vail conference. You can now watch the entire 10-minute presentation above (transcript).

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The Real Way to Lose Weight – Dr. Fung on Fox News

What’s the right way to lose weight? Why is it not about counting calories, but about controlling your hormones? And how do you do it?

Here’s a great new interview of Dr. Jason Fung on Fox News, with a host who clearly understands the issues.

You can get Dr. Fung’s book The Obesity Code on Amazon.

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The BMJ Criticism of the Dietary Guidelines Will NOT Be Retracted

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A year ago the British Medical Journal published an article by Nina Teicholz that was very critical to the official US dietary guidelines, and the weak science supporting them. Specifically the article and the BMJ editor in chief criticized the low-fat, high-carb advice that was said to be “driving rather than solving the current epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes”.

The article resulted in furious resistance from old-school scientists. Even more than other people, scientists who have been deeply involved in this for decades likely have a very hard time shifting their thinking. Not fewer than 180 (!) of them signed a letter demanding the BMJ retract the article:

After an investigation, The BMJ has just now decided not to retract the article. They stand by it, as they should:

Fortunately The BMJ and its leadership refuse to be intimidated by those who would prefer to stop inconvenient questions and censor scientific debate.

Current dietary advice has completely failed to stop the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and may very well have made them worse. We can’t solve the problem by forbidding people to talk about it.

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How Much Protein Should You Eat?

How much of this should you really eat?

How much is too much?

As we discussed last week, excessive protein is turned into glucose and then to fat. But how much protein is excessive? That’s the real question that stirs up all kinds of controversy. The Recommended Daily Allowance for an adult is 0.8 g/kg per day. How did we get that number? Let’s start at the beginning.

First, I am only dealing with the steady state here. If you are trying to build muscle (body building) then you would need more protein. If you are pregnant or breast feeding or a child still growing, then protein requirements are higher because you are trying to add protein to your body. This discussion only deals with adults at a relatively stable state. Continue Reading →

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The Hidden Costs of Medications


4.9 out of 5 stars5 star91%4 star5%3 star2%2 star0%1 star0%34 ratings790 viewsCan medications prevent or hinder your efforts to lose weight and become healthy? Is it possible that there are side effects that neither you nor your doctor know about when you receive a prescription? Can medications cause nutrient deficiencies and should you therefore supplement when you take them?

Jackie Eberstein advocates a low-carb lifestyle as a way of getting healthy and possibly get off of (or lower the dose of) medications. In this talk she outlines what certain medicines might do in your body and what you can do about it.

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The Hidden Costs of Medications – Jackie Eberstein

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The M.E.A.L. Diet – the World’s Best Diet for Ultra-Rapid Fat Loss?

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Did Dr. Ted Naiman just come up with the simplest and best diet for ultra-rapid fat loss that the world has ever seen?

It’s called the M.E.A.L. diet.

Eat Meat, Eggs, Added natural fats and Leafy greens. Voila. All “invented” by Dr. Ted Naiman. No diet book required.

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