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Should This Be Served at a Diabetes Conference?

Sugar, carbs and... sugar

Sugar, carbs and… sugar

These pictures were taken by a reader who attended the ‘Diabetes Epidemic in California – What Can Cities Do?‘ conference.

For a start, they might consider not serving and promoting high-carb foods that send people’s and blood sugar levels on a roller coaster…

Unfortunately, these conference organizers are far from alone in being clueless about the main cause of the type 2 diabetes epidemic. Check the links below for other hilarious or sad examples.

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US Dietary Guidelines Being Investigated – by Government Insiders

$1 million for government insiders to investigate the government's own policies?

$1 million for government insiders to investigate their own nutrition policies?

Late last year, the US Congress demanded a review of the low-fat Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This due to well-founded concerns that they are based on obsolete ideas, and that the guidelines have failed completely to prevent obesity and diabetes.

Unfortunately, it now seems like the review will be carried out by government insiders with very little interest in changing the status quo. The number of members of the proposed panel with alternative viewpoints on important topics? Zero.

Fortunately it’s still possible to make your voice heard:

Nutrition Coalition: Stop the National Academy of Medicine from Stacking the Panel on Dietary Guidelines With Government Officials

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A Picture From a UK Diabetes Clinic (Not a Joke)

vending machine

Here’s a picture from a diabetes clinic in Oxford (source).

Eating these “foods” will keep the patients’ blood sugar levels on a roller coaster, causing blood sugar swings that can only be controlled with much insulin. This is potentially dangerous in type 1 diabetes, and in type 2 it leads to a vicious cycle of weight gain, more insulin and a chronic progressive disease.

This is really not that different from a cigarette vending machine in the waiting room of an asthma clinic. It’s a sign of complete ignorance.

Instead, eating a low-carb diet stabilizes patients’ blood sugars and decreases the need for diabetic medications.

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Overweight Haters Ltd: Prejudice at Its Worst

The business card

The business card

There’s some truly nasty prejudice against overweight people today, and this is one of most ignorant and hateful examples I’ve ever seen:

Daily Mail: Police probe ‘Overweight Haters Ltd’ card handed to commuters after shocked woman is given leaflet which branded her a ‘fat, ugly human’

Unfortunately some people still believe that shaming people with weight issues will somehow help them, by motivating them to change. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Shaming people into feeling bad will only reduce their willpower.

Imagine a day when you felt really depressed. Did you go out for a run and did you cook nutritious meals all day? Not likely. More likely you ate chocolate. Perhaps you even had a drink (or two) and smoked cigarettes. Then you probably ended up in front of the TV. That’s what happens when people get depressed.

Never ever tell someone with weight issues to eat less and run more. First of all it does not work. Second of all they’ve already heard it a million times. It can only hurt them.

If you want to help others then learn more effective ways to lose weight, and try to be an inspiration yourself. When people ask how you did it you can tell them. That might actually help.

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Your iPhone Gives You Cancer – But Protects You From Malaria!


*** Warning – irony below! ***

Do you have an iPhone? Beware: according to new studies, having an iPhone increases your risk for breast and prostate cancer!

However, your iPhone will protect you from infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and HIV. Hence, you don’t need to take malaria prophylaxis when traveling with your iPhone.

The above has been proven in many new scientific studies on cell phone habits among millions of people around the world. The map above is one example. Areas with many cell phones show an increased risk for cancer, while areas with few cell phones show an increased risk for malaria and certain other infections.


South Africa is tragically hard hit by HIV, despite many cell phones. This is the “South African Paradox”. Researchers speculate that perhaps wine drinking offers protection. Continue Reading →


LCHF: Accused of a Crime that Never Happened


Has the LCHF diet been accused of a crime that never happened? Yes, argues the Icelandic cardiologist Dr Sigurdsson, and it’s a good read:

Doc’s Opinion: Accused of a crime that never happened – LCHF on trial in Sweden


Are Low-Carb Zealots Close-Minded?


Are low-carb people close-minded, just like some vegan people seem to be? Are we all caught up in group thinking?

Here’s a great blog post on the subject:

Authority Nutrition: Confessions of a Biased Low-Carb Zealot

I mostly agree with it, but I have a few minor objections:  Continue Reading →


Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition


What are the biggest lies mistakes of mainstream nutrition? The things that people believe about diet and health that just aren’t true? Here’s a great list:

Authority Nutrition: Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

I would add two more silly mistakes:


Why Calorie Counters are Confused


We’ve all been brainwashed about calories.

A few years ago I believed it myself. Losing weight was exclusively about “consuming less calories than you expend”. The mantra was: “eat less, run more”.

Fat people’s problems – I believed – came from them eating more calories than they expended. They were gluttonous and slothful; they lacked strength of character, which meant that thin people like me had such strength of character. This was uplifting news to me, if a bit prejudiced.

This way of looking at things seemed so obvious and simple. Today however, more and more people realizing how inane it is. Soon we’ll look back and laugh at the silliness.  Continue Reading →


Statistics for Beginners


Correlation is not the same thing as causation. But don’t tell that to health reporters. I hardly recall seeing a single headline reporting on observational data getting this fundamental thing right.

For example: Does red meat shorten your life?

I still recommend the Science for Smart People lecture for a funny way to learn about this. Over 65,000 people have already seen it on YouTube.