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Top 14 Low-Carb Fears

Top 14 low-carb fears

Is a low-carb diet dangerous? Will it harm every organ of your body and destroy the planet?

There are many fears about low carb, and most (but not all) are based on misunderstandings and myths. We’ve put together a big new guide to make sense of the top 14 low-carb fears. Should you be worried or not? Have a look:

Top 14 Low-Carb Fears (And Whether You Should Be Worried)

Do you have friends or relatives (or a doctor) who worry? Feel free to share the guide!


How to Use Antibiotics: Why Less is More


I’m going to talk about something completely different than the usual obesity, insulin and type 2 diabetes stuff – antibiotics. This is another area where current medical teaching is completely logic-free.

In many ways it reminds me of the entire “Type 2 diabetic patients have too much insulin. So, let’s give them more insulin and see if it helps” argument. Logically it makes no sense. So, instead the medical establishment adopts an “I’m the expert so don’t bother trying to talk sense into me. Just do what I say” attitude.

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Should You Eat Slow Carbs to Feed Your Gut Bacteria?

4.7 out of 5 stars5 star84%4 star6%3 star1%2 star6%1 star1%64 ratings2,312 viewsShould you eat slow carbs to feed your gut bacteria? It’s a controversial topic, especially at a low-carb conference.

This did not stop the star of the BBC show Doctor in the House, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. In this presentation from Low Carb Vail he discusses the differences between low carb and slow carb. And what the microbiome could do for our health.

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Low Carb, Slow Carb and the Microbiome

Low Carb, Slow Carb and the Microbiome – Dr. Rangan Chatterjee4.7 out of 5 stars5 star84%4 star6%3 star1%2 star6%1 star1%64 ratings6429:17

Here’s another presentation from Low Carb Vail. It’s the star of the BBC show Doctor in the House, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, discussing the differences between low carb and slow carb. And the possible importance of the microbiome for our health.

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Low Carb, Slow Carb and the Microbiome

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Freeze-Dried Poop Pills Being Tested for Obesity Treatment


Here’s a contender for the most gross weight loss method ever: How about eating poop?

This is actually serious research:

Arstechnica: Freeze-Dried Poop Pills Being Tested for Obesity Treatment

Gut bacteria and weight

There’s been a ton of speculation on the connection between the bacteria in our gut – our microbiome – and weight control. It’s a hot area of research.

There are clear differences in the bacteria in the gut of obese and thin people. But this does not tell us what is causing what. It may simply be that refined carbohydrates and sugary drinks promote obesity AND change the gut flora, compared to eating real food.

Some small studies indicate that adding certain bacteria to food may perhaps lead to weight loss in humans. But it’s too early to say for certain, these results will have to be repeated.

This study

The study above is the first time researchers actually try to transplant gut bacteria between humans, for weight loss. It’s a randomized, placebo controlled trial so the results – whatever they will be – could be believable.

If it turns out to work, would you eat poop to lose weight?

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Health, Weight and Gut Flora



Do the bacteria you have in your gut affect your health and weight? The answer is probably yes, but it remains to be shown how much and in what way.

In recent years technological advances have made it easier to do research on the bacteria that comprise our gut flora. Increasingly, statistical correlations are found between certain types of bacteria and diseases, such as obesity and diabetes.

The problem is very common. Scientists and journalists are quick to conclude that statistical correlations imply causation. This is the way our brains work, they fabricate a plausible story in order to explain the findings and this often leads us the wrong way. Finding the truth is more complicated.

Do certain bacteria cause obesity, or does a certain lifestyle (for example junk food full of sugar) increase body weight AND affect what bacteria you have in your gut? This question is harder to answer.

Is it possible to cure disease or control your weight long-term by adding good bacteria (probiotics) to the gut? This largely remains to be proven. At the moment there are more questions than answers.