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Ghosts of Diets Past, Present and Future

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Is low carb really a fad like so many conventional nutritionists claim? Not according to this great post about the history of the human diet:

In fact, if one were to measure human history by the scale of a 24-hour clock:

  • Refined carbohydrates were introduced to our diet a mere 5 seconds ago.
  • The dietary advice to eat low-fat for optimal health, only 2 seconds ago.

Unlearn-Rethink: Ghosts Of Diets Past, Present and Future

So if you still think that a high-carb low-fat diet is what we’re meant to eat, it might be time to reconsider.

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The Rivalry Between Atkins and Ornish: Low Carb Vs. High Carb

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Here’s another free chapter from Nina Teicholz’s spectacular and New York Times best-selling book The Big Fat Surprise.

In this chapter from the book, we’ll learn about the rivalry between Atkins and Ornish – two people whose findings were on two opposite ends of the spectrum.

At a time when America – and Dr. Ornish – believed that saturated fat was a killer, Atkins’ low-carb, high-fat diet sounded “ludicrously unhealthy”. And yet it seemed to work…

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Nina Teicholz’s Best-Seller “The Big Fat Surprise”: How the Low-Fat Diet Was Introduced to America

The Big Fat Surprise

Are you ready for The Big Fat Surprise?

Nina Teicholz’s bestselling book about the mistakes behind the fear of fat reads like a thriller. It was named one of the best books of the year by a number of publications (including the #1 science book by The Economist).

All the inconvenient attention has made Teicholz’s name sound like Voldemort to fragile egos in the nutritional world.

If you have not read it yet we have a treat for you. Teicholz has agreed – for the first time – to share several sections of the book with the readers of Diet Doctor.

Here’s the first of three sections, about how the low-fat diet was introduced to America, and Ancel Keys’ magic year of 1961: Continue Reading →

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Paleopathology and the Origins of Low Carb

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What does the history of early humans and Egyptian mummies have to do with the origins of the low-carb diet? This is all woven together into an entertaining story by one of the true low-carb pioneers, Dr. Michael Eades.

Dr. Eades’ talk at the LCHF convention earlier this year was one of the most talked about. Especially his interest in Egyptian mummies and the finding of obesity and severe heart disease in this population eating… well, just about what any conventional nutritionist have been recommending for decades: plenty of carbs (mostly wheat), very little sugar, very little fat.

You can buy access to the entire LCHF convention for $49 dollars, or you can see the talk on our member pages with much else (free trial one month, then $9 per month, cancel at any time).

Paleopathology and the Origins of Low Carb

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Demonization and Deception in Cholesterol Research – Great New Presentation by Professor David Diamond

Have you heard that saturated fat has been wrongly accused, starting with the shenanigans of Ancel Keys? Or that a total cholesterol number is not very helpful for determining risk of heart disease? Or that the benefits of statins have been vastly exaggerated?

Probably all these facts are familiar to you already. But I’d still recommend to watch this new presentation by Professor David Diamond. I’ve heard this story many times but still found the presentation well-worth watching. Not only does Professor Diamond bring up new details to the story, he also does it in great style and with lots of (sometimes dark) humor.

Statin humor

A quick example, which of these drug ads would make you most likely to have a pill a day for the rest of your life?

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Obviously the left ad is the original one, for the biggest blockbuster drug of all time. Amazingly the right ad may be a more honest and transparent way to present the exact same study finding.

The 1 percent number is the real chance that the drug will benefit you, over many years of taking it (without even mentioning the risk of side effects).

Could you even imagine a drug company printing the more honest right ad? It would look like a joke.

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The True Story of the Man Behind the Atkins Diet

Jackie Eberstein

Everybody has heard about the Atkins diet – it’s by far the best-known low-carb diet in history. But what was the man behind the diet – Dr. Robert Atkins – really like? And what happened at his Manhattan clinic?

Here’s Dr. Atkins’ fascinating story as told by Jacqueline Eberstein, RN. She was one of Dr. Atkins’ closest co-workers during the last three decades of his life.

The story starts out with her ending up at a job interview with Dr. Atkins, despite not really wanting to work with him. The problem was she thought he was a quack – and she told him so! His reply was the start of a long time working together, all the way to his death.

Watch the interview on the membership pages

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The First Low-Carb Scientific Revolution [Free for a Limited Time Only]

Jay Wortman presentation

There’s a low-carb revolution going on today. More and more people now realise that low-carb diets simply work, and that they are safe.

However there was an earlier low-carb scientific revolution. The first one. It occurred a bit more than a decade ago but then it went away. People got scared again. Low carb was branded a dangerous fad diet – even though there has never been any evidence for that.

Why did this happen? Who made it happen? And how can we prevent that it happens again?

Here’s Dr. Jay Wortman’s presentation from the recent Low Carb Cruise:

The First Low-Carb Scientific Revolution [Free for a Limited Time Only]

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This presentation is posted on the membership site and it’s normally only available for our members. Today, however, we’re trying something new. Starting today and until August 29 (in four days) the presentation is freely available to anyone.

Feel free to share the link with friends who could enjoy it. After August 29 – on Saturday – it will only be available to members again.

The First Low-Carb Scientific Revolution

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The World’s Most Persistent Fad Diet

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Fad diet?

Obesity is caused by flour-rich and starchy foods, such as bread, cookies and macaroni. This is not a new idea, and it certainly wasn’t I who said it first. The page above is from the book “The Physiology of Taste”, by a famous French food guru.

Ignorant people like to dismiss the ideas as a “fad diet”, but then this is an extremely long-lasting fad, as the book was published in 1825.

Why does a reduction of sugar and starch – variants of a low-carbohydrate diet – recur in thousands of different forms over hundreds of years? Simple.

Most people lose excess weight without hunger on a low-carbohydrate diet. It just works.

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A Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet from 1953

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Here’s a nice read: How to treat obesity with calorically unrestricted diets. It’s written by the medical doctor, A.W. Pennington, who inspired Dr Robert Atkins to lose weight in a similar way. This paper is dated 1953, ten years before Atkins tested it and two decades before his book “Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution” was published.

Dr Pennington’s plan is a moderate low-carb diet that still allows for a little bit of potatoes or fruit. Sixty years later it should still work fine for most people. There’s no need to voluntarily restrict calories and starve.

If this is a fad diet it’s weird that it keeps outperforming its competitors, decade after decade.

I have one major objection, I would not recommend restricting salt when on a low-carb diet. It has no benefits and increases the risk of side effects like dizziness and fatigue.

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