The engineer who knows more than your doctor – full interview

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?

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.

About the interview

Table of contents:

  0:22  Ivor had to do his own research
  3:05  What Ivor did
  4:57  The Fat Emperor
  9:30  How did we end up here and what is the way forward?


Recorded in February 2016 in Vail, Colorado, published in March 2016.
Camera operators: Max Thedeby, Isabel Savén and Simon Victor
Light: Max Thedeby
Sound and editing: Simon Victor
Interviewer: Andreas Eenfeldt


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Ivor Cummins’ blog The Fat Emperor

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  1. Lori Miller
    It raises the question, it doesn't beg the question. To beg the question assumes a premise, as in circular reasoning. For example, engineers shouldn't try to cure themselves of a liver problem because they aren't doctors.
  2. Pierre
    "Can an engineer know more about how to get healthy than his doctor, in fact more than his three doctors?"

    Have you ever tried to tell somebody around you to modify his or her diet?

    I did and my succes is nearly zezo.

    Can you imagine a doctor passing all is day to tell people stop smoking, stop binging on junk food and sugar, do a little exercise, etc.

    And at the end of your speech they would ask about a quick fix with a pill !

    That's why they don't bother.

    I guess only 1% of people are receptive to the message and can make changes, the rest is too addicted to junk food to make permanent changes.

  3. Barbara
    That does not relieve the doctor of the obligation to tell THIS patient the correct information - IF they even know what to tell him...
  4. Apicius
    Not sure I'm following your logic, Pierre. I've been told by doctors to eat less fat, reduce meat and increase fruit, replace butter with margarine, reduce calories, and eat healthy whole grains. They were WRONG, and not bored enough to repeat their useless diatribe.
  5. Julie
    The doctors put you on medication and to me, that is a mask. I was diagnosed with diabetes . I started the metformin and was vomiting, through the night. I decided to try it my way. I begin walking, taught myself to count carbs and cut out starches and sugars out of my diet. I did a lot of research...lost 40 pounds and less than a year later, I was diagnosed diabetes free. Just because you do it yourself, doesn't mean you stop doctor visits. My doctor is thrilled with my results.
  6. TIM
    cause and or people..great work Pierre and great interview.
  7. Bill
    My calcium score was 2234.... Good video and good info. Off to look at more because if this. Love the Fat Emperor podcasts too...
  8. Penelope P.
    This is absolutely fascinating information! One thing that I'm very curious about is how/why the engineer is still probably 30 pounds overweight. Is this because he's actually a very healthy slightly overweight person, as opposed to being someone who is a very unhealthy skinny person? I'd like to know more about what his perspective is on outward signs of being overweight vs. being truly healthy on the inside. I'd also like to know if he is following the Standard Ketogenic Diet or if he's simply low carb.

    I have almost 70 pounds to lose and I'm super curious about the details.

    Thank you!

  9. Dianne
    Thirty pounds overweigh? I don't think so.

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