Hundreds of Low Carb Doctors

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How many low carb doctors have you seen in one room? This could be a record. The ASBP obesity conference this weekend drew a record 350 participants, mostly doctors. The large majority of both the lecturers and the listeners were very positive to low carb. Why? Because it works.

So, hundreds of low carb doctors in one room. That’s a good start.

Personally I had a great time and learned a lot. I also got to meet up with friends like dr Eric Westman, Jimmy Moore, dr Mary Vernon and dr Jay Wortman. I also made a few new ones, like “Denver’s Diet Doctor” Jeffry Gerber. I’ll post a video interview with him later.

I was also granted a 45 minute video interview with none other than professor Loren Cordain. Should be interesting to listen to.

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  1. Alexandra M
    Q: How many low carb doctors does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: You shouldn't be using light bulbs. You should always choose full fat bulbs. :D

    (Sorry!)

    Looking forward to conference news! Were there also conventional wisdom types kicking up a fuss?

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  1. Laura
    How many low carb doctors in one room? Not ENOUGH should be the answer!
    Clearly as the world is still very fat.

    My poor mum who is 77 osteoporotic and morbidly obese with LOTS Of visceral fat was recently given a diet by a qualified nutritionist....I let you guess...high carb NO FAT!! she lost 5 kg in two weeks due to calory restriction and then as one expect she stopped almost completely...I intervened and told them what to do with the diet...

    Anyhooo we canno wait to hear more news...and yes what does Prof Cordain eat really....as much as he has been my initial paleo guru he is too low fat..I need lard
    Bye for now
    Laura

  2. FrankG
    How many low carb doctors does it take to change a paradigm? ;-)

    It is very heartening to see so many who remain open-minded. I'm really looking forward to hearing news from this conference and to see the video(s)

    Many thanks!

  3. Michelle
    Looking forward to the new vids. Thanks again Doc for all your efforts, they are appreciated.

    Michelle

  4. Kim
    It is very heartening to see so many doctors at this conference! I hope it increases every year! My desire now, is for this entire conference to be put online for ANYONE to see. Maybe then I can get MY doctor to visit! He rolled his eyes and told me that I should look out for Gout when I told him I was on the LowCarb diet (I wasn't about to add: AND High Fat! He probably would have thrown me out of his office! LOL). This is the reaction I get from ALL my doctors, INCLUDING my Naturopath who treats my hypothyroidism (he leans towards Vegan).
  5. Janknitz
    I think you attended ASBP last year, too. Do you see increased interest in LCHF compared to last year? Is it a small change or a big one?

    And please share a few "take away" points that you got from the lectures you attended. I'm very curious.

  6. Alexandra M
    Q: How many low carb doctors does it take to change a light bulb?

    A: You shouldn't be using light bulbs. You should always choose full fat bulbs. :D

    (Sorry!)

    Looking forward to conference news! Were there also conventional wisdom types kicking up a fuss?

  7. Margaretrc
    That's just plain awesome. Perhaps the tide is changing. One can only hope.
  8. Donna E
    So I sure wish those low-carb-friendly doctors would publish a directory so it wouldn't be so dang hard to find one of them near where one lives!!!!
  9. Zepp
    Watch it peopel.. probably you see the new tide coming in!

    And I do belive that consist of LC and Paleo, I think this gonna be the new focus!

    And to that statment.. some of those guys/girls some day gonna be professors, when the old ones retaires!

    Thats how paradim shifts!

  10. Galina L.
    @DonnaE,
    Here is the LC doctors finder.
    http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/
  11. If we are up to hundreds of low carb doctors the tipping point is just that much closer!
  12. Thank you Galina L. for the link. Unfortunately, there is only one Canadian doctor listed there and he is an optometrist! Only one in the whole of Canada!
    Oy vey...
  13. Alexandra M
    I really don't want to rain on the parade here, but there are 350,000 primary care doctors in the US alone (the total of all doctors in the US is close to 1 million), so 350 doctors at a conference is a drop in the bucket. But then, probably only a small percentage of doctors attend any kind of conferences. It's great that there are more attendees than ever, but there's not much you can tell from that.

    I also wonder, if the ASBP conference becomes a lovefest for low carbers, will the conventional wisdom folks start to just stay away?

    I'm sure the truth is spreading, but we're not done yet!

    Reply: #19
  14. Charlie L
    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' -Margaret Mead, attributed
  15. Janknitz
    "I also wonder, if the ASBP conference becomes a lovefest for low carbers, will the conventional wisdom folks start to just stay away?"

    Until patients start seeking out doctors who can really help them instead of putting up with doctors who only load them with platitudes and drugs. At some point the conventional wisdom folks are going to realize they are being left behind. I just hope it will be in my lifetime.

  16. nice! next time the number of participants will explode! Hopefully!
  17. Wade Henderson
    I was just wondering if there is a really well done study, lasting 1 or more years wherein you have three groups of people, all starting out with excess weight.

    #1, Control group, who keep eating as they have been.
    #2, The HFLC group as identified by the leading proponents.
    #3. The Very Low-Fat and "good quality" fairly high carb group

    I make the distinction on the #3 group, because clearly, the normal "lower fat, higher carb" way of eating that has developed over the past 20 years has been a disaster.
    When uses as the "comparison" it it easily beaten by the HFLC group, which by all accounts is indeed a good method to lose weight.,

    So I am looking for a study comparing the HFLC eating with some group doing a fairly strict version of the Dean Ornish, or Esselstyn low fat plan.
    And for 1+ years.

    Results both in terms of weight loss and blood lipids.

    With out respect or consideration of which is easier to follow, which I know is another important feature.

  18. Zepp
    Well one can seldom get what one want, but here is some studies!

    "Effects of low-carbohydrate vs low-fat diets on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factors: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16476868

    "A low-carbohydrate as compared with a low-fat diet in severe obesity."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12761364

    "Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN diets for change in weight and related risk factors among overweight premenopausal women: the A TO Z Weight Loss Study: a randomized trial."

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17341711

  19. Gregg Sheehan
    I think most doctors get better bonus payments by going to statins conferences, Alexandra. So 350 doctors at a low carb conference where the only bonus is gaining knowledge that might help their patients is a really good starting response!
  20. Richard David Feinman
    How many of these doctors would come to a march on Washington. How many would arrange to talk to their elected officials about stopping the USDA guidelines from generating another 5 years of misinformation. Or how many have a better idea on how to stop the low-fat, low-meat, high-carb recommendations of the doctors next door?
  21. Minh
    Is there a directory of doctors who practice lchf? I need to find a doctor who is not trying to give me statins all the time.
  22. Mark Richardson
    Just started lchf keto blood meter on the way. I'm not sure but ,I feel like I'm gaining weight. I must be eating more fat than I'm using. But I must say, my energy level is up and I really do feel great. I'm feeling fuller, more satisfied than I ever have in my life. Also I noticed the psoriasis patch I had on my ears has gone! This is exciting folks. Only been a couple of weeks. I didn't realize that pinto beans are full of carbs!. (I just had some with bacon in it.) Blood sugar still at 178 2 hrs after dinner. No more beans! I was so Careful all day!
    Start again tomorrow! Cheers everyone!

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