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Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong”

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The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong. That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence:

BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions

Instead of worrying about saturated fats or cholesterol, the cardiologists advise people to eat “real food” (like a higher-fat Mediterranean diet), stop smoking and consider stress reduction and regular physical activity. See the image above.

Here’s the main message in the editorial by Dr. Aseem Malhotra and colleagues:

It is time to shift the public health message in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease away from measuring serum lipids and reducing dietary saturated fat.

Coronary artery disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and it can be reduced effectively by walking 22 minutes a day and eating real food.

The media is all over the message this morning. It gets criticism from some experts, and support from many others:

If you ask me the experts are likely to be right. It’s certainly time to stop obsessing about saturated fats and LDL cholesterol, as the link to heart disease in likely to be nonexistent and weak, respectively. If eating low-fat foods make you hungry and cause you to increase intake of sugar and refined carbs (as often happens) it may even be harmful.

Many experts are still stuck in an old failed paradigm, still fearing natural fats. It’s time to let it go. Fat is your friend.

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The Low-Carb Doctor Who Couldn’t Be Silenced


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Can it be dangerous for a physician to talk about nutrition with his patients? So dangerous that the authorities tell him to never, ever talk about nutrition again?

Dr. Gary Fettke is a low-carb messenger who, in a similar way to Professor Noakes in South Africa, authorities have tried to silence. All for giving his patients empowering nutritional advice, like avoiding carbs for people with obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Fortunately, Dr. Fettke absolutely refuses to be silenced. In our interview, he explains what has happened to him. And why it is a matter of principle to stand up against dietary dogma.

You can watch a segment from the interview above (transcript). The full video is available on our member site:

The Doctor Who Couldn’t Be Silenced – Dr. Gary Fettke

Join free for a month to get instant access to this and hundreds of other low-carb TV videos. Plus Q&A with experts and our awesome low-carb meal planner service.

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Reversing Diabetes With Virta on The Doctors

Watch Sami Inkinen and Dr. Sarah Hallberg being interviewed on The Doctors about Virta Health, their tech company reversing type 2 diabetes using a ketogenic diet.

The first part is above, and the second one below. Continue Reading →

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Professor Schofield: End Chocolate-Selling As a Fundraiser

Professor Grant Schofield, health adviser to the New Zealand government and proponent of a low-carb, high-fat diet, wants to see an end to the selling of chocolate as a fundraiser in schools:

Fundraising through confectionery just isn’t a good look. Families like mine end up with 60-plus chocolate bars in the house.

We don’t want to have to ask others to buy them and don’t want to return them so we end up with that many bars. They will get eaten and we don’t need that much sugar in our house. Surely we can do something more imaginative.

Sounds like an excellent idea.

The New Zealand Herald: New Government Health Adviser Hopes to End the Sale of Chocolate As a Fundraiser in Schools

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Our Second Winner

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Congratulations to Fran – she won the contest for our existing members and we’re sending her the amazing prize package.

Here’s her story about how she ended up at Diet Doctor:

I started following you on Twitter, based on following such people as Gary Taubes and Peter Attia. From there I saw the articles and videos you linked to on your site. You, and the articles, were a major factor in getting me back to low-carb eating. In fact, you introduced me to the idea of low-carb, high fat, and for that, I am eternally grateful. Continue Reading →

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Professor Noakes on Winning His Trial

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The fantastic news that Professor Noakes has been found not guilty reached us last Friday. Here’s his response to the verdict, on video:

News 24 Video: WATCH: Tim Noakes Elated with Not Guilty Verdict

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Professor Lustig: “Insulin Drives All of the Behaviors Seen in Obesity”

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The only way to fight the diabesity epidemic effectively is to switch to a low-sugar diet with real food, argues Professor Robert Lustig. That way your insulin (the fat-storing hormone) dramatically drops and you can lose weight effortlessly.

In contrast to popular false beliefs, weight loss and health should not be a constant battle uphill through calorie restriction, which simply doesn’t work:

Following current dietary advice is counterintuitive to achieving a healthy weight.

The reason is the myth of energy balance. If you believe this, then you believe that obesity is a physics problem; too much energy in, too little energy out. Energy balance assumes that all calories are equal, no matter where they come from. Rather, obesity is about energy deposition into fat tissue. Obesity is a biochemistry problem, and where those nutrients came from determine where they go in the body. It’s called nutritional biochemistry and it shows that all calories are not created equal.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Dietary Factions Are Hurting the Fight Against Obesity

If you prefer to watch Professor Lustig discuss the issue in a new interview, check out the link below at 5:21:

ABC News: The Damage Sugar Does to Us

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Top Heart Professor Advises Millions to Stop Taking Statins

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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don’t lower the risk of death, according to leading heart Professor Sherif Sultan. Furthermore, the side effects often outweigh any benefits:

Prof Sultan also highlighted studies showing a link with statins and increased risk of side effects including diabetes, cataracts, renal failure, liver failure, impotence, breast cancer, nerve damage, depression and muscle pains.

He said: “People are taking this drug to prevent a problem and creating a disaster.”

Express: Statins ‘Don’t Cut Heart Deaths Risk’ Says Leading Heart Professor

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Clean Out Your Fat-Free ‘Healthy’ Substitutes for Spring

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It’s time for spring cleaning. And according to Nina Teicholz, writing for the Washington Post, it’s time to put egg-white-only omelets, agave syrup and soy milk where they belong (in the trash). Fill up on real low-carb foods instead and you’ll do your health a favor:

Government nutrition guidelines and magazine advice columns have long promoted healthy substitutes for everyday foods. Whole industries have been built around alternate foods that are supposed to make us feel better and live longer. But in many cases, the healthiest choice is to forgo the “healthy” substitutes.

The Washington Post: Spring Cleaning: Healthy Substitutes

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