The engineer who knows more than your doctor

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. And when blood tests showed liver problems – the very common issue fatty liver – Cummins set out to find the solution to the problem. And 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 a few weeks ago and it’s a truly interesting and insightful story. Above is a short segment from it.

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The Engineer Who Knows More Than Your Doctor


Ivor Cummins’ blog The Fat Emperor

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  1. chris c
    Ivor's blog is thoroughly recommended, though it's principally a video blog and I'm old fashioned enough that I *read* faster than I watch videos. Especially watch his interview with Joseph Kraft, now in his nineties. If he'd been believed all that time ago most of us would probably not be here.
  2. Michael
    Sorry. Not buying it. It is common knowledge to all physicians that fatty liver can be reversed through nutrition. This is actually told to patients daily. If he doesn't think he was told this, he was tuned out when all three told him. The funny thing is nothing on this site is not already known by your physician. Getting your insurance company to let it all happen is a different story..or the hospital etc.
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  3. Ivor cummins
    Wrong Michael - it was exactly as I told it. My brother actually diagnosed with fatty liver via scan (he is slim). Doc told him to lower his fat intake right down, and eat plenty fruit etc. I told him the exact opposite. Doc was confused a few weeks later with his bloods - they improved too fast - unsettled him. He then got angry when my brother told him the solution - and handed him a food pyramid sheet. You couldn't make it up. This is the just the way it is.


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  4. Jane
    Here is my take on all this. I have for more than a decade thought we should pay more attention to outliers. In a short presentation, one cannot possibly cover (and an engineer cannot possibly know and intuit) individual differences. Mr. Cummins is covering the basics in his presentations. Yes to that. But it does come off as too glib and self congratulatory for his knowledge base. Too many folks in their chosen fields become hidebound, yes. But then there's the phenomenon of the outsider "expert" who has no perspective and no humility and no real skepticism. Please do not play that game, Mr. Cummins. I sincerely hope my incipient misgivings about the 2017 presentation I just watched are based solely on my limited knowledge of your entire message. As for my own story: since May 1, 2017 I have been on a portion-controlled, no-processed-sugar, no-processed-foods eating plan, mostly fruits and vegetables with high quality fats and protein, along with minimally-processed grains. I dropped 60# over 12 months (normal BMI) and feel better than I have in decades. The markers you mention are interesting and I will follow up. I do love your problem-solving approach (I almost switched to engineering mid-career because of the risk management angle inherent in engineering. It's all about risk assessment and prevention, ain't it?). But do, do be careful of the outsider expert phenomenon. And don't rest on these laurels. You don't know everything, nor does anyone. Guard against the same group think that is so prevalent (and intellectually stultifying) in clinical human medicine. Find people you trust who question your assumptions and keep you from going very far down the wrong path. Thank you!
  5. Grey
    Portion controlled is the key.
  6. Tim Josling
    Chris C:

    Bear in mind you can speed up the videos on youtube up to 2X speed which makes it quite tolerable. And there are browser add-ons that go even faster.

  7. Otis Snaith
    Jane I take your point about arrogance but in my experience arrogance combined with ignorance is well and truly covered by the medical professionals themselves.

    After watching a lot of Ivan's videos and reading his book he is well calibrated in his knowledge and knows what he doesn't know.

    This is in marked contrast to medical specialists I have seen who have told me some complete and utter nonsense over the years.

  8. John
    We can all knit pick credentials and details all day long, but at the end of the day, the data Ivor presents speaks for itself and as for me, a fellow engineer who is well versed in problem solving, I do value this approach of re-assessing the published data in a more meaningful way that sheds real practical light on the most relevant issues to reduce risk....the old 80/20 rule. Kudos Ivor.
  9. LaJuan Jackso
    Hi Dr. Ivor we (myself LaJuan and David) found you on YouTube researching athlerscolorisis, my boyfriend David had a calcium scan done and it came back with a 1398 score. His cardiologist wanted to put him on a statin. After doing some research on the statin found out that there could be some serious side effects. We are also following Dr. Eric Berg, I've been doing his keto/if since August last year and David changed his eating but really started the keto around April. He has both dementia and Alzheimer's on both sides of his family. His cholesterol levels were on point so those aren't the issues. David is taking Dr. Berg's vitamins and recently was told to increase the K2, K1, MK2,4,7, more magnesium and EDTA and on one of his videos IP6.

    The question is can he lower his calcium level if he takes the statin? That is where we are. We are 56 years old. We're sure we both had insulin resistance. We are coming to Dr. Berg's Keto Summit and hope to meet and visit with you as we've heard wonderful things about you. Please if you can give us some insight on this. Statin's should not be our first option.

  10. Roey Kestelman
    Yep. As a doctor myself (albeit a veterinarian), I can attest to the old fashioned brainwashing and wrong paradigm that has conquered Nutrition studies in the academic world and during conferences / continuous education.
    Delved into The Cholesterol Conundrum couple of years ago and can’t thank you enough!
  11. Carol
    LaJuan, I’m not a Dr so I can speak where the professionals have to be careful what they say. My husband had a very high CAC score like yours and we got it down by 300 points in a year by doing what You’re doing. Follow Ivor. Reverse metabolic syndrome. Drive fasting insulin down and the disease process reverses. NO STATINS !
  12. Connor
    Ya like that physician in Florida. He was really on the ball.

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