What happens in Vegas…


What happens in Vegas does not necessarily stay in Vegas. I’m here to report from the obesity conference. Pictured above is the lecture hall where a couple hundred participants are gathered. Probably this will increase as the last days contain the most interesting talks.

So far I’m positively surprised. Most of the doctors I’ve spoken to here realize that carbs and insulin are the biggest enemy of obese patients (not fat). Remember: these are doctors who actually treat obese patients. They see what works.

The people who completely deny any connection between carbs, insulin and fat accumulation tend to be academic researchers and theorists. They live in ivory towers, far removed from any human patient. That’s their problem. They have no experience in seeing what works.

Listening to these obesity doctors I’m very optimistic for the future. But there is a lot of work to do.


  1. CathyN
    I hope some of these obese doctors attend your lecture. I don't mean to sound cruel, but I don't know any other way to say it. From the picture, there are some there who have quite a problem
  2. SharonV
    Pardon me, but I fail to see anyone in the above picture tha seems obese. A few could stand to lose a few pounds, as many of us do, but none rounder than they are tall.

    The 'Ivory Tower' syndrome affects many sectors, but none so ludicrously harmful as when it is within the health care system. Hopefully this will change faster when more studies come out proving our way of life is healthy.

  3. Diane
    Where I work some academics are working on an artificial pancreas. I hope it helps Type I diabetics. Otherwise, it seems like a huge waste of resources when simple diet changes work so well.
  4. paulcunningham
    Good to hear the message its starting to get through, it'll be a while before the grain industry stats to admit it's mistakes though, if ever.
  5. Clparr
    Guy in yellow shirt on right. Guy in another yellow shirt farther off on the left. Woman in red sweater/jacket. Guy in white shirt w/red tie who's talking. Guy in white shirt heading toward the back behind the main group in front. Quite a few more who are borderline. The only "thin" person I see is highwater pants woman wearing the sneakers (and I'm not saying she's the only attractive or worthwhile person there). Not meant to condemn these people, but some are apparently victims of the current dogma as well as us ordinary people.
  6. SharonV
    I'm not saying they are all at healthy weight, there are a few with 10-20 lbs to lose, but that is not obese. Have we lost compassion for those who are simply overweight, jumping to call them obese? In finding 'the answer' are we quicker to judge others?
  7. hell-i
    The problem with those doctors - and number of them clearly are beyond "a few lbs " - is that they're falling into the same category as bad shrinks:

    They're trying to cure themselves; are unsuccessful but hey, still making money anyway...

  8. Licia
    Keep in mind that most people who are obese really don't look terribly obese. The majority of people in that image DO look obese. My figure is about the same as the woman in the black & white print shirt, and by what the scale says, I am obese. That's even after losing 50 lbs since Jan when I cut grains from my diet. Another 50 to go and I won't fit that term anymore.

    As to the carb/insulin connection, we can only hope that someday soon somebody important will bring it to the attention of the gov't so that they'll stop their campaign of feeding diabetics "healthy whole grains". If anyone could convince the media darling (and not much else IMHO), Dr. Oz, maybe enough stink would be made by his fans to get some change made.

  9. ShannonCC
    Obese is a medical term. I was shocked to find out I'm medically obese because I was also thinking of it in the manner it's usually used. I also thought it meant 400 lb people who can barely move, not me. But I look like the woman (I think?) in red in the middle of the picture and I am medically obese.
  10. Stephanie
    I don't see how all of this talk of how fat the people attending the conference are is relevant. You don’t know their story or why they are there.
    I got to low carb and then paleo after I had lost 15% of my body weight (on a low fat diet) and had just horrible markers. My triglycerides were 600 and fasting glucose was 99. My LDL and HDL were both in range of "normal".
    At the same time my TSH was 16 (which is very high) and the conventional doc treated it for 2 1/2 years without ever diagnosing the cause of my hypothyroid, which has been recently diagnosed as Hashimoto's disease and my new doc is taking a more aggressive approach to treatment.
    I have not been able to lose weight for almost 3 years, not for lack of following a low carb paleo diet.
    I think it is a good idea to keep in mind that a lot of people have been given a lot of bad information regarding diet and the damage to our bodies from the years of avoiding arterycloggingsaturatedfat and emphasis on healthywholegrains quite possibly could have done permanent damage.
    My focus is on keeping my A1C and CRP levels low. If I ever manage to get my hormones balanced out the fat loss will come as a result.
  11. hell-i
    Sorry if I have to insist on this but - the point we were trying to make was that these people get paid to come to conferences as experts in a field they seem to know so little about they can't even stop themselves from being overweight.

    Although you'd think they'd at least be able to diagnose themselves as suffering from a thyroid dysfunction; no escuses there. Like I said:
    They can't even heal themselves, which is okay if you're a one-legged surgeon operating on someone's leg, but not in the field of nutrition.

  12. CathyN

    The criticism of these doctors from my point of view is that so many of us (myself included) have been harmed by their incorrect and harmful advice. And there they are, supposed specialists in their fields and victims of their own medical advice. I was not dissing overweight people, just making a remark about our mislead and rather mypoic medical profession.

    I understand the damage that you are overcoming. I have also been dealing with systemic problems from years of eating wheat and sugar and believing the "healthywholegrain" rubbish. It can be a long journey back to health. I'm sending you a big kudos for your perserverence and pluck.

    Here's hoping that some of these docs will gain new insight and a renewed curiosity about what really causes obesity and ill health, and a desire to change their thinking.

  13. SharonV
    I stand corrected, everyone. I've been noticing negative attitudes towards those who are obese lately, at work and elsewhere, and I over- reacted.
  14. Galina L.
    Would it be better if they were naturally thin individuals who think it would be enough to walk regularly, not to eat high-reward fast-food often and consume blueberries with oatmeal everyday(because it so obviously works for them)? At least obese people understand that "move more, eat less" doesn't work.
    I am in the same position regarding Hashimodo, as you. Make sure you are taking Armour thyroid - the difference is unbelievable. It took me 4 years of LC, IF, not snacking and eating 2 times a day to lose mere 35 lb. Luckily it was enough, but I would be stack if I decided to be below 25 BMI. Now it is 27.
  15. ShannonCC
    I don't think I will ever be slim at this point, but like has been said, I have had great health gains from going LCHF. I wish I had found this way of eating 20 (or 40) years ago and I probably would have saved myself a lot of grief.

    And I hate it when people pick on or make fun of people just because they are fat.

    I do think it's a valid point to make though that I probably wouldn't take advice on obesity from a doctor who was obese. Sort of like taking advice on lung cancer from a doctor who smokes. Or going to a hairdresser who has a bad cut.

    Though maybe some people get into obesity research because they are frustrated at being overweight or obese themselves? It's a thought.

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