Become A Charter Member Of ‘The LLVLC Show Fan Club’ With This Special Offer By October 31

Filed under: Health — @ October 22, 2010

The past few years for “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast have been nothing short of spectacular as literally tens of thousands of people each week are finding and listening to this twice-weekly Top 20 Fitness & Nutrition podcast on iTunes thanks in large part to the amazing word of mouth marketing that so many of you have engaged in telling your friends, co-workers, family, and patients about it. I’m sincerely grateful for all of the wonderful support that people have given me over the years to get to do what I do speaking with some of the best and brightest voices in the field of diet, exercise, and health and then sharing them with you. For someone who has never been educated or trained in broadcasting and conducting interviews, I am humbled by the enthusiastic response to the work I am doing.

My faithful listeners have long been asking me about how they can become even more engaged in the behind-the-scenes workings of the show to get the inside scoop about what’s coming next. I’ve heard people ask specifically for access to transcripts of the most popular podcasts, a listing of the interviews I’m currently working on with the ability to ask questions of those guests, to have sneak peek of audio from not-yet-released interviews and more. My amazing podcast producer Kevin Kennedy-Spaein and I have been discussing how to best do this for a while in an effort to meet the demands of our biggest fans and we think we’ve got just the answer for you.

Introducing “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show Fan Club!”

This is for all intents and purposes the quintessential destination for people who can’t get enough of this podcast that goes much deeper than discussion about the low-carb lifestyle. Yes, I speak with a lot of people who are supporters of carbohydrate-restricted diets, but I also talk with fitness gurus, people who support alternative eating plans, those who have interesting theories and beliefs regarding health and much more. Wouldn’t you love to have a chance to know who’s coming up in my schedule to be able to ask them questions BEFORE I interview them? Keep in mind that my interviews are pre-recorded and air sometimes as much as 5-6 months afterwards. Members of the “fan club” would know all about who’s coming and likely will have their question asked on the air just for signing up to be a part of this exciting new addition to “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

Some of the other perks you will enjoy as a member include exclusive snippets of upcoming not-yet-aired interviews, news and updates on potential interview guests I am working on booking on the show, transcripts of past episodes of the most popular podcasts (which will be constantly added each month), and so much more! Right now the site is in Beta mode as we are set to launch it full force beginning December 1, 2010 at the regular cost of $59.99 ($5/month) yearly. But for those of you who can’t wait to get in on the action and become a charter member of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show Fan Club”, we have a very special deal just for you available now through October 31, 2010. With my recording schedule kicking back into full swing in the months of November and December, we wanted to give our listeners a chance to get in on the ground floor of this exciting new project by offering some extra incentives for signing up right away.

First, you’ll get ONE MONTH FREE on your one-year subscription when you sign up by October 31, 2010. The month of November has nearly a dozen podcast interviews which will air in early 2011 and you’ll be the first to know about them. As I stated earlier, you’ll be able to send me questions to ask these guests before I interview them. My recording schedule will always be available on the “fan club” side of the podcast and early charter members will be the first to know about who is coming. Additionally, we have a few transcripts of popular podcasts like the one I did with Dr. Kurt Harris earlier this year, for example. Many more will be added as the transcriptions are completed.

Second, although the regular price will be $59.99/year beginning on December 1, 2010, if you sign up by October 31, 2010, then you’ll get the special introductory rate of just $39.99. When you add in the free month we’re giving you, that’s 13 months at around $3/month to be the ultimate insider of the inner workings of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.”

Finally, to sweeten the deal just a little more, I’ve decided to offer the first 50 people who sign up a complimentary e-book copy of both of my books: Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb and my latest 21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb. These e-books are valued at $25 and will be e-mailed to you after you sign up as our way of saying THANK YOU for your willingness to be the first ones to sign up for the “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show Fan Club.”

So there you have it! Sign up by October 31, 2010 and you’ll get 13 months for just $39.99 plus the two free e-books! We will not be taking registrations during the month of November as we prepare for the full-fledged launch coming December 1, 2010. Get in on the action NOW so you don’t miss your chance to be a part of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show Fan Club.”

Check out TheLivinLaVidaLowCarbShow.com/FanClub for more information about signing up and logging in to this special members-only access web site! THANK YOU so much for your support of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast. See you behind-the-scenes!

‘Modern Medicine Is Killing You’ But Dr. Raj Nijhawan Believes People Must Educate And Empower Themselves

Filed under: Health — @ October 21, 2010

In Episode 412 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear a very timely interview with a practicing physician, anesthesiologist, and medical researcher named Dr. Raj Nijhawan who became so frustrated by what he was seeing in the healthcare industry that he decided to pull the curtain back and exposing the dirty secrets of what is happening in modern medicine. His forthcoming book set to be released in early November 2010 entitled Modern Medicine Is Killing You: Start Your Healthcare Revolution Now! helps educate the patient about ways they can take back control of their own health beyond the conventional medical wisdom. Listen to Dr. Nijhawan talk about how his own personal health struggles made him become more aware of the “mistakes” in healthcare, the ineffective bureaucracy that happens within healthcare that leads to poor health management, why healthcare has become so discombobulated and who’s to blame, the lack of outcome accountability in healthcare, why the “fee for service” needs to be eliminated, whether universal healthcare coverage is going to bankrupt the healthcare system because of chronic disease that is preventable through nutrition and lifestyle changes, why he believes modern medicine is literally “killing you,” his desire for a “functional” healthcare market, the pending “revolution” that is coming up regarding the frustration people are feeling over their healthcare, why he believes vouchers for healthcare are ideal, what he means by modern medicine being “unintelligent,” why 85% of bypass surgeries and stents have been completely unnecessary, who has the incentive to pursue the best price for the healthcare provided, why he favors health savings accounts, why modern medicine is not helping us live longer, how you can be more powerful than your physician regarding treating your health, why 80% of continuing education of physicians and medical journals are paid for by the pharmaceutical companies, how drug ads are so manipulative and effective in marketing directly to the patient, and how easily the solution to the problem could be implemented.

Dr. Mark Haub’s ‘Little Debbie’ Diet Attempts To Prove A Point About Human Nutrition

Filed under: In The News,Study — @ October 20, 2010

Think back for a moment about all of the sugary snacks you used to consume prior to beginning your healthy low-carb lifestyle. Yes, I realize it’s a scary thought process but hearken back for a moment to the days when you could put down some of your favorite guilty pleasures. Prior to going on the Atkins diet in January 2004, mine was one thing that is very prevalent in our culture and likely a huge culprit in the current obesity epidemic–Little Debbie snack cakes! For people who are familiar with my story, I have admitted to downing upwards of two boxes of these carbohydrate-laden snack cakes in one sitting on multiple occasions before I beat my sugar/carb addiction for good nearly seven years ago. It was nothing for me to buy 10 boxes of these snack cakes (10 for $10 when I caught them on sale!) and have two boxes of Swiss Cake Rolls, Nutty Buddy, Oatmeal Cakes, Star Crunch and/or Fudge Rounds while watching television. I shudder to think about all that I was consuming in the form of pure unadulterated garbage all those years and there’s no doubt my Little Debbie habit was a major contributor to weighing in excess of 400 pounds.
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Sally Pacholok: Vitamin B12 Deficiency Leading To Multiple Misdiagnoses

Filed under: Health — @ October 19, 2010

In Episode 411 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” I’m happy to have registered nurse Sally Pacholok from B12 Awareness to talk about how so many chronic diseases are misdiagnosed as something else when they are in fact related to a deficiency in Vitamin B12. She co-wrote a comprehensive book on this subject with Dr. Jeffrey Stuart called Could It Be B12?: An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses. Listen to Sally talk about how her own personal enlarged red blood cells that led her to researching Vitamin B12, why doctors think Vitamin B12 deficiency only happens in the elderly, how she became so passionate about educating the public about Vitamin B12 after the failure of the conventional wisdom from physicians, why mainstream physicians need to take this issue more seriously for the sake of the health of their patients, why the daily recommended dose of Vitamin B12 is way too low, why the dosage should be at least 1000 mcg in a lozenge form, how a blood test can determine how much Vitamin B12 you need to take, why the guidelines need to be changed for how much Vitamin B12 should be consumed, how the common signs of aging are actually Vitamin B12 deficiency, the statistics of Vitamin B12 deficiency occurrence, why people are so grossly misdiagnosed with their Vitamin B12 deficiency, how there comes a point when people have become too damaged by their lack of Vitamin B12, the misunderstanding of terms that confuses the public, the severe lack of nutrition training in medical school, how the diabetes medication Metformin may be impacting Vitamin B12 blood levels, the gastrointestinal drugs and nitrous oxide that deplete Vitamin B12 leading to severe deficiency symptoms, the emergence of Vitamin B12 deficiency possibly leading to developmental delay and autism, how veganism can lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency unless you adequately supplement, how a patient can get properly tested with a blood, urine or homocysteine test, why children under the age of 12 need to have the urine test done, the ideal Vitamin B12 levels you should shoot for, the dangers of gastric bypass patients becoming severely Vitamin B12 deficient, the kind of supplements people can consume to get Vitamin B12, why getting a Vitamin B12 shot is the most ideal and affordable way to get it, her disappointment in the apathetic response to her “Year of B12 Awareness” campaign in 2009, the impact she made in the state of Alabama involving the governor of that state, how people can join her in educating others about Vitamin B12 deficiency, and who should be tested for Vitamin B12.

If you’ve ever wanted to know about what’s so important about Vitamin B12, then CLICK HERE to listen to this podcast that’s just for you!

Review: ‘Fat And Cholesterol Are Good For You’ by Uffe Ravnskov

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We’ve always heard seemingly since the beginning of time that dietary fat and cholesterol are some of the most unhealthy substances we could possibly put inside of our bodies. After all, eating fat and cholesterol is what makes us fat, clogs our arteries leading to heart attacks and stroke, and is simply asking for trouble that could result in a premature death. With the possibility of any of this being true, people have dutifully shunned foods like butter, fatty meats and cheeses, egg, heavy cream, and more in favor of so-called “healthy” substitutes like margarine, tofu, fat-free cheeses, egg whites, and skim milk. What has that gotten us? MORE obesity, MORE heart disease, and even the premature death of people like my brother Kevin at the age of 41 who did everything “right” by ditching the fat and cholesterol. But what if all of the “experts” who have been force-feeding these negative messages about fat and cholesterol were dead wrong? What if instead of being bad for you these things are actually in all honesty GOOD for you? This may sound preposterous in a heavily lipophobic society, but that’s the exact premise of Dr. Uffe Ravnskov’s outstanding book entitled Fat And Cholesterol Are Good For You.

Dr. Stephen ‘Gluten Free Doctor’ Wangen Says Wheat Allergies Driving Chronic Disease

Filed under: Health — @ October 15, 2010

In Episode 410 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from naturopathic physician Dr. Stephen Wangen at The IBS Treatment Center who has an outstanding book called Healthier Without Wheat: A New Understanding of Wheat Allergies, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance. Dr. Wangen is the food allergies expert and likes to call himself the “Gluten Free Doctor” since wheat seems to be the most popular food allergy. Listen to Dr. Wangen discuss his own personal gluten intolerance and how it impacted how he treated his patients, why avoiding wheat isn’t just for people with Celiac disease anymore, what gluten is and why it can be detrimental to the health of people with sensitivities to it, the overabundance of wheat in virtually everything in the food supply, what the manifestations are of someone who is sensitive to gluten, why low-carbers are seeing improvements because of reductions in wheat, how wheat became such a staple of the American diet and how we can break that culture, why organic versions of wheat-based foods aren’t any healthier for people with gluten allergies, why going gluten-free may not be enough to help people dealing with weight and health issues, the incremental elimination approach he takes with his patient’s diet, how the triggering of inflammation leads to so many health issues, what are some of the foods that people with gluten sensitivities should be eating, the shocking statistics of chronic illness people are dealing with that could be tied to food allergies and sensitivities, the lack of focus on finding the trigger in disease, why doctors would rather push a pill than encourage dietary changes, how wheat can be so addicting, what kind of tests need to be run to know if you have Celiac disease, why Celiac disease has seemed to become more prevalent in recent years, whether a wheat allergy is a quality of life issue or ultimately life-threatening, the not-so-obvious products that have gluten in them, the restaurants that are catering to the gluten-free crowd, why you can’t trust the marketing on the front packaging of foods, the importance of consuming Vitamin D3, why patients need to be their own best health advocate, why some people who cut out gluten still don’t see improvements, and how antibiotics can be more detrimental than good.

Jimmy Moore’s Top 10 Low-Carb Movers & Shakers Of 2010

Filed under: Health — @ October 14, 2010

A few years ago when my blog was online for just a few months, I wanted to find a way to recognize the people within the low-carb community who were having the greatest impact on behalf of healthy low-carb living on our culture. Thus was birthed my annual Top 10 Low-Carb Movers & Shakers where I give accolades to the people I feel are helping to advance the overall message of livin’ la vida low-carb the most. Yes, it’s a completely subjective list just as most of these kind of things are. While you may not agree with all of my choices or think there are people more worthy of appearing on this list, there’s no denying the influence that each of these people have made on low-carb over the past twelve months. The overall goal of making the message of carbohydrate-restriction more mainstream is being accomplished thanks to the efforts of the ten names you are about to read. Some are obvious and others may surprise you. But one thing’s for certain–these are my Top 10 Low-Carb Movers & Shakers of 2010 (in case you missed my lists from previous years, see who made it in 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005).

Click here to see if your favorite low-carb personality cracked the Top 10 or made the honorable mentions list.

Mostly Raw Foods Vegan Evelyn Parham From ‘Become A Healthier You’

Filed under: Health — @ October 12, 2010

It’s exciting times at “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show.” We are coming to the end of 2010 and it’s time for YOU to pick your favorite podcast interviews from this past year for our special “Encore Week 2011″ coming the first full week of January. We need your votes for up to 10 guests along with questions for them sent to LLVLCShow@gmail.com. Plus, we’re working on a special paid subscription side “fan club” of the podcast which will include transcripts of the most popular podcast episodes, access to snippets from upcoming not-yet-aired podcasts, exclusive access to the behind-the-scenes workings of the show, the opportunity to ask questions of specific guests before the podcast airs, and so much more. We’re gonna try to roll this out sometime before the end of the year, so be looking for it! We’ll have a special deal for those of you who want to become charter members of the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show Fan Club.” COMING SOON!

In Episode 409 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Evelyn Parham, a mostly raw foods vegan blogger who is putting herself out there providing information about diet and health. I went to high school and college with Evelyn and knew her long before I was active in the low-carb world and ages before she went vegan/vegetarian. We took different paths to health and both of us are now committed to providing information to our respective audiences. Listen to Evelyn talk about why she chose the raw foods vegan path to health, the elimination diet she pursued to help with some female issues she was dealing with, why she isn’t hung up on being a purist vegan where she never has meat, how she listens to her body and admits that it’s hard to get the proper amount of fat and protein from a raw foods vegan diet, her weight loss experience on a vegan diet, the fibroid tumors she was dealing with that required her to make dietary changes (removing the dairy and red meat), the role of sugar in her diet, her experiment with going 100% raw vegan for a period of time, why she doesn’t know her lipid panel and other key blood work, the gestational diabetes she dealt with during her pregnancy, why she started a blog to become a guru about a plant-based diet, why she isn’t monopolistic in her thinking about health, why she believes meat isn’t necessarily the best choice for your health, the physical response to trying a meatless diet, why consuming starchy carbs can make you constipated, her health-related YouTube videos, how she befriended a low-carb blogger named Michelle, why she is about helping people find their path to health even if it’s not vegan, her exposure to the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, and her once-in-a-while podcast show.

Click here to listen to my interview with Evelyn Parham.

Reader E-mail: How Come So Many Low-Carb Leaders Are Still Overweight?

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If there’s one thing I hope you can always count on from me when you read my blog, it’s this: I’m never one to shy away from the topics that matter the most when it comes to weight loss and health–even if that means diving into subjects that are less than desirable for someone putting himself out there as an example of what low-carb living is all about. My sincerest desire is to be as open and honest with you my readers even if it doesn’t necessarily put me in the best light so that we can all learn from our shared experiences about this lifestyle change. These are things that go much deeper than what any one person is going through while eating low-carb and could actually help shed some light on problems that many of you might be going through as well.

Today I’ve got a really juicy one for you to ponder that’s probably gonna ruffle a few feathers of people who’d rather I never even broach this subject. That’s okay because I think this is precisely the kind of thing that is most important to get out there in the open, have meaningful discussions about publicly, and dispel some of the rumors that tend to creep into the culture about healthy low-carb living. Yes, I realize this is quite controversial but it is something I’ve been meaning to address for a very long time and now seems to be the appointed moment. A recent e-mail from one of my faithful readers rekindled the subject in my mind and I’d like to share it with you as a starting point in looking at this more closely. You can tell it pained her to write this to me and I was very grateful for the tact she used in approaching me with this. Here’s the e-mail she wrote about her observations of low-carb leaders and her concerns about their weight:

Hey Jimmy,

Okay, I have to ask this because you are the only person I could think of that would hopefully understand and not take offense…I always listen to your podcast show and love it…so I am fan…saying that…I have often wondered when looking into the “low carb world,” aside from movie stars, why are there not skinnier low carb representatives? If it really works, why do most of the blog sites, authors and speakers seem to be on the heavier side? Is it due to insulin problems that have ruined the metabolism, lack of exercise, not adhering to the diet? I understand the health benefits, but was confused by this. I know this probably sounds super offensive and that’s not how I meant it. Shamefully, a lot of us choose diets depending on how the representative looks, not always feels, sad but true. But why not feel great AND look great?

Click here to read my response to this important question about the people representing low-carb living.

Dr. John Briffa: Eating ‘A Bit Paleo’ Low-Carb Is Necessary For Optimal Health

Filed under: Health — @ October 8, 2010

In Episode 408 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome back to the podcast a UK-based physician and low-carb enthusiast Dr. John Briffa to discuss the details of his new book Waist Disposal: The Ultimate Fat Loss Manual For Men. Dr. Briffa was previously on this podcast in 2009 and his writings are frequently featured in British publications like The Observer where he is a regular contributor. He is certainly one of the leading voices on behalf of carbohydrate-restricted diets for health and weight loss not just in the UK but in the world today and I’m pleased to share with you my conversation with Dr. Briffa today.

Listen to Dr. John Briffa discuss why he became a champion for helping people live healthy lifestyles through nutrition after dealing with some personal health issues himself just after graduating from medical school, how he got rid of his eczema within a week and improved his energy levels and weight in short order eating a low-carb diet, why he created his blog and what purpose he hopes it serves to the people who visit it, what the motivation of most health information these days is (and it’s not about improving health), his thoughts on the lack of science in the forthcoming USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines, the shift away from traditional mainstream sources of health and nutrition to the alternative places (the Internet especially) for information about the “truth,” whether his new weight loss book about “men” is good for females too, why he thinks men tend to be “disenfranchised” by the diet industry, why most men have an easier time with weight loss than women, what he thinks about the low-carb book for men called The TNT Diet by Dr. Jeff Volek and Adam Campbell, why “low-carb” needs to be a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb nutritional approach, why eating primal (what he describes as “a bit Paleo”) is necessary for optimal health, why body composition is much more important than BMI or body weight, whether there’s an ideal body composition to aim for, why we can’t all have six-pack abs or like the men on the front cover of Men’s Health, why the quality of the calories plays a greater role than the quantity, how increasing exercise merely makes you want to eat more, why increasing carbohydrate consumption is a disaster for fat loss, why eating fat makes you fat is a “gross oversimplification,” why steak can be considered a health food, why protein is the key in fat loss because of its satiating properties, why vegetables may not be as important in your diet as you might think, how keeping hunger at bay between meals is a key element in losing weight, why nuts are a great low-carb snack and not fattening, why meat is a healthy “superfood” that people should be eating, why hydration is an important part of fat loss and well-being, the importance of having a positive mental attitude in life, how Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint influenced the writing of his own book, and the international distribution of his book.

Click here to listen to all the good things Dr. John Briffa has to say about healthy low-carb living.

Review: ‘The Raw Milk Revolution’ by David Gumpert

Filed under: Books,Review — @ October 7, 2010

There’s a battle going on in America right now and it’s gotten really ugly very quickly. No, I’m not talking about the state of politics, the debate over religion, or any of the other usual suspects. This fight is about the rights of Americans to have access to real food. And we’re not talking about that stuff sold in grocery stores under the guise of “food” either. It’s real, whole, unadulterated foods that are grown and harvested on local farms that provide far superior nutrition and nourishment to the mass-produced versions sold in supermarkets from coast to coast. The problem is one of access and the culprit standing in the way most of the time are the government bureaucrats who seek to destroy the very fabric of what once made this nation so great. The crux of this issue centers around the sale of raw milk which is currently illegal to purchase in stores in 40 states. One of the leading voices in support of local farmers attempting to provide healthy raw milk products to the consumer is journalist David E. Gumpert and he chronicles the travesty happening with this issue in his book The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights.

I’m fortunate enough to live in one of the states where raw milk is legal (South Carolina) and can drive down to a local store about a mile from my house or the family farm about 10 miles away to purchase it without fear of breaking the law. Although I don’t drink a lot of milk because of the natural sugars that are in it, I do enjoy a glass of raw milk from time to time as well as consuming raw cheeses as part of my healthy low-carb lifestyle. It’s a privilege that can be taken for granted by people who have access to these foods because not everyone is so fortunate to live in an area where raw dairy is allowed to be legally sold to them.

Click here to read the rest of my review of David Gumpert’s The Raw Milk Revolution.

Review: ‘The Vitamin D Solution’ by Dr. Michael Holick

Filed under: Books,Review — @ October 6, 2010

It’s no secret that despite all the modern technological advances in pharmaceutical medications and other disease treatments that are available out there on the market today, our society is still dealing with some of the most debilitating and devastating chronic health conditions we’ve ever seen in the history of the human race. This oxymoronic position has to leave people scratching their heads wondering what in the world is going on. How can we be so far ahead of the human race that existed just a half century ago and yet now we’re falling so far behind that generation in terms of living a healthy lifestyle? There are a lot of theories about this floating around out there (including the notion that today’s society is consuming far too much sugar and carbohydrates to be healthy), but Dr. Michael Holick thinks he’s identified the common culprit that has made us fatter and sicker than ever before–Vitamin D! Yes, everybody and their momma is talking about Vitamin D these days and it’s finally getting the recognition is deserves. But as the world’s leading expert on Vitamin D studying it for over three decades, Dr. Holick has been on the cutting-edge of promoting the health improvements that people can experience by raising their Vitamin D3 levels for many years and now he’s sharing all of his vast knowledge about it with us in his book The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem.

Click here to read the rest of my review of The Vitamin D Solution by Dr. Michael Holick.

Michael Ruscio Uses Paleo/Low-Carb Nutrition For A Rounded Healthcare Experience

Filed under: Health — @ October 5, 2010

In Episode 407 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we share my interview with Michael Ruscio from Integrative Healthcare Center who talks about all the elements it takes to be healthy. Listen to Michael share about how he started as a nutrition and fitness consultant and became frustrated seeing some people not find weight loss or health success, his transition to functional medicine to help people get past the challenges they face with their health, defining what functional medicine is and why it’s so important, why he moved away from training clients to focusing on integrative healthcare, what roadblocks some people face when they are trying to improve their weight and health, the use of heavy metals in jet fuel, how doctors respond to his lectures on nutrition, how he tries to get to the root of health problems rather than treating the symptoms, how much time he spends with each patient and the difference between what he does compared with traditional care, the specific lab work he runs to assess his patients, why he sees less and less concerns with lipids than before, his enthusiastic support for the Paleo diet, why eating meat and veggies every few hours most of the time is so essential for success, how he discovered the Paleo/low-carb nutritional approach, why counting calories is utterly ridiculous when you’re eating low-carb, why high-carb, low-calorie diets eats into muscle mass, the hormonal element to obesity and disease, how he’s trying to “bridge the gap between the doctor’s office and the gym,” how I found him on his YouTube video channel and the subjects he shares about on there, the Ape To Man and Walking With Caveman documentaries he recommends for people wanting to know about our prehistoric ancestors to see how we should be eating today, the influence Dr. Loren Cordain and The Weston A. Price Foundation has had on him, why high-carb diets are out for stabilizing blood sugar levels, and the intriguing story of “Lucy.”

Click here to listen to my conversation with Michael Ruscio.

Nominate Your Favorite Low-Carb Podcast Guests To Return For ‘Encore Week’ 2011

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The year 2010 has been a breakthrough year for “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore” podcast. Traffic to the podcast web site is quickly approaching the level of my blog and the number of listens to this twice-weekly, interview-based health broadcast has made it one of the most popular podcasts in the “Fitness & Nutrition” category at iTunes. Despite the use of the “LC word” in the title of my program, people have been flocking like never before to listen each week and I am immensely grateful for all of the amazing word-of-mouth advertisement that my faithful listeners like so many of you have been willing to share with your family, friends and co-workers about it.

A few years ago when my podcast shifted from being an audio version of my blog into the “interviews-with-the-experts” style you know and love today, I thought it would be a great idea to invite back the very best guests as voted on by my listeners and ask them the burning questions that may not have been covered during my original interview with them. Thus was birthed the annual “Encore Week” which takes place during the first full week of January in the new year featuring your favorite interview guests who have been featured on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” over the previous year for a full week of brand new interviews. It’s a fantastic way to start the new year off on the right foot and has become a tradition that I fully intend to continue for as long as this podcast exists.

It’s that time again since 2011 will be here before you know it. I need to know exactly who you’d like to hear more from during our special “Encore Week 2011″ set to take place on January 3-7, 2011. Eligible interview guests for this “Best of 2011″ include those from Episode 301 to 407 excluding the “Best of 2009 Encore Week” podcasts. We recently updated the “Archives” section of the podcast web site to show a listing of all the podcasts in descending order, so feel free to take a look through all of the interviews I’ve conducted over the past year to pick up to 10 of your favorite guests. This has certainly been quite a year of amazing podcast interviews and I’m sure narrowing it down to just 10 will be a very difficult decision (now you see why I need YOUR help!). But I really want to know who YOU would like to hear more from along with any specific questions you want me to ask them during a follow-up interview.

Click here to read more about how you can nominate the best interview guests of 2010 as well as info about a project I’m working on to make transcripts of your favorite interviews available!

Josh Trent Is A ‘Wellness Force’ To Be Reckoned With

Filed under: Health — @ September 30, 2010

In Episode 406 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we are happy to share my chat with Josh Trent from “Wellness Force” to talk about his unique story about how he got so interested in health and nutrition after experiencing changes for himself. He’s quite an enthusiastic champion for living a lifestyle devoted to proper diet and fitness. Listen to Josh discuss how he went from being an athlete in high school to experiencing weight and health problems shortly after he graduated, why he quit his job and moved to Hawaii to get back into shape, what led him to becoming a personal trainer, how he ate a “death” low-carb plan to shed the pounds because it was what worked for him, why failing at weight loss is a necessary ingredient in being ultimately successful, the sample menus of what he ate during his weight loss, the biochemical “thumbprint” that each of us has that determines what nutritional plan is best for the individual, discovering the “balance” that was necessary for him, whether he was concerned about consuming dietary fat from sources like coconut oil, the plethora of scientific research in support of low-carb diets, the organizations out there promoting negative images about healthy low-carb living, the exercise strategy he uses with his clients especially for people with adrenal fatigue, how he trains for people who want to run a marathon and why most people go overboard on “carb-loading,” how the sweat rate doesn’t mean you’re exerting more, why getting the right kind of “more” exercise as you progress, his thoughts on the super-slow weight lifting concept, his reaction to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines that are forthcoming, his infamous McDonald’s “pull-ups” YouTube video, the devious marketing that McDonald’s implores to pump their products, if eating organic an important element in health, why a “caveman diet” tends to be better than anything else, why overeating on a real whole food is not as bad as eating too much junk food, the unmistakable brain/mental connection to weight loss, whether sugar is really killing us, why agave is not a health food, the reason genetically-modified organisms were created and the unintended consequences of GMO foods, the negative implications of known neurotoxins like artificial sweeteners, why the obsession over calories is futile and how counting calories can be detrimental, the stressors that are raising cortisol levels, and some parting encouragement for my listeners!

Click here to listen to Josh Trent who is a really awesome guy with a lot of good things to say about living healthy.

Serbian English Language Student Sasa Lazic Presents Lecture Shunning Carbs, Embracing Fat For Health

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Last month I shared with you a student presentation by one of my enthusiastic blog readers named Holly Johnson from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Livin’ la vida low-carb has changed her life so much that she just had to do a presentation for her public speaking class sharing with her fellow students the virtues of high-fat, low-carb living. Well, it’s happened again and this time around we head clear across the world to Niš, Serbia to meet up with a 23-year old English Language and Literature student there named Sasa Lazic.

Sasa has long been interested in the subject of human nutrition and it became especially important to him when he got up to 220 pound on his small-framed body. This motivated him to do something about it and so he did what virtually everyone these days does to learn more about the best way to lose weight–he Googled it! Inevitably, what Sasa found was a whole lot of information about low-fat diets where he “fell victim” to the conventional wisdom regarding nutritional health. Although he did lose weight eating a low-fat diet for a period of time, as soon as he started eating “normally” again (including 200 grams of bread at every meal which is a custom in Serbia) the weight came pouring back on again. It’s a scenario that many people desiring weight loss have found themselves in but Sasa wasn’t giving up hope that there was a way of eating out there that could work for him and keep him satisfied without feeling deprived so he could make it a permanent lifestyle change. He eventually found his saving grace in the healthy low-carb lifestyle.

Click here to read more about how Sasa Lazik’s low-carb education led him to share an incredible written and oral presentation with his fellow students and teachers on the health benefits of a controlled-carb, high-fat diet.

Greenville, SC ‘Euphoria’: The Premier Food, Wine & Music Festival Of The Southeast

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This past weekend, my wife Christine and I had the distinct privilege and unique opportunity to travel down I-85 just a few miles to neighboring Greenville, South Carolina to attend a very prestigious food, wine and music event that happens every year around the third weekend of September called Euphoria. It began in 2006 as a dream of platinum-selling singer/songwriter Edwin McCain and local restaurateur Carl Sobocinski from Table 301 Group to bring more attention to Greenville, South Carolina area by inviting some of the top chefs, wine makers, and local musicians to gather together annually for a weekend featuring exclusive tasting events, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, as well as multi-course dinners and live musical performances. Euphoria features domestic and international wines, celebrity chefs, master sommeliers, and national recording artists with the proceeds from the event going to fund Local Boys Do Good, the 501 (c)(3) created to benefit local non-profit organizations. Five years later, that lofty dream for an event like this has now become a reality in a BIG way and what a time it was at the 2010 Euphoria.

Click here to learn more about this exciting food, wine, and music festival and to see my video interview with Carl Sobocinski as well as a special music performance of his new song “Walk With You” from Edwin McCain.

Denise Minger Takes On Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s ‘China Study’

Filed under: Health — @ September 28, 2010

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In Episode 405 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” I couldn’t wait until 2011 to share my conversation with Denise Minger from the “Raw Food SOS” blog. She’s made quite the name for herself over the past few months when she began writing a series of posts devoted to pointing out the inaccuracies in the conclusions drawn by Dr. T. Colin Campbell in his book The China Study. Almost immediately, the vegan/vegetarian community began railing against her while the non-vegan/vegetarian blogosphere started rallying around Denise and encouraging her to continue to share the fascinating details she uncovered during her examination of the original data from the study. What she quickly realized was the facts didn’t even come close to resembling the conclusions that were made by Dr. Campbell and she just had to write about it. That’s why I just had to get Denise on my podcast to tell us more about herself.

Listen to Denise Minger share her story about why she stopped eating meat at the age of 7, the sickness she experienced when she turned 11 and the discovery by a naturopath of an extreme sensitivity to dairy and soy, the role The Weston A. Price Foundation played in her reeducation about healthy nutrition, why she became a raw vegan and the “nightmare” that it became in her life, how reintroducing animal products into her diet helped her health, the “cult” mentality of the vegan movement, why she created her “Raw Food SOS” blog in January 2010, what her family thought about her enthusiasm for vegetarian life as a child, what led her to want to start speaking out on her blog about the flaws in The China Study, how Chris Masterjohn’s review of the book inspired her to begin research of her own, how she got her hands on the 800 pages of the original China study data, her numbers-crunching comparison of the study with what Dr. Campbell wrote, how Dr. Campbell “obscured” the data related to animal products masquerading it as science, the difference between the studies cited by Gary Taubes in Good Calories Bad Calories and Dr. Campbell in The China Study, the Amazon thread that Dr. Campbell chimed in on, how Richard Nikoley from “Free The Animal” started a viral whisper campaign that led to an explosion in traffic at her blog, the extremely misguided conclusions drawn by Dr. Campbell about rat research of the milk protein casein, the strange method Dr. Campbell used for linking animal products to diseases from the original study data, the “upside-down” approach Dr. Campbell uses with epidemiology, the direct e-mail response she received from Dr. Campbell himself, the closing of the comments at Dr. Campbell’s response column, why it is difficult to have a conversation with Dr. Campbell, the response she’s received from the vegan community to her columns about The China Study, and whether she’s read Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth, what she eats in her diet nowadays, and whether a book about her rebuttal of The China Study will be forthcoming.

Click here to listen to this interview with Denise Minger you asked for and I hope it’s everything you hoped it would be!

Top 10 Must-Read Health Books September 2010: #7 ‘Waist Disposal’ By Dr. John Briffa

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Weight loss is big business these days with everybody and their momma sharing all the so-called “secrets” to permanently shedding the pounds to get their bodies into the best shape of their life. Unfortunately, much of the information that is put out there by what I’m sure are well-meaning authors and experts merely confuses the very people it seeks to help because it all seems to be full of extremely contradictory messages. Carbs are bad…no wait, now they’re good! Fat is bad for your heart…oops, now it’s not such a big deal. Exercise more to lose weight…well, maybe exercise isn’t so good for weight loss after all. Aaaaaaaaack! Will somebody please make it all stop?! The fact is we live in a day and age where knowledge is king and I believe that’s made us too smart for our own good. Obesity, especially around the tummy area, and chronic disease are still running rampant despite all of this with no end in sight to the skyrocketing rates. And men especially are dealing with runaway rates of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and worse as their bellies continue to grow larger and larger each year. As hard-headed as us males can be, all we want is straight-shooting guidance and direction found in a proven, effective plan that will produce results and can be methodically implemented into our daily lives. That’s where a leading UK physician named Dr. John Briffa comes in with his own unique philosophy for bringing about weight loss success that has already worked in literally thousands of his patients over the years. The basic guidelines that have worked for his male patients especially are now outlined in his latest book entitled Waist Disposal: The Ultimate Fat Loss Manual for Men.

Dr. Briffa is a rare breed of physician who chooses to look at the nutritional and natural-healing remedies to solving the health issues of his patients first and foremost while the conventional wisdom being taught in medical schools around the world is to prescribe a pill for this, that and everything in between. It’s refreshing to see this approach being used and promoted by a highly-respected doctor and I do believe this is the future trend of the most effective medical professionals. The ones who desire to move more in this direction really should pick up a copy of Waist Disposal and devour it from cover to cover because Dr. Briffa does an outstanding job of correcting much of the blatant misinformation and outright lies they’ve been both taught and passed on to patients for many years. From the folly of calorie counting to the unnatural fear of dietary fat, it’s all laid out in 11 key principles that comprise the various chapters in the book. But this book isn’t written in a stuffy style just for physicians–it’s aimed at reaching the patient as well. Dr. Briffa is a very talented and engaging writer as a regularly contributor to various newspapers and magazines, including serving as the Observer Food Monthly feature columnist.

Lymphoma Survivor T.L. Hines, Atkins Success Story Rebecca Latham

Filed under: Atkins Diet,Health — @ September 24, 2010

It’s always encouraging to share inspiring stories of people who have been able to overcome a rather grim health diagnosis. Today I have a spectacular one to share with you in the story of Christian fiction author T.L. Hines whose latest work is called The Falling Away. However, shortly before writing this book he found out that he couldn’t run from a major life challenge he had to face head on. In May 2007, Hines was diagnosed with Follical Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a life-threatening cancer of the lymphocyte blood cells—present in the lymph nodes, spleen and bone marrow. Rather than settling for the grim fate of this condition, he instead chose an innovative treatment called radioimmunotherapy and is currently in remission from Grade I Follicular Lymphoma. Listen to Tony talk about how he discovered he had lymphoma, how horrified he was when he Googled this type of cancer to see the survival rates, whether he ever questioned God about this situation, theories about how he got the lymphoma, how the doctors used a glucose-based injection to find the active cancer cells in his body, the alternative treatment option (not chemotherapy) he chose to beat this cancer, the changes that happened to him using the radioimmunotherapy, his newfound desire to be healthy and fit (now running in marathons!), and the tremendous response he’s received from him readers about his lymphoma. We are very happy to hear how this devastating cancer diagnosis is now dormant in T.L. Hines right now and pray that he stays healthy for a very long time.

In Episode 404 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Atkins weight loss success story Rebecca Latham who was featured on pages 114-115 of the bestselling The New Atkins For A New You book. She shares all about her journey these days at her “My Low-Carb Road To Better Health” blog with all the ups, downs, and in-betweens that have happened to her over the years. Hear Rebecca talk about how she has always felt fat even when she was at a normal weight, the various diets she has been on over the years, how she found the Atkins diet for the first time in 2000, how her husband was positively impacted by following Atkins until he stopped doing the plan, her fateful encounter with Colette Heimowitz from Atkins Nutritionals, the hormonal challenges she faces that makes building muscle and burning body fat difficult, the various setbacks she has experienced in her low-carb lifestyle, the heavy influence of Mark Sisson’s work (The Primal Blueprint is “like Atkins on steroids”), the necessary tweaks she needed to make to make her low-carb plan work for her, why the scale is not a reliable indicator of your low-carb progress, her frustration with finding the right body composition, her recommendation for people wanting to eat a more clean low-carb diet, the health issues her husband has been dealing with which have required him to get back on Atkins again, the change in body perception she has experienced since losing weight, the supplements she takes on her Atkins lifestyle, the genetic predisposition for ALS and how her supplements are helping her with this, her foray into intermittent fasting, her sample low-carb menus, her use of thyroid medication and how it has helped her, her “My Body Is Not A Piggy Bank: Do Calories Matter?” thread on the Atkins forum, and the ramifications of eating too much fat.



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