Filed under: Events — @ August 19, 2010
In Episode 391 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we have two very exciting interviews to share with you about a brand new organization and an event coming in 2011 you need to know about. The new group is called Committee For A Healthy Nation and we have two of the founding members to share about this organization committed to sharing the science behind healthy nutrition in government dietary guidelines–Adele Hite and Pam Schoenfeld. Hear them talk about why this new group was created, their mission to promote inclusion in nutritional guidelines of low-carb diets, how they are hoping to impact the current direction of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines based on the new science, and how people supporting the science behind carbohydrate-restriction can get involved in The Committee For A Healthy Nation. My apologies for the severe echo during this portion of the interview (technical issues happen and we usually try to fix them as well as we can before they hit the airwaves).
Then, in the primary interview today we have five guest speakers to tell us about the upcoming The Ancestral Health Symposium coming August 5-6, 2011 at UCLA (FYI: the fact that the event will be held at UCLA does not imply or represent endorsement by UCLA or the Regents of the UC regarding the content and programming of our event). This will definitely be the low-carb/Paleo nutritional “Woodstock” and it’s gonna feature anybody and everybody in the community thanks to the efforts of event organizers such as Seth Roberts, Brian Geremia, Brent Pottenger, Aaron Blaisdell sharing about why they wanted to do an event of this magnitude. Listen to them share why they are each personally involved in this movement, their individual interest and involvement in traditional diets, the reason why they wanted to gather together the key players in the ancestral health movement, who the guest speakers who will be featured in The Ancestral Health Symposium, how the presenter scheduling will work, details on who is invited and how they can be a part of this event, whether the media is lined up to cover this story, and what the plans are for future events.
Click here to learn more about the event and start making plans NOW to be a part of nutritional history on August 5-6, 2011 for the Ancestral Health Symposium in Los Angeles, California.
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It’s an annual ritual engaged in by hundreds of thousands of teenagers from coast to coast who have chosen to embark on the next step of their educational journey–COLLEGE! Just as the dog days of summer begin to wind down and the changing of the seasons begins to take place, enthusiastic young skulls full of mush pack up their belongings, leave mom and dad in the house they grew up in, and move into that bastion of independence known as a dorm room. Anyone who’s ever spent time in a college dormitory knows all the unique challenges that await you from oddball roommates, strange smells and noises coming from nearby rooms, and the free entertainment that can happen late at night–it’s quite the adventure. And when it comes to trying to be “healthy,” you can just about forget about it! They don’t call the weight gain that happens to first-year college students the “Freshman 15″ for nothing. But Daphne Oz wanted to buck that trend by offering up some advice that helped her take off 10 pounds in her freshman year (she struggled with her weight in high school) which she wrote about in her bestselling book The Dorm Room Diet: The 10-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works.
Click here to read my critical review of The Dorm Room Diet by Dr. Mehmet Oz’ little girl Daphne.
Filed under: Health — @ August 17, 2010
In Episode 390 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Ramiel Nagel who was so fed up with conventional dentistry that he pursued nutritional methods that would heal him and his daughter’s cavities. He discovered the work of the great Dr. Weston A. Price and realized that dentists are making teeth health worse, not better. That’s why he wrote his book Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition to educate people on the alternative methods to drilling and filling. Listen to Ramiel tell us about his story as a layperson who did the digging in the research, the heavy influence of Weston Price and Melvin Page on his nutritional approach to fighting cavities, the inner workings of how tooth health has very little to do with bacteria as we’ve been told, why he chose to become a champion for the nutritional approach to treating tooth problems, the sudden “tooth disaster” that grains (especially whole grains) are, the detrimental tooth impact of the phosphorus in grains, why most of the adult population is dealing with significant cavities by the age of 40, what a good tooth healthy diet looks like, the incredible role fat soluble vitamins found in cod liver oil play in remineralizing teeth, how dentists respond to the information he is sharing, why many dentists are afraid to speak out against conventional dentistry, why your teeth are not designed to decay, the blood sugar connection to tooth health, whether a vegetarian/vegan can have strong tooth health with their high-grain diet, the raw egg smoothie he makes for healthy teeth, why grass-fed meats are preferred to grain-fed ones, whether you ever need to see a dentist again, how your teeth become naturally whiter and shinier when you are eating properly, and the most burning questions and criticism people have for him.
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People who have struggled with their weight for most of the lives oftentimes claim to have a slow or damaged metabolism. They believe that if they could just heal this aspect of their health, then weight loss was be a cinch and robust health would surely follow. Oh, if it were only that simple to figure out. The fact is the functions of our body, including our metabolism, have much less to do with the genetics we were born with and more to do with what we do to it. Years of poor dieting advice in the form of high-carb, low-fat, calorie-restricted diets have only made the problem worse, not better. And nutrition and exercise science expert Maria Emmerich understands this dynamic better than most professionals in her field of work. She realizes there are consequences to consuming sugar and other culprit carbohydrates while neglecting the all-important fats our bodies need to be healthy and she shares the right way to eat and why in her book Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
This topic hits close to home for Maria starting off in Chapter 1 where she discusses what it was like being an overweight teenager who had to overcome the poor nutritional advice she was given to shed the pounds and get herself healthy. That drive to learn the truth has propelled her to use that experience to now help others who are dealing with weight and health issues. In Chapter 2, she explains the function of your metabolism and quickly moves into what you can do to feed it properly in Chapter 3. Ideas like eating more protein and fiber, consuming healthy fats while ditching the sugar and HFCS which she says is “destroying your metabolism” (Maria got an e-mail from the Corn Refiner’s Association lady, too!), forgoing the alcohol and fast food, and questioning the health claims about milk. The difference between what most people think is “healthy” eating and what Maria means by that phrase are worlds apart and you get to see the side-by-side comparison of what she’s advocating on pages 75-77.
Click here to read the rest of my review of Maria Emmerich’s Secrets To A Healthy Metabolism.
Filed under: Health — @ August 16, 2010
According to the latest statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, a total of 5.3 million people are currently afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease at an annual cost of $172 billion in medical-related expenses. It is the 7th leading cause of death in 2010 and mortality rates have risen a whopping 46.1 percent from 2000-2006 (meanwhile death rates from stroke, prostate cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, and HIV have all DROPPED during that same period). With the baby boomer generation coming of age, the incidence of Alzheimer’s has unfortunately become more and more prevalent with the rates expected to nearly triple by the year 2050. But what if you could actually heal Alzheimer’s disease through some simple changes in diet and supplementation? That’s exactly what a woman from Bedford, Indiana named Nita Scoggan wanted to find out.
In 1999, Nita noticed that her husband Bill began exhibiting behaviors that had her very concerned about the condition of his brain health. She scheduled an appointment to see a series of doctors who all confirmed her worst fears–Bill was quickly approaching an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Nita was told to prepare Bill to live with this for the rest of his life but she refused to think the man she loved would be in a virtual vegetative state for his remaining days. So she began reading all studies that she could get her hands on about nutrition and supplements as it relates to Alzheimer’s disease. What she discovered and had never heard about before absolutely astounded her!
One of my longtime readers told me about this remarkable story earlier this year and they graciously welcomed me into their home with open arms enthusiastically ready to share their miraculous story of love, determination, and a pursuit of the truth about Alzheimer’s disease. This truly is a breathtaking tale of triumph for healthy low-carb living and in finding natural ways to combat the diseases that plague modern society. Let this tale of love starring Bill and Nita Scoggan encourage you today as you listen to them share what it was like going through this experience–in their own words–and how they are now helping others who are going through a similar fate.
Click here to watch a four-part video series featuring what is arguably one of the most remarkably uplifting and inspiring interviews I have ever and probably will ever conduct and I’m privileged to share it with you today!
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The Atkins diet enjoys a rather odd position in the world of health and nutrition–you either love it or you hate it! There are very few people who kinda like it or kinda dislike it. And I suppose this has a lot to do with the misconceptions and myths that pervade about it in our culture. But the fact is most of these perceptions about the Atkins low-carb lifestyle are easily combatted with the facts that have been borne out by the experience of real life low-carbers and the science that backs them up. Today’s podcast interview guest is arguably the most knowledgeable expert on the Atkins diet today after working directly with the late, great Dr. Robert C. Atkins for nearly three decades.
In Episode 389 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome back to the show registered nurse Jackie Eberstein from Controlled Carbohydrate Nutrition and co-author of Atkins’ Diabetes Revolution. I wanted to bring her on the podcast to address many of the lingering myths about the Atkins low-carb diet that still pervade in our culture. Listen to Jackie share what she thinks Dr. Atkins would say about The New Atkins For A New You, her attempts to correct the ongoing Atkins myths over the years, her typical low-carb menus, why she has to personally stay very low-carb, why reactive hypoglycemia is not caused by low-carb eating, the impact of sweeteners on hypoglycemia, whether you should count calories on the Atkins diet, why “calories in, calories out” is totally bogus, why Atkins won’t raise your lipids to unhealthy levels, why high triglycerides are not caused by fat but by insulin (stoked by carbohydrate consumption), which is more important–LDL particle number or particle size, why red meat is not the great harm it is purported to be in studies, why pigs are better animal studies than rats and worms, why there are no kidney damage concerns for people eating the Atkins diet (because it’s NOT a high-protein diet, it’s a moderate protein diet), why getting adequate protein is so vital to your health, her reaction to what the 2010 Dietary Guidelines will include and whether low-carb will even be considered, whether the Paleolithic diet jives with the Atkins diet, why free-range, organic meats are best, her response to the “one golden shot” theory that you can only lose weight on Atkins low-carb once, why there is a lot we don’t understand fully about fat cells, why cutting fat while consuming a low-carb diet is not wise, why the scale is not an accurate measuring stick for your weight loss progress, why regular exercise is an important companion tool with low-carb living, why some people are continually tired on the Atkins diet and what they can do to overcome it, the research links she provides on her web site, why Atkins does not lead to osteoporosis, why low-carb is not lacking in nutrition because you need to take supplements while on it, how consuming carbohydrates actually depletes nutrition from your body, and what she wishes more people would understand about the Atkins diet.
Click here to listen to this interview for anyone who thinks low-carb is harmful to some aspect of their health–Jackie Eberstein is one conversation you don’t want to miss!
Filed under: Health — @ August 10, 2010
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In Episode 388 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from a nutritional anthropologist named Geoff Bond who wrote a book about the history of diet called Deadly Harvest: The Intimate Relationship Between Our Health and Our Food. His early career had him living in east Africa examining the habitat of our original ancestors from 60,000 years ago with a specific look at what they ate to survive and thrive. Listen to Geoff share about how our bodies today are nearly identical to our hunter-gatherer forefathers, the analysis of the bones and teeth he used to determine the foods consumed and other lifestyle factors of early man, what a nutritional anthropologist (aka “Paleo” nutritionists) is and what the purpose of this work is, the educational information he provides at his web site, why the “8 glasses of water” recommendation is a ridiculous marketing ploy, the bastardization and selectivity of the nutritional studies used by food companies, how Ancel Keys turned “lead into gold” in the minds of people regarding nutrition and health, how the farming revolution led us down the spiraling path we find ourselves on with our food supply, the influx of grain foods in our modern food supply despite being a novelty in the history of the human diet, the poisons that grains contain that require us to avoid them in our diet to avoid health mischief, why nobody should be eating gluten whether they have Celiac disease or not, why the plants grown today are devoid of the rich nutrition of the plants our early ancestors consumed, why the negative effects of grains are being ignored by the experts promoting Dietary Guidelines, the fear of nutrition professionals to counter anything that runs against conventional wisdom, why he thinks the message of avoiding grains will be commonplace in 20 years, why breakfast doesn’t have to be traditional high-carb “breakfast” foods, what he would recommend people eat if they want to consume a diet like our ancestors, why grass-fed beef is a much better option for people than grain-fed, and why he says dairy is not a part of a healthy diet.
Click here to enjoy my hour-long interview with the delightful nutritional anthropologist Geoff Bond!
Filed under: Health — @ August 6, 2010
It’s the first weekend of August and that means it’s time to go visit the in-laws for a week! Christine’s family hails from the great state of Indiana and we’ve made it a tradition to go there every year since we don’t know how much longer her grandparents will be with us. They’ve both been having health problems with their heart and strokes, so I’ve made a deliberate effort to get her to visit them as often as possible. Christine’s mom, dad and sister will be coming along with our cute little niece and we can’t wait to enjoy the reunion on Sunday, cookouts every night, and a week of rest and relaxation. It’ll be a great time for us to enjoy being with family. I’ll be checking in from time to time on my Twitter and Facebook pages since we’ll also be doing some work stuff while we’re in Bedford, Indiana. And I’m even gonna bring my desktop computer to do some blogging since we’ll be staying at a hotel down the road from the family that has FREE Wi-Fi. I usually take a week off from blogging with this trip, but I did that a few weeks ago when we went to Washington, DC for the USDA testimony…but I’m not doing that to you again so soon. I’ll sneak in a post here and there during the “down” time (or when I want to hide from the in-laws! HA! Just kidding!).
On Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 1-4PM we’ll be having a meet-and-greet at the home of my fellow low-carb blogger and cookbook author extraordinaire Dana Carpender. We’ll also have “Healthy Low-Carb Living” blogger Amy Dungan there as well–and we’d LOVE to have YOU there, too, if you live in the Bloomington area. If you’re planning on coming, then please RSVP with Dana by dropping an e-mail to email@example.com. She will send you the directions via e-mail so you can be a part of the festivities! Can’t wait to see you there! Then on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, Christine and I will be visiting a man who overcame his Alzheimer’s disease by making some simple changes in his diet and basically was cured of the ramifications of this terrible disease. We’ll be shooting some YouTube video footage during an interview with this lovely couple who just happen to live in the same town where we’ll be visiting family. FORTUITOUS!
Although I just did a big new low-carb and health blogs update last month, I’ve already got 23 more to toss your way this time around. Keep in mind these are blogs that I find interesting and worth taking a good look at if you are interested in the subject of healthy living. Some you’ll love and others you’ll probably never visit again–but that’s true with just about anything so take it for what it’s worth. I’m just happy to give these blogs a little extra exposure so they can reach a wider audience than normal. As always, if you like what you see make sure to leave them a comment on their blog because you’ll make their day. Just in case you missed any of my previous low-carb and health blog listings, you can access them by clicking here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, and here.
Click here to check out these 23 more new low-carb and health blogs for August 2010.
Filed under: Health — @ August 5, 2010
ATTENTION SUPER FANS OF THE LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOW-CARB SHOW: We are coming up on our historic 400th Episode set to air on September 9, 2010 and we want YOU to be a major part of the show that day! If this podcast has helped motivate you to change your dietary habits, lose weight, and get healthy, then we most DEFINITELY want to hear from you and share your story on one of the top health podcasts on the Internet today! E-mail me your name, landline telephone number or Skype username, and the best time to contact you to record a 2-5 minute segment celebrating our 400th episode. If your life has been changed because of a guest you heard on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” and you want the whole world to hear about it, then let me hear from you soon. I’ll be recording these in a couple of weeks and look forward to sharing them next month. THANK YOU for your participation!
In Episode 387 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from certified nutritionist Jolene Park from a corporate wellness consulting company called Healthy Discoveries dedicated to helping employees learn how to be healthier, more productive workers. Listen to Jolene talk about how she merged her love for communications and nutrition, the influence of Dr. Loren Cordain, Dr. Mike Eades, and Dr. Jonny Bowden on her thinking about diet and health, why she confidently bucks the trend of her colleagues in the nutrition industry, the reaction she gets from her clients to promoting a high-fat, low-carb message for health, how she breaks the cultural health paradigms with the employees she teaches, the way she makes learning about nutrition concepts fun, why consumers buy into the health marketing claims on food packaging, why she felt like there was a health consulting void existed in corporate wellness, her “big break” with a Fortune 500 company, the concept of the “wellness wheel,” what she is teaching people about health that is most important, why she doesn’t believe in the “cookie-cutter” approach to diet, what the biggest problems she is seeing with her clients, the most invaluable health book she promotes to her clients, her focus on “hunter-gatherer” whole food Paleolithic eating, why she gave up eating gluten although she doesn’t have Celiac disease, the influence that growing up on a cattle farm had on her as well as The Weston A. Price Foundation, and why she’s not a fan of soy.
Click here to get excited about a nutritionist like Jolene Park who is promoting the right ideas regarding healthy living to corporate employees from coast to coast.
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A whole lot has been going on lately in the news and blogosphere about health and low-carb living that I’ve just been dying to share with you here at my blog. If you could only see the huge stack of stuff I have that I’d like to be blogging about, I could literally write 100 blog posts from that stuff alone–oh to have more hours in the day! Unfortunately, because of the nature of the beast that is my work schedule with podcast recordings, YouTube videos, and all the day-to-day stuff that warrants my time, there’s just way too much of it and too little time in my schedule to write in-depth individual columns about all that’s been happening. I sincerely appreciate all of the e-mails, tweets, Facebook messages and more from you whenever you see an article of interest, so keep those coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. Most of the time I stay on top of what is important and get that stuff out there whenever I can. But to remedy the current backup of stuff to blog about, I’ve decided to share a few quick low-carb bits and bytes from my collection of articles that have caught my attention in August 2010.
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We’ve all see it happen in television commercials, in magazines, and even right there on the front packaging of foods–HEALTH CLAIMS of all shapes and sizes flung around as a way to market products to consumers. It’s as if food companies are eager as a beaver to put something positive about their products in an effort to woo consumers into purchasing their products, even if those products are not what anyone would ever consider “health” food. While I don’t necessarily see anything wrong with the capitalistic idea of marketing and selling to the buying public, sometimes the envelope gets pushed just a wee bit too far with some of these messages being spread about foods. That was the inspiration behind why Christine and I embarked on a 10-part video series over the past couple of weeks we call “Health Claims Gone Wild!” as part of our “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb On YouTube” videos.
In Episode 89-98, we visited local grocery stores in our area to walk up and down the aisles looking for any health claims that looked kinda funny and they were a-plenty! What we found on some of these packages was nothing short of astounding (Fruity Pebbles promoted as “an excellent source of Vitamin D” with a mere 100IU per serving, for example) and we documented all of it in the following videos. In total, we went to four supermarket chain stores, a health food store, and even a pet food store to show how egregious the health claims being made on the foods we eat has become. We end the series with a video we call “Health Claims Gone Right!” showing how to discover the truly healthy foods that will nourish your body (hint: most of the time these foods don’t contain a label at all!). Hopefully you will find this adventure we took both entertaining and educational as you discover why the food manufacturers don’t have your best health in mind when marketing their products. ENJOY!
Click here to watch this special 10-part video series about the dastardly marketing health claims that food manufacturers are putting on the front packaging of foods and why they’re so unhealthy.
Filed under: Health — @ August 3, 2010
In Episode 386 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from nutritionist Dr. Kaayla Daniel who promotes herself as “The Naughty Nutritionist” because she debunks many of the most common health myths that exist out there, including the claim that soy is a health food. She’s written a bestselling book on this subject called The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food to warn people about why eating soy-based foods is not the way to go. Listen to Dr. Daniel share about how she transitioned from a plant-based diet to an omnivorous eating plan thanks to the influence of The Weston A. Price Foundation, the growing new trend of high-fat nutrition education, why animal fat is so vilified, why a low-fat, high-carb diet is more about profit than health, the myths supporting vegetarianism and why they are so misguided and unhealthy, how a raw vegan is ruining their health, the influence of vegetarians like The China Study author Dr. T. Colin Campbell on the discussion regarding animal-based foods, the raw milk debate, why we should support the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the curiously ironic story behind how she became involved with The Weston A. Price Foundation, how soy became considered a health food, the subtle way soy is being marketed now in light of the negative health consequences that have appeared in published studies, what foods containing soy are people completely unaware of, the response she’s received about The Whole Soy Story, what the deal is with her new moniker “The Naughty Nutritionist,” the infertility issues that are becoming more prominent, and the use of grain-based meats vs. plant-based foods.
Filed under: In The News,Study — @
Some of the harshest criticism about low-carbohydrate diets such as Atkins has been the supposed negative heart health implications due to elevations that take place in the cholesterol levels of dieters who restrict their carbs in favor of more fat and protein. Additionally, it is presumed that any weight loss that occurs on a high-fat, low-carb diet is quickly gained back making it a uniquely ineffective means for managing weight. Finally, bone health is supposed to suffer for people following a carbohydrate-restricted diet because the higher protein content allegedly promotes bone loss. However, all of these theories about low-carb diets have been summarily shot down by a brand new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the August 3, 2010 edition of the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Filed under: Health — @ July 30, 2010
ATTENTION SUPER FANS OF THE LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOW-CARB SHOW: We are quickly approaching our landmark 400th Episode set to air on September 9, 2010 and we’ve got a great idea for that show that involves YOU! If this podcast has positively impacted your life and health in a way that you’d like to share with your fellow listeners, then e-mail Jimmy Moore your name, landline telephone number or Skype username, and the best time to contact you so he can get in touch about recording a very brief segment celebrating our 400th show. So many of you have e-mailed some truly amazing stories about the life-changing impact this podcast has made in your life and now it’s time to highlight those for this special episode. Thank you for supporting the #1 low-carb podcast on the Internet today!
In Episode 385 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome back to the podcast pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Larry McCleary (author of the 2007 book The Brain Trust Program) who became so intrigued by something the past couple of years that he describes as the brain-belly connection it quickly became apparent he needed to detail more about it in a book he recently released called Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly (read my review). Listen to Dr. McCleary share about an update on what he’s been working on the past couple of years with childhood cancer patients, why brain problems associated with obesity piqued his interest so much so that he wanted to write a book about it, the hormone relationship to the brain-belly connection, the greater significance of the hormone insulin in these metabolic pathways, why the leptin hormone is not as important as people like Dr. Ron Rosedale think it is, the farmer’s ability to know exactly how to fatten up their livestock, why carbohydrates are so addictive, the reason hypoglycemia hits when you consume carbohydrates by themselves, a diet comparison study and the impressive results comparing various levels of macronutrients, why a “starvation” diet is actually a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet when the body feeds itself, why eating a cruise ship diet makes you hungrier and hungrier (think high-insulin!), why we overeat because we’re fat and don’t get fat from overeating, why doctors fail to communicate the negative role of carbohydrate on insulin levels, how to change the mind of a skeptical medical professional, why hunger doesn’t happen in the belly but rather it’s a brain state, what foods should be consumed for good brain-belly health (HINT: don’t skimp on the fat or eat up on carbohydrates!), why farmers who were feeding cows coconut oil to fatten them up actually made them lose weight, the consequences of not feeding your brain properly, why herbs and spices are so vital to an effective meal plan for variety and their antioxidant properties, his thoughts on whether eating the taste of “sweet” (even non-caloric ones) will make them crave sweet even more, his skepticism about the use of artificial sweeteners (Splenda alone is 750 times as sweet as blood sugar), why exercise is the “new horizon” for the brain and body (although he notes diet is much more important than exercise for weight loss), the clinical trial studies he conducted on real people to prove the concepts he discussed in his book are effective, and his use of a “weight loss accelerator” supplement he developed called Vi-texxa.
Click here to listen to one of the leading health voices on behalf of high-fat, low-carb diets today in Dr. Larry McCleary!
Filed under: Celebrity,Health,In The News — @ July 29, 2010
It’s no real secret about how most of Hollywood gets themselves into shape when they have an important movie role coming up that requires them to shed the excess weight off their body. According to Jim actress Courtney Thorne-Smith revealed in a September 2009 interview that low-carb is how people in the industry eat and that it’s pretty common knowledge amongst industry insiders what you need to do to slim down is restrict your carbohydrate intake to primarily nuts, cheeses, meats, and non-starchy veggies. The problem is that while this way of eating is considered normal within the inner circles of the celebrity world, very few of them are out there talking about how the low-carb lifestyle changed their life. High-profile celebs like Brad Pitt, Jennifer Anniston, Angelina Jolie, LL Cool J, Cameron Diaz, Dolly Parton, and others all swear by low-carb, but haven’t really taken up the mantle for this cause. Earlier this year, celebrity chef Alton Brown shed 50 pounds on a semi-low-carb diet with great fanfare and notoriety. But this week People magazine is reporting that 52-year old funnyman-turned-actor-turned-game show host Drew Carey has slimmed down a total of 80 pounds and come off of all of his diabetes medications thanks to “shaving his diet of carbohydrates” and exercising “religiously.”
Click here to read more about Drew Carey’s amazing low-carb carb weight loss success story that now has him off of all of his diabetes medications as well!
Filed under: Books,Review — @ July 28, 2010
It’s undeniable if you look at the state of modern health around the world today that we have dug ourselves into a huge hole as a society. Obesity, diabetes, and preventable chronic diseases have spread like wildfire despite the hundreds of billions of dollars invested in finding pharmaceutical drugs to allegedly counter all of these health ailments. However, the one area most of the so-called health “experts” have conveniently neglected to invest any time and effort into examining more closely is also the most cost-effective when it comes to resolving this monstrosity that befalls us in modern times is our diet. What if we could reverse the negative impact of most chronic diseases simply by making some basic changes to our diet that could restore weight to normal levels and dramatically improve health without the use of any questionable drugs? What if all it took was going back to the diet of our ancestors which bears very little resemblance to what we refer to as “food” in the 21st century? Would it make a noticeable difference in the collective health woes we now find ourselves facing? That’s the bold thesis presented by UK-based nutritional anthropologist Geoff Brown in his historical look at the evolution of our diet detailed in the book Deadly Harvest: The Intimate Relationship Between Our Health and Our Food.
Bond has a personal connection to this subject since he lived in some remote African villages early on in his career where he saw firsthand how primitive tribes lived and ate for survival. This once-in-a-lifetime experience gave him ample evidence that he later used to compile much of the material contained in this book. He notes that our bodies are highly adaptable to the rigors we put them through, but they still require some elementary elements to function properly. One of the reasons Bond says we’ve gotten away from this basic nutritional concept in favor of what we have today is the onset of industrialized farming. Deadly Harvest provides all the dirty details about how and why grains (grass seeds) were introduced into our diet which began “a massive upheaval in human nutrition” that took us one step “away from our ancestral diet.” The consequences of this change are now rearing their ugly head in the weight and health of people today.
Click here to read the rest of my review of Geoff Bond’s Deadly Harvest including my one major beef with him regarding his stance on saturated fat.
Filed under: Health — @ July 27, 2010
In Episode 384 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from registered dietitian Annette Presley who is the co-author of the book The Liberation Diet: Setting America Free from the Bondage of Health Misinformation! with Kevin Brown. She taught nutrition from the perspective of conventional wisdom for 14 years before she came across the great revolutionary work of Dr. Mary Enig on the healthfulness of consuming saturated fat. Ever since, she has become an activist sharing the truth about nutrition and its impact on health. Listen to Annette share about why it confused her to learn that nutrition is more about disease management rather than prevention, her exposure to the late, great Dr. Robert C. Atkins at a dietitian’s conference, her asthma diagnosis in 2002 which led her to find alternative nutritional therapies to taking steroids, how Dr. Enig’s book Know Your Fats radically changed her thinking on diet, the anger she felt that almost made her quit nutrition for good, why it’s so difficult for dietitians to break free from the conventional wisdom they’ve been taught, how she got hooked up with Kevin Brown and wrote The Liberation Diet with him, how her frequent letters to the editor about consuming saturated fat raised the ire of some local dietitians to the point they reported her to have her credentials revoked (she won by presenting the science), the quirky disclaimer she uses about the work she is doing now, why you have to eat processed foods to eat a low-fat diet, whether lawsuits about diet are forthcoming, how to get people to break free from their fear of fat, her high saturated fat remedy for heart disease, why fat is so delicious and nutritious in your diet, why she shared the history behind the failed low-fat diet in her book, what role exercise plays in her program, her personal negative experience eating a high-carb diet, how the Internet is leading the revolution for spreading the truth, and her quick thoughts on agave nectar, exercise for weight loss, butter vs. margarine, the so-called “healthy” foods that are anything but, and the profit motive that dominates much of the promotion of food in America.
Click here to access this fascinating conversation with a registered dietitian who truly understands the importance of saturated fat in a healthy diet.
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Navigating through all the daily barrage of information that comes out about diet and health these days can be quite intimidating. There are thousands upon thousands of books telling you to eat this, don’t eat that, add these foods and supplements, avoid these things or they’ll kill you, so forth and so on. As a consumer living your life the best you know how, it can be extremely hard to know who and what to believe and whether any of it really makes practical sense for you and your family. How do you know who you can trust to tell you the truth about the relationship between what you eat and the effect that will have on essential functions of the body like your metabolism, heart and brain? It’s extremely rare to find someone (ANYONE!) who fits the bill when it comes to providing reliable information that is backed by solid research and not just some flippant opinion based on a whole lot of nothing. But leave it to a brain surgeon to be the one to assimilate all of the data, cut through all the complexities about it, and then make it all seem understandable and convincing for us common laypeople. That’s exactly what you get from pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Larry McCleary in his latest book called Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly.
Dr. McCleary is the bestselling author of a fantastic book released in 2007 entitled The Brain Trust Program that closely examined the impact our diet has on brain health. But with this new book, he wanted to dig deeper into the unmistakable connection between the brain and the “other brain” commonly known as the metabolism. The thesis Dr. McCleary asserts in his book is that there is a very clear connection between the brain and the belly and that by feeding your body the right kind of nutrition to keep your brain healthy, you’ll experience a domino effect in your metabolism that will keep your hunger at bay, make you feel satisfied with the way you eat, and enjoy amazing weight loss success. And this isn’t some fast and loose diet thesis we’re talking about here–Dr. McCleary has tested this on real people who have been highly successful at shedding the pounds while improving their brain health dramatically thanks to some sound scientific principles explained within the pages of this book.
Click here to read the rest of my review of Dr. Larry McCleary’s Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly.
Filed under: Health — @ July 26, 2010
The science supporting a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carbohydrate nutritional approach is sound and has been for many years now. And the more we learn about the detrimental impact that carbs are having on our health, the closer we’re inching to a day and age when we will be able to love and enjoy this fabulous way of eating as a universally accepted dietary option for people dealing with obesity, diabetes, and many of the chronic diseases so many people are currently suffering from. You might be thinking to yourself that this seems like a wild dream to even fathom low-carb acceptance as a plausible outcome with the current negative atmosphere about dietary fat (that it is “clogging your arteries” and going to give you a heart attack) and almost universal embracement of carbohydrates (that they are “essential” to the human diet) that livin’ la vida low-carb could ever be taken seriously as the natural therapeutic treatment option for healing many of life’s health woes. But there’s good news on that front–we’re getting closer now than we’ve ever been before thanks to the newfound embracement of high-fat, low-carb living by one of the world’s most recognized names in health, Dr. Andrew Weil.
Click here to see the three-year transformation that has taken place in the dietary philosophy of Dr. Weil after he read Gary Taubes’ book Good Calories Bad Calories and his increasingly bold support now for high-fat, low-carb living!
Filed under: Review — @ July 25, 2010
Books, books, and more books! I got ‘em coming out of my ears for the Summer of 2010, so I’m doing this special series of reviews of the newest and best low-carb, health, and nutrition books that you may want to take a closer look at. Many of the authors of the featured books are scheduled to be guests on my podcast show in the coming months. My goal is to try to feature at least one new book review a day, every day all summer long. There’s a lot of great stuff out there you need to know about and I can’t wait for you to see what all is available! ENJOY!
People these days feel trapped by the obvious failure of conventional wisdom when it comes to their diet and health. They have faithfully followed everything they’ve been told is good for them down to the last bit of whole grain bread and tofu burgers that are most commonly associated with the standard low-fat, high-carb, plant-based dietary recommendations–but they still inexplicably deal with obesity and chronic disease like never before! What the heck is going on here? It’s one thing to fool around with your personal fitness and nutrition where you are expected to gain weight and have unhealthy blood sugars, lipids and the like. But what can explain these things happening when you’re supposedly doing everything 100% right? That’s the answer that personal trainer Kevin Brown and registered dietitian Annette Presley answer for readers in their counterintuitive book called The Liberation Diet: Setting America Free from the Bondage of Health Misinformation!.
Brown and Presley do an outstanding job of explaining the breakdown that is happening with nutrition in the 21st Century. They correctly identify what’s wrong with a “one-size-fits-all” approach to promoting the same diet to everyone without taking into account the specific individualized factors that make one way of eating better than another for certain people. Challenging this conventional wisdom on nutrition is what you get early and often from The Liberation Diet and the authors don’t hold back in blasting away at the nonsense that pervades from the so-called health “experts” and government policymakers responsible for perpetrating these lies on the unsuspecting public. The stories behind how foods like Crisco came into being are truly fascinating and should make you shudder about what the food industry is feeding Americans that we DON’T yet know about. We learn that clever marketing and a little slight of hand is all it takes to convince people to start eating something their great-grandparents would have never even entertained a thought about eating. From margarine to Cool Whip to Wonder Bread, we’re surrounded by so many “fake foods” that the message this book implores on the reader is to simply get back to eating real, whole foods again. Duh!
Click here to read the rest of my review of Kevin Brown and Annette Presley’s The Liberation Diet.