Janie Bowthorpe: Doctors Are Treating Thyroid Problems All Wrong

Filed under: Health — @ July 23, 2010

In Episode 383 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” The Truth About Thyroid Week continues with natural thyroid activist Janie Bowthorpe from StopTheThyroidMadness.com and author of the accompanying book Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment. When you listen to Janie speak, you can sense the frustration she’s had from over two decades of not knowing what was wrong with her and taking medications that are completely ineffective. In this interview, you’ll hear her discuss her lack of energy, depression, increased heart rate and exhaustion, why Synthroid was exactly the wrong thyroid medication for her, why she had to quit being a fitness instructor because of her thyroid symptoms, her “debilitating” reaction to exercising, the many misdiagnoses of her thyroid problems, the huge difference that Armour (desiccated pig thyroid) made to her health, the thyroid group on Yahoo she started which began her personal campaign against the wrong information being promoted about thyroid, what the purpose of desiccated thyroid is, the problems with finding Armour over the past year, why pulverizing the Armour medication makes it work a lot better, the most common symptoms of thyroid issues, the mistakes doctors make in treating thyroid problems, how you find a good doctor who understands your specific needs, the independent labs that you can have run where you can order your own tests without the need for a doctor, the response to her book despite the fact it is not available on bookstore shelves, and how she responds to the critics who say she isn’t qualified to speak so authoritatively on this subject.

Click here to find out why Janie Bowthorpe is a rebel with a cause sounding the horn on the literal “madness” being promoted about thyroid problems. ENJOY!

Touring Live Oak Farms To See Where Real Local Food Is Made

Filed under: Health — @ July 22, 2010

The local food movement has been building some tremendous momentum over the past few years thanks in part to the unmistakable influence of books by science journalist Michael Pollan (including his latest book entitled Food Rules) as well as the hit documentary film exposing the secrets behind the factory farming that pervades our food supply called Food Inc. People like Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms in Northern Virginia are leading the way by demystifying farming in the 21st Century and public outrage has motivated people to seek out local farms in their area. It seems more and more people are no longer content with what their local grocery store is offering them and their families when it comes to fresh, delicious and nutritious foods to consume at mealtimes because the quality has become so severely diminished. From the grain-fed meats to genetically modified vegetables, we’re experiencing a bona fide food revolution taking place on the local level all across the United States where people are wanting to locate local farmers and farmer’s markets to begin providing their family with food that tastes great, supports their local economy, and is unquestionably far superior in nutritional makeup than anything a supermarket could ever provide them.

I had been actively seeking a local supplier of various foods that are a regular part of my diet for several years now and became frustrated by how difficult it was to find a farm near my home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Searching on the popular EatWild.com web site, the closest farm was about an hour away which I was willing to drive to if nothing else was available. Although there are wonderful places online where you can purchase “local” foods like grassfed beef, raw butter and cheeses, and more, it kind of defeats the purpose of the local food philosophy if you live in South Carolina and purchase food from Indiana. And farmer’s markets in my area are just too few and far between to be a reliable source for the foods I need to nourish my body. Surely there had to be a farm somewhere close to my home where I could purchase the staples of my healthy low-carb lifestyle! And there is.

Earlier this year, a friend of mine from church saw me post on my Facebook page about my desire to find a local farm where good quality healthy real whole food is made and she enthusiastically told me about this place she had discovered called Live Oak Farms in nearby Woodruff, South Carolina. She said they sell all sorts of foods, including grassfed beef, pastured pork, raw milk and cheeses, organic vegetables, and so much more. It certainly sounded like the kind of place I had been wanting to find, so Christine and I decided to check it out for ourselves. Located right off of I-26 heading south towards Columbia a mere 12 miles from my front doorstep, this was indeed precisely what I had been looking for in my area.

I began having conversations with the farmer’s wife Allison Schaum when I visited their store every couple of weeks about featuring their farm on my “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast to talk about the ins and outs of being a local farmer to help give them some exposure while educating my listeners about how to find similar farmers in their area. But I quickly realized a simple conversation over the telephone would not tell the whole story of what happens on a farm like theirs with all the animals, the way they are raised without the use of antibiotics or chemicals, and all the other various nuances of modern-day farming life. That’s when the idea was borne inside my head to do a series of YouTube videos highlighting the great work they are doing providing local consumers in the Upstate of South Carolina with the freshest, most nutrient-dense foods they can find anywhere in the area.

It was an amazing experience to see how this outstanding local farm works. I would venture to say that the average Joe out there doesn’t have a clue about how a farm like this works with all the day-to-day activities that take place to make it happen. Allison and I talked about these issues quite extensively in the videos because it’s important to be educated about where your food comes from and how it is created. Sadly, far too many people are content with what they find in their grocery store and trust that it is the best food they can find. If they only knew there are better ways to feed your family, then they’d immediately stop feeding them any other way than what can be found in season from a local farmer.

The videos will show you the rare forms of ewes, horses, cows, chickens and turkeys featured at Live Oak Farms, learn about the wildlife preservation project they are a part of, as well as gaze upon their beautiful array of collectible wagons on their property. Allison and I talk about the current state of consumer awareness regarding real food, how learning about where food comes from is positively impacting the next generation, and why the meticulous attention to detail about how they raise their animals is a vital part of the farming experience that ultimately benefits the people who consume the foods they make. As you watch the videos, keep in mind these are real people like you and me who are supporting their family through hard work that is done as a true labor of love and respect for the resources they have been given to humanely raise the animals that will become the future meals served on our dinner table. Hopefully what you see in these videos will inspire you to seek out a local farmer in your area who can provide you surprisingly affordable local foods that fit within your healthy low-carb lifestyle!

Click here to enjoy this special 5-part video series with Allison Schaum about Live Oak Farms in Woodruff, South Carolina presented in high-definition (HD) quality.

Can A Paleo/Low-Carb Diet Alone Treat Familial Hypercholesterolemia?

Filed under: Health — @ July 21, 2010

It’s almost impossible to flip through the channels on your television set these days without seeing some kind of advertisement about what to do about a condition commonly labeled as “high cholesterol.” From Lipitor to Crestor, these popular cholesterol-lowering medications have been highly touted by seemingly intelligent and respectable people like physicians and patients who claim to have been helped by regularly taking these statin medications. If you ask most people if taking a statin drug is good for you or not, it would not be surprising to hear upwards of 9 out of ten respond in the affirmative. Such is the power of the marketing of these drugs in modern society.

Unfortunately, most doctors seem clueless about cholesterol and are stuck in cookie-cutter mode about how to best treat what they deem as “high” when it comes to LDL and total cholesterol especially. But the greater importance of higher HDL cholesterol levels and lower triglycerides which are typical of people who are livin’ la vida low-carb is oftentimes flat out ignored because the pharmaceutical companies have created quite a racket peddling pills for a trumped up condition like “high cholesterol.” It’s THEIR responsibility to the consumer to prove that having “high cholesterol” is unhealthy in most people. They can’t do it, though, and so they conveniently ignore the issue altogether while continuing to peddle their drugs to family doctors who happily push them on their patients who are blindly asking for them because a TV commercial told them to. You know, I’d love to see the looks on the faces of any of these doctors when I tell them my total cholesterol is 326 and I don’t need a statin, something a man calling himself “Doc” said made me a “dead man walking.” Well, I’m not gone yet and don’t plan to be anytime soon.

While many patients with a poor lipid panel (low HDL, high triglycerides, and high levels of small, dense LDL particles) got that way from consuming a high-carbohydrate diet according to a 2007 study, there are more rare instances of cholesterol issues stemming from genetics that some people need to be concerned about. It’s called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and it is indeed something that can run in families causing their LDL cholesterol levels to skyrocket and put them at a greater risk for premature cardiovascular disease as early as 30 years old. This is known as familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia (FHH) and impacts approximately one out of every 500 people. So if 50,000 people are reading this column, then 100 of you statistically speaking have FHH. One such reader contacted me about this condition after he was diagnosed with it last year and he asked me to write about it so that others can benefit from the knowledge he is still building on this subject.

Click here to read more about the details of his condition and the surprising recommendation that respected low-carb cardiologist Dr. William Davis offered up as the best way to treat the FHH.

Dr. Datis Kharrazian Answers The Question ‘Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal?’

Filed under: Health — @ July 20, 2010

While the nutritional bureaucrats at the United States Department of Agriculture mull over the 2010 Dietary Guidelines with their predictable recommendations pushing a low-fat, high-carb, plant-based diet on Americans over the next few months, some individual states have decided to go a different route in educating the public about what healthy eating looks like. In the state of Maryland, they have been doing something since 2008 called the “Buy Local Challenge” where real local foods produced by farmers and sold at farmer’s markets are highlighted for an entire week in July annually to give them an opportunity to connect with their local consumers. Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Earl Hance with Governor Martin O’Malley’s blessing is urging the people of his state to include one local real whole food in each meal from July 17-25, 2010. Of course, the goal is to make this change permanent thing to alter the food culture forever in Maryland with people purchasing fresh local pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, fresh organic produce, and more from the local farms and to instill in children the importance of knowing where food comes from (and it’s not from grocery stores). Over the weekend, I had the privilege of speaking with Secretary Hance for a 7-minute chat to ask him about why the governor there is so enthusiastic about this “Buy Local Challenge” and what they hope to have happen as a result of this awareness campaign. Take a listen to what he had to say at the beginning of today’s podcast because these are the kind of efforts that warrant our attention and support!

One of the most popular subjects of interest within the low-carb community is on the thyroid. Disorders related to thyroid (hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, etc.) are commonplace among many people dealing with obesity and chronic disease. It seems a damaged thyroid leads to so many typical symptoms, but when your doctor tests your thyroid function he tells you everything is okay. But you know everything is NOT okay and that something serious is happening with you that cannot be explained by a “normal” diagnosis. This is why we’re featuring The Truth About Thyroid Week on the podcast with bona fide experts about thyroid who can answer the questions you may have about diagnosing and treating disorders associated with it. Today’s podcast interview guest is arguably the most knowledgable experts on Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism in the world.

In Episode 382 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Dr. Datis Kharrazian, author of the definitive book on thyroid called Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism. Listen to Dr. Kharrazian discuss his foray into nutrition and natural medicine, his frustration with the pharmaceutical model of treating disease, why the prescription drug industry is leading to a shutdown of various bodily functions, how the food solution is oftentimes ignored by mainstream medical professionals although the public is beginning to educate themselves more, what the thyroid gland is and the function it serves, the current problems with the way thyroid issues are being conventionally treated, the most common symptoms of a thyroid disorder, the two antibody tests that are essential to have checked if you exhibit problems, the inefficiency and archaic nature of measuring your temperature for determining thyroid issues in modern society, his analysis of my thyroid test results, why hypothyroidism and metabolic syndrome exhibit similar symptoms, the hypoglycemia connection to thyroid disorders, why blood sugar problems are a precursor to thyroid issues, the specific diet plan he uses to treat patients dealing with an autoimmune reaction in the thyroid, the role gluten plays in thyroid complications, the individualization of carbohydrate tolerance, supplements that are helpful to support thyroid function, why taking iodine is like throwing gasoline on a fire for people with thyroid disorders, the TH1 and TH2 dominance factor, the essential role that Vitamin D plays in stimulating thyroid pathways and why the RDA for it go back to the World War II era, his unique fasting program using a sugar water solution for improving insulin resistance (why a hypoglycemic should NEVER do this), the anti-inflammatory diet that he recommends for patients to fix the metabolic problems, why even organic sources of food can be problematic for people with blood sugar disorders, the medicinal solutions like Levothroxine, Synthroid, and Armour that exist for people needing thyroid replacement therapy and why they fail so many people, how the fillers they put in thyroid drugs are what leads to temporary improvements, and the story behind why there have been problems with the Armour medication.

Click here to listen to this power-packed podcast episode for anything and everything you could ever want to know about thyroid.

Hannah Sutter: Government Guidelines Regarding Diet Are Skewed From The Start

Filed under: Health — @ July 16, 2010

There’s a rising wave of outright disgust over what is happening with nutritional recommendations by most governmental authorities not just in the United States but in countries all around the world–namely, the blatant misinformation being propagandized to an unsuspecting public about a low-fat, high-carb, plant-based diet. But there’s a rising revolution bubbling up from the grassroots with real people standing up on behalf of what they know has worked for them to dramatically improve their health. That’s what motivated my recent testimony before the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines in Washington, DC and today’s podcast interview guest is putting herself on the front lines of this debate as well.

In Episode 381 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from an energetic UK-based attorney named Hannah Sutter who became so disgusted with the conventional dietary wisdom that she decided to create her own low-carb food company in 2006 called GoLower. Hannah is the author of a provocative new book entitled Big Fat Lies: Is Your Government Making You Fat? Hear her discuss why she became angered over the low-fat lie, why she created her low-carb food company, what motivated her to write her book exposing the propaganda of dietary recommendations, the cutting-edge work with ketogenic diets and cancer, how Gary Taubes and Drs. Mike & Mary Dan Eades heavily influenced her mode of thinking, the barriers to low-carb research, her reaction to The New Atkins For A New You book and her slight concerns over it, the published statistical horrors with obesity in the UK, why “intellectual arrogance” is keeping the low-fat lie alive, the specific lies being spread about diet, the sugar vs. starch discussion, why saturated fat isn’t as harmful as we’ve been led to believe, why there are different metabolic effects from fat in dairy compared to fat in meat, why exercise isn’t very important for weight loss, the “ship of fools” that explains why nothing ever changes with dietary recommendations, and so much more!

Click here to be encouraged that the tide is turning ever-so-slowly in the direction of acceptance of high-fat, low-carb living thanks to the efforts of people like Hannah Sutter.

Nutrition & Metabolism Society Video: Dr. Eugene Fine Asks ‘Is A Low-Carb Diet The Answer To Cancer?’

Filed under: Health — @ July 15, 2010

Everything in your life can be going along just fine when suddenly one day you start to feel some pain in a specific part of your body that requires you to go see your doctor. Once x-ray and MRI tests are run, your physician looks at your tests and says he’s going to need to do a biopsy to determine what exactly that “mass” is inside of you. Your heart sinks immediately thinking the worst and in most cases it ends up being benign after days of excruciating waiting. But it’s not unheard of after having a biopsy done for your doctor’s office to call you back and give you the dismal news you never wanted to hear–it’s cancer. Until you’ve been told those words there’s nothing that can prepare you for the devastation and horror of such a pronouncement that most people view as a certain death sentence. But there are plenty of cancer survivors out there who will attest that nothing could be further from the truth. And there’s one brave researcher at the Einstein College of Medicine who is doing some remarkable work examining the role carbohydrate-restriction can play in controlling and preventing cancer.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Eugene Fine and his RECHARGE Trial putting cancer patients on a carbohydrate-restricted diet with no starches or sweets for 28 days in an attempt to halt or reduce cancer cell growth and to watch his one-hour lecture on the subject that took place as part of Strategy & Planning Meeting for the Nutrition & Metabolism Society (NMS) on May 8, 2010.

Summertime 2010 Book Review Series: ‘Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal’ By Dr. Datis Kharrazian

Filed under: Health,Review — @ July 14, 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!

Millions of people are walking around right now with many of the most common symptoms of a thyroid problem–namely obesity, fatigue, depression, hair loss, constipation, cold all the time, muscle cramps, morning headaches, numbness in extremities, sleeping excessively, itchy skin, low body temperature, and more–despite the fact that their doctor tells them their thyroid is just fine since the tests he ran indicate as much. The most frustrating part for people dealing with these problems is the lack of weight loss despite all the dieting in the world. There comes a point when an alternative explanation has to emerge to account for this physical reaction happening in the body despite the fact that everything is considered “normal.” That’s where Dr. Datis Kharrazian comes in to explain that you’re not going crazy as he clearly answers the question that is the title of his book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto’s Disease and Hypothyroidism.

Click here to read my review of Dr. Datis Kharrazian’s fascinating book on everything related to thyroid.

Hemp And Chia Seeds: Low-Carb Superfoods You Need To Know About

Filed under: Health,New Product — @ July 13, 2010

In Episode 380 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from Canadian health food activist Ruth Shamai from Ruth’s Hemp Foods who shares more about the rare omega-3 rich additions to a healthy diet coming from hemp and chia seeds. You may not know much about these sources of healthy nutrition which is why I wanted to have an expert on the podcast to educate us all. Listen to Ruth tell us about her journey to creating a company using hemp and chia seed products, her vacillation between being a vegetarian and an omnivore and her current revelations about meat, the abomination of factory farming and her theory about the lack of land to produce the amount of grass-fed meat for everyone to consume, the essential nature of animals for growing vegetables, why hemp is healthy and her role in getting it legalized to sell in Canada, the high-protein, high omega-3 fats, and low-carb nature of the hemp seed, why there are more omega-6 fats than omega-3, the reasons why you should consume chia seeds, including the omaga-3 fats, fiber, and various other vitamins and minerals, why hydrating chia seeds is so important, and the chia revolution happening with marathon runners.

A Personal Account Of Testifying Before The USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines Panel

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Last week I embarked on quite an adventurous journey that took me away from my daily routine in my hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina all the way to our nation’s capital in Washington, DC to stand before one of the most powerful government agencies overseeing nutritional public policy in the United States of America. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) have combined forces every five years since 1994 to come up with brand new recommendations known as MyPyramid about how the public should be eating and exercising in order to attain optimal health and weight control. They do this through a subset of the USDA called The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) created in December 1994 and charged with identifying all of the latest and relevant scientific research linked with nutrition that is important to the American people. These recommendations are used as a template and guide for many government programs such as school lunches in public schools. Additionally, major health organizations like the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association cite the information provided by the USDA as their evidence for promoting nutritional solutions to health conditions related to diet, namely heart disease and diabetes. In other words, this is all a very big deal and 2010 just happens to be the year when the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans is set to be released.

Click here to read about the process that led me to Washington, the representation of the low-carb message to the USDA, and a bold proposal about making meaningful changes by the time the next Dietary Guidelines roll around in 2015.

John Durant: Paleolithic Man, Barefoot Runner, New Yorker?

Filed under: Health — @ July 12, 2010

The Paleolithic way of eating has burst on the scene strongly in 2010 with a robust one out of every 5 of my readers identifying themselves Paleo/primal. This is an outstanding trend because people who may object to the term “low-carb” or even “high-fat” might pay attention to the message if it’s called “Paleo” instead. And we’re seeing some major media outlets already taking notice of people like today’s podcast interview guest who are doing great work promoting the virtues of eating like our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

In Episode 379 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from the rising Paleolithic superstar John Durant from Hunter-Gatherer.com who has had quite the year in 2010. A major newspaper story and television interview has shone a bright light on the work Durant is doing promoting traditional dietary principles–in New York City of all places! Listen to John share about how his energy and mood changes after college led him to pay attention to his health for the first time ever, the influence of Art DeVany, his brand marketing occupation, a synopsis of his talk at the upcoming Ancestral Health Symposium on August 5-6 2011, why he created his web site with a sincere desire to open a bigger tent for this way of eating, the January 2010 New York Times article borne out of a gourmet hot dog party, the domino effect that happened in the international press after the newspaper story ran, his hilarious appearance on “The Colbert Report” in February 2010 and the curious way he overcame his nerves, the Eating Paleo in NYC meetup group, how he’s able to live the Paleolithic lifestyle in The Big Apple, the Barefoot Runners in NYC group in Central Park and his enjoyment with the “shock value” of running without shoes or a shirt in public, what his eating plan looks like, his defense of red meat, why there was a lack of coverage of the Krauss saturated fat study from January 2010, why your hunger and thirst mechanisms work so wondrously, the health benefits and importance of embracing a Paleo/low-carb lifestyle, and an exclusive sneak peek at his upcoming book Live Wild: A Survival Guide To The Modern World.

Click here to listen because you can’t help but get excited about the future of Paleo/low-carb living when you hear John Durant wax so eloquently about what is obviously the passion of his life.

25 Sizzling New Low-Carb & Health Blogs For July 2010

Filed under: Health — @ July 6, 2010

It’s that time again for Christine and I to go away for a few days and so there won’t be any new columns posted the rest of the week. However, as regular readers already know, I like to keep you busy with some useful information being provided by other fantastic new low-carb and health bloggers that have captured my attention lately and today I’ve got 25 outstanding ones just waiting for you to take a look at. This is a fascinating crop of blogs that are all worthy of examining a little closer while I’m gone this week in Washington, DC. I’m going to be testifying before the USDA’s Advisory Board to share my concerns and disgust with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans they’ve come up with that calls for even more carbohydrate intake, less fat, and a move to a more vegetarian-styled diet. Each of the people testifying will have three minutes to state their case and it should be a memorable experience for everyone attending. Check out my Twitter and Facebook pages to keep up with what is happening as I’ll try to provide updates from the event. Additionally, video exit interviews of the low-carb speakers like Dr. Richard Feinman, Sally Fallon, and others will be conducted outside the USDA building at the conclusion of the day. GOOD STUFF!

The following 25 blogs are are all ones that you’ll want to spend some time checking out. Being a new blogger can be intimidating because you just never know who if anyone is actually reading your stuff and if it’s worth your time to be writing so much. So if you see something on one of these blogs that piques your interest or makes you think, then take a few moments to leave a comment or write an e-mail to that blogger. You have no idea just how powerful a statement that simple little action really has. And when you do, don’t forget to tell them that Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” told you to drop in. Just in case you might have 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.

Click here to access 25 sizzling hot new low-carb and health blogs for July 2010.

Dr. Richard Feinman’s Low-Carb ‘Default Diet’ Lecture

Filed under: Health — @ July 5, 2010

There are a lot of people who have stepped up to the plate on behalf of the science behind carbohydrate-restriction because they realize this message is much too important for the sake of the literally hundreds of millions of people around the world who are currently suffering from obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cancer, and other preventable diseases! Many of these highly-intelligent and well-respected MDs, PhDs, and other medical and nutrition professionals have literally put their careers on the line defending this way of eating because they themselves have seen it radically change the lives of real people every single day through their patients, research subjects, and even themselves. This passionate interest in the subject of livin’ la vida low-carb really isn’t about some propagandist zealotry based on empty conjecture and innuendo as can oftentimes creep into any discussion of diet and it’s unmistakable relationship to health. It really is all about the “weight of the evidence” regarding the science supporting high-fat, low-carb nutrition as my friend Regina Wilshire so aptly proclaims in the title of her blog. On the front lines of this debate of ideas is an unassuming introspective biochemistry professor from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, New York named Dr. Richard Feinman.

Click here to learn more about the Founder of The Nutrition & Metabolism Society and to watch video footage of his 60-minute lecture on the “Default Diet” from the May 8, 2010 NMS Planning & Strategy Meeting in New York City.

Summertime 2010 Book Review Series: ‘Big Fat Lies’ By Hannah Sutter

Filed under: Books,Review — @ July 3, 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!

It all seems to make sense to the government health authorities who encourage citizens to eat less, exercise more, cut the fat and calories, eat more fruits and vegetables and all will be happy and healthy for life. Wellllll, not exactly. Although we’ve had this very advice pretty much shoved down our proverbial throats for nearly four decades, what has been the result? MORE obesity, MORE diabetes, MORE heart disease, MORE chronic disease than ever before in the history of the world. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. And this business that a low-fat, high-carb, vegetarian diet is the only way to produce optimal health is just about as insane as it gets. That’s why it’s good to know there are people like Hannah Sutter out there exposing the nutritional scam that is being perpetrated on innocent people worldwide. She hits this subject square between the eyes in her book Big Fat Lies: Is Your Government Making You Fat?.

JJ Virgin Says Avoid Conventional Diet And Fitness To Get Those ‘Sleeveless And Sexy’ Arms You’ve Always Wanted

Filed under: Health — @ July 2, 2010

In Episode 377 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we welcome back a celebrity fitness and nutrition expert from “Dr. Phil” named JJ Virgin who has a brand new book called Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms. I first interviewed her back in September 2008 and she’s been quite busy over the past couple of years expanding her web presence in order to make a bigger impact on people’s health. Listen to JJ Virgin talk about her fun new television gig where she will help people with strange eating habits, the comprehensive testing she does with her clients to find the underlying problems with weight loss, what the big deal is about having sexy arms like First Lady Michelle Obama, why diet and exercise are both important elements for shaping your body, what the JJ Virgin Arms Treaty is all about, going through the five steps in her book, the ridiculousness of snacking, why getting protein is so essential, why soy is not a legitimate health food, what quality carbohydrates people should be consuming in their diet, why a “no-carb” diet is probably not ideal, why this plan is perfect for people with diabetes, why walking is not real exercise, why exercise should be intense regardless of your age and fitness, her favorite new low-carb/Paleo books, the “healthy” foods that keep your arms fat, why agave nectar is the biggest health food joke, why she prefers xylitol as an alternative sweetener, why taking small steps in your health is a process, why you should do “burst to blast fat” and resistance training instead of lots of cardio exercise to effectively shed fat, her thoughts on slow weight lifting, why 7-9 hours of sleep is essential to satiety and energy, how stress makes you fat, old, and lose your sex drive, how to beat the “I blew it” attitude, her secret use of bronzer to make you look good, and why the naysayers will come out in full force when you find success.

Click here and you will be drawn in to this engaging and entertaining interview with JJ Virgin.

Low-Carb Advocates React To USDA’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines, Set To Testify Before Advisory Committee On July 8

Filed under: Events,Health — @ June 30, 2010

It’s been a couple of weeks now since that 13-member Advisory Committee for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their best recommendations for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the response from members of the low-carb community has been quite staggering in their underwhelmed opinion about what has been handed down as dietary truth like the Ten Commandments to Moses from the mountaintop! But, as I previously shared, what they are promoting as healthy nutrition to the American people is still very carbohydrate-heavy and fat-phobic to say the least with their recommendations for people to be eating even MORE carbs (you know, all those “healthy whole grains”) and to slash dietary fat, especially the dastardly “artery-clogging” saturated fat, even further. These asinine and archaic recommendations are still based on decades old propaganda (can you say Ancel Keys?!) that do not accurately reflect the most up-to-date research and information that we have at our disposal today.

The level of incredulity and concern regarding the seemingly blatant miseducation of the American people about something as critical to their lives as how they should eat for optimal health led me to seek out some of my favorite low-carb and health expert friends from around the world to chime in on the issue. We are in a serious philosophical battle for reaching the hearts and minds of people who struggle with obesity, diabetes, and chronic diseases that could easily be preventable if the truth about things like saturated fat and carbohydrates was more clearly defined for people so they can make informed decisions for the health of themselves and their families. Many people are seeking out this alternative information on the Internet which is why I am constantly writing and talking about it every chance I can get. While you and I might not be looking to the USDA for dietary answers, sadly a lot of people are trusting that this 13-member panel knows exactly what they’re talking about–and nothing could be further from the truth.

Click here to hear what some key voices in the real food, low-carb movement have to say about these new 2010 Dietary Guidelines and my upcoming testimony before the 13-member USDA Advisory Committee on Thursday, July 8, 2010.

VIDEO: Hear Low-Carb Diabetes Specialist Dr. Richard Bernstein Like You’ve Never Heard Him Before!

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One of the coolest parts about getting to work in the low-carb industry interviewing the biggest names in the world of nutrition, fitness, and health is the privilege I get to rub elbows with some of the real superstars supporting the science and practicality behind livin’ la vida low-carb. I don’t like to name drop or anything, but I consider people like Gary Taubes, Jackie Eberstein, Dr. Mary C. Vernon, Dr. Eric Westman, Fred Hahn, Drs. Mike & Mary Dan Eades, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Dr. James Carlson, Dr. Richard Feinman, Dana Carpender, Dr. Ron Rosedale, Tom Naughton, and so many others friends. I’ve not only interviewed so many of these wonderful people on my podcast which is a distinct pleasure, but I’ve also had the opportunity to meet them in person at various conferences that have taken place all around the country as well as the annual low-carb cruise. What a wonderful perk of the job that quite frankly never gets old. But last month I was honored to be a part of an event in New York City with The Nutrition & Metabolism Society where I was the official videographer. My job was to record the lectures by the speakers who were present and post them on YouTube. One of the most celebrated invited guests is a real hero and legend in the realm of low-carbdom: Dr. Richard K. Bernstein!

Click here to watch a special one-hour personal testimony about Dr. Bernstein’s low-carb life with all the ups, downs and in-betweens.

CJ Hunt Helps Us Find ‘The Perfect Human Diet’; Nutritionist Maria Emmerich Embraces Healthy High-Fat, Low-Carb Living

Filed under: Health — @ June 29, 2010

In Episode 376 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we are pleased to hear from two exciting podcast interview guests today. First up is a mini-interview with CJ Hunt, journalist and documentary filmmaker behind an upcoming release entitled In Search Of The Perfect Human Diet. I first shared about this movie in March 2007 and heralded it at the time as something we all need to rally behind. Well, here it is three and a half years later and the film is all but done with the need for some additional funding for the necessary post-production work that will bring this to the masses. Listen to CJ discuss the long journey of making his film, the influence of Dr. Loren Cordain on the project, the well-known people he interviewed for the documentary, the financial shortfall as the film reaches the conclusion, the analogy to this being OUR Super Size Me, the possibilities to show this nationally on PBS, what the specific money goal is and how easy it would be to reach it in the low-carb/Paleo community, and why this film poignantly combats the dietary nonsense that is being promoted by conventional health experts and government health organizations. This is one film that is worth your investment!

Then in the primary interview we hear from nutritionist Maria Emmerich, author of Secrets To A Healthy Metabolism, who transformed herself from a “fat kid” by transforming her nutrition first and with a little bit of exercise. Today she offers nutritional counseling to clients who she can totally relate with. Listen to Maria discuss her weight struggles growing up, why she bucked conventional wisdom to shed the pounds and get healthy, her training in nutrition and the influence of the biochemistry of food on her thinking, helping her clients deal with the frustration of having weight loss struggles even on low-carb due to deficiencies in four certain brain chemicals, why vitamin D and omega-3 fats are so vitally important, the specific high-fat low-carb foods your body needs to function well including full-fat versions of grass-fed beef, eggs, and cheese, the acetylcholine connection to brain health, the GABA wave tie to emotional distress and anxiety, her “turnip fries” recipe that tastes like French fries, why she no longer believes in being able to get all your vitamins from food, the sad influence of Dr. Mehmet Oz on health, the myth of low serotonin levels and moodiness on a low-carb diet, the positive impact of taking high-dose of 5-HTP right before going to bed, how magnesium helps stave off carbohydrate cravings, the right kind of magnesium to take, why people are more apt to choose risky prescription drugs over natural nutritional supplements, the concept of happiness coming from your stomach rather than your brain, details about her book, the reason why she recommends full-fat whole milk and loathes skim milk, the food additives being added to our food supply to keep us addicted to it, the balance of the hormones through healthy nutrition, and why a “beer belly” is really an “estrogen belly.”

Click here to listen to this interview that is chock full of so many great nuggets of nutritional truths. ENJOY!

Low-Carb Chicken Done Right With Wing-Time Buffalo Wing Sauce

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One of the greatest food creations of all-time has got to be whoever came up with the chicken wing. There are four stories floating around out there regarding the origins of this wonderful low-carb delicacy and they’re all certainly plausible:

1. In October 1964, a Buffalo, NY-based bar owner named Teressa Belissimo needed to feed her son Dominic and his friends from college who came home late at night and forced her to scramble for a quick and simple snack idea. She decided to take some chicken wings which were rarely used for anything more than chicken stock in those days and whip in some cayenne pepper sauce for some added zip before dropping them in the deep fryer. Teressa provided them with celery sticks and blue cheese to go with the wings and the rest is history.

2. The son from the above story Dominic recalled how they were created by stating his mother Teressa Bellisimo came up with the idea for the chicken wings as a way to show gratitude and appreciation for the bar patrons who were regular customers. The story goes that they were frequented by mostly Catholics on Friday nights who abstained from meat until Saturday, so they’d serve the wings at midnight.

3. It turns out the delivery truck mistakenly brought wings to the bar instead of the backs and necks that they use for making spaghetti sauce. So Frank Bellisimo asked his wife to come up with something interesting to do with the wings. Thus was born the chicken wing!

4. And finally, a tee-totally separate story involves a man named John Young who said he came up with his own special “mambo sauce” at his Buffalo, NY-based restaurant he eventually registered under the name “John Young’s Wings ‘n Things” sometime in the 1960s.

Whatever the origin, I’m just glad we have these mouthwatering delicacies to savor and enjoy on our healthy low-carb lifestyle. I used to wonder what the big deal was about gnawing on a bone trying to get the minuscule amount of meat off of the chicken wing, but then I tasted it and was hooked. It’s a great snack idea not just for watching football games, but virtually anytime you get the hankering for something tasty, filling, and hits the spot for that little something. But you’ve got to make sure you have the right kind of sauce to make sure it doesn’t have anything in it you don’t want and that it is done right. I’ve got just the thing for you: Wing-Time Buffalo Wing Sauce.

While buffalo wings might have been born in the 1960s, it wasn’t until 1994 when Wing-Time perfected the most famous and best Buffalo sauce you’ll ever taste! These premium sauces are made with only the finest ingredients that have no added sugars, are gluten-free, do not contain preservatives, and are even low in sodium for people watching their salt intake. It comes in four flavors: Mild, Medium, Hot, and Garlic. I’m a big sucker for garlic and butter on my chicken wings, so that last one is my favorite. Regardless of how spicy you like it, the Wing-Time Buffalo Wing Sauce has just the flavor for you. Give ‘em a try on your next batch of chicken wings!

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‘Bloggeranza Week 2′ Finishes Up With Holly Hickman From ‘Healthy Eats Here!’

Filed under: Health — @ June 27, 2010

Wah, wah, wah! After a fabulous week of podcast interviews of my fellow low-carb and health bloggers during “Bloggeranza Week 2″ this past week, sadly it must now come to an end. In case you missed any of them, be sure you go back and listen to all of the interviews with people like Connie Bennett, Ann Marie Michaels, Amy Dungan and Dr. Stephan Guyenet. But we’ve got one more podcast guest to share with you today who is a science writer and national reporter who went through her own journey to discovering the benefits of healthy real whole foods eating.

In Episode 375 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from former FOX News Radio reporter and science journalist Holly Hickman who used her torrid traveling schedule with her career to put together a fabulous real foods restaurant guide where you can purchase dishes that are grass-fed and organic called Healthy Eats Here! e-book. Listen to Holly share about how her father’s death from a brain tumor led her on this real food journey, her weight loss simply from changing the quality of the foods she consumed, the health improvements from eating this way, her major influences on becoming a real foods advocate, her Italian roots and addiction to carbohydrates, the influence on her of growing up in Europe, her self-study of the science behind nutrition, the details about her e-book, why she believes a move to real food is essential, how it would be impossible for everyone to eat locally-grown foods in today’s food culture, the fetishizing of food by the rich to have what they want whenever they want it, the kind of restaurants that didn’t quite make the cut for her e-book and why, the humane ways to raise and kill animals for food, the influence of Michael Pollan on this movement, her favorite restaurants serving real food across the United States, and why we don’t see a real foods chef on places like The Food Network and her dream to have her own show.

Click here to listen to this fascinating conversation with a woman like Holly Hickman who has been through her own real foods journey and is now sharing what she’s learned along the way.

‘Bloggeranza Week 2′ Welcomes Dr. Stephan Guyenet From ‘Whole Health Source’

Filed under: Health — @ June 25, 2010

We’re coming close to the end of “Bloggeranza Week 2″ featuring the top low-carb and health bloggers online today and it’s been quite the week already. There’s already been some pretty amazing chats with bloggers like Connie Bennett, Ann Marie Michaels, and Amy Dungan. Although we have one more conversation to share with you on Friday with Holly Hickman, today’s podcast guest is one of the most frequently-asked listener requested of all-time!

In Episode 374 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we are honored to have neurobiologist from the Seattle-based University of Washington and nutritional health expert Dr. Stephan Guyenet from the “Whole Health Source” blog. He has been one of the leading voices of the science supporting the consumption of healthy fats and traditional Paleolithic types of diets. Fan requests to hear from Stephan has been overwhelming and this is sure to be one of the top podcast interviews of 2010. Listen to him discuss how and why he got interested in the subject of health, where he sees the Paleo/low-carb movement going in the next few years, his thinking about the perception of sugar versus fat in American culture, how MSG mimics sugar in the body, why grains respond different in some people than others, why grinding, soaking, and fermenting grains is so important if you are going to consume them, why consuming a 100% whole grain bread is unnatural, why the calorie theory is not as relevant to body fat regulation as we’ve been led to believe, how your body will defend a “set point” where it wants to keep your body weight at, the role of leptin resistance in growing fat mass, producing hunger, and slowing calorie-burning, why insulin is not as critical as leptin, the positive role of gut flora and bacteria in the body, why the polymer oligofructose (a form of inulin) promotes fat loss, the exercise component in fat loss and a healthy lifestyle, why sprints and circuit training is most effective for increasing insulin sensitivity and reducing body fat, the impact of Gary Taubes’ Good Calories Bad Calories, the distinction between a heart attack, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, the rise and fall in cigarette smoking correlating with heart disease, and the public confusion about living healthy.


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