Dr. Dwight Lundell, MD, a very experienced heart surgeon, explains that the mainstream medical opinion that reducing fat consumption reduces heart disease risk is not only incorrect, it is more damaging than what used to be considered normal fat intake:
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
This article is a wonderful explanation of glycemic load and its consequences. Of course, medical mavericks like Dr. Sears and Dr. Atkins have been talking about this for decades but of course they get marginalized as fad-diet quacks.
This week especially, I have felt vindicated for the opinions and methods I’ve spoken of and practiced. It seems that the medicine mafia is finally admitting that the 2 best things one can do for one’s health are a balanced, low-carb diet and walking regularly.
I love that video not only for its unique use of visual aids via whiteboard, but its simple truth. I think one thing that is glossed over is that one does not need to train like a triathlete to be in good shape and in fact it’s a bad idea in the long run for health because it’s unnecessary wear and tear on the body. I hear and read stories all the time about marathon runners and such keeling over suddenly from over-exertion. It’s a waste of time and most people aren’t naturally that active. For those that are, more power to them. I for one am just fine walking 30 minutes to 1 hour a day, with the occasional sudden but brief cardio workout – there’s increasing evidence that short bursts of intense cardio exertion yield more results than long sustained periods of them.
2 others that have a lifetime of proof behind them from just simply walking are Dr. Ron Paul, M.D. :
“…in the morning I like to get outside … I like to walk not on an exercycle but outside, about 3 or 4 miles, and it takes about an hour or so to do that”
“This August, 2012, Bernando LaPallo will turn 111 years of age, and he still has no problem walking at least a mile daily and receiving phone calls from people all around the world who want to hear how he’s done it, and how to make their own lives better.”
Back to the fat thing – not only is fat consumption good, it is required and particularly essential fatty acids (EFA) which the body cannot manufacture on its own. These are primarily the Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which apparently should be consumed within a certain range of ratios for optimum processing. 2 great examples of EFA sources that provide those 2 in good ratios are hemp (e.g. seeds, oil from the seeds, protein powder made from the seeds) and flax (e.g. flaxseed, flaxseed oil). Fish oil, either extracted or consumed from whole fish like salmon, are more traditional sources for this. Due to irradiation of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima incident, the use of toxic chemicals to break down oil released in the BP Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico and the pervasive existence of mercury in fish, I’m increasingly reluctant to even consume saltwater fish any more.
Pharmacist Ben Fuchs, whose radio show “Bright Side Ben” I listen to regularly in the morning, is very bullish on proper EFA supplementation and also agrees that carb reduction and high protein intake are key to ideal health and giving your body the best environment to heal and maintain itself. He agrees that the mainstream concept of treating the symptom with pharmaceuticals rather than treating the underlying cause, which almost always is poor nutrition and lifestyle, is false and misleading.
One interesting viewpoint Fuchs has is that digestion requires energy (and of course time for selection, gathering and preparation i.e. shopping and cooking) and strongly suggests substituting the nutrition itself directly through vitamin and mineral supplementation. This results in the body getting the nutrients it needs but still requiring raw calories to convert into glucose to burn as fuel, turns to its own fat stores. This restricted calorie approach I’ve read about to some extent as there are lots of experiments showing that calorie restriction results in extended lifetime, which makes a lot of sense to me. Once one consumes sufficient EFAs, as long as there is fat to burn, hunger is abated. Hunger cravings, he postulates, are simply the body’s craving for essential nutrients, ranging from sodium, zinc, selenium, magnesium and EFAs. He points out regularly that EFAs especially are so crucial because they are required for building cells and without them, the body resorts to less viable sources to convert into the required building blocks and the end result are maladies of all kinds ranging from eczema, psoriasis, chronic dry skin and so on. Of course, the blood-sugar seesaw that results from high-carb, low-protein and low-fat consumption results in even worse problems like early-onset diabetes and the combination of lack of essential nutrients and blood sugar abuse results in the kind of mysterious widespread diagnosis of various cancers and degenerative diseases in otherwise healthy people.
I admittedly love to eat tasty food but it’s difficult to eat tasty food on a constrained time and money budget. People with productive, active lifestyles just don’t have time to hit the farmer’s market daily and cook 3 or 4 meals with a variety of ingredients unless they are affluent enough to have their own chef and/or some kind of organic, non-GMO delivery service. So, I’m experimenting with the Fuchs approach of just going straight to the nutrients since it makes a lot of sense and fits into my busy schedule.
It is very exciting to see these trends emerging!
tl;dr summary: walk an hour a day, eat a small meal 3-4 times a day of good quality protein, carbs and fat – 2 fists of carbs to 1 fist of protein with a tablespoon or so of hempseed, flaxseed or olive oil, and use nutritional supplements with “meal replacement” protein powders like hemp and whey when pressed for time. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Bam!