Okay, okay, okay…I feel that I must weigh in on this topic…it has been ablaze in the low-carb and paleo worlds online, so I need to say my piece (like I haven’t in those places…but I want to bring attention to another idea…that of credit where it should be and discredit respectively)!
Maybe someone who reads my blog doesn’t read or belong to those other blogs or worlds…so here is the dealio:
I am not trying to personally attack any one person or any one organization, but I think that some of the main-stream ideas have got to be contraindicated! I think that people should know about truths versus BS for profit and power. What am I talking about? Well, let me tell you….
There was a recent article put out in Diabetes Health by a lady who claims to be a “diabetes expert.” Without going into much detail and taking up everyone’s time, I am just going to link to it and tell you to not be fooled…she is no expert for sure…and the article is lame. I did want to bring it up as another side to all of the research that I am about to post that totally contradicts this crazy lacky’s point of view. I do want to tell you to be warned about the ridiculousness with which many main-stream articles tend to side themselves. I can give you personal experiences from myself, those around me, friends, and experts…AND I can give you valid research on scientific levels as well as N=1 levels to counteract what is “alluded to” by this lady! So, first, read this stupid (sorry, I do think it is lame and stupid…and I’m irate about it giving negative and life-threatening advice) article:
Now, let me tell you…Hope Warshaw is dead wrong…can you pick up the issues? Let me help:
1. “Large studies have shown that with loss of five to seven percent of body weight (approximately 10 to 20 pounds) and 150 minutes of physical activity (30 minutes five times a week), people can prevent or delay the progression to type 2…[sic]…The reality is that if blood glucose is out of control, it’s time to progress to blood glucose-lowering medication(s), because it’s doubtful that weight loss alone will get and keep blood glucose under control. ”
-FIRST: this states that “large studies show” but does not point toward ANY sources to verify this…a warning should go off in your head saying…uh, what studies, when, by whom, how, and why…
-SECOND: here her response is that medication is the answer: “it’s time to progress to blood glucose-lowering medication(s)”…uhh, hang on, that should set off alarms! Did our ancestors say this? Did we have these issues just 30 years ago? Do the research and you will find out the answer is NO! Anyone that says MEDICATION IS NECESSARY PERIOD is a person that ABSOTIVELY, POSOLUTELY SHOULD BE QUESTIONED and SKEPTICIZED! To me this is a clear sign of some sort of special interest (here, it being drugs for diabetes…does she make a profit from this? Most likely…do the research).
To continue on:
” Today, most experts, including the American Diabetes Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, agree that people with type 2 should start on a blood glucose-lowering medication that decreases insulin resistance–the core problem in type 2–at diagnosis.”
-FIRST: Think about how these two places may make their money…follow that money..if they tell you to do the correct thing to actually HEAL yourself do you think they would stay in business? Do you think they would have purpose? Their purpose is to line their pocketbooks…not to help “cure” diabetics…the more they keep you diabetic, the more they can tout themselves, their mission, and the more they can make bank off of you!
-SECOND: Insulin resistance is not a condition of lack of medication to lower it…otherwise we may well all have it…look, it is obviously caused by something happening in the body…and the body is not made up of a bunch of injected medications and pills…so we need to get down to the root of what causes the resistance…and so far, that seems to be inflammation due to poor nutrition and physical practices and advice. So why not fix the root cause instead of just covering up the issue? I’ll list some studies and other links at the end of this blog that have tended to (throughout the years) provide keys to what helps in that area!
Continuing on, though:
” Nutrition recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes from the American Diabetes Association and other health authorities echo the recently unveiled U.S. 2010 Dietary Guidelines (1/31/11) for carbohydrate: about 45 to 65 percent of calories. (Americans currently eat about 45 to 50 percent of calories as carbohydrate–not a “high carb” intake.)”
Oh boy…this one is a biggie:
-FIRST: check the source again!
-SECOND: Who puts out the guidelines?…the USDA…do you really think the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE has a concern in the world about YOUR HEALTH? Hell no! They care about AGRICULTURE! It is their BUSINESS…in other words…it is their MONEY MAKER! What is? GRAIN, CORN, BIG PHARMA, BIG AGRIBUSINESS, BIG CHEAP COMMODITY…it is how they make money…they bow to the biggest pay-off…and that is not a healthy public…that is CORPORATE INTEREST!
-THIRD: We could argue semantics about what is or is not low-carb all day…the simple point is that it has been shown that the carb and sugar intake of the SAD and Western style diets are FAAAAR beyond ancestral ranges…far beyond healthy ranges…and far beyond what this mystery statistic is claiming (I couldn’t find a source for this, could you?) Carb intake is important to pay attention to…there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate…our bodies efficiently make this…plain and simple (and I’ll provide you with references at the end of this blog)…but let’s move on:
“Countless research studies do not show long term (greater than six months to a year) benefit of low carb diets on blood glucose, weight control, or blood fats.”
-FIRST: Again, we must always ask ourselves what these research studies are, where are they, where do they come from, why were they done, who did them, and where was the funding and integrity…OHHHHH….but wait, there are no sources given for this supposed fact!
-SECOND: They don’t? Resources provided at the end of this blog!
Okay…but this is getting way too long…my point is that we should ALWAYS check our facts…cross our Ts and dot our Is so to speak…you can read the rest of the article yourself and learn to find the flaws and fallacies…but I am now going to give credit where credit is due! Here are MY sources…also, here are some valuable counters to this and reads you might find enjoyable:
Jimmy Moore: Livin’ La Vida Low Carb:
Dr. Robert Su, M. D.:
Weston A. Price Foundation:
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine: Charles V. Mobbs, Professor:
Poplawski et. al in PLoS ONE:
Dr. Richard Bernstein:
PubMed Articles on Low-carb for Diabetes (read, then scroll down to the links):
Nutrition and Metabolism Society:
Do your own research…some of the best doctors and practitioners out there are working on spreading the word that it goes FAAAAR beyond $$$$ to make sense of many issues…including diabetes…DON’T BE FOOLED BY MEDIA HYPE AND MONEY MONGERS…YOUR HEALTH IS AT RISK! Learn to spot the LOGICAL FALLACIES in the hype! I have posted some links in this blog that are biased toward low-carb/paleo/primal ways of living…but I have also given you scientific resources to do your own research! You can get past what these profiteers are telling you…if you want more, please, please, please…ask me! I am UTTERLY THRILLED to share more with you….there is so much more out there than American Diabetes money-hounds and FOX news reporters that can’t get names or terms right…remember…there are people that study this, do this, experiment with this, and share it for a passion more than anything (like me)…and there are those that are told they need to say something that will make money…distinguish the difference and your whole life will change for the better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks and have a healthy day!