Fasting Diets Are Gaining Acceptance

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An excellent article from the New York Times detailing the growing acceptance of fasting around the world. Looking at the millions of people who fast periodically for religious and spiritual reasons as well as the popularity of fasting in celebrity culture it is quickly being seen as a source of health and longevity.

Sam The Fat Burner

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A great new post from Prof. Grant Schofield about becoming ‘metabolically flexible’ and the LCHF journey of Sam Wallace, Television NZ’s roving weather man. He went from being a carb burner to ‘Sam The Fat Burner’; 4.5kg weight loss, feeling full of energy and any anxiety around harder TV segments had disappeared.

Link Between Autoimmune Disease and Processed Food

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This article looks at new research that has drawn a possible connection between the increase in the rate of autoimmune diseases and the increasing amount of food additives used in certain processed foods. Glucose, salt, emulsifiers, organic solvents, gluten, mTG and nanoparticles are being extensively and increasingly used by food manufacturers however all of these food additives increase intestinal permeability.

The Day Low-Fat Died

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Written by Dr. Phil Maffetone, this article looks at the changes that came about in 2015 to finally kill-off the credibility of the low-fat diet message. Specifically he notes that The Journal of the American Medical Association printed a comment that it “tacitly acknowledges the lack of convincing evidence to recommend low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets for the general public in the prevention or treatment of any major health outcome, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, or obesity.”

The truth about fat and sugar is finally explained

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British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra succinctly explains his low carb journey and reveals why you need to let fat be your medicine. “In my opinion a perfect storm of biased research funding, biased reporting in the media and commercial conflicts of interest have contributed to an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients. The result is a nation of over-medicated sugar addicts who are eating and pill-popping their way to years of misery with chronic debilitating diseases and an early grave”.

Burying the Snackwell Myth

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This article written by Michael F. Jacobson looks at the “Snackwell effect” which posits that back in the 1980s and 1990s, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans told everyone to eat less fat and the American public responded by replacing fat with more refined carbohydrates, especially sugar. Jacobson argues that this story is wrong on the facts and is a damaging distraction that obscures the real causes (and solutions) for  diet-related, preventable disease.

The Heart Association’s Junk Science Diet

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This article published in The Daily Beast is written by a board certified cardiologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. It looks at the increasing evidence that a low-fat diet is unhealthy for your heart and questions why the American Heart Association continues to recommend it. Her conclusion is that it is hugely profitable.

How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution

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This article from Nautilus looks at how a Western diet and lifestyle has drastically altered our ancestral gut microbiome. By failing to adequately nourish key microbes, the Western diet may also be starving them out of existence and the microbial die-outs are compounding across generations. The hope is that beneficial microbes can be separated from the dangerous ones, and that “good” ones can soon be restored.

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