Defending LCHF in the climate change debate

Our last post which questioned in passing aspects of the plant-based position on climate change caused quite a fuss in some circles. We were accused of being science-deniers, on a par with Trump and the anti-vaxxers, by some. There’s a recent blog about us here. The atmosphere is warming, the sea levels are rising, species are dying and habitats becoming sterile, and the major contribution – certainly the largest modifiable contribution – is the fossil fuel combustion which has gone on since the beginning of the industrial era and shows no sign… Read More

Red Meat Will Kill You – and make it look like an accident.

By George Henderson and Grant Schofield Disclaimer – we’re not recommending that people eat red meat in preference to white meat, anymore than we think people should eat red peppers instead of onions. A mixed diet of various types of animal and plant foods, as close to nature as is consistent with good hygiene, good digestion, and good eating, is the default option for good nutrition. However, red meat epidemiology is the modern example of bad science which, because it panders to a vegetarian bias that runs along class lines, isn’t being… Read More

NZ case study; A citizen scientist controls autoimmune diabetes without insulin, with a low carb diet, a glucose meter, and metformin.

The case study is a very important type of medical publication that’s overlooked in this age of big data. Unlike large statistical studies, which tell you the probability of something happening, the case study tells you whether something CAN happen at all, and under exactly which circumstances it has happened. Case studies answer questions like “Can autoimmune diabetes, with lower insulin production, be managed long-term without insulin?” Yes, it can, and this is described in full detail and a clear and simple style in a new case-study from Christchurch.[1] 2017 Nelson Jacobs… Read More

The battle over the causes of cardiovascular disease heats up!

By George Henderson and Grant Schofield In today’s Guardian, there’s a report on the backlash against an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine entitled “Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions”.[1] The authors are cardiologists Aseem Malhotra and Pascal Meier, well known for their support of low carb interventions (Pascal Meier is also editor of BMJ Open Heart). And, coming as a surprise to us, Rita Redberg, a cardiologist who is better… Read More

The fat emperor again

Ivor Cummings latest talk is worth a watch. He basically does my entire third year “Lifestyle Disease” class in a single lecture. So you can save taking that and just watch this. I don’t buy the whole “you have to be an engineer to have a problem solving brain” line Ivor.  I’ve heard enough of that from my Dad over the years, who is also an engineer.  True though, they are both good problem solvers. http://www.thefatemperor.com/blog/2017/4/3/fat-emperor-at-weston-price-limerick-a-root-cause-talk-cholesterol-diabetes

The BROAD study – a super-low fat vegan intervention for weight loss

By George Henderson and Grant Schofield There are few diet trials published from New Zealand, so we’re always keen to see them; and there are even fewer vegan diet trials. We are even more interested when they go beyond their data, and start in on a sort of zealot approach to running down low carb diets which this study gives no insight into. So what did they do? They went vegan (plant only) That is, we think this was a vegan study, because it’s called a “whole food plant based diet”, well-known vegan doctors… Read More

What Really Happens to Saturated Fat on a Low Carb Diet?

In our last post, we went into a lot of detail about specific types of saturated fat and their effects on HDL. Here, we’ll try to summarise that information, and highlight some interesting conclusions, in simpler language. But first, a short chemistry lesson. Nothing too hard, hopefully – we’ll just focus on the main dietary saturated fats (technically, fatty acids), the 4 “even numbered, long-chain saturated fats”. Lauric acid – a 12 carbon saturated fat (C12:0). This is the rarest of these 4 fats. It is mainly found in the diet in… Read More

Diet and HDL; the effect of myristic acid vs carbohydrate.

The nutrients that raise and lower HDL and ApoA1. So is getting your HDL high a good thing?  It probably depends if you earned it or not…..and what you eat especially myristic acid This very interesting study from 2014 brings into focus many of our recent posts about HDL, TG/HDL, ApoB/ApoA1 in the context of our more food-focused posts about butter and the dietary guidelines.[1] hdl-diet This is a very readable paper which covers a lot of interesting ground. It looks at the associations between reported intake of micronutrients and macronutrients and a… Read More

Dietary Guidelines – our letter in The Lancet

If anyone’s interested in the public health nutrition debate around the dietary guidelines, then here’s a summary and critique of our latest jousting round(s) with conventional wisdom. In late 2016, an article from New Zealand in defense of the current dietary guidelines was published in the renowned medical journal The Lancet. While the authors (who included Prof Jim Mann, Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Prof Rod Jackson, and Prof Boyd Swinburn) ranged far and wide over the justifications for current guidelines, they cited no research critical of them, and ignored the most trenchant criticisms, which… Read More

Margarines, Cooking Oils, and Non-dairy Spreads – is there enough evidence for benefit or harm?

How much evidence do you need to make recommendations about what the public should eat? It depends really. “On fair evidence we might take action on what appears to be an occupational hazard. For example, we might change from a probably carcinogenic oil to a non-carcinogenic oil in a limited environment and without too much injustice if we are wrong. But we should need very strong evidence before we made people burn a fuel in their homes that they do not like or stop smoking the cigarettes and eating the fats and… Read More