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When I started eating VLCHF, now referred to as Keto, I slowly became aware of its health benefits, beyond my initial weight loss. This blog is filled with those stories. That was over 10 years ago, when eating this way was considered “crazy” and “stupid.” Times they are a changin’.

There have been a series of reports on a recent study about the benefits of eating a ketogenic diet and Type 1 Diabetes. Here is the link to the New York Times report: How a Low-Carb Diet Might Aid People With Type 1 Diabetes.

Even with the positive results, you get the concept – “Oh that’s all well and good but nobody can follow that diet.”

Dr. Joyce Lee, a diabetes expert at the University of Michigan who was not involved in the study, said the findings were impressive and merited further follow-up, and that patients who wanted to explore a low-carb approach might do so while being monitored by their health care team. But she also noted that the patients in the new study were a “highly motivated” group, and that it would be difficult for many people to adopt the restrictive regimen they followed.

“The reality is that it’s really hard to do low-carb, given our cultural norms,” said Dr. Lee, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

Maybe our “Cultural Norms” need changing.

Recently there was a study on mice indicating that a ketogenic diet might help prevent or glaucoma. Here is a link to one of the reports on that study.

The results, published in the journal JNeurosci, found that feeding mice, genetically modified to develop glaucoma, a ketogenic diet composed of nearly 90 per cent fat for two months protected retinal cells from degeneration by increasing energy availability.

Although further research into this intervention is required, these findings suggest that a ketogenic diet may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, the researchers said.

Ok – let us see if our cultural norms get in the way of our seeing clearly.

 

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Spring 2018, 52 Day Challenge – Count Down

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The Spring 2018 –  52 Day Challenge – starts this Wednesday, March 14th.

Are you ready?

Have you joined the 52 Day Challenge Facebook Group?

Have you read the FAQs?

Have you set your Goals?

Have you Signed-Up for the Challenge?

Time to make things happen for yourself. See you at the Starting Line.

And The Winter 52DC Ends – not with a bang but a …………………

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The Winter 2018 52 Day Challenge ended last Friday. Not my greatest effort – but I am still happy. There were a lot of bumps-in-the-road that could have thrown me completely off course. Instead – we soldered threw. Here are my final numbers:

My Final Numbers for Winter 2018 52 Day Challenge.

  • CE: 96/102/96 (100%) This was the toughest goal to achieve.
  • RT: 18/15 (120%)
  • CT: 18/15 (120%)
  • PG1 (Push-ups): 2600/2600 (100%)
  • PG2 (Chin/Pull-ups): 1080/800 (135%)
The next 52DC starts on Wednesday, March 14th. I leave for another week in Florida on March 18th. When we get back – my daughter and grandson are here for a visit – and a couple of big family dinners are on tap. The I have a business trip during the first week in April. Damnation – this coming 52DC is going to be tough.
Add to that – March 12th is my 11th anniversary of eating Low Carb. Who said it is not maintainable?

Happy New Year!

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May you and yours have a Joyous and Healthy New Year!

2018

Sign Up  for the 52 Day Challenge.

See you at the 52DC Starting Line.

Gary Taubes: Opinion

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Found this interesting Opinion piece by Gary Taubes published on December 22, 2017, online in the Globe and Mail entitled: Minimal carbs, lots of fat, incredible dieting results – but not enough science.

There really isn’t much new in this article that you haven’t read before, but it puts it all together and may very well be a good read for the Newbie.

This is citation is interesting:

Now, decades later, the most recent unbiased review of this evidence – from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization founded to do such unbiased reviews – has concluded that clinical trials have failed to demonstrate any benefit from eating low-fat diets and so, implicitly, any harm from eating fat-rich foods. The 2015 review describes the evidence as only “suggestive” that avoiding saturated fat specifically may avert a single heart attack and says it’s even “less clear” whether this would lengthen anyone’s life.

Put simply, if this were a legal case, saturated fat would easily be acquitted. Any unbiased judge might even toss it out of court. This puts the history of LCHF diets into an entirely different perspective: remarkably effective medical interventions – both as treatment and preventive measure – that were rejected as quackery not because they were harmful but because they clashed with naive biases about the causes of obesity (gluttony and sloth) and the nature of a healthy diet.

Now – go and enjoy your Holiday Meals and Parties and when the New Year dawns and you think about undoing the damage done and getting healthy — Sign up for the Winter 2018 52 Day Challenge. See you at the Starting Line.

Lies We’ve Been Told!

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The big health news – The Sugar Industry Lied. “What The Industry Knew About Sugar’s Health Effects, But Didn’t Tell Us.” This story has been repeated in a number of publications. The original “study” was published in PLOS Biology.

Simply stated: The Sugar Industry aggressively hid the fact that sugar had negative effects on health and advertised that it was a healthy nutrient.

The sugar industry did not disclose evidence of harm from animal studies that would have (1) strengthened the case that the CHD risk of sucrose is greater than starch and (2) caused sucrose to be scrutinized as a potential carcinogen.

Are you shocked. Read Michael Moss” Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Or Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories. And so many other books out there – in the Low Carb world.

Does this sound familiar. Smoking is healthy – right? How many years did it take to show the lies the Tobacco industry foisted upon us. 

Big Tobacco finally tells the truth in court-ordered ad campaign.”

Smoking kills 1,200 people a day. The tobacco companies worked to make them as addictive as possible. There is no such thing as a safer cigarette.

Ads with these statements hit the major television networks and newspapers this weekend, but they are not being placed by the American Cancer Society or other health groups. They’re being placed by major tobacco companies, under the orders of the federal courts.

Lies our Fathers Told – Dietary Fat is unhealthy. Carbohydrates are healthy. Sugar, Tobacco, Low Fat – name your poison.

It is up to you to read, understand and control your own health.

Rant over.

A New Day Dawns.

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After a bit of floundering and with guidance of Shrinkinguy, the 52 DC has landed in a Closed Group linked to MH Forums on Facebook.

We are not sure how this is going to work out – but it is at least a path forward.

Check out the new – hopefully improved – 52 Day Challenge.

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