A VEGAN DIET FOR EVERYONE
As far as cardiology is concerned, there's a new sheriff in town. Dr. Kim Williams, a cardiologist at Rush University in Chicago, has been elected to be the next president of the prestigious organization for heart doctors --- The American College of Cardiology. This would not be news except for the fact that not only is Dr. Williams a vegan, he wants you to become a vegan too. In fact, when given the platform to promote veganism, Williams jumped at the chance (see the July 21, 2014 issue of MedPage Today --- CardioBuzz: Vegan Diet, Healthy Heart?).
What is veganism? Follow along. Vegetarians eat no meat. Unlike vegetarians, vegans eat no animal products whatsoever. Zero, zilch, nada. Fish? Forget about it. Poultry? Wouldn't be caught dead. RED MEAT? Not on your life. Eggs, RAW MILK, or cheese? Nope, nope, and again, nope. After seeing a patient with, "very-high-risk findings -- a severe three-vessel disease pattern of reversible ischemia," do just that --- reverse their ischemia; Dr. Williams was curious as to how it had been accomplished. It seems that this particular patient had been on the Dean Ornish Diet --- a vegan diet that has been around for quite a number of years. Dr. Williams was so thrilled with the results (he himself went on the diet to LOWER HIS CHOLESTEROL), that he is now recommending a vegan diet for all his cardiac patients. He goes on to add....
Wouldn't it be a laudable goal of the American College of Cardiology to put ourselves out of business within a generation or two? We have come a long way in prevention of cardiovascular disease, but we still have a long way to go. Improving our lifestyles with improved diet and exercise will help us get there.
It is a laudable goal --- in the same way that LBJ's war on poverty and disease was a laudable goal as well. But look where Johnson's policies have gotten us. I have a beef (no pun intended) with how Williams proposes we get there. He recommends a, "cholesterol-free diet, using "meat substitutes" commonly available in stores and restaurants for protein". That means that on this diet you are likely to be getting a seriously heavy dose of soy --- a known ESTROGEN-MIMIC. And the truth is, I have seen a lot of people literally fall apart on a completely vegan diet. For many, it can be difficult to get the protein needed for health, growth, repair, and regeneration --- especially considering that your body is largely made up of protein.
While I think it is quite possible for certain people to do fine on a vegan diet, I find many who do poorly. Whichever way you decide to roll on this issue, listen to what Dr. Art Ayers said in YESTERDAY'S POST. "You can eat the extremes of just meat or only vegetables or any mixture and be healthy, as long as your gut flora is made up of about two hundred different species of bacteria that can fully digest the soluble fiber in your diet". This probably helps explain why you see people doing "well" on such opposite ends of the dietary spectrum as PALEO (my diet recommendation for most of my CHRONICALLY ILL PATIENTS --- CANCER is a different animal altogether and often requires a different approach) and vegan. I wrote about this phenomenon a couple years ago (HERE).
The medical community (not to mention THE GOVERNMENT) has a terrible history when it comes to dietary suggestions / guidelines. They were the ones that told us for decades that DIETARY FAT WAS OUR BIGGEST NEMESIS. It was they who said that animal fat (lard) caused heart attacks, while "Vegetable" Shortening (TRANS FAT) was heart-healthy. They continue to say that SALT is bad for health, and they were the ones that told us to eat Margarine (contains Trans Fats) instead of butter. For Pete's sake; for a couple of decades they even warned us against eating eggs because of the cholesterol. I could go on but the point is, these are the sorts of things that Dr. Williamson is wanting to revert back to with his Veganism For Everyone campaign. The problem is........
At the end of his article, Dr. Williams admits that, "interestingly, our ACC/American Heart Association (AHA) prevention guidelines do not specifically recommend a vegan diet, as the studies are very large and observational or small and randomized". In plain English, this means that there are really no valid studies concerning vegan diets as a remedy for CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE ILLNESSES. This thought was echoed by Dr. David Katz of Yale University in a post I put up four months ago today (see the link from the top of the previous paragraph). Working for our government, Dr. Katz stated that the evidence for vegan diets is, "essentially nonexistent". The crazy thing about all of this is that I distinctly remember the diet recommendations / guidelines for those with heart disease and DIABETES while I was in college as well as my early years of practice. The powers that be were actively promoting the "Fat Free" HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE by promoting things like Fat Free Saltine Crackers.
Since I will not have any time to spend debating the vegans that will inevitably want to crucify me in my own comment section, I would suggest you read the debate taking place in the COMMENT SECTION of the original article. I promise that it will be a real eye-opener for many of you. On a slightly different note, I do find it an interesting dichotomy that when I use "TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE" to validate what I do, the medical community decries it as "anecdotal". But Dr Williams himself as much as admits to using nothing more than Testimonial Evidence to dramatically change our government's dietary guidelines. The problem is, much of the so-called "evidence" we cling to today is bogus anyway (HERE).
GUT HEALTH AND INFLAMMATION
CHRONIC NECK PAIN: BEFORE
CHRONIC NECK PAIN: AFTER
AIN'T IT GRAND?
The gist of the article is that fudging scientific data is not only common, but it could possibly be quantified as rampant ("research misconduct is far from rare"). And interestingly enough, I learned that of the billions of tax-payer dollars that are spent on America's fraudulent research, only a tiny fraction is ever recovered required to be repaid. In fact, the article talked about that fact that despite the frequency of fraud and "misconduct," it is exceedingly rare for the perpetrators to loose their license to practice, pay any sort of substantial fines, or serve any jail time. And you surely won't be surprised to find out how the government wants to deal with this highly problematic issue. That's right --- increased funding for the governmental agencies in charge of enforcement (those specifically mentioned in this article were the NIH, the Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA, and an organization known as the Office of Research Integrity.
Like I have told you before; researchers are paid to get results and are often under incredible pressure to do so. Couple this with the incredible amounts of money 'Big Pharma' has at stake in this game, and you can see the potential for fraud to occur. Could be why we have such an absurd number of drug recalls in this country. Isn't it 'interesting' that despite our nation's drugs going through years of supposedly stringent FDA testing, a June 2012 study from the journal Archives of Medicine says that public notices of these recalls only happen about half the time. Furthermore, public recall notices are typically only given for Class I recalls, which are the most serious of the recalls. These are the recalls that state, "reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death." And in case you were not aware, an inordinate number of these are for VACCINES. On average, a drug recall is occurring every month. Just another reason that the Orwellian doublespeak term we now use to describe our nation's research process (EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE), is often anything but.
FORBES TAKES ON THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION
For starters, the picture that was chosen to run with this article, although meant to be funny, was not very tasteful or professional (female professional wrestlers that looked rather more like lesbians posing for a porn shoot --- that was supposed to be similar to a Chiropractic Adjustment). And even though, "the highly dubious practice known as chiropractic," accounts for substantially less than one percent of all Medicare expenditures, Salzberg describes these monies as a, "far more egregious waste, than anything else that immediately pops into his mind. Really? An entire profession of some 50,000 Chiropractors is collecting substantially less from Medicare than our nation's 'top 100' medical doctors (over $600 million), and we are the ones who are "egregious". What really comes out in this article is not so much that Chiropractic is neither effective nor cost-effective ---- IT HAS BEEN PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN to be just that. It shows an incredible prejudice / bias against the profession.
That bias comes out full force when he makes the statement, "To be precise, the 2012 Medicare data reveals that in 2012, Medicare paid $496 million for chiropractic treatments in all 50 states. This is a stunning amount. It dwarfs the funding that NIH wastes on alternative medicine through NCCAM, which is itself an egregious waste of money." Not only does this mean that the government is spending less than $10 million dollars per state on average for Chiropractic services annually, it shows that Salzberg believes that any monies spent on anything he considers "alternative medicine" is an "egregious waste of money". It seems that the majority of the tax-paying public would disagree with him on this issue. And when you look at studies on effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and patient satisfaction for Chiropractic, it's easy to see why.
After telling us (twice) that Chiropractors are neither medical doctors nor do they have medical degrees, he accuses them of, "primarily treating back pain, but claiming to treat a wide range of other conditions, which some of them believe are related to mis-alignments of the spine, called subluxations". He is correct on all counts. No I am not a medical doctor, yes I treat people in pain, and I also effectively treat many people who struggle with a wide range of chronic health issues. If you want to meet some of them, HERE they are (not all are Medicare patients). HERE are some more. HERE is one of our patients who is under the Medicare program.
Salzberg goes on to trot out the same old anti-chiropractic rhetoric from the same old anti-chiropractic crowd that we have been hearing from for years (Preston Long, Harriet Hall, and Samuel Homola). He then goes on to debunk the "Vertebral Subluxation". Although it is a word I rarely if ever use in my practice, "VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATION" simply describes the process that occurs when spinal segments that are either misaligned or not moving freely in relationship to each other, end up creating problems such as INFLAMMATION, nerve interference, and SPINAL DEGENERATION. Often times, this is related to ADHESED FASCIA. It's not like this is a difficult concept, and it's certainly not like there isn't massive amounts of peer-reviewed research on the subject --- much of it straight from the medical community (HERE is a recent study that I commented on just the other day).
Of course, Salzberg couldn't leave without attacking Chiropractic for supposedly being a major cause of strokes by quoting a couple of sentences from the Journal of Neurosurgery. Enter Dr. Scott Haldeman. Dr Haldeman has three different doctoral degrees (DC / MD / Ph.D), and happens to be a Neurologist. His is a Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine; Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles; and Adjunct Professor, Department of Research, Southern California University of Health Sciences. And that's just for starters. He and his team of equally qualified physicians did an exhaustive six year study on the subject of Chiropractic and strokes that showed, "only a handful of stroke cases following chiropractic cervical manipulation in a massive study population spanning nearly 100 million person-years. the association between the stroke and the office visit was no higher in patients who sought the care of a chiropractor than in patients who sought the care of a general physician". But let me tell you about my personal experience with strokes in my office.
Although I have never had a patient have a stroke after treatment in 23 years, I have had two different patients have strokes prior to treatment (both new patients that I had not adjusted). One happened in the lobby while a woman was filling out her paperwork --- I had not yet met her. The other happened during the consult back in my office. A patient had brought her mother to see me, and she had a stroke while we were sitting and talking (discussing her history). I do not personally know any Chiropractors who have had patients have a stroke from their treatment --- and I know a lot of Chiropractors. If stroke were really such a huge risk, Chiropractors malpractice rates would reflect it. Instead, our rates are a fraction of those paid by the average medical doctor. If you want to look at some alarmingly dangerous statistics that will leave you quaking in your boots, take a moment to read this study from a decade ago (HERE).
The next topic that Dr. Salzberg moves on to is the fact that many Chiropractors are "anti-vaxxers". In other words, many Chiropractors do not toe the medical line when it comes to our government's vaccination recommendations. Although Salzberg would undoubtedly lump me into this category, this would not be completely true. This is America, and I believe that Americans should get to choose what healthcare they want and don't want. If you want vaccinations; great. If you don't' great. And if they really work as well as claimed, why would those who are vaccinated care one way or the other whether I or anyone else is vaccinated or not? As the government has stepped in and taken an increasing role in providing healthcare for it's citizens, freedom to choose has been eroded in this area, and will continue to erode. HERE is an example of this in the realm of vaccinations. I am all about allowing citizens (particularly parents) to make healthcare choices for themselves and their families that they believe are best. If you wish to read some of my posts on VACCINATIONS, simply follow the link.
In the grand finale, Salzberg vilifies THE PALMERS, and says that, "over a century ago, D.D. Palmer believed, mistakenly, that he cured a man’s deafness by manipulating his neck". Was Dr. Salzberg there with Dr. Palmer over a century ago? How in the world does he know that Palmer was mistaken? One of the things that Chiropractic does is to remove interference and irritation from the nervous system (HERE is a simple overview). Every Chiropractor can tell you story after story after story of amazing miracles that happen in their offices every day. One of the most profound CHIROPRACTIC MIRACLES that ever happened in my office happened to be a Palner-like event involving a 60 year old man who had been deaf for 42 year. His hearing came back after a single adjustment. I would love to take credit for this, but the man was a fantastic lip reader and I did not even know that he was deaf until after the fact. And where ears are concerned, if you want to see some really cool stories of the work we do with CHILDREN, just follow the link.
When I see desperate attacks on Chiropractic such as this one, I realize that the message that alternatives to drugs and surgery work, is getting through. Although it is Salzberg's right to write whatever he wants, I am surprised that a magazine with the reputation of Forbes, would give him a national stage to publish this sort of drivel. But then again, right behind big oil and the banking sector, who are the leaders when it comes to the Forbes Fortune 500 (it now goes by a different name)? That's right. Big pharma. If you want to see what really goes on behind the scenes of this industry, simply take a look at the "supposed" EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE. It will help you understand why there are now attorneys advertising on TV for people who have been taking the very medication you have been on for the past five years.
DIABETES AND DEPRESSION
ANOTHER STUDY LINKING THEM BOTH TO GUT HEALTH
She makes the connection between the fact that even though we have access to all the technological advancements of modern medicine and take lots of ANTIBIOTICS, we still seem to be a nation of ill health (she mentions "OBESITY, DIABETES, and DEPRESSION & ANXIETY" by name). She then talks about PROBIOTICS and discusses some of the VARIOUS FOODS / DRINKS that contain good bacteria. Thankfully, she mentions that yogurt is actually a poor source of bacteria, even though it is always touted as one of the best (the small cup-o-yogurt you pick up in your grocery's dairy section contains more SUGAR than a SODA!).
She spends a lot of time talking about a new program being funded by the U.S Navy (Engineering Probiotics that Improve Warfighter Performance by Maintaining Lean Body Mass and Inhibiting Anxiety). Not only am I not quite sure about what I think of using bacteria to make "better" soldiers, but I definitely take issue with GMO's. Don't get me wrong; I think it is really cool when our technology is able to, "arm probiotic bacteria with tools to make an intestinal cell act like more like a pancreatic cell". However, the truth is that GMO's are a frontier we know little about --- particularly when it comes to any long-term consequences. And isn't it funny? The medical community rediscovers a vital aspect of health, and what is the first thing they want to do? They want to "modify" / "engineer" it without any sort of regard for what this could potentially do to the health and genetic makeup of future generations. Even though it all sounds wonderful now, we see yet another example of greed and arrogance hidden under the banner of curing mankind's ailments.
One of the things I took exception to in this article had to do with something called LEAKY GUT SYNDROME. Friedman writes, "In healthy people, gut bacteria strengthen the intestinal wall. But in obese people it seems the opposite is happening. Obese people appear to have a compromised intestinal barrier.... To understand why this is problematic, think about what happens to your body if bacteria get through your skin and into your bloodstream: Your immune system goes on the offensive. It's ready to fight off an infection. When the bacterial molecules floating around in your blood are coming from your own intestine, your body still recognizes them as foreign and mounts an immune response. But unlike an ordinary pathogen that can be fought off, these false enemies are always there, sending your immune system into overdrive and prompting widespread inflammation."
She then tells her readers that, "this is not (emphasis her's) 'leaky gut syndrome,' a disease popular in the alternative medicine community despite a lack of scientific evidence supporting its existence." Folks; no matter what anyone is telling you, this is the definition of a "leaky" Gut. A few years back I was researching "Increased Intestinal Permeability" on Pubmed --- a database of scientific medical research ---- and found nearly 10,000 studies on the topic. Although "Leaky Gut Syndrome" does not sound nearly so sophisticated as "Increased Intestinal Permeability", they are the same thing. To say what she said about Leaky Gut in light of today's current scientific literature shows a bias, an ignorance, or both. And before we leave this particular aspect of Friedman's article, just remember that GLUTEN is one of the known factors that increases leakiness (increased permeability) in the Gut. When you find an article talking about "chronic inflammation" and "compromised intestinal barrier" in the same sentence, ultimately they are talking about AUTOIMMUNITY. The truth is, it is very difficult to solve CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES without understanding both Leaky Gut Syndrome, and the fact that they are intimately linked to large numbers of AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES as well.
What have I been telling my readers for a very long time? Only that what the old time physicians --- and not just those on the "alternative" side of the fence ---- knew what they were talking about when they said, "heal the Gut, heal the body". What did anyone and everyone who was admitted to a hospital get in decades gone by --- no matter what was wrong with you --- get? An enema. Mainstream doctors knew back then what today's doctors are just starting to rediscover; that GUT HEALTH plays a critical role in any protocol meant to help patients to solve their Chronic Conditions and get truly healthy. Come back in a day or two and see how Gut Health fits into a complete protocol for solving your chronic health issues.
WHICH WILL KILL YOU FASTER,
SMOKING OR BEING MORBIDLY OBESE?
The study, which is actually a meta-analysis of 20 similar studies, compared 10,000 people who were Grossly Obese, but had no history of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, smoking, etc, to over 300,000 people of normal weight with no history of the same things. The Obese group died anywhere from 6 to 14 years sooner than the normal weight group, depending on how obese they actually were. They died mostly of Heart Disease, DIABETES, and CANCER. By the way, this study was funded and completed by our National Cancer Institute.
According to the latest governmental statistics, one of six American adults is Grossly Obese. Another three out of that same six are considered overweight or Obese. Add in the fact that our children are getting larger and larger by the year (HERE) to the statistics on something called MONW ("Skinny Fat" --- approximately 7% of our population would fall into this category), and you can see that the Westernized World has a serious problem on its hands. If you are interested in losing weight, HERE are a number of articles to help get you started.
GLIAL CELLS, INFLAMMATION, AND
I remember attending one of Dr. Datis Kharrazian's seminars that was being taught by Dr. Steve Noseworthy of Tampa, Florida (a FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGIST). He made the point that not only are the majority of the cells found in THE GUT actually IMMUNE SYSTEM CELLS, but the majority of the cells in the BRAIN are part of the Immune System as well (according to Snell's Clinical Neuro-Anatomy, the Glial Cells outnumber neurons by as much as 10 times, comprising half the total volume of both the brain and spinal cord). The cells in the brain that he was specifically referring to are called Glial Cells.
Glial Cells, according to a popular online encyclopedia, "are non-neuronal cells that maintain homeostasis, form myelin, and provide support and protection for neurons in the brain and peripheral nervous system." Some of their specific functions involve surrounding and supporting neurons (nerve cells) and holding them in place, supplying both nutrition and oxygen to the neurons, acting as an insulating cover over the neruons, regulating and maintaining the fluid that surrounds the neurons and nerve junction points (synapses), getting rid of dead neurons, and destroying pathogenic invaders (i.e. the Immune System function). Recent neuroscience is even telling us that certain Glial Cells are important in creating nerve synapses (the connecting points between nerve cells that allows the transmission of various messages), as well as aiding in the transmission of nerve impulses --- something that until recently, was not thought to occur. It is also believed that Glial Cells are the building blocks that make up the "blood / brain barrier". I bring all of this up to let you know that even though you have probably not heard of them, Glial Cells are important --- critically important. Oh; they also play a huge role in the development of Chronic Pain.
Dr. Tennant begins his paper by telling us that, "Glial cell activation and neuroinflammation are known to be one of the underlying causes of centralized pain (CP) and many of its comorbidities, including depression, fatigue, and insomnia. Activation of glial cells leads to an ongoing pathologic process in the central nervous system (CNS) that includes neuroinflammation, glial cell dysfunction (GCD), cellular destruction, hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system, and stimulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary complex." Why do I find all of this to be intriguing? Why should you? Maybe because both DEPRESSION and FATIGUE are so ubiquitous in our culture. And even though you may not have heard of them, some of these other symptoms such as SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE ("hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system) and "STIMULATION OF THE HYPOTHALAMIC PITUITARY COMPLEX" are exceedingly common as well. He also mentions the role that Glial Cells play in various neurological pain syndromes.
Dr. Tennant goes on to say that Glial Cells, "are the resident immune cells in both the brain and spinal cord and are vigilant for any type of toxic challenge, including injury, infection, and ischemia. Once activated, they take on a role similar to that of a peripheral macrophage, in that, they enlarge, migrate, and can become phagocytic and remove toxic matter". In English, this means that any substance(s) that the brain and nervous system feels are foreign, wind up getting attacked by these Immune System cells that act by completely engulfing and then dissolving the offending invader. But what happens if the invader is not really an invader? What if your Immune System happens to be attacking your body's own cells and tissues (i.e. AUTOIMMUNITY)? Not only is this problem exceedingly common, but Dr. Tennant says that it is related to the release of Glutamate --- a common amino acid (protein) found commonly in the body.
Dr. Tennant goes on to talk about the fact that when the cells of either the Central Nervous System or Periphreal Nervous System are damaged, they, "secrete numerous factors including pro-inflammatory cytokines." If you have followed my blog, you will realize that these are the very chemicals that we collectively refer to as INFLAMMATION (more on INFLAMMATION). Some of the specific problems that Dr. Tennant refers to as being able to cause this Neuro-inflammation include, "stroke, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, PARKINSON'S DISEASE, encephalitis, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, DISCOGENIC SPINAL DEGENERATION, NEUROPATHIES, ARTHROTHAPIES, FIBROMYALGIA, INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS, and vulvodynia [vaginal pain]." After providing a chart showing how GLUTAMATE (think MSG here) is released from injured cells in a Chronic Pain cycle, he goes into detail in explaining how these people almost always have symptoms of SYMPATHETIC DOMINANCE. That is, their Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) is over-riding their Parasympathetic Nervous System (contentment, digestion, relaxation).
Dr. Tennant then talks about inflammatory processes of the body, specifically mentioning "CANCER, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE". After telling us that he believes, "neuroinflammation is likely the same basic process as peripheral inflammation that occurs in muscles or joints", he hits us with his grand finale. "Glial Cell activation may produce a number of pathologic sequelae in the Central Nervous System, including neuroinflammation, cellular destruction, Glial Cell Destruction, stimulation of the Sympathetic Nervous System, and hyperarousal of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary complex. The memory of pain may be trapped or centralized in this pathologic process, and several comorbidites, including Depression, Fatigue, Anxiety, and Insomnia may result. The diagnosis of Centralized Pain is a clinical one, based on history and physical findings that result from Glial Cell activation and neuroinflammation." Did you catch that last sentence? The diagnosis of Centralized Pain is "clinical". This means that there are no tests you can have that tell your doctor whether or not this happens to be your problem. This is why so many people go to their doctor and get the "deer-in-the-headlights" stare. After all, the tests are all 'normal'.
Although Dr. Tennant does not go into any detail in this article about how one would go about solving this problem, I would love to give you what I believe to be a great starting place would be. The very first thing that I would do is to read everything you can about INFLAMMATION. Learn what it is, what causes it, and how to squelch it without drugs (ANTI-INFLAMMATION DRUGS and CORTICOSTEROIDS have brutal side effects --- particularly with long-term use). From there, it is a matter of getting all potential drivers of Inflammation out of your system and doing what it takes to restore your health. Bear in mind, you may have some very specific BRAIN REHAB to do, as well as some very specific nutritional supplements to take. However, the starting point for everyone is essentially going to be the same. HERE are several articles to get you started.
HOW MANY CARBS SHOULD WE BE EATING?
THE HUFFINGTON POST KNOWS
The first thing to understand is that this is not a study from a peer-reviewed medical journal. This article came from that bastion of health information, the Huffington Post. Sure the Huffington Post will also provide information on where your favorite celebrity's newest tattoo can be found, but is that any reason to discard their site's health information? Of course not. And although the author uses the scientific literature to make her points, as you will see, the scientific literature can often be twisted to make it say what you want it to say.
The article's author, Sarah Klein, reveals to us in the first couple of paragraphs that carbohydrates are part of a balanced diet, as well as not all being created equal. I can and do buy both premises. However, she then tells us that, "carbs from whole grains or veggies don't result in the same dramatic blood sugar spike". Equating the BLOOD SUGAR spiking abilities of grains with vegetables is absurd. If you want to understand why, take three minutes to read YESTERDAY'S POST, as well as Dr. Dariush Mozaffarain's quote from the top of the page ("A bagel is no different than a bag of Skittles to your body.") Suggesting that grains --- even "whole grains" --- are the blood sugar equivalent of veggies is both reckless and dangerous --- particularly in this day and age where the vast majority of our grains are GMO or extremely hybridized. Let's take a couple of minutes to look at Klein's five reasons to eat more carbs, one at a time.
- YOU HAVE BAD BREATH: This is her reference to one of the side effects of burning fat for energy instead of burning dietary carbs. Your body goes into a state of "Ketosis" where it is releasing chemicals called Ketone Bodies. Ketosis is not dangerous and if you need to lose weight, it is an extremely desired state to be in and maintain, destite what you may have heard. Listen to what Dr. Thomas M. Devlin's 2010 textbook (Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations) says about this phenomenon. "Many medical practitioners mistake well regulated nutritional ketosis for pathological ketoacidosis." The Ketogenic Diet has been the standard for treating EPILEPSY for over 100 years. The July 2002 issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Breath Acetone is a Reliable Indicator of Ketosis in Adults Consuming Ketogenic Meals), concludes that the KETOGENIC DIET is excellent for, "elucidating the importance of ketosis in seizure protection, and ultimately, enhancing the efficacy of the diet by improving patient monitoring". The thing is, the Ketogenic Diet has gone far beyond Epilepsy and is being used to benefit a wide array of chronic NEUROLOGICAL and metabolic problems (including OBESITY). Some people need to be in ketosis --- at least for awhile. One's breath, whether good or bad, is not a good indicator of whether or not one should be spending time in metabolic ketosis.
- YOUR WORKOUTS ARE SLIPPING: Klein's point here is that people who exercise intensely will not be able to build muscle since they are burning protein (maybe even their own muscles) for energy. She then provides a link to WebMD telling us we should be using FAT FREE chocolate milk for workout recovery. Less than a year ago, the International Society of Sports Nutrition blew this myth out of the water with a study called, Is Carbohydrate Needed to Further Stimulate Muscle Protein Synthesis / Hypertrophy Following Resistance Exercise? They were looking into claims that not only was protein needed for post-exercise recovery and muscle growth, but some sort of SUGAR was needed as well. Their reasoning was that muscles recovered and grow because of the Insulin Response to the carbohydrate (usually sugar) --- something that athletes of all sorts have been practicing for decades. But is it effective and is it really necessary? The study's lead author from the University of Auckland in New Zealand concluded that, "no further beneficial actions of carbohydrates, irrespective of Glycemic Index, are evident concerning muscle hypertrophy, when a protein supplement that maximally stimulates muscle protein synthesis is ingested". In other words, if you are a serious (elite or professional) athlete who is exercising with extreme intensity and are not trying to LOSE WEIGHT, post-exercise would definitely be the best time to ingest some carbohydrates. The thing you have to remember is that exercise itself makes muscle cells much more sensitive to Insulin (as opposed to being its opposite --- INSULIN RESISTANT) so that it takes less of it to do its job of getting glucose and amino acids out of your blood and into your cells.
- YOU FEEL A LITTLE FUZZY: How many people feel "a little fuzzy" because their brains have been fried with sugar? Klein uses a "small study" of 19 women to prove her point (19 women). Interestingly enough, this study was looking at the Atkins Diet. After the initial "Induction Phase" (virtually zero carbs) the subjects were given a few carbs. Their memory improved to normal. But here's the thing; this was still the Atkins Diet --- not terribly different from the PALEO DIET I have been promoting for many years. In other words, even with a few added carbs, these folks were still in Ketosis. This LOW CARB feeling of fuzziness is experienced by some people who begin a low carb diet, and is (along with a number of other symptoms) commonly referred to as the "Low Carb Flu" or "Keto Flu". Like the real FLU, it is a temporary condition that will resolve itself. This one happens to get better once your body gets used to metabolizing fat. It may take a few days to get over it, but it is not serious and it will get better. Trust me when I tell you that your energy levels will not only be better, but will be more constant (fewer peaks and VALLEYS) when you eat a diet that is based on STRICTLY CONTROLLING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR. And like I have been telling people for years, the largest majority of our nation's health problems (including ALZHEIMER'S --- severe "fuzziness" if you will) have their origins in UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR --- the number one health problem facing Americans today.
- YOU'RE CRANKY: Klein tells us that, "people following a low-carb plan consistently report feeling more irritable, stressed and fatigued, even when their diet results in weight loss." But is this really true? Listen; I get it. DEPRESSION sucks. But are you really going to go back the the HIGH CARB LIFESTYLE to get that sugar-fix that will temporarily lift your mood? Lots of people do (HERE). The truth is, for most people there are far better ways of dealing with Depression than antidepressant meds, and definitely better ways than eating more carbs. One of these is EXERCISE. Listen to what Olga Khazan says in the March 24, 2014 issue of The Atlantic. "Depression is the most common mental illness—affecting a staggering 25 percent of Americans—but a growing body of research suggests that one of its best cures is cheap and ubiquitous. In 1999, a randomized controlled trial showed that depressed adults who took part in aerobic exercise improved as much as those treated with Zoloft. A 2006 meta-analysis of 11 studies bolstered those findings and recommended that physicians counsel their depressed patients to try it. A 2011 study took this conclusion even further: It looked at 127 depressed people who hadn’t experienced relief from SSRIs, a common type of antidepressant, and found that exercise led 30 percent of them into remission—a result that was as good as, or better than, drugs alone." Furthermore, the relationship between CARBS, SEROTONIN & DEPRESSION is not necessarily what you have been led to believe it was. And really; are you going to use carbs as a mood enhancer? Unfortunately, a lot of people try. Not the end of the world as long as you are using something like sweet potatoes. Unfortunately, most people in this situation are using JUNK FOOD.
- YOU'RE IRREGULAR: The assertion here is that grains are the best source of dietary fiber, and without them you will be constipated. Huh? Look at IBS for a moment (these are the folks who bounce back and forth between diarrhea and CONSTIPATION). We now know IBS is an AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE, which means by default (you know --- guilt by association) that it is on some level, being associated with intake of grains in the peer-reviewed literature --- particularly GLUTEN-containing grains. Unfortunately, too many people look at Low Carb Diets as "Meat Diets". While this is not necessarily as 'dangerous' as one may think (HERE), the truth is that these sorts of diets are not really based on meat, fowl, fish, eggs, or any other source of protein, like many would have you believe. Pure, plain, and simple; they are based on vegetation. Yes you get your protein. But your diet is based on vegetables and vegetation. If you are eating Low Carb and still find yourself constipated, you need to click on the "Constipation" link above, or start reading about GUT HEALTH. You will find far better solutions than using your MORNING TOAST to keep you regular.
The truth is, all of the points made by Klein have some degree of truth in them. However, depending on your weight and / or health status, using carbs to solve any of these problems could potentially backfire on you. If you want to lose weight and get healthy in the process, you need to, at the very least, explore THESE POSTS. No; there is not a one-size-fits-all diet that can solve every person's unique problems. But the information you'll find in this site has a much better chance of helping you find the pathway back to health and happiness; particularly if you are dealing with CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DEGENERATIVE DISEASES.
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I was also fortunate enough to visit with ILENE BURRIS in Emporia for about an hour, earlier that morning. After lunch I tried to get out to Larry and Becky Edwards just outside of Clements, but barely got my bike turned around after encountering some serious mud on their minimally maintained county (gravel) road that doubles as a driveway. I chased the storms all the way back to Missouri but could never quite catch them (was hoping the rain could do what ended up taking me a couple hours to do). Really sorry I missed you guys --- will make it a point to come see you next time I am home.
It was great seeing everyone (I can't believe how good everyone looked), and I look forward to doing it again. If you ever happen to be coming through Mountain View, let me know. Maybe we can hit the CURRENT RIVER.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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