Controversy breeds confusion – food for thought.

1424642655230I spent  last weekend at a conference run by the Public Health Collaboration. The topic was  the benefits of low carb diets. It was attended by a range of doctors, therapists, nutritionists, nurses and others interested in the topic including at least one restaurant owner and food writer and a an extraordinarily  engaged farmer. And me – doctor, enthusiast and patient.

The conference was really inspiring. We heard speaker after speaker giving evidence of LCHF (low carb high fat) diet ameliorating, curing and reversing chronic disorders. Obesity, Type 2 diabetes, (and even stabilising Type 1 diabetes), coronary heart disease and neurological diseases to name but a few. We also heard about the terrible persecution of some these pioneers in their field, in some instances  being discredited and ridiculed (despite amazing results and with the full support of their patients) and subjected to a campaign of misinformation,  all so that the outdated and frankly dangerous  ‘official guidelines’ can be vindicated.

I will not comment on this but suggest you read for yourself.

Meanwhile, for better or worse, I remain a staunch supporter of diet, nutrition and lifestyle reform as a vital component of any treatment for cancer (indeed any chronic illness). Sooner or later the ‘powers that be’ are going to have to admit that they were wrong. They can’t do that without losing face and possibly even risking legal action. Controversy  breeds confusion.  Guidelines,  pharmaceutical companies, the sugar industry and manufacturers of the ‘low-fat healthy’ products collude  to refute the evidence that mistakes were made and the global obesity epidemic was the result. We could sue them, argue with them, humiliate them but I suggest we declare an amnesty in the interests of putting right the wrongs and allowing the correct  information to be made public without contradiction. At the expense only  of  some those who profiteer from this lie, lives will be saved and the improved health of the nation will save the NHS.

 

FACTS:

Fats don’t make you fat – sugar and carbs do that.

We do not to need to eat ANY carbohydrate. (though a little is not dangerous and we will get enough of  that from a healthy natural diet including  fruits and vegetables)

Sugar and carbohydrate in the quantities consumed in a Western diet cause obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Low fat diets, by definition mean high carbohydrate and sugar (very rarely high protein because carbs are cheaper)… see above.

High cholesterol is not a cause of heart disease, it is a response to it.

Sugar feeds cancer.

Cancer cannot thrive on a ketogenic diet.

The dietary information peddled by organisations like NHS dietitians, Diabetes UK*, British heart foundation and others is WRONG. (*not to be confused with Diabetes.co.uk which does excellent work in supporting an appropiate diet.)

Don’t take my word for this, do your own research. Look at the failure of current guidelines over many many decades. Is there ANY evidence that  the current dietary guidelines have been successful? NO! Obesity, diabetes and cancer are on the increase. So give the new approach a go. Throw out the rice, pasta, potatoes, cereal, buns, cakes, fizzy drinks and sweets. Ramp up the steak and roasted veg,  breakfast on bacon, egg mushroom and tomato, fill up  on avocado, nuts, olives, berries and cream, dine on fish and crisp green salad, slop on the extra virgin olive oil, finish off with some lovely ripe cheeses. What have you got to lose (apart from some weight)? What might you gain!?

You can find some great information in below links, mainly in the form of videos (because many people can’t be bothered to wade through the research papers). These people are experts who put it across much better and many of them spoke at the conference last weekend. Look them up and re-read the evidence if you still need persuading.  Then get yourself a good low carb recipe book and start to really live. You won’t regret it.

charlotte Summers directer of Diabetes.co.uk Low carbohydrate programme 185,000 anecdotes.

Nina Teicholz at TEDxEast: The Big Fat surprise

Aseem Malhotra- the great cholesterol and satins con.

It’s a lifestle not a diet – Drs Jen and David Unwin

Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt – ‘A Global Food Revolution’

Dr. Zoë Harcombe – ‘Should dietary fat guidelines have been introduced?

Starving cancer: Dominic D’Agostino

How to make diseases disappear | Rangan Chatterjee | TEDxLiverpool

Diet doctor website

and other articles on my blog here and here and here and here and here

 

 

2 thoughts on “Controversy breeds confusion – food for thought.

  1. Hi Tanya,

    This is very timely for me. I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica in March and, although ‘vaguely’ following low carb, am suffering weight redistribution from the steroid treatment. I will follow all links from your blog with extreme interest – and will act immediately.

    Thank you!

    Debbie.

    1. wow, Debbie, sorry to hear that. I do hope something here points you in the rightdirection and helps you onto the road to revovery. Those steroids are amazing drugs but so many side effects! We han do so much more if we get the right help for our body to do the fighting. Lets hope for a good response then get your body and immune system back in shape so you can find a new lease of life! Big hugs.xx

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