I 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results and with the full support of their patients) and subjected to a campaign of misinformation, all so that the outdated and frankly dangerous ‘official guidelines’ can be vindicated.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.
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.