Rates of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, coeliac disease, depression, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ADHD, Autism, Alzheimer's, Lupus and other inflammatory/autoimmune diseases have increased dramatically in the past two decades. Some of these can be attributed to hereditary factors, but just because you have a family history doesn’t necessarily mean you will succumb to the same condition. You may well be predisposed to it, but something has to trigger the onset. Apart from stress and other environmental factors, that "something" may well be what you put into your body.
You only have to look around you to see overweight adults everywhere (and sadly, way too many children). When I was at school the proverbial “fat kid” was an exception. If you have watched a movie or documentary from the seventies and eighties recently, have you noticed how skinny everyone is? Yet in those days very few people jogged or went to gym. There were no jazzercise or Zumba classes, no pelotons of cyclists burning up the roads.
There is a lot of research emerging (and numerous case studies) that demonstrates that even the way you were delivered at birth (caesarean section or natural); whether you were breast or bottle fed; and whether you were prescribed a lot antibiotics as an infant or young child can severely affect the balance of your gut bacteria (gut flora).
If you have insufficient good bacteria this can lead to numerous conditions from depression to ADHD. How do you fix this? Instead of taking medication, how about looking at changing what you eat and drink? (along with moderate exercise).
So why did a lay person like me start a website?
Apart from having suffered chronic heartburn and reflux since I was a teenager, I have had no "health issues" apart from a gradual weight increase in my mid to late fifties-sound famliar?
I started this website because I wanted to share my personal weight loss experience and subsequent research into how correcting one's diet can cure many health issues.
Some might say that's stating the bleeding obvious but there is a lot of outdated information out there, even on some mainstream medical websites such as Diabetes Australia.
I am not a medical practitioner and this is not a commercial website (see disclaimer page)
I am not selling anything and I have no sponsored links
I encourage you to do your own research and draw your own conclusions, guided by the content on this website
SOME KEY WORDS AND PHRASES you will come across:
diabetes; insulin resistance; metabolic syndrome; carbohydrates; gluten; nonalcoholic fatty liver disease; omega 3 and omega 6; inflammation; healthy gut; microbiome; fermented foods; fecal transplants... say what? Read on!
My research has shown that many medical practitioners:
- Don’t know how to correctly interpret cholesterol levels from blood tests
- Are not heeding the overwhelming evidence of research into the harmful side effects of statin drugs (a billion dollar industry)
- Don’t know about the benefits of maintaining healthy gut bacteria, the benefits of cutting carbs and increasing the intake of healthy fats
- Reach for a prescription pad instead of looking at the cause of a particular symptom or looking at a patient's diet
- Barely touched on nutrition as a subject over their many years of study. Even if they did, a lot of the information was probably incorrect and unsubstantiated- for example the food pyramid, or based on falsified data. If you don't believe me, have look at the "they lied" page!
Many nutritionists and dieticians are still recommending outdated diets.
The website of Diabetes Australia still recommends lots of carbs and avoiding saturated fats! https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/what-should-i-eat
I quote from the website:
“Eating too much fat can make you put on weight”
My response? NOT TRUE! carbs and sugar make you fat.
Another quote: “It is important to limit saturated fat because it raises your LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol levels. Saturated fat is found in animal foods like fatty meat, milk, butter and cheese”
My response? Do they even know that not all LDL is bad? LDL is made up of good (large, fluffy) and bad (small, dense) components and that a standard blood test calculates the LDL from an equation? (It's not an actual measured result).
- Choose reduced fat or low fat milk, cheese, yoghurt, ice-cream and custard
- Choose lean meat and chicken and trim/remove any fat before cooking
- Avoid butter, lard, dripping cream, sour cream, copha, coconut milk, coconut cream and hard cooking margarines
I have read many case studies of obese people with Type 2 diabetes, who were taking multiple drugs and medications such as statins, tried all the standard calorie restricted/low fat diets with no results.
Once they went Low Carb Healthy Fat, and got their gut bacteria properly balanced, not only did they experience dramatic weight loss but their diabetes was cured and they went off all their medication! (and they got their life back).
This website covers these topics:
- the Low Carb Healthy Fat (LCHF) diet
- the importance of maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria
- the harmful effects of sugar, wheat and gluten
- the cholesterol myth and statin drugs
- fats and vegetable oils
- obesity and diabetes
- omega 3 and omega 6
- LCHF and sport
- some amazing case studies and success stories
As mentioned above the idea of starting this website was initially inspired by my own weight loss experience (with no accompanying loss of energy) after I switched to a Low Carb Healthy Fat lifestyle (or “Banting” as it is commonly called in South Africa) (see "My Story")
However as I did more research, I discovered a whole new world of diet-related topics
So what else did I learn?
- There has been a massive increase in Type 2 diabetes world-wide. In many cases it directly relates to diet and lifestyle, not genetics
- The health of the gut (gastrointestinal tract) is extremely dependent on the balance of sugars, carbohydrates and fats ingested. An unhealthy balance of microbes in the gut has been linked to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; as well as autism; Tourette syndrome; depression and ADHD. See the page on Dr David Perlmutter - his books Grain Brain and Brain Maker make compelling reading- highly recommended.
- There is a growing epidemic of wheat intolerance. In recent times wheat has been linked to many health problems even though we have been eating it for thousands of years.
- Many people are gluten intolerant but don't even know it
- Sugar has profound effects on health. Many products on grocery shelves have hidden sugars, such as low fat yoghurt (high fructose corn syrup)
- Many large food and beverage companies and vegetable oil producers have funded their own research and funded other research bodies so that they can continue to produce distorted results to sell more product. Many of these food producers are household names. They have studiously ignored findings over many years about the harmful effects of some of the ingredients in their products
For example: Coca Cola has provided financial and logistical support to a non-profit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, which promotes the argument that "weight-conscious Americans are overly fixated on how much they eat and drink while not paying enough attention to exercise"
Marion Nestle, the author of the book “Soda Politics” and a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, states: “The Global Energy Balance Network is nothing but a front group for Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola’s agenda here is very clear: Get these researchers to confuse the science and deflect attention from dietary intake.”
- In the late 1950s we were told that animal fats make you fat, "clog the arteries" and cause heart disease (Thanks to Ancel Keys and the American Heart Association). This was a big fat lie! see the "They lied!" page
- The big food producers persuaded us to switch from cooking with animal fats: lard, suet, tallow and butter to using "vegetable oils", shortening and margarine. Why? because they wanted to grow more crops that could yield Sunflower oil, Cottonseed oil, Corn oil, Soybean oil, Peanut oil, Rapeseed oil, Canola oil (genetically modified Rape seed) Flaxseed oil etc
- Most "vegetable" oils are actually harmful.
- With the exception of cold-pressed olive oil and coconut oil, most vegetable oils are actually processed from seeds, heated to very high temperatures and chemically deodorised to mask their rancid taste. They are also high in Omega 6 (bad)
- Research data was distorted to fit predetermined outcomes, good data was ignored or fudged. Those ethical scientists who produced data that contradicted Ancel Keys and the AHA were shunned and had their research grants cancelled. This is well documented
- Simply looking at total cholesterol won’t help to predict cardiovascular risk- more detailed blood tests look at HDL, triglycerides and LDL.
Did you know in most clinical laboratories, low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is calculated from an equation? (the Friedewald equation). I have verified this with my own blood tests.
Extract from www.gpnotebook.co.uk: the ultracentrifugal measurement of LDL is time consuming and expensive and requires specialist equipment. For this reason, LDL-cholesterol is most commonly estimated from quantitative measurements of total and HDL-cholesterol and plasma triglycerides (TG) using the empirical relationship of Friedewald et al.(1972).
- Doctors in the know will ask for a proper LDL test: there are different kinds of LDL. Pattern A LDL cholesterol is large, fluffy, and generally harmless. Pattern B LDL is small, dense, and potentially dangerous- it is inflammatory and toxic to blood vessels
- High triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol make for elevated levels of bad LDL.
- Measuring the ratio of triglycerides to HDL is critical to assessing heart health. The ideal ratio is 1:1
- The Food Pyramid that the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture ) prescribed and that we are so familiar with was not based on any proper scientific studies
- Several world class athletes and sports people have switched to the LCHF diet:
Usain Bolt, Australian cricketers David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Johnson. South African athletes Bruce Fordyce and Oscar Chalupsky
In most cases they have slimmed down and in all cases their performance has greatly improved
- According to Dr Tim Noakes, statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) only work in less than one in 100 to 140 patients and have a wide variety of side effects. This is also supported in books by Dr Duane Graveline; Jimmy Moore; James and Hannah Yoseph
- Sales of statin drugs are worth billions annually to "big pharma"
A documentary aired in 2015 on the ABC program Catalyst in two parts caused such a stir in the pharmaceutical industry that it was removed from ABC's iView archive site and from YouTube
(It is still available on Vimeo- see links on the Statins & Cholesterol page)
Over 60,000 Australians reportedly stopped taking statins in the eight months that followed. I haven't heard any breaking news of thousands of people keeling over from heart attacks......
- I found some fascinating case studies such as that of a medical doctor who was obese, had Type 2 diabetes, gout, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, hypercholesterolaemia, sleep apnoea, fatigue, and stucco keratosis. He was taking prescription drugs such as perindopril, bisoprolol, amlodipine, metformin gliclazide, rosuvastatin and warfarin.
He had tried all the usual diets and in desperation went LCHF. Over the next 8 months, he lost 25 kg, and was cured of all his medical conditions. He now offers the LCHF dietary option for all his patients suffering from any of the conditions. To see his story click HERE
There is a lot of information on this website, so to avoid information overload I encourage you start with some video clips to whet your appetite
- Watch at least one of the Tim Noakes YouTube videos on the Tim Noakes page. The shortest video is first
- Watch the video on the Ancel Keys page - very good two and a half minute summary of why we stopped eating animal fats and butter and replaced them with vegetable oils and trans- fats, and why the cholesterol myth was established
- watch the videos by Brian Johnson on the Dr David Perlmutter page. He does a very good quick summary of Brain-Gut connection
- Watch the video on the Peter Brukner page. Peter Brukner is the team doctor for the Australian Cricket team
- Have look at the video on the A dietician's perspective page
- Watch the YouTube video The Oiling of America.
It's a long video, but after watching it, I doubt if you will ever use vegetable oil again
- Watch the YouTube videos on the Gary Taubes page. Gary Taube's book Why we get fat is a definite "must read"
- Watch the YouTube video Enjoy Eating Saturated Fats: They're Good for You by Dr Donald W Miller, a cardiac surgeon
- If you are interested in sporting and athletic activities and the impact LCHF is having, have a look at the Peter Brukner page and the Athletes and Sports page
- If you know of anyone who is taking statin drugs for lowering of cholesterol I urge you to read the Cholesterol & Statins page