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Diabetes: Switching to common drugs raises risk of complications - Sat Jul 21 2018, 23:42

And just below this article

They really haven't grasped what has now been proved by thousands of N=1s.

Sulphs always used to be #2 drug to be added after metformin as the diabetes progressed in the expected way. Previously they were slated for burning out the beta cells quicker by forcing the overproduction of insulin. Presumably the CV risk comes from the excess insulin required to eat the excess carbs.

chris c

Another paper from Virta - Sat Feb 17 2018, 23:33

I especially like these papers because a lot of "low carb" studies have obviously been tweaked, as the do not show anything like the results seen in all those "just anecdotes" we are all familiar with. When trigs do not drop through the floor and HDL does not increase there is something fishy going on.

The Virta studies show pretty much what we expect to occur.

Now that do you think will happen?

1) dieticians will studiously ignore this

2) they will condemn it

oh looks like #2 is already occurring

trust A. McAsswipe as someone called him

Then there's this from 2003

The Effects of a Low-Carbohydrate Regimen
on Glycemic Control and Serum Lipids
in Diabetes Mellitus

Ok another anecdote

on the other hand

oh and look what I got from Christopher Snowdon's website

There’s drama on dietitian Twitter - Sun Dec 17 2017, 23:46

If I posted all of the Tweets I've been collecting I'd probably explode the internet.

Here's someone who knows what they are doing

and his ensuing tweets.

Meanwhile I already saw the first of this season's "Diets To Avoid" lists, The Pioppi Diet is right up there along with Keto of course, and the Best Diets for Diabetes section starts with Vegetarian. Vegan is #3 and AFAICR #2 is the DASH diet. No link because I don't want to be responsible for this utter fuckwittery to get another click.

I remember this back when it first happened but I didn't see this takedown at the time


no-one seems to have told the doctors and especially not the dieticians. One small step.

chris c

Birds - Tue Mar 14 2017, 00:35

That's a point, haven't seen or heard any foxes for a while now. Nor any hares in the back field but plenty elsewhere. Loads of rabbits further east on the sand, we don't get them so much here on the clay.

The pair of Smews at Minsmere were accompanied by a SECOND pair for a while but they were all hiding when I went back the other day (lots of the reserve has no public access and the staff can't be everywhere). It was a beautiful sunny warm day though and I didn't mind at all only seeing and hearing common stuff. Two pairs of Stonechats on the back of the beach flying up and picking insects out of the air just as they arrived from across the North Sea. Masses of noise from all the Black Headed Gulls now returning to their nest sites on the Scrape.

Yesterday I walked on one of the commons and heard my first Chiffchaff in rather desultory song, along with Robins, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Siskins and more Tits than in Parliament. Eventually spotted a Woodlark, then a pair, and heard the briefest snatch of song. Then I saw a second pair, which flew straight towards me and had a slightly less brief sing, then circled the treetops calling.

Today I went to a different common and immediately spotted another Woodlark, but just the one and only a few calls. More of the Usual Suspects though, then I found myself in the middle of a song battle between THREE Dartford Warblers, all popping up onto the tops of the heather, gorse, and little oak trees chattering away at one another. One was only a few metres away, a second was not much further off the other side of the path, and the third was slightly more distant. Obviously a corner between their territories and I walked into the middle of a dispute. #2 flew up into a looping song flight which eventually shut the other two up so I declared him the winner.

Meanwhile a female Blackbird is busy nestbuilding in the garden.

chris c

Happy New Year everyone. - Sun Jan 01 2017, 22:17

And the same to you back, an everyone else who's left.

Yeah boring day here, dull and gloomy, I finished off the Christmas pud (portion control!) with blueberries, clotted cream, ground flaxseed and brandy to chase down almost the last of pheasant #2 stir-fried with the Usual Suspects. Most of the purple sprouting broccoli a lot of the sprouts and all the venison sausages and Gloucester Old Spot sausages seem to have disappeared too.

If I'd gone for my New year's walk today I'd have had to take an umbrella and probably a torch also. Tomorrow sounds a bit better.

4 Big Fat Food Lies that Make You Fat and Sick - Tue Dec 27 2016, 09:00

Since the release of my book Eat Fat, Get Thin, I’ve noticed fierce debates on social media and other news sources about things like calorie counting, eating vs. avoiding fat and genetics.

When it comes to overall health and weight loss, there’s an excess of advice out there. Unfortunately, most of it is terrible, misguided, outdated and scientifically disproven.

This ubiquitously poor advice can create weight loss roadblocks and even damage your health. Here are four prevalent misguided myths that drive me nuts.

Myth #1 – All Calories are Created Equal

A calorie is a calorie, right? Wrong. This myth that refuses to die keeps people from getting and staying healthy, as well as losing weight and keeping it off.

The current thinking is as long as we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight. The multi-billion dollar weight loss industry perpetuates this lie and actually relies on you believing it to stay afloat.

Thinking that losing weight is all about energy balance or calories in/calories out, vastly oversimplifies the truth. The food industry and government agencies love this myth because it keeps you buying more junk food, which they suggest you eat in moderation. How’s that working out for America?

Truth is, there are good and bad calories. Your body is much more complex than a simple math problem. When we eat, our food interacts with our biology, a complex adaptive system that instantly transforms every bite. Food is more than just calories and flavors. Food is information telling our cells what to do.

In fact, every bite you eat affects your hormones, brain chemistry and metabolism. Sugar calories cause fat storage and spike hunger. Calories from fat and protein promote fat burning. What counts more is the quality, not the quantity, of the calories.

The highest-quality calories comes from whole foods. Calories from high-quality whole foods are naturally lower in calories as compared with processed foods. This is why calorie counting isn’t necessary when you eat fresh foods like those your great-grandma made.

These foods include quality proteins such as grass-fed animal products (not factory-farmed), organic eggs, chicken, small wild fish, nuts and seeds. It means good fats like avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut butter and omega-3 fats from fish. And it includes good carbs like vibrantly colored vegetables (the brighter the better), fruits like wild berries, apples and kiwis, and super foods like chia and hemp seeds.

Myth #2 – Your Genetics Define You and Your Health

Most conventional doctors still believe we are predispositioned to weight gain due to familial history. In other words, if your mom is fat and your grandma is fat, that’s why you became fat. You drew the fat card or the diabetes card in the genetic lottery.

As a firm believer that food is medicine and information for our cells, I can assure you our genetics do not dictate future health outcomes. We possess much more power over them.

Consider this: There are 32 obesity-associated genes in the general population that account for only 9 percent of obesity cases. Even if you had all 32 obesity genes, you would put on only about 22 pounds.

Our genes only change 2 percent every 20,000 years. About 35 percent of Americans are obese today, yet by 2050 that number will rise to over 50 percent. Our genes simply don’t evolve that fast to keep up with the increase.

What changed drastically wasn’t our genes. It was that we went from eating about 10 pounds of sugar, per person, per year in 1800 to 152 pounds of sugar (and 146 pounds of flour) per person, per year today. These pharmacological doses of sugar and flour hijack our metabolism and make us fat and sick.

Numerous factors contribute to obesity, but the least of them is genetics.

Myth #3 – You Can Out-Exercise a Bad Diet

The myth that you can eat whatever you want and burn the calories with exercise is completely false and makes no sense if you understand how the human body works.

If you think you can exercise your way to weight loss, you’re in for a big disappointment if you treat yourself to a post-workout sugar-laden smoothie, muffin or other “healthy” snack. You can’t just suck back some Gatorade to quench your thirst after your 30 minutes on the treadmill.

If you’re relying on exercise to lose weight without changing your diet, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You can change your diet and lose weight, but if you exercise and keep your diet the same, you may gain some muscle, improve endurance and be healthier overall, but you won’t shed many pounds.

Put this into perspective: If you drink just one 20-ounce soda, you’ll have to walk four-and-a-half miles to burn it off. If you consume one super-sized fast-food meal, you’ll have to run four miles a day for one whole week to burn it off. If you eat that every day, you have to run a marathon every single day to burn it off.

You simply cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet. Yes, exercise is extremely important, but to lose weight and keep it off you need to couple exercise with a healthy diet filled with plenty of plant foods, healthy fats and protein.

Myth #4 – Fat Makes You Fat

Here’s another pet peeve: Eating fat makes you fat.

Fat is not a four-letter word! Eating fat not only doesn’t make you fat, it’s critical to health and weight loss.

Studies comparing a high-fat diet that is identical in calorie count to a high-sugar diet had totally different effects on metabolism. The higher-fat diet caused people to burn an extra 300 calories a day. That’s the equivalent of running for an hour without doing any exercise.

Dietary fat actually speeds up your metabolism, while sugar slows it down. The right kinds of fat cool down inflammation, while sugar fuels it.

In studies of animals that ate identical calorie diets of either low-fat (high-sugar) or higher-fat and protein diets showed that higher-sugar diets led to more fat deposition and muscle loss, while the higher-fat and protein diets led to more muscle mass and fat loss. Keep in mind they were eating exactly the same number of calories.

The right fats are actually your cells’ preferred fuel, especially those fats called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that come from foods like coconut oil and coconut butter.

Yes, stay away from trans fats, but good fats like extra-virgin olive oil, coconut butter, avocado, nuts, seeds and nut butters keep us full and lubricate the wheels of our metabolism. Please stop fearing fat!

I’ve created a plan to reset your body and move toward your best self that incorporates movement, supplementation and above all, food and dietary fats .

The Eat Fat, Get Thin program is a 21-day plan designed to support weight loss, maximize energy and mental clarity and kick start your health.

Thousands of people all over the world have completed this program, and the results have been astonishing. If you’re tired of typical calorie-deprivation diets that don’t work, I highly recommend joining our Eat Fat, Get Thin January challenge.

If you liked this information, please share it with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. And, help me continue to clear up nutrition and health confusion by submitting your questions to Let’s spread real truth and inspire others!

Wishing you health & happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD

Ask Dr. Bernstein Teleseminar - Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Wed Apr 20 2016, 21:19

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chris c

The VW fiasco - Thu Sep 24 2015, 21:00


Reminds me of a time one of our fitters was about to go out on a job. Fitter #2 thought it would be entertaining to creep up behind him and stall his engine by putting his foot over the exhaust. Fitter#1 saw him and blipped the throttle at just the right moment. There was a sort of farty bang and fitter #2 stepped back coated with soot, with just his eyes visible.


Quote of the day! - Sun Feb 01 2015, 17:02

Text posted from an article posted by CC at the flog,my bold and Italics...

"When the gallbladder is removed, bile made by the liver can no longer be stored between meals. Instead, the bile flows directly into the intestine anytime the liver produces it. Thus, there still is bile in the intestine to mix with food and fat. It is true that there is not as much bile, but there is enough to allow the digestion and transfer of fat. People who have had their gallbladders removed do not need to limit the fat in their diet."

Post #2

Sounds good to me CC thumb-up  Is CC coming round to our way of thinking at last??
How many antis have played the "I can't eat natural sat fats because my doctor said I can't because I don't have a gallbladder." card in the past despite many others managing perfectly well with the regime minus a gallbladder? Well now you have it from the horses mouth! Very Happy Keep up the good work CC! How's about a few posts over there about the benefits of a ketogenic diet while you're at it! cheers

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