I am quite confident that most people know that there is bad and good cholesterol. Bad cholesterol, the goon, the neighbourhood hoodlum, the tyrant you must avoid confrontation with at all times…known as LDL. The angel, the Good Samaritan, the helpful neighbour or the kind boss, HDL.
When my beloved family physician orders my lipid profile, I know I am going to get a lecture about my bad cholesterol being really really bad. “Your bad cholesterol is borderline high. I might need to prescribe you a statin to bring it down.” That is probably the best case scenario! Continue reading
The advice to lower fat, specifically saturated fat in our diet was originally proposed by Ancel Keys in the 1970s. America was reeling with what was thought an epidemic. Middle aged men were clutching their chests and falling down dead, the government wanted to do something about it.
Newspapers and magazines promoted his diet relentlessly. Low fat recipes made their way into kitchens. Influential columnists touted its largely unproven benefits. Over the decades, the low fat doctrine was ingrained in our collective consciousness. Continue reading
This simple equation is touted as the key to obesity. It is deceptively simple and absolutely untrue. The underlying assumptions behind this equation are to blame. Let’s explore them.
Assumption 1: Calories in and calories out are independent of each other.
Decreasing calories in results in a direct drop in calories out. The end result is minimal weight loss. We have known this for a while now, nearly a 100 years to be exact. A study was carried out in 1919 at the Carnegie Institute of Washington. Volunteers were given a diet 30% lower in calories in than their usual diet. The participants experienced a 30% drop in their energy expenditure! Continue reading
Dr. Gary Fettke is an Orthopaedic Surgeon from Tasmania. He is a brain cancer survivor who has lectured around the world about the importance of nutrition in the management of cancer and metabolic diseases. Like Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Fettke was tired of amputating limbs of T2 diabetics when simple nutritional changes could reverse their condition. Continue reading
How does type 2 diabetes develop? Why is there a worldwide epidemic of type 2 diabetes. There are more people with pre-diabetes in America than those without. The medical establishment tells us that type 2 diabetes is a chronic progressive disease, but if there was a way to turn back insulin resistance, then we could turn back T2D.
What causes a insulin resistance….insulin does. So let’s explore a few examples cited by Dr. Fung to support this claim. Continue reading
After I stumbled upon Dr. Fung’s work and saw his videos, read his blogs, understood and absorbed the content, it all made sense. However I never take anything at face value, it is in my nature to question and hence test.
I decided to make a simple change to see how his hypothesis would affect me. I picked one of the fundamental principles of his theory and applied it to my life. There are two aspects to the proposed diet… Continue reading
To the layperson understanding the difference between type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) can be confusing. The fact that the cause of these two conditions is the opposite doesn’t help in resolving that difference. To complicate things further, these very different diseases have the same treatment prescribed to manage them! Continue reading
It was a cold morning in Toronto, the holidays were in the rearview mirror, 2015 was just a puppy. I waved the blood test requisition my doctor had given me last year and told my wife I was going for my blood test.
She admonished me. “You’ve just partied with your friends over the holidays, we’ve been out every day and you’ve been binging on all the wrong stuff…why don’t you wait a few days before going in for that test?”
Saner advice had never been given and saner advice had never been ignored. I skipped to the corner lab and presented my arm to be drained. Continue reading