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Breakfast at the Squeeze In

Squeeze In, Truckee, California

Squeeze In, Truckee, California

If you ever make it up Lake Tahoe way, make sure to have breakfast at the Squeeze In, a little restaurant in Truckee, California.  MD and I run over to Truckee at least once a week for our Squeeze In hit, and this week was no exception.  After voting on empty stomachs we drove to Truckee, an old railroad town about 13 miles from our house and a stone’s throw from where the Donner party holed up for the winter of 1846/47 and ate one another.

The Squeeze In, as you can see from the photo above, is a tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant ‘squeezed in’ between a number of other businesses on Truckee’s main drag.  It doesn’t have many tables, and there is often a wait, but the breakfasts are out of this world.  Especially the omelets, which are world class. And huge.  MD and I have our favorites, but yesterday we decided – in honor of the Donners, perhaps – to be adventurous.  We each selected an omelet that we had never had, and were rewarded for our culinary courage.  And selecting omelets is no easy task at the Squeeze In because there are at least 80 of them, and all of them are good.  (If you go to their website you can take a look at the menu, which is old.  They have at least double the number of omelets now that they did when this menu was put up.  In fact, the omelets that we had aren’t even on their menu from the website.  In case you’re wondering, MD usually has the Racy Tracey and I have the Dierdoni.)

Along with outstanding omelets, the Squeeze In makes the best mimosas we’ve ever had.  They start with glasses kept in the freezer, ice cold champagne and – best of all – very little orange juice.  Just enough to provide a little flavor and a slight amount of color.  After our heavy day of voting, we each needed two.  Here is what they look like. This one looks more orangy in the photo than it really is.  They are almost pure champagne.

For my omelet selection, I picked the Juanderful, which was stuffed with bacon, artichoke hearts, zucchini and sour cream.  I substituted fruit for potatoes.  The other stuff you see is a tomato pesto and a mushroom sauce in the little cups and salsa in the large cup.  The bread came with it – I left it uneaten.

The Juanderful omelet

The Juanderful omelet

Just so you can see the way these things are made, here is a photo of my omelet half eaten.  You can see that it was filled with large chunks of zucchini, artichoke heart halves and substantial pieces of bacon.  A real low-carber’s treat.

MD ordered the Straight Eddie, which was filled with bacon, sausage and mushrooms.  She substituted the fruit for potatoes (we usually substitute tomato slices, but not at this time of the year) and left her bread uneaten.  She left half of her omelet uneaten as well.  She took it home in a box and ate it later.

As we ate, the snow came down.  Here you can see the view from our table through the door outside.  The black car you see (Volcano black, to be precise) is our venerable 1998 Audi A6 that will drive through anything.  When we came up a few days earlier, it was snowing like crazy as we climbed the grade up I-80.  We came upon five different chain stations (places where they make you put on chains before they will let you continue on).  There were cars and trucks stacked along the side of the freeway with their drivers mucking around in the freezing cold putting on chains. But when the officials would come out of the little huts, they would see our Audi and wave us through.  It’s been the single best car we’ve ever had in our entire married career.

49 Comments

  1. Michael Kvetny on November 6, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Permanent four wheel drive, huh? As a sometime motor journalist I have testdriven a number of those Audis and they are all – including the new A5 – wonderful cars. I once had a chance to ride on an actual speedway as part of a test drive of the S5. We were six or seven journalists along for the trip to Gotland, Sweden, and each of us got a couple of circuits on the track with eight time 24h Le Mans winner, Tom Kristensen, controlling the pedals – man, did he go fast!

    Nice breakfast story. And congratulations on your new president-elect whoever you guys voted for (I have a hunch …) Here in Denmark, almost everyone cheered for Obama. I am sure he will do just fine … especially if he takes notice of Michael Pollan’s open letter to him, a letter which was published on nytimes.com recently.

    Here is the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/magazine/12policy-t.html?scp=1&sq=michael%20pollan%20open%20letter&st=cse

    Sincerely,
    Michael

  2. peter on November 6, 2008 at 4:24 am

    You were not kidding when you said the portion sizes are big! And, what better way to wash down the meal with a bit of booze. I, however, would have opted for a rye n’ seven (using 7 up free), but this of course would have depended on time of day and their liquor license. I have to say, i really like the look of your wife’s meal – bacon, sausage, and eggs, it is just a great combo.

  3. annebanan on November 6, 2008 at 4:48 am

    These little glimpses into your daily lives are always quite interesting. And I’ll definitely have to try that version of a mimosa!

  4. ida on November 6, 2008 at 5:14 am

    while i log on to your blog for the science focused posts i must confess to loving your off topic posts just as much! the view from my office window is st patrick’s cathedral and the gorgeous foliage in central park which is pretty wonderful but the view from your office window is simply and quietly beautiful, thanks for sharing it.

    i saw questions on the ask gary post regarding weight stall or slow weight loss on low carb. i experience that as well and find that taking a few days off low carb and eating only vegetables and fruits gets me right back on track and doesn’t cause any bloat or weight gain. don’t know if that’s just my body or if it will work for anyone else but it seems to work like a charm for me.

    and i do love breakfast in places like the “squeeze in”….keep posting those food photos!

  5. mrfreddy on November 6, 2008 at 6:51 am

    wish I’d known about the omlets, had a burger when I popped in. There’s always next time.

    Here they are on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5qsqLv6EFA

  6. Joe Matasic on November 6, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Wish I had known about that place the last couple times I was in Tahoe. I actually had to have a locksmith come out and make a key for one of our rental Suburbans since I had it carabinered to my pack and lost it skiing in the woods. Probably one of the trees I clipped (the fabric ripped). It was one of the more stupid things I’ve done but I didn’t want to keep them in my pocket since I kept opening them and was afraid I would lose them. The irony….

    Glad your Audi runs well. I’ve told my wife no more VWs or Audi’s after we get rid of her VW. It is not a good car. Same for every one I know with one. Though you are now the exception.

    I’ve had three Audis and loved them all. I wouldn’t have another car. The Audi all-wheel drive can’t be beaten as far as I’m concerned.

  7. ML Harris on November 6, 2008 at 8:02 am

    The Donner Party was Protein Powered, hard core.

    Indeed they were. Maybe I should mention that in the next book. 🙂

  8. Gretchen on November 6, 2008 at 8:11 am

    “She left half of her omelet uneaten as well. She took the other half home in a box and ate it later.” Er, did she have only the mimosas and fruit at the restaurant?

    Hmmm. I didn’t make that real clear did I? That’s what comes from starting a post at about 11:45 PM. She ate half and took the other half home. I’ll change it in the post. Thanks.

  9. kris on November 6, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Have never seen such huge, gorgeous omelets. What is the orange stuff on MDs… cheese?

    Snow already? Is that unusual? Wish I knew how great the Audi was in bad weather. I was considering it. Just bought a used 530xi. Haven’t had the opportunity to check it in snow yet. Hope it’s decent.

    The orange stuff was a cheese sauce that she said was delicious. I didn’t taste it because I had all I could contend with myself.

    The Audi (the all-wheel drive version) performs peerlessly in the snow and slush. We’ve driven through snow two feet deep with it.

  10. mrfreddy on November 6, 2008 at 8:52 am

    hmm, been casting about for a new car, since ours got creamed on the NJ turnpike (everyone’s ok, but the car, wow…) Hadn’t considered Audi-gonna have to take a look. Thanks!

    You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure you get the Quattro (the all-wheel drive variety). Another thing I love about the Audi is that they come with a bumper-to-bumper warranty, which includes everything up to and including replacing the windshield wipers. I had a Lexus once, and every time I took it in for scheduled maintenance I walked out with anywhere from a $500 to $2,000 bill. With the Audi, nada.

  11. Megan Bagwell on November 6, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Omigosh, I am so hungry now. Those omelets looked wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  12. kris on November 6, 2008 at 9:55 am

    BMW has the same maintenance policy. I found out they would have even replaced the worn out steering wheel and interior trim pieces had the car had under 50,000 miles. That’s the hitch. Isn’t there a cut-off point for Audi?

    Yes, I think it is three years or 50,000 miles.

  13. David Steffenson on November 6, 2008 at 10:12 am

    My wife and I typically get up to Tahoe (from Chico, CA) once or twice a year. Last March we ended up at the “Squeeze In” by random chance, when we stopped in Truckee for breakfast on our way back down to the valley. You are right about the omletes, they were large and fantastic. I also liked the amazingly busy walls; that type of artistic abandon only comes with small town businesses.

  14. Jeanne Shepard on November 6, 2008 at 10:22 am

    My gradnmother was born in Truckee, but I’ve only been there once in my life time, and now I live near Seattle so it’s not likely I’ll get down there for a meal. I believe a relative of mine wrote the history of the Donnor Party.
    And speaking of the Donnor party I’ve advised my vegan friends that if meat ever gets too scare, I will have to resort to canibalism. We all know herbvoires taste best, so if I cant’ have a nice grass fed cow, a nice, alfalfa sprout fed vegan might be the next best thing. I am always offering her more corn bread, etc. to fatten her up.

    I’ve heard it said that a cow is nature’s way of converting grass to food. Maybe the same can be said of vegetarians. 🙂

  15. Katya on November 6, 2008 at 10:45 am

    What a beautiful puicture or few pictures! Made me really relax while being stressed out today! Simple, yet so full of life! Snow outside while sitting inside enjoying life’best gifts( good food, good company and good booze, cant beat that!) I just bought Hond Element with a stick shift and I love it. Evryone sais where is the mink when I come out of it, because it looks boxy and reminds people of delivery truck. But I love it and my husband sais there is nothing more sexy then a woman driving a small truck with a stick shift. And I do drive it!

  16. jeremy on November 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Do you ever ask to have the restaurant just hold the bread and/or potatoes instead of wasting them?

    Ah.. I bet you don’t so they won’t ask you if you’re “on the Atkins”.

    I always ask to have veggies, sliced tomatoes, or fruit substituted for the potatoes. I don’t eat the bread, but I never think of asking them to hold it. Unless they ask me what kind of bread I want, then I do tell them to hold it.

  17. Dan on November 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Snow? Brrrr! After 40 years of winters in Chicago and Boston, I’ve already gotten used to Southern California beach life in just one year and don’t miss the snow at all! 🙂

    I absolutely loved my ’96 Audi A4 Quattro! Amazing car that would make it through any Nor’easter mother nature could throw at it. I only sold it when I moved to SoCal, it was 12 years old with 150k miles and still going strong.

  18. Todd on November 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Wow. Truly American-sized portions.

  19. Mike G on November 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Doc,
    Glad you like your Audi but the brand shall live in infamy for many older Americans who remember the Audi 100 models of the mid-1970s. My boss owned one in Seattle and one morning had 4 inches of water inside after a night of rain – hysterical! Those models literally fell apart and ruined the mark’s reputation for many years. Current models are favorites of the automotive press and owners like you but it took many years to establish a good reputation.

    In my last year of medical school I had an Audi L 100, which was a POS. it had electrical problems, it had mechanical problems, it had every problem imaginable. In one of those fortunate events that happen in life from time to time, I had it parked in front of my apartment and some drunk redneck ran into it and totaled it, which got me a lot more money from the insurance company than I could have ever gotten by selling it. I swore I would never buy another Audi. Then, Audi tried to improve it’s image after the L 100 fiasco by being the first with bumper to bumper warranty coverage. So I tried again and have been ecstatic.

  20. Jim Valance on November 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    For some reason I never get tired of eggs and a good omelet is something I enjoy and look forward to. I like MD’s choice except that I’m not a real big fan of mushrooms.
    I’ve lost 6 pounds in about 5 weeks so far on my return to low carb. However, currently I haven’t seen much in the way of ketones, only trace. I know it isn’t necessary to test for them but it does give some encouragement when they appear.
    I was in Truckee several yrs ago for a job interview at Tahoe Forest Hospital. It’s beautiful. Got to see Lake Tahoe and Incline Village also. It’s an amazing area. That was well before I was into low-carb though. Was not aware of the Squeeze In so I missed it, unfortunately.

    I’ve made a couple of inquiries via the contact tab but haven’t gotten any replies. In the past I have. Is this function working ok? Chow down/bon apetit. Jim

    What contact tab? I didn’t realize there was one on this blog.

    Cheers–

    MRE

  21. Jim on November 7, 2008 at 6:17 am

    On the Protein Power homepage at the top, there is a tab or option called Contact. It’s the last option, right after Blogs. Reading from the left, at the top, we have Home, Journals, Products, Discussion Forum, Blogs and last but not least Contact. I didn’t mean specifically on this blog, should have been a little more clear about that. Jim

    No problem. We have had a problem (or, more accurately, our webmaster has had a problem) with someone hacking into the server. Our webmaster changed all the passwords several times to get into the email account for this website, so we have been unable to access it for a while because we have been a cycle off on the passwords until just a couple of days ago. Problem is that now we’ve got pages (literally pages) of emails stacked up. This is a problem we need to deal with because we have other projects going that consume a fair amount of our time. We could devote all of our time answering questions that people send us, but we would soon be answering them from the poorhouse.

  22. Jim Valance on November 7, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I was wondering what your thoughts were on such things as whole grain breads, whole wheat and GG bran crispbread. How bad do you think they are in general? If at all. Is there any grain product that fits into a low carb lifestyle? Thanks, Jim

    I think that occasionally eating the items you mention doesn’t cause big problems, but, in general, I don’t think they’re a part of a good quality low-carb diet.

  23. Scar Treatment on November 7, 2008 at 9:42 am

    I have to admit, it has been a while since I actually sat down at a restaurant for breakfast; even when I would travel. On occasions like those, I would grab something quick like a cup of porridge and some tea and be gone within 5 minutes. What you suggest we try out in Tahoe looks amazing to say the least. I have never been to the Squeeze In, but I was already in Tahoe this year entertaining 2 clients. To supplement the busy nights at the tables combined with wining and dining them, I plan on having our driver take us there. I am pleasantly warmed to how serious this restaurant takes to breakfast. The multitude of choices for the most important meal of the day is synonymous to that. I also enjoyed the fact that on top of your healthy breakfast, you were keen on getting an appetizer in the form of mimosas: Brilliant really! I’m looking forward to going there on my next trip (client work or personal) and try out the Straight Eddie because that looks out of this world. Have a lovely upcoming weekend.

  24. Cathy on November 7, 2008 at 11:18 am

    We were in Truckee the previous weekend, when it was a balmy 75 degrees! We really lucked out — this was a family reunion of 6 sibs plus spouses, at Donner Lake. It’s beautiful in the snow, but we were glad not to have to deal with it on this trip. We also have family ties in Truckee, where a great-great aunt was one of the early settlers.
    We didn’t eat at the Squeeze-in (didn’t know about it then) … but introduced the sibs to several low-carb favorites back at the cabins.

    There is always next time. Now you know.

  25. RobD on November 7, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I used to live in Truckee, there are many nice businesses there. There is a bar just down the street from the Squeeze In that has a sign outside that says “Free Beer Tomorrow” of course tomorrow never comes. There used to be an Irish themed restaurant that served an awesome meatloaf sandwich and their rubins were excellent also.

    Speaking of snow in Truckee, the wife and I were down in North Shore when a storm blew in unexpectedly. We were driving our Jeep Cherokee with studded tires so we were not too concerned about getting back home but all the skiers coming of the hills were not prepared and ended up stuck in the ditch. The road climbing out of Truckee(89 north) had cars strewn all over the place. We had to negotiate the impromptu parking lot to make it home. Everyone had abandoned their vehicles and walked back to town to hang out until the weather cleared. I believe it has snowed on just about every day of the year in Truckee over the years. Once recently they got 4 or 5 inches of snow on the 4th of July. Years ago they had to air drop food and fuel into the town after a massive snow storm closed the roads for weeks.

    We had to dodge countless cars and trucks scattered all over the road on our way up. You are right, the snow storms up here can be freaky bad and come out of nowhere. It always pays to be prepared, especially between late September and early May, which is why we have the Audi. With it, we’re always prepared.

  26. JB on November 7, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Gorgeous omelets… In one of your books (don’t have it handy) you mentioned the detrimental effect of breaking the yolk (ie, poached better than scrambled) How much of an issue is this? I really prefer scrambled or omelets vs fried or poached…

    Thanks!

    That was the PPLP, and it was probably a little bit overkill. At the time that was written, I was in the last stages of still hanging onto a shred of belief in the lipid hypothesis. Now that that shred is gone, I’m not all that worried about cholesterol, even the oxidized variety. I still stand by the idea that non-oxidized cholesterol is better for you than oxidized cholesterol, but I don’t think a little of the latter every now and then is a big deal. I usually eat my eggs with the yolks intact, but do enjoy an omelet from time to time.

  27. Low-Carber on November 7, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Hello Dr. Eades: How are you? I buy egg-beaters instead of whole eggs because egg beaters have less calories, and in one of your articles you said that at the end of the day, it is important to take in less calories than we need in order to lose weight. And that’s one of the main reasons i save calories by eating not too high in fat like the Dr. Atkins diet. In any case, i would like to know if it’s better to eat whole eggs or egg beaters? Considering that egg-beaters are very expensive, and whole eggs are lower in price.

    thanks

    I eat whole eggs, not egg beaters. I would go for the real thing.

  28. Ellen on November 8, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Dr Eades: this is off topic for this post, but I wanted to get your thoughts on this short paper titled “Do Lectins Cause Disease?”

    http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/318/7190/1023

    I’ve just learned about the lectins in grain foods, and am wondering if you know of any new research on these natural toxins..

    Thanks for your time..

    Yep, I know about them. The article you linked to is a nice little summary piece. Some lectins cause some people a lot of problems, others not so much. And some lectins seem to be pretty benign. But, since lectins are found primarily on foods of plant origin, especially grains, they don’t seem to bother people on low-carb diets as much as they do those on a lot of grain and other plant foods.

  29. marly harrism on November 9, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I gave up omelets because of your putting the fear of glyco-something or other when I break the yolks. For me, this is food porn because I can no longer enjoy them guilt-free and it’s all your fault.

    Even worse, today I awoke to results of the Jupiter study and also read that the maximum red-meat intake should be 18 ounces a week of lean meat. I never choose lean meat.

    The more that I read about the push for statins, the more paranoid I become.

    I used to be a very positive and productive fine artist who grumbled about her lifelong weight problem. Now, I’ve become so deeply involved in reading everything about nutrition, I’m rather afraid of food.

    I’ve decided the hell with it. I’m going back to what I enjoy. I haven’t had hummus for years (I make the best hummus). With all of my low-carbing, I’m still fat. I am grateful to you for having given me the incentive to give up grains several years ago; I’ll never eat grains again. And, I so admire your ability to organize and explain data (I lack that gene).

    Have a little hummus for me. I, too, eat it occasionally, although I’m not a huge fan.

    And, don’t believe everything you read…unless, of course, you read it here. 🙂

  30. David MacPhail on November 9, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    This is off topic but here is the latest push from the anti-cholesterol camp, one that will open up a vast new territory for statins such as Crestor. According to a new study even those with healthy cholesterol levels (whatever healthy levels are) stand to benefit from taking statins.

    http://www.boston.com/news/health/blog/2008/11/new_strategy_cu.html

    “Describing the study as a landmark, the doctors said millions of patients who previously would not have been considered candidates for statins now appear destined to receive some form of the medication widely used to lower cholesterol.

    “The extent of reduction in death, heart attacks, and stroke is larger than we’ve seen in any trial I can remember,” said Dr. Steven Nissen, a prominent Cleveland Clinic cardiologist. “I don’t know how you get much bigger than that.”

    The introduction of statins into the water supply seems eminent.

    Jesus wept. I received at least 20 emails from people about this study and have several more commenters asking about it. I haven’t looked at it yet, but I will. And I’ll post on whatever I find. Good, bad or ugly.

  31. Richard Tamesis, M.D. on November 9, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I saw on Fox that there is a study being reported at the American Heart Association conference in New Orleans that claims that people with low cholesterol and no big risk for heart disease dramatically lowered their chances of dying or having a heart attack if they took Crestor. Can you dissect this study in your next article? Thanks!

    I’ve pulled the study – now I just have to read it…critically. And write it up. Sometimes this blog is like homework.

  32. Richard Tamesis, M.D. on November 9, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Here’s the link to that Fox news report:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,449153,00.html

  33. Gretchen on November 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    You needn’t post this unless you want to.

    I got the following via e-mail:

    Author: Low-Carber
    Comment:
    Hello Dr. Eades: How are you? I buy egg-beaters instead of whole eggs because egg beaters have less calories, and in one of your articles you said that at the end of the day, it is important to take in less calories than we need in order to lose weight. And that’s one of the main reasons i save calories by eating not too high in fat like the Dr. Atkins diet. In any case, i would like to know if it’s better to eat whole eggs or egg beaters? Considering that egg-beaters are very expensive, and whole eggs are lower in price.

    thanks

    See all comments on this post here:
    http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/good-eating/breakfast-at-the-squeeze-in/#comments

    This was 2 days ago, and the comment still hasn’t appeared on the site. Does this mean that your host’s system of informing people who have commented to a post will be e-mailed to them before you approve of the post? If so, I thought you’d like to know that.

    Although I haven’t kept track, it seems to me that the e-mail alerts are somewhat random.

    Hey Gretchen–

    Thanks for bringing this up. It’s has answered a question for me.

    The comment from Low-Carber that you copied above was one that got caught in my spam filter. The only way I can get these comments out of the spam filter is to put a check by them and click ‘Despam all marked comments.’ When I do this, these comments are immediately transferred to the ‘approved’ comments queue. I then have to manually move them to the ‘awaiting moderation’ queue until I have time to deal with them. Apparently, even though they hit the ‘approved’ queue for just a few seconds, that’s enough time to trigger and send the email, as evidenced by the one you got.

    Cheers–

    MRE

  34. Gretchen on November 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Oh. I just noticed that comments would be closed on Nov. 7, and the e-mail was Nov. 8. That would explain it.

  35. ChrisG on November 9, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Not on topic, but I just viewed some positive argument in support of a high-protein, high-fat diet (specifically, from Beatrice Golomb) on a panel discussion. Every little bit helps…

    http://thesciencenetwork.org/programs/the-science-review/risk-the-nature-of-scientific-evidence-climate-crime-addiction-diet-exercise

    Nice discussion. Last time I saw a video of Beatrice Golomb (linked by a fellow commenter) she was pontificating on how the lipid hypothesis was the be-all and end-all as a cause for heart disease. And she was talking about how wonderful statins are. Now she seems to have changed her tune a little. Wonder why?

  36. MohSnau on November 10, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Hi,

    Is “besan” flour (chickpea/garbanzo flour) OK for the Protein Power diet?
    Its relatively high in protein, but not sure if it qualifies in a low carb diet?

    Thanks!

    It’s not bad. It fits in kind of between almond flour and regular flour. What’s important is the overall carb intake – not so much where it comes from.

  37. BH on November 10, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Off topic, but I hope you will comment on the latest and greatest statin study that came out this weekend.

    Just did.

  38. Mike on November 10, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Again off-topic, but since you mentioned statins…

    I’m watching a report on Fox News right now that says “studies” are showing that statins can be beneficial for people without high cholesterol! Who’d have thought that Lipitor could be the next miracle drug??? First kids, and now healthy folks, too. How long before someone suggests putting statins in our public drinking water? (I really hope I’m just being overly paranoid)

    See today’s post.

  39. Barbara on November 10, 2008 at 8:34 am

    The new Crestor (paid for by AstraZeneca) study that Richard posted above also made front page headline on MSNBC yesterday and today:

    Wider cholesterol drug use may save lives
    Study might lead far more Americans to consider taking statin drugs
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27629053/

    “The results, reported Sunday at an American Heart Association conference, were hailed as a watershed event in heart disease prevention.

    “This takes prevention to a whole new level, because it applies to patients who we now wouldn’t have any evidence to treat,” said Dr. W. Douglas Weaver, a Detroit cardiologist and president of the American College of Cardiology.”

    “wouldn’t have any evidence to treat” – WHAT? What are they thinking? Are they thinking? My heart sank to read this type of report 🙁

  40. David MacPhail on November 10, 2008 at 9:14 am

    The laughable side of the most recent campaign to get the entire world on statins is that there is almost no recognition of the existence of a widespread magnesium deficiency in the general population let alone any recommendation for supplementation to correct it. This, despite numerous references such as the following:

    “Our findings suggest a significant inverse association between magnesium intake and diabetes risk. This study supports the dietary recommendation to increase consumption of major food sources of magnesium, such as whole grains, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.”

    “The incidence of sub-clinical magnesium deficiency is common in diabetes
    and cardiovascular disorders. However, limited attention has been drawn to the impact of magnesium deficiency on late diabetic complications, including
    cardiovascular disorders. of a more long-term regulatory element. Alterations of
    intracellular or extracellular magnesium concentration may affect cell function through its effect on calcium
    handling.

    “Magnesium deficiency has been demonstrated in 7–11% of hospitalized patients and is found to coexist in up to 40% of patients with other electrolyte abnormalities,
    particularly hypokalemia and to a lesser extent, hyponatremia or hypocalcemia.”

    Magnesium, l-arginine, N-acetyl cysteine… the list goes on.

  41. Judy B. on November 10, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Looking forward to your comments on the latest stain abomination!

  42. Ellen on November 10, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Read the Boston Globe story. The logic of these people escapes me. Why is it better to die from the complications of diabetes or the horrible side effects of a statin drug than to “possibly” die from a stroke or heart attack? Oh wait, I know why.. the former puts a lot of money in the pockets of AstraZeneca and the doctors they pay to peddle Crestor.

    How do we fix a system that is so bizarrely twisted? It makes me heart sick.

  43. David MacPhail on November 10, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Memo to those who recommend the use of statins when C-Reactive Protein is elevated. It’s the magnesium stupid.

    Magnesium Supplements Reduce Inflammation
    July 28, 2006
    A daily magnesium supplement could reduce the levels of a inflammation that could lead to heart disease in people with low dietary intake of the mineral, says a US study.

    “The key finding in this study is that magnesium intake from supplements has an impact on the likelihood of having elevated C-reactive protein, separate from and in addition to dietary magnesium intake,” wrote lead author Dana King in the latest issue of the journal Nutrition Research (Vol. 26, pp. 193-196). C-reactive protein (CRP) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine, meaning it is a signaling molecule associated with increased inflammation. Chronic inflammation, brought about by an over-expression or lack of control of the normal protective mechanism, can lead to a range of inflammatory related disease, particularly cardiovascular disease.

  44. Cathie McGinnis on November 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    My cousin swears that in your book, Protein Power, that you said if you have elevated blood pressure that you should eat Egg Beaters instead of the real thing. Is this true? I have never heard anything like this.

    Thanks, Cathie

    I don’t think we mentioned Egg Beaters specifically. We wrote that perhaps persistent high blood pressure even after following a low-carb diet may come from excess arachidonic acid. Since egg yolks contain a fair amount of arachidonic acid, we suggested limiting them. Research since has shown this to not be necessary on a low-carb diet, so don’t worry about it.

  45. Cindy Moore on November 10, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Totally off subject, but I didn’t see a general comment area.

    I’m sure you’ve seen Jupiter? I saw this video, and started reading the comments and immediately decided to post to you. http://blogs.theheart.org/topolog/2008/11/9/jupiter–how-will-it-change-your-practice-?nl_id=tho10nov08

    Note the 1st paragraph of the comment Posted by Rick at Sun Nov 09 23:34:15 -0500 2008:
    “I always find it interesting to hear the comments about cost and NNT, but patients/families don’t care about this when it comes to life or death.”

    But do they TELL patients the absolute risk reduction?

    And this:
    “If I can reduce my patients risk of dying from 2% to 1%, that is nothing to turn up our noses at ”

    Apparently math isn’t his strong suit?

    The diabetes finding were interesting. Wonder if someone will look at that data….and if they collected enough.

    See my post today for my take on the study.

  46. steve on November 10, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I believe you have stated that you can change your LDL particle size by elimination of grains and sugars and going low carb. Are there studies that show this? I have heard that this kind of nutritional approach works only in about 25% of the population, and maybe not at all in those of normal weight. I have not found any studies on pubmed related to this. Perhaps, i just cannot find them. I tend to see tons of data for low carb diet related to weight, but what about its benefits in controlling heart disease in those of us who have no weight problem? Are there studies to support this along with particle size which matters most?
    Thanks much

    I don’t have these papers where I can put my hands on them right now, but, trust me, there are at least a dozen papers (probably more) showing that following a low-carb, higher-fat diet coverts LDL particle size from small to large.

    If you want to roam through PubMed looking for them, you can enter: atherogenic dsylipidemia AND diet in the search window.

    Since the cause of heart disease isn’t really established, all we have to go by are what are called putative risk factors, which means factors that a lot of experts think are risk factors. A large number of studies have shown that low-carb diets improve virtually all of these putative risk factors.

  47. Susan on November 14, 2008 at 6:59 am

    I’ve had “Darcy Farrow” running through my head ever since I read this post, and since my husband is beginning to complain, I thought I’d better pass it on. Here’s a link to Ian and Sylvia singing it with Linda Ronstadt at their 1986 reunion show: http://www.lindaronstadt.com/files/DF/LR_I-S_DarcyFarrow.wmv (if you don’t know the song, the Truckee is mentioned in the last verse).

    I’m at the end of a week in Paris, where it’s very easy to eat low carb (especially if you stay in an apartment, which makes breakfast easier). Despite the abundance of bakeries, there is an equal abundance of butchers, fishmongers, delis, and fruit and vegetable shops. And I find it much easier to have a low carb lunch at a restaurant here than in Canada.

    Thanks for the link. I had never heard the song.

    I wish I were spending a week in Paris.

  48. kris on November 25, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Have you seen this yet? Should launch in power point:

    http://www.autospies.com/images/users/Agent001/audi_rs6.pps

    As an Audi fan, thought you might be interested.

    What an amazing presentation. I would love to have an Audi R6, but not with gas prices what they are.

  49. Christine0 on January 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    The Squeeze In is a LC gem! Just after Thanksgiving I jumped on the hardcore LC bandwagon again (after losing 90 lbs eight years ago and slowly gaining 50 of it back with 30 of that in the past two years) and I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to resist the high carb items that are on most menus. I didn’t have to worry about that at the Squeeze In. I chose the Racey Tracey and when I said “no bread no homefries!”, the waitress offered grilled tomatoes, fruit, and cottage cheese as substitutes. The place is a family business where it seems that all of the waitresses are related to each other. The walls are covered in Tahoe trivia and high school scribble. And last summer I had a Bloody Mary there that I completely enjoyed.

    I am enjoying reading your blog and all of the comments. I am happy to report that after one month of really living la Low Carb vida loca, I’ve lost 15 lbs and I feel great. For years I felt that I was on the plan but I had increased my carbs with low-carb substitutes and more vacations. And for years I was surprised that I kept gaining weight! Thanks again for your program and your support.

    Thanks for the diet history. I always love to hear success stories. Keep after it.

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