Eight blogs I always read

 

Along with my daily slog through the medical literature, I read a lot of blogs as well. I pretty much keep up with all the low-carb blogs most of you are familiar with, but I also religiously read a handful of others that may not be so well known. Here are eight I never miss. Hope you find a few you did’t know about. I’m listing alphabetically by the last name of the author.

Peter Attia, M.D., who is a friend of mine, writes The Eating Academy. Peter is one of the smartest, most hardworking people I’ve ever met. It wears me out just to hear his schedule. He almost always goes into meticulous detail in his posts on some facet of low-carb/ketogenic dieting. Not to be missed.

Dr. John Briffa is a practicing physician in the UK. He writes on a variety of medical subjects, usually diet related. Like me, he is anti-statin and a believer in the virtues of the low-carb diet. If media goes over the top with an inflammatory article about diet and/or health, you can almost always count on Dr. Briffa to set the record straight. He has written Escape the Diet Trap an excellent book on low-carb dieting now available in the US.

Dr. Peter Dobromylskyj, aka Hyperlipid, is a veterinarian in the UK who has himself been on a ketogenic diet for some time. One of his major interest is mitochondrial health and how diet affects it. He goes into great detail in his posts on all aspects of mitochondrial physiology. Since mitochondrial health and physiology are major interests of mine, I always look forward to Peter’s posts and am never disappointed.

Richard Feinman, PhD. is a professor of biochemistry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. And is a good friend of mine. In addition to writing academic papers on low-carb dieting, Richard also writes (irregularly) a blog on subjects usually related to low-carb. But not always. You can always count on Dr. Feinman’s posts being provocative, intelligent and interesting. You can always find him at conferences haunting the talks of anyone (especially Robert Lustig) who doesn’t have their biochemistry correct.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick is a Scottish physician who has long been critical of the lipid hypothesis. You can find YouTubes of his talks elaborating his ideas all over the net. Along with his busy speaking schedule, he takes the time to write a blog refuting most of the scare tactics of the nutritionally correct. A few years ago, he wrote the terrific book The Great Cholesterol Con. And a few years ago, I reviewed it here.

Dr. Willian Lagakos has written The Poor, Misunderstood Calorie and has a blog of the same name. The book walks readers through the concept of calories as they apply to diet, nutrition, obesity and appetite. Read it and you’ll understand why the calorie-is-a-calorie group have a real problem. His blog goes into great depth on various nutritional subjects, typically relating to the low-carb diet. Want to know if protein will run your blood sugar up? One of his posts will tell you. Dr. Lagakos is also very active on Twitter and typically posts links to multiple interesting studies every day.

The Ketogenic Diet for Health is one of my favorite blogs. It is written by Amber and Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, neither of whom have any medical or scientific credentials. But don’t let that get in the way of reading their blog. They both have been on ketogenic diets for years and have studied these diets and their effects extensively. Their posts always go into great detail on some aspect of ketosis or the ketogenic diet. I love the way they present their material because not only do they provide the references, they do mini reviews of each article. I can’t tell you how many studies I’ve found reading their blog.

Ketopia is a blog written by a number of writers. I love the posts written by the Ottobonis. Fred and Alice Ottoboni are both PhDs who have worked in various scientific venues for over fifty years. Everything they write is well thought out and based on an incredible depth of experience. They have just released the 2nd edition of their book The Modern Nutritional Diseases, a volume I refer to often.

Given my propensity for diarrhea of the keypad, I can’t believe I kept the reviews of these blogs as concise as I did. I can assure you that I could have written considerably more.

Give these folks a read, and you will learn a lot.

As I said at the start, this is not a comprehensive list of every blogger in the low-carb universe. It is just a handful that maybe a lot of you may not know about.

If you have a favorite blogger, feel free to write your own little review and post it in the comments. If you, yourself, have a low-carb blog, go ahead and write a concise review and put it up. No long reviews, though, or I won’t post them. If I had to hold my own tendencies to overwrite in check, you’re going to have to do it, too.

Also, limit each blog review to one comment. If you want to put up more than one, do it with another comment. Too many links in a comment often gets it caught in the spam filter. In the old days, I went through the spam and fished legit comments out. No longer, though, as I get about spam comments per day.

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  1. Ah, serendipity or what? All our internal systems are down where I work just now and I have nothing to do but surf the internet until they come back up. Thank you so much for this! I always like to read anything you recommend and frequently don’t have the time

  2. Thanks. I read most of those, but there were a couple of new ones.

    I tend to focus on problems, scientific puzzles, rather than writing “Excellent post!” when I agree with something. But I thought perhaps some praise was long overdue.

    I bought “Protein Power” when it first came out in hardcover. I don’t often buy hardcovers because of the price, but at the time there wasn’t much out there and it looked like a must-read. I really enjoyed it, especially the intro section on the ancient Egyptians, and was dismayed when I later bought a paperback to send to a friend in Australia to discover your editors had forced you to move that to the end where many wouldn’t read it.

    Anyway, at the time I knew almost nothing about medical science, and PP was the first source that explained to me the difference between LDL and HDL in a way that made sense. Plus lots of other stuff that got me started on a quest that is continuing.

    Thank you.

  3. Thanks for this Dr. Mike! Always enjoy discovering new blogs in this realm, and there are a couple of new ones in your post for me to dive into.

    One of my favs is Tom Naughton’s http://www.fathead-movie.com. He’s a brilliant writer with a great sense of humor. You can pretty much always count on Tom to skewer bad science and bad reporting with a healthy dose of irony, satire and/or sarcasm as required!

  4. Among my favorites — http://gnolls.org. He’s an IT guy who has applied logical rigor to self-learning in nutrition — which is, of course, devastating. My favorites are his (so far) 7-part series on why all calories are not alike, and “Eat like a predator, not like prey.”

  5. interesting diversity of sites. from Peter Attia who ABSOLUTELY believes in and understands the LIPOPROTEIN hypothesis, and this Kendrick fellow and his non Belief in the LIPID hypothesis (from a cursory read he apparently doesn’t believe in the Lipoprotein hypothesis either.) Not sure how you can believe in Peter as well as Kendrick !

    • Just because I read these blogs doesn’t mean I agree with everything their authors write. And, remember, hypotheses aren’t for believing, they’re for testing.

  6. Serendipity? Not sure. I have a feeling that when a person kept track of your rumenations one cannot but wander onto some of these and -as mentioned – some others. When starting on this post of yours I was ready to put a few smileys as comment. Wondering have you met Mr Heisenbug already. Not sure who is hidng behind the nom de plume. Have a feeling could be Peter D. http://mrheisenbug.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/gut-vs-gut-this-is-how-why-resistant-starch-is-working/
    There is an interesting discussion developing on the web. Myabe, just maybe we will finally beable to get a handle on why so many research regularly comes up with fiber is good for you, it might prevent colon cancer. Butyric acid shows up again. Actually something we appear to have in common with ruminants. The plot thickens. 🙂

  7. I enjoy all those blogs you mention Dr Eades, plus yours of course which was the first I ever read six or so years ago now 🙂

    As well, Dr James Carlson’s low carb nutrition blog was one I always read, but unfortunatley he hasn’t wirtten much lately: http://drjamescarlson.blogspot.co.uk

    And Frederick Hahn’s Slow Burn: http://slowburnfitness.com super slow weight lifting which you, Dr Eades, recommended to me some years ago ! Been doing Slow Burn ever since.

  8. I am most grateful for the recognition. And flattered actually. I agree that it is a good guide for what to keep up on. Of course PP is in the needs-no-introduction category but would certainly be number 2 on my list. Duly chastised, I am planning more regular posting although may take a little time for my next which I hope to have big impact. For a comprehensive listing, jimmy Moore compiled Blog Central at http://www.nmsociety.org/low-carb-blog.html. On the biochemistry, I have always admitted that my wisdom, like Socrates, consists of knowing how little I actually know so at conferences I generally seek out talks by Volek and Westman, Peter Attia, Chris Masterjohn, Lynda Frasetto and Mary Gannon among others. You may find me having coffee with Rob Lustig — he is a nice guy and like me is from Brooklyn and can take it as well as dish it out — but I don’t have the neuroendocrine system to actually go to his talks.

  9. This is a great resource. Thank you for sharing. Without blogs like these I never would have been brave enough to use a Ketogenic diet to manage my Type I diabetes diagnosis (LADA). As an adult diagnosis it’s been eye opening, it took a while to find information, but the more I dig the more I find. This list is an absolute goldmine and will keep me busy reading for a time to come.

  10. Very helpful post. Thanks so much!

    Love the comment reply “hypotheses aren’t for believing, they’re for testing”!

    And a thanks to other commentators for additional resources.

  11. I love Liveto110.com. It’s a paleo blog that also focuses on detox and weight loss. I’ve learned so much on this site. It’s pretty funny and thoughtful, too. The live to 110 podcast is amazing too.

  12. Just wanted to say thank you. I was not aware of those other sites. As a matter-a-fact, i am only aware of your site and atkins so i am very happy that you sent this e-mail out.
    Thank you again,
    Becky

  13. Hi Dr. Eades!

    Thank you for your mention of Alice and Fred Ottoboni! Their work has been an inspiration and help to me personally, and their contributions to Ketopia have been immense.

    -Michael (I keep the lights on at Ketopia)

  14. there’s a odd blog called beef and something, I forget what… beef and beans? no. Beef and beer? no. Beef and bourbon. Maybe, doesn’t sound quite right… Hm..

  15. Dr Joseph Mercola, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/current.aspx
    Dr. Stephanie Seneff, http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/
    And WAPF, http://www.westonaprice.org/
    Apology- not quite bloggy for S.S. or WAPF, but must reads- they change frequently and lots of valuable high-fat food for thought.
    I wonder sometimes why in the paleo and low carb sphere does WAPF seem almost radioactive? But uncomfortable, controversy takes time to seep around, and no one gets it just right all the time!- except you, Good Doc and your lovely Bride.
    Thank you for all you think, write and post.

  16. My Dear Drs. Eades:
    Thanks for the links. I value new and different perspectives in this several-decades campaign.

    The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Group (dietary guidelines.gov) meets Jan 13-14, and has a public comment section. If everyone reading here posted and encouraged comments, could we
    perhaps get a viral avalanche (apologies for mixed metaphor) going?

    Politicians and bureaucrats do notice numbers,

    Holiday cheer,

  17. Just fell into my inbox:
    http://acountrydoctorreads.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/polyunsaturated-fats-cause-heart-disease/
    Thought your readers might be interested.

    That MD, out in the backwoods of Maine, keeps two blogs, A Country Doctor Reads, and A Country Doctor Writes. Both are wonderful, IMHO. I follow the effects of Spirituality on health and healing as well as the effects of diet and he writes about both as well as the issues of being a Family Practice Doc out in the Back of Beyond. I love his blog (and yours!)

    Happy/Merry to you and yours and all of your readers!

  18. Very nice list – I follow Hyperlipid as well.

    I am an ER nurse out in San Diego who favors the benefits of low carb diets. I run a blog myself titled Your Living Body at http://yourlivingbody.com

    I like to expand on similar topics to a low carb diet and in addition to that, benefits that foods have to offer to health. I try to bring as much of the education as I can to other nurses to help spread the word that much of what we’re taught about nutrition is wrong.

  19. Great post, Dr. Eades. Wonderful to know what you find interesting.

    My nomination is the funny and opinionated Jane Plain at
    http://itsthewooo.blogspot.com/

    She’s a formerly obese working nurse who’s maintained a massive weightloss for many years via ketogenic eating, so her posts are very much ‘in the trenches’ observations of what she sees working (and not) IRL.

  20. I read Andreas Eendfeldt’s blog “The Diet Doctor” every day. He has links to other blogs at http://www.dietdoctor.com/new with red asterisks pointing to new articles. It’s very handy and a good jumping-off point for discovering new posts.

    Most recently, in case no one has seen it, Eenfeldt points to a series of sports articles about the LA Lakers going low carb at http://www.dietdoctor.com/la-lakers-goes-low-carb?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=la-lakers-goes-low-carb . Now THAT is the way to get the word out — have athletes endorse low carb eating! (By the way, who the heck is Cate Shanahan? I got possessive when I read that she is a administering “her” diet to the LA Lakers. This is “our” diet, damnit.)

    I started this low carb journey six months ago and it is sometimes a lonely one. My family and co-workers think I am weird. Reading these wonderful blogs keeps me motivated and committed. Thank you!

  21. BTW, this’ll probably nuke the spam filter but here’s my blog subscription list in no particular order for your readers.

    You’ll note many constrasting and opinionated folk, I don’t judge based on the messenger, I like to read the message.

    http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com.au/
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/
    http://www.fathead-movie.com/
    http://www.nobunplease.com/
    http://freetheanimal.com/
    http://profgrant.com/
    http://drmalcolmkendrick.org/
    http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.com.au/
    http://www.jumpstartmd.com/
    http://sugarfreegoodies.info/
    http://diagnosisdiet.com/
    http://caloriesproper.com/
    http://www.bulletproofexec.com/
    http://www.cavemandoctor.com/
    http://chriskresser.com/
    http://weightoftheevidence.blogspot.com.au/
    http://eatingacademy.com/
    http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/
    http://robbwolf.com/
    http://slowburnfitness.com/
    http://www.jackkruse.com/
    http://conditioningresearch.blogspot.com.au/
    http://www.artdevanyonline.com/
    http://blog.sethroberts.net/
    http://advancedmediterranean.com/
    http://undergroundwellness.com/
    http://www.carbohydratescankill.com/
    http://ancestralmomentum.com/
    http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com.au/
    http://huntgatherlove.com/
    http://www.westonaprice.org/
    http://180degreehealth.com/
    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/
    http://gopaleo.com/
    http://perfecthealthdiet.com/
    http://jamessteeleii.blogspot.com.au/
    http://www.proteinpower.com/
    http://rdfeinman.wordpress.com/
    http://healthydietsandscience.blogspot.com.au/
    http://www.cavemansman.com/
    http://www.ketotic.org/
    http://www.silverhydra.com/
    http://examine.com/
    http://carbsanity.blogspot.com.au/
    http://primalmeded.com/
    http://www.zoeharcombe.com/
    http://drrosedale.com/
    http://itsthewooo.blogspot.com.au/
    http://samsnyder.com/
    http://holdthetoast.com/
    http://www.gnolls.org/
    http://www.nerdfitness.com/
    http://byebyecarbs.com/
    http://huntergatherer.com/
    http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com.au/
    http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/
    http://www.archevore.com/

    And over time I’ll be adding much more of whatever takes my fancy in health/nutrition and science to: http://highsteaks.com/forum/health-nutrition-and-science/

  22. Hey Doc, I also follow Peter Attia and I think his perspective is very scientific, the least to say…and very interesting..too bad he posts so rarely!

    By the way, what’s the book you’re currently reading now Mike?

    Chris.

    • I always read about ten books concurrently. Right now I’m reading a Danish mystery, The Dinosaur Feather, by S. J. Gazen; another mystery/thriller, Masary Station by David Downing. It’s the final book in an excellent six-book series about Berlin pre-WW II through post war; The Man Who Never Returned, by Peter Quinn. It’s another mystery set in New York in the early 1950s; The Story of the Human Body by Daniel Lieberman; Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt. It’s a business book; Why Everyone Else is a Hypocrite by Robert Kurzban. An evolutionary psychology book; Everything is Obvious Once You Know the Answer by Duncan Watts. A book on critical thinking, sort of; Fixing the Dollar Now by Judy Shelton, one of my economic heroes. She predicted the fall of the USSR and why and did it not long before it happened; Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by David Dennet. A book on critical thinking, but a real slog. Have to read a little here and a little there. May take me the rest of my life to get it read. That’s about it right now. I’ve got a long Christmas list, though, so I’m sure I’ll be tearing through some new ones come Dec 15.

  23. Wow, that’s quite impressive. And validating as well, I’m reading several books at a time…

    Doc, what is “The Story of the Human Body” about…would you recommend it?

    • I would recommend it. I’m about halfway through it. It’s about the evolutionary basis of our anatomy and physiology, and why we are experiencing a mismatch between the environment we evolved in and the one we live in now.

        • Yep, that’s pretty much what I mean. We cut our teeth evolutionarily on higher protein, higher fat diets. Which is why so many people do so well on them now when they switch over from high-carb diets.

          • For me it works as wonders. I’m in ketosis for 2 months and I lost 10 pounds of fat, preserving all my muscles.

            Doc, I wanna ask you whether the fact that you are in nutritional ketosis for longer periods of time (such as years) can have some negative effects on health.

            I read a lot and I could not find some significant evidence. Maybe you know better.

            I’d like to know this because I want to have arguments for people who mix up ketosis with ketoacidosis.

            Thanks Doc! 🙂

          • I don’t think there would be any long term effects from one being on a ketogenic diet for the long term. Having said that, there aren’t any studies I know of demonstrating the long-term effects of a ketogenic diet. But I can think why there would be. A ketogenic diet increases the synthesis of mitochondria, which, in my view, is a very good thing.

          • Both of us know that following Phinney and Volek’s well formulated low-carb ketogenic diet will eliminate more than 90% of the negative long-term possible effects.

            I’m really sorry that people will have to suffer from the public dietary recommendation for a long time now, because a change (whenever it will occur) in better will take a lot of time to propagate at all levels.

  24. Here’s a new vegan fool: http://www.drmcdougall.com/

    It amazes me how they can make the conclusions they do. I studied engineering which gives one a respect for experiencial knowledge versus theory. You have to seriously wonder if he really understands the scientific method

  25. Thanks again for the citation. One of the things that I think about is how spread out we all are. Ash has at least 60. I wonder if there are any ideas on communication, cross-referencing and, most of all, political action. If we had someway of presenting a unified front to the media, to politicians, even to the ADA, USDA, etc. we might get much more accomplished. Ideas? Suggestions.

    • A few years ago when I was idealogical enough to try, I put together the concept of “LoHi” – or “Low-Human-Interference”.

      Basic tenets:

      “Tired of all the buzzwords and fad diets and Cult Of Ego surrounding most of the diet and health trends dominating nowadays, we are putting together an approachable no BS reference resource for all of the lifestyles which come under the umbrella which makes the most sense – Low Human Intereference.

      Whether it be Paleo, Primal, Caveman, Ketogenic, Atkins, Masai, Raw Vegan, whatever… we’re not here to tell you which path to choose – we’re all on the same train, it’s up to you to choose which carriage you’re on – all we aim to do is provide as much or as little information as you need to make the choice as to which lifestyle best suits you.”

      I got bored of it, but that was my main point – even back then there was too much in-fighting amongst the “real food” crowd as to which paradigm was correct – when maybe they kinda all are? At least compared to what we all grew up on.

      Nowadays it just seems even dumber – each of the different paradigms seem to have a guru up front who mostly just shits on the other paradigms.

      Ah well.

  26. Can extended adaption phase also mean there’s a point one can say ketosis is not working, metabolically speaking? Not to sound like a defeatist, because I’m all-in 3 weeks now but feeling no benefits. Except for 10 lb weight loss, and although 50 lbs overweight, not my primary aim of NK. I began this for metabolic reasons. I have overwhelming life energy sucking chronic exhaustion plus a laundry list of other symptoms, and no medical diagnosis, 12 years now. I was an ultra runner and all around physically (and mentally) active adventure geek, now in my 50s, but not giving up, the trails still calling my name. I switched to some form of ketosis during long races, 50k to 100k, life after hitting The Wall, finished many races feeling stronger than I started. So ketosis sounds logical at many levels. I was a carb junkie. Since beginning NK and consuming meat plus fat, I have used cheese, nuts, and other fat related foods to meet what I perceived as the fat requirements, which may be a mistake and will change that now. Other than modest amounts of green veg with melted butter and coconut oil, carbs are near zero or incidental. Ketosis urine sticx display moderate and trace levels since beginning to monitor this past week. So how long before someone can effectively say this is working or not, or requires modification?

  27. Hmmm, feels like it’s kicked in now, took 4 weeks. Post exercise recovery has returned, brain fog gone, exhaustion gone, not uncomfortable or desperate. Woke up one day and there it was gone. I feel like 12 years ago before this whole ghastly mess began. Loosing a lot of fat, 2 pant sizes in 4 weeks with minimal exercise, high BP decreased to normal. I dropped nuts and cheese as you suggested, perhaps that helped, or my body was simply taking 4 weeks to transition and adjust. I feel good again. It’s amazing. Reviewing 10 years of blood work, it displays boarder line metabolic syndrome or prediabetes, but 25 Drs over 12 yrs never suggest this. History now, time to get back to life …..