How to lower your cholesterol

using diet to keep your doctor off your back

The most common question I get asked via comments on this blog and email is how to lower cholesterol levels and/or LDL levels. People asking this question have usually just gotten a high cholesterol reading of one kind or another and have heard the pronouncement from their doctor: You need to go on a statin. […]

Why are doctors so stupid?

particularly about nutrition

Since I’ve been writing this blog for the past 12 years, I’ve received innumerable comments and e-mails all containing the same words: Why are doctors so stupid about diet? statins? fat? saturated fat? carbohydrate restriction? low-fat diets? and on and on. I’m not sure stupid is the right word – the right word is probably […]

Dr. Salim Yusuf and the PURE study

Saturated fat isn't bad for you

If you’ve been following a low-carbohydrate diet for any length of time and have experienced the changes in weight and energy levels, the reductions in blood sugar and blood pressure, and the improvement in GERD that typically accompany such diets, you may wonder why the mainstream doesn’t jump aboard.  I know I did. When I […]

The best low-carb book in print

I’m going to tell you about the best low-carb book I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s exactly the book I wish I had written myself.  And I’ll tell you why I didn’t in a bit, but first I want to clear up a few misconceptions I may have spread in my last post. I get […]

Wheat Belly

Over a half decade ago Professor Jared Diamond, in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel, famously wrote “The adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered.” Dr Diamond was referring, of course, to the devolution of human […]

Tips & tricks for starting (or restarting) low-carb Pt II

In the last post we discussed ramping up the fat intake as the single best way to hurry the low-carb or keto adaptation along.  I didn’t mention it in the previous post, but another little secret is to keep an eye on the protein intake. Too much protein will prevent the shift into ketoses because […]

The Big Lie

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.* Joseph Goebbels (pictured left) Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie […]

Saturated fat and heart disease: studies old and new

A study appeared this week sure to drive members of the low-fat and vegan tribes sprinting for their Protexid. Ron Krauss and his group published a paper in the Articles in Press section of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) stating there is no evidence that saturated fat intake increases the risk for heart […]

ABC’s big meal propaganda

One of my readers sent me a link to a segment on ABC News with Charlie Gibson showing just how disgustingly slanted and inaccurate mainstream media reports can be. Gibson leads into the segment about two reporters who underwent self experimentation on the adverse effects of unhealthy eating.  The reporters, ABC’s Yuji de Nies and […]

Food trends from Expo West

I have been dilatory in posting over the past few days and embarrassingly dilatory about approving comments.  I’m way, way behind, but I’ll get caught up ultimately.  So, if you have a comment doing time in comment Purgatory, don’t despair.  I will get to it.  Ultimately. My excuse for not devoting my normal amount of […]