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.