Is the mainstream starting to turn?
A couple of months ago I posted several times on an Israeli study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (full-text here) showing that low-carb diets brought about more weight loss and better lipid profiles than low-fat diets. (See the various posts here, here and here) Based upon how the press reported this study, I figured that it would drift into the haze of history and never be mentioned again. After all, this wasn’t a particularly good study – there are many others better done that show an even greater effect. And they were all forgotten. None made any impact on the mainstream docs. Why should this one be different?
Imagine my surprise today when I got my emailed weekly version of Medscape Internal Medicine and found not just a lukewarm recommendation for the low-carb diet, but an enthusiastic one.
Medscape is a subscription service available only to physicians and is as mainstream as it gets. The lead article in this weeks issue is not really an article, but a video lecture. One Dr. Sandra Fryhofer lectures the mainstream docs subscribing to Medscape on what the above study shows. She points out the weaknesses of the low-fat diet and is positively enthusiastic about the low-carb diet. She does issue a disclaimer, i.e., that the study was partially funded by the Atkins Foundation, but that’s about all.
She does get into the energy balance equation and the idea that it’s impossible to lose weight without exercise, but aside from that and he kind of condescending manner, the video is a real endorsement for the low-carb diet. And – and I still can’t believe this – it’s being beamed out to mainstream physicians everywhere.
Since Medscape is a subscription service (it’s free, but you have to prove you’re a licensed physician to get the service), I figured they wouldn’t look kindly on my posting my username and password on this blog so that readers could see the video for themselves. But I desperately wanted you all to see it. So, I worked all afternoon trying to copy the video from the Medscape site and convert it to a form that I could post here. After about four hours of trolling sites telling me how to do it in language I didn’t understand, I decided to see if I could somehow upload it onto YouTube. Another zero there. Finally, I called our youngest kid (he of the roughly sutured head) who is sort of a computer whiz and asked him if he could get ‘er done. He fiddled with it for a while then put out the call to all his buddies for help. A few moments ago I got an email from him telling me that his girlfriend found it already up on YouTube. So, had I looked there first, I might have saved myself a lot of wasted effort.
Take a look and see if you don’t think Dr. Fryhofer is pretty enthusiastic about the low-carb diet. I still can’t figure why this particular study would have rung her chimes, but I’m glad it did. You can use this video as part of your armamentarium when you try to persuade your own doc why you want to go on a low-carb diet.
Enjoy. Maybe the tide is starting to turn.