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TFW: You realize you haven’t blogged in over 2 years!

Montecito Debris Flow

I have been casting about trying to figure out how to start this blog post, the first in over two years. In the old days when I was blogging almost daily, I would wake up every morning thinking about what I was going to write about. I would get up, make a cup of Americano, and hit the laptop. Since taking the last 800 or so days off, it’s been much more difficult to get started, because I don’t wake up thinking about it. In fact, I don’t think about it all that much anytime. That is other than those times I’m mildly troubled by guilt that I have abandoned what was really an enjoyable enterprise.

So, I sat down to crank out a post, but couldn’t really think of what to write. I guess you could say I was struck with writer’s block, a state that had never particularly affected me in the past. I thought that I might bring everyone up to date as to what’s been going on and why I haven’t been blogging regularly, but I couldn’t figure out even how to start that. Then I remembered a blog post my good friend Malcolm Kendrick had written when he had gone for a while without posting. He wondered if he, himself, had writer’s block. In an effort to get back on track, he just started writing to see what happened. It worked for him. So, that’s what I’m going to do. Unlike Malcolm’s final effort, which was great, mine may end up being drivel, but at least you’ll know what’s been going on. At least that’s my hope. Here goes…

For several years now, I’ve been chewing on the idea of starting a podcast. I’ve probably been on more podcasts than I’ve listened to. In fact, I’m certain I have been on more, because I’ve never listened to a podcast I’ve been on. At least not all the way through. And apart from that I’ve listened to maybe five podcasts in my life.

It’s not that I have anything against podcasts, it just that podcasts aren’t the way I get my info. I would much rather read. I can read a lot in the amount of time it takes me to listen to a podcast. And I don’t have a long daily commute during which the only way I can get info is by listening to it. If I did spend a lot of time in the car, I’m sure I would listen to podcasts. Or if I had a dog to walk, or any other mindless but time and attention consuming tasks that would prevent me from reading. But, I don’t, so I read.

But I’m me, and everyone else is everyone else. And everyone else seems to consume information via a means other than reading. A couple of years ago I was on a flight to somewhere and had been upgraded to first class. The restroom in that plane was unfortunately broken, so all the folks sitting up front had to schlep all the way to the back to use the head. As I was returning to my seat after my own visit to the back, I looked at all the people in the seats. At least four out of five who were doing anything other than sleeping or looking out the window, were consuming some sort of media that involved sound. They were either listening to music, podcasts, or watching movies or TV shows on their laptops. The one out of five were working on a laptop or reading. The readers were few.

I save a lot of my reading for flights, during which I have almost zero distractions and can read for hours, but I realized that I was in a distinct minority. So, I figured that I was missing making contact with a lot of people by not having some non-textual means of promulgating my thoughts and ideas, whatever their worth. Thus the idea of a podcast seized me. (And that idea is at least in part why I’ve taken such a long hiatus from the blog – more on which later.)

In early December 2017, MD and I came down to our place in Santa Barbara for Christmas with our kids. While there, we ended up going down to Malibu to be on a podcast with Greg Glassman, the founder and owner of CrossFit. The night before we drove down, a fire came out of nowhere and burned a swath through Ventura, a city we had to drive through to get to Malibu. We figured we had better leave early to make sure we were on time.

We left, got to Malibu through smoke that was terrible; we met Greg, had dinner, spent the night in a lovely hotel, did the podcast, and drove back the next day. As we drove along the 101 to get back to Santa Barbara, there were fires burning along the side of the freeway.

We got back, spent a couple of days in our house, then were evacuated, because the same fire had burned its way to the hills above us. We ended up getting evacuated and spent 11 days bouncing from hotels to rental houses before the fire—at that time the largest in California history—final got controlled.

We returned to our smoky, ash cluttered house three days before Christmas. We started all the cleanup and tried to get in the holiday spirit, which we barely managed. After Christmas, we cleaned some more and had a couple of fairly peaceful weeks. Then came January 9th.

On January 8th, the weather authorities announced that there was a storm in the forecast for Santa Barbara that night, and they warned of the possibility of flooding and/or mudslides due to the loss of ground cover as a result of the recent fire. MD and I spent the evening traipsing back and forth between our house and the county yard, filling up sandbags and putting them out.

In the early hours of Jan 9, there was a brief but intense rain that flowed off the denuded hills and into the streams causing a disastrous debris flow that destroyed millions of dollars of property and killed 23 of our neighbors, including a father and his daughter two houses away from us. We were trapped as the debris flow wiped out the roads on all sides of our house, which was spared. It took four days for the roads to be cleared enough to allow us to leave, which we finally did and went back up to our home in Tahoe. The photo at the top of this post is one I took of our street right outside our house as dawn broke on the morning of the debris flow.

The whole Montecito area (a small burb of Santa Barbara) was a complete disaster. Took people working round the clock for weeks to get everything cleaned up enough to at least allow people back into their houses. Even then it was over three weeks before we could get back into our own street.

When we were allowed back, the entire neighborhood looked like it had been bombed. Hulks of houses littered the landscape that had previously been covered with foliage. There are still, even two years later, roads closed and bridges washed out that haven’t been restored.

While we were in Tahoe, I began reading about podcasting and what all is involved. I watched a webinar on podcasting, which was basically bait to get me to sign up for a podcast hosting site that would make my podcasting life easy. Not only would it facilitate my podcasting, it would host my blog. And at a price much less than what I had been paying. This all came at a time in which I was pissed at both the hosting service I was using for my blog and the guy who sold me the theme I was using. The new company that seemed so promising was called Podcastwebsites.com.

For those of you who don’t know how a blog works, WordPress is the most popular software that underpins most blogs. WordPress has loads of capability, but it’s just a piece of software. In order to interface with humans, you need to have a theme, which is the user interface of a blog. There are tons of themes out there for free and tons of them (though fewer tons) of what are called premium themes that their developers charge for. In keeping with the idea that you get what you pay for, the premium themes generally have more bells and whistles than the free ones.

I had been a follower of Michael Hyatt’s for a long time. He is a guy who tells people how to develop a platform in order to become successful authors or promotors of products. He is absolutely on the money, at least as it applies to writers. It is a sad but true fact that if you are a writer of non-fiction material, and you want to get published by a mainstream publisher, you absolutely have to have a platform. That’s what the publishers call it. When they hear of a new author or a book proposal, the first thing they ask is, What is his/her platform? Platform is the buzzword of the day in publishing, and it has been that way for 15 years.

When we wrote Protein Power, it was about ‘promotability’. Was the author promotable? No one in publishing used the word platform, now everyone does. What’s a platform? Anything that helps the publisher sell the book. If you run a major, well-known company, you’ve got a platform, and you can get a huge advance on a book. If you’re a Harvard professor, you’ve got a platform. If you’re a famous politician or actor or actress, you’ve got a platform. If you’ve been canned from the FBI, you’ve got a platform (see James Comey).

Publishers are in the business of printing books these days. Not selling them. They want someone with a platform to sell the books for them. It’s difficult to tell beginning writers this, but publishers would rather have a piece of crap book from someone with a platform than an excellent book by someone without. The content isn’t what they’re interested in, it’s the platform of the author.

Anyway, Michael Hyatt was formerly the CEO of a publishing house, has written books himself, and has kicked around the business for years. He developed a blog telling people how to develop a platform and wrote an excellent book, titled, logically enough, Platform.

I read his blog, because I had read his book. I read the book because I was interested in social media and hadn’t a clue as to how to go about dealing with it. Platform was an excellent primer. And Michael gave a lot of updates, and, more importantly to me, gave detailed info on many writing tools that he used and how he used them.

I loved the theme he used on his blog (then; it has changed now), as did a number of people, many of whom wrote him asking what it was. He would reply that it was a custom theme someone had developed for him. Somewhere along the way, I suppose, he had enough requests that he decided to make his custom theme available as a premium theme to people willing to pay for it. When he announced he was going to be selling the theme, he smartly decided to sell the themes a handful at a time. He knew there would be bugs, and he didn’t want his developer overwhelmed with issues arising from a new theme.

When I discovered he was selling his theme as a premium theme, I put my name on the list. As I said before, I really liked it. And my own theme at the time was a custom developed and designed theme, and the developer did it as a one off. What I didn’t know at the time was that themes require constant updating by the developer. WordPress, the underlying software, is updated often. Too often I sometimes think. Theme developers, especially those who develop premium themes, update their themes to keep up with the WordPress updates. If your theme isn’t updated, it’s starts to get glitchy as more and more WordPress updates take place.

Since my blog then was a one off, it didn’t get updated and it was getting really glitchy. When, after several months, my name finally came up on Michael Hyatt’s list, I forked over (I think) about $200 for this custom theme. When I got it, I was overwhelmed. It had more bells and whistles than I knew what to do with, and I was clueless as to how to make it work. Fortunately, someone who was much more facile than I had figured it out and had created a course on how to best exploit the theme. Another $129 for that.

I worked my way through the course and figured out how to use the theme, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it look like I wanted it to look, which was like Michael Hyatt’s site that I loved so much. I ended up hiring a developer to turn it into what I wanted. There went another $2,000.

So, I finally had a blog I liked the looks of and that functioned like I wanted it to and, best of all, I knew how to work all the parts of it I wanted to work. Everything went along swimmingly for a while, then it started developing little glitches. I got on the tech site for the blog and looked at all the updates listed. I had done all the regular updates except the last one listed, and I couldn’t make it download. I went back to the tech site and was informed that I was entitled to get updates as long as I paid my yearly fees, and that I was past due. Yearly fees? I didn’t remember any yearly fees. But maybe there were and I just didn’t notice. So, I fork over yet another $179 for the yearly fee. Once the payment is made, I try to go in and pull down the update, which I cannot do. I wait a couple of days, figuring maybe it takes a while for the credit card payment to credit on the account. I try again. Same results.

So, I call the tech guy. Or maybe text, it’s been so long, I can’t remember. He tells me that they’re holding off on making the update available because they’re still fiddling with it. So, I paid $179 to get an update that they advertised was ready to download as soon as I paid up, yet it was still in development. I was steamed, but forged ahead. I kept trying periodically to download the update, but I never could. Then about six months later, I get an email from Michael Hyatt telling me they’re abandoning the theme. I’m sure once they sold out their themes to all the people on their waiting list (including moi), their sales slacked off and the whole effort became a money loser. In the email (a bulk email to all purchasers of the theme), Hyatt gave me permission to continue to use the theme as long as I wanted without a recurrent fee. Gee, thanks, schmuck. I paid ~$2,500 to get the thing purchased and up and running, and you decide to discontinue updating it. So, I’m left with a theme that will get glitchy-er by the day until it doesn’t work at all. The whole affair soured me on Michael Hyatt, I can tell you that.

About the time this whole thing was crescendoing on me, was when I saw the webinar about the podcast hosting site. So, I decided to jump.

I paid for an entire year’s worth of hosting and $149 to have my site migrated from WP Engine where I had been hosting it to Podcastwebsites.com. Once it was there, I was confronted with an incredibly complicated back end. I had no clue as to how to make it look like I wanted it to look. So…

I just kind of left it alone and had two sites going at once. I wanted to get away from WP Engine, because they were expensive. I was paying anywhere from $115 to $150 per month for hosting. It was considerably less than that with Podcastwebsites.com, but I had to pay yearly, which I had already done. So, instead of saving money by switching from one hosting service to another less expensive one, I find myself paying both WP Engine and Podcastwebsites.com (PCW from now on).

I was involved in all kinds of other efforts at the time, so I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to screwing with all this, so I just sort of left it alone. I ignored my live blog with the old theme, because I had already paid to migrate (I thought) all the content to the new hosting service. Anything I wrote on the old one, wouldn’t make it to the new one, and anything I wrote on the new one, couldn’t be found, so consequently, I didn’t write anything on either one of them.

Finally, at the start of 2019, I got a notice from PCW that they were doing a design deal at what I felt was a reasonable fee for anyone using their hosting service. I decided to bite on the offer. They started working on the look of the site. They are in the UK, so I would tell them what I wanted, and they would have it back to me the next morning. But if I wanted something changed or tweaked, I would send it back and have to wait an entire day to get it the revised version.

It took forever, and, admittedly, I was busy with other things, so I wasn’t always Johnny on the Spot in getting my stuff back to them. When I did, they responded quickly. They have always been pleasant to work with and did good work. Mostly. Up until I hit the snag that has ended up costing me yet more time and money.

Working with the PCW folks progressed to the point that we were just about ready to go live. I was a little hesitant, just because it was a new system, and it kind of felt like jumping off into the void to pull the trigger on it. As all this agonizing was going on, MD and I had a fraudulent charge on one of our credit cards. Once it was sorted, the CC company canceled the card and sent us a new one. What I didn’t realize was that I had the WP Engine hosting service attached for auto billing to the old card. When billing time came around, I got a notice from WP Engine that my card had failed. Which I took as an omen to get off the stick and take the new site live and bail out of WP Engine.

So, I made a quick run through of the new site, didn’t find any problems other than little niggling design ones that couldn’t be changed because of the underlying theme, and decided to go live. Which I did.

All the above happened during a really frenetic time in our lives what with some family issues, business issues, and all sorts of other stuff going on. Consequently, the site was live, but I hadn’t posted or done anything with it. After about a month, I searched for a book review that I knew I had written and couldn’t find it. As it turned out, the whole section on book reviews was not there. (In case you’re looking for the book reviews, those are available free to email subscribers.)

I contacted PCW and had them search for them. No luck. They asked if I had a backup from WP Engine, which I did. But they could find no book reviews on it. I tried going back to WP Engine and asking them for help. They said, Sure, but first fork over some bucks to get your account back open. Which I did.

After about 12 hours of text chat time (which is a total waste of time) and about five hours of phone time, I was able to get my site restored on WP Engine. Once restored, the folks from PCW were able to get back in and find the book reviews they had failed to migrate when they migrated the rest of the site content. So, at last, the new PCW site was complete, at least content-wise.

I’m still not all that happy with how it looks, but at least it has all the content from the old site and is functional. And, of course, I’m back to paying both WP Engine and PCW. Which I’ll continue to do till I know it’s safe to abandon the WP Engine site without risking losing any content.

Along with resuming posting, I’ll continue to work on getting the podcast going. I’ve got most of the equipment now and am starting to look at hosting sites (in the event PCW hosting doesn’t work out), which are expensive, and how to upload to iTunes and all the other places podcasts are listened to. It’s vastly more complicated than blogging. And more expensive as well. Now I understand why podcasters all have sponsors to help defray the costs. I guess along with everything else, I’ll have to get those, too.

If you’ve hung in there for this long, self-indulgent, rambling blog post that has nothing whatsoever to do with low-carb dieting, dieting in general, or even nutrition, at least you’ll know what’s happened to me.

If you’ve got any suggestions for people you would enjoy hearing on a podcast, pass them along in the comments.

Which reminds me, I left a lot of comments hanging on the old WP Engine site. I moved most of the content to this site almost two years ago, so any comments anyone might have made on the old site will be abandoned. I’ll post all of them that made it over and any new ones. If any of you made a comment over the past two years and haven’t had it put up, now you know why. Feel free to re-comment on this new site.

If you have any complaints about this new site, please pass them along in the comments. I’ll do my best to deal with them given the constraints of the software running this new site. (in fact, I just found another problem. Many of my blog posts link to other posts I’ve written, and I just discovered those links don’t work. AAARRRGGGHHH!)

As I wrote earlier, I’m going to give it a year. If it is just too aggravating and I can’t get things to my liking in that length of time, then I’ll start over. If, God forbid, that happens, I’ll be more than eager to get your input.

And if you want to study up for the next post, take a look at this video of a talk I gave in Breckinridge a couple of years ago that has stimulated a lot of interest and conversation on Twitter and Facebook. And, BTW, if you haven’t followed me on Twitter, where I engage often, click here and hit Follow.

I’ve got to write an article due  by tomorrow and prepare a talk to be given in two days at a CrossFit function, so I won’t have a lot of time over the next couple of days to work on the post about the info in the above video.  It is admittedly complex, but I’ll see if I can explain it a little better.  And will give you an interesting diet to ponder.


	

134 Comments

  1. Candace on January 30, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I can’t tell you how many times over those 2 years I’ve wondered what happened to you….welcome back!

    • Joan Mercantini on January 30, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      I hope you will continue with your blog. Throughout the years, I have made many hard copies of your posts for reference and have gone back to them more times than I can count.

      I have learned so much from you and have greatly missed your blog . iIf you do a podcast, just write an outline , then give us all the details in your blog. Welcome back ,

    • Mary Dyer on January 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

      My thoughts precisely. I’ve missed you!

      • Heather on March 15, 2020 at 9:50 am

        I reread your book just now. I had read it 20 years ago but never followed it like I should have! Wow the changes I would have had in my health struggles. Thank you and please keep sharing!

    • Janice on January 31, 2020 at 4:35 pm

      Here’s a “me too”, so glad you’re back!

    • Nancy Cripe on January 31, 2020 at 9:44 pm

      Same here!

      • Nancy Cripe on January 31, 2020 at 9:46 pm

        Oh, and some of us love a long, thoughtful, enlightening read!! Cheers to the written word! Podcasts are useful, too, but I see them as an adjunct, not a replacement.

    • Rose Versaggi on February 4, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Welcome back. I would love to get your read on the protein-KETO connection. I am conflicted with the current promotion for the KETO diet, which tends to downplay the importance of protein in favor of high fat– a problem for me. I hope to hear your opinions about it. I much prefer reading to Podcasts–just my opinion.

      • Michael Eades on February 5, 2020 at 12:20 pm

        Thanks. Seems like most of the readers of my blog prefer reading to podcasts. It’s making it tough for me to get off the dime and actually do a podcast. I will be posting on the protein-KETO connection, but I can tell you I’m in the camp that prefers meat as a primary component of a ketogenic diet. In a later post, I’ll explain why.

  2. Bobbie on January 30, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Welcome back, but I prefer reading. I just began following you on Twitter– that will work for me.

    • Janice on January 31, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      I am deaf, so I also prefer reading communication. I’m now retired from my medical career and still keenly interested in emerging paradigms that are putting chronic disease into remission.

      “Protein Power” and Bernstein’s “Diabetes Solution” both came out at a time when I was looking for solutions for metabolic diseases for family and friends.

      Interwebs have changed a lot since those days in both positive and negative ways.
      Youtube does provide automatic subtitles (which can be a little iffy) with real-time transcriptions. The transcription service is better than simple podcasts devoid of subtitles but Youtube has been abusing its monopoly. Other resources for video podcasts, still don’t have this level of accessibility. Manually captioning is a time sink. Transcripts provided separately for a podcast is helpful but inn some cases, inflection of discussion is lost when it is delivered in plain text without further notes on inflection.

      • Frank Enstein on January 31, 2020 at 7:33 pm

        Hear! Hear! Well said.

  3. Marcia Thompson on January 30, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Great to have you back – I feel your frustration with tech and I’m amazed – and grateful – that you persevered.

    Only saw one little typo – 24 paragraphs from the top (or 23 from the bottom – so right about the middle): ‘Since mine blog then was a one off . . .” – which I’m fairly sure should be “my blog.”

    Really happy you’re back – and thanks again for the twitter lead to Malcolm Kendrick’s brilliant recent talks about evidence based medicine. You two are the best!

    Marcia T

    • Michael Eades on January 30, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      All fixed. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Ed on January 30, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Welcome back Dr Mike. Your post more than adequately explains any delays, however, I’m wondering if the new Protein Power book is still in the works.

  5. Lori on January 30, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    It’s such a pleasure to see a new blog post from you! I follow you on Twitter, but it’s always nice to see a longer piece. I’m sorry you’ve had so many troubles with fires, mudslides, etc., and then, on top of everything else, all the issues with your blog. Good luck with your podcast — I’ll be looking for it. And welcome back!

  6. Dru on January 30, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I HATE podcasts. Like you, I prefer to read. This is despite the fact that I apparently have some short circuit in my brain that requires me to read slowly, word for word. With a podcast, I look to see if there is a transcript. If not, unless there is absolutely no alternative and it is a subject that I don’t think I can get the information any other way, I will listen to the podcast, but not if it’s more than 15minutes, and even then I would think twice. With written information, I can critically analyze the content. In a podcast, it just glides right by the receptors in the brain that demand careful analysis. Maybe people don’t want any content that requires critical analysis any more.

    • Warren Dew on January 31, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Same here. Even if four times as many people listen to podcasts, I doubt that the ideas will get across to any more people, because most people listen just for the approximation of company, and not because they’re actually listening to the content.

    • Sue on February 8, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Agree!!!

  7. Annlee on January 30, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    I find a few podcasts useful, but frankly not many. They are usually too rambling, and (often) quite contrived. But then, I’m a Boomer. And I vastly prefer to read, and review the talks with slides, since those usually have 1/ a point (or two), and 2/ structure.

    My $0.02 (US).

  8. Richard Slaugh on January 30, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Awesome! I might have to start listening to podcasts. Very interested in your current thoughts on keto and carnivore, cholesterol and statins. Sorry about your house and neighborhood.

  9. Elenor Snow on January 30, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    SO happy you’re back! SO sorry you’ve had the devil’s own time getting caught up with your tech (and don’t we just ALL have that ‘own time’!?)

    Since you’re getting to good at watching $$$ flowing out of your hands… maybe hire a local college kid (or, heck, high school kid, nowadays!) to go scour the web and pull down copies of all your various video and audio appearances. You won’t want to put them up on your new sites: storage costs would be prohibitive! But you’d HAVE them (on CD, rather than just thumb drive; or, better on both!) and when storage and streaming prices come down you can put your faves up on your site too…

    I send you mental kudos every couple days when I turn on my Sous Vide Demi (my “baby” sous vide!) … My original beautiful blue one finally gave up the ghost — the face plate quit working (so, we’re talking some 15 or so years of great dedicated service?! My husband bought the blue one back when you first released them; and I couldn’t go on without one! (Black only, for the replacement. Alas.)

    Sorry too, for your recent exciting “Nature-al” life; when Mother Nature shakes (drowns, muddies, swamps) our world, it reminds us just how insignificant we are — and how special!

    Welcome back!

    • Michael Eades on January 30, 2020 at 11:03 pm

      Thanks. I appreciate the welcome back. It’s been rough what with all the natural disasters and everything else. Hope 2020 is going to be a good year for us all.

      • Michael Sheldrick on February 12, 2020 at 5:15 pm

        Found your post in my email a little late, so I hope this message reaches you. Welcome back, I’ve been a longtime fan.

        I feel your pain on the software side, having witnessed similar issues. By other bloggers and ezine publishers.

        I offer this possibility: networksolutions.com

        They are almost as old as the Internet itself. They have great customer service. They offer support for websites well as hosting
        Dont know if they fit your needs. Full disclosure: I’m just a satisfied 20 year customer.

        Best,

        Mike

        • Michael Eades on February 12, 2020 at 5:46 pm

          Thanks for the heads up. But I used them previously myself, and didn’t have a terrific experience, so I switched.

  10. Patricia Day on January 30, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    Many years ago you had a great kit about what to eat and recipes that I followed like glue.
    I lost everything to a fire and have tried to find it again. I hope you can bring this back.
    Glad to hear from you.

    • Michael Eades on January 30, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      What did it look like? We’ve had a number of different outfits that have licensed our info and made packages out of them.

    • Susan on January 31, 2020 at 11:07 am

      Welcome back!

      Check out the podcast Unbelievable? with Justin Brierly … he is the best moderator ever, but should you throw your hat in the podcast ring I’m sure you would give him a run for his money!

      I just listened to the debate between Nina Teicholz and David Katz and wished that there was a podcast format similar to Unbelievable to host discussions between opposing viewpoints in the medical/nutrition arena — and then I read your article!

      No matter what format you decide upon — sign me up!

  11. Jackie on January 30, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Glad you and MD are safe and sound. Hate to hear what you all have been through. I would rather read a book, too, but would give your podcast a shot. I really didn’t realize what a pain writing a blog could be, either! Hope you still plan on writing the new Protein Power book. Have missed your book reviews and glad to see you back.

    • Melinda on January 31, 2020 at 8:25 am

      So glad to hear the news about your return!

  12. andrea on January 30, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Glad to see you are back to blogging – i’ve really enjoyed your posts in the past.

    i’m another who prefers reading to listening. as you say, it’s faster.which means not only that i can take in more in a given period of time, but i can figure out faster that it’s not worth reading or listening.

    so i hope that what you put into your podcasts will continue to be available in print as well.

  13. kateryna on January 31, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Happy to hear of your return. Podcasts are a big no-no for me. I’m a reader like you and have never been interested in any podcasts by anyone. However, it’s your show and you can do what you want.

    • Michael Hall on February 7, 2020 at 7:44 pm

      Bingo! I am glad your back for people who need the help. I will not be reading this post or following any thing yow post in the future. I am a reader not much of a Social Media geek… 2 years and not a post kinda tells me where we are on the stand in the Protein Power world you have built. Good luck

  14. Rachael M on January 31, 2020 at 1:15 am

    Welcome back. Like others posted, I too have missed you. I’m sorry for all you’ve been through with natural and tech disasters. If you offer transcripts of your podcasts, I will happily read them. Nine times out of 10, I won’t watch a podcast or other videos — I simply do not have the patience.

  15. Em on January 31, 2020 at 1:16 am

    What a story! Hope it will be smooth sailing from now on for you.
    I love the podcast idea. I like listening to them while driving, doing laundry, cooking….
    If the whole thing doesn’t work out, you could chuck it all and go via you tube
    I’ll listen to anything you bring out

  16. Ruth on January 31, 2020 at 1:56 am

    Thank you for taking the time to start again, It’s been a long time. I Just thank you for all you have done, cured me many years ago and I still follow the same diet 17th year now.

  17. Eye_of_the_tiger on January 31, 2020 at 1:59 am

    It would be great to have you on Dr. Paul Saladinos upcoming podcast with Dr Loren Cordain on Feb 10 2020, on a panel of sorts that is set up on part to discuss/debate the issues around Keto-Carnivore diet. It was my idea & I initiated arranging podcast & suggested topics to both on Paleo exercise & fasting & sleep in addition to Dr. Cordains stance against long term ketosis & carnivore, as well as his new book on longevity due out.

    However Paul is really overwhelmed in my opinion with his new book Carnivore Code due out around February, TV & interviews to ever approach the decades of research you’ve put in on this subject, do I proposed to him having others like yourself & Dr. Miki Ben Dor & Dr. Zsofia Clemens & Amber O’Hearn, Dr. Richard Wrangham, Dr. Katherine Milton UC Berkeley and an objective Scientist researcher Dr. Mathieu Lalonde of Harvard on the panel to fully air out if this Keto-carnivore diet is optimum or not.

    Anyway, Contact me and I can put you in touch with Dr. Saladino about coming on this one or series of interview(s) with Dr. Cordain or stand alone interviews in addition with just you as well on his podcast Fundamental Health. It is uniquely different from Dr. Shawn Baker’s pod in that Dr. Saladino promotes a Keto Carnivore nose to tail diet incl. Almost all organs. Also he addresses the topic of raw or not.

    As far as marketing your new podcast this appears to be how it is done where different podcasters go on each other’s show to get audience crossover thus sharing & building audiences to start. Dr. Saladino has perhaps a younger demographic then you to share in this area.
    Anyway, I know you know or know people that know the names above, perhaps you could see if they’d be interested in coming on with you as well as your show, which will eventually incl. All of the above names as well.

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 10:32 am

      I’m afraid I can’t make the Feb 10 date. My first two weeks of Feb are overbooked right now. Would love to be on one of the podcasts later.

  18. Douglas on January 31, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Mike,
    I’d rather read another book that you and MD write- podcasts are boring because I cannot see the individual…mannerisms, facial expressions, body language and the like.
    Keep writing – your sense of wit always keeps me attached.

  19. Linda A. on January 31, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Unless I’ve missed something, I don’t see the date when this was posted. I looked at your wife’s blog also and couldn’t find a date. Can you put the posting date on each entry?

    Thanks.

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 10:34 am

      I couldn’t find a date either. I’ll see what I can do.

  20. Anne on January 31, 2020 at 2:38 am

    I’m very glad to see a blog by you ! I’ve kept you Bookmarked waiting for you to post ! I see you often post Tweets (I Follow you) and thought you must be concentrating on that to tell us your thoughts (and travails with the fire and the mud). But I always missed your blogs. And wondering when the new edition of Protein Power, or whatever it will be called, will come out ?

  21. Sue on January 31, 2020 at 2:52 am

    Welcome back; I wondered about you often over the last two years as your regular posts were missed. So sorry about the devastation to your house and neighbourhood. I am definitely more a reader and sorry to say I have no interest in podcasts unless there is a transcript, but best wishes for the endeavour and hope it is glitch-free…

  22. Holli Bacchini on January 31, 2020 at 4:35 am

    I too have wondered what has happened to Michael Eades, every once in a while I would be missing your blogs. I prefer reading, did more podcasts when I used to drive a lot, but I find they don’t get to the heart of things succinctly enough. Also with reading I can go back easier to something I may not understand. Yesterday I listened to a Peter Attia podcast, very interesting and very technical but couldn’t follow it all and stopping a backing up is tiresome. What about FB lives? I enjoy those and past ones are easily accessible. Maybe much less expensive as well. Zoom seems to be a favourite means, while others do a good job with just a camera. Welcome back!

    • Stuart on February 10, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Welcome back Mike! We were on the point of listing you and MD as missing persons and sending out a search party.😊

      I can appreciate what you’ve gone through with fire and flood – we here in eastern Australia have had our own share of fires and have just had 3 days of torrential rain and flash flooding, with more rain on the way. At least the rain has put out the bushfires – one of which here in NSW had been burning for the last THREE MONTHS. Needless to say the scientifically and historically illiterate among the Greens and the Media (ie all of them) are blathering about “climate crisis” and “unprecedented” bushfires, as if we’ve never had droughts or bushfires before. In fact the eucalyptus trees that dominate the Australian landscape have evolved adaptations such as thick bark and root systems that enable them to survive fires. Following a bushfire eucalypts sprout leaves from their trunks and all along the branches so that they appear “furry”, which aids their recovery. Other plants like the banksias and hakeas only release their seeds from the seed pods after fire. These evolutionary adaptations demonstrate that fires have been a feature of the Australian environment for millions of years, long before humans evolved. But since when have the Greens ever let facts get in their way?

      I’m not a fan of podcasts or videos, as they can be a colossal waste of time. Often a 1 hour podcast could have been boiled down to 15 minutes of useful content if all the chitchat and waffling was stripped away. I found Jimmy Moore a particular offender in that regard, to the point that I refuse to listen to any more of his podcasts. Videoed conference presentations are somewhat better, as at least you can usually see the graphs and supporting slides if they’ve been edited in. However, I can read a lot faster than the presenter or podcaster can talk so I still prefer the written word. How difficult is it to provide a transcript, since presumably the presenter had to have written at least an outline prior to giving the talk? And with voice recognition software even a transcript of an unscripted interview shouldn’t be too difficult. Besides text is searchable by search engines whereas videos and podcasts are not. I often can remember hearing something on a video and maybe can even remember who said it but am unable to find the reference without going through hours of video or podcast.

      Re blog topics, since having had to deal with the health problems of elderly parents and their failing memories I have become particularly interested in how to stave off Alzheimer’s and the other ravages of aging. Since I sense the majority of your readership are middle-aged or older, they probably are interested too. I’m sure you’re aware of Dale Bredesen’s work in Alzheimer’s prevention with his RECODE protocol. This fits very well with the low-carb movement since insulin resistance in the brain appears to be the largest single factor in AD (though not the only factor). Another major factor seems to be high homocysteine, although when I asked my mother’s GP and geriatrician to test her Hc they were baffled, so clearly haven’t read the paper referred to here:
      http://healthinsightuk.org/2015/08/06/policy-on-alzheimers-sure-we-want-a-cure-just-so-long-as-its-not-cheap/

      High Hc is also associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration and of course famously with heart disease. I notice that recently there have been papers supposedly disproving the heart disease link. When I searched PubMed for homocysteine + heart disease the first paper that popped up was a meta analysis “disproving” the link by the usual suspects from the Clinical Trials Unit, those well-known shills for the statin industry.
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22363213
      That put me on my guard as I doubt anything that comes from that bunch, however perhaps you can comment.

      Another area you might address is the link between statin use and the epidemic of congestive heart failure among the elderly. Statins are known to interfere with the body’s production of CoQ10, yet neither my father nor my brother were advised to supplement CoQ10 on being prescribed statins and AFAICS this seems to be common practice (or should that be malpractice?) among the medical fraternity. Incidentally my mother’s female cardiologist kept trying to convince this 90yo woman to take statins despite no evidence of heart disease beyond afib. Where do these people get their medical education from? I’ll answer my own question – they get it exclusively from drug reps and Big Pharma shills.

      Another interesting area is the field of senolytics – eliminating senescent cells that are associated with age-related diseases – and the whole area of mitochondrial health. My brother was recently diagnosed with the early stages of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a progressively fatal disease for which there is no known cure. However a recent study treating IPF patients with the senolytic combo of the leukaemia drug dasatinib + quercetin showed promise. While dasatinib is expensive and prescription-only, recent research suggests that the natural compound fisetin might be even more effective and is of course cheaper and easily available without prescription.
      https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2018/10/animal-data-shows-fisetin-to-be-a-surprisingly-effective-senolytic/
      If you read down in the comments to that page you’ll see that some people are self-experimenting with fisetin and generally reporting good results. Also one commenter suggests that fasting-induced apoptosis is the “poor man’s senolytic”. I’m not certain whether fasting will actually induce apoptosis in senescent cells – after all they’re there because they’ve resisted apoptosis in the first place – but it’s an intriguing thought.

      Anyhow, I’m looking forward to your future blog posts and of course Protein Power 2.0.

      • Michael Eades on February 11, 2020 at 3:05 pm

        Thanks for the long, thoughtful comment. And thinks for the links. I’ll take a look.

        When I do get the podcast going, I will try my best to not make it long and rambling (though it may take me a few episodes to get the hang of it), and I have arranged to have any podcasts I do transcribed.

        • Stuart on February 13, 2020 at 9:16 pm

          “Thanks for the long, thoughtful comment.”

          You’re too kind – rereading my own post I think “long and rambling” might be more appropriate. I always begin my posts intending to be concise and discover afterwards that I’ve written War & Peace.

          The graph of veg oil & shortening consumption shows a big upward leap from 1999 to 2003 then back to the lower rate of increase. What’s going on there?

          To add to your collection of photos of non-obese previous generations here’s one of shirtless 18yo Australian Army recruits at bayonet training in 1943. Look at how lean all those young men are!
          https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C48616?image=1
          Another photo from 1941, somewhat older men probably
          https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C30413
          Another from 1943
          https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C283180
          From 1944
          https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C80847
          https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C80848
          I doubt that current Army recruits would look as good.

          • Michael Eades on February 13, 2020 at 10:24 pm

            Thanks for the data.



  23. RachaelM on January 31, 2020 at 4:53 am

    Welcome back. As others have said, I too have missed seeing your posts. I am very sorry to hear of your natural and technical disasters, and hope you can overcome both soon.

  24. RachaelM on January 31, 2020 at 4:56 am

    I hit reply before I was finished commenting. I do hope there will be transcripts for any podcasts you produce. Nine times out of 10 I won’t t watch a podcast or videos because I find them too tedious. I don’t have the patience for watching, but will happily read, no matter how long the text is.

  25. Jackie on January 31, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Welcome back! I can absolutely understand why you’ve been away and hope a less stressful period will ensue. I’m definitely a reader rather than a listener too, and I’m with Dru on podcasts – I always look for the transcript!

  26. Rush on January 31, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Dittos katerina.

  27. Jeanne Shepard on January 31, 2020 at 7:42 am

    I’m glad to see you’re back! I’ve always enjoyed your blog posts, and share them with others, but I hate podcasts, too rambling and I’d much rather read an outline.
    I still buy my Amazon books through your website!

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 10:38 am

      Thanks for the Amazon help. I feel the same about podcasts being too long and rambling. I’m hoping mine will be more succinct and less rambling. But who knows. I’ll have to get my feet wet to find out. I do plan to provide transcripts.

  28. Philip Thackray on January 31, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Dr Eades,

    I’ve been an avid follower of you since I first became Low Carb inspired by your first Protein Power book. I missed your blog but assumed that you were following your dreams somewhere else and I was happy for you. As Arthur Janov said “love means letting someone be who they are” so I guess that I love you Dr. Eades!! And welcome back!

    Philip Thackray

  29. Pam on January 31, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Many thanks for this update. I commiserate with your California environmental issues, completely understand your frustration with “platforms” and the costs in promoting your own work. (I do not have your patience, I just gave up.)

    Thanks for including your speech. Although I do not have your background in chemistry or physiology, I appreciated your point – vegetable oils create obesity/sat fats do not. Great visuals.

    That said, I prefer blog posts to u-tube

  30. Tracey on January 31, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Welcome back! This was a lovely surprise in my feed reader today. You’ve had a busy few years and I’m grateful to see you back and sharing your life and learnings. I’m also a reader and not someone who listens to podcasts. I’m just not a fan. A favorite author of mine, Tim Ferriss has one of the most popular podcasts out there and while I love what he does … I don’t like podcasts. Last year he started to provide transcripts of all his podcasts and that was a game changer for me. How I can read them all and still get the information out of it without spending hours of time each week listening. I’m a note taker so when I listen to something I want to take notes which means podcasts are out the window for my commute.

    Anyway, best wishes on this project!

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 10:39 am

      Thanks. I plan on providing transcripts from the start. If there is a transcript available, I’ll always opt for that rather than listening to a podcast.

  31. RFC on January 31, 2020 at 8:01 am

    To Ed. The human body has not changed since the first PPP. So I suspect all of the material in the PPP still has relevance.

  32. Gretchen on January 31, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Add me to the list of people who hate podcasts. Unless one has a long commute, with no time to read, they’re a waste of time, and I don’t listen to them. If you do podcasts, at least include transcripts.

    I’ve missed your well-organized blogs.

  33. Helga Culbert on January 31, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Welcome back. I have periodically checked for updates of your blog and was always disappointed when there weren’t any. I am excited that you are back to blogging. I prefer to read as well. Can’t wait to hear about the new diet!

  34. Cynthia M Sells on January 31, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Mike, there is a time and season for everything. It really doesn’t matter if you blog or not. I am sure you have been totally engaged in some other aspect of living that captivated your focus and awareness. Don’t force yourself back in a box that you may have out grown.

  35. Nick on January 31, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Great to see you posting! I’m not generally a podcast person, but I do listen to them when the content is good enough. Yours will doubtless fall into that category. I think having the blog and a podcast makes a ton of sense. Two platforms is better than one, and both will feed traffic to the other. I found your book and blog through the YouTube lecture on “New Hypothesis of Obesity”. The more people thinking about this stuff the better.

  36. Tiziano Solignani on January 31, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Welcome back. I am both a blogger and podcaster myself and found everything interesting, I run everything symply with a WordPress blog plus powerpress plugin. Have a nice day.

  37. frank england on January 31, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Your book Protein power saved my life I will forever be grateful GOD bless you , frank England I have passed it to all with over weight Works on everyone that reads and applies your methods . May have problems if you smoke heavy drink dope and never exercise AND cut the SUGAR .

    • frank england on January 31, 2020 at 11:16 am

      P S Astonishing that most doctors don’t understand how to gauge high or low cresto numbers you explained in your book , This chapter on cresto is very informative indeed

  38. beth on January 31, 2020 at 11:09 am

    so glad to see you back!
    a vote here for reading better and faster than listening,
    IMO it’s better for you too, for a lot of reasons – so don’t stop writing please, or at least giving us a transcript because I’ll never be able to listen.

    • frank england on January 31, 2020 at 11:24 am

      I see you appreciate the knowledge and help you will gain from reading and studying and applying his proven methods GOD love and keep You Beth

  39. Tommy Lindquist on January 31, 2020 at 11:14 am

    So excited to see this post and that you and MD are well and still wanting to keep us followers informed and well, too! Can’t wait for the new posts and podcasts! If you’re ever speaking in the DFW area (to those of us that are low-carb laymen), I’d love to know about it.

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Well, we are now living–at least half time–in the DFW area. I’ll try to keep everyone posted on my speaking gigs as I sign up for them. As it stands now, I’ll be speaking at the big low-carb meeting in Denver in March and to another low-carb conference in Singapore in May. Nothing yet scheduled for Big D, but who knows what the future brings.

  40. cavenewt on January 31, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for the update. You’re certainly not the only one suffering these slings and arrows. I do have one request which bothers me on a lot of blog sites – please put a date on each post. Especially if one is following things like scientific research subjects, it’s helpful to know at least what year or decade an article was written! That helps put it into context.

    As for a podcast guests suggestions, I’ve only heard one podcast with Hyperlipid Peter. He would be my first choice. I’ve already enjoyed, and given you feedback on, the “new theory of obesity” video in Hyperlipid comments. Would love to see more on the same subject.

    Also, for the first time I’ve run across mention of mitochondrial fusion/session. That might be something to address at some time.

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm

      I thought there was a date, but I guess not. I’ll see what it takes to get that added. One way you can tell when the post was written is by looking at the date and time on the first comment to it. I usually get a comment within ten minutes of posting, so the date there will be the same as the post date.

  41. cavenewt on January 31, 2020 at 11:25 am

    Argh. That should have been fusion/fission.

    So that makes two more blog theme suggestions: limited-time editability, and an option to have email notices of replies.

  42. cavenewt on January 31, 2020 at 11:37 am

    (Sorry about the flurry of comments)

    I’m a boomer too, just turned 66. I vastly prefer reading to watching videos. However, I find podcasts invaluable for getting through things like housework, long walks, and otherwise brainless manual labor (I’m building my own house). Everything has its place. That said, transcripts are really a nice option.

  43. Susan on January 31, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Welcome back! I don’t do podcasts, prefer to read so glad to hear that you will do transcripts..

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 11:56 am

      It’s obvious from the response that my blog appeals to a demographic who read. Which is wonderful.

  44. mrfreddy on January 31, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    What a treat to read/skim your blog again, it feels like time travel. 😉

    I have a short daily train commute, so I listen to podcasts from time to time. I’d tune into yours for sure.

    Have you thought about maybe a series of youtube videos? There are some characters covering sous vide on YT that are racking up amazing numbers.

    Peace out, and I look forward to your next blog post tomorrow!

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      Hey mrfreddy, great to hear from you. Uh, my “next blog post tomorrow!” May not be that quick.

  45. Halelly on January 31, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    OMG. This is so uncanny. YESTERDAY I wondered why I hadn’t seen anything from you in a while… what a crazy coincidence. I was thinking about the popularity of “keto” and now the carnivore diet and how grateful I am for discovering you and Mary Dan back in 1999 before it was ‘cool’ to be low carb and rebranded. Such a coincidence to get your email in my inbox today. I haven’t actually read the post yet, lol, but I look forward to!

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      I hope you’re able to get on to read it. I’m having trouble with the hosting site right now.

  46. Kathy in OK on January 31, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    So good to “see” you again. I’m also in the “prefer to read it” camp. I’ve never listened to a podcast.

    Any time I’m reminded of Protein Power, I think of those lovely little miniature cheesecakes. I don’t still have the book, so I’ll check the library. I need that recipe. And that was the first time I ever saw the word “ersatz”.

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 5:04 pm

      Here you go. It’s the cheesecake recipe. It’ll save you a trip to the library.

      Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes
      Adapted from the recipe by Barbara Witt (Protein Power, Warner 1996)
      Makes 12

      INGREDIENTS
      • 1 large graham cracker, finely crushed
      • 1 extra-large egg
      • ¼ cup sugar, Truvia Blend, or Splenda Blend
      • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
      • 2 tablespoons semisweet mini chocolate chips

      You’ll also need
      • 12 mini fluted paper liners
      • 12-cup mini-muffin tin

      DIRECTIONS
      1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
      2. Line the muffin tin cups with the paper liners and distribute the crushed graham cracker evenly among the cups.
      3. Put all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, into a food processor and blend thoroughly. (Alternatively, beat the egg, sweetener, and vanilla together well and then incorporate the cheese.)
      4. Fold in the chocolate chips and spoon the mixture into the muffin cups.
      5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are set and the center is still moist.
      6. Remove the cheesecakes from the muffin tin and let them cool.
      7. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

      Each cake contains: 5 grams carbohydrate (made with sugar) or 2.5 g made with blend along with 3 grams protein.

      VARIATIONS
      Use different flavorings to change these little treats.
      • Substitute a couple of teaspoons of instant espresso coffee powder for the chocolate chips (or leave in the chips) for a mocha cheesecake.
      • Use lemon extract or a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice instead of the vanilla and add some grated lemon or lime zest.
      • Sprinkle the tops of the cheesecakes with toasted unsweetened coconut for a little crunch.
      • Bury a whole roasted almond in each cake and flavor with almond extract instead of vanilla extract.

      • Kathy in OK on January 31, 2020 at 5:38 pm

        Cool! Thank you so much!

        • Kathy in OK on February 9, 2020 at 10:10 am

          Made them for a “family thing” and they were a hit – and some of these folks are definitely not low carb. Thanks again!

          • Michael Eades on February 9, 2020 at 1:32 pm

            MD put up the recipe on her blog. Link here.



  47. Lynn Wright on January 31, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Welcome back! Start a podcast, I will listen. First guest suggestion- Dom D’Agostino

  48. Barbara Weed on January 31, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    I’ve missed you!
    I’ve never made comments on anything before, this is a first.
    I want to thank you for Protein Power and my 35lb weight loss in 2004. I creep to 10lbs sometimes, but I always go back to low carb. And seeing your video has re-ignited my determination not to allow the creeping thing anymore.

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      I’m glad you found Protein Power helpful. And I’m pleased that you’ve chosen my blog to make your first ever comment ever anywhere.

      • Mary White on February 5, 2020 at 4:49 pm

        Dear Dr. Mike: I used Protein Power Lifeplan…a very handy book…to become healthier and about 45 pounds lighter about 20 or 25 years ago. I used to get all your blog comments. First, I’ve kept mostly slim (size 4 jeans), and second, (at 75) feel great. Losing weight, and fasting intermittendly improved my health 100%, all due to the folks whom I refer to as The doctors Eades.

        I don’t listen to podcasts; I’ve found all your blog contents interesting, but I’m just not the podcast type. I like the silence of reading and it doesn’t require me to write notes about what I want to remember because underlining takes care of that, but especially if the podcast has very little of interest to me (and believe me, much of what is said these days on podcasts or any other media is penultimate drivel.)

        I long for The Godfather to whisper in certain ears “never let anyone know what you, in particular, are thinking”.

        Anyway, if you podcast, please send me a link (if podcasts have links).

        I’ve missed you. In particular I’ve missed your backs-and-forths with other docs who are helping folks on the edge of T2D help themselves through rational eating.

        More fat rather than less made me able to get through the first months; I never stepped on a scale, but as my clothing began to sag and I began having to buy smaller jeans, I was hooked on the power of fat and low-protein to keep me slim and satisfied with one meal per day.

        In my copy of Protein Power I found a charts that depicted how many eggs a dieter should eat, or how much steak, etc.; there was one chart for men of x weight, and another for women of x weight. I photocopied the women’s chart and taped it to my refrigerator door.

        For all who are in the midst and struggling to understand how to begin, (this won’t please everyone but a meal can be as simple as a stack of 3 or 4 romaine leaves each layered with thin-sliced salami or pepperoni or other thinly-sliced meats laid upon a leaf of romaine as many or as few per leaf as the nibbler likes, then leaves are stacked, picked up, rolled, and eaten. Eater’s choice whether to use mayonnaise, or salt, pepper, or hot sauce.

        Be careful out there in Cali; it’s mighty dangerous.

        Best wishes.

        Mary White

        • Michael Eades on February 5, 2020 at 5:09 pm

          Wow! Another anti-podcast comment. Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve arranged for someone to transcribe the podcasts minus the uhms and ahs, so the listeners can listen and the readers can read. Now all I’ve got to do is get off my rear and record a few, so that I’ll be able to help the economy by paying a transcriptionist. Now I’ve really got to get advertisers. 🙂

          • Kathy in OK on February 9, 2020 at 5:34 pm

            “so the listeners can listen and the readers can read”

            What a concept! No wonder we love you so much.



  49. Mary Lewis on January 31, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    As a long-time reader of your blog, I am delighted you are back! Sorry to hear of all the difficult stuff you’ve had to warrior through. UGH. Looking forward to lots of new content!!!! Like others, I am by far a primary reader. I have gotten to the point where I will listen to podcasts…sparingly…but still far prefer reading. Thanks for returning! You’ve been missed!

  50. Paul on January 31, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    I was soooo happy to get your email and I’ve missed your blog dearly. I know a couple in the hills above Santa Barbara who got two feet of mud in their home and had neighbors killed in the horrific mud flow you describe. And this is just the second time I’ve heard of black soybeans and now am eager to try. As far as sponsorship, might you go to or add a paid subscription (similar to what Peter Attia does)? If it helps you continue your superb blog I would join. And another note: I’m probably one of those people on a jet with an iPad in hand … unless you saw my screen you might be thinking I’m watching cartoons but in actuality I’m probably reading with my Kindle app.

    Anyway, your “random” restart was actually full of interesting stuff… congratulations!

  51. Bruce Miller on January 31, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    While continuing to follow Kendrick I have missed your blog.
    WELCOME BACK!

    Hopefully, you can/will have time int he near future to address the issues of all the farm-raised meat beef, pork, dairy – ie. cheese, etc. that are hormone, antibiotic laden.

    Seems more and more people are moving toward vegan options (current fad?) that does not work for insulin-dependent diabetics following the Bernstein very low carb diet for tight control.

    Also concerned about tofu and other soy-based “meat substitutes” that are not good for those of us with thyroid issues as part of the autoimmune suite of issues.

  52. Marilyn Stulken on January 31, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Welcome back!!!

  53. Marilyn Stulken on January 31, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I’d like to read what you have to say about “essential fatty acids.” Just how essential are they? They’re “essential,” we’re told, because we can’t make them our selves. But what do they really do for us? Anything that no other substance in the body or in our food can do? And, it’s my understanding that Omega 3, particularly. is very fragile. The Omega 3 in things like supplements or canned salmon are so heavily processed and so aged that they surely must be “spent” by the time they reach our digestive tracts. Are they really of any value at that point?

    Thanks!

  54. Judy Barnes Baker on January 31, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    So glad to see you posting again! I’ve had a series of despicable events myself and have posted very little over the last 2 years. Mine were health calamities but I’ve learned so much in the process that it was (almost) worth it. I still have good days and bad days but I try to write when I can because I want to share what I’ve learned so other people don’t have to go though what I did.

    I’d rather read than listen. It is usually much faster to read and I can skim through a transcript without having to sit through a whole video looking for the bit I want.

  55. Jo Simmons on January 31, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Please, please come back , it’s so wonderful to see you posting on twitter again. I’m so sorry about the terrible things your family has been through. I think a podcast would be great! Give it a whirl, as Split Enz would sing. 🙂

  56. Phil Richards on January 31, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Dean Ornish can reverse heart disease by putting people on a plant based whole food diet. Can you do that by loading up the gullible suckers that follow you with bacon, eggs, and pork chops all day long?

    • Michael Eades on January 31, 2020 at 10:11 pm

      First, your premise is wrong. Dean Ornish can’t reverse heart disease. You obviously don’t understand how to interpret the medical literature. Second, people can load up with bacon, eggs, steak and pork chops, and probably live longer lives. I say probably because the studies haven’t been done (and will likely never be done) that will prove it. Nor can they be done to prove the Ornish diet makes people live longer. I’m fairly certain studies could be done, however, demonstrating followers of Ornish have lower IQs, but I’ll leave those to someone else. If you’re interested , I’m sure you could get recruited.

      • J Marie Muller on February 4, 2020 at 5:19 pm

        Awww snap. Your first troll in your return to blogging. Nicely handled Dr. Eades

        • Michael Eades on February 5, 2020 at 12:30 pm

          Dealing with the folks at Trolls R Us is one of my few pleasures in life.

  57. Gayle Jordan on January 31, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    “The photo at the top of this post is one I took of our street right outside our house as dawn broke on the morning of the debris flow.”

    I’m trying to make the header picture into something other than food. Maybe I’m missing it on my layout.

    Glad to see you back. I enjoyed your talk at LowCarb Denver. I was volunteering and it was one of the few I got to listen to from inside the lecture room instead of at the registration table.

    I love listening to podcasts on long drives. Looks like you’ve got an audience ready when you are!

    • Michael Eades on February 1, 2020 at 12:46 am

      I don’t know what to tell you. When I go to the blog post, the picture at the very top is of our street at first light on Jan 9, 2018. I’m not sure what you’re seeing.

  58. Jonathan on February 1, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Thanks for the Breckinridge talk! As a long-time follower of the Hyperlipid blog, I understand his old posts a lot better since I watched your talk.

    On writing vs. podcasts: who do you want to reach? The best way to reach tomorrow’s innovators and scholars is still through short essays. The best way to reach the masses in need of basic health advice is, unfortunately, podcasts and videos.

  59. Michael on February 1, 2020 at 2:21 am

    Welcome Back Cotter! I’m really excited to hear rumours that you’re working on Protein Power 2.0. I’m also looking forward to hearing your podcasts.

  60. Viv on February 1, 2020 at 3:48 am

    SO happy you’re back and that you and MD made it through all the perils & stress of dislocation, fires, floods, mudslides etc. In a recent presentation you did you mentioned PP 2.0 and I hoped it would mean a return to the blogging!!!! It’s been a heckuva few years. Here’s to the hidden blessings of 2020 still to come!

    Also, how in the world you managed to articulate the experiences of your epic technical disappointments and digital dirges is beyond me! Such bogs (not like good blogs!) render me mute or mumbling in my outrage at my wasted time/brains/money and not-so-smart incompatible interfaces and unsustainable design or other practices. I’ve learned a lot by tackling technical conundrums, but in the end, I love real books and offline discussions even more!!!

    Like many others, I’m not really a podcast listener due to not being stuck in commutes and preferring to not listen to tech when I’m out in nature. But I love good transcripts (not the automated kind that are a bizarre conglomeration of Pidgin English and Artificial Ignorance).

    As far as podcast guests go, it’d be great if you’d interview Mary Dan on whatever she wants to talk about!

    Some others:

    Anna Cabeca MD (re her keto-green approach – helping esp the midlife ladies quell hormonal havoc through reducing acidification and speeding body recomposition.

    Jeff Volek PhD on Virta Health’s new huge accessibility via partnerships with the VA, Indian Health Centers, and BCBS – bringing low carb to the masses while also multiplying research documentation.

    Priyanka Wali MD (an internist in SFO who is also a stand-up comic) on crosscultural keto (she grew up vegetarian and is now meat-based) and the role of humor in physiology.

    Stephen Phinney MD & Jason Fung MD on their different positions on medically supervised extended fasting (beyond 24hrs) for the obese.

    Amy Berger MS/CNS/NTP on the ‘keto cusp’ as a healthy target, and how the current keto/carnivore trend often ignores the legacy work of Atkins/PP/Yudkin (she did a video on it)

    Cate Shanahan MD on how genes need traditional whole foods and how aging can vary wildly among folks based on mitochondrial functionality.

    Fred Hahn! On maximizing myokines, protein power, and slow intense lifting of single sets to failure. (He recently achieved 28 pounds of fat loss and 14 pounds of muscle gain by daily fasting and adding ~250g of protein and under 60g of carbs per day! And the Drs Eades are praised in a podcast interview about it https://highintensitybusiness.com/podcast/fred-hahn-slow-burn-muscle-gain/).

    Thanks for reading

  61. George Phillips on February 1, 2020 at 4:58 am

    We lost our 1996 copy of Protein Power in a house move 4 years ago. So unhappy we bought another first edition from the internet!

    Keep up the good work!

    (i prefer the written word to listening, for absorbing ideas)

  62. Charles Gale on February 1, 2020 at 5:52 am

    Welcome back! Like others, I’m glad I found you on Twitter.

    I’ve posted a comment on Dr Kendrick’s latest blog on CAC scans letting others know. That would have been a good topic for a podcast but it seems that Dr Kendrick and Ivor Cummins may be arranging one.

    Any update on your shop? It was always good to see either (1) what supplements were recommended (2) and what brands were worth using.

  63. Gina Johnson on February 1, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    I’m so glad to see you’re back to blogging again. I way prefer to read; I’ve listened to maybe three podcasts and that method just didn’t grab me. Last weekend, I watched several youtube videos of presentations, so how surprised I was to receive your email a couple of days later! Welcome back.

  64. Gina Johnson on February 1, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Youtube videos of your presentations, that is.

  65. Duff Watkins on February 2, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Welcome back.
    But maybe you’re overthinking the podcast.
    I hosted the American Chamber of Commerce podcast (in Australia), “how business really works”, for three years.
    We bought a good microphone, 200$.
    Had the laptop donated.
    Used free software, amolto.
    And interviewed US ambassadors, governors and too many CEO’s to list, and developed a small but growing international following by joining free podcast promoters, of which there are many.
    We built our platform but you’ve got a huge one!
    And a hungry audience. So, feed the people!

    • Michael Eades on February 3, 2020 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks for the nudge. I’ll move ahead.

  66. Stephanie KL on February 2, 2020 at 11:52 am

    I clicked on your recent post with the cheesecake and I’m told that the page doesn’t exist.

    • Michael Eades on February 4, 2020 at 10:44 am

      That’s just another glitch we’ve had with the new site. MD put that up on what she thought was her blog. It ended up on mine, so we took it down, so she could put it up in the right place. Turns out that is a little more difficult than it should be. Had to make some changes to let that happen. She’s going to try to put it up on her blog today. Keep an eye out for it.

    • Michael Eades on February 5, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      As with everything on this new platform, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but MD finally figured out how to get her blog post section working. And her first post on her blog on this new platform is the recipe you requested.

  67. Tricia Bourdeau on February 2, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Oh so glad to find your web page and blog. I was looking to see if there was an updated version of Protein Power as my copy is starting to fall apart! I am sorry to hear about the natural disasters (and the technical disasters) and relieved to hear you and your family are ok. Anyway, so happy to hear you have a blog as I am not a fan of podcasts. I would happily pay for a subscription to your site.

    • Michael Eades on February 3, 2020 at 11:41 pm

      We’re working on an update to Protein Power.

  68. Obee Hamilton on February 3, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Your advice is to steer clear of linoleic acid. However, nuts and seeds seem to be good sources. Are you suggesting to avoid those as well?

    • Michael Eades on February 4, 2020 at 10:47 am

      Not totally avoid. Just eat them in moderation, because they do contain a fair amount of linoleic acid. Take a look at this post.

  69. Judy B on February 4, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Another welcome back! I wondered what had happened, too. I much prefer reading as I can read much faster. (Also, I get tired of the hemming and hawing that happens with recorded material….)

    • Michael Eades on February 5, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      How about if I promise not to hem and haw???

  70. MDW on February 4, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Hello Dr. Eades. It would be helpful if the date the blog was published is displayed somewhere noticeable. Otherwise there’s no way of telling the date of the blog posting unless you scroll down to the comments. Thanks and welcome back!

    • Michael Eades on February 5, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      A couple of people have brought this up already. It’s low on my list of priorities right now, as I have to go back and forth via email with the website team in the UK. Each problem is a separate issue. I can’t just send a laundry list, and there are a lot of issues–at least from my perspective–that need attention before the date issue. All you have to do to figure out when the post was written is look at the date on the first comment. Almost always I get a comment within an hour or so after posting. The comments have a date and time.

  71. Dina David on February 5, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Nice to hear from you again! Hadn’t realized it was two years since the last read but had wondered.

    Very interesting about the fats in your obesity hypothesis. Wonder if it matters what types of saturated fats are being eaten.
    Also, at the low carb conf in Cape Town, Dr Fettke mentioned the start of some research where it could be that saturated fat (or if it was the keton bodies) that was acted as a shield for healthy cells near cancer cells. Could it be due to this same mechanism?

    Anyway, looking forward to next read.

  72. Dina David on February 5, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    And good to hear that you survived all the disasters!

  73. Jena on February 6, 2020 at 7:19 am

    I second all the positive comments. Glad to have you back!

  74. Bri on February 8, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I’m glad you’re back. I’ve missed your writing. I’m sure you’ll do well with a podcast since you’re such a good speaker but I hope you don’t stop writing. It was awesome seeing you at the carnivore conference in Boulder. I’m hoping to see you there again this year.

  75. Angela on February 9, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Ahhh!! Welcome back, Dr. Mike!! You were greatly missed. So sorry about all the travails in the meantime.

    I think you’d be wonderful at podcasts (and I’ll listen if you create them), but I’m old-school and prefer to read whatever I can (really missed your reading recs). That said, I now work full time again and commute regularly, so would have plenty of time to listen to either podcast or recommended books (Audible is now a must in my life).

    I look forward to your next post – and I do enjoy your Twitter feed. We’ve missed you here, though.

    • Michael Eades on February 9, 2020 at 11:19 pm

      I’m going to get the reading recommendations back going, too. Hang in there.

  76. Lorenzo Lopez on February 28, 2020 at 2:06 am

    Dude. Definitely do a podcast. Talk about a sure-fire way to bust writer’s block since you’ll be talking to all kinds of people and thinking about new things. The sponsor money isn’t too shabby either. I’ve been deep in the online nutritionsphere since I started following your blog way back in the day, and let me tell you, saturated fat and especially protein are about to make a big, big comeback. Meat, too. Podcastville needs you Doc! We’ll drag the readers kicking and screaming into new territory and they’ll be happy we did it. 🙂

    • Michael Eades on February 28, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      Well, I guess that’s a vote for. Thanks for the support.

  77. Ingrid on March 16, 2020 at 7:55 am

    WELCOME BACK !! 🙂 This wonderful news. As for pod cast, I do prefer reading… at my own speed / my own time / and so easy to make a copy of something I really need to keep and have handy. Try do that with a pod cast…ha ha ha.
    And again, so glad you are back!

    • Michael Eades on March 19, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks. It’s good to be missed.

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