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Started out great but became Woo quickly
Eliminate all of the stuff about hydration, supplements and above all the testimonials
probably nothing on this topic
less emotional additions
all the stuff for which there is little medicl evidence to support the claims made. But then it woould probly be a pamphlet.
Having read pretty much every other book on low carb I was hoping that this would be an easy book I could recommend to fellow physicians who have yet to accept that the standard low fat high carb diet is the cause of many of our current medical problems. And to empasize to them that low carb is not just a diet but a way of life for people who are carb sensitive.
Unfortunatley, no. In fact I hope they don't accidentally come across this because after listening to a well present summary of the documented known benefits of a low carb high fat diet, they will then be subjected to a myriad, which for lack of a better term, is called woo. Because at that point, they might well consider everything that came before in the book as woo as well.
In fact, this book seems to be doing exactly the opposite of what the people that she refers to and quotes (Taubes, Attia, wetc) are trying to do, i.e. bring true science to the area of nutrition.
1) hydration - don't driink while eating because the fluid will dilute the digestive juices? Also, drink twice your body weight in ounces? Why 2 why not 1 or 3 or 4? Where's the data that hydration does anything?
2) supplements - any evidence that any work? And when you put people on multiple ones at the same time, if there is some benefit, how do you know which if any of the supplemts worked? And of course, all of these observations she made were in people also who had radically changed their diet. So which of these changes were responsible?
Now I know her response would be one of the most frightening phrases one hears in medicine "Well, in my clincial experience I've found that my patients all respond to ....(fill in your preferred woo).
3) the testimonals - at least farm out the ones that are clearly silly. For example, the women with the migraines who was found to have a pineal cyst on, I assume, an MRI after a severe headache. First of all these are not at all uncommon and and almost all incidentally when someone has an MRI for something else as they have no relationship to migraine or other symptoms when small. Long before they get large enough to cause headaches, many other symptoms would have developed and it would have been diagnosed. Thus when a doc listens to this and the suggestion implied that the standard amercian diet caused it and that a low carb diet caused it to get smaller, they will roll their eyes and probably question whehter the low carb diet had anything to do with her migraines getting better, which it most likely did. As for the cyst getting smaller. Get several radiologist together to measure a 1 cm cyst on MRI and you'll get several different answers. Those measurements are just not that accurate.
4) The the whole hormone chapter. Not losing too much fat quickly during pregnancy because of the toxins released from the fat might adversely affect the baby? Sorry, but I've seen too many neurologic complications of pregnacy for which obesity was a major factor. Also I've heard that same argument used to tell people to lose weight slowly. Again, where is there any credible data to show that toxins are actually released from fat during weight loss? And the testimonials that low carb will increase the chance of a successful pregnancy?
5) All of the comments about the pathophysiology for all of the conditions she mentions and how varios supplements all improve or cure them.Clearly these are all speculations and should clearly be indicated as such, not as accepted knowledge.
6) Probiotics and the immune system, how exercise improves the immune system, and on and on, all presented as if there is data out there to support any of these claims and that she is just giving us a summary of something everyone in her area of nutrition already knows.
I think you can get why I talking about.
If you are looking for a Taubes, Attia, Teicholz, or the others that have written well researched books, you won't find it here.
But if you are in the mood for truth mixed in with alot of unsubstantiated claims for supplements ( I love the recurring comments about sea salt and the theory as to why we need supplements but our ancestors didn't) along with inspirational stories about people attributing whatever they were cured of to a low carb diet then you might find this interesting.
- Joe Doro "joe doro"
Faithful to the ketogenic lifestyle.
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