My Personal Journey Of Suffering Major Health Problems
For The Benefit of Other Patients & Professional Medical Practitioners Who Care For Them
- My Personal Journey Of Suffering Major Health Problems –
- My Determined Resolution To Remedy Those Problems Through Personal Research, Data Analysis and Lifestyle Changes Following Three Near Death ‘Wake Up’ Calls
MEDICAL BIO. & BACKGROUND
Gwilym ab Ioan
Patient at: Tanyfron Primary Care, Integrated Care Centre, Vicarage Hill, Aberaeron, Ceredigion. SA46 0DY.
Main Medical Conditions
- Behçet’s Disease (please click on the link for more in-depth information about this autoimmune system disease)
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Epilepsy (According to Prof. Allan Richens a former neurologist at the University of Wales, Heath Hospital Cardiff is caused by occasional inflammation of the meninges through the effects of Behçet’s on the central nervous system [Neuro Behçet’s])
- Myocardial Infarctions (suffered three heart attacks in nine years – stented by angioplasty procedure)
I’m a retired consultant electronics engineer. Much of my time during my 40+ years professional career was taken up doing research and analysing data. In the field of electronics, more than many other fields, there is constant pressure to keep abreast with the latest changes in the industry, to absorb new technology and to keep up to date with technical literature. That requires constant study.
When it came to focusing on my own medical problems (after the seismic ‘wake up’ calls as I call them), I decided to apply the same methology to my medical problems. Previously my health had been put on the back burner, I simply followed the flow, relying solely on ‘conventional’ medical advice from doctors, and basically not becoming personally involved. It’s called the ostrich syndrome. I took all the pills and potions prescribed to me and did not question anything very much. I was also blasé about what my own input should be into the conditions I suffered from. That all changed when I decided, after my last two heart attacks to do some critical research of my own.
I’ve suffered with chronic, diagnosed Behçet’s Disease for circa 35 years – with varying manifestations of the disease, including the usual symptoms associated with ulceration of sensitive tissue, ocular inflammation, and other recurring inflammation which frequently involves the joints, skin, central nervous system (CNS) and gastrointestinal tract. Classified as a systemic vasculitis, it can involve both the arteries and veins of almost any organ and I’ve had many episodes involving inflammation of arteries & veins.
Behçet’s can be a truly serious, painful and dangerous condition as by it’s very nature it can attack virtually any organ in the body. Whilst fatalities due to the symptoms are relatively rare, complications due to the symptoms (especially the neurological and cardio vascular manifestations of the disease) can cause mortality.
This complex, multisystemic disease (which is extremely rare in the UK – it’s cause[s] and it’s treatment are still not resolved) includes involvement of the mucocutaneous, ocular, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, urologic, and central nervous systems, including the joints, blood vessels, and lungs. It is totally indiscriminate in it’s manifestations, it can involve one or more organs at any given time. It is without a doubt a major contributor to the cardio vascular problems that I have experienced in the last nine years, including three MIs, where embolisms have effected the left anterior descending (LAD) artery and more recently, the right pulmonary artery. This has necessitated angioplasty procedures, with three stents inserted in the affected arteries.
Type 2 Diabetes
I have also suffered from Type 2 diabetes for around twenty years. This condition rivals Behçet’s, where the dangers of cardiac problems are concerned. It’s often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ – working in the background. Many sufferers – certainly including myself in the past – tend to forget it’s lethal impact on one’s health and longevity. It’s very easy, when living with it daily, to push it to the back of the mind and just carry on taking the pills, and ignoring what we the sufferers can positively do to reverse this condition. Whilst the conventional medical fraternity tells us that it is a progressive, chronic and life-long condition, that we have to cope with for the rest of our lives – until eventual death. This is a most potentially lethal of myths, and encourages sufferers to just put up with it’s ‘progressive’ inevitability for the rest of our lives. THIS IS A MYTH, it is neither progressive or irreversible. With correct personal determination, and a deeper understanding of what causes it, it is totally reversible. All that’s required is an enhanced nutritional knowledge and a basic dietary lifestyle, that absolutely flies in the face of the dietary mantra that doctors have been trained to repeat, namely:
- Diabetes is caused by obesity (actual fact: obesity is caused by high levels of insulin – hyperinsulinemia – diabetes comes later)
- You should embark on a low fat, high fibre diet with plentiful vegetable and fruit intake (actual fact: this advice forgets the dangers of fructose and refined carbohydrates that are the causal reasons for developing hyperinsulinemia)
- Control your calorie intake (regardless of what food you eat? A nonsense!)
- Take plenty of exercise as calories in verses calories out – a fundamental law of thermo dynamics – that is the key to losing weight (actual fact: not the curing of diabetes – which is caused by hyperinsulinemia, which in turn is what makes people overweight, obese and eventually diabetic).
The ridiculously out dated and proven to be wrong advice STILL given by the NHS on their website in 2019 is:
- Eat a healthy diet – low in fat, high in fibre, including whole grains and plenty of fruit and vegetables (at least five portions a day)
- Limit the amount of salt in your diet to no more than 6g (0.2oz or 1 teaspoon) a day
- Lose weight if you’re overweight or obese, using a combination of regular exercise and a calorie-controlled diet
Low Fat Good?
All of this advice is based on flawed research. Much of it was based on an erroneous theory – a hypothesis hatched by Ancel Keys in the nineteen fifties. Keys was not even a medical doctor! He in fact had a PhD in oceanography (that’s where the ‘Dr.’ came from). However he had great influence on the institutions linked to dietary advice and the resulting misleading urgings of the modern food industry. This is evident in the foods and drinks that we see on supermarket shelves today, and which are promoted at every opportunity by the food industry. The food is packed with sugar (glucose and fructose), refined carbohydrates and low fat substitutes, including manufactured oils, and worse still hydrogenated oil. When in fact what we need are foods that are high in natural fat, moderate in protein content and as far as possible totally devoid of refined carbohydrates (sugar). If a high fat low carbohydrate diet was healthy for our ancestors in the pre agriculture period, it’s still healthy for us today – otherwise the human race would have ceased to exist many millennia ago.
Type 2 diabetes was virtually unheard of until the 20th century. The explosion in incidences of obesity and more specifically diabetes – that has reached critical epidemic levels in the western hemisphere – can be traced back to the ridiculous dietary advice and misleading theories from the likes of Ancel Keys and others since the late 1950s.
Carbohydrate Laden Grain & Fruit Products Good?
The human gut has not evolved to use grain. Fruit (with a few exceptions) is loaded with fructose that can only be absorbed and processed by the liver. One remarkable change is that the liver uses fructose, a carbohydrate, to create fat. This process is called lipogenesis. Give the liver enough fructose (by absorbing carbohydrates and sucrose in the diet – which is half glucose and half fructose), and tiny fat droplets begin to accumulate in liver cells – non alcoholic fatty liver disease is then just around the corner.
Is Weight Reduction By Calorie Count & Exercise Good?
The ‘calories in – calories out’ theory, by reducing calorie intake coupled with exercise is equally misleading (exercise is ALWAYS good for a healthy body – calorie counting is not!). The body does not count calories, it is the molecular make-up of the food eaten that is the determining factor in the process. Our bodies are not machines – they do not count calories as humans do in a laboratory. Even dry wood has a calorific value. Eat wood and it passes through you (hopefully) – but not one calorie is absorbed, because it is not molecularly constituted in a way that the body can break down as fuel to support itself. So different foods are broken down differently . This ridiculous calorie counting theory is proven to be totally inadequate for permanent weight loss. A simple question: is eating 2,000 calories of sugar the same as eating 2,000 calories of meat? Does it have the same effect on the body? Of course not – only a moron, or a food industry lobbyist would say such a silly thing! Amazingly the vast numbers of people (including most western doctors) support this theory.
It is estimated that over 90% of people who adopt this calorie counting dietary regime (a form of forced starvation), never manage to regulate their permanent ideal weight. The body reacts to this process of starving it of energy. When higher levels of nutrition are reestablished then it reacts by storing greater amounts of fat – more quickly – to guard against a similar ‘famine’ situation in the future. Inevitably all people put all the weight back on again when they revert to their normal diet, appropriately labelled ‘yo-yo’ diets. It is certainly the wrong advice to give people who suffer with diabetes. What should be adopted by people with diagnosed T2 diabetes, is a natural high fat, moderate protein and very low carbohydrate diet – coupled to intermittent fasting – which is incredibly important – and of course coupled to moderate exercise.
The Conventional Medical Approach to Diabetes
The remedy provided by the medical fraternity to control diabetes is all tablet based, or worse still, the injecting of insulin. Blood glucose levels are artificially reduced, but the diabetes ‘disease’ is still there. The over production of insulin, due to a faulty diet, initially caused the diabetic condition and inevitable insulin resistance by the body in the first place (as our bodies become resistant to anything over a prolonged period, be it drugs hormones or anything else). The excess insulin production is triggered by the intake of abnormally high l levels of carbohydrates and sugar in our modern sugary grain, vegetable and fruit based everyday diet. Of course this approach is highly encouraged by the pharmaceutical companies. That industry makes money by selling drugs (some good – many extremely bad), and with Big Pharma’s influence in the medical teaching profession, doctors have become little more than trained drug reps on behalf of the pharmaceutical giants. Doctors are trained to match symptoms to drugs in order to treat the symptoms. Instead of finding the primary cause of the symptoms, and treating that.
I was diagnosed as suffering from non alcoholic fatty liver disease earlier this year. Scans have also revealed that I’m now suffering cirrhosis of the liver. Thanks to not realizing the dangers of following the above conventional medical and dietary advice, given by the food industry.
By suffering three myocardial infarctions since 2010, (the most recent being two within three days of each other at the beginning of August 2019), and being told that my diabetes is not under control (insulin injections suggested!!) And further, that I’m suffering from cirrhosis of the liver, I’ve had a rude and very potent wake-up call. That is what prompted my detailed, in depth, research and the publishing of this web page article.
Which brings me to . . . . .
The Reasons For This Web Page.
First and foremost, the information I have compiled here from my own research is not in any way intended to belittle, undermine, criticise or condemn the professional health care staff that have, and continue to treat my health problems in good faith. For all their efforts, I am very grateful. Some however are the victims of the system that they are a part of. Their education has been influenced and dictated to by the fads and inaccurate information that they have been exposed to in medical schools. How much time is spent on nutrition during medical training? I am of the firm opinion that this misleading information that they have been exposed to, does not highlight their personal ignorance or blind adherence to convention, but is highly influenced by global companies involved in the health care system, more specifically the big pharmaceutical companies whose main concern is profit making, and not the genuine healing and caring of ill people. They have developed a culture where good doctors, who believe they are doing the best for their patients, have been transformed into little more than drug selling echo chamber reps. The culture revolves around treating symptoms, rather than the causes of diseases that lead to ill health.
Dr. Gary Fettke – ‘The Failure of Medical Education – Why is Low Carb Healthy Food (LCHF) not being shouted from rooftops?’
The other big influence has come from the food industries, who have made huge profits from the wholesale and immoral propaganda that they excel at, where the public and the health care professionals have been duped into believing outright lies about the food that they should eat.
Statistics show clearly that the intake of sugar, and refined carbohydrates into the diet of the public (in the western hemisphere especially), shows a corresponding phenomenal increase in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and strokes. To compound the problem, Big Pharma has poisoned people by promoting the use of drugs that are also shown to increase the occurrence of diseases like dementia, by e.g. the use of statins – amongst many others.
In my experience, nearly all doctors and nurses care deeply about their patients, however the vast majority are mislead in the way they treat their patients, due in the main to the influences that have come to bear on their profession. When they conform to these generally accepted ‘norms’, they then go and inflict those negative treatment regimes on their patients.
Apart from drawing the attention of doctors to these problems, this web page is more importantly designed to educate fellow sufferers, before they fall foul of truly life threatening problems further down the line – as I have personally experienced. I feel I have a moral, humanitarian obligation to help my fellow humans to enhance their knowledge, and to protect their well being. All that’s required is an open mind and an urge to get at the truth of matters.
The nutritional myth that saturated fat is bad for you continues to fall apart as a steady stream of new books and studies on this topic become available through modern media sources. The other nutritional myth is that salt is bad for us.
A good place to start looking deeper into this would be through reading Dr. Ken Berry MD’s book ‘Lies My Doctor Told me’. Ken D Berry, MD is a Family Physician, Speaker and Author. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honours, in Animal Biology and Psychology, from Middle Tennessee State University, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1996. He received his MD from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2000.
Also Dr. Jason Fung MD’s excellent and very technical book, focusing on diabetes, it’s causes, and the consequences of self inflicted hyperinsulinemia. It is titled ‘The Diabetes Code’.
Dr. Jason Fung is a Canadian nephrologist. He’s a world-leading expert on intermittent fasting and low carb diets, especially for treating people with T2 diabetes. He has written three best-selling health books and he co-founded the Intensive Dietary Management program.
Dr. Fung graduated from the University of Toronto and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
The third book ‘Salt Fix’ by Dr. James DiNicolantonio explodes the myth that we should reduce our salt intake for cardiovascular and hypertension problems.
Click on the above images for more information and purchase details.
My Own Personal Real Life Example
At the beginning of October 2019 my blood glucose levels were hovering above 20 (mmol/L). This had been the case for a LONG time. I was told that my diabetes was out of control, despite taking 2000 mg of Metformin and 60 mg of Gliclazide (Diamicron) daily. Diamicron is an oral anti hyperglycemic agent used for the treatment of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Gliclazide belongs to the sulfonylurea class of insulin secretagogues, which act by stimulating β cells of the pancreas to release insulin. Forced generation of insulin in a person who is suffering from the effects of hyperinsulinemia is probably the most illogical treatment possible! The prognosis of my GPs (who I have always found to be excellent doctors – but probably mislead) was that I was heading for a situation where I would have to administer insulin if the medication continued to fail in bringing my blood glucose levels down. I was told that I was heading for Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes.
Time to wake up and smell the coffee!
I embarked on a mission to research and find out as much as I possibly could about T2 diabetes. Despite having been diagnosed with it for years, I had simply lived alongside it, just listening to advice from my health care professionals, and obediently taking all the medications they prescribed. However, I had now reached a crossroads, medication was obviously not working and unless I could figure out a way to resolve this problem for myself, I was heading for a sticky end – literally! The writing was on the wall. I didn’t want any more heart attacks, caused by my medical conditions, because the next one could be lethal.
I knew that my coronary complications were being caused by suffering from Behçet’s disease, and T2 diabetes. The Behçet’s I couldn’t do anything about, because it’s cause is unknown and there is no treatment for it. The diabetes on the other hand was a different prospect.
With intense reading and research, I concluded that there WAS something I could do. Contrary to conventional medical thinking, diabetes is NOT a progressive, life-long chronic disease, where the best you can expect is to keep blood glucose levels down. The disease is still there and eating away at your body’s cells.
It soon became apparent that T2 diabetes CAN be reversed, and all medication can be discontinued. All it takes is a basic and simple lifestyle change that involves a complete dietary change, and a changed attitude towards what is eaten.
Refined carbohydrates and all sugars (including fruit sugars – fructose) are totally removed from the diet. Coupled with intermittent fasting, which is a key factor. I now fast for 20 hours per day, only eating in a 4 hour slot in a 24 hour cycle – that involves a gentle break in the fast – usually around 2 p.m. with something like a large cup of bone broth or similar. The one meal a day is eaten at around 5.30 – 6.00 p.m. That includes a high fat, ultra low carbs. and moderate proteins meal. I also eat large portions of fish (especially the oily kind) for this main meal, or generous portions of meat with selected low carb vegetables or a green leaf salad. Cheese forms a large part of the diet, along with other high fat content dairy foods.
A new lease of life can be accomplished – without the dreaded diabetes gnawing away at you and eventually killing you. Amazingly, this diet regime also boosts energy levels, my low energy fatigue is much improved.
I started my lifestyle change regime at the beginning of October 2019. I have meticulously recorded my glucose, ketone and weight readings, and continue to do so daily. You can view and follow my progress by downloading the spreadsheet below.
The above spreadsheet is updated on-line daily.
To view the spreadsheet please click on the button below
In just ONE month I had reduced my blood glucose levels from +20.6 mmol/L to 6.6 mmol/L. They had not been at that level for twenty years. So I started weaning myself off the medication (download the spreadsheet to view the decreases in drug consumption based on daily glucose and ketone level readings and a weekly weight check.). This is a meticulous and carefully measured record. I believe the results speak for themselves.
In two months I had not only managed to reduce by blood sugar levels from critically high to near normal parameters. In around 28 days – I reduced my weight from over 115Kg to 109Kg (and still reducing) and reduced my medication to just 500mg of metformin/ day.
In due course I have already become free of all medication. As of December the 8th 2019, I take no diabetes medication at all. I will continue to monitor my progress daily. The results are updated daily on-line, in the form of a spreadsheet, and you the reader can download a copy of that spreadsheet at any time and observe my on going progress, by clicking on the above ‘. . . download SPREADSHEET’ button.
A. Let’s Look Closer At The Subject of Cardiovascular Problems
Statins, Stents, Blood Pressure & Cholesterol Info. Etc.
Medical knowledge is no longer the monopoly of physicians, by now everyone has access to this information, although care should be exercised when analysing this information. It should come from reliable sources. Below is a selection of compelling information that I have collected after tens of hundreds of hours possibly thousands of research through many hundreds of reliable sources.
1. Profit over Population Health – at the European Parliament. Big Food and Big Pharma: Killing for Profit?
A highly respected UK cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, reveals his controversial views on coronary stents and statin drugs, in this extract from a longer presentation on health promoted by the EU parliament in April 2018.
This is a super session in the 2-hour European Parliament meeting – so many issues raised by Dr. Aseem Malhotra, MEP Nathan Gill, Sir Richard Thomson, Professor Hanno Pijl and Sarah Macklin. MEP Nathan Gill and Aseem reckon a million views would be a great goal. Please share this video far and wide.
2. Dr. John Bergman
The TRUTH about Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. High blood pressure is not DANGEROUS, it is not a Disease! IT is a symptom of a greater underlying problem! 50-65% of people who have heart attacks have normal levels of cholesterol. Marketing plays a huge role in how the drug companies portray the need for a product.
3. ‘Statin Wars: Have we been misled by the evidence?’
Dr. Maryanne Demasi is a former medical scientist who completed her PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide. Her research focused on the pathology of Rheumatoid arthritis and potential therapies. Her innovative research has appeared in several internationally published medical papers.
4. Truth About High Cholesterol & Statins Drugs like Lipitor
5. Statin Side Effects – March 2018
Statin side effects are unavoidable, so the best approach is to create normal lipid chemistry and avoid the need to take them. Overeating sugar and flour is the primary reason why we have elevated levels of cholesterol, as well as glucose and triglycerides.
6. The Story of Fat: Why we were Wrong about Health
This is the story of how we came to be afraid of fat and cholesterol & Why the anti fat mindset has made a lot of people’s health worse.
7. David Diamond PhD – Demonization and Deception in Cholesterol Research
For the past 60 years there has been a concerted effort to demonize saturated fats, found in animal products and tropical oils, and cholesterol, in our food and blood. Despite the well-established health benefits of diets rich in cholesterol and saturated fat, flawed, deceptive and biased research has created the myth that a low fat, plant-based diet is ideal for good health. Poorly conducted epidemiological research, U.S. government intervention and misinformation conveyed by contemporary lifestyle researchers have contributed to the current state of confusion on dietary influences on health. The public must educate themselves on how to optimize their diet and cardiovascular health.
David M. Diamond is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and is a Research Career Scientist at the Tampa Veterans Hospital, where he has directed his research program on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He has also served as the Director of the USF Neuroscience Collaborative program and is a Fellow at the American Institute of Stress and the International Stress and Behaviour Society.
8. Dr. John Bergman
All about CHOLESTEROL. Why your body needs it.
9. Dr. Jonny Bowden “The Great Cholesterol Myth”
10. Dr. Nadir Ali – ‘Why LDL cholesterol goes up with low carb diet and is it bad for health?’
Dr. Nadir Ali is an interventional cardiologist with over 25 years of experience. He is also the chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Before working as a cardiologist, he served as an assistant professor of medicine for eight years at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he also received his medical training. Dr. Ali has championed many aspects of the science and practice of a low-carb lifestyle in the local Clear Lake area since 2013. He organizes a monthly nutritional seminar in the Searcy Auditorium of the Clear Lake Hospital that receives more than 100 visitors every month from the local community. Dr Ali’s focus is on managing heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
11 What if Heart Disease and Diabetes had the same cause? | Ivor Cummins
B. Diabetes & Low Carb Diet/ Fasting
The Fastest Growing Disease in the World is. . . .
Do you know what the fastest growing disease in the world is, so you can protect yourself from it? Here’s a clue: it’s caused by hyperinsulinemia. The bad news is – doctors are not taught that in medical school, the ones that have discovered the cause have learned from outside sources through their own research.
Most doctors will tell you that T2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease, caused by too much glucose in your blood. They don’t know what’s caused it – instead they say it’s probably caused by obesity (naughty patient – eat less calories and exercise more!). The obesity is the outward manifestation of the effects of insulin on the body, obesity itself does not cause diabetes, the wrong diet – that causes over production of insulin – is the primary cause.
Weight gain is a resultant symptom of too much insulin, which in turn is caused by ramming excessive amounts of carbohydrates and sugars into your body over a prolonged period of time. The solution for most doctors is to dive for the prescription pad and start dishing out glucose lowering diabetes drugs. When they don’t work, they’ll suggest you start injecting yourself with – of all things – INSULIN! What they should do is sit their patients down and explain to them that if they don’t change their dietary habits, then they will eventually kill themselves. Diabetes T2 is a dietary disorder and not – strictly speaking – a disease. If the condition is caused by the diet it can be reversed by changing the diet.
The reality is that it’s a disease that does not require drug intervention. It’s a disease of our times, fuelled by our ignorance, but mostly by the prompting of the Big Food industry, that insist on stuffing people full of refined carbohydrates and sugar, hidden in processed food. That makes a lot of money for those that produce it and aggressively promote it.
In turn Big Pharma is rubbing it’s hands at the prospect of supplying glucose lowering drugs, that do NOTHING to treat the root cause of the disease. To make matters worse, dietary companies, diabetes organisations and cardiac organisations etc. promote this fallacy, by telling everyone to eat a low fat, low protein and high carb diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, many of which are packed with fructose, which only your liver can absorb, and ultimately it becomes diseased and clogged with fat (non alcoholic fatty liver disease and resultant cirrhosis of that organ).
The solution is easy – guard against the intake of sugar (sucrose + fructose), refined carbohydrates, and instead, train your body to process fat as it’s main source of energy, instead of the carbohydrate shortcut to energy and the resulting over production of insulin from an overworked pancreas. That will guard against developing T2 diabetes, and if it’s already developed, it can be reversed – contrary to what medical schools teach their student doctors, that in essence it’s a progressive, chronic, lifelong disease that can only be helped with drugs – but not cured. That is nothing but a lie, possibly well meant in ignorance, but a lie all the same.
1. The Mechanism of How Diabetes Becomes Manifest by Dr. Eric Berg
2. Can you Cure Diabetes? | Does Fat cause Type 2 Diabetes?
3. How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Jay Wortman, MD, tells the story of how he reversed his type 2 diabetes, using a simple dietary change. Ten years later he is still free from the disease and needs no medication. He just stopped eating the foods that turn to sugar in the body.
New scientific studies demonstrate that this common-sense approach works well.
4. Dr. Berg Interviews Dr. Jason Fung on Intermittent Fasting & Losing Weight
5. Big Fat Nutrition Policy | Nina Teicholz
The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.
Featuring Nina Teicholz, Author, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet; director of the Nutrition Coalition; adjunct professor, New York University Wagner School of Public Policy; moderated by Terence Kealey, Visiting Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; author, Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal: Why You Should Ditch Your Morning Meal For Health and Wellbeing. Nina Teicholz is the investigative journalist who, in her book The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, overturned 40 years of official dietary advice and showed that meat, cheese, and butter are nutritious and need not be avoided.
6. Dr. Jason Fung – ‘A New Paradigm of Insulin Resistance’
Dr. Jason Fung completed medical school and internal medicine at the University of Toronto before finishing his nephrology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai hospital.
7. What our doctors say may be a well meaning lie — Dr. Ken Berry, MD
Dr. Ken Berry wants us all to be aware that much of what our doctors say may be a lie. Maybe not an outright malicious lie, but much of what “we” believe in medicine can be traced back to word-of-mouth teachings without a scientific basis. In his book, “Lies My Doctor Told Me” he uncovers the most common of these misconceptions. He also shares his story of how he learned the power of a ketogenic diet and how that has revolutionized his ability to help his patients. Dr. Berry has an open and honest approach and pulls no punches. That’s one reason why he is always informative and entertaining!
8. Dr.Jason Fung Fasting/Intermittent Fasting
Dr. Jason Fung is a Canadian nephrologist. He’s a world-leading expert on intermittent fasting and low carb, especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes. He has written three best-selling health books and he co-founded the Intensive Dietary Management program. Dr. Fung has his own website at IDMprogram.com.
9. The benefits of fasting — Dr. Jason Fung, MD
If fasting has been around since the beginning of time, why is it so controversial? Dr. Jason Fung has a different perspective. When done right, fasting should not be controversial at all. In fact, it should be one of our most powerful tools for treating insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, obesity and diabetes. He also believes insulin resistance has an even further reaching impact on our health affecting our risk of cancer and our chance for longevity. As the foremost expert on fasting, Dr. Fung has a perspective we can all learn from.
10. What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Keto | Dr. Ken Berry on Health Theory
11. Dr. Georgia Ede – ‘Our Descent into Madness: Modern Diets and the Global Mental Health Crisis’
Dr. Georgia Ede received her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota, then spent seven years as a research assistant in the fields of biochemistry, wound healing, and diabetes before going on to earn an M.D. from the University of Vermont College Of Medicine.
Dr. Ede then completed her residency in general adult psychiatry at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital in 2002 and was a staff psychopharmacologist at Harvard University Health Services from 2007 to 2013. In 2013 she left Harvard to become the psychiatrist for Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she provides nutrition consults as well as psychiatric services to Smith students. Dr. Ede was the first and only psychiatrist at Harvard University Health Services to offer nutrition consultation as an alternative to medication management to students, faculty and staff. Her areas of expertise include ketogenic and pre-agricultural diets, food sensitivity syndromes, and college mental health. She explores food’s powerful effects on brain chemistry, hormonal balance and metabolism for Psychology Today.
12. Metformin – The Case of Exaggerating Both Benefits and Harms
This is a talk James McCormack gave on May 24th 2015 at the BCCFP Family Medicine Conference. He discusses all the evidence he could find around the benefits and harms of metformin.
Metformin is considered the gold standard medication for T2 diabetes and for many years he said as much. However if one looks in detail at the evidence one quickly finds that while it does lower glucose, the evidence that it reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease and other outcomes is pretty minimal at best. Fortunately the risk that it causes serious side effects like lactic acidosis is also probably close to, if not zero, if not taken in overdose. If you think he has misrepresented the best available evidence or if he missed evidence please let him know. He has no personal issues with metformin or even other treatments for T2 diabetes, he just wants people to be aware of the best available evidence when they make decisions.
Another Essential Mineral That Got Bad Press
Health organisations have been warning us about the dangers of salt for a considerably long time.
That’s because high salt intake has been claimed to cause a number of health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease. However, decades of research have failed to provide convincing evidence to support this (Trusted Source) What’s more, many studies actually show that eating too little salt can be very harmful.
Salt is a naturally occurring compound that is commonly used to season food. In addition to increasing flavour, it is used as a food preservative and can help stop the growth of bacteria (Trusted Source).
Yet over the past few decades, it has gained a bad reputation and has been linked to conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease and even stomach cancer. In fact, the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium intake to below 2,300 mg daily . Keep in mind that salt is only about 40% sodium, so this amount is equal to about 1 teaspoon (6 grams).
However, some evidence shows that salt may affect individuals differently and may not have as much of an impact on heart disease as once believed.
1. Dietary Villains – The Salt Scare
Is salt bad for our health? Should we follow a low salt diet? An in-depth analysis of available data and the surprising conclusion.
2. Is Salt BAD For You? Dr. Dinicolantonio, Author of The Salt Fix.
Is Salt Bad For You? Worried about eating too much Salt? This video interview may put your mind at ease! Dr DiNicolantonio is a PhD Researcher who has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on a wide variety of topics.
His book, The Salt Fix, is shifting the paradigm that salt is bad for you, to a more accurate “You Need Salt for a Healthy, Active Life”. This video won’t disappoint if you’ve been worried about trying to limit your salt intake due to improper medical advice.
Type Two (T2) diabetes is NOT a chronic, progressive disease, as generally taught to doctors and proclaimed by the medical community in general. Whilst it cannot be cured by conventional medicine, which only lowers the glucose levels in the blood, or excites β cells or increases insulin levels, that does not address the root cause – only the symptoms. The blood glucose level readings may be decreased temporarily, the disease itself progresses to the point of mortality. These medicines can lower blood glucose levels, they cannot mend a non alcoholic fatty liver or cirrhosis of that liver – caused mainly by the excessive intake of fructose.
The cause of T2 diabetes is hyperinsulinemia. This condition arises with a prolonged diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, fructose (in sucrose and contained in fruit) and low fat, especially in manufactured processed food. All grains and artificial oils (especially hydrogenated oils, with an extra hydrogen molecule – which does not occur in nature). Artificial foods containing hydrogenated oil are not recognised by the body, and it therefore cannot be processed properly by it. The standard western diet (or SAD – American Standard Diet)massively increases the production of insulin in the body. The body correspondingly produces too much insulin. Extended periods of high insulin levels causes two things:
Obesity – through the action of too much insulin. Obesity is said to cause T2 diabetes, in reality the hyperinsulinemia causes obesity. Insulin is the hormone the body uses to store fat.
Insulin resistance. By exposing the body to unnaturally high levels of insulin, it reacts by resisting it – as it does through a mechanism that is seen in prolonged drug use, where the body becomes resistant to the drug used e.g. pain killers or even alcohol. The more the resistance, the more is required to achieve the same results. Treating advanced and uncontrolled T2 diabetes with insulin is like giving an alcoholic a drink to calm the ‘shakes’. Only a fool would prescribe that treatment! The same applies to injecting insulin into the body of a person who is already suffering the effects of hyperinsulinemia.
The only way to avert the development of T2 diabetes is to regulate the intake of refined carbohydrates, sugars and manufactured oils. The diet is key to prevent the development of T2 diabetes. If it has manifested itself, then it can be totally reversed and cured, by changing the diet regime to a high fat, ultra low carb. and moderate protein intake. In other words a ketogenic diet similar e.g. to the Atkins diet, although there are more strict ketogenic diets that triggers the body to use it’s own fat reserves much quicker, as it switches from dependence on a ‘quick fix’ by absorbing glucose and carbohydrates as it’s primary source of fuel, to alternatively entering into a state of natural ketosis.
The author of this page has embarked on a detailed record keeping exercise of how a simple change in diet can have a dramatic influence on blood sugar levels, a decrease in weight and the ceasing of conventional medicine to treat T2 diabetes. In the process the disease has been reversed and is on the threshold of total recovery. A copy of that record can be downloaded and viewed by clicking HERE.
People with cardio vascular disease who have not been diagnosed with T2 diabetes are often simply not yet diagnosed. There is a well established connection between the incidence of cardio vascular complications and the presence of diabetes. This connection is well documented. The common denominator is insulin resistance, caused in turn by insulin over production. This condition is referred to as hyperinsulinemia.
The basal cause of hyperinsulinemia is brought about by the unnatural intake levels of excessive amounts of refined carbohydrates and sugars into the body. The incidence of T2 diabetes graphs are in lock step with the increase in the intake of carbohydrates and sugars in the modern western diet. With the increased production of processed foods that contain huge amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates, there is a mirrored graph that shows the rise to epidemic levels of sufferers of T2 diabetes, especially in the western hemisphere.
During the same period the incidence of heart attacks and strokes have sky rocketed. This is not a coincidence, and is caused by the very same core problem of hyperinsulinemia. It is not directly caused by obesity or simply being over weight. However as hyperinsulinemia causes increases in stored fat (more especially visceral fat that accumulates around the organs in the abdominal area and fat that is especially accumulated in the liver ), the first signs of hyperinsulinemia is a huge gain in weight, that eventually develops into morbin obesity.
Whilst the vast numbers of people who have diabetes and cardio vascular problems may be obese, the obesity is not the core problem that causes diabetes and heart disease. It is a symptom of over production of insulin. Medical doctors wrongly assume that it’s caused by obesity, when in fact it is caused by the same factors that caused the obesity in the first place.
It is beyond reasonable doubt that the nightmarish increase in the prevalence of non communicable disease, like T2 diabetes, heart disease, non alcoholic fatty liver disease, strokes etc. is directly associated with changes in our diet that have developed from the middle of the twentieth century. Only a fool does not accept this. All the analysis showing the shift to low fat, high refined carbohydrates, (mostly grain based like refined flour) manufactured oils and the inclusion of massive amounts of sugar in our food exactly mirrors the increase in the diseases listed above. It is not rocket science to realise that the key to reversing this trend is for individuals themselves to take more notice of what they eat, how often they eat and the quantities they consume of these unhealthy foods.
We’ve arrived where we are, thanks mainly to the influence of Big Food manufacturers, the agriculture industry (which is driven by the food manufacturers) and the incessant drive for these food manufacturers and processors to make huge profits. Consequently pressure has been put on governments to promote a dietary lifestyle that in the final analysis is killing people, instead of nurturing them. This is not an exaggeration, the statistics tell us otherwise.
Coupled to this problem is the influence of Big Pharma on our medical schools, that teach and direct innocent medical students to practice in a way that is not aimed at finding the causes of these diseases, but what to use in the treatment of the symptoms of these diseases. Whilst Big Food promotes unhealthy food practices, Big Pharma in turn makes gigantic profits in producing medicines that do nothing – or at least very little – for the causes of these common diseases, that have in the first place been created by the food producers and processors. It’s a double whammy. But we all fall for it to different degrees. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” – that’s the main rule of propaganda. It is usually a technique used for a gain – commonly measured in pounds and pence at the foot of financial profit reports.
Some may sniff at the simplicity afforded to the evidence that most chronic non communicable diseases are pure and simply attributed to what foods we eat. The truth of ‘Occam’s Razor’ states “the simplest answer is most often correct” that is something that should be seriously considered in this case, and not the over complicated and complex solutions provided by the medical community and their pills and potions, which are often unproven or based on skewed research results, and often financed by Big Pharma. I believe that my journey to realise this, with a full and accurate record of that journey to date, is the living proof of what has been stated above.
There is also anecdotal evidence by doctors (more especially Dr. Ken Berry who himself suffered from inflammatory symptoms) that adopting a low refined carbohydrate, non sugar and high fat/ moderate protein diet (commonly referred to as a ketogenic diet) also reduces inflammation in the body. The Behçet’s disease that I personally suffer with is fundamentally an autoimmune disease that causes multiple inflammatory conditions.
Since I have embarked on a ‘keto’ diet, not only has my blood glucose levels been reduced to a normal range, and my T2 diabetes has been reversed, I have also seen a corresponding remission in my Behçet’s symptoms. I have not yet been able to prove over a prolonged period that this remission is due directly to my dietary changes. Behçet’s can flare up or calm down in cycles, so it may be a case of a calming of the symptoms coinciding with my uptake of a keto diet. However over a prolonged period of observation I may be able to confirm that the diet is also responsible for the decrease in the Behçet’s symptoms. I certainly hope so.