A very welcome stroke of luck brought us a copy of the eBook Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet, 2nd Edition by Ellen Davis. It was a joy to read because of its timeliness, accuracy, and its clarity. It is written in a clear and straightforward fashion that could only come from the pen of a scholar proficient in nutritional science.
You will find Ms. Davis’ book far more instructive than the 5-star-only-diet-book-you-will-ever-need volumes on amazon.com or the well-touted, best selling diet books in book stores. Ms. Davis’ book is available on an informative website dedicated to helping people regain health through ketogenesis (www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com).
It is with great joy that I receive word directly from Alice and Fred Ottoboni that Modern Nutritional Diseases, 2nd. Edition is available for purchase from Amazon. As you may remember, the first edition of Modern Nutritional Diseases had a profound impact on my understanding of nutrition and its relationship to health. The second edition is revised and updated, and is sure to be a must have for anyone looking to get into the science behind nutrition.
It’s also worth noting that Alice and Fred have been exceedingly gracious in their willingness to share their intellectual property with readers of Ketopia. Let’s wish them great success with this recent edition of their masterwork!
It’s always a joy to hear from Jimmy Moore. He does a tremendous service to the low carb community through his blogging, his podcasts (here and here and here), and other works. So it was with no small amount of excitement that I recently received a review copy of Cholesterol Clarity, the latest collaboration between Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric Westman.
I’ve not had a chance to dig in to it yet, but what little I’ve seen thumbing through it has me excited to dig and review. I’ll post a review as soon as I have the chance!
I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m a big fan of Dr. Westman. We’ve covered him a lot here at Ketopia.com, and so it’s no surprise that we’re going to take a look at his latest book: A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual: No Sugar, No Starch Diet.
It’s a small book, so this will be a brief review. Just how small it is may, in fact, surprise you though. It’s all of 24 pages in length, including disclaimers, table of contents, etc… Anything this brief will by necessity keep things to the bare minimum, especially when tackling a subject as complex as obesity and the ketogenic diet.
Chances are you’ve seen his viral video on nutrition, Sugar: The Bitter Truth. Now Dr. Robert Lustig has a book out that is built on the foundations first laid out in the video. His theory is essentially that sugar is the main driver of obesity and disease.
Can’t wait to start the year’s reading off with this text!
I’ve heard people lament, “Gary Taubes is great and all…but he just doesn’t understand the science.” Such people typically have not read the science, much less, Good Calories, Bad Calories. The book is a comprehensive analysis of the history of human nutrition and a seminal book in our understanding of obesity.
If Why We Get Fat is written for the lay-person, this 640 page behemoth is written to satisfy the health professional: exhaustively sourced and referenced, professional yet approachable. It tackles the familiar themes of obesity as the result of excess carbohydrate consumption and posits the insulin hypothesis as the explanation for what ails us. Along the way, he uses arguments and evidence from the domains of anthropology, nutrition and medicine. Really, this is the book you would write if you read every piece of research on nutrition and obesity that was ever written.
Gary Taubes saved my life. Or at least, that’s what I tell him.
This book came at a critical point in my life, and reversed an insidious trend of out of control weight gain and mounting health problems.
Written for the lay person, it gives a history of nutrition and obesity, and proposes a new theory as to why modern Americans are predisposed to obesity…except, it’s not a new theory at all: up until World War II, we pretty much knew that sugar and other carbohydrates drove obesity. After World War II, politics forced a rewrite of our understanding of obesity (based on dubious work by Ancel Keys), and we convinced ourselves that fat drove obesity and disease.