NPR’s Morning Edition aired a delightful segment on full fait dairy foods and the (to some) unexpected consequence: “people who eat higher fat dairy tend to be leaner than people who eat skim (low fat) products.” It turns out that this “high fat paradox” is present in children as well.
For such a talented writer and thinker as Taubes, it’s a shame that we don’t get to read more of his work more often. Thankfully, however, he published recently in the New York Times Sunday Review. His article, Why Nutrition Is So Confusing, explores familiar territory while maintaining a sense of profound urgency.
In January of 2012 I started Ketopia with a stock theme, an image across the top that spoke of my journey, and the intention to push the Content First philosophy to the extreme. A couple years and a few hundred posts later (by multiple contributors!), we have a true community, a unique visual identity and a new design for the website.
Just a quick note for fans of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease or anyone following the work of Thomas Seyfried:
Seyfried’s paper Cancer as a metabolic disease: implications for novel therapeutics is available in the journal Carcinogenesis,vol.00 no.00 p.1 of 13, 2014. doi:10.1093/carcin/bgt480.
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).
Red meat has long been an anathema to the nutrition establishment. Not being privy to the thinking of the originators of the so-called heart-healthy diet, we assumed it was because of the association of meat with its burden of saturated fat and cholesterol, two food components condemned as promoters of heart disease.
Recent biochemical research into the metabolism of the essential fatty acids seems to have uncovered a major underlying cause of breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers. This biochemistry tells us that this cause is the modern American diet and that simple dietary change is capable of preventing these cancers.
Finding the cause of a disease and then removing that cause is called primary disease prevention; the disease never occurs and wellness is continuously maintained. In recent years, this definition has been changed to mean preventive medical care, namely early diagnosis and treatment. This new type of prevention utilizes regular medical checkups aimed at early diagnosis. Thus, when a disease reaches the point where it can be diagnosed, the disease is managed by regular doctor visits, prescription drugs, and surgery. This is not primary prevention.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DIETARY ANIMAL FAT1
In contrast, the modern human uses two classes of food to provide energy for life functions; carbohydrates yield glucose, and fats supply fatty acids. Despite the fact that glucose serves as the usual and ready source of energy for the body, long-term sustained energy depends on fatty acids. Fatty acids are a much more efficient fuel than glucose. They contain twice the energy per unit weight and they are stored more compactly. Under normal conditions, the body uses both fuels alternately depending on time from last meal.
This has bothered me because ‘toxic’ has a very specific meaning that makes it an unacceptable adjective to use except when applied to harmful chemicals. Its use otherwise only confuses people and needlessly frightens them. I usually ignore the matter, but when specific foods are labeled as toxic, I can no longer remain silent.