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Government Diet Makes You Fat and Kills You

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If you’re sick and fat, it might not be your fault. You listen to your doctor. You follow government diet guidelines. You eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. You cut down on animal fat. You eat more grains.

And you just get sicker and fatter.

You’re told it’s your fault. But it’s probably not.

You might be a good mom or dad who wants your kids to learn healthy eating habits.

You might be a little overweight and want to trim down.

You might be a bit older and hope to stave off illness so you can watch your grandchildren grow.

If you’re one of these, or anyone else, you probably trust your government to recommend the healthiest diet. But a new report by your government admits just how deadly its food guideline is. The diets pushed by most doctors, dieticians, and the US government promote obesity and disease while starving your body and brain of the fuel they need to function well over a long life.

Nina Teicholz of DietDoctor.com discusses a new US government report on Americans’ adoption of government diet guidelines and the effect on health and obesity. She summarizes the data as:

This report confirms what the last one found: In nearly every way possible, Americans have followed official dietary advice during the last few decades. In the same time period we’ve had massive epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Here’s a chart of obesity rates over the same period we’ve been eating more of what the government tells us to eat:

Source: CDC https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/national/figpersons.htm

You’ll notice the upward trend in obesity really takes off in the late 90s—just when the government started cracking down on obesity and changing dietary guidelines. It’s as if the government wants you to get fat and die young. 

Along with obesity and type 2 diabetes, we’ve also created epidemics of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Hennessy’s View reported previously on the associations between the official dietary advice and these horrible diseases.

Luckily, you have choices. If you’re tired of following official recommendations only to see your waist grow, your LDL cholesterol rise and your life expectancy shrink, you should learn about ketogenic diets.

Your government is lying to you, doctors are repeating their lies, and you and your family are paying the price in disease, discomfort, and obesity.

Featured image pulled from DietDoctor.com

Why Are You Letting Your Doctor Kill You?

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If you’re overweight, have high cholesterol, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or cancer, it’s probably not your fault. You’ve been told to eat poison your whole life, by people who are supposed to know better. Here’s some truth to set you free.

Actually, I don’t know why. But it’s happening to you and millions of other people. Doctors are killing their patients. And they’re getting a lot of help from the government and big agriculture. Plus the advertising industry.

The more you research diet and nutrition, the more you realize grains and sugar are deadly. In fact, eliminating grains and sugars from your diet could lead to all these wonderful, happy outcomes:

  • Pretty face and skin that people want to stare at
  • Cover-model body that people drool over
  • Lower risk of cancer
  • Little fear of Alzheimer’s
  • Unlikely problems with Parkinson’s
  • Near zero chance of diabetes
  • No chance of obesity
  • Little risk of epileptic seizures
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Resilience in case of food shortages

Now, those intrusive registered dieticians and your family doctor will tell you this is all poppycock. And yet their waiting rooms are full of sick people who follow their directions that lead to disease and obesity. Maybe those “experts” are ill-informed. Maybe they’re worried that too many healthy people will put them out of business. Maybe they’re influenced by big drug companies, health insurance companies, hospital chains, and food industry lobbyists.

[Click here to read about my 5-day fast]

As Derek Sivers wrote in the best business book I ever read:

But even well-meaning companies accidentally get trapped in survival mode. A business is started to solve a problem. But if the problem was truly solved, that business would no longer be needed! So the business accidentally or unconsciously keeps the problem around so that they can keep solving it for a fee. (I don’t want to pick on anyone’s favorite pharmaceutical company or online productivity subscription tools, so let’s just say that any business that’s in business to sell you a cure is motivated not to focus on prevention.)

Sivers, Derek (2011-06-29). Anything You Want (pp. 31-32). AmazonEncore. Kindle Edition.

But whether it’s ignorance or malice, the people who are supposed to make healthy have a business model that first requires you to get sick. And it doesn’t have to be that way.

Even the US National Institutes of Health recognizes that the high fat, low carbohydrate is effective for everything I listed above. And maybe even more. Not only that, the high fat, low carbohydrate diet is safe for the long haul. Also known as the ketogenic diet, the tasty habit of eating everything that’s low in carbohydrates has been recognized for 80 years as preventive for epileptic seizures. But for decades doctors told patients to avoid the diet because they thought it would cause heart disease. They were wrong, and they still are.

According to the National Institutes of Health, you can and should eat a ketogenic diet. Here’s their conclusion:

The present study shows the beneficial effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. It significantly reduced the body weight and body mass index of the patients. Furthermore, it decreased the level of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and blood glucose, and increased the level of HDL cholesterol. Administering a ketogenic diet for a relatively longer period of time did not produce any significant side effects in the patients. Therefore, the present study confirms that it is safe to use a ketogenic diet for a longer period of time than previously demonstrated.

And this was from a 2004 study. Moreover, this study isn’t alone. As the authors point out:

It is generally believed that high fat diets may lead to the development of obesity and several other diseases such as coronary artery disease, diabetes and cancer. This view, however, is based on studies carried out in animals that were given a high fat diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. In contrast, our laboratory has recently shown that a ketogenic diet modified the risk factors for heart disease in obese patients (12).

But what about Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s? Scientists have known for years that ketones in the blood strengthen your brain. Recent studies show that people with type II diabetes, usually caused by eating too many carbohydrates, almost DOUBLES your chances of getting Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

I know your doctor and the government and dieticians bombard you with bad science. I know that society will ostracize you for eating a diet that’s actually good for you instead of the one advertisers tell you is good for you. But part of our philosophy involves personal responsibility, and personal responsibility includes health. I realize that if everyone adopted a ketogenic diet, many big companies would be in trouble. All the companies that make breakfast cereal, bread by the warehouse, sugary drinks, and all those falsely labeled “healthy” low-fat snacks–they’ll all be out of business. And so many cardiologists, personal trainers, dieticians, endocrinologists, and pharmaceutical companies will suffer. So will health insurance companies who make their millions by processing paperwork for sick people. Not to mention big hospital chains. Even Walmart will suffer when nobody shops in their 99 aisles of sugary, grain-packed poison. Kellogg’s will be as sick as Sears.

The trade-off is obvious: we can all be fat, unhappy, and sick, or those people feeding us poison and its ineffective antidotes can find something more productive and useful to do.

If you’d like to learn more about the ketogenic diet, check out Diet Doctor website, recommended by me and one of my most loyal readers, Doug63026.

P.S. I do not receive any compensation from the Diet Doctor. (But I wouldn’t turn it down.)

How to Hold Your Breath for 3 Minutes

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Remember when you were a kid? All the weird challenges and contests you’d wage with your friends? There’s a good chance that breath-holding was one of them. Who can hold their breath the longest, right?

I was always good at this when I was young, but I’m not that young anymore. I’m 53, but I held my breath for two minutes and 47 seconds last Thursday. And I could have gone longer, but I was bored. My body wasn’t aching to breathe. My brain wanted to move on to something more stimulating than watching the stopwatch on my iPhone.

I’ll tell you how you can amaze your friends with championship breath-holding feats in a moment, but first, you should know why my 2:47 record is pretty amazing. I read recently that the average adult can hold his breath for only 30 to 40 seconds, so I blew that away. You can, too.

Election Year Debauchery

In case you missed it, I do a lot of political stuff. Especially in election years. In 2015 and 2016, I did more than usual. Besides blogging, rallying, traveling, knocking on doors, going to meetings, and keeping up on the latest news, election season also includes more drinking, periodic smoking, less sleep, horrible diets, and less exercise. In other words, at the end of an election cycle, I’m lucky to be able to breathe at all.

And, as I said, this past election cycle was more intense, if anything.  I should also mention that I considered the election season over on January 20, not November 8.

So how did I manage to hold my breath for 2:47 just a week after my quadrennial debauchery ended?

5-Day Water Fast

You might be thinking I worked out, ran, ate nutritious foods, and all the other stuff you’re told will make you fit and strong.

That stuff might work, but that’s not what I did. Instead, I did nothing sort of.

Instead, I fasted on only water, a few cups of black coffee, and a few cups of green tea for five days. In other words, I consumed about 6 calories over a work week.

You’re probably wondering how fasting can help you dazzle your friends. And it’s all about energy.

Your Body Is Like a Car

Your car probably runs on a variety of fuel blends. Some cars can run on 85% ethanol. All gasoline cars can run on up to 100% petrol.

Your body runs on two kinds of fuel: glucose and ketones.

Glucose comes from carbohydrates like sugar and wheat. Ketones come from fats like olive oil and beef fat. Our bodies have evolved to work well in a variety of conditions.

But glucose and ketones do different things to our bodies over time. Just as high ethanol stresses your car’s engine more than petrol, glucose stresses your body more than ketones. For example, glucose gives off far more carbon dioxide exhaust than ketones do. And that’s the secret to holding your breath.

Why You Ache to Breathe

That terrible urge to take a breath doesn’t come from lack of oxygen in the blood. It comes from too much carbon dioxide. When your body is running on glucose and you hold your breath, your brain will scream for air very quickly. But when you’re running on ketones, your blood will have lots of room for CO2.

When you fast on water for an extended period, your body has to run on stored fat; aka, ketones. Depending on your diet before the fast, your sex, your weight, and your metabolism, it takes two or three days for your body to burn off all the spare glucose. In my case, I went into full ketosis on day 4 of the fast, Thursday. Your mileage may vary.

When I tried to hold my breath last Sunday, before I started the fast, I could get one minute, fourteen seconds (1:14) before it became very uncomfortable. My only exercise during the week was a daily 30-minutes walk/run on a treadmill, far less than my usual powerlifting workouts. Yet, in only 4 days, I increased my breath-holding abilities by more than 100%.

That’s because I had very low blood glucose levels by Thursday. I was running on the stored fat in my body.

Thursday and Friday Were Great Days

You might think I must have been lethargic, weak, and miserable after three days without food. But it was the opposite.

After one meal on Sunday and no food for four days, Thursday and Friday I felt fantastic. My senses were sharper than ever. I could smell things in the woods that I’d never smelled before in my life. When the wind changed direction, I smelled completely different things. These smells, which I could not identify, were interesting, not repulsive. Not necessarily delicious-smelling, either. Just a little fascinating because they were new.

My mind was sharp as a Ginsu knife. I had moments of hyperactivity followed by lulls, either. I got a lot done.

But the most amazing benefit from my fast was patience. I simply did not feel anger, frustration, or annoyance for those last two days despite numerous situations that usually drive me crazy. Like people who couldn’t operate a self-checkout scanner at Schnuck’s. Normally I want to yell at those people. During my fast, I simply watched and listened as the cashier explained the process. I felt like a grown-up.

For More on Fasting

I’m not a doctor, and a lot of doctors hate fasting. I think it’s because fasting offers amazing health benefits that hurt the healthcare establishment. You should learn more about fasting’s benefits, dangers, and history.

The best resource I’ve found is The Quantified Body podcast. If you’re interested, here are three recent blog entries, with links to the podcasts, that will let you know the science behind this amazing, free healthy process:

5-Day Water Fast Results

5-Day Mimicking Fast Results. This is a great method if you think a full water fast is too much.

10-Day Water Fast Results

“Water Fasts” as a Potential Tactic to Beat Cancer with Dr. Thomas Seyfried

Plus, here’s a great, fun post about someone else’s 5-day water fast. You’ll enjoy it.

Will You Try It?

Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in more on fasting. I find this potential lifesaving tool fascinating and enjoyable. I’ll write more about my experience and my research if it’s something you’d like to know more about. I’ve learned that fasting (and ketogenic diets) might help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in addition to their proven suppression of diabetes, obesity, and most cancers. In fact, fasting has been shown to make traditional cancers way more effective and eliminate the horrible side effects of chemotherapy. Plus, ketogenic diets have effectively helped prevent epileptic seizures since the 1920s.

So let me know if you find this interesting and want to know more. I’ll hold my breath.