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How “Healthy” Diets Kill You and Your Family

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Do you follow the recommended diets? Low fat. High carbohydrate? Eat lots of fruit?

If so, you’re probably overweight. And your blood tests are probably a mess. Maybe your doctor recommends expensive prescriptions to lower your cholesterol.

A new study finds the problem is not your fault. Your doctor, poorly educated in nutrition, and government recommendations, prompted by industry lobbyists, are designed to keep you fat and sick. And it’s not just US government. Here’s the Guardian’s subheading:

Report accuses UK public health bodies of colluding with food industry and calls for overhaul of dietary guidelines.

And here are the highlights of the report, which closely mirror what I’ve been telling you for months:

  • Urging people to follow low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having “disastrous health consequences”
  • The focus on low-fat diets is failing to address Britain’s obesity crisis while snacking between meals is making people fat.
  • “Eating fat does not make you fat.”
  • saturated fat does not cause heart disease while full-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, and cheese, can actually protect the heart.
  • Processed foods labeled “low fat”, “lite”, “low cholesterol” or “proven to lower cholesterol” should be avoided at all costs, and people with type 2 diabetes should eat a fat-rich diet rather than one based on carbohydrates.
  • Sugar should be avoided, people should stop counting calories and the idea that exercise could help you “outrun a bad diet” was a myth.
  • “The most natural and nutritious foods available – meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, olive, avocados – all contain saturated fat.”
  • “The continued demonization of omnipresent natural fat drives people away from highly nourishing, wholesome and health-promoting foods.”
  • Just as big tobacco companies bought the “loyalty of scientists” when a link was made between smoking and lung cancer, the influence of the food industry represents a “significant threat to public health”

Don’t believe anything about diet from the major health organizations or the government. Their recommendations are funded by the food pharma lobbies. Instead, listen to the doctors who’ve actually reduced obesity and diseases. Here are my recommended websites:

Diet Doctor

Burn Fat, Not Sugar

The Eating Academy

Also, be sure to digest my previous posts on this topic:

You don’t have to believe what the government tells you about food and nutrition. You can follow the diet humans followed for our first 249,000 years.

Persuasion and Fat

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The Easiest Formula for Mastering Persuasion, Losing Weight, and Avoiding Disease (video)

“Persuasion” is part of my job title. When you’re a persuasion professional, you get a lot of questions about persuasion. Some are sincere. Others are skeptical, like, “Okay, persuasion boy, persuade me to give you a hundred dollars.”

Persuasion doesn’t work like that. But it also does. Here’s the thing: if you ask me to persuade you to give me a hundred bucks, you already want to give me a hundred bucks. You want my magic to work.

Likewise, those people who pay $122 to see David Copperfield in Las Vegas want Copperfield’s tricks to work. They want to be dazzled, even if they’re skeptical. They want to try to figure out the trick, but they’d be disappointed if they did. They want to be fooled.

Persuasion isn’t about fooling people. It’s about helping people get what they want. Some people want to be amazed by David Copperfield defying the laws of physics. Some people want to give me $100. Persuasion, like stage magic, delivers.

So, let me state this unequivocally: you are free to give me $100 if you choose. I won’t try to stop you. It’s up to you. If giving me $100 means you’ll understand persuasion, go ahead. But you don’t have to give me $100 to understand how persuasion works. You can learn shortcuts. And I’ve discovered one of the best shortcuts ever.

It’s called The One-Sentence Persuasion Course by Blair Warren. 

Warren admits his method has been scientifically scrutinized. That means scientists haven’t developed a theory to explain why Warren’s method works. Then again, scientists don’t why men find Eva Longoria attractive.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Eva Longoria attends The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_012 (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner)

Now that you know Eva Longoria’s attractiveness lacks scientific theory, do you think she’s ugly?

Of course not. And the lack of scientific theory to explain Warren’s persuasion method doesn’t make it ineffective. The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, as Nassim Taleb says.

Read on to find out where to get the One-Sentence Persuasion Course for free. Actually, I’ll do it right now.

On one condition. Make that two conditions:

  1. You will read this entire PDF before reading this blog any further.
  2. You will return to this blog after you have read the PDF.

Do we have a deal? Good. Here’s the link. I’ll see you back here in a few minutes after you’ve read the PDF from top to bottom without skipping ahead.

http://www.actionplan.com/pdf/BlairWarren.pdf

What do you think? Are those the five magic bullets for persuasion?

  • encourage people’s dreams
  • justify their failures
  • allay their fears
  • confirm their suspicions
  • help them throw rocks at their enemies

Psychologists and hypnotists call this “pacing and leading.” You align yourself with your patient or subject to build rapport. Then you lead them where they want to go. Where they want to go but have been unable to motivate themselves to get there.

Personal trainers do this. People go to personal trainers because they want to get healthier and look better. Personal trainers simply get their customers out of their own way.

Example

Do you weigh 300 lbs? High blood pressure? Borderline diabetic? If so, you probably want to be thinner and healthier. You want to look good in a swimming suit. If you’re a guy, you want Eva Longoria to find you attractive. If you’re a girl, you want to look like Eva Longoria on the red carpet. But you don’t know how.

Well, it’s not your fault. You’ve been lied to about what you should eat. For decades, doctors, dietitians, the government, and popular magazines have encouraged people to eat foods that make you fat and unhealthy. Society and advertisers have told you that comfort is the goal in life.

Both lessons were lies.

Natural fat is the healthiest food you can eat. Conversely, most fruits, all sugars, all grains, all starches increase disease and obesity. Food labeled low-fat? Very bad. Breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and orange juice make you sick. And fat. Sitting six hours a day is worse than smoking a pack a day. And breakfast doesn’t matter. (You’re better off with a Bulletproof coffee.)

You’re fat because you listened to doctors and the government. You’re sick because you listened to the ads of furniture makers.

You’re overweight because society shames you into eating food that’s bad for you. How do I know this?

Last week I attended a conference at a great hotel in California. I watched a man eat a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast. Then he got up, went to the buffet, and returned with a plate of muffins and fruit. And a tall glass of orange juice. As this man sat down, he announced, “now for the healthy stuff.”

He was wrong. The healthy stuff was on that first plate. This plate will kill him. Or give him Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Either way, fruit and grains are the enemies. But no one ever told him.

No one told him because there’s a lot of money in keeping people confused about healthy eating. Here’s a short list of the organizations that benefit financially from bad dieting:

Healthcare

  • Hospitals and their employees
  • American Medical Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • All those Type II diabetes organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Cancer treatment centers
  • Universities like Harvard and Washington University
  • Proprietary diet companies
  • Fitness centers

Agriculture

  • Corn growers
  • Sugar producers
  • Grain growers
  • Soy farmers
  • Fruit growers

Retail and CPG

  • Coke and Pepsi (and other soft drink makers)
  • Beer brewers
  • Kellogg’s (and other cereal makers)
  • Frito-Lay (and other snack makers)
  • Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers
  • Walmart (grain and sugar snacks)
  • Grocery stores (higher margins on CPG than whole foods)
  • Starbuck’s (sugary drinks have higher margins)
  • Fast food restaurant chains
  • Sit-down restaurant chains

Those lists are just off the top of my head. Every company, industry, and association mentioned benefits from bad health. If most Americans adopted a high fat, low carb diet tomorrow, all of those entities would be in deep financial trouble. And so would their lobbyists.

The reason the government tells you to eat food that causes horrible diseases is simple: lobbyists write the bills. Have you ever heard of the National Measles Foundation? No. Because measles has been pretty much wiped out. As has small pox. When a disease diminishes, funding for research disappears. A lot of people make good jack working for the various heart, cancer, and diabetes associations. They need a steady increase in those diseases to justify their existences. And the government is always happy to legislate disease into existence. For a fee.

If you want to be thin and healthy with a brain that works great, it’s as easy as a low carb, high fat eating system. You can kick it off with a 3-day water fast. (No, it’s not dangerous to go three days without food. It’s dangerous not to.)

What I Just Did

I just gave an example of Blair Warren’s method. Let’s take a look.

  • Encourage people’s dreams: I asked if you want to be thin and healthy, to look good in a swimming suit, to look like Eva Longoria. Or to date Eva Longoria. That’s the dream.
  • Justify their failures: “Well, it’s not your fault.”
  • Allay their fears: No, it’s not dangerous to go three days without food. High fat, low carb diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
  • Confirm their suspicions: The pop-science “healthy” eating recommendations are not just wrong but destructive. Eating what the government tells you is dangerous. Large, well-funded organizations use government to maximize their financial success. Everything labeled “healthy” and “low-fat” is bad for you.
  • Help them throw rocks at their enemies: Disease and obesity are everyone’s enemies. So are know-it-all, do-gooder organizations that shame you for eating eggs and rib eye steaks. I just loaded you up with a pocket of rocks to knock them in the head.

So, there you have it. Blair Warren’s one-sentence persuasion course. The easiest way to master the art of persuasion. It’s a simple formula for practicing pacing and leading.

Finally, $100 seems like a lot to ask. Most of this information is free on the Internet. It’s just that no one wants you to know about it. Except me and few others. If you feel guilty about getting this lifesaving information for free, you can just send ten dollars to my PayPal account:



That’s a 90 percent savings if you find this information valuable. It could save your life. And you may look better, too.

P.S. If you want to learn more about the One-Sentence Persuasion Course, check out Blair’s great book. Scott Adams recommends it. And for more on the diet that reduces disease in improves life, see dietdoctor.com and watch this video by Dr. Ted Naimen.

 

Healthcare Strategy: Ignore Government Diet Advice

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Yesterday, I established an end: great health care that ordinary people can afford.

You remember I talked about John Braddock’s explanation of strategy: choose the end and work backward. Then forword.

And Braddock’s first step after choosing an end: what comes immediately before. That’s where we are today.

A few weeks back, I wrote several posts about diet (here and here). I warned you that the government and doctors and, especially, dieticians have been poising us for years. The government’s recommended diet leads to expensive diseases: type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, obesity, hip and knee damage, and many forms of cancer.

Some people think that deadly diet advice is on purpose. Big medicine and big government benefit when a lot of people suffer from terrible diseases. That’s hard to dispute. Imagine if the incidence of all those diseases I just listed dropped in half. How many people would be thrown out of work?

Other people think the government and big medicine are just misguided. And afraid. I know people who know that eating egg white omelets and lots of sugars and starches will kill them. But they do it anyway because of the social stigma of eating food that actually keeps you healthy. It’s possible, then, that the government and doctors are just afraid of telling you the truth. That’s understandable.

But cowardly leaders is no excuse for us. We believe in personal responsibility. And we want to live long, healthy lives free from expensive diseases like diabetes and cancer.

While eating a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet won’t guarantee freedom from bad diseases, eating the opposite diet will almost guarantee an expensive and life-limiting diagnosis for you some day.

So what do we find just before that end state? We find a lot of people eating right, which causes a huge drop in bad diagnoses. (Did you know you can reverse type 2 diabetes (video below) and arrest the progression of Parkinson’s Disease with a low-carb, high-fat diet and fasting?)

Eating right a strategy. And it’s completely in your control. Watch.

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.