CALORIES IN VERSUS CALORIES OUT

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you the solution for obesity. Eat less; move more. Our collective weight problem would go away if all the overweight people just quit eating more calories than they burn. Couldn’t be simpler. There are 4,086 calories in a pound of fat. Divide that by the 7 days in a week and you get 584 calories. So if you eat 584 calories less per day you will lose a pound a week. If you continue to eat 584 fewer calories every day for a…

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WHEAT BELLY COOKBOOK REVIEW: IS FLAX THE NEW WHEAT?

Dr. Davis has succeeded in drawing attention to the dangers of wheat and the benefits of a low-carb diet beyond what I thought possible. He builds a convincing case against this new plant that he says shouldn’t even be called “wheat,” and he documents most of his arguments with supportive research. I was already avoiding most grains and decided to eliminate wheat after reading Wheat Belly. I have been following a low-carb lifestyle and writing about it for over 13 years, so it wasn’t a radical change…

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A TRAGIC EPIDEMIC AND CANDY FOR CHRISTMAS

Another day, another mass murder, this latest one in Longmont, Colorado. There were only four killed, and they were adults, so it didn’t get the media coverage devoted to the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook in Connecticut, but it is now more apparent than ever that we are dealing with another epidemic. Everyone is asking “why did this happen?,” and, “what can we do?” Investigators are looking into the lives of the shooters to try to find the commonality between them. Gun control is being…

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IS THERE ALREADY A CURE FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?

I went in for a medical checkup yesterday since I hadn’t had any tests since 2010. Along with the standard regimen of tests, the doctor prescribed a bone-density scan. I’ve only had one, about 15 years ago, and my rank was almost 100% then, but if I am diagnosed with osteoporosis, he will probably suggest the usual treatment: calcium, vitamin D, and drugs like Fosamax (bisphosphonates) and Prolia (denosumab). Bones are constantly being remodeled, with new bone replacing old bone. These drugs work by altering the cycle to slow the…

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REAL SCIENCE

The Ask Marilyn column in this week’s Parade Magazine featured this question from a reader: “If you wished to test the effects of a placebo, what would you give the control group?” Good question. In her reply, she tells about a study in which sham acupuncture was pitted against sham pills for chronic arm pain. The patients reported that the acupuncture worked better, she says, although objective measures, such as grip strength, showed no difference. But here is another interesting finding: “…Before the study began,…

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STORIES FROM THE CRUISE

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We had a very large group on the low-carb cruise this year; I’m not sure what the actual count was, I heard it was 275, but that may have included a few who never actually made it. We made national news when one of our speakers was removed from the ship before it left the dock. My daughter here in Washington knew more about it than I did until I got home. Dr. Jack Kruse was taken away by the authorities after someone Tweeted a message using his name that said…

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IS SUGAR TOXIC? ON 60 MINUTES

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You don’t want to miss the report by Dr Sanjay Gupta that was on 60 Minutes yesterday. The original story is here: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7403942nT, but you might prefer to see it on Dr. Eenfeldt’s blog, where he has done all the work to put up all the related videos and written a good summary of it as well: http://www.dietdoctor.com/must-see-toxic-sugar-on-60-minutes. (c) 2012, Judy Barnes Baker, www.carbwars.blogspot.com

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN RESPONSE TO “RED MEAT IS BAD FOR YOU”

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Below is a letter to the editor that I sent to the Seattle Times. I had to cut it down to 200 words, but I thought you might like to see the original. Response to: “Study: All red meat is bad for you, increases death risk.” News, March 13 and “Food News Can Cause Indigestion,” March 19, 2012. I was saddened to learn that the American Plains Indians became extinct thousands of years ago because they lived on buffalo; it was a severe deficiency of tofu that…

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WASHINGTON CONFERENCE TO CONFRONT THE CRISIS IN NUTRITION

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Dr. Richard Feinman has been diligently working behind the scenes to get the message out about the lack of research integrity in regard to carbohydrate restricted diets. He will be hosting a session on The Crisis in Nutrition today, March 15, at the Office of Research Integrity Conference in Washington DC. (You may remember when he solicited our personal success stories to be part of this presentation. Bloggers, Jimmy Moore, Tom Naughton, and Laura Dolson put together The Voice of the People, which will be presented by Tom.) The recent study…

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“RED MEAT WILL KILL YOU” IN THE NEWS (AGAIN)

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I knew if I waited a day or so, someone would save me the trouble of dissecting the latest re-meat-will-kill-you scare story. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/archinternmed.2011.2287. I wasn’t disappointed! I’ve listed links to some of the best responses below. The study that made the national headlines was just another questionnaire-based, epidemiological study (at best, they only show that two things happen together–they tell you nothing about cause and effect). The only thing I’d like to add on the subject is that for a year or so, I was a contributor…

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BLOOD SUGAR RESPONSE STUDY

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Dr. Su is doing a study to measure the blood sugar response to foods and you are invited to participate. He needs 60 volunteers who will be supplied with a blood sugar meter if they don’t already have one, instructions, and three free products from LC Foods for testing. To participate, you must live in the continental United States, not have a food allergy (including gluten intolerance), not be on medication for diabetes, or taking insulin or other drugs to control your blood sugar. The details and how…

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