Our Dam Obesity Problem

The following does not constitute medical advice. It is opinion. Before you make any changes to your medications, diet, or lifestyle, be sure that the person in charge of overseeing your health care is fully informed. By the way—that person is you and you alone.

If You’ve Got the Tide®, We’ve Got the Cheer®

Ever heard of pica? Not the font size—the eating disorder. Pica is the habit of ingesting things that are not food: dirt, drywall, chalk, clay, and so on. Some people see a box of laundry detergent, and their mouths start watering.

Pica has many causes, but a chief one is mineral deficiency. People who are low on iron, for example, often chew on ice; those low on zinc may dab a moist finger into the laundry soap for a nibble. Their taste for Tide® comes from their body’s unconscious craving for something it is not getting enough of. The non-food items rarely satisfy nutritional needs, but at least the pica-sufferer is not trying the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

Because that’s one definition of insanity. And it’s a form of insanity that many of us have here in the United States. We are, most of us, overweight. A third of us would even be classified as obese. One can quibble with the precise definitions of these terms, but a day of people-watching renders definitions moot. Many of us are just plain fat. We sit around too much and we eat too much.

What happened? Our bodies have a self-regulating mechanism for ingesting the right amount of food. We should know when to stop. Yet we crave more, eat more, and weigh more than ever.

From the one side we are told to cut out carbs; from the other side we are told to limit our fats. But maybe that’s a false opposition. Maybe it’s not what we are eating so much as what we are not ingesting: adequate levels of magnesium, iodine, chromium, potassium, selenium, and so on. Maybe most of us suffer from pica due to the low levels of minerals in our food supply. Our unhealthy habit is not chalk or Cheer®; our version of pica reaches for second helpings, junk food, snacks, and desserts—anything edible, in fact, in our bodies’ desperate drive to get the nutrients it needs.

Mineral deficiencies may be responsible for more than just the upswing in obesity. Perhaps the cancer rate has been rising for the same reason. Ever heard of germanium? There’s no RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for it. (The inadequacies of the RDA system is a whole other topic.) It turns out that the waters at Lourdes in France—the big Catholic shrine where people make pilgrimages for healing—those waters are rich in germanium. I mean no disrespect by this, but perhaps the miraculous cures are due not just to the tender heart of the Virgin Mother, but to the stony crust of Mother Earth from which the mineral-rich springs flow.

Is chromium deficiency a factor in diabetes and metabolic syndrome?
Is boron deficiency a factor in osteoporosis?
Is molybdenum deficiency a factor in cardiac arrhythmias?

Ask your doctor. Wait … don’t bother. He or she won’t know. They don’t talk about this stuff in medical school. Never. Never ever. What they do talk about is which expensive new drugs you can buy to treat the symptoms of these ever more common problems. But your body knows it might be missing something, and so it tells you to keep eating, eating, eating, hoping that somewhere in all those extra calories is a trace of vanadium or yttrium.

The Dirty Truth

Will those nutrients be there in the next potato you reach for? At one time, yes. But nowadays maybe not. The levels of nutrients in our fruits and vegetables have been steadily declining over the last eight decades. The apple you enjoyed in grade school doesn’t have the same vitamin value today. It’s an open secret that the USDA chooses not to address. Between 1940 and 1991, government researchers documented that potatoes have lost 47% of their copper, 45% of their iron, and 35% of their calcium, and in 1991 you would have to eat ten tomatoes to get the same amount of copper that came from a single one just a couple of generations prior.

There are three reasons for this. The first is the “dilution effect”: farmers try to get higher and higher yields from the same patch of land, so that the minerals available in the soil are spread among more and more plants. The second is breeding: plants are cultivated to be sweeter and sweeter every year, and most minerals taste bitter. (Although bitterness also adds a nice depth to other flavors.) You gain in sweetness by giving up nourishment. The third reason: our American soil is largely depleted of the minerals that add the bitterness.

Today you go to the market and buy hybridized sweet corn that is tender and tastes like candy. But you’re getting an earful of empty calories compared to the tougher, yellower (equals more carotene) corn of yesteryear. True, the kernels got stuck between your teeth, but that too was a sign of nutritional strength. Plants that grow in mineral-rich soil have stronger cell membranes and are thus naturally more resistant to pests and blights. The plant that is tougher for you to chew is also the one that has the good stuff to make you tougher to kill. (If you are old enough, you will remember that chicken eggs used to be harder to crack open. Same deal—the factory-farmed hens are sickly and they lay weak, calcium-poor eggs.)

My Dutch grandfather of blessed memory, he loved America, but the one thing he pined for was the potatoes back in the old country. When I finally got to the Netherlands, I discovered he was right! Potatoes of any variety in the Netherlands have a richer flavor profile with lots of layers of taste. Their texture is nicer, too—not mushy when cooked, but al dente, chewy and satisfying to the palate. A small cone of French fries with a dollop of mayonnaise is a meal in Amsterdam; in America, it’s a side dish.

Why are the potatoes better? It’s no great mystery. The Dutch live below sea level. Most of their farmland was underwater not so long ago. The minerals abundant in seawater are still in the soil, and these are the minerals that our bodies need and crave. But you don’t have to plant the polder to grow better produce: the fruits and vegetables in Greece taste way better than their American counterparts, too. Greek farmers work the thin layer of soil on their rocky terrain. But out of those rocks are leeching the same trace elements that bring health and life and great flavor.

Agronomy 101, or, Dammit You Dammed It

American produce used to be more nutritious. Back in the Ice Age when the glaciers were growing, that tremendous sheet of ice carved up and ground down the bedrock. When they receded, they left behind tons and tons of loose rock, which in time supported plant life, which in time caused soil to form—rich, fertile soil. From this lush land sprang the great forests and prairies of North America. The only problem is: the process is not self-sustaining. Unlike the eternal rocks of Greece that will never stop seeping minerals into the soil, America’s rich soil is a one-and-done situation … until we have a new Ice Age.

Wait a second, you might say. What about the great civilizations of the ancient world? Egypt, Mesopotamia, China? Their arable land wasn’t glaciated like America, rocky like Greece, or below sea level like Holland—how did they thrive for centuries?

It was the rivers. Or more precisely, the annual flooding of the great rivers that those ancient empires were built along. Take the Nile. Through Egypt it flows amid a vast stretch of sand. But further upstream you have two Niles. There is the Blue Nile, whose headwaters are in the mountains of Ethiopia, and the White Nile, which flows out of the heart of the jungle around Lake Victoria. The Blue Nile’s waters are rich in minerals of all kinds; the White Nile’s waters bring the silty goodness of phytonutrients from the forests. These waters mingle and form a rich soup that every year inundates the floodplain of Egypt.

The ancient Egyptians celebrated the floods. Of course, they figured out how to prepare for it, how to steer it, how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks. Every year their croplands and pastures were remineralized and refertilized at minimal effort. The Nile’s ample bosom nursed an empire of tremendous wealth and strength for millennia.

In America, our big rivers also descend from headwaters in mountains or forests. But we have applied our skills, not to harnessing the spring floods for good, but to preventing them altogether. Dams, levees, and deeper channels are the prescription of the Army Corps of Engineers. The costs are enormous, and so are the risks. You can only beat Mother Nature at her own game for so long. Where we should be farming, we instead blithely build cities in flood zones, only to discover every other decade or so that water eventually reclaims the path of least resistance. Nowadays, when the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers do break out of their straitjackets, we do not celebrate the flooding, nor are we prepared to reap the benefits of it. Our fields just get sicker, not stronger like those of the Egyptians; and we Americans get fatter and fatter off food that does not satisfy.

Dr. Levingston, I Presume

Ah, gentle reader! You are always so patient with me. But I know you come to Piece of Mindful for a peek behind the curtain, for some Cabal Network News. It’s time to follow the money trail and see where it leads.

Let us be clear: the facts of our national nutrition crisis are not hidden. They are out there for all to consider. You can find occasional mention of it even in the New York Times and Time magazine.

So how is this not a matter of primary concern? Why aren’t we reading about it all the time? Why don’t agricultural colleges address this in their curriculum? Why don’t doctors learn more about the connection between disease and nutrition? Why no congressional hearings?

AND … What kind of sick, twisted person would not care if people were putting something into their mouths that was making them weaker instead of stronger??

Let me introduce you to William Avery Rockefeller, aka Dr. Bill Levingston. William Rockefeller Sr. was the father of John and William Jr., the Rockefellers who founded Standard Oil.

Bill Sr. was in the petroleum business, too, sort of. He was a snake oil salesman who went by the name Levingston, marketing a tonic called “Rock Oil” concocted from a laxative and petroleum. He claimed it cured cancer, and he sold it to many desperate people.

Now, I’m not a medical doctor. But I know that for whatever problem might be ailing a person, it isn’t because he’s down a quart. Feeding oil to the sick cures no one. But it was a great business model for Dr. Bill, and the Rockefeller heirs have not forgotten that.

Through the decades, our soil because we have forsaken basic agronomy. Into this crisis steps … who else? … Big Oil! In order to raise crops in depleted soil, one has to make up for the weakened natural defenses of the plants by dousing them with pesticides and herbicides made from … petroleum! When you feed poorer quality food to people and animals, they get sick more easily, less energetic, more depressed and more obese. In order to assuage this chronic low-level malnutrition, one has to mask the symptoms with pharmaceuticals … again, made in no small part from petroleum by-products. Perhaps you didn’t know that? Big Pharma IS Big Oil. And now Big Agro is Big Oil, too—or at least, fully dependent on it.

Big Oil gets your dollar seven ways to Sunday: when you drive to the market; when you buy the food they fertilize; when the food gets bagged in the plastic sacks they make; when you take the meds they synthesize; and when the hearse carts you to the cemetery. I bet Bill Sr. couldn’t be prouder of his progeny, still feeding oil to the dying, just like he taught them.

By the way, along with being a liar, thief, and a cheat, Bill Sr. was a bigamist and a rapist. His family carries on these traditions. Over the years the Rockefellers have helped subvert: the electric street car (and reliable public transport in most American cities), non-pharmaceutical medical treatments, the independent press, and the sovereignty of several nations in the Middle East. Rape is not too strong a word for what Rockefeller’s heirs have done to the world.

In the Truther community we talk a lot about the trickery all around us. But most of the discussion of who is behind the trickery is just conjecture or misdirection. And spooks are just minions doing the bidding of another. Forget the spooks for a second. If you want my short list of the possible ultimate culprits behind this conspiracy against the health of the common man, I give you a family with the means, the motive, and the opportunity … and the heritage. Who’s pulling the strings of fraud, manipulation, and poisoning of the world? Dr. Levingston’s heirs, I presume.

Bringing the Mountain to Maarten Again

Big Oil has its lackeys at every level of our government. Bureaucratic lackeys take the wonderful minerals of the mountains out of my water supply, and in place of calcium and magnesium they add fluoride and chloramine. And through the bungling of lackeys in corporate agriculture and the Army Corps of Engineers, the minerals get harvested out of our soil without replacement.  Thus we get sold  food that’s half as nutritious as it used to be. Then lackeys in Big Pharma and the AMA  tell me that my weight problem is from … Too much fat. No, too many carbs. Not enough oat bran. Too many eggs. No, just too many egg yolks. Butter. Not butter, margarine. Simple carbs. Trans fats … No matter, take these pills we can prescribe for you …

… If you’re as old as I am and have paid attention to mainstream health advice, you know what I mean.  The information is and always has been conflicting and incomplete.  I suggest to you that this is intentional, fellow inmates.

When my father, God rest his soul, had his heart attack, the doctor took me and my siblings aside to say: heart trouble is hereditary, adjust your diets now. So I followed religiously the recommendations of the day: low salt and low fat. Before that, I was trim, healthy, and energetic. Six months into the new diet, I was exhausted, lethargic, dyspeptic, and gaining weight. For all those things, my doctor had a pill. The pills treated the symptoms, but not the underlying problems. I was, in some very specific ways, malnourished.

In olden days, when wardens wanted to punish a prisoner, they put him on a diet of bread and water. Meaning, no salt. It was low-level torture from the inside out. Hyponatremia—low sodium levels in the blood—is misery. The wardens knew it, and I experienced it.

Most prisoners are malnourished. I visited some boys in prison once. Before the clink they were thin and sinewy. On the prison diet they were bloated, dopey, and more passive than I knew them to be. A poor diet makes the prison population easier to handle—both those inside and outside the walls.  It takes all the fight out of us.

I will let Dan Kittredge of the Bionutrient Food Association explain why:

… the average human body contains something on the order of 4 trillion cells. Between 60-70% of those cells should replace themselves every 6 months. That means that about 15 billion cells in your body are replacing themselves every day. Each of those cells has a nucleus in it that contains your DNA and each strand of DNA requires at least 45 separate minerals to replicate itself properly. The numbers quickly become more than the average person wants to spend too much time thinking about, but the point is that the nutrients in your food which is what your body uses to build itself with constantly have a key role to play your overall health. As your body begins to find itself without the key minerals it needs to go through its biological processes completely it begins to degenerate.

You may ask: what do you suggest we do about all this, Maarten?

I will suggest nothing. I will tell you only what I do, which again, is not advice. Just opinion.

I do everything I can to get the minerals back in my body. I drink spring water or well water only, never tap water—and NOT purified water, which is some municipality’s tap water in a plastic bottle. I take a dip in every body of salt water I pass by. (Some minerals are absorbed through the skin.) I take Epsom salts baths to get more magnesium.

I do a lot of shopping at farmers’ markets, and I talk directly to the growers to learn about their methods. I favor organic fruits and vegetables, not because organic growers are all so good about remineralizing their soil, but because at least I am not getting a soupçon of petroleum in every bite.

I have a garden myself. I amend the soil with modest sprinklings of sea salt and Epsom salt. I compost. I rake my neighbors’ lawns for their leaves, and I mulch the plants freely with these. (Tree roots burrow deep into the ground, down to where there are more rocks in the soil. Along with the roots travel the microfauna that metabolize the minerals and make them available to the tree. The tree sends the minerals up to the branches and into the leaves, making for the dazzling colors of autumn. The decomposing leaves release minerals into the plants of my garden.) My garden loves all this. I have some kale plants that are four years old. They survived two of the coldest Januarys in recent history without any help. Whatever is in that unkillable kale, I want in me!

I salt my food liberally —with sea salt. (Not table salt, which has all the good trace elements refined out of it—though they put enough iodine back in to keep kids from getting goiters.)  I also take a pinch of sodium bicarbonate every day for the kidneys.

And I take mineral supplements: multi-mineral capsules, trace-element drops, magnesium oil for the skin, etc. Big Pharma wants me to believe that I am accomplishing nothing by all this except making my urine more expensive. (They manage to find a way for the latest spokesclown of “science” to plant this idea in your head, too …)

I hope to have more to say in a future post about the pricey pee issue.

Despite doing these things, I am still overweight, probably from the sedentary lifestyle I am forced to lead. But I’m going to hang that one on Dr. Bill’s kin, too. All the things that I would gladly walk to do—grab a cup of coffee, pick up a loaf of bread, mail a package, take the kids to school, go out to eat—can only be done by driving nowadays in my corner of the world. Since the Rockefeller cabal worked to mold a society where every family owned a gas-powered automobile, the cities are zoned on that presumption; shopping areas and schools are too far from most neighborhoods. Some of the major drags don’t even have sidewalks. The thinking being: why would anyone would want to walk anywhere?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I am certainly NOT planning on dynamiting any dams.

I try to keep petroleum out of my life and my food as much as I can. I have sworn off Dr. Bill’s Rock Oil tonic for good. Because in my eyes, that’s the ultimate case of pica, and we are living in the midst of an epidemic.

MR

PS—I stand to benefit in no way, personally or professionally, if you choose to imitate any of my health practices.
PPS—Had a physical very recently.  (Because nagging.)  Flying colors.

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24 Responses to Our Dam Obesity Problem

  1. John in Texas says:

    Excellent

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  2. A very honest doctor told me a couple of years ago, after my physical and as we discussed my weight and after I told him I had success cutting back on carbohydrates, that they do not study those things in med school. He said doctors know very little about nutrition. While the honesty is refreshing, it is also like a carpenter saying he knows very little about wood products.

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  3. bmseattle says:

    Great, great post!

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  4. bmseattle says:

    Make sure your salt is unrefined. Sometimes even salt labeled “sea salt” has been processed and stripped of minerals.

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  5. Vexman says:

    Very informative post, thanks Maarten. Just following the observed natural order should be enough to guide us through life in general, yet it’s just the opposite we are into. Not only when it comes to food and nutrition, but in most critical areas. Food and nutrition, medicine and drugs, waste and pollution, agriculture and chemicals, etc… where we are taught only what is beneficial to profit of big industrial complex behind it. Which nicely interconnects to dumbing of population, since knowledge in general would be devastating for business and ruler’s game of enslavement by all means possible.

    I’d like to add two things to your comprehensive post. Beside empty calories, there is absolutely to much calories coming from white / refined sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). The increase in diabetes type I, II and III is shocking to learn about, not just in USA, but in EU and in my country as well (just google search “rise in diabetes”). When used in moderation it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more. As you’ve already mentioned, add to this a fact, that people in general live much to passive life nowadays, bringing physical activity to almost zero and there is a recipe / guarantee for both en massé catastrophe and big-pharma sky-high profits. In my opinion, it is already happening, however with zero MSM coverage like expected. Inconvenient truth has always had the same effect.

    Another thing to be aware with nutrition is hydroponically grown food, which is clos to zero. The proof that organic hydroponic produce is relatively nutritionless can be easily and quickly measured with an instrument called a refractometer. Nutritional measurement is performed by squeezing a couple of drops of liquid from the produce to be tested onto the prism of the refractometer and reading the results. The juice should be from the part of the plant that you would actually eat, not the stem or the roots, for example. Add to this fact, that we are being pushed genetically modified plant varieties which are i.e. resistant to petroleum-based herbicides, like in case of Monsanto genetically modified seeds and their herbicide “Roundup”. Consuming such froots & vegetables is actually dangerous to health, so I’d suggest to avoid consuming all food of unknown origins and production methods.

    My personal experience which confirms your opinion and hypothesis about minerals, so called micro-elements essential for proper body function. I had very annoying back pain after 12 years of sport career and always received only suggestions and prescriptions for pain-killers from doctors. Then I went searching and learning about the mechanism of pain and how it is related to nerve system. I consequently repeated an experiment on my body – I found a research work that connected pain-cycle with lack of vitamin D (which is actually synthesized to level of vitamin only within our body under influence of sun rays / UV light). I started taking supplements of it, exposing my skin to sun as much as it is acceptable which consequently reduced my back-pain. In connection to performing therapeutic exercise, I practically got rid of it.

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    • Maarten Rossaert says:

      Yes, Vexman, Vitamin D is wonderful. I hope to say something about the vitamin side of the health equation in an upcoming post. I stuck with minerals for the opening salvo, because there can be no quibble about the difference between natural and synthesized.

      My goal here is to build a case for conspiracy. Repressive regimes have long understood the food control = population control. The failed dictatorships took the ham-handed route of starvation, like Stalin’s Holodomor in the Ukraine. The sly controllers use subclinical malnourishment. I hope to show that the level of nutritional disinformation around us cannot be unintentional.

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      • daddieuhoh says:

        Dammed interesting post, Maarten. Looking forward to see where you take this. I like the general notion that much of the back-and-forth about proper nutrition (like carbs vs. fats) completely ignores (probably by design) more fundamental nutritional issues.

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  6. Straight showed a Super Bowl ad that had people knocking themselves out at the gym, as so many people do, speaking of inactive lifestyles. This is a phenomenon I’ve experienced personally when backpacking in the wilderness – my appetite virtually shuts down. I have plenty of energy, however. In Nepal I might have lost three or four pounds over five days as it was very warm and grueling. After we got back to civilization, I experienced ravenous appetite and within a few days was back to normal weight.

    The body will spend fat cells when called upon to do so, but reclaims them when activity slows down. Excercise, while beneficial for the spirit and for muscle tone, is not a way to lose weight. I go to the gym because it relaxes me, – I take in soothing music and notice some lovely ladies (don’t tell me they don’t want those subtle glances), just part of my routine. But when I need to lose weight I do it by diet – just give up carbs for a couple of months.

    But advertisers have convinced us we need to count calories, a futile pursuit, and avoid eating fat, utter nonsense. I have seen people fanatically riding those exercise bikes day in and day out, never changing in appearance. Gyms are just another business model, a platform to soak us. In my parents day there was the YMCA, to which not too many people belonged. Their activity consisted of the daily routine, and they never got fat, both lived to 90 or so.

    PS: The brain is comprised mostly of saturated fat, as much as 75% I am told by a neighbor in the nutrition business. This confirms my Dad’s hypothesis about his sons.

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    • Vexman says:

      I would agree with much said, with a few remarks. To see some people in the gym doesn’t represent the majority of population, number of people with obesity problems is not represented in the gym population according to obesity’s occurrence outside of such/any gym. So here we’re dealing with people that find exercise important enough to spend some time at it and usually such people don’t have obesity issues, which is connected to more active lifestyle.

      Counting calories is not a tool by itself, number of calories intake is a reference that can for sure help anybody with overweight issues. As is well known, human body uses cca 2000 kcal to support body functions properly, which is daily intake approximation for an adult considering minimum motion. If you are on double caloric intake, consuming more food/calories than your body needs to support all its functions, you’ll gain weight. Using some knowledge about the caloric value of food is therefore welcomed and necessary if one wants to address obesity issues.

      Cutting down on intake is for sure one way to loose weight, since excessive weight is definitely connected to excessive food intake. Up to a point, such excessive and redundant energy inflow can be balanced with additional workout, but not indefinitely. So there is another reason why anyone with overweight issues should take reference to the value of their intake calories.

      Then there is an issue about the type of food itself. While carbohydrates do carry a lot of energy stored as starch (which is than broken down to monosaccharides within our intestines or i.e. glucose), you cannot avoid using anything else as cellular energy than simple sugars / glucose. So cutting down on carbs essentially means cutting down on caloric intake which is of course necessary if you want to loose some weight. Yet such cut in caloric intake can be achieved by cutting down on any other group of energy carriers, such as fat, proteins or fibers. All this implies that diet (or cutting on diet) has to be thought about, since caloric intake depends on one’s physical activity. Whatever we eat, it all enters our cells as monosaccharide or glucose, that’s our bodily process of creating energy out of any food.

      I used to visit the gym myself, spending my money foolishly on things mother nature offers for free. All you need is to hit the road and hit the floor with some pushups when you come back. With motivation and discipline being the hardest to obtain, making a habit out of exercising is the most important reason, that most efficiently changes anyone’s physical appearance.

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      • Something to consider regarding calories in/calories out is indelicate, but here it is anyway: the body will regulate the matter by allowing excess food intake to pass … need I say more about that? The function of insulin is a regulator of calorie intake … excess carbs trigger the fat storage mechanism. So the best way to diet is to enjoy fat and protein, eat until satisfied, avoid carbs and watch the pounds fall off. I am walking breathing evidence. [Also, conversion of fat cells to energy is a dynamic and fast process, taking seconds. Runners talk about “the wall” where the body is supposedly converting from carbs to fat burning … I have experienced it myself, but something else is going on there, a brief period of starvation, system out of balance, the body saying “you’re really doing this to me?”]

        For instance, assume I am a set of identical twins (there he goes again!), and I eat nothing but meat, cheese, nuts … fat and protein and maybe drink white wine. My twin, on the other hand, eats pizza, chips, cookies, drinks Coca Cola and beer. We each consume the same amount of calories. I will be svelte and my twin will be overweight, and further my twin will have health issues, possibly even diabetes, even as we consumed the same number of calories and spent the same amount if energy.

        By the way, one thing I notice while low-carbing is that the snacking impulse leaves and I don’t experience hunger pangs, often working for hours without thinking about food. Fat and protein trigger the “enough” switch, while carbs signal “more more more!” Some time at the movie theater try instead of a box of popcorn a wedge of Dubliner cheese. One will leave you wanting more.

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          • Vexman says:

            I think what we see here as an affect in regard to bacon-only diet, is excessive protein intake, which consequently gets excreted in the urine, while weight loss is actually caused by consuming body fat reserves. How else could it be explained, that he was consuming 2 pounds of bacon (2500 kcal) daily, while experiencing significant loss of weight? One would be better off eating diverse food, with intake lower than actual body’s consumption of energy, achieving same results. I as well doubt, that those 2 pounds of bacon consumed daily during the experiment represent an increase in caloric intake that guy was consuming before such experiment. If it actually does represent increase, he was already on lower value of intake and would loose some weight regardless of diet change (maybe with slower pace, but still). In other words, the guy didn’t obtain excessive weight by consuming only 2000 kcal as he suggests with the moment of change to bacon-only diet.

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          • Maarten Rossaert says:

            So … no one’s advocating a bacon-only diet. The point is that his experiment shows the problem with much of the received wisdom about diet and cholesterol and weight gain. I won’t belabor the issue; it is not germane to the gist of my post.

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        • Vexman says:

          Possibly so, you’re still associating your weight loss to carb reduction only, where it can be associated with lower caloric intake. To connect weight loss to reduction in carbs only with certainty, you’d need to experiment as well with cutting on everything else but carbs and take notes of your weight changes. I suggest you would see the same result, considering all other parameters unchanged. Which means I’d disagree with your suggested twin experiment – with all other circumstances unchanged, both twins eating same caloric value yet from different food sources/types, we should see no difference in weight between them. Health status would be an issue in long term if exaggerating with any particular type of food, in my opinion, being it sugar, fat or only fibers, you can’t get all needed chemical ingredients for proper body function from a single source/type of food. Diversity and modesty should prevail, as much as knowing your own body and source of food being consumed.

          As in that “30 days only on bacon” diet, I wonder what that guy’s blood analysis showed. I doubt such diet can provide anyone with all chemical compounds necessary for proper body function. Within 30 days nobody would be able to see effects of severely imbalanced diet, as there are some small supplies of such essentials within our body, so consequences would show gradually in time. For instance, bacon cannot possibly provide vitamin C, which is the most essential single ingredient for proper pituitary gland function, your body’s hormone factory. It is most definitely is shock for human body, as much as any similar type of monotonous diet. In long term, it would damage you irreversibly.

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          • I can only relate my personal experience, and I hope not in a contentious manner. I am not a scientist, and so if I go beyond personal experience I enter the speculation realm and my comments will end up in the “Under Review” menu. My rigorous experience consists of a book by science journalist Gary Taubes called “Good Calories Bad Calories,” at 500 pages remarkably readable, and not one suggested recipe contained therein. It is all about the science of nutrition. The name of the book suggests the content, that it does indeed matter what type of calories we consume. In 2010 I was dissatisfied with my weight and so decided to give the regimen a try. Indeed while low-carbing I do lose weight, and by coincidence I do that in the winter when I take my annual physical, and the results have been very good, blood work normal, HDL good and regular cholesterol low, resting heart rate around 70 and blood pressure in the excellent range, like 120/70 or something like that – I’d have to go look it up.

            So I don’t know how to answer your assertion that I could have achieved the same results by lowering caloric intake, as I did not count calories. I ignore that stuff on machines at the gym, and when I read a food label go straight to carbs and then sodium (bacon is very high in sodium, the good stuff anyway, causing water retention and interfering with efforts to measure how much body fat has been spent. So I tend not to eat much of it.) I know this – one trip to Old Chicago Pizza last year caused a four pound weight gain – that is sodium. American restaurants are tripping over each other for customers, and so put excess salt on everything they serve.

            Anyway, it is “low” and not “no” carbing. I simply try to limit carbs to 30-50 a day, you know, one Yoplait yogurt or one tortilla. (Also, I don’t diet in public, that is, when we are with company, I eat all that is served all the way down to cake and ice cream, and love every minute of it.)

            Regular dieting generally doesn’t work for people because they are hungry all the time and so go off the regimen. That is an important point. However, I am still invested in Taubes’ work because it worked for me. Nothing more than that.

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          • Mark, a four pound weight gain from one evening of pizza would indicate an inflammatory response caused by a food allergy, I would think. Not sure sodium could account for all of that. No telling what kind of junk is in that pizza…

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          • You could be right though I’ve never knowingly experienced an allergy. They put an unbelievable amount of salt in the sauce, and the pepperoni itself is high in content. It was gone in a couple of days – I was scale watching back then.

            By the way, as a kid, I loved the smell of Tide detergent – that is mineral deficiency, right?

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  7. Tracy says:

    Here, here! Thank you for a thought provoking post and insightful comments. It is with pleasure, an unbridled enthusiasm, and an unencumbered seeking mind that I read this website. Thank you!

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  8. bmseattle says:

    Does anyone here have an opinion on the theory that different blood types require different diets?
    My doctor (a naturopath) mentioned that blood type A have a much easier time thriving on a vegetarian/vegan diet, while O types need more animal protein.

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    • annspinwall4 says:

      I have a friend that recommended the blood type diet. I have been on it for over a year..not perfectly by any means, I still eat some items that are to be avoided…but I avoid them as much as possible. I am type A and have cut my meat consumption down a lot. I can have chicken and salmon, but am not supposed to eat beef or pork. Beef prices, being what they are, have made excluding beef from my diet much easier. I love pork, but hate pork production practices…Smithfield brand is downright evil. Anyway, I have been able to change my eating habits and eat a lot of organic salads and other organic vegetables with only a small portion of fish or chicken. The diet isn’t really for weight loss, but I have been steadily losing about 4 pounds a month and weigh less now than I have for 25 years. I am also in the process of planning an organic container garden for my patio.

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    • fm says:

      A relation between blood type – meaning ancestry – and adaption to certain nutrition is plausible. Being type A as well, I always had trouble to “stomach” fat meat, especially beef. And I do well on a diet poor in meat. And, as D’Adamo described, I am much more tolerant to virus infection than my 0 – type family members.
      However, I had been reading a lot about nutrition. As well about the Paleo diet, which is quite the opposite, at least for me – and in itself plausible as well.
      If you search, you will find dozen different diet styles/recommendations, all inconsistent with each other or even contradicting each other. I gave up recommending any diet some time ago.

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  9. Kevin Starr says:

    Henry Parsons Crowell founded Quaker Oats and was an extraordinary Christian businessman who funded many Christian initiatives, including the Moody Bible Institute, despite having to overcome a childhood deadly disease. A man hungry for the Word of God his entire life, on October 22, 1943, at the age of 82, he went to be with the Lord while riding the commuter train back to his house with a Bible in his hand…In 1888, Henry met, fell in love with and married Susan Coleman. She had a sharp business mind as well and introduced Henry to Frank Drury and his lamp stove invention. Henry and Frank formed the Cleveland Foundry Company and began producing and selling Perfection Stoves. By the end of the century, the success from this company alone made them both millionaires.

    The more money Henry gave to Christian causes, the more he prospered. In 1901, Standard Oil was accumulating large ponds of coal oil with no use for it. John D Rockefeller was introduced to the Perfection Stove and immediately, John had 3,000 new sales people selling Henry and Frank’s lamp stoves, bringing them astronomical sales. Much of the fortune Henry created from this business. went to fund church and missionary ventures.

    Henry Parsons Crowell left an indelible mark on society by bringing oatmeal to America’s breakfast table, provided new methods of marketing and merchandising that are still revolutionary by today’s standards and he advanced the Gospel with his economic and advisory to the Moody Bible Institute and the establishment of the Henry Parsons and Susan Coleman Crowell Trust.

    I beg any reader to visit http://www.crowelltrust.org and explain what it is that they do. (besides launder money).

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