Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like the Perfect Health Diet a lot.
Griff's cholesterol primer
Selecting: I don't mind it too much when someone is ignorant about something and they admit it -- but to be this ignorant and so strongly opinionated is insanity.
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
bloodorchid is always right
"Anyone providing “education” regarding what it is you need to be healthy who comes from a mainstream perspective will either directly or indirectly be furthering the financial interests of various multinational corporations, mainstream medicine and/or pharmaceutical companies. This is not paranoia or cynicism…it is reality."
"Medical doctors—although often well-meaning– may be the singularly least qualified persons to offer nutritional recommendations. ... hospitals are profit-oriented institutions…and the advice you get there may not be in your own best interest ... The same may unfortunately be said for many “natural health care providers” that are often as beholding to the interests of neutraceutical companies as allopathic physicians are beholding to drug companies. ... Conventional nutritionists and dieticians ... are bound to the dictates of the unfounded and enormously unscientific USDA Food Pyramid. However well-meaning, these folks have been “indoctrinated” and fully trained by a complex, very corporate-driven system determined to retain considerable political and economic power. Finally, the media on nearly all fronts are utterly bound by the interests of their advertisers"
So she went down the list and declared that no one -- NO ONE AT ALL -- is to be trusted. That's generally the first step of a cult indoctrination -- everyone, literally everyone lies to you, only I tell you the truth...
Well, Nora, taking your advice to heart -- why should I trust *you*, then?
About that trans-fat in the single serving of fries. Lessee, one serving of McDonalds fries contains ...oops. No trans fats at all (Nutrition Facts and Analysis for McDonald's side order: French Fries). Maybe Wendy's? Nope, nothing. Burger King? Oh, finally, here are some. 4.7g of total trans fats per a medium order of fries. Cool. Now, I don't think trans fats are heavy metals, they don't bioaccumulate. So I'm racking my imagination for a plausible biological mechanism that would allow the ingestion of 5g of trans fats to cause "chaotic effects" in my body one year after I ate those fries. Could you help?
About MSG, well, she's just repeating stupid things. I'm too lazy to go into details, but (1) Japan; (2) Glutamates are widespread (meat, fish, eggs, etc.) and your blood has some, always; (3) People actually ran double-blind placebo-controlled studies and found the effect of MSG to be... zilch.
About humans being a creature of the Ice Age, it's silly. Look at the rate of genetic drift and look at how long did the Ice Age (technically it's called a glacial) last. Don't forget that Nora herself says "All of us ... are 99.99% identical to humans living 40,000 to 100,000 years ago" -- so what about humans who lived before the Ice Age (say, 150,000 years ago), are we not 99.99% identical to them, too?
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She is basically saying that Nora only has "certifications" and not official university "degrees" in the areas in which she practices. Given how much "real" MDs are really taught about nutrition, I don't consider that to be a problem. And Nora never represents her education as anything other than what it is.
Evelyn's other rant was about an area in which she and Nora disagree but Evelyn just claims she's right, Nora's wrong and that's all there is to it. I guess that's the point of having your own blog. You get to be like that if you want.
As to Nora's work being in need of more citations, this is something she herself has acknowledged and has done a lot to correct in the recently released updated version of her book. That's feedback she took to heart and appreciated.
Evelyn is just ranting because that's what Evelyn does regarding anything involving lower carbs.
Oxidized lipoproteins...oh goodness.
Americans are really obsessed with "science".
Okay so, McDs got PC and went trans fat free. And she never said 5 grams cause chaotic effects. Only that ingested transfat is very difficult for the body to get rid of being an unnatural substance and that the effects of transfats are "chaotic". Look into her work on neurofeedback. It is nothing short of amazing what she has been able to do with a combination of diet and neurofeedback for clients suffering from everyhting from ADHD to autism, to epilepsy. When she uses the term "chaotic" she is using it in this context.
MSG is a known neurotoxin which is known to cause migraines. My neurologist (who has a "real" MD) also told me to avoid it like the plague due to my epilepsy.
And if you want more info about the ice age evolution, I suggest you spring for a copy of her book. It's all in there complete with charts, graphs, and lot of citations.
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"A single serving of trans-fat in French fries or chips may take up to two years for one’s body to fully eliminate, and its biological effects on your system in the meantime are chaotic..."
I feel she's perfectly clear. It's nonsense, of course, but that's truly, actually what she wrote.
And why isn't Japan the nation of brain-dead zombies by now?
To relate a known anecdote,
One woman wrote to Walter Hines Page: "Sir: You sent back last week a story of mine. I know that you did not read the story, for as a test I had pasted together page 18, 19, and 20, and the story came back with these pages still pasted; and so I know you are a fraud and turn down stories without reading them." Page answered, "Madame: At breakfast when I open an egg I don't have to eat the whole egg to discover it is bad."
They can not be trusted because they either have a financial motive (e.g. agribusiness running govt. orgs such as USDA) or because they are ill informed such as the minimal time spent on nutrition by MDs. That's not alarmism. That's reality.
on MSG from Livestong:
MSG is a well-known compound in research circles used to fatten up rats for experimentation, because it dramatically increases insulin production. According to "Contemporary Nutrition," the food additive industry readily admits that MSG has addictive properties and can cause people to gain weight, but they justify its use by claiming that this can be beneficial to elderly persons who are sometimes malnourished. Glutamate, the main component of MSG, is the primary excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, and it has been linked to neurological symptoms when taken in excess.
Neurotransmitters, such as glutamate, are important for chemical communication in the brain, where they are very carefully balanced and managed. Excessive quantities of a neurotransmitter, however, can cause it to become an excitotoxin, a substance that over-excites cells to the point of damage. According to an article published in a 2001 issue of "Archives of Neurology," when the balance of glutamate is upset this substance can become neurotoxic, leading to enzymatic cascades resulting in cell death. Neurological conditions that some researchers claim may be associated with MSG include migraines, seizures, autism, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, Alzheimer's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease."
Neurological Effect Of Monosodium Glutamate | LIVESTRONG.COM
When Nora uses the word "chaotic", she is speaking in the neurological sense and speaking from experience. And is anybody here arguing that transfats are good for you? No. She is just presenting one of the reasons (the neurological angle) why they are bad. Given that the brain is mostly composed of fat, I would think it would be perfectly possible for that to be a place where the fake trans fats might accumulate and do a lot of harm.
You're entitled to be closed mined if you choose to be, but, IMO, it's your loss.
Okay, where do we find glutamate except in that devils-spawn MSG? Why, a quick look at Wikipedia tells us that "All meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, and kombu are excellent sources of glutamic acid."