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Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part Two

So here we are again, a summary of what I have found about diet and health over the last 15 months as I searched for the Holy Grail of a cure for my Type II Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

I am posting information and links to authors of note and to books and information sources I have found helpful in my quest. Your mileage may vary but my personal over all goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough.

Very secondarily is weight loss, which for me means gradual weight loss which is sustainable over the long term because of committed lifestyle choices.  Next up is the area of Fats and current National Government Food Guide misdirection.

Dr. Enig

Dr. Enig, Own work by FrummerThanThou (Processed and transferred by Ukexpat)

Mary Gertrude Enig (née Dracon; July 13, 1931 – September 8, 2014) was a nutritionist and researcher known for her unconventional positions on the role saturated fats play in diet and health.

She promoted skepticism towards the widely held view in the scientific and medical communities that diets high in saturated fats can contribute to development of heart disease, while she advocated for a diet based on whole foods and rich in certain saturated fats.

Her book “Know Your Fats: A Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils, and Cholesterol” is a landmark in the world of nutritional information.

Mary Enig is perhaps the world’s foremost expert on fats, and Know Your Fats sets straight many of the misconceptions and mistakes commonly presented about the fat we eat. Here is the “go to” book for everything fat related.

No other component of our diet is so misunderstood. We buy awful-tasting low-fat and fat-free products under the guise that less fat in our diets means a slimmer, healthier body.

Big Pharmaceutical companies churn out cholesterol-lowering and fat-blocking drugs that interfere with our body’s functions. One study showed that a quarter of non-college educated adults believe we should completely eliminate fat from our diets.

That’s why we need books like Know Your Fats. Everyone, regardless of their interest in nutrition or biochemistry, needs a solid understanding about lipids.

This isn’t beach reading. You won’t carry Know Your Fats on your next Hawaiian cruise. It’s serious, technical stuff, even if Enig explains things lucidly and concisely. I don’t know if a book about lipids can be “fun,” and Enig doesn’t try (save for one particular amusing bit about CLA). Hard but definitely accessible material.

Another doctor I believe is on the right track is Dr. Bert Herring. Originally destined for the surgical suite, Bert’s experiences in the Marine Corps changed his outlook on medicine and the realities of global problems. After working at the National Institute of Health with a focus on cancer treatments, Bert found time to study global obesity.

The outcome of this research sparked the Fast-5 weight-loss tool, which has helped thousands of people overcome obesity. It’s a way of eating that is consistent with a lifestyle emphasizing simplicity and value—two virtues that are conspicuously absent in America’s booming weight-loss industry.

In 2005, Dr. Bert showed the world a way to maintain practical, sustainable intermittent fasting with his first book, The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle. In his latest book, AC: The Power of Appetite Correction, he’s added over a dozen tools—all sustainable lifestyle options—to help you achieve appetite correction and fat loss without calorie counting or food restrictions.

With a diverse range of experience, from the no-nonsense world of the US Marines infantry to cutting-edge cancer research at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Bert maintains a strong sense of practicality and respect for real life.

“Life is for the living,” he says. “The way you eat has to be compatible with a life of spontaneity, fun and variety. Losing fat is almost impossible if you’re working against your body, rather than with it.”

Simplicity and value … that is really what it is all about. One unexpected benefit of our family diet is the dramatic reduction in food costs and the equally dramatic reduction in the time spent planing, shopping, preparing, cooking, eating, and cleanup. The savings are in the order of several hundred dollars a month in food costs and several hours per day which we no longer have to spend on the whole eating thing.

Canada Food GuideLastly, why have over 300 medical practitioners in Canada now signed on to a petition to health Canada to change the Canada Food Guide. These are highly intelligent, highly trained, highly professional medical practitioners. Why would they be willing to put their careers on the line to push government regulators to change the guidelines.

Is it really likely that they have all entered into some delusional episode brought on by eating too much fat and not enough carbs, or is it more likely that they are onto something important and are willing to push the truth at the risk of their professional careers.

Seriously, ask yourself what you could do with $500 to $800 a month in food and drug savings and an extra 4 or 5 hours in your day? Seriously!

Think about it!  $9000.00 dollars a year and 1500 hours a year. Couple that with vastly improved health, including complete cures for obesity, and type 2 diabetes,dramatic improvements in cardio vascular disease incidents and outcomes and cancer incidence and outcomes.  Isn’t something like that worth investigating.

More to follow in part three.