I have great respect for the people who did the pioneering research and those who have stood up and pushed back against the current dietary dogma. A few of their contributions are noted in this blog. I encourage you to read further about their stories & challenges.

William Banting
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If you think Low Carb High Fat diets are a new fad, you would be off by 150+ years. In 1863, William Banting wrote a booklet called Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public which contained the particular plan for the diet he followed. It was written as an "open letter" in the form of a personal testimonial. Banting accounted all of his unsuccessful fasts, diets, spa and exercise regimes in his past, then described the dietary change which finally had worked for him, following the advice of a physician. His own diet was four meals per day, consisting of meat, greens, fruits, and dry wine. The emphasis was on avoiding sugar, saccharine matter, starch, beer, milk and butter (the only part he got wrong was butter!). Banting’s pamphlet was popular for years to come, and would be used as a model for modern diets.

John Yudkin
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John Yudkin was a British physiologist and nutritionist who in 1972 published the book "Pure White and Deadly" which accurately identified sugar (not fat) as the main cause of metabolic disease (obesity, diabetes, liver disease etc). Yudkins research was very threatening to the sugar and processed food business such that they went on the attack to discredit him.

Weston A Price
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Weston A. Price was born in Canada in 1870 and practised dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio. He was known primarily for his theories on the relationship between nutrition, dental health, and physical health. He founded the research institute National Dental Association, which became the research section of the American Dental Association, and was the NDA's chairman from 1914 to 1928. His seminal work Nutrition and Physical Degeneration: A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects details his observations of the (much superior) diets of primitive people (eating their traditional diet) vs their recently westernized clan who took up eating the processed foods of the colonizers from European descent. Check out the Price-Pottenger video clip that details some of his research along with nutrition studies done by Francis Pottenger.

Dr. Stephen Phinney
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Dr Stephen Phinney is a physician-scientist who has spent 35 years studying diet, exercise, fatty acids, and inflammation. He has held academic positions at the Universities of Vermont, Minnesota, and California at Davis, as well as leadership positions at Monsanto, Galileo Laboratories, and Efficas. Dr. Phinney has published over 70 papers and several patents. He received his MD from Stanford University, his PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from MIT, and post-doctoral training at the University of Vermont and Harvard. Dr Phinney's partnership with Dr Jeff Volek has resulted in much of our modern day research into low carb living. Check out their website & books at www.artandscienceoflowcarb.com

Dr. Mary Enig
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Dr Mary Enig 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. Along with Sally Fallon, Enig co-founded the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) in 1999. Her book, Eat Fat Lose Fat (available at most bookstores & Amazon/iTunes) is a must read. Check out Mary's seminar "The Oiling of America" on YouTube as presented by her associate Sally Fallon (President of Weston A Price).

Gary Taubes
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Award winning science journalist, Gary Taubes book "Why We Get Fat" is one of the better researched resources on the subject of modern day weight gain in our population. His recently published "The Case Against Sugar" follows nearly 6 years of investigative research.

Taubes is also prominent in the LCHF lecture circuit (click for his speech to a group at Santa Cruz, California). Check out this YouTube interview of Gary talking with Andreas Eenfeldt (Diet Doctor).

Dr. David Perlmutter

Dr. David Perlmutter is a highly accredited Neurologist and Professor (University of Miami School of Medicine). His book "Grain Brain" (if you only read 1 book on the general subject of how nutrition effects our wellbeing, make it this book) and followup book "Brain Maker" have advanced our knowledge of the links of diet to the brain and general nervous system. I suggest you also view Dr. Perlmutter's interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola touches on the emerging field of our gut microbiome with regard to proper nourishment of our gut microbes with prebiotic and probiotic foods. Check out Dr Perlmutter's Huffington Post article on Nuturing Your Gut Bacteria.

Nina Teicholz
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Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fats is wrong. In her NY Times best seller 2014 book: "The Big Fat Surprise" (check out the reviews),
Nina documents how the past sixty years of low-fat nutrition advice has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.

Dr. Donald W. Miller M.D.

Donald W. Miller is a Professor of Cardiac Surgery (University of Washington). He previously believed that dietary fat was the problem behind heart disease, but no longer does he hold that belief. His presentation (at a doctors conference) on the health benefits of saturated fats can be viewed here.

Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg
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Nobel Laureate Otto Heinrich Warburg discovered in the early part of the 20th century that cancer is most often caused by a metabolic disfunction, not genetic mutations as has been the prevailing hypothesis for the last 75 years. Genome mapping research over the past 15 or so years has confirmed that cancerous gene mutations are a secondary symptom of metabolic conditions that lead to many cancers. As cancer was relatively rare before 1900, it is looking more and more that the real enemy is the Modern Western Diet (mostly processed carbohydrates, sugars & seed oils) that over time leads to mitochondrial disfunction (damaged & reduced numbers of mitochondria in our bodies cells) forcing the energy system in our bodies cells to shift into the mode of glucose fermentation in cancerous cells (much less efficient than oxidizing glucose or better yet ketones/fat) as a desperation attempt for our bodies cells to survive. More information on the brilliant work of Otto Warburg in the Dr Mercola interview with Travis Cristofferson


On The Lighter Side…..
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