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THE WAY FORWARD – FASTING AND KETOSIS

For 2500 years, physicians have used fasting as a means to find the way back to health, by a simple and inexpensive manner in which one could actually heal themselves from virtually any of the modern diseases that have plagued man, since the dawn of civilization. For me, it’s easy to see the correlation of the emergence of modern diseases with the gradual increase of consumption of einkorn wheat, the precursor to our modern strains of wheat. From Emmer (one of the first domesticated strains) and Durum Semolina which is little higher in gluten yet, it’s still considered a weak wheat. (The wheat doesn’t rise as well as it holds the dough together to hold the pasta shape.) Winter Red, spelt and other bread wheats or common wheats that are higher in gluten have been used for bread for thousands of years because it rises better. Today’s forms of highly modified wheat act nothing like the strains from thousands of years ago as today’s  highly domesticated strains of wheat cannot survive in the wild. That’s according to Wikipedia and that’s due to their inability to disperse their seeds. Monsanto has made certain of that through their genetic modifying to create ender seeds that won’t pollinate so a farmer has no seed for next year’s crop forcing them to buy GMO seed from Monsanto. (GMO by itself is not dangerous. It’s what the modifying allows the farmer to do that makes it dangerous and that’s to spray it with Roundup. Their seed is genetically modified to handle applications of the glyphosate herbicide.) This is the wheat that Monsanto is forcing their farmers to grow for your cereal, bread and snacks. The same exists in the cornfields as well, contaminating every corn chip that you eat. (When was the last time you ate Mexican food?)

But we’re talking about wheat right now which was originally cultivated in the Fertile Crescent 10,000 years ago, approximately the same time that modern disease started showing up in the bones of the remains of the people. This is a clear indication of the glycation that wheat was responsible for even then, even as slow as the einkorn wheat is to digest (which slows the progression of glycation). The glycation existed then as it does now, only it took it much longer to manifest. Today, it manifests itself immediately (as soon as it touches your tongue) and this is due to the fast dissolving gluten flour that’s used for bread and pastries as well as pasta and cereal. It just glycates more now as the grain has changed immensely in the last 10,000 years. As these foods increased in prevalence in our diet, the rates of disease increased, as it’s these grains that have always generated disease. They generate it so slowly that it’s never noticed until it’s too late or you stop eating it. This is the value of fasting and why fasting is so important to the health of anyone on this type of carbohydrate diet.

This is why fasting has always cured disease. 98% of all disease is a direct result of our diet. With that being said, it’s easy to see why removing everything damaging from our diet is going to heal the damage caused by keeping those foods in the diet. Fasting produces such good results it’s been the subject of over 20,000 studies on PMC in the NLM at the NIH. (PMC has reports from across the world. Pubmed has 590 reports from studies done in the US alone.) It’s that important, yet what has your doctor shared with you about this life-saving course of intervention? Your doctor comes into your appointed meeting with his/her prescription tablet in hand ready to prescribe pharmaceuticals. (Now it’s a laptop that affords them more latitude in their diagnosis. I sometimes see a primary care physician who still carries a prescription pad with him everywhere he goes, but then he has drug reps going in and out of his office all the time, so to speak.) Their whole intent is to prescribe drugs for your ailments, which are more than likely caused by the ingestion of grain foods. Prescribing drugs is the way they’re trained to treat patients, not with recommendations for diet. (Monsanto wouldn’t allow that to take place as they have far more control over your life than what you could ever believe.)

That’s exactly why fasting is so healthy. It removes the worst of the toxins in our bodies that are built up from the diets of bread, wheat and grain-based products, and doesn’t put more toxins back in with the prescribed drugs. Those grain products also happen to be the most addictive, which is what makes them the hardest to give up. The addictive nature of sugar, at its worst, is displayed in this manner (when it drives pharmaceuticals). When one fasts, they give up the sugars that are doing all the glycating and it’s this glycation that is at the root of all disease and this is why going without food is so healthy.

It also sets your body up for future health by resetting the hormonal structure in your body. This is mostly the result of your hormones transitioning to a starvation mode of survival, where the Ghrelin your stomach releases, sends this growth hormone throughout your body allowing them to do their magic in repairing damage and extending cell life where cell death took place before. (This is directly due to the carbohydrate influence in the diet, creating glycation.) It’s the elimination of glycation that initially brings back a resemblance of health but that’s not what brings future health. It’s the breaking of an addiction. This addiction is built into our society so much, It starts in our prenatal body and continues through the first year of life and then on. (This is due to the prevalence of sugar and high fructose corn syrup in baby foods, formula and infant medicines.) The prenatal starts with mama diet before you’re born, if your mother ate carbs, you got them before you were born. But that only explains why you’re dependent. It doesn’t explain how to break the dependence. That’s with fasting and the keto diet, or ketogenic diet (the diet our ancestors were on ever since our existence). The keto involves fasting as part of the diet, making it much easier to maintain. (There’s no hunger.) Fasting does that by sending your body into ketosis.

According to Wikipedia; in the early 20th century around 1911; Bernarr Macfadden, an American exponent of physical culture, popularized the use of fasting to restore health. His disciple, the osteopathic physician Hugh Conklin, of Battle Creek, Michigan, began to treat his epilepsy patients by recommending fasting.  Conklin conjectured that epileptic seizures were caused when a toxin, secreted from the Peyer’s patches in the intestines, was discharged into the bloodstream. Conklin’s fasting therapy was adopted by neurologists in mainstream practice. In 1916, a Dr. McMurray wrote to the New York Medical Journal claiming to have successfully treated epilepsy patients with a fast, followed by a starch- and sugar-free diet, since 1912. In 1921, prominent endocrinologist H. Rawle Geyelin reported his experiences to the American Medical Association convention. He had seen Conklin’s success first-hand and had attempted to reproduce the results in 36 of his own patients. He achieved similar results despite only having studied the patients for a short time. He reported that three water-soluble compounds, β-hydroxybutyrateacetoacetate and acetone (known collectively as ketone bodies), were produced by the liver in otherwise healthy people when they were starved or if they consumed a very low-carbohydrate high-fat diet.

With fasting being able to eliminate so many disorders, a path was sought to bring this form of healing to the mainstream by creating a diet to encourage fasting. Thus the ketogenic diet was born in 1921 through the efforts of Russel Wilder. According to Wikipedia, Russel Wilder, at the Mayo Clinic, built on this research and coined the term ketogenic diet to describe a diet that produced a high level of ketone bodies in the blood (ketonemia) through an excess of fat and lack of carbohydrate.

Fasting is the quickest manner in which to allow your body to go into ketosis, yet it may not be the easiest. Although on second thought, being the quickest way may make it the easiest. I went through two weeks of withdrawal because I couldn’t give up all foods I loved to eat all at once, to allow my body to go into ketosis in a few days. I could have avoided 10 days of want by fasting and only want something to eat for a few days, as what happens when you fast for a minimum of 3 days. A longer fast is more beneficial but the three days allows your body to respond by going into ketosis which is a fat burning mode. It’s this fat burning mode that forces your body to make its own glucose, which is a much cleaner glucose than you get from the sugar you eat, as it’s a clean glucose made from your own glycogen or fat storage. Getting into ketosis quicker could allow you to start your fat burning diet, but continuing some carbs will only make the withdrawal more difficult as it may drop your body back out of ketosis. This was my problem and why my transition took so long. (Thankfully, they’ll be no next time.)

Ketosis refers to acids in the body that are derived and used while in a state of low glucose in the blood. Because my body has been in a state of ketosis for the last 3 years, I feel qualified to speak about this lifestyle. I call it a lifestyle because it really is. It’s a lifestyle completely different from the lifestyle of a carboholic. Carboholics require food every other hour or so, it’s the law of glucose consumption, appetite follows glucose levels in the blood. It’s that simple, blood sugar levels rise and satiety sets in, releasing hormones controlling feel-good emotions influencing behavior, sometimes unrecognizable behavior. But, that usually happens when the blood sugars fall again after a couple hours releasing hormones of hunger, need and want. These hormones are completely different than the satiety hormones and have a much different effect on the body.

This is where carboholics do not have the advantage that ketonemiacs have. Ketonemiacs (those who have allowed their bodies to go into a state of ketosis) aren’t controlled by their hormones, so they don’t have to follow any hunger cycle. They’re in full control of their hormones. This also means that they’re in more control of their emotions because of that. I know that it doesn’t sound like it’s that big of a deal, but it’s more important than you ever could imagine.

First, let’s look at the state of ketosis, as explained in Wikipedia;

Ketosis is a metabolic state in which most of the body’s energy supply comes from ketone bodies in the blood, in contrast to a state of glycolysis in which blood glucose provides most of the energy. Ketosis is similar to a condition called ketoacidosis, in that both cause a side effect known to laypeople as acetone breath.”

“Longer-term ketosis may result from fasting or staying on a low-carbohydrate diet, and deliberately induced ketosis serves as a medical intervention for various conditions, such as intractable epilepsy, and the various types of diabetes. In glycolysis, higher levels of insulin promote storage of body fat and block the release of fat from adipose tissues, while in ketosis, fat reserves are readily released and consumed. For this reason, ketosis is sometimes referred to as the body’s “fat burning” mode.”

Even bodybuilders have recognized ketonemia as being the most beneficial state to keep their body in as it’s in this state where they produce more growth hormones because of the amount of Ghrelin their stomachs release to enable them to grow their muscles bigger without the carbs.

It used to be one of the biggest problems, being in a state of ketosis is often confused with ketoacidosis, which has nothing to do with being in a state of nutritional ketosis. Ketoacidosis is a state of extreme ketosis that can only happen to type 1 diabetics because their pancreas is incapable of secreting enough insulin to handle even a large amount of glucose in the system. Because of this the liver of type 1 diabetics secretes more ketones than what the body needs to operate.  Again Wikipedia says on the subject of ketosis;

“Ketosis is deliberately induced by use of a ketogenic diet as a medical intervention in cases of intractable epilepsy. Other uses of low-carbohydrate diets remain controversial.[15][16] Induced ketosis or low-carbohydrate diet terms have very wide interpretation. Therefore, Stephen S. Phinney and Jeff S. Volek coined the term “nutritional ketosis” to avoid the confusion.[17]Although I appreciate ketosis as being a “fat burning mode”, it’s the other benefits that I appreciate more. Benefits like less pain, no headaches, no stomachaches, far more energy than what I’ve ever had, ability to get more work done, as I don’t have to stop all the time to eat and although I do eat at my desk, I’m usually at my desk 16-18 hours out of the day, except on therapy days. I take 3 hours, 3 days a week for therapy. My therapy is exercise. My brain needs it, but my body benefits.”

Ketoacidosis is a metabolic state associated with high concentrations of ketone bodies, formed by the breakdown of fatty acids and the deamination of amino acids. Ketoacidosis is most common in untreated type 1 diabetes mellitus, when the liver breaks down fat and proteins in response to a perceived need for respiratory substrate. Prolonged alcoholism may lead to alcoholic ketoacidosis. “

“In diabetic ketoacidosis, a high concentration of ketone bodies is usually accompanied by insulin deficiency, hyperglycemia, and dehydration. Particularly in type 1 diabetics the lack of insulin in the bloodstream prevents glucose absorption, thereby inhibiting the production of oxaloacetate (a crucial precursor to the β-oxidation of fatty acids) through reduced levels of pyruvate (a byproduct of glycolysis), and can cause unchecked ketone body production (through fatty acid metabolism) potentially leading to dangerous glucose and ketone levels in the blood. Hyperglycemia results in glucose overloading the kidneys and spilling into the urine (transport maximum for glucose is exceeded). Dehydration results following the osmotic movement of water into urine. (Osmotic diuresis), exacerbates the acidosis.”

“I bring this up to make the point that nutritional ketosis is not ketoacidosis. It’s far from it. According to Wikipedia again, “Normal serum reference ranges for ketone bodies are 0.5–3.0 mg/dL, equivalent to 0.05–0.29 mmol/L.[23]” In ketosis, the levels range from 3 – 6 mg/dL. Ketoacidosis requires a level of 15 – 25 mg/dL, more the three times needed for ketosis, making it virtually impossible for anyone to into ketoacidosis if you’re not a type 1 diabetic. Type 1 diabetics are required to make sure their bodies don’t produce many ketones because of the risk of ketoacidosis”.

According to PMC’s report on Calorie Restriction (CR) or fasting, submitted; July 2010; Nevertheless, ongoing research continues to draw a more complete picture of CR at the molecular level, which may ultimately allow for the development of therapeutics that might be able to confer at least some of the health benefits of this dietary regimen.

Remaining in a state of ketosis, on the other hand, has allowed my body to regain that which was lost 31 years ago in a car accident that left me severely disabled because of a severe closed head injury, (It was the two strokes that were the most devastating.)

It’s become evident to me since I’ve been carb free and in a state of ketonemia or ketosis, how much our society is addicted to this drug (sugar/glucose/fructose) that does little more than to lead those who eat it to further drug use. Our food industrial complex sees to that by their advertising. I’m convinced it’s because they’re associated with the pharmaceutical industry. They used to be merged into one corporation that controlled the seed supply for the farmers as well as the pharmaceuticals that treated to pain and discomfort brought on by the products grown by the crop seed sold to the farmer to supply the grains for the snack foods everyone everywhere loves to eat.

The unfortunate result of this love affair with those snack and comfort foods is what this diet brings, as its cost of this pleasure. The price to be paid is in the discomfort that this food brings to all those who eat it, regardless of how much they eat. The food industry (Monsanto in particular) has a fortune invested in keeping you eating this deadly food. They’ve built an industry just to treat diabetes, with all the glucose meters and pumps out there, just so addicts can get their next fix. The trouble this industry goes to just to keep their addicts happy. I know now. I didn’t 4 years ago when I was an addict.

The less an addict consumes at each, sitting dictates how much damage it’s going to do, but it’s going to do damage. There is no way to avoid it. That’s the way our digestion and metabolism works. That’s why this addiction is by far, the worst addiction our society has to deal with. This addiction leads to every other addiction that we’re actively fighting, including alcoholism, heroin and tobacco and even gambling. Yes, even gambling, as gambling is driven by the hunger cycle which is one of the biggest underlying influences of a carbohydrate diet. Hunger in this diet drives absolutely everything, even breathing, and because of that, eventually drugs.

This is a cycle that I don’t need. As a matter of fact, it’s the last thing I need. The biggest reason I refuse to take any of these drugs anymore is that all of them carry side effects, some major, some minor. Whether the side effects are major or minor, I don’t want to experience any of them, anymore. I’ve had my fill of side effects, especially the ones that make my health worse, which is where most of these side effects should be classified. After living for twenty years needing to take massive amounts of opioids for my chronic severe pain, diuretics for my high blood pressure, anti-depressants for the pain, and living with the side effects of not only the opioids, but every other drug they had me on, all twelve of them, I got fed up with it. I wasn’t going to take it anymore as I just couldn’t afford it. And I was only up to twelve medications. I have a friend who’s on this diet, who’s lowered his needs to thirteen daily medications from twenty-three. How many meds do you take every day? How many would you like to do without, if your health would allow? This is where fasting needs to replace doping. A change in diet will go much further than any drug and the cure lasts longer than any treatment.

I live by the theory that if the meds aren’t needed in the first place, my health is going to be that much better. That is why I removed everything from my diet that I could, that is responsible for these horrendous diseases, requiring the need for these medications. By fasting, one can reach this healing state much quicker than I did, just by cutting my bread. Where it took me two weeks to get into full ketosis, by fasting I could have jump-started the state by starving my body, then gone on from there with my ketogenic diet to keep my body in this healing state. This is the advantage of fasting, it not only starts the healing from the beginning by putting your body in a starvation mode, it allows you to stay in that mode for the rest of your life. That one little option in itself is what’s going to extend your life beyond 100 years. I can see where ultimately man will be able to extend its lifespan to over 150 years old. !00 years from now, when all mankind is on a ketogenic or paleo diet again, I can see the oldest people in the world living into their 180’s, doubling today’s average lifespan.

This can be easily obtained simply by allowing our bodies to heal themselves and not keep depending on drugs for the perception of healing, which ultimately brings nothing but more drug use, which ultimately is what ruins the liver and kidneys leading to all the cancers and disorders of the hepatic and renal systems. It’s this drug dependence that driven by another dependence that we’ve all been born into. I hope that you’re beginning to see how our drug addictions are driven by one thread that drives all modern diseases along with it.  That one thread is what ties 100% of all cancers, 98% of all heart diseases, and 99.9 % of all dementia, all arthritis, all headaches, and almost all stomachaches together is one substance that can be removed from the diet without any severe side effects. I shouldn’t need to tell you what that substance is by now. You should know. You eat it every day. You live with the effects of addiction. Pain always comes with addiction. (That’s what makes breaking the addiction rewarding, limiting the pain cycle. Oh what sweet bliss!)

The idea then is to limit to minuscule amounts, the foods that make up these addictive substances. You should know by now what these foods are, you eat them every morning, either in your coffee as creamer, in the toast you have, or the cereal you consume. You have it every lunch with your sandwich or burrito and with every dinner with your rolls. I have known several families that would just put a plate of bread on the table every evening. This is the display of addiction, a full out need to satisfy the taste buds by dumping more and more sugar in the body, usually in the form of starchy carbs. I’ve also noticed that in those houses that served bread there was always beer cans in the garbage indicating another addiction. If you remove one addiction from our society, you remove all addictions, as this addiction to sugar and carbs is the foundation of all other addictions as they are all based on a hunger cycle which is the result of an addiction to sugar. Does that make it the root of all evil?

I hope that you can see now that it’s this addiction to sugar and carbs that are driving the pharmaceutical industry, and that both industries are driven by the same people who have a major influence in the offices of the agencies that are supposed to regulate this industry, the FDA and the USDA. With that kind of influence, there’s only one way to fight it and that’s to not buy into it. To not buy into it does require a diet of grain abstinence, though. That requires breaking the addiction and moving to as, ketogenic of a diet, as possible. The easiest manner to do this is to do a strict three day, water only fast. The longer you can do it the better, but it must be at least 3 days with absolutely no food. (That’s why it’s important to check with your doctor first).

All of the consumption of the grain industry’s products is what’s driving the pharmaceutical industry today, tomorrow, next year, and for the next 500 and beyond. If we don’t put an end to this now, our society is doomed to suffer the consequences of a carbohydrate addiction that no one is responsible for. The greed of the grain industry combined with the ambition of the pharmaceutical industry has made us all carboholic slaves to the desires these industries. It’s these industries that are rewarding from the most, from this arrangement. For me, it’s scary, how much power we’ve given these industries, simply because we listen to their advertising. We’ve also let them take over the regulating agency that’s supposed to control this industry. Because our health depends on it, we can’t allow Monsanto to dictate how there are going to poison our food, so they can bolster the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.

Not knowing what you put in your body can cost you your life. It is costing you your life if you eat carbs. Those who listen to the advertising and are influenced by it, fall prey to that influence and become their slaves for life or until they quit consuming the grains. There’s very little different than that of alcoholism except that it’s pretty much forced upon us, in our baby food. Feed your babies on your own milk, if you want them to be healthy.

I know what you’re thinking right now, what are all the foods involved in this addiction? The list is enormous and that’s why this is such a dangerous addiction. This industry has virtually forced us to celebrate this addiction. It involves every one of our holidays, with the holiday season being the worst. Every celebration involves some form of sugar. From the Sugar Bowl to the Tostido’s Fiesta Bowl, our celebration is never-ending. Just after the “holiday season” comes Valentine’s Day barely a month later. Then, comes Easter and spring break. Are you beginning to understand why this addiction is our worst? With all the celebrating we need to keep this addiction, how do you change tradition without changing the world? The quickest way that I know is to organize an international health weekend, for 3 days, where everyone goes keto to heal their diseases and give their bodies a chance to go into ketosis, the ever healing state of metabolism.

The nicest advantage of this diet is the amount of control it gives you over your own emotions. You may think that you control your emotions right now, but I can tell you with full confidence, if you’re on a carb diet, you have no control over your emotions. They’re completely controlled by what you eat because what you eat controls your hunger cycle and it’s your hunger cycle that drives every other cycle your body goes through. Since your hunger cycle is controlled by your hormones (mostly leptin and ghrelin), it’s these hormones that are controlling your emotions. You know this every time you crave that bagel or biscotti. Once you bite into it, your saliva starts digesting that instantly gratifying food to give you that aww feeling, that instantly hits your brain, even before you can swallow it. This is your first sign of addiction and dependence that only gives you the perception that you have control of your own emotions. It’s this cycle that is in full control of your emotions. As much as you try to control them, too often they have a tendency to slip out of your control and back into theirs.

Anyone who can’t control their emotions entirely by themselves is a slave to their own hormones. This makes every carboholic a slave to their emotions and therefore a slave to these industries. This displays the dependence of the hunger cycle and the carb diet that drives that hunger cycle. You may not classify these as emotions, but I submit that they actually are. Satiety is defined as the state of being satisfied. If that is not an emotion, as it expresses feelings of calmness and security, I don’t know what is. Hunger, on the other hand, is defined as a strong desire. Is not that an emotion? These emotions are controlled by both leptin and ghrelin, which ultimately are controlled by the grain industry, more than anything else. This is the ruse I refuse to take part in. I can’t afford this trap anymore. The only way out for our society is to break the hold of this industry, to let them know that we’re not going to stand for this kind of abuse. To go ketogenic in your diet is the best way you can get yourself to everlasting health.

With emotions being controlled by our hormonal balance like this, it’s easy to see how carbs could influence that balance. For this to not have an effect on our behavior is beyond comprehension. It has to. When you combine the drive of an addiction (which is what we’re talking about) with the advertisements promoting that addiction, how can it not have an effect on our health and ultimately our society? That is why I make the statement that this cycle has to change. If it doesn’t cease, our health as a society will never get better. There’s never been a better time for a cure, and that cure is a ketogenic diet, not only for each and everybody to be as healthy as possible, but also to regain the health of our whole society. Can you imagine a world where everyone not only controls their own emotions but they’re in control of their emotions? (That includes reactions.)

Let’s go back to addiction, though, for you may still not consider this an addiction. I understand that few caught in an addiction can recognize that addiction when they’re feeding it because the addiction has ways of hiding itself. You can ask anyone who has to have at least one beer a day. They’re not addicted to their beer, as far as they’re concerned, yet they have to have it. And often they don’t even drink more than just one. But they still have to have that one. That is what makes it an addiction. The body can and does live much better without beer, so it’s not a substance the body requires to survive. Yet the beer drinker needs that daily beer to satisfy their addiction. To go without, many times causes more problems because of the work your hormones are doing on your emotions and worse yet your actions by controlling how receptors work in your brain. That makes it a natural thing that you need to do, and not an addiction, to appease that desire to drink the beer. This is how addiction works and it happens to carboholics too. I know I am a carboholic. The desire for sweets is still with me. It’s a last refuge of my addiction. It’s something that I get to fight for the rest of my life.

The fact of the matter is, if you were fed baby food, you’ve been fed carbs, on the premise that this food is healthy to eat. Actually, you’ve been sold that this is the only healthy food to eat. Fault has been found in every other type of nutrition except grains until recent history. For more than 60 years, we’ve been told to eat grains. Thirty years ago, they said whole grains are healthy. They still say, ”whole grains are healthy”, yet according to all the studies I’ve seen out of the hundreds I‘ve looked at, nothing about this food is safe to ingest, leaving me to wonder why do they still recommend it. Then I look at who controls the FDA, the USDA and what interest they have in their industrial farming, and it becomes pretty clear whose influence this is, controlling what we eat.

This simple little act of feeding your baby formula laced with sugars to get you to eat it has addicted you to a lifetime of dependence. It addicted me. Even though I broke the addiction, I’m still affected by what control it did have over me. That’s exactly why I’m pleading with you, don’t let it control you. I can virtually guarantee that you won’t like the end results. Whether they come late or soon, they always come.

When I think about this, my first response is to get angry, for I never asked for this nor could I ever wish for it, or wish it upon anyone else. Yet, there is an industry that is committed to not only continuing this pattern, they’re goal is to increase its scope. You can see this in all the advertising. This is your grain industry pushing this celebration of this addiction and you’re buying into it every time you feed your carb diet, by buying all your snacks, pasta, cereal, soft drinks, and beer, just for starters. I’d go on with the rest but space limits that list in this book. You can find it in both my first and second books, It’s Time for a Cure and Time for the Ultimate Cure. Your best guide is to use the glycemic index as your guide for what foods that are safe to eat or not. It’s the general consensus that you should keep your foods lower than 50 on the glycemic index. My contention is to keep carbs out of your diet completely and let your body make its own glucose. The reason you want to keep your blood glucose low is to avoid the hunger cycle. The hunger cycle is emotionally the worst manifestation of a carb diet. As it controls your emotions, it controls your actions and reactions. This is an undeniable truth. You know it as well as I do. You feel it every time you taste that divine taste when you bite into it, MMM how good it is.

This is where you need to ask yourself, what is it you crave most? If what you crave has any carbohydrate in it, then that’s your first indication that you’re addicted. What kind of carb you crave, quite often tells how bad your addiction is. One wouldn’t think that a hamburger could be a sign of addiction, when actually when you think about the taste you crave, it’s a combination of everything including the bun, which happens to be the addictive ingredient in the hamburger. Everything else in the hamburger is healthy. It’s just the gluten in the bun that’s so addictive. I wouldn’t doubt that they use extra high gluten bread dough for the buns used for these sandwiches, as it’s more addictive, due to the high gluten content. I know they use high gluten bread dough for making pizza dough because it needs to rise, and the more the gluten the better it rises. That makes it taste better, but it also makes it more addictive. That’s why when you’re at one of these restaurants, most everyone there is overweight. They’re there because they crave that high gluten bread dough. You get it in both pizzas and fast food hamburgers. This is how they make you repeat customers.

If you think my assessment is wrong, just try eating your favorite hamburger between two slices of lettuce. The taste is completely different. Most fast food restaurants offer low carb sandwiches but few order them. The only ones that I know of who order them are those who suffer from celiac disease. I believe that all of us suffer somewhat from celiac disease. I think that there are only a very few that can get through life with showing or suffering the effects of a carb diet….especially an excessive carb diet as is the case with most people worldwide today. The reason you crave the taste of the hamburger is that of the high gluten bread dough the buns are made from because it’s that bun that raises your blood glucose as soon as it hits your tongue. Therein lies the addictive nature of glucose, the constant tug on your hunger cycle. It’s caused by the foods you eat if you’re on a carb diet. When you stop to think about it, you know it, as well as I. You just need to do something about it, as I did, three years ago, and then again one year ago when I went complete keto. It took me three years to go completely keto. You can do it in one month if you’ve got the guts to do a thirty day fast. I didn’t and I may have suffered because of it. I guess I was still persuaded to eat the carbs even after I gave up the bread. If I had to do it over again, I’d fast, to go keto. The adjustment is a lot quicker. The adjustment is equivalent to breaking the addiction.

What do you think they’re advertising when they show you those commercials for pizza and their soft drinks, fruit drinks, cereals, breads, pastas, pastries, candy, etc, etc? They selling you that mmmm feeling of dependence and addiction. It’s that feeling you get as soon as your favorite food hits your tongue and makes you go “oh, I needed that”. That’s the same feeling a junkie feels when he gets his latest fix.

They’re using your emotions to control your behavior. That’s because they can. They already control your hormones and it’s your hormones that control your emotions. Is it any wonder that so many are addicted? Our food industry has done their absolute best to sell you their goods, and that means playing to your emotions in order to sell you that great taste that’s going to bring you oh so much discomfort, pain and disease. If you had known that this could and would happen to any one of your kids, you’d do everything in your power to change it. You do have the power to change it, every time you go to the store. Read the label of everything you buy. If it contains wheat, corn, soy or grains at all, don’t buy it. If you do, you’ll be buying into a lifetime of pain and discomfort for your family. Choose something else to feed your family. You’ll be much further ahead in the long run. The money it will save you in pharmaceuticals is nothing short of astounding.

In my estimation, this is criminal behavior. It’s criminal behavior being done on an industrial level. Monsanto has politically engineered their control of the FDA and USDA to ensure their compliance in their dominance of our food supply.

That is why I included my third chapter on our celebration of our addiction. Corporate does this on purpose. They do this because they know that we are addicted by our rate of consumption of their wares. They also know that with their lobbying power, they can get away with virtually anything. It’s kind of the same situation as that of the military-industrial complex. They support congressmen and senators in every state and district, securing their interests, with this influence. Monsanto has even gone to the extent of contracting every farmer that they can, even to the point of suing farmers, just to corner the market. The last corporations that got away with this kind of behavior were busted up by Teddy Roosevelt in the late 19th century. No industry in our history has had more influence on our health, either as an individual or as a society than this grain and sugar industry has with it addictive food. It’s created a multi-trillion dollar medical and pharmaceutical industry. The thing that scares them the most is the ketogenic diet as it’s the only diet that can save you and the world, from their clutches.

We allow these corporations to addict us, even worse than we’ve been any time in the history of man, for which we should be ashamed. I would be but I didn’t set up the Supreme Court to allow Monsanto to patent life in patenting GMO seeds. This may end up being the bane of mankind, as it is a very deadly path for our food industry to be taking. But then it’s only deadly to those who buy into it. That’s why I won’t.

Carbs and Dementia

Carbs and Dementia

It’s well documented how much of a pandemic
obesity has become, worldwide. It’s becoming evident that this pandemic of obesity is leading directly into a pandemic of brain damage and dementia. Obesity, after all, leads directly to dementia. Don’t believe me? I’ll show you how and why this disease
acts like it has a mind of it’s own, controlling you to do what it wants.

It’s in the way it influences your hormones, as it uses them to control you, without you even suspecting it.

Dementia is, after all, type 3 diabetes.

If you’re type 2 diabetic now and you don’t change your eating habits, you stand a 100% chance of becoming type 3 diabetic. I can say this confidently because you don’t have to be type 2 diabetic, to get type 3 diabetes, dementia. This is shown in the number of Alzheimer’s patients now in existence. That population is growing exponentially while the diabetic population just multiplies in numbers. Diabetes just has a tendency to hasten the arrival of type 3 diabetes.

If we’re to going stop this epidemic of dementia that’s starting to cripple our population. We need to take drastic measures and the sooner we do so, the better our chance of survival. We have to slow the progression, where it starts, in what we eat. Thus, the reason for this post.

Alzheimer’s Disease

In most cases type 3 diabetes manifests itself in the disorder of Alzheimer’s disease. I know that not everyone who has Alzheimer’s disease has had type 2 diabetes, yet everyone who is type 2 diabetic will lose brain function. That science can’t be changed. The only thing that can stop that runaway train is to stop feeding it.  You must stop feeding carbohydrates into the fat factory that’s responsible for it. Carbs are the only thing that can generate fat inside your body. It’s this body fat, where the visceral fat lies that generates all the hormones and adipokines that dictate what this fat is going to do to your body. And it does plenty, all in the form of damage, damage to every system in your body as well as your brain. The more fat you have, the more damage it does to your body.

Fat creates hormones and adipokines that wreak havoc in your body.

The very first thing fat does, is to generate more fat through the use of the hormones that it produces, mainly leptin, along with Apelin and Chemerin, and it uses 100’s of other adipokines to wreak havoc throughout your entire body, including your brain. These hormones block receptors in the brain that influence behavior. They force us to continue to feed fuel to the cycle unknowingly. I call this our fat factory. This is called also addiction and this is how the addiction of the fat factory works.

By blocking receptor neurons in the brain, the neuropeptides that signal our bodies to stop eating, can’t do their job and tell us to stop eating. This is truly being controlled by your hormones. The pity of this cycle is, the larger you are, the more you experience it. It’s a cycle that feeds itself and it’s science you can’t change, without turning off the spigot.

It seems that this fat has become a self-feeding disease, of its own. I’ve noticed that the worse you have the disease, the harder it is to kick. But it’s also even more crucial to kick at that point because it’s already at the point of no return. Unless drastic measures are taken, a life of forgetfulness and lost memories is right around the corner, if it isn’t happening already? When was the last time you lost your keys or couldn’t remember someone’s name?

Fat, another organ

Even though obesity, excess fat,  is considered to be a disease by many, fat is considered by many professionals to be another internal organ. It’s an organ with its own mind, a mind to keep growing. It’s also one of the few organs that can grow in size, and when it does, it multiplies the hormones’ and adipokines‘ effects on our bodies. And it modifies it exponentially, which isn’t pretty.

Dictionary.com defines an organ as; Biology. a grouping of tissues into a distinct structure, as a heart or kidney in animals or a leaf or stamen in plants, that performs specialized task.”  

By strict definition, fat follows that description. It is a group of tissues in a distinct structure, that performs a specialized task. In this case, it performs many tasks, so many that it’s mind-boggling. This one organ creates more cytokines and hormones than any other organ in the body. That means that fat is one organ in our bodies, that either controls us or that we control it. When I talk about controlling us, I’m talking about control of our hormones which in turn controls our emotions. It also means that this one organ is responsible for more illness and disease than anything else in our entire bodies.

This is exactly why it’s so bad, the worst of these adipokines are cell signaling proteins that trigger hosts of illnesses and diseases. These diseases range from multiple cancers to multiple CVDs, which we’ll talk about later. The fat creates the bad cytokines that muck up your system. They create the adipokines that instruct your cells to turn into amyloid plaque. Amyloids are the foundation of an arm-long list of disorders, many cancers including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, and on and on. This isn’t even mentioning the mental disorders that come with amyloids. That list is even longer. The devastating effects that these hormones and adipokines have on your body, because of fat in your body, are truly astounding.

Body Fat production depends on Glucose

Now I know that glucose not only creates fat, the fat it creates, creates in turn, hormones and adipokines that trigger the inflammation and cell degradation associated with cancer and CVDs and worse of all brain loss. This fat factory is wasting away your brains and taking with it all of your mental faculties and dignity.

But it’s not only the fat factory that’s destroying our brains. It’s the gliadin that you eat every time you eat gluten. Your body can have this auto-immune response to gliadin, by sending out anti-gliadin antibodies that have the ability to attach themselves to Purkinje cells in your cerebellum as explained by Dr. Davis;. “The antigliadin antibodies triggered by gluten can bind to Purkinje cells of the brain, cells unique to the cerebellum. Brain tissue such as Purkinje cells do not have the capacity to regenerate: Once damaged, cerebellar Purkinje cells are gone . . . forever.” Doesn’t that say brain damage?

Only by taking abrupt action immediately, are you going to interrupt the production of these hormones that the fat factory is producing. And it’s producing these hormones so it can continue to enlarge itself in a vicious cycle. The only  way to stop this cycle at this point is to stop the fuel that feeds it, carbohydrates.

I’m sorry, but there’s no way around it. Not even you can change science. Unless you shut off the spigot of inflammation that you’re pouring into your body, every time you eat carbs, you’re going to feed the the fat that feeds the inflammation that causes all the disorders and disease listed in Carbs, The New Death Sentence, (15 of them, for starters).

A search for Obesity and brain size at NIH’s PMC site brought up over 1200 studies done on obesity and brain size. One in particular that I looked at, showed the influence leptin has on the brain and it’s ability to regulate energy in the body. Leptin is one of the hundreds of hormones and adipokines (cell signaling proteins), that’s manufactured in your body fat.

According to the study on Obesity and Dementia; “Within the brain, leptin regulates energy intake” “Leptin inhibits the expression of orexigenic neuropeptides and stimulates the expression of anorexigenic neuropeptides, which results in inhibition of energy intake (Jequier, 2002).”

That explains why those on a diet high in carbs (which is the only thing that can make people fat), run out of energy so much, and need to refuel every two hours or so. It’s the leptin expressing itself in the brain that inhibits the signals that tell us if we have energy or not and if we need to eat or not. And this is where the problem multiplies. Since leptin is formed in the fat around our body, it tells our brain that our body it needs more (fat) by blocking these signals. So what do we do? We eat more, to feed that need. This is leptin resistance, the leptin blocking those receptors in our brain that tells us that we don’t need to eat and have enough energy. It’s this leptin resistance that gives fat a mind of its own and allows it to work within us without our permission. That to me is an unadulterated robbery of our senses and emotions.

If you don’t have the ability to fight your hormones (leptin in this case) and resist this basic expression of survival, hunger, you’re doomed to everything listed in Carbs, The New Death Sentence. That is what makes carbs so addictive and dangerous and why their continuance must be curbed.

“It is known that adipokines, secretory products of adipose tissue such as leptin, interact directly with specific nuclei in certain areas of the brain such as the hippocampus. This results in regulation of not only feeding behavior but also neurodegeneration, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and memory consolidation (Doherty, 2011).” Are you starting to get the picture? Leptin isn’t your friend.

The Dangers of Leptin

Wikipedia says that the first adipokine, leptin was discovered in 1994 and since then 100’s have been discovered. Isn’t that disturbing? The fat that we make from glucose manufacturers hosts of hormones that are wreaking havoc on our bodies.

That means with the carbs we eat, we’re making fat, a fat that grows hormones that have cell signaling proteins that control hunger, energy expenditure and fat oxidation, blood pressure, glucose uptake and insulin resistance just to begin with. I didn’t even make it halfway through all the cell signaling proteins that were listed. The others that I did check all triggered a disorder or inflammation somewhere in the body. Many of them are associated with more than half of the known cancers, a multitude of heart diseases and every form of dementia known to man.

Leptin only plays a small part in the assault that our hormones throw at us. Adiponectin plays just as important role. As does Apelinchemerin, and 6 other hormones that they’ve found so far. And they finding more. All these hormones are adipokines and are manufactured in adipose tissue or fat. The other six adipokines listed on Wikipedia that I didn’t list here are all associated with inflammation and the oxidative stress that’s associated almost all cancers, most heart diseases and all brain damage that’s not caused by concussions and blunt force trauma.

If leptin plays a part in neurodegeneration, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and memory consolidation, doesn’t it make sense that it’s the creation of leptin that we need to control, to stem its influence in our bodies. If we’re to control the amount of leptin in our bodies, and leptin is made in adipose tissue (fat), then we need to control the amount of fat in our bodies. The only thing that controls the amount of fat that goes into our bodies is the amount of glucose that we feed it. We know that the glucose is controlled by the number of carbs we put in our bodies, so it’s easy to understand why we need to curb the carbs.

You can’t change the science. Glucose in the body creates fat. Fat creates leptin. The more leptin you have in your body, the more resistant you become to it and the more it needs to feed itself. It’s a cycle that keeps feeding itself again and again and again until you’re hungry 10 minutes right after you finished a big meal. I can remember times after a big spaghetti dinner when I was foraging through the cabinets and refrigerator, looking for something else to eat, on a full stomach. When I think about that now, I think, how sick could I have been to be expressing that kind of behavior? Then I think, I was a kid then, I was only eating what was fed to me. Here’s the scary part, I was eating exactly what the ADA was telling me I should eat. That’s exactly what you’re doing right now, following the dietary guidelines that you grew up with. How could they have gotten it so wrong?

Fortunately. I can only remember those times now, as I don’t get hungry much anymore. (Another advantage of being thin, and on a ketogenic diet.) Leptin doesn’t control anything in my body. I don’t have that much leptin in my body to control my urges and my energy. With a body fat ratio of 16 %, my body isn’t ever going to make enough leptin to create any problems in my body, provided that I don’t feed it what it wants, carbohydrates. This is what makes it so easy now to fast.

The Benefit of Adiponectin

This is where Adiponectin plays its role. “Adiponectin is a protein hormone that modulates a number of metabolic processes, including glucose regulation and fatty acid oxidation.[3]

It’s adiponectin that not only dictates how glucose is turned into fat, it controls how the fat is burned in the body, and this is where it gets really interesting. Higher levels of adiponectin in the body allow the body to generate more energy from a smaller amount of fat, making adiponectin crucial for maximum energy output with minimal intake of food. That is why Dr. Miller says that people on low carb diets have more energy.

Since adiponectin is made in adipose tissue like all other adipokines, one would think that having a lot of fat would create a lot of adiponectin, when actually, we create just as much of it if not more when we don’t have the fat stores in our bodies. Our bodies use fat in our bones to create adiponectin. Actually, Levels of the hormone are inversely correlated with body fat percentage in adults [5]  “Contrary to expectations, despite being produced in adipose tissue, adiponectin was found to be decreased in obesity.[3][5][15]

“The hormone plays a role in the suppression of the metabolic derangements that may result in type 2 diabetes,[5] obesity, atherosclerosis,[3] non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and an independent risk factor for metabolic syndrome.[9] 

So, how do we increase this hormone? Since levels of the hormone are inversely correlated with body fat percentage, the more fat we have the less adiponectin we have in our systems. This in itself, leads to more obesity, more diabetes and everything that comes along with that.

Again According to Wikipedia;

Weight reduction significantly increases circulating levels.[11]” “A low level of adiponectin is an independent risk factor for developing:

That means to avoid low levels of adiponectin in your body, weight loss is crucial. This places more importance on calorie restriction. But there’s good news for those carboholics who have trouble restricting their calories,   “…omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have shown increased plasma adiponectin.[28] Curcumin, capsaicin, gingerol, and catechins have also been found to increase adiponectin expression.[29]

The most optimum way of reducing calorie intake is fasting. Most every religious practice have some form of fasting within is practice, with the exception of Christianity. When Christians get together, it’s usually in the form of a potluck meal. Christians love to eat. But even Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights. Is it any wonder that Jesus was so smart?

Fasting not only affects your hormones, it has multiple, other effects on the body that are all wondrous. Fasting brings with it, important benefits to the health of your brain.

  • It increases BDNF in your brain. This is what enables your brain to grow.
  • It’s ramps up the expression of Nrf2 in your genes and that can boost your anti-oxidants exponentially. ramping up your immune system and keeping your healthier than any medicine can.

So, it not only boosts brain growth, it boosts anti-oxidant production which keeps you healthier by being better able to fight off illness and disease.

Fasting conjures up images of starvation, though. This may be true is you are one of those unfortunate individuals who is still stuck on a carbohydrate diet. On a carbohydrate diet, fasting is next to impossible. At the least, it’s very difficult and involves a massive amount of discomfort.

The best way to avoid this discomfort
is to convert your diet to a low carb diet,

preferably a diet without any carbs.

This is where a fat tax might be a good idea. Tax carbohydrates by the amount of fat they create, which is influenced directly by their place on the glycemic index. This would force the population to cut back on their intake of this dangerous food. It might also help to pay for all the medical needs that carboholics are going to need if they continue to consume these killing field grains.

We as a population have to do something to correct this aberration to our diet. This food is killing us painfully, expensively and indiscriminately. As a society, we can’t allow this to continue unabated, as it has, for the last 60 years.

It’s Time For A Cure,

Curb Your Carbs

Carbs, Are You Following The Glycemic Index?

Carbs, The Reason For The Glycemic Index?

close-up-fast-food-snacks-behind-no-symbol-low-carb-diet-fattening-unhealthy-eating-concept-deep-fried-squid-rings-french-65973872Now that we know what this supposedly “healthy” food staple has been doing for us as well as what it’s doing to us, how is this information going to help us, if we don’t know what kind of foods they’re actually coming from. That’s what we’re going to talk about here. What can I eat? What effect will this have on my body? How is this food going to affect my glycemic index load? Where do these foods lie on the glycemic index? What can I eat and what effect will that have on my body?

Bcoke & Pepsi cansefore we can start on the foods that are good for us and the ones that aren’t, we have to talk about the effect these foods have on the Glycemic Index, and how that impacts what kind of effect they have on your body. The first thing you should know is that foods that are lower on the glycemic index are much healthier than those that are higher on the index.

Stop DiabetesThis is due to the number of sugars that are present in the food, that influence your blood glucose, making necessary the production of insulin in your body. Insulin is what you need to digest those sugars, to turn them into a fuel that your body can use, fat. The higher the food is on the glycemic index, the more insulin it needs to be digested and hence because it needs more insulin, that means it going to create more fat. This is your body’s Fat Factory and it’s carbohydrates, that turn it on.

The Glycemic Index is your best guide to what’s going to increase your fat, by increasing your blood glucose.

This is how it works; It’s the insulin that turns carbohydrates into fat, so it can be burned and used by the body. The more carbohydrates you feed yourself, the more sugar you’re feeding the Fat Factory and the more glucose you’re pouring into your system, requiring your pancreas to crank out more insulin to digest those carbohydrates. Because, carbs aren’t fully digested in your intestines, they’re simply broken down into sugars to be metabolized cellularly with insulin. The more glucose you have in your system, the more insulin your body needs to turn all that glucose into fat. The more insulin you need to digest your carbs, year after year, the more this puts your pancreas into a mode that keeps generating insulin and after a while your body becomes adjusted to the excessive amounts of insulin in your system to digest the excessive amounts of carbs in your system and your body becomes insulin resistant. This is type 2 diabetes and it’s deadly. This is what leads to four of the deadliest of cancers, most of all cardiovascular diseases (which are the number one killer or all diseases), all Alzheimer’s disease as well as most all brain disorders. It also plays a major role in many emotional disorders. This is why it’s so important to control the intake of sugars into your body and carbohydrates are sugars.

So, what should we be eating and what shouldn’t we be eating?

Starchy carbs are the foods that occupy the highest slots on the glycemic index, with the exception of alcohol and beer, and potatoes and parsnips which are also very high on the index. Beer is one of two things that can raise your blood sugar more than pure glucose, which is what the index is based on.

According to Wikipedia;

“The glycemic index or glycaemic index (GI) is a number associated with a particular type of food that indicates the food’s effect on a person’s blood glucose (also called blood sugar) level. A value of 100 represents the standard, an equivalent amount of pure glucose.[1]

The GI represents the total rise in a person’s blood sugar level following consumption of the food; it may or may not represent the rapidity of the rise in blood sugar. The steepness of the rise can be influenced by a number of other factors, such as the quantity of fat eaten with the food. The GI is useful for understanding how the body breaks down carbohydrates[2] and only takes into account the available carbohydrate (total carbohydrate minus fiber) in a food. Although the food may contain fats and other components that contribute to the total rise in blood sugar, these effects are not reflected in the GI.”

“The glycemic index is usually applied in the context of the quantity of the food and the amount of carbohydrate in the food that is actually consumed. A related measure, the glycemic load (GL), factors this in by multiplying the glycemic index of the food in question by the carbohydrate content of the actual serving. Watermelon has a high glycemic index, but a low glycemic load for the quantity typically consumed. Fructose, by contrast, has a low glycemic index, but can have a high glycemic load if a large quantity is consumed.”

“Glycemic load is based on the glycemic index (GI), and is calculated by multiplying the grams of available carbohydrate in the food times the food’s GI and then dividing by 100. Glycemic load estimates the impact of carbohydrate consumption using the glycemic index while taking into account the amount of carbohydrate that is consumed. GL is a GI-weighted measure of carbohydrate content. For instance, watermelon has a high GI, but a typical serving of watermelon does not contain much carbohydrate, so the glycemic load of eating it is low. Whereas glycemic index is defined for each type of food, glycemic load can be calculated for any size serving of a food, an entire meal, or an entire day’s meals.”

I copied the above 4 paragraphs from Wikipedia for a reason, as important as the glycemic index is, it’s the glycemic load that’s more important because this is what dictates how much insulin your body is going to need to digest all the carbohydrates you eat. It also tells you how much fat that food is going to create when you eat it. The only thing that creates fat in your body is carbohydrates and how much they create can be seen by how high a food is on the glycemic index. The higher a food is on the glycemic index, the more fattening it is. It’s that simple.

If it’s glucose in the system that leads to fat on the body, what does that tell us? To stay away from foods that raise the glucose levels in your blood. When you look at all the foods on the glycemic index, you’ll see all the starchy foods that are grain-based, at the highest levels of the glycemic index. This one factor should tell you to stay away from those foods. Problem is those foods are the ones that are most addictive, simply because of the amount of sugar (carbs) in them.

The first thing you need to recognize is that carbohydrates are not nutrition, by themselves. They simply offer a path to get that nutrition into your body. Carbohydrates are complex sugars that are turned into fat, the kind of fat your body doesn’t use that much. When you eat fruits and vegetables, you’re eating carbohydrates, but the tradeoff of the nutrition you’re getting with the small amount of sugar that comes with it makes it worth the trade-off.

That means you need to weigh the nutrition you’re getting from the food against the number of empty starchy carbs that you’re putting into that same system. Does this food offer enough nutrition for all the carbs you’re getting out of it? If so, is it worth the tradeoff?

This is where grains based foods fall short. None of them have enough nutrition to counterbalance the number of carbs they put into your system. The sugar overload is just too much. This is because of their easily digestible fiberless carbohydrates that are made from flour and sugar. Despite what others say, any food that’s made out of whole wheat has hardly any fiber that’s worth anything. What fiber it had was lost as soon as it was milled into flour and it’s the flour that you need to make any bread product, like pastries, pasta, cereals, tortillas, crackers, cookies, cakes. Without milling the flour, the grain can’t be used to make any of the comfort foods that everyone loves to eat so much. This is what makes the food so satiating or satisfying, the amount of sugar it immediately dumps into your body to create more fat. This is also what makes it addictive, but then, you know that by now. For ideas of how to eliminate this from your diet, see Carbs, How To Cut Back.

Quite possibly the most important carbs to avoid are the ones you drink. The ones that come from sodas, fruits drinks and juices and worst of all alcohol, especially grain alcohol should be avoided at all costs. Rule # 1 when it comes to cutting your carbs, is to stop drinking your calories. Those calories are truly worthless calories and should be the first to be removed from your diet.

Too often though, these carbs are the most addictive making them the hardest to stop. We all know how addictive alcohol is. Where does most drinkable alcohol come from? Carbohydrates, like fruit and grains. Both make ethanol, ethyl alcohol, which is the predominant alcohol in alcoholic beverages” This means that they are concentrated sugars, waiting to create fat in your Fat Factory. Obviously, this is a whole other world to the sins of sugar. That’s why drinking your calories, should be at the top of your list, NOT TO DO.

What to do? If you have to have something sweet, don’t use artificial sweeteners, as many of those are more fattening than sugar itself or they carry implications of causing cancer. I use Stevia. It’s natural and it’s very sweet. Too much of it though can be bitter. As well as being completely natural, it has 0 calories, nor is it linked to cancer in any way, shape or form. I sweeten my green tea with it. (I still haven’t been able to drink my tea without it or lemon juice.) I also sweeten my hot chocolate with it.

Cheese Please

If you’re not lactose intolerant, dairy products are a great source of protein. If you are lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy some cheeses, as they also make an excellent source of protein (clean protein if it comes from grass-fed cows). I’ve known a lot of lactose intolerant people who ate cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream without any problems. All of those are good sources of protein.

I can see where that might raise concerns for someone who it lactose intolerant, but “ripened cheeses like Cheddar contain only about 5% of the lactose found in whole milk,  and aged cheeses contain almost none. Wikipedia also says about the lactose in cheese, “Cheese is often avoided by those who are lactose intolerant, but ripened cheeses like Cheddar contain only about 5% of the lactose found in whole milk, and aged cheeses contain almost none.[34]

Nevertheless, people with severe lactose intolerance should avoid eating dairy cheese. As a natural product, the same kind of cheese may contain different amounts of lactose on different occasions, causing unexpected painful reactions. Yet, I had a friend who was lactose intolerant and loved to eat cheese. According to Wikipedia, “For a few cheeses, the milk is curdled by adding acids such as vinegar or lemon juice. Most cheeses are acidified to a lesser degree by bacteria, which turn milk sugars into lactic acid, then the addition of rennet completes the curdling.”

Dr Perlmutter has a number of lactose intolerant patients whose symptoms cleared up, simply by stopping their consumption of wheat. What was thought to be lactose intolerance was actually gluten intolerance. Because once the gluten was removed from the diet, lactose could be re-introduced again back into the diet with no severe reactions. No other doctor, at the time though, thought that something made from a staple food such as bread could ever cause something so bad – gluten intolerance. I guess they never read any of the studies. They all thought that the only gluten intolerance was that of celiac disease. little did they know that 90% of the population have some sort of intolerance to gluten. I happen to be one of those people. If you’re overweight, you are too.

What I eat most of, myself, are raw nuts. They’re super high in clean protein and fats making them very nutritious calories to use to fuel my body. I say clean protein because wheat has protein also, but it’s not clean. It’s a very dirty protein, as it comes with carbohydrates and carbohydrates are the bane of healthy protein because they have a tendency to bend the protein into misshaped amyloids, which are the basis of the deadliest of diseases, both cancer and heart disease. And that’s not to mention what it does to the brain. Amyloid plaque is associated with half of the cancers and Atheroma plaque is the biggest player in cardiovascular diseases. And these are only two of the 4 different kinds of plaque caused by this food. That, to me is the definition of dirty protein, especially when you look at what it does to the body.

When people ask me, what exactly I do eat? I say everything but grains and high starch foods, which actually includes more than grains. It includes potatoes, parsnips and even sweet potatoes. It doesn’t include yams, though. They’re tubers and have a lot more fiber than potatoes and sweet potatoes, making them much more difficult to digest quickly. Because of their fiber, they’re actually digested slowly making their glycemic load much lower than their glycemic index number which is still low.

When I stopped my bread ingestion, I replaced those lost calories in my diet with a lot of yams. They’re high in beta-carotene and they taste great. I got in the habit of carrying a baked yam with me, just so I had it to gnaw on, whenever I was hungry.

You basically can’t go wrong eating those truly high fiber carbohydrates. Almost all vegetables are excellent sources of nutrition. The nutrition to carb ratio is worth the tradeoff because the carbs are so slow to digest, lessening their impact on the blood glucose. I say almost because some vegetables are primarily starch and have little nutritional benefit for the body. Potatoes and parsnips fall into this category.

If you’re not a vegetarian, meats are excellent sources of clean protein, as most meats have more iron in them than other sources of protein. Eggs are another excellent source of protein and vitamins and minerals, all essential to your health. Dr. Perlmutter likes to remind us of the old egg commercials of the Incredible, Edible Egg. I still remember the jingle. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and cholesterol. Remember, cholesterol is your friend. Your brain uses cholesterol. Your body uses cholesterol. Your immune system uses cholesterol. There are only a few parts of your body where it isn’t important.

What should you fear while choosing your foods? Fear the substance that glycates cholesterol, glucose. It’s glucose in the system that gums it up and keeps it from running efficiently. You might find after you cease your intake of wheat and grain products that your options to eat other foods that used to be off-limits to you, may be more easier to eat, now. It’s happened for a lot of other people, who’s to say it can’t happen to you? The important thing is to keep track of what you eat and where it falls on the glycemic index.