The Myth of the Mediterranean Diet goes back to Ancel Keys, who decided that the meals served in Greece during Lent was THE ideal diet. Yep, it’s stupid, but it took off and now people believe it. How does the saying go? If enough people repeat something that never happened, it will become the truth and the law.
While most of the interviews I am asked for are about migraine, every now and then the discussion moves to other interesting areas. This podcast is about protein: what kind of protein, how much, age differences, and the many caveats of a healthy life by a high animal-protein diet. Why animal protein? Because the only plant protein that is complete in all amino acids is soy, which is full of goitrogens that kill the thyroid, and estrogen, which creates man-boobs. Because plant-proteins are incomplete, to start protein synthesis, you need to mix and match many plants that in sum will provide the right amino acids. To do this, you need to have a professional dietitian guide you. Animal proteins are always complete so you can just sit down and eat without any planning A winning strategy as far as I am concerned.
The link to the interview is here. Enjoy and ask questions!
Comments are welcome, as always, and are moderated for appropriateness.
So, for our newcomers who are still wondering if this protocol will really work, I had another huge day yesterday. The pastor of our church is a good friend and also a neighbor who lives right across the street from us. As many of you know The central states were hit with a terrific wind storm and even a few tornadoes yesterday. I was enjoying a pajama day and just taking it easy, hadn’t even had lunch yet, when Pastor’s wife called to tell me that her husband had had a heart attack and was to be air flighted to the heart hospital 2 hours away. She had made a reservation in a hotel adjoining the hospital but because of extensive surgery 6 days ago she wasn’t able to drive. So she wanted to know if I could drive her to the hospital.
So, I rushed to get dressed and fed and when she had her bags ready I we took off in her car and my hubby followed in ours so that we could leave our her car for her and her daughter who was flying in from Virginia to help her. We got about 45 minutes away and encountered rain. The further we drove the harder the rain came down. We drover for 2 hours in the rain and lightning and sometimes visibility was so poor I could only see 4 or 5 cars ahead of me. What was normally a 2 hour drive took 2 1/2 hours.
Needless to say, when we reached our destination my neck and shoulders were in knots! When we reached the city the hospital is in we encountered down-pouring rain, lightning, 54 degree temps, and fog. But, we had arrived safely and all went in to see how pastor was doing. I have to say that for a man who had just had a heart attack and a procedure to put in 2 stents he looked really good and was in good spirits.
I went to the hotel with pastor’s wife to help her with baggage since she isn’t supposed to be lifting anything. After I got her situated we went back to the hospital where she returned to her husband and I found mine so we could head home. We left the hospital at 8 pm in a downpour and it was still 50 degrees when we left. By the time we reached our truck I was soaked to the skin. We had a 2 hour drive to get home if road condition and rain were OK.
We got a little way from town and the temp had dropped to 28 and the rain had turned to snow. We did encounter a short section that was icy but not too bad. We got to the halfway point and stopped for supper. It was snowing pretty bad by now and we had been warned that there were blizzard conditions just 10 minutes from our home. So we checked the weather and found that there were sections of whiteout between our town and where we stopped. Also the interstate was closed from our town to the western border. There was a group of truckers at the table across from us and they advised us to stay put as they had just driven from the west and were waiting out the night themselves because of road conditions.
We got a room and stayed put for the night. I didn’t have my pillow or my sleep mask but was so tired I did fall right to sleep. Because hubby has to be at work by 6 am we got up at 5 to head home. I woke with a bit of a cervi headache but it was tolerable and after a few stretches I was good to go. Thankfully roads were clear and the rest of the drive home has uneventful. We got home and I went back to bed as hubby left for work.
Thankfully I had kept up with my hydration and had carried extra salt pills just in case. Through this grueling trip I experienced no prodromes and no hint of a migraine. So for of you who are wondering if this protocol really works, I can honestly tell you it absolutely does!
I still remember how frustrated I was 4 1/2 years ago when I started this journey. I recall many a post I made through tears and how kind Kristin, Terri, and Angela were in responding and helping me through my questions and concerns. It was so worth it all though as I now have a life that is so much more fulfilling. I can be spontaneous and not worry that events like this will through me into a multi day scourge of pain. I can live my life so much fuller than I ever have before. Since my migraines started as a toddler I still find this to be the most amazing thing I have ever experience and I will forever be grateful for the time and work that Angela and the admins here put into this and into all of us! ❤
This is a discussion-type lecture via zoom with members of the Nutrition Collective in the UK. Anyone can register if you wish to join. It starts at 6 PM UK time, 10 AM Pacific time on Wednesday this week, 8th of December, 2021!
Register, watch the presentation, and then ask your questions! 🥰 I am looking forward to seeing you there.
Medical and healthcare professionals earn credits for this course. Please see details at the website.
I wrote up a short summary of what migraine is, how to diagnose it properly, and how to treat and prevent it. The article is aimed at helping healthcare professionals learn what it truly is, because all they do now is prescribe medications, which is not helpful.
Read the whole article, here is the intro:
Definition of Migraine
Migraine is a genetic condition. Migraine brain has hypersensitive sensory neurons, more sensory neuronal connections, and different electrical properties than a typical brain(1,2). Migraineurs waste 50% more sodium in their urine than typical subjects(3). The most prominent migraine related genetic variants are associated with critical ionic channels that operate the brain’s electrical functions: action potential, resting potential, the delivery of neurotransmitters, and the resetting of the membrane potential(4,5). Migraineurs’ brains are very sensitive to electrolyte imbalance as a result of channelopathy(6-9). Migraineurs tend to end up with metabolic syndrome because of their carbohydrate sensitivity.
Lately, well, at least for the past year, I am unable to review a product with 1*. If I compliment a product with 5* or even 3 or 4*, the review goes through. But all 1* had been rejected. No explanation, just a note to “review our community guidelines”. Yet, I am not violating their community guidelines at all. I list no vulgarity, no prices, no locations, no politics, nothing that is politically incorrect. Just the honest truth: the product is not working! In this case it works but no replacement filters are sold in the US and so 3 months after purchase it is useless.
Furthermore, not only do they reject the 1* review, upon trying to edit the thing to be even more precise, I received the message that I am no longer allowed to review this product! WHAT???? What on earth is happening?
I am sure you know what cholesterol is and also believe that doctors and scientists all know what cholesterol is and they also should know what cholesterol does. I beg to disagree.
LDL: Is Yours High or Low?
I was thinking about the reason for the high LDL in some folks and low LDL in other folks. Our healthcare is very LDL-focused but does anyone understand what LDL actually is?
LDL is not cholesterol. It never was and never will be a cholesterol. LDL is acronym for Low Density Lipoprotein and, as the acronym implies, it is a lipid (fat) and protein ball. Cholesterol is not a fat but a waxy substance that cannot travel in the blood, which is water-based. LDL on the blood tests is the measure of these little balls made of protein and fat. So why are we calling it a cholesterol and why are we measuring it?
HDL: Is Yours High or Low?
Not unlike LDL, HDL is also not a cholesterol. HDL is an acronym for High Density Lipoprotein. Yep, you guessed it, it too is a lipid and protein ball and not cholesterol. So why are we calling it cholesterol and why are we measuring it?
She left in early 2021. I presume she was fired–or at least asked to resign–as a result of her turning against big pharma and making it public that she reversed her type 2 diabetes by simply cutting carbohydrates. Below, the original story, published in 2020.
The Power of Anecdotal Evidence by the CEO
In February 2020, the then ADA CEO announced that she is on her way to reversing type 2 diabetes by her new way of eating: low carbs. She lost a lot of weight, and her type 2 diabetes was close to remission. But then the ADA is funded by pharmaceuticals, especially those that sell insulin for people with type 2 diabetes. Imagine the financial loss to ADA if the CEO can reverse her T2D without medications!
***The link here was updated on 9/15/2020 because the original was removed. Concerns have arisen that she may lose her job if she doesn’t stop advocating the low carbs diets, because the ADA receives it’s financial support from big pharma that sells insulin to those with T2D
As many of you know, I have been writing about nutrition for several years. Usually the story is disappointing because most of the time it’s about debunking a badly formulated peer reviewed academic publication. Well… here you are in for a bit of a surprise!