Dr Suzie Edge on 21st century nutrition and health

Tag: drugs

Please help me write the book – a new Patreon page.

Please help me write the book – a new Patreon page.

Let’s do this! Please help me write the book. I’ve launched a Patreon page to help enable my research and writing. Against The Grain – a lifestyle manifesto for the future of the NHS. You can follow this link to become a patron here. Thank […]

I don’t have time to wait for your precious trials.

I don’t have time to wait for your precious trials.

We go to conferences for a lot of reasons, education, CPD, a day out of the office, networking. Networking means meeting up with like minded people but it also means stepping out of your bubble and meeting face to face with those who may not […]

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes. Really badly.

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes. Really badly.

We treat the NHS the way we treat Type II Diabetes and our priorities are all wrong.

With T2DM, a condition brought on by years of sugar and carbohydrate loading, we continue to shovel in more refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars. We hope it will be OK, we tell people it is a progressive disease and we just cover it with fancy expensive drugs and then insulin once it gets bad enough. Where there are real concerns we just cover them with a band-aid. When it becomes too much for the sticky plasters to handle, we have to cut off the limbs that are beyond saving.

This is a strategy that is not working.

As for the NHS, creaking as it is at the seams, we continue to pour in an increasingly unhealthy population with chronic western lifestyle diseases that are entirely preventable and in some cases reversible. We think that the solution to this problem is treatment with more money. More money for drugs and technology and nurses and doctors and beds. When there’s no longer enough money to cope, we cut off the departments, selling what we can to private companies.

This too, is a strategy that is not working.

The solution to both of  these crises is to stop cramming in the things that caused the problems in the first place and guess what? They are the same things.

T2DM can be prevented or reversed by putting a stop to the onslaught of dietary carbohydrates and the subsequent hyperinsulinaemia and insulin resistance. Many of the western lifestyle associated diseases can be thought of in the same way. Decent, researched lifestyle advice, uninfluenced by the food and drug industry’s lobbying, needs to be put in place to bring a halt to the onslaught of an increasingly sick population’s need for more NHS care.

Prevention of T2DM, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, gout, osteoarthritis, some aspects of mental illnesses, maybe even Alzheimer’s and some cancers is all possible with nutrition and lifestyle interventions. That is what will solve so many problems for the NHS, not the fancy new drugs and technologies that cost us millions and make only a handful of people their fortunes.

We need to start prioritising prevention or we will reach a point where there are no longer any limbs left to cut off and the inevitable will happen.

Suzie

Is the UK leading the way in a grass roots LCHF public health solution?

Is the UK leading the way in a grass roots LCHF public health solution?

This week has been a very positive one. Could the UK be leading the way in a grass roots low-carb public health solution? Listening to the KetoWoman Podcast at the end of last week was a treat. Daisy and Louise had been at the Public […]

We need to talk about breakfast.

We need to talk about breakfast.

We need to talk about breakfast. The most common question I am asked when it comes to diet is what to eat for breakfast, especially by those seeking a low-carb option. When you’ve got a whole family to sort out before school and work, breakfast […]

The wrong path

The wrong path

A few years ago I was a junior doctor at the end of the a long line of medics on a ward round. We came to an eighty year old lady who told the boss that she had been having trouble sleeping, that she felt a bit sick. The consultant knew the answer, “Well, take a PPI (this is a proton pump inhibitor, you may have heard of them, or you may even be taking Omeprazole or Pantoprazole) and you will feel better” he proclaimed and much like Sir Lancelot Spratt he was off, entourage in tow. As I walked away, the lady in the bed looked at me and said “It’s typical of you doctors, all you want to do is give us tablets”. The other ladies in the ward nodded in agreement. My first thought was simple, we are doctors, it is what we do. I have thought about that a lot though, in the years since.

Medicine and the world of medicine is about throwing drugs (and other treatments) at an established health problem. This is great, if you have established a health problem. But I think we have our priorities wrong. Why? Because the doctor who rushes in to save the heart attack victim is the superhero and the doctor sitting at a desk trying to help whole populations from having them is, well, more of a geek than anyone’s hero. They don’t make fast-moving, exciting TV shows about him or her. As a disclaimer, you will have been more likely to find me in the first camp over the years, than in the latter.

Prevention might well be better than a cure but let’s face it, the cure is much sexier, unless you are the one suffering. The problem is, we are all starting to suffer. You can’t make superstars out of preventative medicine and I’d suggest you can’t make as much money…unless you’re selling preventative drugs, you know, like Statins. What needs more of our emphasis, time, money, effort, concern and priority is prevention.

Well, OK, that is all well and good but the prevention interventions we have tried have not been working. The calorie restrictions, the eat-less-move-more mantra, the dietary guidelines to avoid fat and eat all the pasta are not working. Drugs are not the way out when bad nutrition got us into trouble in the first place. We are all going down the wrong path and we need to turn around as soon as possible because the only thing doing really well here, is the diet industry.

I’ve been keeping a diary on Instagram @keto.edges but I wanted to rant a little more, so here is a new blog about nutrition and health. Still to come…What is a ketogenic diet? Kids and teachers, intermittent fasting, artificial sweeteners…and this is just a start. Welcome aboard.

Suzie

 

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