It was the same story for Tim Noakes in South Africa, Annika Dahlqvist in Sweden and now Gary Fettke in Australia. They all had their medical careers threatened by dietitians who couldn’t stomach these doctors giving dietary advice that was contrary to their own. These […]
Every day I hear the scoffing phrase “you just can’t cut out a whole food group” or “you just can’t demonise a food group”. It is an inbuilt, long-ago-learned phrase that you will often hear said against those improving their health by reducing their carbohydrate […]
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 Health Collaboration meeting in London and recorded a special episode at the conference. It is well worth a listen as they talk to doctors, nurses, personal trainers and dietitians, all coming together to try and solve the current public health problems. It certainly feels like there is a bit of momentum in health and public health promotion. In other parts of the world it is still proving tricky for clinicians to recommend a low-carb diet without a backlash. Gary Fettke, the ortho surgeon from Tasmania, is still fighting.
Tim Noakes today received his second acquittal after an appeal brought by the group of dietitians keen to shut down his low-carb advice in South Africa. What a fantastic result for this amazing man and what a relief. Now is the time to move forward.
At prime time on the BBC a programme called The Truth about Carbs was aired. For some it didn’t quite go far enough but it really did lead to the conversation some of us need to have. I had friends who contacted me after this show aired suggesting that I might not be quite so mad after all. One thing it did highlight was David and Jen Unwin‘s work (and that of their surgery) in treating patients with diabetes and reducing their medication spend with a low-carbohydrate solution.
For me it has been really positive. I posted a blog post and a link to a BBC news report on Facebook and have loved the discussion and responses, especially the reports from friends who have lost weight and lowered their HbA1c with a low carbohydrate way of eating. If you’re interested then do some reading. My blog is light on research results just now though I intend to start posting interesting research. For now, check out dietdoctor.com
It’s not all great news. Another message from a friend was telling me of the terrible experience she had at an NHS funded eat-well event where she felt patronised, demoralised and wondering where to turn. I feel for her and those who are struggling. But amazingly, as I was writing this I received another message from a friend who was embracing low-carb and who is also a GP now suggesting it to patients. Happy days.
Whilst there are barriers and whilst there is still influence from sources we would rather not have influence (I’m still flabbergasted that the last Conservative Party Conference was sponsored by Tate and Lyle) it will not be easy to turn around this public health disaster of obesity, Type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, PCOS and perhaps depression and Alzheimer’s. If needs be, change will have to come from the grass roots, rejecting the authority that has fed this crisis – because you can be pretty sure it isn’t coming from above. In the UK, it feels like this may be happening.
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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 […]
I was just flicking through a book that I used as a junior doctor when I first started working. Oxford Handbooks are the pocket sized bibles for anyone starting in medicine. Page 87 got me thinking – the page of nutritional requirements. At the top […]
I’ve been catching up with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and his fat fight. He likes a good fight and I’m so glad he has chosen this one. Whilst I’m a little down that the calories-in-calories-out mantra is still prevailing, there was something that was even more worrisome about it. I was so frustrated that Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, refused to talk to Hugh about the massive problem facing the NHS – that of obesity.
OK, sure, I have been heard to have a go at Jeremy Hunt previously. The way he dealt with his fight with junior doctors was dreadful but it was just that, a fight between the two of them. With this, I am astounded and frankly furious that he wouldn’t talk with Hugh about the diabesity crisis. You can’t shrug and walk away from this one Mr Hunt. The dietary guidelines affect everyone. We are getting it so wrong and if you genuinely think that we are making decent changes then come out and talk to us, shout about it from the rooftops if you think we have a good policy on this looming disaster.
George Osborne, former Chancellor, started a sugar tax which recently came in to force and I applaud that. It has critics, of course. There are those who think it will do no good and it is just another way to make the Government more money. I think it is a good start and am looking forward to the seeing the outcomes.
Then again, take a look at Hugh’s visit to the Conservative Party conference, where he found it to be sponsored by the giant that is Tate and Lyle. You couldn’t make it up. We have an enormous, uphill, sugar-fuelled struggle ahead.
Navigating the food pyramid with the next generation is really hard, especially when you are trying to turn it upside down. The next generation, and by that, I mean my kids, are going to need a lot of help. My children are already being taught […]