Hey doc, what’s the best diet?
Here’s my answer:
If you want to know more about the history of the American (and therefore western) food guidelines, dig into the reporting of Nina Teicholz, Gary Taubes, and an Australian orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Gary Fetke.
Please note: Cholesterol-lowering drugs such as “statins” have had minimal impact on heart attack rates and significantly increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes. A review of the scientific literature reveals a stunning truth - there are no studies that provide a conclusive link between cholesterol, saturated fats and heart disease.
Okay doc, you’ve made your points but what should I eat?
Eat whatever you want. You’re a grown up. You decide. As for simple suggestions, cut the sugar, cook with butter, eat fatty meats, the occasional wild caught fish, lots of leafy greens and as many peppers, mushrooms and broccoli as you want.
For those with food sensitivities and anyone looking to reverse a chronic medical condition, consider going on an elimination diet for a few months. There are several to choose from including juice fasts, vegan diets and my personal favorite – The Carnivore Diet. I’ve tried several of these myself over the years with varying results. My most recent personal experiment includes intermittent fasting and a carnivore diet. So far, I’ve started to heal my gut, drop unwanted fat, grow some lean muscle and improve my overall sense of well-being.
For those with type-2 diabetes, I’ve witnessed impressive results from combining intermittent fasting with a ketogenic diet. A quick search of the internet will provide an abundance of resources for this approach.
There. Those are my two cents. As for questions about our industrial food system, big pharma, and corrupt politicians, I’ll leave them alone for another day.
Elaine Evenhouse is a licensed and certified occupational therapy assistant.