The Wrong Way to Give Up Wheat

More and more people are giving up wheat every day, far more than just those diagnosed with Celiac disease. Perhaps encouraged by reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis or the testimony of journalists and many others who have experienced dramatic health benefits, many are turning to a life without wheat.

Unfortunately, many who are giving up wheat are replacing the wheat with “gluten-free” processed foods from their grocery store, thereby trading one problem for another.

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Study Casts Doubt on Benefits of Omega-3 Supplements

The news media and blogosphere is abuzz today about a study due to be released in The Journal of the American Medical Association regarding omega-3 fish oil. The study, a meta-analysis, a study of 20 previous studies from 1989 to the present, is reported to cast doubt on the effectiveness of omega-3 supplements on reducing cardiac events.

We can expect the talking heads in the media to be talking about this for quite some time. We’re undoubtedly headed for an avalanche of expert opinions that will cover the entire gamut, from “fish oil is vital and useful” to “it’s a waste of money” and every conceivable opinion in between.

And yet, none of the discussion matters to those of us who are actively involved in optimizing our health.

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The Logic of Nutrition

According to the Whole Grains Council, “Every day, more and more studies show the benefits of whole grains.” This statement isn’t a surprise, coming from folks whose slogan is Whole Grains at Every Meal.

To assist us, they have compiled a list of studies showing just how healthful whole grains are.

Before I even examined this list, I predicted that these studies would use the same deeply flawed “grains are healthy” logic as displayed in the reports that whole grains reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Today’s misguided nutrition logic that says “if A can be shown to be better than our carefully controlled B, then an abundance of A is obviously beneficial to everyone.”

Let’s take a look at a couple of their cited studies in a little more detail.

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“Don’t Die Early” Reviewed by Tom Naughton, Creator of “Fat Head”

Tom Naughton, the creator of the documentary Fat Head has just posted a review of Don’t Die Early. Tom was kind enough to review a draft of Don’t Die Early and provide a blurb for the back cover and web site. Thank you, Tom. I’m honored by your review.

If you haven’t checked out Fat Head, buy it from Tom’s site. If you have seen Fat Head, consider buying some extra copies as gifts.

A Surprise Cure for My Cat’s Idiopathic Seizure Disorder

This is Tabatha, our everyday ordinary house cat.

Well, she’s not completely ordinary. When she was seven years old she started having seizures a few times a week, entirely without warning. If you’ve never witnessed a pet having a seizure, be thankful—it’s profoundly disturbing to watch and the feeling of powerlessness at seeing a family pet suffer a seizure is something I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.

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What Do Our Glucose Checks Tell Us? (Part 3)

In previous articles in this series, we looked at how one of Mr. White’s typical meals affected his blood glucose levels. We also learned about the variability of fasting glucose levels. Today we’ll look at two glucose curves from Mr. Orange, another friend who was kind enough to share his glucose measurements with me. Mr. Orange monitored his glucose after a typical meal (a foot-long roast beef sub and diet soda) and compared those measurements to those he took after eating a low-carb meal of feta cheese, avocado, and olive oil a couple of days later.

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What Do Our Glucose Checks Tell Us? (Part 2)

This is the second in a series of postings on self-testing using an inexpensive, easy-to-use glucose meter to gain a better understanding of our glucose metabolism, far more effective than a single fasting glucose measurement performed at our annual physical. The first post examined a set of glucose measurements following a typical meal eaten by my friend, whom I’ll call “Mr. White.”

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What Do Our Glucose Checks Tell Us?

If you’ve read Don’t Die Early, you know that better understanding our glucose metabolism is a vital part of a preventive health lifestyle. A few days’ experimentation with an inexpensive, easy-to-use home glucose meter can tell us far more than we can learn from the routine blood work during our annual physical. Moreover, what we learn with our home glucose meter can warn us far sooner that we’re on a path towards Type 2 diabetes.

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Taming Breakfast

Our family has a very consistent morning routine. My wife, daughter, and I arise well before sunrise, feeling refreshed and energized. After showering and dressing we’re able to spend some time on the back patio, meditating together as we watch the sunrise. Then, we all go inside and prepare breakfast, our early awakening affording us plenty of time for a meal that’s as complex and appealing as we want. A common breakfast might be an egg dish from locally raised, pastured eggs, fresh vegetables, and a freshly prepared cream sauce, followed by locally grown organic berries covered in cream that we whipped moments before. We usually have time to savor this breakfast on the patio and then leisurely clean up the breakfast mess and gather our belongings as we head out to begin our day.

Yeah, right. Morning in our house is nothing like this. Mornings around here more closely resemble a chaotic fire drill.

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