If you have not seen it yet, here is the recent cover of Time Magazine! The historic paradigm shift in nutritional awareness continues thanks to a better understanding of what constitutes Real Food. The article discusses the mistakes that were made when the USDA adopted the low-fat guidelines over 30 years ago. For example, clinical trials were never conducted before low-fat recommendations were made public. Also, the observational studies that were used were of extremely poor quality. The low-fat theory is no longer scientifically or morally defensible as our children now suffer from metabolic diseases (diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, obesity, etc.) at a pandemic rate. These problems were non-existent in this age group decades ago. Below is the Time Magazine cover from 30 years ago in 1984. I am very happy to see the correction. However, the low-fat hypothesis still has a firm grip on the medical community and is firmly entrenched in Western dietary culture. Without a doubt, it is the most devastating scientific/political blunder in the course of modern civilization with far reaching consequences worldwide.
As my collection of cookbooks continues to grow, let me pass on a couple of new additions. First, Michelle Tam has published Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (She has a blog by the same name and it happens to be one of my favorites). I pre-ordered this cookbook 6 months ago and it was well worth the wait. Friendly for both young people and adults, she walks you through the entire Paleo experience with bright, colorful, vibrant illustrations (when it comes to cookbooks, for me, the more pictures the better). Recipes include building block basics, kid friendly paleo lunches, quick snacks, delicious dinners and tasty treats.
Kate Evans Scott has published another valuable kid friendly cookbook that enables our youngsters to eat real food. Add it to our growing list of low carb/paleo cookbooks for children. It’s called The Paleo Kid Lunch Box. It includes 27 recipes designed to deliver where our school-provided lunches fail. Check it out!
The month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month and we are losing the battle. The number of cases, worldwide, has risen to 382 million. The majority of these cases are Type II diabetics and, unfortunately, a large number of these people (175 million) are walking around undiagnosed. There are over 5 million deaths attributed to the disease every year – approximately 1 death every 6 seconds. Annual costs worldwide are estimated at $548 billion. In the year 2035, it is estimated that 592 million people will suffer from the disease. Aside from premature death, the long list of complications will lead to long-term disability for many.
The rise in Type 2 diabetic patients is, of course, not limited to the adult patient population. Children and adolescents are increasingly at risk. Alarming given that Type 2 diabetes was essentially nonexistent in children a century ago.
The statistics are grim. The predictions are horrific. The costs are horrendous. For the sake of future generations, we need to denounce the advice that we know has failed . Instead, we need to utilize science in order to provide sound public health advice. The Swedish recommendations follow a literature review of sixteen thousand studies. Sixteen thousand studies later, we are on the same course. Let’s change that!
Here is a link to Robin Strathdee’s wonderful 2 part series on how to handle a myriad of situations involving our children and other people’s food.
Halloween is around the corner and it provides an opportune time to discuss a topic that comes up frequently when I counsel parents and kids about eating real food. What should we, as parents, do when it comes to holidays, birthday parties, grandparent outings, and similar events? After all, much time and energy has been spent on learning which foods are meant to nourish our bodies and which “foods” can harm us. Maybe we’ve spent some time with an educated low-carb health professional or we’ve done our own research on the internet or in the bookstore. We’ve successfully implemented nutritional change at home and eliminated refined sugar, corn and wheat. What strategy should we take when our children are offered refined high-carb food outside the home? In the event of a food allergy, certainly, 100% avoidance should be instituted. If we are following LCHF for overall health and well-being, however, there is more wiggle room. As parents, we can still attempt strict dietary control. Many (including my wife and me), are willing to let the kids take part in outings and celebrations without restriction. Although we often allow the kids to enjoy these foods during the event, we often take control of the situation afterwards. In the end, I don’t feel there is a right or wrong answer. Robin Strathdee writes about this very topic in Part 1 of an article at
whole9life.com. I encourage you to read through and ponder this so you can make a decision that is right for you and your children.
I’ve decided to go ahead and take a sabbatical of sorts. Another break from blogging to focus on my “day job” which consists of managing my patient practice. In addition, our newest son Ezra, is 6 months old and I am happily shifting more focus/energy at home where it should be. The blog will remain as is, in it’s current state for your review. I would like parents, teens and children to continue to educate themselves – I believe that is our best hope at curbing the rapid increase in the number of obese children in our population. Also, my hope is that fellow pediatricians are motivated to question nutritional dogma and take the time to learn basic nutritional science that is largely left out of medical school curriculum.