Pam and Terry Young have recently posted lectures from the 2012 low carb cruise. I was truly blown away by the nutritional knowledge in that conference room everyday and I am very excited to have a chance to pass these lectures on. In addition, a few of the powerpoint notes from the cruise are at the website for the 2013 Low Carb Cruise. As an aside, the cruise is open to ANYONE who wants to learn the latest and most accurate information on diet and healthy living. I highly recommend it – we really felt at home the moment my wife and I stepped onboard.
There are a couple of topics that I’ve wanted to blog on but I would rather just forward you on to the experts:
The first topic is the vegetarian diet. Now I DO REALIZE that people are vegetarian or vegan for many different reasons. What I want to emphasize is that the science behind the vegetarian diet is WRONG. The goto book for vegetarians/vegans is “The China Study.” Denise Minger is a former vegetarian (for 10 years) who finally decided to look at the science (the last straw for her was when she walked into her dentist and was found to have 16 dental caries). She has since healed herself and currently is working on a new book project “Death by Food Pyramid.” I have never seen a study picked apart as skillfully and completely as Denise Minger does. If you understand science, you will walk away convinced that there is no scientific basis for the vegetarian diet. AGAIN, I am not here to judge people who choose to eat this way. But science is not on your side. I think culture and finance probably play a bigger role here. Denise has a wonderful blog called Rawfoodsos.com. In addition to her stellar critique of The China Study, she does a wonderful job showing why the movie “Forks Over Knives” has no scientific basis as well.
The second topic I wanted to highlight (and again only because I don’t think I’ve done an adequate job covering these subjects on my blog yet — each lecture is worth your time) is Carbohydrate Addiction. Jacqueline Eberstein, R.N. worked with Dr. Atkins for 30 years while he saved lives. Dr. Atkins’ accomplishments are a cornerstone of the low-carb/paleo movement. He has been vilified for many reasons, NONE of which involve science or public welfare. It is interesting to note that in her lecture, she admits to being as much of a skeptic as anyone. She took the job because she needed a job. Of course, over time she realized that Doc knew what he was doing! Anyway, Carbohydrate Addiction is real. I don’t think anyone truly denies that. We are not judging people who are addicted to carbs. Our job is to point out that evidence exists to support the concept. In addition, she gives some wonderful tips on how to beat carb addiction. In the beginning of the lecture, she talks about her early days when she would come home after work and eat an entire Entenmann’s chocolate cake! Finally, available online are her powerpoint notes (right side).