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Two articles you should read.

The first is here:

When Canadian physician Dr Jay Wortman realised he was diabetic 12 years ago, he cut carbs (sugars and starches) from his diet to ‘buy time’ before deciding what medication to take. He was amazed, and hugely relieved, to find that all his symptoms disappeared within a few days, never to return. He doesn’t say he is ‘cured’ in the conventional sense. He does say that he is without any symptoms of the condition, which he says is as close to being cured as it’s possible to come. He knows if he goes back to his old eating habits, the symptoms will return, and he will once again be diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes.

This isn't singular, and this isn't some fluke -- he's a real honest-to-god Doctor.  Further, he's implemented this with traditional Canadian individuals, and seen similar if not more-profound results.

I've talked about this for a while here on the column.  I didn't start eating LCHF because I had diabetes; there was no indication that I was aware of that I had trouble coming in that regard.  My reason for doing so was that I was getting fatter, a couple of pounds a year, and it was relentless and non-responsive, other than for short periods, to exercise.

I tried cutting out the fats and eating a mostly-vegetable and some lean-meat (e.g. fish, etc) diet, along with exercise.  I was never able to lose more than 10lbs doing that and as soon as I stopped the heavy workouts it all came back.  Worse, my endurance never really went anywhere (for the better) in terms of exercise tolerance, which meant those workouts were torture.

I decided I'd have enough of that crap and thus didn't go on a diet -- I changed my lifestyle.  In addition to adopting "Couch-to-5k" I cut out all of the carbohydrates from my diet with the exception of green, fresh or flash-frozen vegetables.  The rules for what I did not put in my mouth were simple:

  • No starches (e.g. potatoes, etc)
  • No vegetable oils of any sort with the exception of room-temperature olive oil (e.g. as a salad dressing.)
  • No canned (processed and preserved, usually with added sugars and other crap) foods.
  • No sugars other than those naturally occurring in unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
  • No grains (including pastas)
  • Target for protein was in the 20-25% of caloric intake range.
  • Fruit intake restricted to light in quantity, as would be naturally found (e.g. equivalent in intake to one medium orange a day.)
  • No juices or other means of concentrating foods and absolutely zero "meal replacements" of any sort (e.g. "shakes", snake-oil sold or not.)

Of course there's only three types of food at a macro level -- carbs, proteins and fats.  This meant that by definition if I was only going to eat 50g or less of carbs a day, all of them in the form of vegetables (10% or less of my intake) and I was targeting 20-25% of intake of protein, the rest had to be saturated fats of some form.

You'll hear people espouse a "whole, natural, vegetable-based diet" as an option.  I have a question for those people: Show me the energy intake you achieve by doing that and I'll probably be able to show you processed carbs or starches that you're denying you are eating but in fact are a monstrous percentage of your total intake.

Why?  Because it's virtually impossible to get 1,800 calories a day, close to base requirements, otherwise.  A bowl full of brussels sprouts is ~200 calories.  You'd have to eat nine of them in a day to get 1,800 calories!  Other vegetables are similar, and it's only by climbing into the starchy and grainy things -- or adding sugars and plant-based oils which are where the problem is coming from -- you evade that reality.

This doesn't mean you can't manage to do it on a vegetarian or vegan "whole food" diet.  You can.  It's just very hard, both from a cost and logistic point of view.  I get it that some people have enough drive, for whatever reason (and frequently that comes from some sort of personal conviction about eating animals) to get there.  That's fine but evangelizing about it being "pure" or "good" without noting that you are EITHER going to have to deal with a logistic and cost nightmare or you're CHEATING and 20 years down the road you'll still get the bad effects is dishonest.

Incidentally there are plenty of people who do that cheating and do get the bad effects.  People drop like flies eating so-called "vegetarian" or "vegan" diets and I've seen some damn fat vegans.  That's because their "whole food" claims don't meet up with truth when it comes to what actually goes down their pie hole.  I'm always astonished at the people who claim "vegan" yet eat breads of any sort - and frequently lots of them - and think this is "healthy."

It most-certainly is not; bread in any form is arguably worse in terms of insulin response and thus metabolic syndrome causing than eating pure table sugar out of the package of equivalent mass.  But this is how most people claiming such a food choice manage to hit daily caloric needs; two slices of bread are 200 very-high insulin-response calories, but it would require four servings of broccoli (an entire bunch, roughly) to get the same 200 calories, with close to zero insulin response -- and engender a hell of a lot more cost, time to consume and bulk.

So yes, if you wish to follow the vegan or vegetarian view of food that is a workable approach.  Just be aware that if you're doing it for health reasons, rather than simply out of personal conviction of some sort that the same rules as above apply to eating vegan or vegetarian as those of us who choose to eat "paleo" (mis-named) or, more-properly, "carb-restricted".

An actual accurate name for "carb restricted" lifestyles would be no-fast-carb eating.  As an example Brussel Sprouts do have carbs in them -- about 8g per serving.  Roughly 3g of that is fiber (that is, it doesn't digest and thus while technically carbohydrate it doesn't absorb) and the rest is absorbed so slowly that it has a negligible impact on insulin levels.  If you eat one cup of them, however, you no longer need the orange that day as your entire dietary Vitamin C requirement has been met and yet you only consumed 38 calories!

Fats have zero impact on insulin levels, yet they're both (1) calorie dense (7 cal/gm as opposed to 4 cal/gm for either carbs or protein) and they are a perfectly-acceptable fuel for your body.  Because they do not result in an insulin response they also don't inhibit leptin, which is the enzyme that tells your brain that you don't need to eat.  In short it's not the fat per-se that satiates you, it's the absence of excess insulin in your system.

If your primal desire to eat is stimulated because the leptin signal is absent you are now fighting your most-primal urge to stick your face in the refrigerator and consume its contents.  While some people will win that battle most will and do lose.

Now here's a second link for you to ponder, and it's very sobering.  The definition of diabetes on a clinical level is pretty simple: An elevated A1c, any random glucose reading over 200, or a fasting level over 125.

The problem is this: By the time you manifest any of these symptoms your body's adaptive response has run out of range.  That is, the proper test isn't for these levels at all, but rather for the amount of insulin in your system after it is challenged by a large intake of sugar.  That would tell you whether or not your body at a cellular level is able to easily use the insulin response to neutralize the metabolic poison that is otherwise going to cause cellular damage.

But there is no easy-to-use insulin level test available.  You can get a $20 meter and some strips at any drug store in the US these days and check your blood sugar, and you probably should even if you have no reason to suspect you are diabetic, because the lack of clinical symptoms doesn't mean you don't have a problem.  But the problem with relying on such a test is that said meter will only tell you if your metabolic response is badly enough damaged that it can no longer maintain control -- in other words it's like a device that tells you the roof has just caved in when there's a structure fire rather than a smoke alarm that tells you the damn building is on fire in the first place when it's still easy to put out.

Most people today who eat starches and other fast carbohydrates have some degree of damage in this regard.

A lot of this -- that is, how much insult these regulatory systems in your body can sustain and not give up, appears to be hereditary.  But given enough insult damn near everyone's body will give up, and the real question is why you'd want to insult your system like this on a daily basis in the first place, rolling the dice with your genetic draw.

When you get to the bottom line it's this: If your insulin levels are low you will not store glucose as fat because the mechanism to do so is regulated by insulin levels.  You also won't inhibit the leptin signalling pathway that tells your brain that you're not hungry, and thus you won't turn on that primal instinct to raid the refrigerator.

Finally, polyunsaturated fatty acids as found in vegetable oils are implicated in damaging metabolic pathways.  These are not naturally-occurring products; while there is certainly peanut oil in peanuts, nobody would eat enough peanuts to get the amount of oil that is ingested when you cook with or use said oil "neat."  Canola, corn, soybean, cottonseed and sesame oil, to name a few more, are simply never found in the wild at all.  You'd have to eat an unbelievable amount of actual corn from a cob in order to get a material amount of corn oil, but orders of magnitude more are eaten easily when its used in cooking, baking and similar.  These, along with products made from them such as margarine, are all manufactured and do not naturally occur.

While the lack of "natural occurrence" is not proof of harmfulness in this case there is specific evidence that these oils in fact inhibit essential enzyme pathways in the body.  Exactly how harmful this happens to be is open to a fair bit of debate but do you wish to be the lab rat -- because you are -- especially when you have 200+ million Americans around you who have done so and gotten both fat and sick?

So if you follow the rules above on what not to eat, does this necessarily mean you will always have bacon in the fridge?  No.  There are other paths.

But none of them involve "shakes" or other "wonder concoctions", all of which are cheats of some form, and whether you get results or not depends largely on whether you're honest about what is actually going in your pie hole.

Try it -- the only thing you have to lose is that extra 20, 30, 50 or 100 lbs.

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As I asked earlier in the day...

How long until the market calls "BeeEss" on Yellen, since Congress spent all day doing so?

It looks like the answer is "about the time she finished testifying"; S&P futures are straight down since, off ~35 handles or approaching 2%.

So far.

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Fiorina is done, and apparently Christie is also going to quit.

The field narrows..... Fiorina never had a decent shot at anything, nor should she have.  She's simply not competent to play at this game, nor has she ever been able to put forward an articulated policy position that makes sense in aggregate.  Before I disagree with you I have to understand what you're proposing! 

Christie, on the other hand, is the worst of establishment politicians.  Thuggish in both appearance and action, he has no place on such a stage either, and the voters want none of him.  Good.

Now where are the journalists that will demand to see that CRBA from Cruz, and what the hell does Bush think he's doing given his documented failures, most-particularly his intentional refusal to put a stop to illegally-present persons from getting Florida Driver licenses, without which 9/11 might not have happened at all.

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New Hampshire was interesting from one aspect that a few are talking about, but everyone on the left ought to be paying attention to.

She won exactly one demographic over Sanders: Those with annual incomes over $250,000.

That was it.

We can safely call those the Bribery Class, because it pretty-much is when it comes to political "contributions" of various sorts.

Something to think about.....

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2016-02-10 10:44 by Karl Denninger
in Federal Reserve , 164 references

There's nothing good here for the ChairSatan.

She's getting hammered from both sides of the aisle; on the CRA from the left, on refusal to comply with subpoenas and letters on the right.  On regulatory failures, on the refusal to shrink the balance sheet, on the inability to respond effectively to anything else that might come in time, along with allegations of corruption within The Fed and stonewalling by Yellen.

Better have a nice, stiff drink when you get done Yellen.

The Fed's credibility has evaporated with Congress; it is down to that of a pile of dogcrap.

How long will it be before the markets come to the same conclusion that Congress has reached?


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