“Because give [rats] human junk foods and out the window goes their interest in any boring diet pellets and nom nom nom (some more than others) and obese they get. Due to their physiological reaction to the unique foods in combination, and not the components thereof. There is nothing, not even the disapproving look from a momma rat, to stop them and they just keep on eating.”—
Evelyn Kocur aka @CarbSane
Great isolated quote from a rat study that was poorly designed by a paleo researcher, which in many respects shows that many rat studies do not always approximate human behaviors. This quote was the only situation where they do, in contrast to the study in question.
Oh Rats!! II: Usefulness of Rat Studies & Unmotivated Fat Rats
[Gary] Taubes is easily exposed and debunked. That he’s still even in this game and hasn’t returned to something he presumably knows a little more about, is a testimony to the power of… persona… And more than anything else, the incredible draw to the messenger who is telling people what they want to hear.
But if Taubes has his way, and the doctors and scientists actually DO listen to him, the lives of many stand to be impacted through…treatments based on truly flawed science. Where medicine goes wrong today, it will not be righted by the likes of Gary Taubes.
Evelyn Kocur aka @CarbSane
Scientist Bashing I ~ The only sport approved by your favorite VLC guru?
For the practicing clinician, however, the major argument for extending measurement of subclasses [of LDL particle size] into the mass market is the hypothesis that one subclass is more atherogenic than another. Because evidence clearly indicates that all Apo B–containing particles are atherogenic, this reasoning is akin to the argument that an Uzi submachine gun is more deadly than an M16 or an AK47.
So you’ve got large and fluffy LDL instead of small, dense LDL? So Dr. Oz/Robert Lustig/Paleo and Low Carb gurus say they’re benign? Think you’re safe from Coronary Artery Disease?
Is a Very Low Fat Diet Required to Reverse Atherosclerosis?
Is it really the 10% fat content of the Ornish/Esselstyn diet which causes the regression of arterial plaques? Or is it, instead, the type of fat eaten that makes the difference rather than the fat percentage?
Is it actually the reduction of LDL and inflammation of a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet that reverses the disease process?
Revelatory research done by the Cleveland Clinic with high dose statins (80mg) and intravenous ultrasound (IVUS) gives us the answer:
Coronary plaques were verified with IVUS to shrink when LDL was lowered to 60 mg/dl or below. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of the statins contributed even further to the reversal process. Even more plaque improvements were made with blood pressure reduction and blood sugar control in diabetics.
Of course, they could have tested a whole foods, plant-based diet, too, but what can one expect from an interventionist medical profession which has so little faith in supporting lifestyle change as the answer for most patients in a pill-popping culture and an obesegenic environment?
These drug trials and IVUS technology at least confirm that actual atheroma regression is FACT, not fiction. Nor is it mere vegetarian/vegan propaganda. And that’s VERY exciting!!
So how does a whole foods, plant-based diet reverse coronary vascular disease AND reduce cardiac mortality?
(1) Dramatic reduction of LDL.
(2) The anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic properties of copious and synchronous phytochemical compounds such as salicylic acid and others in their natural state, plus the absence or limitation of inflammatory endotoxins from animal foods.
(3) The blood flow enhancement of nitric oxide generated by leafy green vegetables (a process which is augmented, btw, by sun exposure).
(4) Lowered blood pressure lessens the constant physical trauma to arteries.
(5) Natural blood sugar control and increase in insulin sensitivity.
(6) Weight reduction further contributes biochemically to the decrease of endogenous saturated fat, LDL, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and inflammation.
So this begs the question about the percentage of fat in the WFPB diet. Obviously, the less total fat in the diet, the less LDL-raising saturated fat there will be in the body. However, it seems that the inclusion of whole food polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat sources like nuts, seeds, and avocados may help lower LDL and inflammatory CRP’s even further [possibly speeding up atherosclerotic regression], as mentioned in this video by Dr. Joel Fuhrman:
IVUS is fascinating technology. Unlike thallium stress tests or angiograms which are two-dimensional and really show just blood-flow, intravenous ultrasound is 3D and images the actual plaque itself! IVUS reveals the amazing reason a person can have a heart attack days or weeks after plaques have NOT been detected by current diagnostic imaging in common use:
Plaques begin by growing outward first before they ever encroach on blood flow inside the artery! Unstable plaques can kill without a single visible stenosis. Can you say Sudden Cardiac Death?
Check out the Cleveland Clinic videos on this subject:
“Can someone please take Justin Bieber out of here? I’m looking at you, Canada. He is your native son, please welcome him back with open arms. Or closed arms. Look, I don’t really care, just take him. Don’t make us catapult him across the border. The rest of the world, can you all take a Kardashian? Please? You can split them all between you. Just take them.”—Nisus Newsletter
“Evidently [Gary Taubes] instructed Dr. Willett to go read a chapter in a textbook titled Modern Epidemiology and learn how the “best epidemiologists” conduct real research. As it turns out Dr. Willett actually wrote the chapter in question.”—
Does this show, as the titillating headlines suggest, that saturated fat is unrelated to coronary disease? No, however we might wish it to be so. It merely shows there is more than one way to eat badly — and from my perspective, our culture seems committed to exploring them all.…
But the headlines we are getting, while much more exciting, are entirely misleading. There was no suggestion at all here of any health benefits of saturated fat, and some hint of harmful effects.
Chew carefully on headlines before choosing to swallow the hyperbole.
“We can now say that CHD [coronary heart disease] rates are not so low in France, animal fat intake not so high, and the diet-heart concept not so unique that the existence of a “French paradox” may be sustained any longer, except as cultural fantasy or a marketing ploy.”—Pierre Ducimetière, PhD—
Coronary heart disease in France and in Europe:
where are the facts?
Dialogues in Cardiovascular Medicine - Vol 13 . No. 3 . 2008
“For those whose sources of protein were heavily plant-based — nuts and legumes — the increased risk of dying of cancer declined and the increased risk of all-cause mortality disappeared altogether.”—High-protein diets: Bad for the middle-aged, good for the elderly
The advice we got decades ago to cut dietary fat was never intended as advice to eat low-fat, high-starch, high-sugar cookies. When the advice to cut fat was first provided, there was no such thing as highly-processed, low-fat junk food. The food industry exploited the advice and invented low-fat junk food to take advantage of it.
The advice to cut fat was intended to direct us to the naturally low-fat foods that existed at the time, namely vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, and lean meats.
We never followed the advice we got. Instead…the percentage of total calories from fat in the typical American diet went down not because we reduced our fat intake, but because we increased our total calorie intake.
[cfsp key=”google_adsense_300x250”]“Apple is quietly investing far more money to acquire talent, technology and production capacity than the market appears to realize, having liberally outspent even Google over the past year,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.
“While the identity of a significant number of Apple’s acquisitions remains intentionally shrouded in mystery, the dollar…
“LDL is not just a mere risk factor, like any other biomarker. It is the actual delivery mechanism of the very substance that forms most of the [atherosclerotic] lesion. Therefore, unlike the other risk factors, it alone is sufficient to drive the disease process.”—
PlantPositive.com —The Futility of Cholesterol Denialism, Part 1: How Much LDL?
“Why, then, do we love our smartphones and Twitter apps so much? Because we want to be lovers of our time. The urge to belong to our age is more powerful than the need to use our time efficiently.”—Adam Gopnik,
A Point of View: Why I don’t tweet http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26066325
Before The 17th Century, Almost All Cultivated Carrots Were Purple
The modern day orange carrot wasn’t cultivated until Dutch growers in the late 16th century took mutant strains of the existing purple carrot and gradually developed them into the orange variety we have today. Before this,…
This is about the longest multi-pronged post I have ever seen. Interesting stuff, but why not break it up into individual “lessons” to make posts more focused and shareable?
In 2005, on Google’s sprawling, college-like campus, the most secret and ambitious of many, many teams was Google’s own smartphone effort—the Android project… a revolutionary device that would change the mobile phone industry forever. […]
Chris DeSalvo’s reaction to the iPhone was immediate and visceral. ‘As a consumer I was blown away. I wanted one immediately. But as a Google engineer, I thought ‘We’re going to have to start over.’
[…] for the Google Android team, the iPhone was a kick in the stomach.
'What we had suddenly looked just so … nineties,' DeSalvo said. 'It’s just one of those things that are obvious when you see it.'
The Day Google Had to ‘Start Over’ on Android, Fred Vogelstein in The Atlantic
This article is excerpted and adapted from the second chapter of Fred Vogelstein’s book <i>Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution.
“Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works. We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.”—
Bravo on the quick response, Twitter. If there is a problem with blocked users retaliating because they’ve been informed that they’ve been blocked, then stop telling blocked users that they’ve been blocked! If you feel the term “block” is inaccurate for tweets that are visible to the general public, then rephrase the action as “ignore user” or “freeze relationship”.
“Many Twitter users who have been abused and who undergo continuous harassment on Twitter — especially women — will likely not be pleased that their tweets can now be easily favorited and re-tweeted within the confines of Twitter’s platform. Yes, their tweets were never truly private because Twitter is a public service — but a policy that makes it easier to interact with tweets and add commentary to them (even if it’s not visible to you, personally) seems like it’s missing the point.”—
TechCrunch, Twitter Says New Blocking Policy Which Allows Following, Tweet Interaction Is To Prevent Retaliation
This interview is excerpted from the ThinkUp Insights Interviews series, which asks some of the most influential and innovative people on the Internet about the future of social networking and social media. You can get the full Insights book with all of these interviews when you join ThinkUp.
Tearing up at mention of Steve Jobs’s death as a shared experience on Twitter.
“For more than two years I had the greatest respect for the work Samsung’s lawyers were doing on this case. They have a weak case, but I thought they were doing a great job and giving Apple a run for the money under the circumstances.[…] But after yesterday’s untruths concerning the status of the reexamination proceedings, I now know that they can no longer be trusted even on binary facts.”—
Florian Mueller, FOSS Patents::
Apple says Samsung’s stalling strategy ‘has crossed the bounds of reason’, reexamination isn’t over