Dr. Noah Tall

From the files of Dr. Noah Tall (aka me):

The bread and carbohydrate industries have succeeded.  The Atkins
Diet is now considered a past trend and fad diet.  The business
may be filing for bankruptcy (somehow, despite the goo-gobs of money
they must have made).  I even heard some blowhard, Mort
something-or-other, on “The Situation With Tucker Carlson” going on
about how Dr. Atkins was hundreds of pounds overweight when he
died.  I’d like to dispel this myth. 

I wrote a blog about it
many moons ago.  The gist of which was this:  Atkins was a
few pounds overweight when he died.  I even posted a photo of him
that was taken about a week before he died.  On the coroner’s
report he is listed as being very overweight because of the excess
fluids in his body as a result of his condition and injuries sustained
when he fell on those icy steps.  I had a great uncle who suffered
an embollism who was a petite, spry 90-year old man.  Sharp as a
tack, too.  He had an embollism, ended up in the hospital, and my
mother said that she barely recognized him after a few days because he
was so bloated with fluids building up in his body.

The Atkins Diet is a bit extreme.  From what I understand, it’s
not good for you over the long term, despite the fact that it
works.  Something about excess protein being hard on the liver and
of course consuming lots of saturated fats is not the brightest thing
in the world.  But there’s something that should not be lost
here.  The South Beach Diet and similar eating plans are similar
but smarter than the Atkins Diet as it is understood, but the first two
weeks of all of these diets require fasting, more or less, from
carbohydrates. 

The purpose is to break you of your addiction to
carbs and in the process you’ll lose 7 to 10 lbs. and be so impressed
with yourself that you’ll have the momentum to carry on.  Then you
bring back carbs into your diet in a reasonable and judicious
way.  In some cases you try to observe the glycemic index of
different foods.  In other words — and here’s the key — AVOID
REFINED CARBOHYDRATES!

The bread and fast/snack food and other industries worked hard to fight
against the low- and smart-carb diets.  Combine that with the
normal popularity curve of a diet and the low-carb craze is
waning.  But let me say this again.  Don’t believe the hype
that you see in the media.  There are two things to avoid no
matter how you decide to obtain nutrients or lose weight.

1.  AVOID REFINED CARBOHYDRATES!  They make you fat, depress
your mood (after the sugar high passes), cause your blood-sugar levels
to spike, and can lead to diabetes and heart disease, blah blah
blah.  And they’re literally addictive.

2.  AVOID HYDROGENATED OILS!  These are plasticized fats,
more or less.   Vegetable oil is treated, bleached, and God
knows what else, and then is processed with hydrogen bubbles until it
hardens.  It doesn’t go rancid (like natural fats), has a long
shelf life, and has all the appealing qualities of natural fats: taste,
texture, bake-ability, fry-ability, etc.  The bad news is that
it’s some kind of chemically-mutated substance but your body thinks
it’s eating fat.  That means that it uses the mutant fat like it
would real fat, but the mutant fat is basically “plastic”.  So
instead of the supple, healthy qualities and the role that real fat
serves in keeping us alive and facilitating things like healthy skin,
organs and functioning brain cells, you end up with a rigid, industrial
chemical interspersed throughout your body’s cells.

Despite the last 40 years of PSA’s and media blitzes about the dangers
of saturated fats and such, and despite the low-fat crazes of the past
few decades, heart disease is rampant and is one of the leading killers
in the USA.  We’re a fat, fat country.  Children are developing adult-type diabetes at
troubling rates.  Two things have coincided with these epidemics:
the nearly ubiquitous use of refined carbs and hydrogenated oils in the
American diet.

Don’t be a victim of the experiments of the food industry and the
willful neglect and incompetence of the FDA and USDA.  They do not
have your best interest in mind.

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