Monthly Archives: January 2009

Learn how to eat from Survivorman

Look no farther than Discovery Channel to learn how humans were meant to eat. The Survivorman show documents the (self-filmed) 7-day adventures of Les Stroud, who is dropped into various remote corners of the world to survive on little but … Continue reading

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CIS: Carbohydrate intolerance syndrome

Carbohydrate intolerance comes in many shades and colors, shapes and sizes. I call all of its varieties the Carbohydrate Intolerance Syndrome, or CIS. (Not to be confused with CSI, or Crime Scene Investigation . . . though, come to think … Continue reading

Posted in Low-carb diets | 28 Comments

Making sense out of lipid changes

Maggie had been doing well on her program, enjoying favorable lipids near our 60-60-60 targets (HDL 60 mg/dl or greater, LDL 60 mg/dl or less, triglycerides 60 mg/dl or less). Last fall, her last set of values were: Total cholesterol: … Continue reading

Posted in Cholesterol, Lipids | 9 Comments

How to Give Yourself Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: 101

I borrowed this from the enormously clever Dr. BG at The Animal Pharm Blog. How to Give Yourself Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: 101 –lack of sunlight/vitamin D/indoor habitation–mental stress–more mental stress–sleep deprivation… (excessive mochas/lattes at Berkeley cafes)–excessive ‘social’ calendar–inherent family history of … Continue reading

Posted in Thyroid health | 18 Comments

Why an RDA for vitamin D?

The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) of the Institute of Medicine is charged with setting the values for the Recommended Daily Allowances of various essential nutrients. However, when it comes to vitamin D, the FNB decided that “evidence is insufficient … Continue reading

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Bargains for Armour Thyroid

We use Armour thyroid almost exclusively. I take it myself. I am thoroughly convinced that, for at least 70% of people requiring thyroid replacement, the added T3 component makes a world of difference compared to isolated T4: More energy, greater … Continue reading

Posted in Thyroid health | 10 Comments

Heart scan mis-information on WebMD

If you want information on how prescription drugs fit into your life, then go to WebMD. But, if you are looking for information that cuts through the bullcrap, is untainted by the heavy-handed tactics of the drug industry, or doesn’t … Continue reading

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Heart disease prevention for the helpless, ignorant, or non-compliant

The media outlets are gushing with the “research”/marketing spinoff of the JUPITER trial, an analysis conducted by Dr. Erica Spatz of Yale University, that suggests that statin use should be expanded to many millions more Americans. USA Today: Study: 11M … Continue reading

Posted in Statin drugs | 9 Comments

Dangerous mis-information on vitamin D

Please be aware of the ignorant propagating information they have no business talking about. This is one such example, a newsletter from pop exercise guru, Denise Austin. Although I’m sure she means well, I have a problem with people who … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two LDL’s

Kurt, a 50-year old businessman with a heart scan score of 323, had a : –Conventional (calculated) LDL of 128 mg/dl–Real measured LDL 241 mg/dl. Laurie, a 53-year old woman who underwent a coronary bypass operation last year (before I … Continue reading

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