Low Carb Health

Information about health and low carb diets, particularly conditions that may be improved by a low carb diet eg diabetes, fibromyalgia.

Common Myths About Low Carbohydrate Diets
Over the last several years, low-carbohydrate diets have experienced a substantial increase in popularity. However, along with the ever-increasing popularity of these diets, there has been an increase in the number, and virulence, of attacks on them by advocates of the high-carbohydrate, low-animal fat diet theory that came into vogue around 40 years ago. Nutrition "experts", who should know better, repeat common myths about low-carbohydrate eating that are clearly disputed by ample scientific and empirical evidence. 

Why Diabetics Should Avoid High Carbohydrate Diets.
Among the influential mainstream proponents of low-fat nutrition is the American Diabetes Association who, for years, has recommended that diabetics consume a high-carbohydrate diet. Never mind that diabetes is an illness characterized by glucose intolerance; that is, an inability to efficiently metabolize dietary carbohydrates which, regardless of their source (complex, simple, high-glycemic, low-glycemic, high-fiber, low-fiber) are ultimately broken down into glucose inside the body. 

Dr Bernstein's Diabetes Solution 
If you're diabetic, you really owe it to yourself to read this book.  Dr Bernstein is a 'type one' diabetic who became a diabetes specialist.  His main interest is in the prevention of diabetic complications (like amputations, blindness, kidney failure).  He has been able to prevent, and sometimes reverse diabetic complications with a low carbohydrate diet approach that tightly controls the diabetic's blood sugar readings.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterised by chronic, widespread muscular pain. It feels rather like having arthritis in the muscles.  If you're fibromyalgic, you wake up in the morning stiff and sore all over, often feeling worse than when you went to bed. Many fibromyalgia experts believe that a majority of fibromyalgics are hypoglycemic, and will benefit from a low carbohydrate diet 

Victorian Government Rolls Out the Anti-Low-Carb Propaganda Machine!
Yep, forget about Al Qaeda, violent assaults, or dangerous drivers; Victorian Health Minister Bronwyn Pike has decided that what Victorians really need protection from is the late low-carb guru Dr. Robert Atkins and all those other heartless scoundrels who recommend popular low-carbohydrate diets!

An Open Letter to Victorian Health Minister Bronwyn Pike.
Recently, you announced a new campaign, to be conducted by your government at taxpayer expense, that would endeavor to alert Victorian residents to the alleged "dangers" of low-carbohydrate diets. To the best of my knowledge, this action is unprecedented in Australian political history, for no state government has ever taken it upon themselves to issue warnings against a specific diet, despite the fact that certain dietary regimens have indeed been directly linked to ill-health and death.


For more information on fibromyalgia see Pain Busters Clinic - they specialise in the treatment of fibromyalgia, and recommend a low carb diet to their fibromyalgia patients.

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