May 22

Protein Power Website

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Well, finally the new Protein Power Website is up; at least the Home Page is. The rest of the site should be up as the week progresses.
I’ll give you a heads up of what the site is going to contain when it gets completely functional.
First, the Home Page will have pretty much what you see as it is. We’ll have a section called News Headlines that will contain links to current newsworthy articles pertaining to diet, nutrition, and other topics I think readers will find of interest. In my daily trolling through the various online and hard copy newspapers, magazines and journals I peruse I find a lot of stuff that is probably blog-worthy but that I don’t have the time or inclination to blog on. I’ll post them here and add them as I find them. Only five will show at any one time–the older ones will roll off as I put the newer ones on. All of them will be archived so you can check them out at your leisure.
The Home Page will also have a featured product that we think is of value. We plan ultimately to have an entire section–an online catalog–of nutritional products that we use ourselves and that we have used successfully in treating our patients. These will be products that we have ferreted out from all those available that we think are the best value in terms of both purity and efficacy. The purity issue is important because nutritional supplements are unregulated, and, as a consequence, don’t always contain what they claim to contain. (See the recent News Headline on the site about Black Cohosh to see what I mean.) We work only with manufacturers that provide pharmaceutical grade products that are labeled properly. Right now we’re featuring not a nutritional product, but a bundle of all our Protein Power infomercial kits that include tapes, CDs, workbooks, and a bunch of other stuff along with a hardback copy of The Protein Power LifePlan. Our executive assistant, Kristi McAfee, who oversees all this is moving from Arizona to Idaho, and she has to take all this stuff with her. So, we’re trying to lighten her load as much as possible with this bargain-basement sale. When she weighed it all out it came to a little under 10 pounds, so 10 pounds of good information for 20 bucks including shipping is a heck of a deal.
Finally, the Home Page will have the first paragraph or so of my and MD’s blogs.
We plan to have a full bibliography of Protein Power and The Protein Power LifePlan with links to the actual articles. The website will contain a section that has links to many, many medical, nutritional and scientific journals that provide free full text content. Most of these journals don’t allow full text viewing for anywhere from 6 months to one year, but some have all their content available now.
The website will have a section with full text of what we consider classic low-carb articles.
There will be a section linking to the USDA food data base with instructions for use so that you can look up all the food values for just about anything you can imagine and calculate carbs, protein, fiber, and just about anything else you might imagine. We will have a body fat percentage calculator and a calculator for Resting Metabolic Rate and for Total Energy Expenditure.
We’ll have a link to the Discussion Forum, which is well moderated (not by us, but by a group of knowledgeable, long-term low-carbers) and has proven helpful to many, many people looking for support and answers to questions.
And, since I read a lot instead of having a normal life, we’re going to have a section on the books I’m reading with reviews for anyone who might be interested.
We’ll have the above-mentioned catalog of nutritional products.
All in all the website should be your one-stop shop for low-carb nutritional information. We’re happy to take suggestions for products or information (or for anything, for that matter) that anyone thinks would make the site better. Please don’t hesitate to drop us a note.
I’m sure there is something that I’ve forgotten, but keep a watch out and you’ll see it as it all goes up.
Oh, the ignorant picture up in the upper right corner of the woman who looks like she is getting ready to take flight is not a permanent thing; it will change.


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  1. ” Vitamin overload a risk, NIH says”
    This looks to me like a prelude to placing supplements under the FDA’s control. Supplements are taking a big bite out of big pharmacy and I think big pharmacy is biting back. Red yeast rice, policosanol, fish oil, and niacin are all PDR researched supplements found helpful for blood profiles and possibly anti-artherogenic. People using effective lower cost supplements are hurting big pharmacy.
    When the articles talk about dangers, they seem to come from the position that these supplements have not been tested and who knows what will happen, so lets wait until we have proof of safety. One of the supplements found dangerous was niacin-an overdose could cause liver damage. But reading the PDR on niacin the liver damage hypothesis was found to be lacking because that hypothesis did not explain increases in HDL. If this was a dangerous product positively associated with liver damage, I would expect the PDR would have a warning.
    I am surprised to hear though that regular supplements have problems. I have read product tests and serious failure of major brands is usual not found. Fish oil is more controversial and I believe that it is not hard to find spoiled fish oil in vitamin shops that do not control their inventory freshness carefully. But(I take 10 fish oil caps a day-so I am more qualified than most) I have found safe and fresh fish oil easy to buy at Costco.
    Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw are forced to add exotic ingredients to their LEF.org supplements to justify their high prices. The exotic ingredients enhance the absorbability of their products-I remain unconvinced because the research doesn’t have special ingredients. I buy on price thinking that there is little reason for one brand to be remarkably better than another. The lutein/zeaxathin and tumeric offered by LEF is priced at market, but many of their other products are not. Their alpha lipoic acid is very expensive compared to the alpha lipoic acid that I buy at vitamins.com. My alpha lipoic aicid works well for me. But the possibility that the advice at LEF.org could be driven and affected by the profit motive makes me very careful and cautious when reading their material.
    Costs are important and many PP followers will be unable to afford your PPLP recommended supplements without the discount prices available in the market.

  2. I will be MOST interested in seeing the PPLP bibliography to see how well I did in finding all the PubMed references for all the book’s citations. I had copied it from the old web site before it died. I took me several dozens of hours over many months to go through the whole bibliography. The typos/misspellings made finding some of the PubMed references quite a detective job. Being an electronic engineer, I spent many hours in the computer center searching for where the bad signal was coming from that was keeping the computer from working. That was good “training” for the PubMed searching. 🙂
    If you are intrested, I can give you the URL for the PPLP bibliography page I put on my web space from my ISP for another person to look at. I do not like to send attachments, so the web space I have from my ISP is the best place to let others get information and pictures from me. You might also be intrested in my lipid profile graph. Triacylglycerol went from the 200 range to 50 and HDL from 50 to 75.
    Hi Larry–
    I am interested, especially if you corrected all the typos/misspellings. Thanks in advance.
    MRE

    1. Dr Eades,

      Your " Paleopathology and the origins of the low-carb diet" reminded of the great joy it was to attend Low Carb Denver 2020. After listening to your lecture's reissue, I saw that you mentioned a bibliography being available at proteinpower.comundefinedLCDEN2020. I realize you're redone your website, but I'm having difficulty localizing the references. Would you kindly inform me if it's still available or refer me to the section or link where I can access it.

      Sincerely, mani malagón

  3. I actually like the picture of the woman at the top with her arms outstretched; it tells me she finally has broken free of the misleading advice of low-fat dieting and calorie counting. Kind of like how I felt after reading your book and realizing it was all going to be okay after all.
    Adam
    Hi Adam–
    That’s one vote in favor of my web guy.
    Thanks–
    MRE

  4. I had made this suggestion on Mary’s blog a bit back, so this seems like the perfect time. I was thinking maybe some sort of section for addenda to PPLP with changes, new thoughts and suggestions, etc so that we know if anything has changed. Can’t wait for the new site to be all done…and am considering one of those packs for $20…seems like a good deal I may not want to pass up!
    Hi Michael–
    Good idea about an addendum section on the site. If I suggested in right now my web guy might commit seppuku; I’ve got him working hard to do the stuff we’ve already committed to. Perhaps in a few weeks we could think about your suggestion.
    We try to sort of do what you ask in our blogs.
    The $20 pack is a steal. At that price you can buy one for everyone you know.
    Best–
    MRE

  5. Dr. Eades,
    I seem to keep getting interrupted in my attempt to respond to you. I must have deleted the biblio to make space for something else on my ISP web space. I probably felt it was OK to delete it since I had uploaded it to the following location;
    http://ppwol.suddenlaunch3.com/index.cgi?board=resources
    Corrections & Comments on PPLP Biblio
    That seemed like an appropriate place to put it so it would be an easy for people to find it. I also had thoughts of suggesting to tamarian, the webmaster at
    http://www.lowcarb.ca/, that since he does PP and has so much low carb support info on his site, he find a place to put it. Having it uploaded to the suddenlaunch site, it would be an easy place for him to review it so he could decide whether or not to have it on his site.
    My initial reason for downloading the biblo was to do some stats on it. Such as, how many different journal/sources were used, what was the distribution among those sources, what was the range of publication dates and how were those dates distributed. By my count there were 435 citations. Of those, 391 were journal articles of which 216, more than half of the citations, were from publications after 1995, when PP was published. And only 53 were from articles published before PP was published. [if my notes are right, as they have some “patches” showing! 🙂 ] That is a strong indicator to how current you were in your PPLP diet recommendations.
    When I found the citation from the biblo in PubMed, I copied the entire entry, for example, here is what the first cite of chapter three shows;
    Asano M, Nakajima T, Hazama H, Iwasawa K, Tomaru T, Omata M, Soma M, Asakura Y, Mizutani M, Suzuki S, Yamashita K, Okuda Y. Related Articles, Links [Abstract] Influence of cellular incorporation of n-3 eicosapentaenoic acid on intracellular Ca2+ concentration and membrane potential in vascular smooth muscle cells.
    Atherosclerosis. 1998 May;138(1):117-27.
    PMID: 9678777 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
    I took the PubMed entry as being “gospel” for spelling and listing of the authors, title and publication entry. I edited out the link titles and then rearranged it so the PMID was first, then the date and title as those would be the most important to a lay person. The authors and journal were last. Also, I did not want to create any copyright issue, so I did it such that it does not follow the original work. If you would like the biblo as a single file, I can email it to you. It is just over 82,000 bytes, which exceded the maximum post size to the suddenlaunch site. Send me a email address to send it to if you want it that way.
    Here is the URL of my lipid graph;
    http://www.intergate.com/~berts8nford7/LipidsGraph.JPG
    For me at least, it is pretty clear evidence that carbohydrates drive up triglycerides and lower HDL.
    Regards,
    Larry
    Hi Larry–
    Thanks for all the effort on this; it was truly Herculean. I’m sorry if there were misspellings, wrong pages, etc. because those annoy me to no end when I find them in other biblios. I tried hard to keep them out, but when I was typing all those in I guess I went brain dead here and there. Now I have a program that pulls the citations from PubMed and puts them in any configuration I like, so that should put an end to errors in any new bibliographies I create (assuming, of course, that PubMed is accurate).
    I enjoyed seeing your lipid chart. It’s impressive what changes a low-carb diet can make, and it’s easy to see in a chart like yours. Thanks for providing it to all.
    Best–
    MRE

  6. What sets Protein Power apart is the wealth of historical information about low-carbohydrate diets and how these have influenced dieters galore, ever since William Banting wrote his Letter on Corpulence in the mid 1800s.
    Hi MSM–
    Uh, that’s in addition to the abundance of great information, not to mention the scintillating prose style.  Right?
    Cheers-
    MRE

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