I’m almost afraid to say it, but it looks like after being delayed two times our new book is actually coming out on September 8. As we have done with all our books, we will be expected to be available for all kinds of media appearances and interviews. It is a giant pain, but it has to be done. It’s part of the book-writing gig. If you don’t sign up to do the PR, they don’t sign up to publish your book. (If you want to see a little of what a book tour is like, read this piece by Joe Queenan to see what we’re up against. Sometime I’ll write a piece on the nightmare of my first three-week-long book tour and my dealings with the escorts that are a part of the book tour experience.)
MD and I have been in discussion with our publisher and have gotten permission to excerpt part of the book, which I will do on this blog soon. The book is about the weight gain that seems an inevitable part of moving into and through middle age and how this weight is different from that gained in the younger years. It’s a kind of bad news, good news story because middle-age weight comes from a more dangerous kind of fat (the bad news), but a kind of fat that is fairly easy to lose (the good news). But despite its being easier to lose, it still requires some effort…and a little different approach. And, surprisingly, most of this fat can be lost in a 6-week window. That doesn’t mean that we promise that all weight will be lost in a 6-week window, but most of the middle-aged weight can be ditched or at least significantly shed in this time period – thus the title.
Since we don’t have an active practice right now, most of the subjects we’ve given the diet to are former patients, friends and relatives. We have had almost unbelievable success with those who gave the program a fair try. We had one middle-aged friend who had struggled with lipid problems for years. Despite our telling her not to worry and not to go on a statin because those drugs have never been shown to be beneficial for women, she was worried. Her doctor was hectoring her, telling her that she would have to go on a statin if her lipids didn’t come into line. She had an appointment in two weeks, so she went on the first two weeks of the program, then went to her doctor. Not only did she lose eight pounds in her first two weeks, her lipid numbers plummeted. Her total cholesterol fell from 240 to 174; her triglycerides dropped to below 100; and her HDL ran up to 60. Happily, this all happened during the editing phase of the book, so we were able to include her story. Other subjects have done as well if not better.
Another story is that of a business associate of ours who has gradually gained weight over the past 15 years who tried the plan. She has tried diets of one kind or another for about 10 years. She loses a little, but it’s been a tough slog for her. She went on the new program and also lost eight pounds the first two weeks, which was a much greater loss than she had ever experienced. A 60-year-old friend of ours easily lost 20 pounds over the course of his 6-week effort and had remarkable improvement in his lipids. His wife had been on an HCG program that we had tried to talk her out of. When she saw her husband lose substantially faster than she did, and without going on a 500 calorie diet, she switched to our program and her weight loss picked up and her measurements improved dramatically.
We have had multiple successes like the ones above, but, as I said, all are friends, relatives or business associates. And they are not people who are keen on giving their testimonials to various media sources. The first lady, mentioned above, works in the entertainment business – she was the director of a popular sitcom that most readers of this blog would probably be familiar with. She doesn’t mind telling her story, but she doesn’t want her picture shown. We found this out when the PR department of our publisher contacted us about some major interest in our book by a major women’s magazine. They had read an advance copy of our book and were interested in making it a cover story. They asked if we had any success stories they could interview and build a story around complete with photos. We said sure and started calling all our ‘patients.’ Each one declined to be interviewed or would be interviewed but didn’t want her actual name used. All refused to have their photo appear in the article. So, we were left holding the bag, so to speak.
So, here is my request. If any of you out there who are middle-aged and overweight would like to try the program, we will send you an advance copy of the book. The deal is that you must be willing to have your real name and photo used by any media that approach you. This could be magazines, newspapers, online articles, and/or radio. You must also be willing to go on TV with us (or by yourself) – either national or local – and tell your story. Should a TV appearance be required, generally all your expenses will be picked up by the television station, and if not, then you need not appear. All you have to do is read the book, follow the program, keep us updated about your progress and tell anyone from the media who might contact you how you fared on the regimen.
Our publisher will let us recruit only 20 people for this project, so we can’t make it available to everyone who wants to do it. We will select the 20 people from the applications we receive. I have no idea how many that might be: it could be five or it could be 50. I just don’t know.
I’ve set up a gmail account for anyone who is interested. Please send an email giving your particulars, i.e., age, sex, weight, dietary history (what kind of diets you’ve been on, when and with what degree of success), medications, other disorders (diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, etc.), contact info and a photo if you have one.
6weekcure at gmail dot com
Put ‘6weekcure’ in the subject line of your message.
We’re also looking to recruit a few people in other categories for some more immediate media exposure. So, if you have used the shakes for weight loss that I have given the recipe for multiple times in the comments section of this blog, send an email to the above gmail address and put ‘Shakes’ in the subject line.
If you have been on an all-meat diet and done well, drop us a note and put ‘All meat’ in the subject line.
MD and I thank you, in advance, for being willing to help.
Addendum: We have received over 300 requests from people wishing to try the program in our book. Since our publisher is providing us with only 20 copies, we have to terminate the offer at this point. We will go through the 300 plus submissions and contact all those who wrote shortly. Thanks for all your interest.
Looking forward to the details of your “dealings with the escorts that are a part of the book tour experience”!! – although perhaps the “escorts” you mention are not the same as what springs to mind from that expression here!
Sorry I can’t help with the rest of it … but then again I doubt you are offering international airfares anyway. Pity, because if you are tired of the escorts …
Question: Does this 6 week program work for people who have not been on a low carb diet; or, does it also work for those of us (middle aged and elderly) who have been on PP for a few years but can’t drop those last 20 pounds?
In other words, is there something new that was not in PP or PPLP or in your blogs?
Yes, there is plenty of new stuff.
Good Morning Dr Mike from Dublin, Ireland.
I wish both Doctors great success with your book launch.
I know it can be a nail biting experience.
I am 4 weeks into a 25 gm CHO eating regime and would have bought The Six Week Cure had it been available. Naturally I am interested in anything made available as an excerpt on the blog, so I hope you can reveal some advance information.
In the 4 weeks I achieved a weight reduction, tho’ not 8 lbs in 2 weeks, and a smaller waist diameter.
I also experience a thermogenic effect: my hands are perceptibly warmer and my resting body temperature has increased by about 0.8 degree C.
Looking forward to reading the excerpt.
Best posts on the web. AC eat your heart out!
A UK version of the book is coming out around the first of the year, so you should be able to get it in Ireland.
do you need any people who don’t live in the US?
Sorry, but no, not at this time. Thanks, though.
1. “She had an appointment in two weeks, so she went on the first two weeks of the program, then went to he doctor” — to the doctor;
2. “But despite itÂs being easier to lose” — its;
3. “And, surprisingly most of this fat can be lost in a 6-week window” — either “and, surprisingly, most” or “and surprisingly most.”
Amazing how we can miss things like this in editing our own work!! I sure do, when I write!! A friend recently found a “posses” half way into a paragraph of an article I wrote, even though I had written “possess” at the beginning of the paragraph!! Amazing, too, how some illogical comparisons or faulty parallelisms can pop up, even though I am aware of the issue. Our mind is just elsewhere, focusing on other things like the logic of the whole piece.
I fixed them. Thanks.
I submitted my info!
I am curious to know how well this program might work for someone who has already been on low carb for many years, and just has that last 15 or so to lose? Were any of your shy test cases already low carbing before trying the “cure?”
Yes, a couple of them were. They weren’t doing low-carb full force, but were sort of low-carbing as many people do who claim to be low-carbing.
I signed up! Surely, you’d want to include a “Bawdy Wench” from Maine!
Remember? That’s what my husband calls me since we saw that guy selling winches off the back of his truck. He had a sign, “Wenches for Sale!” Hubby sasid, “If they’re bawdy, I’ll take two!” (It’s also my username on all the low-carb discussion forums.)
Pick me! Pick Me! Pick ME!
I love the idea! I sent an email to your gmail account… Well, I sent several, I couldnt help myself.
Bummer. I WAS overweight and middle-aged a year ago, but discovering Protein Power Lifeplan fixed the first problem, so I no longer qualify. I’m sorry I cannot help with this, but I will happily tell everyone I know that the new book is coming out! We’ve given copies of PPLP to quite a few of them (and Fat Head dvds to those who won’t read a book). This is my first comment here, so I’ll take the opportunity to pass a long a huge thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (A wise doctor one wrote that if you want to communicate the importance of something you should say something three times.) My husband and I have been both physically and intellectually transformed since reading PPLP, not to mention all the great books you’ve recommended on this site. We are looking forward to finally getting a chance to read this one too.
Thank you for the very nice compliment. I’m glad you’ve found the books of value. Hope you like the new one when it comes out.
Dr Eades what constitutes middle age? I am 38, would I qualify? I am buying your new book anyways, so I wouldnt even need an advanced copy, or wait you said it is coming in September. Well, if I did qulaify I would be honored to help you in any way possible. One thing I can say for sure you helped me a lot already. And I could care less if my name, photo was used for any purpose as long as it helps. I am also the least timid person on earth so any media entitiy can come right over here at Suny Downstate and I will atest to how welll your program worked for me and many others I personally know, including my mom who was just diagnosed with stage 4 metstatic colon and diabetes. I recently put her on your regimen and not only did her glusose dropped from 290 to 120 but she feels better and lost ten pounds in two weeks. So if 38 can be considered middle age I am jumping right in, if not I am sure there are other ways to help, let me know.
Thirty-eight is probably a little young for middle-aged, but it may be right at the edge. Thanks for the offer.
What do you consider middle-aged and are you going global with this tour?!
Probably 40 to 60 is what most people would consider middle-aged, but people of all ages can profit from the book.
PS: I did a search of your blog using “shakes” for my search term but could not find your many references to shakes in the comments section.
I read your blog faithfully but do not always read the comments so I have missed all these comments on shakes. Can you point me to the? Would appreciate it. Just letting me know which blog had the shake comments would help.
I am assuming the shakes are a new high protein shake that will help shed pouns? Or did I misread you? Thanks.
Here is the recipe for the shakes MD makes us just about every morning.
6 oz water
1 oz cream or coconut milk
a scoop or two of low-carb protein power (enough to give you at least 30 gm protein)
flavoring as desired (MD uses sugar free syrups)
a cup of ice cubes
Whir it all up in a blender and have at it.
I’m so sorry, but I’ve been doing what you say for over 10 years and couldn’t afford to lose more than 4-5 lbs, and all my numbers are excellent! I do meat, shakes, everything. What a yummy way to live……….
Dr. Eades .. would you mind repeating your shake recipe here in the comments of this post? My usual shake goes like this: 1/2 can coconut milk, 2 scoops of whey protein powder, a small handful of berries, 1 teaspoon of pure cocoa, 1 tablespoon coconut oil. I usually have one of these for breakfast when I need to give the eggs a rest. I watched Fat Head for the first time last night and thoroughly enjoyed the interviews with you and your wife.
Your shake sounds fine. Here is the one MD makes for us most mornings.
6 oz water
1 oz cream or coconut milk
a scoop or two of low-carb protein power (enough to give you at least 30 gm protein)
flavoring as desired (MD uses sugar free syrups)
a cup of ice cubes
Whir it all up in a blender and have at it.
You could do like Paul McCartney, get a Ford Bronco, and ride Route 66. I think you would do pretty well whatever road you’re on. Stop by in Springfield, MO, and we can have a great time on Table Rock, and eat well too.
Ah, Springfield, MO, the city of my birth and where I went to elementary school. Haven’t been back in 10 years or so, but a nice little city it is.
Define middle-aged, please. 🙂
tough to do, but I imagine most would define it as the years from 40 to 60. But middle-aged weight gain can certainly start earlier. Or later. I started my own middle-aged weight gain at about the age of 36.
Hi Dr Eades,
I’ve been following the literature around a low-carb / high-fat diet as well as adhering to such a diet for several years. Being an athlete, diet is very important to my physical performance. Thus far, I’ve been very successful on a low carb diet.
That said, I had a question about a study I recently saw on PubMed. The study is titled:
Mitochondrial H2O2 emission and cellular redox state link excess fat intake to insulin resistance in both rodents and humans
Believing that the study must be flawed somehow — or perhaps applied only to diseased animals — I read the full text to try to negate its relevancy to healthy, lean humans. However, I was unable to do so. Maybe I lack the expertise, but this study makes things look bad for low-carb diets.
How relevant is this study to individuals looking to practice a long term low-carb lifestyle?
I don’t think the study is relevant at all. The very first line of the abstract is a lie. It says: “High dietary fat intake leads to insulin resistance in skeletal muscle,…” I would love to see the proof of this. It doesn’t exist. I didn’t have time to read this study critically, but my quick overview tells me that most of the data is from rat studies, and rats aren’t just furry little humans. The didn’t evolve to eat a high-fat diet, so they don’t react the same as we do. The one study they did in humans, was a muscle biopsy study after a single high-fat meat (and we don’t know what the rest of the meal was – it could have been sugar), which causes a different reaction than would be the case in someone who was low-carb, high-fat adapted.
I can’t commit to the offer since I have already achieved and maintained my target weight for 3 years via a reduced carb route. Your presentation at the ASBP meeting several years ago was well timed.
I practice bariatrics at a major NW US institution and would like to establish a conversation around how to best present the literature to other M.D.s. What is the best way to contact you and not tie up this forum.
PS I read here at least weekly for the last 2 years.
I’ll contact you directly.
While a tempting offer to show my now fat-self and than later a smaller version, I had to think why did all those other people want to stay out of the limelight. I came up with the conclusion that I really don’t want the ex-husband or old schoolmates to see the “fat me,” nor the potential suitors that I will have after I read and implement your new diet!! Can’t wait !! Success is waiting !!
I do think I might keep a journal–with pictures–of my progress once I do start this new diet. I am at a mindset to begin something new and ready for a challenge, so let’s hope others like me..fat, female, forty + twenty, with high triglycerides..will benefit from your book.
I truly wish you the very best.
I understand. Thanks for the good wishes. Good luck to you, and I hope you enjoy the book.
Hey doctor, i am in my late 20s. I have eaten an all-meat diet before for a decent period of time, with no ill health, unless you consider a reduction in body fat and an increase in musculature ill. I live in Europe, though, so from what i gather from other posts, i may not be suitable for your task at hand.
At any rate, let me just say to any of those who have yet to read either Protein Power, or Protein Power LifePlan, they are excellent. Really. The information contained within is potent. While i am not middle-aged, i will certainly be purchasing the Drs. Eades’ soon-to-be-released book.
Thanks. I appreciate the kind words.
will order the new masterpiece. Didn’t think you’d pay for me to come over from Aussie, but couldn’t spare the time anyway. I enjoy the first five minutes of these PR junkets and then the rest is BOOORRRRING so don’t envy you at all, except that sometimes one is fortunate on these things to meet some great people.
All the best with the book and the mysterious new venture.
What type of Protein Powder do you recommend to use in the shakes? It seems like my stomach hurts when I made shakes but it doesn’t when I use already made shakes. I do have some allergy problems with dairy causing my sinuses to act up though.
I have been on lowcarb for over 2 years now. Haven’t had a potato, pasta, bread, etc for all of that time. I am 5’4″ and started out weighing 272 and am now staying in the 190’s. My biggest problem is nuts and cheese. I OD on them too much. Other than that I eat almost all meat and a little veggies. But I still can’t seem to get down any farther. I feel I need to drop at least 40 more and I am 53 years old. Think I am a good candidate for your new book?
We use MRM low-carb whey that MD gets at our local natural foods store. You can find it online and she finds it when we travel, so it must be widely available. Another one she likes is Jay Robb, which comes in both an egg white version and a whey version. So if you’re allergic to dairy you might want to try the egg white version. Sounds to me like you would be a candidate for the new book.
ÂWenches for saleÂ HaHa!
Reminds me of an electronics flea market a friend attended. He was looking at an old ham radio. The guy who was selling it wasnÂt around but the sellerÂs wife, trying to be helpful, came over and told my friend that the radio comes with a Âcircuit diaphragmÂ.
Good luck with the book!
How fat must you be? I’m currently 5’2″ and weigh about 170 – but I’m pretty muscular underneath it and my “BMI” at 31.1 is into the “obese” but not by a whole lot. I want to lose 30 more lbs, but have been low carb for 11 years now. I work out fairly strenuously as well so I am feeling like I’m destined to wear 16P for the rest of my life. On the other hand with triglycerides at 45, resting pulse 60 and beautiful blood pressure, who cares?
So, while I’m FAT am I FAT enough and middle aged enough (41) to be a good candidate for publicity purposes?
Sure. Send in your info to the email.
which MRM whey protein do you use ? There are three kinds:
– All natural whey
– Metabolic whey
– Low carb protein
All natural whey.
I’m 33, so not exactly middle aged yet, and could lose about 10 or 15 lbs (BMI of 26) — is the new book the book I would want, or PPLP?
Both would work, but the info in the new book is a little more updated.
Will the book be available on Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s eReader?
I’m pretty sure it will, but I don’t know for absolute certain. It’s one of those things the authors have little control over.
Perhaps of interest, for the past few months I have been residing in Korea, though i am currently on holidays elsewhere. Anyhow, there is this notion that Asians eat large amounts of carbs, namely in the form of rice. This is true to some extent, in that rice accompanies most meals, not to mention, a lot of young Koreans, both male and female, consume quite a bit of sugary snacks. That said, they eat A LOT of meat. Beef, pork, fish, chicken or egg are part of most meals. At restaurants, i often see people forego rice and eat their fill of animal protein (including the fat) and veggies. i am quite observant at meal times, and to my eyes, i think Korean’s consume almost more calories from fat and protein than from carbs. Koreans also like to eat food when drinking alcohol, and typically, from the waterholes i frequent, they eat foods such as peanuts, anchovies, and various pork dishes. In short, i think the notion that Asians, or at least Koreans, are slim because they eat a diet low in fat and rich in complex carbs is fallacious or an oversimplification.
Hi, all! It’s the Bawdy Wench from Maine again!
Dr. Mike, did I mention in my “application” that I have almost ***8 weeks of vacation left*** for this year? (I know; crazy, isn’t it?) That would leave me lots of time to devote to “The Adventure.”
And that knee surgery I mentioned? Yes, I have arthritis pretty bad in one knee (no medial cartilage left at all), and will be seeing a surgeon in early September. He specializes in minimally invasive knee surgery. (I’ve already gone the 3-injections-of-SynVisc route, and it did absolutely nothing at all, except drain my wallet.) I know surgery is in my future, but not sure when. I know I could work around any schedule you might have.
And please don’t consider this a bribe (ok, so maybe it is a bribe), but lobster in Maine is going for $3.99 a pound. If you pick me, I’m sure it will involve a trip out to Maine . . .
Have you encountered middle-aged people who do stick to a low-carb (not cheating) diet composed mostly of protein who do not lose weight? I have reached a plateau – 10 more pounds to go. Do you think that switching the proportions to more fat (a la Kekwick) will help fat loss?
It couldn’t hurt to give it a try.
I look forward to reading your book. Maybe I will request it for Christmas. I am close to reaching my goal and my blood profile is exemplary so I would not be much of a subject for your book. However, I do want to read it and perhaps share it my circle of friends. I am contemplating on becoming a health coach this year. My focus will be on low carb/ketogenic dieting for improved health and weightloss and vitamin D deficiency. Like your book, I want to focus on middle age. I am sure that I will use your publications as reliable resources.
Congratulations on a great job! I would prefer that you have the success you’ve had than have you as a trial subject for the book. Keep it up.
Concerning weight loss, it seems to me that a low-carb diet that also maximizes fat intake would be the most effective. Fat intake does not raise insulin levels. Higher insulin levels tend to shunt more nutrients to fat cells. Protein intake does raise insulin levels although not to the extent that carbs do. Nevertheless protein intake higher than necessary would raise insulin and glucose levels higher than if fat was consumed.
Not necessarily. I’ve got to do the post on protein soon.
Hi Dr Eades,
I’m in Canada, so I guess I need not apply, but I’m going to pre-order this book on Amazon.
I’ve eaten LC for about seven years. Now that I’m approaching 35, I’ve noticed my maintenance weight creep upward by about ten pounds, eating pretty much the same food. What alarms me is that it’s ENTIRELY in my midsection. I still fit into my smallest pants and my arms are sticks.
I also seem to be in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. I’m really not impressed with this “getting old” thing so far. 🙂
I haven’t been impressed with getting old for a long time. I feel your pain. :-)
Hi Mike, thank you for the kind offer. Although I sent my and my wife’s information as requested, just in case the odds are against us, I would like to know if the publisher has given you some kind of reassurance with respect to the book release in September. My order was canceled once because of delays.
Anyway, selected or not, we are really anxious to give the plan a try as we did with Protein Power (i.e. to the letter). Without a new edition of Protein Power LifePlan, to us this is like a second wind we need, sort of a jumpstart with the exciting new information I’m sure you included in your new book.
The book is absolutely, positively coming out on Sept 8.
I’d like to hear you speak when you do your book tour (as I’m sure would many others here!) Please do mention the dates on this blog and I will look forward to more kind wisdom.
I shall, indeed.
i used an all-meat diet to recover from anorexia. my blood work improved DRASTICALLY and i am at a good weight for my height finally. after 4 years of anorexia, an all meat diet cured me and my mentality has changed ten-fold. so if your interested in the “other” side of the spectrum ill share my story!
Thanks for doing so.
I set my amazon.com link to go through your amazon portal. Just purchased 3 low carb cook books and noticed a /dp in the amazon URL. So it looks like it works for other books than the one’s you have listed. Any way all purchases at Amazon should show up on your portal. Thank you again for the educational blog.
Yes, as long as you go through our portal, all purchases from Amazon result in a commission. Thanks very much.
Dr Mike, are you planning a book tour stop in NYC? I would imagine NYC being the largest city qualifies.
Maybe, but I don’t know yet.
I would recommend contacting Charles Washington who owns and administers the major Zero Carb website http://www.zeroinginonhealth.com, where the all meat diet is the basis of all discussion. I know he is interested in representing the all meat diet, but he was away and unable to submit an application before the cutoff. His email is:
charles at zeroinginonhealth dot com
I have had much success with all meat, but Charles is the poster child.
Hey Dr. Mike,
First time commenter on your blog….In 2000 I discovered PPLP and over the next 6 months went from 280 to 185…THANK-YOU for the guidance to recoup, not only my health, but my energy!!
For the past 6 months, however, I decided to “experiment” with an all meat diet….I HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER!! I am 41 yr. old male, and will most likely dunk a basketball FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE!
I will most likely remain zero carb (or as close to it as possible) for the rest of my life…..all my lipids (just tested) have shown even more improvement than my last decade of PPLP. (Course total Cholesterol is “higher” than the standard recommendation…but HDL is way up, BG is WAY down, and (although not tested specifically) I’m sure my LDL is nice and fluffy!!! 🙂
Thanks for ALL you do! Now go make a couple million, and save a couple million lives!!
Congrats on your success! Keep it up, and thanks for writing.
Sorry to hijack your post, but I came across this article and I thought perhaps you might like to weigh in:
The cited study promotes a lot of frankenfoods like soy bacon and vegetarian patties along with plenty of vegetable oil. Blurg.
I posted on this study when it came out.
Dear Dr. Mike,
I hope this is an acceptable way of reaching you. I thought this might be a better avenue than via Twitter. 🙂
I would like to try and help you and MD promote your book through my health site. If you would be so kind, please review my brief proposal:
I’m a partner and the primary content provider for an up-and-coming health site named HealthyFellow.com. HealthyFellow.com is typically among the top-five listings when a Google search for “health blog” or “natural health blog” is performed. We’re usually right under Dr. Mercola’s site.
I would be honored if you and/or MD would afford me the privilege of conducting a brief e-mail interview about your new book.
My hope is that you would allow me access to an advance copy of your book (or an excerpt) that I can read and then formulate questions based on. Then, I could e-mail you 5 questions that I think my readers would be interested in. My questions would be concise and the answers will hopefully be similarly so. Most of my columns are less than 1,000 words in length.
Within the column that I’d write, I would promote your wonderful site and also provide information about your new book. If you’re open to this possibility, I’d be happy to post the column whenever you’d prefer – in the coming month, during the holidays, etc.
I have no illusion that my promotion will make a big difference in your bottom line. I do however hope to expose some of my regular readers and e-mail subscribers to your valuable message. This would benefit me by providing an interesting subject matter and the chance to interact with someone in the integrative health/low-carb community that I genuinely respect.
I regularly share my personal success with a carb restricted, moderate protein and higher fat diet with my readers. Such a diet has resulted in a recent 80 pound weight loss for me and is beginning to transform my wife’s health as well.
I thank you for your consideration – if you’re still reading this. 🙂 Even if you don’t think this is right for you, I certainly wish you all the best with this book and your future projects. I’ve learned a lot from you and look forward to continuing to do so.
Thanks. No problem about the interview. I’ll contact you via email.
Dear Dr Mike,
As one of your apparently plentiful Australian readers for some time, I cannot add much value to your request, but will buy a copy of your new book, via your www site flick to amazon, when released.
I am a mid 50s year old who is an applied mathematician and statistician by original trade. I switched from a 20 year vegetarian life to the low carb life around a year ago, based upon the mounting evidence (e.g reading Gary Taubes book), as opposed to any driving symptom or disease based need. My standard test results have (perhaps) consequently improved by a statistically significant degree. The only noticeable symptom improvement has been a marked reduction in periodontal inflammation.
I came across your blog when I was looking for those related blogs to which I could relate at a causation and statistical level, even if I did not understand the theoretic or scientific intricacies of metabolism or neurobiology. I wanted sites that:
1. Set up some testable hypotheses as to mechanisms for health and disease causation
2. Appeared to rely upon some proper empirical validation before giving human health recommendations
3. was written in non-technical english
Your site, along with a few others, appears to consistently meet these tests. You are to be thanked.
In turn, there appear to be around another 10-20 bloggers, in the english language, who feed off you and a few others, within the larger “low carb”, cum “whole foods” etc. community. These bloggers are generally not into the basic science, but incorporate their own empirically tested specialist observations and are careful in making claims about the basic empirical results. They often take a lead from yourself or others on the basic science. I respect this group.
There is also a much larger group of bloggers who wrap themselves in some of the cloak of those mentioned above, but then proceed to incorporate bigger ideas which appear to have little scientific merit at the current time. They are aided in this endeavor by fringe media operators and publishers who need to drag in a dollar to survive.
My opinion is that there is now room for a review of the “low carb” industry that:
1. Sets out some standards regarding what is good scientific process and what is not, not just in big pharma lead science, but mainly within the natural care industry
2. Reviews the various approaches within the industry for efficacy, without being bitchy – point to good examples and bad examples
3. Suggests to persons in the industry, how they might go about evaluating claims as to efficacy for the future
To sum it up, a “train the trainer” or “force multiplier” piece, that aims to better equip the industry to fight it’s battles, might be well timed..
You would be the natural person to write such a piece. How it would be presented is a moot point. Interestingly, a fee for service Webinar may be the best approach.
I don’t have a middle-aged middle to lose. But I do use the low-carb plan to successfully keep my body composition right where I want it. And I’d be happy to be a testimonial at any time. Just let me know…
I have been low carb for 5 years and could not get under 161lbs on my 5’3″ frame. ( lost 49lbs on low carb/Atkins 20g a day or less) and then stayed there for months and months).
I started a Zero Carb all meat diet (Charles Washington et al @ zeroinginonhealth dot com) on January 24/09 and am now at 141lbs and still losing. I have never felt or looked better in my entire adult life, and my hubby has also reached his lowest weight in his entire adult life, despite having also been LC for 5 years. I am 44 years young.
Obviously I’m late to the party – but my curiosity is piqued as to what you’re using the “All meat” people for. I have noticed that a 100% carnivorous diet has been picking up steam lately and “trending” higher and higher, online at least.
Generally on most days I DO just eat meat (with the exception of a protein shake in the morning) and I quite enjoy it. I don’t have anything against vegetables, I just don’t let “filler” get in the way of my main meat course. ; )
Besides, I take a good multi-vitamin – vegetables be damned. Hah.
Whatever you’re up to – I look forward to hearing about it!
You will hear about it soon.
Hello all, i know this is not related to the specific topics of this article. However i just made a great delicious frosting (Merengue) low in calories and carb-free. Here it is you can eat it as a dessert or put it on top of your favorite low-carb dessert:
Make this great merengue (Suspiro) dessert of only 90 calories
SUSPIRO (MERENGUE) RECIPE OF 100 CALORIES
6 egg-whites (90 calories)
1 teaspoon of cream of tartar (10 calories)
a dash of salt (0 calories)
24 packets of nutrasweet sugar, separated in 1 cup (0 calories)
Beat the 6 egg-whites, the 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar and the dash of salt with an electric-beater for a couple of minutes until the egg-whites turn into a big fluffy cloud. Slowly add the nutrasweet sugar while beating the egg-whites. Keep beating the egg-whites until it grows in size into a big frosting.
You can use this frosting merengue for any low-calorie desserts u like
Thanks. I would prefer it with sucralose, however.
I second the request to contact Charles Washington. I am a satisfied member of his Zeroing in on Health community.
As a former US president might say ‘It’s the particle size stupid!’ And low carb eating, not drugs, is the answer.
“Effects of Rosuvastatin and Atorvastatin on Low-Density and High-Density Lipoprotein Particle Concentrations in Patients With Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Study
Conclusions Â In patients with the metabolic syndrome, statin-induced changes in LDL-C do not accurately reflect changes in LDL-P. Consequently, despite attainment of LDL-C goals, these patients may retain considerable residual coronary heart disease risk.”
Interesting, but not surprising.
How soon are you going to let applicants know?
We’re going through the 300+ responses now. Everyone should know this week.
More on Big Pharma: Ghost writers hyping hormone replacement therapy
Well I’m looking forward to the new book! I sent in my application too being clearly middle-aged (57) with a middle-aged middle (still over *100* pounds to lose). But I would probably end up skewing your results since nothing seems to want to get this 100 pounds off, no matter how religiously I follow my low carb eating plan! And I do follow it religiously! This entire calendar year of 2009, for example, I have only had one single cheat on one day – a small piece of cake at the baby shower for my daughter-in-law. Other than that low carb all the way every day! But still at the same weight I was the first week in March. 🙁
I just read Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham.
I think regulars at this site will enjoy reading it. Apparently man didn’t and couldn’t become man the hunter i.e. relying on meat for the majority of his calories until after cooking was invented and cooking has impacted the evolution of our digestive system and brain growth more than meat.
I tried to sign up for this, but my mail was returned.
Very very anxious to buy the new book – appreciate the information on your blog.
Hmmm. Don’t know why your mail was returned.
Just read th comparison between man, dog and sheep and I noticed they conveniently left out the small intestine comparison. The small intestine, as you know is tremendously important in digestion. It is responsible for absorbtion of nutrients and is very long in herbavores and very short in carnivores.
There’s a good reason he left that out of the comparison. Ours is very very long and dogs are very very short. Here are a few comparisons you might also be interested in.
* Meat-eaters: have claws
Herbivores: no claws
Humans: no claws
* Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue
Herbivores: perspire through skin pores
Humans: perspire through skin pores
* Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding
Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding
* Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly
Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.
* Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat
Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater
Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater
* Meat-eaters: salivary glands in mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.
Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits
Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits
* Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains
Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains
Any comments on this Dr ? i know too little about this stuff
Where did you read this drivel? I’m working on a post to deal with all this that I should have up before long.
Shucks, it looks like I picked the wrong time to go on vacation. Would have loved to try this, as I’m much fatter than I was before vacation and I fit all the requirements.
Taubes was right on about weight gain that follows smoking cessation. It’s awful. Being middle aged and quitting smoking has been a double whammy for my tummy.
I am anxiously awaiting Sept 8.
Hope you enjoy it when you get it.
Hi, Dr. Eades. I’ve preordered the 6 Week cure, and look forward to giving it a go. I tried to get in on your test program, but was too late. I have a question, though. Is there any chance this program is the “secret” one that Rush Limbaugh is on? He refuses to go into any detail about his program. I wondered if maybe he was being secretive, because it’s yours, and the book isn’t out yet. I enjoy your blog very much. Thanks for all you do.
If it were the secret one Rush is following, and I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?
On second, third and fourth thought, I don’t think I’m a good candidate for the Middle Aged Weight thing. I got fat before I was 30 and I don’t have a big belly, just big legs and arms.
Unless you really need people like this in your trial I figure I’m not the demographic, though I’d like to somehow be of assistance at some point.
Look on the bright side. Big arms and legs are a lot more healthful than a big belly.
Dr. Mike, the next time you guys upgrade your blog site, would it be possible to have all the new comments added at the end? It seems like now they’re added in here and there, so that I have to go back through and re-read them all to find any new ones.
Granted, what YOU have to say is my reason for reading your blog, but you seem to attract intelligent, clear thinkers who often have a lot to offer in their comments.
Just a thought . . .
PS: I just remembered that you did a post once on enhancements we’d like to see in your blog. Any updates on that? Thanks!
I fear the comments being added here and there instead of at the end is my fault, not the blog software’s fault. When I sit down at my computer and find 20 new comments, I go through and deal with the ones that I can deal with quickly, even if it means skipping several that are for the same post. Then I go back when I’ve got a little more time and deal with the ones requiring more attention. When I approve these, they go in in the order in which I received them, not in the order in which I approved them. So, they’re all over the place.
When the new website gets operational (in a day or two I hope and pray), I’m going to set the software to approve immediately and send me an email with each comment. So comments can go up as soon as they are submitted and I can answer those that need answering with my own comments, which will be in a different color so they stand out. And all the comments will be up in the order in which they came in.
I hope I will have incorporated many of the changes readers recommended in the new site and blog.
Squire i was given it by someone i work with.
I know of the anthro stuff vis h-g cultures and what they ate but i know sweet phuq-all about physiology and hence asking.
I do think its rather important that someone with knowledge of physiology counters things like this else like the ‘Truth movement’ cos they shout loudest they are heard and like so many myriad other myths they become part of mass consciousness and taken as verbatim with all the potential calamitous results.
Any particular dietary tips please for someone with atrial fib please ?
Hope you’re both well
For atrial fib, check the thyroid before thinking about diet.
What about middle aged males that struggle losing the last in of BF around the waist? At 6′ and 154 lbs. I don’t need to lose weight but want tolose the flab. Crossfit 3x a week, sprint 2x week and follow Mark Sisson’s PD diet. also, IF once twice aweek. Any way I could tweek my plan to lose the last inch of flac and gain 5 lbs of muscle I’ve lost to atrophy the last few years?
Thank you for a response.
Pre-orered the book & announced it to my friends…just waiting for it to be delivered. Got a question re LDL particle size. I know that as we consistently eat low carb (30-50 gms/day), the LDL particle size is supposed to change to more of the large, fluffy ‘safe’ size and less of the small, dense danerous size. I’ve been under enormous stress (laidoff last March, apnea probs/chngs were needed less pressure & more complex mask ’cause lost 53# which changed airways), for last 6 months TSH has been lingering at 4+ (normal free T3& T4), TC 221->205->231 HDL 47->57 TRI 189->119 LDL 129->124->150, fasting BG 115-125, taking sm dose Maxzide & 1500 Metformin ER & ton of supps, exercise 35-70 mins/day. Cardio talking statins, I reply no way & no study shows bennies for women & mention particle size; he says not convinced re the diabetes…does diabetes affect the typical switch to larger particle size? No one seems concerned about my TSH yet I don’t feel good if it’s not around 2; I blame the higher TC on the higher TSH & low thyroid function (I have symptoms, no one takes me seriously *sigh*) but I may be mistaken. Wt loss stalled last 6 months (sure hope the new bk has suggestions to get me back losing again as I have lots more to lose). What to tell cardio doc, he’d like me at least on red rice yeast (I’m resisting)…suggestions? Spending $80 for a Lab Corp test for LDL particle size is just not part of my unemployment finances *G*!
So curious re the new secret project!
I think am a perfect candidate if you still need people. I just turned 43, have fat around my middle and would love to do this. Email me and I’ll give you my weight stats. I am well proportioned (but still considered an apple) but could lose 30 pounds and look much much better. I am 5’9.
Thanks Dr. Eades
Please include a Kindle edition for all your books. I use the highlighting and notes features heavily on my other LCHF books.
We should definitely have a Kindle version.