I am grateful to The Millbrook Independent for publishing the majority of the first 40-odd columns (that became this blog), and for tolerating my low-carb message for as long as they did. It turns out my column was a place-holder for an occasional feature page on Health and Wellness, a much broader category than dietary nutrition, or at least one with a more mainstream view of it. Anyway, I am going to have to change both my Facebook and Twitter profiles, and I thought you (my cadre of blog readers) should be the first to know.
Meanwhile the list of subjects in the nutrition debate that interests me is increasing at an accelerating pace. I am currently
The blog recently crossed the 3,000 hit mark -- a very modest level by today’s standards but nevertheless quite satisfying to me. It also reminds me to be responsible in what I write – I’m talking about people’s health here – things that affect wellness and lifespan. Of course, my readers know that I am not a doctor or a scientist (biologist or other), and that the views I express in my blog are my opinions or those of the doctors and scientists to whom I attribute them.
I see my role as an intermediary – someone between the cutting edge practitioners and researchers/thinkers/bloggers out there who see the nutrition debate from the back (dark) side of the mirror. The upside for me personally is that I stay engaged and motivated 1) to follow the course of action (with respect to diet) that has immeasurably improved my own general health and my specific medical conditions (Type 2 diabetes and hypertension), both associated with my (former) morbid obesity, 2) to continue to take a very strong interest in my own health and what to do about it, and 3) to continue to educate myself, and through this blog others, among them my friends and relatives and now hundreds of total strangers from around the world. I am very grateful to have had, and to continue to have, this opportunity.
The mainstream views are on the reflecting side of the mirror. For a variety of reasons, not least of which is their credibility. (“Gee, folks, I’ve been wrong for all these years. Now, follow me while I change course 180 degrees.”)They are the well-meaning ‘old school’ practitioners who were educated under the influence of the lipid hypothesis and who receive their continuing education from the drug companies (big pharma), and agri-business and the processed food manufacturers, the AHA and the ADA, and big government agencies who fund most of the self-fulfilling ‘research.’ That’s why they get the money. They apply for funding to show the government’s politically derived/influenced position to be right and until the rules were changed in 2005, they only released the results from trials that upheld their views. And they call that science. They are the big stake holders (besides us, the consumer) and they are all vested in the perpetuation of the wrong-headed public health policies that got us into this situation in the first place.
Anyhow, among the subjects you will see in the coming weeks are “How to Treat Heart Disease Risk” (a doctor’s prescription), “Testing for Heart Disease Risk,” “Inflammation and Atherosclerosis,” “The Dietary Causes of Inflammation,” “Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress,” “Dietary Cholesterol,” and “The Thermic Effects of Food.
”After that, subjects that I am interested in writing about includes: “Supplementation,” “A Vitamin Primer,” and “Essential Minerals.” Other subject areas are “Energy Homeostasis Systems,” “Food Reward” and “Hedonistic Eating” as described by Stephan Guyenet in a recent Boing, Boing post. If you can’t wait, check out his “Whole Health Source” blog.
Other things of interest are Ageing, Low Calorie Diets and Lifespan, Small Meals, Pemmican Cupcakes, The Potato Diet, Obese Mother/Malnourished Child, Epigenetics and the 1944 Dutch Famine, and Taste: Bitter, Sweet, Sour, Salty and Savory. If my readers have any suggestions or thoughts, please offer them in the comments section provided after every post. And please also consider becoming a “follower,” or add this blog to your Google Reader or RSS feeds. Thanks.