Saturday, March 23, 2019

Retrospective #35: The Diet Doctor and the LCHF Diet

Back in 2011, butter was in great demand in Norway, and the new Swedish Diet Doctor website was getting 19,000 hits a day. The “real food” revolution had come to Scandinavia, according to Andreas Eenfeldt, MD, Diet Doctor founder, speaking at the 1st meeting of the Ancestral Health Symposium in Los Angeles, CA, that August. Today (March 2019), gets 350,000 visits a day, and Andreas Eenfeldt is still leading the “diet” revolution.
Dr. Eenfeldt came to my attention from a video link on Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ la Vida website.  Eenfeldt told how physician Annika Dahlqvist, who pioneered Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diets in Sweden after failing to lose weight herself, was reported to the authorities for not adhering to the government’s healthy eating program in her practice. She was turned in for malpractice! So, the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden’s highest medical authority, decided to investigate. Fortunately, after a thorough investigation, they declared the LCHF diet was “compatible with scientific evidence and best practice.” Dr. Dahlqvist became an instant sensation and national hero. “Today,” Dr. Eenfeldt said in 2011, “twenty-three percent of Swedes are trying to eat low carb.”
The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare deserves a lot of credit for their evidence-based determination. They made what amounts to a paradigm shift in national nutrition policy. In this country, we have not made nearly as much progress, despite the fact that most respected scientific journals now openly trumpet the news that there is “… no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD” and “…there were no clear effects of dietary fat changes on total mortality and cardiovascular mortality.”
The 2010 USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), published January 2011, govern school breakfasts and lunches, the WIC program, food stamps, and prison and military dietary programs. And they still call for Americans to avoid saturated fat and substitute instead processed “vegetable” oils. See Retrospective #21 below. And our media and most clinical practitioners still preach the low-fat, high-carbohydrate, “mostly plants” gospel.
In Sweden, Dr. Eenfeldt reports that Göran Berglund, Professor of Internal Medicine at Lund University, said, “Two generations of Swedes have been given bad dietary advice and have avoided fat for no reason. It’s time to rewrite the dietary guidelines and base them on modern science.” Fredrik Nyström, Professor of Internal Medicine at Linköping, said, “People have been recommending low fat diets for 30 years, and then it turns out to be completely wrong! There is no proven correlation between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease.”
Peter Nilsson, Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Lund, said, “It’s time to face the facts. There is no connection between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease.” Dr. Eenfeldt, who provided these quotes in his video presentation to the Ancestral Health Symposium meeting, then states: “Fear of saturated fats and cholesterol is the foundation for what has become known at the diet-heart or lipid hypothesis.” Eenfeldt continued, “When the foundation falls, the entire low-fat advice falls.” In other words, the Low-Fat diet that we have been misled into following, NOT the currently surging LCHF diet, is the fad diet.
What we are seeing, Dr. Eenfeldt says, is a paradigm shift. Saturated fat which was bad…is now good. Carbohydrates that were once thought to be good…now make us fat and sick when we eat too many. Diabetics are getting sicker every year, based on the bad dietary and medical advice they are getting. And it is getting worse.
Under the current circumstances, Dr. Eenfeldt asks on the video, who thinks that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under whose auspices the Dietary Guidelines are prepared, is going to stop recommending that we eat grains anytime soon. The diet doctor website (in 2012 when this was originally written) lists fourteen randomized controlled trials that show significantly more weight loss with low carb diets than low fat diets. All have links to the respected peer-reviewed journals that published them. The site is an evidence-based resource.
Dr. Eenfeldt’s presentation was well received by a like-minded audience of scientists, doctors and interested lay people. He concluded with a quote from Victor Hugo: “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.” “The paradigm shift is coming,” he said. “We can change the world.” And he has.

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