Why I’ve Stepped Back From Certain People

John Pavlovitz sums up perfectly the relationship effect of the current Presidency:

The separation you feel and the distance you are experiencing is for good reason. You know why you’re here right now. This isn’t a capricious response to some minor moment of misunderstanding, not some flippant mood swing triggered by a singular blowup. This is the slow, steady, and devastating realization that you and some people you have lived life alongside—aren’t morally compatible.

This bears repeating…we aren’t morally compatible.

I’m reminded of an article in the New York Times that I read yesterday about a conservative county in Florida who have been adversely affected by the government shutdown.

Here’s the punchline:

“I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this,” she said of Mr. Trump. “I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.

He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.

He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.

Ciao.

Got Gout?

“…Another condition that fits this description—misattribution to a wrongly demonized dietary factor—is gout. Animal protein in general, and red meat, in particular, typically take the blame for gout, with alcohol—beer, especially—a close second. Gout occurs when a compound called uric acid builds up in the body and precipitates into crystals that lodge in the joints. The big toe is most commonly affected, but gout attacks can affect other joints. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of purines, which are concentrated in animal proteins but are also found in plant foods. Uric acid isn’t a problem in a healthy body that excretes it properly. It’s only problematic when it accumulates and solidifies, and the primary driver of this is high insulin. Just as with sodium, hyperinsulinemia inhibits excretion of uric acid. The answer isn’t to reduce dietary purines (which would mean cutting back on some of the most nutrient-dense foods available); the answer is to reduce insulin levels.

See “The Hidden Problem of Chronic Hyperinsulinemia“.

So, to prevent gout you need to lower your insulin levels. Eat a reduced carbohydrate diet – yes, exclude potatoes, grains, beans and fruit. If you have gout you’ve likely got an insulin problem…but…

…You know what else can contribute to gout? Blood pressure meds. And there’s evidence that it might not be a good idea for seniors to be on blood pressure meds at all. But that’s another story.

So, high insulin and blood pressure meds – a recipe for gout.

If you’ve got drawerful of meds – find a new doctor, please.

Ciao.

Interested in Low Carb?

I highly recommend DietDoctor.com! An excellent resource – I was reading Andreas Eenfeldt MD long before he created his website and program.

Here’s what low carb looks like:

Stop the bread, cakes, cookies, muffins, cereals, crackers, sweetened drinks, seed oils (canola, corn, soy, etc.), potatoes, rice, quinoa, etc. These foods convert to sugar quickly and/or promote inflammation. Forget counting calories, weight watchers, eating less and exercising more. You’ve tried this for a lifetime and it doesn’t work.

Obesity and diabetes are the results of hyperinsulinemia caused by eating too many carbs. When you eat refined carbs your body cannot access your fat stores for fuel. But when you restrict carb consumption your insulin levels drop and your body can now access your body fat for fuel.

There’s a ton of books I can recommend to help you understand how we got it so wrong and how to right the ship. I’m going to put a list together. If you read only one or two of these you will find yourself getting angry that you’ve been lied to about obesity, about how to lose weight and improve your health. I know I am. But I also know that I am now in control and have learned just how easy it is to control my weight and my health.

Don’t get me started on cholesterol. The only number that matters is your triglyceride/HDL ratio. It should be less than 2 – the lower the better. Statins – just say NO! Statins are one of the biggest con jobs in health history.

Take control now. Go to DietDoctor.com to get started.