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Insulin resistance protects against…insulin! T2D 26

Virtually all doctors agree that elevated insulin resistance is very bad for human health, being the root cause of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. So, if it is so bad, why do we all develop it in the first place? How can such a mal-adaptive process be so ubiquitous? As of 2015, over 50%...

Hey – what happened to this weeks (Gina) post?

We posted a story about Gina this week, and after this blog post, People Magazine contacted her and asked that this story be removed. I do not want Gina to get into trouble, so I have removed it.

Fatty Liver – T2D 25

Dr. Alfred Frohlich from the University of Vienna first began to unravel the neuro-hormonal basis of obesity in 1890. He described a young boy with the sudden onset of obesity who was eventually diagnosed with a lesion in the hypothalamus area of the brain. It would be later confirmed that hypothalamic damage resulted in intractable...

Understanding Joseph Kraft’s Diabetes In Situ- T2D 24

Joseph Kraft is a medical doctor who measured over 14,000 oral glucose tolerance tests in his lifetime. This is a standard test to measure the blood glucose response to a standardized amount of glucose over 2 hours. The difference is that he measured over 5 hours and included blood insulin levels. A summary of his...

What, exactly, is Insulin Resistance? – T2D 23

A New Paradigm of Insulin Resistance What exactly is insulin resistance? One of insulin’s jobs is to help move glucose from the blood into the cells for energy. When blood glucose remains elevated despite normal or high levels of insulin, this is called insulin resistance. The cells are resisting insulin’s pleas to take up glucose....

Hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance T2D 22

Insulin causes insulin resistance Laura was only 25 when she was diagnosed with an insulinoma, a rare tumor that secretes abnormally large amounts of insulin in the absence of any other significant disease. This forces blood glucose very low causing recurrent episodes of hypoglycemia. Laura was constantly hungry and soon began to gain weight. As...

Making Human Foie Gras – T2D 20

Fatty liver is a duck or goose is known as Foie Gras. But humans get it too. Here it's known as fatty liver disease or non alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). How do we get NASH? It all comes down to what we eat. Foods are broken down in the stomach and small intestine for easier absorption....

Thanksgiving Weekend & Our Top 4 Holiday Eating Strategies

Happy US Thanksgiving to all our American patients, long-distance participants and readers! One of the perks of being married to an American is that I get to have two Thanksgivings!  Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving every year on the second Monday of October.   I get two turkey blowouts every year now!   For those...

The difference between calorie restriction and fasting – Fasting 27

Perhaps one of the most common questions we get is what the difference is between calorie restriction and fasting. Many calorie enthusiasts say that fasting works, but only because it restricts calories. In essence, they are saying that only the average matters, not the frequency. But, of course, the truth is nothing of its kind....

Why Coca-Cola Loves the Calories model

Coca-Cola loves to promote the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) model. As one of the leading purveyors of sugar sweetened beverages, it constitutes a significant portion of the added sugars in the American diet. Do you remember the story of the Twinkie diet? In 2010, Mark Haub, a researcher at the Kansas State University achieved...

The Calorie Debacle – T2D 19

The Calorie Debacle Eat Less. Cut your calories. Watch your portion size. Those form the foundation of conventional weight loss advice over the last 50 years. And it’s been an utter disaster, perhaps only topped by the nuclear meltdown of Chernobyl. This advice is all based on a false understanding of what causes weight gain....

The Complete Guide to Fasting – Now Available

I'm happy to finally be able to say that my book The Complete Guide to Fasting is now available in Canada and the United States. The Kindle version should be available very soon, and the audiobook will be released in several months. I co-authored this book with Jimmy Moore, who has written several international best-sellers...