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Cancer - Obesity - Diet: This discussion needs to be made public NOW

Friday, August 17, 2012

I found this on Gary Taubes blog today:


If you nobody anybody who has struggled with cancer or obesity, please feel free to pass on the link and discuss it in on any spark team where you feel it's appropriate.

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STRNGNGRNDED 8/18/2012 5:56PM

    It's so nice to see/hear that my thoughts via research have been spot on to what was discussed on this panel. What I disagreed with is that due to the economy the people can't help it. Yes, we can! Only in our era are poor people over weight/fat/obese. I've been poor, and being over weight was NEVER a by product.
I didn't hear mention of dairy in relation to breast cancer. But I was happy to hear them mention the connection of diet (HFCS, corn, and who is benefiting from the majority being fat), and suggest that diet as being the core change needing to be made. Hooray~!
Now I HOPE SP would no longer say the HFCS is perfectly fine.
Thank you for sharing this video. I am already sharing it and will continue to do so. Now my family and friends will take me a little more seriously. emoticon

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HOUNDLOVER1 8/17/2012 12:50PM

    If physicians don't give us the latest, most up to date info we need to rely on people like Gary Taubes to do it and he does one heck of a job. emoticon
We will get educated! emoticon

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VHALKYRIE 8/17/2012 12:44PM

    Wow - lots of great info here. This will take me a while to work through. Thanks!!

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WOUBBIE 8/17/2012 12:36PM

    Have to wait until I get home to watch this, but read all the related blogs and links and WOW!


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DOLLFACEDX 8/17/2012 11:34AM

    Sounds interesting - gonna take a look - thx 8-)

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Only half a year ago I stopped eating wheat...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

... and so much has changed.
Here are the links to my blogs from February 2nd and 3rd of this year:


As you may have guessed, I am now 100% sure that the book "Wheatbelly" is not a new diet scam but rather one of the most important books on health of the century.

It has been just over 6 months since I first stopped eating wheat. Yesterday was the first day this season that I walked my dogs through a wheat field that had just been harvested the day before. The grain trucks make nice wide paths lined with wheat straw as they haul off the precious gold to the closest grain elevator. There could not be a nicer running or hiking trail than this. I just heard the combine up the hill, will take a short break to take some pictures.
- Here are the results:

Combine harvesting wheat

Wheat transferred to truck

Truck dumping wheat at grain elevator

Blue Eagle in her pasture with combine in the background

A picture from a few days ago showing the dust in the air during harvest. The ridge in the background is only about 8 miles away and can usually be seen crisply against the blue sky.
In the front there is a harvested wheat field from last year that was sprayed with roundup for weeds. In the back a partially harvested field.
Tomorrow I will be riding my horse through the field in the photos. It makes for a great galloping hill. The owner gave us permission to ride on his land. He knows that we are responsible and will stay out of the way of harvesting equipment and out of the fields while the wheat is growing. He's a nice laid-back guy who inherited the farm from his dad. I talked to him just the other day as he was preparing to spray weeds. He let me know when and what he'd spray so I knew when to keep my animals out of the fields.
I have not talked to him about "Wheatbelly". I did not feel I knew him well enough for that. I did tell one friend whose husband is a local wheat farmer several months ago. She acknowledged what I said but did not raise the issue again on her own. Did she think I looked at her like a drug pusher?
I'm wondering what these farmers think, if they have heard all the health risks related to wheat. Maybe they have no idea? Maybe they think there are commercial interests here, some anti-farming lobby? Maybe some of them don't eat wheat themselves but see it as a good way to feed millions of hungry people around the world who have very little to eat?
I wonder how many of them have celiac disease or gluten-intolerance and don't know it, how many have severe arthritis in their joints, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory diseases in their body and they don't make the connection.
I wonder if they have considered growing other crops or turning their fields into prairie to graze cattle on it, the way it looked 150 years ago when the buffalo still roamed here.
Many cowboys currently work on dude ranches and would not mind returning to their old way of life...
I'm hoping something will change as the wheat market changes over time and the information about wheat gets out. I hope there is a way for things to change without farming families getting hurt. The average wheat farm in our area is several thousand acres with large sums of money invested in equipment, hoping for a good harvest to pay the enormous bills. Switching to a completely different crop would not be easy, if possible at all in the short run. Maybe switching to a gluten-free grain would be a great start.
There are some things that only God can change. Maybe this is one of them.

In the meantime I want to say that I am very grateful to Dr. Davis for writing his book. It has changed my life. I have gone from eliminating wheat to eliminating gluten to eliminating all grains and beans and my health and energy level are much better, not to mention that the last 10 lbs. came off for good while being able to eat as much as I like. I am very glad that there are cardiologists who help people to prevent heart disease rather than just treat it and hope that the medical profession as a whole will shift their focus in this direction. It would save lives and a lot of money.

Please spread the word in your community about "Wheatbelly". You will save lives!
Thank you Dr. Davis for setting a great example.

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LOSER05 8/17/2012 10:55AM

    love the pictures

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HOUNDLOVER1 8/17/2012 12:54AM

    I agree, Gary Taubes books are a must-read. So are the books by Phinney and Volek.


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GETSTRONGRRR 8/16/2012 8:03PM

    I really enjoyed the book too and was amazed at the amount of engineering that has gone in to transforming wheat over the last few years.

I have cut all my carbs down for about 3 months now and am amazed at how slimmer I am and that I can eat way more calories and not gain weight.

try reading "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes....it's another great work

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-LINDA_S 8/16/2012 12:41PM

    I haven't read the book either. I will if I can get it at the library. Glad this has worked out so well for you!

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FOXYROXY13 8/16/2012 11:49AM

    wow this sounds like something I should look into. I will definitely be checking out this book to see if it can make similar changes in my life ^_^

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LILY_SPARK 8/16/2012 10:46AM

    As Kelly said, there's a lot more "wrong" than wheat (especially for those of us who are genetic booboos).

Congrats on making a healthy change!

It's *my* belief, as an extreme case--like all lab rats, that EVERYONE can do better without grains and legumes. Period. That's a lot to ask. It was too much of me to ask til I got off all grains, saw improvements and then noticed more problems with the things I truly loved (beans and peas!). My brother just rang asking about the latest "freebies" from my pantry: adzuki beans. They're tough on everybody's gut. They're REALLY tough on my goofy gut.

I'm around 8 months (didn't try to be strict Paleo -- it's just what the first phase of an elimination diet looks like...and I'd read about Paleo and thought it was a fad like everybody else, til I read *more*) and while it's the least of things, my FILLED IN HAIR is major. That comes to me because I'm a month into a lupus flare, where my hair started falling out again BUT it had not been doing that for 7 months! That's just hair! emoticon

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EGALITAIRE 8/16/2012 8:56AM

    Nice blog Birgit - congrats on getting your 6 month wheat free pin.


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JSTETSER 8/16/2012 6:23AM

    Thanks for posting. That's a lot of information!

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KELLY122581 8/16/2012 3:32AM

    I haven't read wheatbelly... so I don't know what it is about really..... but I know that I had 15 years of severe joint pain and found out that a couple years ago that it was triggered by an allergic reaction to milk (I found that out through my own research in the medical journals and trial and error). In the same articles, I found that the other major culprits for allergic joint pain are wheat, soy, pork, and tree nuts. In that order I think. I don't *think* i have issues with wheat.... but I've never eliminated it from my diet. Maybe it is something interesting to check out... it would only take 2 weeks...... i've recently had a little joint pain returning, and I fear it is a new allergy forming....

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DIDMIS 8/15/2012 8:13PM

    This is what I had read about as you know.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/15/2012 8:11PM

    awesome such a good book,

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HEALTHY4ME 8/15/2012 8:06PM

    I was at the dr yesterday for my severe sciatica.... and I mentioned that I didn't have any arthritic pain anymore and was sure it was cos i had eliminated wheat and most grains from my diet. He said okay. he really is the reg. dr who thinks all this stuff is hoooeeey. If he wasn't so great at all the rest and helping me with my long term disability stuff I don't know just wish he was even more receptive to listening.
But thats okay I also realized that my back isn't itchy, I have had an itchy back since I was a kid, really bad and later would pay my kdis pennies to put in their piggy bank if they would scratch it. So I won't be back on wheat and now to find what causes such nerve pain!

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SUNNYWBL 8/15/2012 6:59PM

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Maintaining is easy for me now - the concept of maintaining needs some thought

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This is not the first time I've had these thoughts so for anyone who has read this before I apologize in advance and hope to be adding something new this time around. These thoughts about maintenance come around every couple of months, usually prompted by reading about weight maintenance somewhere, sometimes by the concept of maintaining in another arena of life: fitness, health, finances, knowledge, relationships etc.
On the surface it seems like maintaining is a good thing, definitely better than going downhill (whatever the hill is) and probably also better than going uphill too fast.
But still, maintaining sounds an awful lot like stagnating, which sounds an awful lot like stale which sounds a lot less desirable and possibly very boring and even harmful.
When it comes to maintenance of weight most people don't really mean just weight. They often assume that health and fitness are included and related. They may even think emotional/mental health as part of the package. The reason is that many people feel overall healthier and happier when they lose a significant amount of excessive body weight/body fat. While losing is improvement, not just maintaining the status quo, maintaining means staying the same. But don't we always want to improve?
So how does someone who reaches their goal weight continue to improve? Maybe they will set a new goal weight, a little lower than they previously thought reasonable or possible. But at some point weight loss is no longer desirable and healthy. So what to do next? Just staying in the same place? Is some of the difficulty of weight maintenance due to the fact that weight loss is a MAJOR LIFE GOAL, sometimes life saving, that takes a huge amount of attention and energy and can give us a long-term focus and purpose. It can be somewhat like raising children. While they are at home they are all-consuming, taking first priority a lot of the time, sometimes to the detriment of other important aspects of life. When the kids are raised and ready to leave the nest, there is an emptiness, a lack of purpose and a lack of focus for a while. This may not be a lack of goals and desires at all, but mostly an emotional state that is brought about by the change. The goals may be there but the desire to reach for them may still be lacking. Maybe we feel that we deserve a long break and treat ourselves well (not always in healthy ways).
So how do we get from that phase in life to the next one, one of being passionate about new goals, new purposes, new joy in life?
For me it has to do with giving to others, sharing what I have learned, being an example when I can be, sharing my struggles to make it easier for others to accept their own.
Weight maintenance is no longer a goal for me, no more than maintaining a regular exercise routine. It has become a natural part of me, in a different way than for someone else as we are all different. It does not require conscious planning and thought any more. It is as natural as driving my car without thinking about pushing the gas pedal and break pedal down, turning the steering wheel right and left or turning turn signals on and off. I am now teaching my 15-year-old daughter the principles of healthy eating just like I will teach her how to drive a car in the coming year. Teaching someone else will bring those things that I do naturally now back into my conscious mind where I reflect upon them again, maybe tweaking small things here and there. But I feel free to go where I want to go. And that freedom is what it is really all about. I had it to start with and now I have gained it back, knowing that I will never lose it again. emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/16/2012 1:39AM

    Interesting that you find maintenance to sound like stagnation. Just keeping the weight steady for me is a lot more like MOBYCARP's analogy of trying to keep a boat in the same place in the face of changing winds and currents. It seems to require tweaking and adjustment due to unexpected illnesses, injuries, and just life in general intervening.

Here's his whole blog about that, in case you want to see it:

Maybe I'm just a slow learner, or something. I definitely can't do the intuitive eating thing like you do. I've tried that experiment over and over with exactly the same result every time. Regain.

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DESERTJULZ 8/15/2012 9:54PM

    I'm actually quite excited to be only two pounds away from figuring out how to maintain! What I'm hoping for, is that as I continue to increase my fitness, I'll actually gain a few pounds of muscle, lose a few more pounds of fat, and end up qualifying for a few more calories. :D

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SUNNYWBL 8/15/2012 6:38PM

    Well said!

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KENDRACARROLL 8/15/2012 11:52AM

    If losing weight is your only goal in life then you're probably lost once you get there.
In my experience there are a lot of things you have to work through on this journey in order to get to your goal weight. Not having to put all my energy into working on losing weight leaves a lot more room to enjoy the fun things that I have discovered on my journey.
Maintaining weight does not mean your life is in a holding pattern. There is always room to improve and grow in a million other areas. It still takes planning, discipline, and determination and is every bit as exciting as seeing the scale go down.

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WOUBBIE 8/15/2012 9:17AM

    I have a long way to go to get to maintenance level myself, but I totally understand what you mean. One of the great things about being involved in a community like SparkPeople is that there will always be new members (and old ones too!) who need help/advice/support and what-have-you.

I've sometimes thought it was odd that Suzanne has been here so long even though she's been at goal weight and fitness for 8 years or so. Lately I've started to understand it more. Checking in daily keeps her accountable and motivated, as well as motivating others. Hope I can keep my Spark for half as long!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/15/2012 8:54AM

    congrats on progressing! great thoughts...and good luck with having a kiddo start the driving process-how exciting:)

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KELLY122581 8/15/2012 7:32AM

    Interesting. I was just thinking about this the other day. I think this is where I went wrong last time in "maintaining". I lost 40+ lbs and maintained for about 3 years, but there was no challenge anymore... no "goals" in sight, so it slowly slipped away until I gained all 40 lbs +some back in about 2 years. This time around, I'm planning to have more goals already in place once I get to my goal weight. Since I've added running to my weight loss plan now, I'll have a built-in set of goals... train for a 10K, a half marathon, etc.... I'm also thinking of becoming a certified yoga instructor so that (like you mention) I can work at teaching other people what I've learned. Thanks for the thoughts!!! They helped me organize a little bit of what I was already thinking for myself :-)

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KRISZTA11 8/15/2012 6:55AM

    Interesting thoughts, thank you for sharing!
I agree that most people need new goals to keep them motivated.

Though I myself and a totally uncompetitive person, for me it is a completely satisfactory goal to maintain my goal weight and fitness level lifelong.
After rolling downhill for years and imagining where that lifestyle would have brought me,
now I'm happy with maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Some of my Spark Friends are in their fifties or sixties, happy and active in their healthy and fit bodies - I love to think I can do it too! : ))


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EGALITAIRE 8/15/2012 1:56AM

    Hey Birgit,

Very thought provoking. My first thought is staying at the same weight doesn't mean stagnation - I am not there yet, but I suspect when I do get there, my next goal(s) will be to continually become healthier - maybe more stretching, or more ST, or more meditation.

Your right our lives and bodies are dynamic, there is no such thing as staying in the same place, we are either moving forward or backward. I want to continue progressing.

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The Dolly Parton effect or "Bagel Boobs" for boys

Saturday, August 11, 2012

This blog post speaks for itself:

The only thing as potent in this respect in it's effect on men is probably soy.

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/13/2012 8:56PM

    Yikes! What a read! What a shame . . . yet wheat is a plant-based food and I can't help but think that we'll simply lifted one food a little too high in our greater scheme of things. No one food should have that much power.

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ADZY86 8/11/2012 12:59PM

    Wow very interesting. Just like the stomach, our boob areas (on men and women) is apparently where a lot of our fat cells are stored, so does make a lot of sense. I'll have to warn my brothers...maybe this is the one thing that will make them realise that I'm not crazy when I say to cut down on the wheat! lol

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/11/2012 11:39AM

    Good information....Too Much Information, but still good info...

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WOUBBIE 8/11/2012 10:58AM

    If it expands the belly, why not the boobs too? They're both storage areas.

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-LINDA_S 8/11/2012 10:09AM

    I think it's more complicated than just gluten and agree about the soy. I'll bet there are other factors, too.

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NELLJONES 8/11/2012 8:56AM

    It isn't the pizza or any other one food item: it's the quantity. One 3" piece of plain pizza is fine. If I ate one piece and someone else ate the rest of the box, I'd stay thin and the other person would get fat. Same food, different quantity.

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JSTETSER 8/11/2012 8:54AM

    Interesting. Thanks for posting!

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PATTYCAKE17 8/11/2012 8:05AM

    I recently saw another article re this, but watching the Tv clip made it so much more interesting. Thanks for the "Share." think I'll give the show a try, too. emoticon

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DIANE7786 8/11/2012 1:43AM

    Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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Will low-carb make you grow taller?

Friday, August 10, 2012

This is my new research project. I did a little reading on a low-carb blog, can't remember which one, that talked about the correlation between low-carb high-fat eating in some people groups and greater average height. One example given was the Maasai. After watching this video of David Rudisha's world record run in the 800 meter yesterday and seeing his built all of what I read made sense. This amazing runner was running for his tribe and they honored him for it.

My 15-year-old daughter is still fine-tuning her low-carb diet and I am curious if she will grow any more in height, which should help her swimming performance. I already can see that here energy level is increasing and her stroke technique in all disciplines is vastly improved after 4 short private lessons this week.
If anyone has any links or other info on this topic I would love to hear about it and discuss it here or on one of the low-carb or paleo groups.
I am reading the book by Volek and Phinney about "The Art of Low-Carbohydrate Performance". I love it so far and hopefully will blog about it very soon. <link>

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ARMSPORTS 8/11/2012 10:36AM

    There is no physiological rationale for a low carb diet increasing height. The Maasai height is the result of genetics in combination with greater than typical amounts of animal protein in comparison to other tribes, which would allow them to reach their true genetic potential more readily.

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HOUNDLOVER1 8/10/2012 10:01PM

    Well, I had a good laugh reading some of the comments. emoticon
I really should have been a little more precise and said that I wonder if people who are not done growing because of their age will grow taller on a low-carb diet. It is very difficult to test this kind of thing and distinguish correlation and causation though.
Egalitaire, your input is very valuable and it lines up with my own experience so far.
MRSRACHEL, you raise an interesting point, about whether everyone would benefit from a low-carb diet. My husband is very low-weight and could gain a few pounds. I am really at a loss right now whether he might be able to gain weight on low-carb, not because of the number calories consumed but because of the quality of food. I hope we will find the answer to this question at some point.
Concerning the baldness, I guess we haven't figured out how that is diet-related yet but who knows?

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/10/2012 8:24PM

    It's helped me thin down and maintain a stable appetite, but it hasn't helped cure my baldness at all

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KICK-SS 8/10/2012 8:10PM

    LOL! I don't know as it would make one taller, but my pants have gotten longer!! (don't have to stretch "out" as much, so that adds to the length). emoticon

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MRSRACHELS 8/10/2012 3:32PM

    well I have read that low carb is more beneficial for people who are already taller and leaner by nature but I don't see how low carb dite could make you grow taller.

My understanding is people like myself who are short and athletically built need carbs more ( in the long run though, no one claims they don't help short term. ) than a taller smaller framed person. someone who is tall a bit heavy but still small boned also benefits from low carb diet but I don't believe its beneficial across the board. but then I'm no doctor Im just highly sceptically of anything that claims to be a one size fits all. Of course it also depends no how low your taking... most Americans eat far to many carbs so most could stand to reduce their carb intake by quite a bit.

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EGALITAIRE 8/10/2012 2:31PM

    This is an n=1 comment, but for me personally, the conversion to fat burning has had a significant impact on my riding - both in the distances I can ride without tiring and in the speed - I ride at a consistently much faster speed this year than I have in the past.

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RUSSELL_40 8/10/2012 1:19PM

    Great article, and blog. Longer distance athletes do better on fat/ protein, than on carbs. I see bike riders, and runners eating every 10-15 minutes during competition, and think that has to mess up their digestion. Personally, I feel great when sticking to low carb, and have much more energy.

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