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I'm not a Republican or a Democrat, but this is about politics

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The issue is national health care and along with it medicare and medicaid. I was reminded of it when I heard short parts of political speeches in the last few weeks.
The United States, one of the richest countries in the world, is running out of money to pay for it. There are plenty of political discussions about it and I think they all miss the point.
We need true preventative health care.
What we need is a government that supports growing of healthy foods, not big agribusiness. We need to be able to afford food that is healthy: vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds grown without pesticides; meats, eggs and dairy that are pasture-fed and local (and I don't just mean grown in the US).
We also need to act as individuals by refusing to eat fake foods which includes processed foods, especially all sugars and sugar-substitutes and genetically modified foods. We need to do our best to avoid foods that are hybridized for increased starch and sugar content which includes most common grains, especially modern wheat, and, unfortunately more and more fruits and even some vegetables.
Instead of pop, we need to drink water, that most life-giving of all drinks and do our best to make sure that future generations will have a clean supply of it.
All this, together with moderate exercise, will ensure that most people will lead longer lives and avoid most diseases of modern civilization like heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome/diabetes, cancer, many autoimmune diseases, mental health problems and even arthritis. Our food provides the replacement parts for our body's cells. We can't survive without it, no matter how well our health care system is financed. With healthy food for everyone there will be enough money for health care for those people who can not be well with healthy food alone.
I don't know if this country would save 10%, 50% or 90% of the current total cost of health care, but I would sure like to find out. I think it's our only chance as a country to survive the healthcare crisis. God save us from ourselves!

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 9/9/2012 3:23AM

    Several great points! Thanks!

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/8/2012 9:24PM

    DONEGIRL,
I guess I see nothing wrong with people making money in a way that helps others. I believe this to be true for many of the low-carb writers and bloggers including Jimmy Moore and Dr. William Davis. The fact that Dr. Davis has made much of the content of his book available by linking the video series of the Jimmy Moore cruise to his blog shows that his primary motive is not financial gain but to spread the message about the dangers of wheat. Of course you are entitled to your own opinion and eat wheat as long as you please. Many people on the wheatbelly team have found huge benefits to giving it up and in many cases giving up all grains.
People who have experienced these benefits in their own lives will not be convinced by so-called research because they have seen with their own eyes and felt in their own body what is happening without wheat. emoticon

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LADYIRISH317 9/8/2012 2:48PM

    Keep right on preaching this! You're totally right. But I think this is less about politics and more about saving lives and the quality of lives.

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DONEGIRL 9/8/2012 12:52PM

    Houndlover, there may be different OPINIONS about GMOs but the FACTS are that they are completely safe and people who say otherwise are scaremongering. Where is the ton of evidence that Round-up is harmful? It does not exist and I have looked for it. I am not an apologist for bigagri and I buy locally and eat only non-processed foods (excecpt wine emoticon ) but I truly believe having studied the evidence that wheat is not a problem for the vast majority of people.
PS I didn't mean to imply that you were selling anything just wheatbelly , jimmy etc

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/8/2012 11:53AM

    DONEGIRL,
there are obviously many opinions about whether there is anything wrong with GMO food among scientists and it would clearly depend on what genes have been modified and in which way. Grains that have been modified to withstand herbicides like Roundup and 2-4 D are therefore sprayed with large volumes of herbicedes which is still present when these grains are harvested. There is a ton of evidence that these things are harmful.
In my opinion, if there is any doubt whether something is safe it should not be put on the market or at the very least consumers should have it labeled so they can avoid it.
I am promoting wheat-free and I'm not selling anything, neither are all the other people who are promoting wheatbelly and other low-carb lifestyles. They have rather seen huge improvements in their health since giving up wheat and other grains.
It would be quite possible for artisan bakeries to bake things without grains using nut flour and other grain-free products, especially as the grain-free market will grow. It is also possible for farmers to grow things other than grain. emoticon
Birgit


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DONEGIRL 9/8/2012 7:19AM

    Yes we should eat healthy food but there is nothing wrong with genetically modified food. Everything we eat is pretty much genetically modified and there is not a shred of evidence that it does us any harm notwithstanding wheatbelly's unproven hypothesis.
All of the people who promote wheat-free eating are selling something just like the big agribusinesses you criticise. And rants about carbohydrates may put small artisanal bakeries who use local ingredients out of business. Look at Brewmaster Bill's link today - a pretty comprehensive debunking of the carbs causing diabetes theory and in The Lancet no less.

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HEATHHILL 9/7/2012 7:52AM

    Excellent points and well said!!!

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DESERTJULZ 9/6/2012 10:21PM

    You make an excellent point (points). We need prevention, not medication; healthy food, not sugary fake crap.

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GRACEMCDOG 9/6/2012 5:31PM

    In Canada, one of the alternative special interest parties is the Green Party whose main focus is, of course, environmental and sustainable energy issues. Many people, including me, don't vote for them because of the perception that their members have too narrow a focus and not enough interest or expertise in other area such as the economy, international diplomacy, etc. However, if they would diversify and make the issues you've just mentioned a top priority on their platform they would have my vote. I agree with what you said 100%. It's why I live the way I do. It's why I eat the way I do. Birgit, have you considered getting into politics yourself? I think you'd be amazing at it.

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TINAJANE76 9/6/2012 5:12PM

    I totally agree with you and I don't think it's just a political issue--it's a human one. Preventative care and access to a range of healthy and responsibly produced food would most certainly prolong people's lives and keep health care costs down in general.

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KELLY122581 9/6/2012 10:30AM

    Preach it! I so totally agree!!!!! There are some other things I could add for the healthcare debate, but I try to keep my hardcore politics off SP. I get in enough trouble on FB ;-)

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PYNETREE 9/6/2012 10:21AM

    ..oh what a wonderful emoticon world it would be....

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CHRISTINASP 9/6/2012 9:50AM

    Good points.

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HEALTHY4ME 9/6/2012 8:55AM

    I agree, I am not American but Canadians are not far behind you guys. I find it intersting that Mrs Obama has her white house garden and was hoping with her influence more gardens would crop up and also more people would start making better fresher choices. But as you say going to take a lot of work and positive people to make this change. So many just don't seem to see it this way. I was watching someone at costco and the entire family was large and the son about 12 looked just like dad, the belly and such. the younger daughter was on her way too.... sad when it can be reversed.
I feel so much better not eating wheat, even with the extreme sciatic pain this past while, I can only imagine how much more suffering I would have had, if I had my arthrtis all over my body and the belly bloat too.
I think govt is to blame for the health care but also it is personal choice and even with being told such and such is unhealthy you have to want to change. how many people smoke yet here in Canada they have put warning and ugly pics on cig. packs. Dad still smokes and eats whateveer he wants, gets quite upset with me when I won't eat wheat, thinks I am going to die and am so dammmmm stubborn and stupid. yet he is lucky, he was told in 1990 he had 5 -8 years to live depending on what he did after his triple by pass. He didn't drink as much but other than that didnt' change a thing. here he is at 86 and other than bad legs ( mainly cos he smokes the spec. says ( if he was to quit 3/4 of his pain would leave)) and yet he smokes.
ME I hate the meds I am on and do anything to get off them. I also am eating so much better. Last eve had fish in oven in tin foil with butternut squash the same way. A year ago I wouldn't have eaten either that way, I have really done well and am proud of it!
HUGS and love your blogs.

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-LINDA_S 9/6/2012 8:54AM

    It's such an uphill battle when you consider that greed motivates so much of what has happened to our food supply and our current disease-care system, 'cause it sure ain't health care! We spend more money than any other country and we don't get decent care, let alone excellent. This is such a complicated subject where it really should be simple. And we subsidize the growth of the "foods" that are most harmful, or pay farmers not to grow them! This system is so seriously flawed that it's ridiculous.

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SHAYREBORN 9/6/2012 7:52AM

    I just said the same thing the other day. If people started feeding their kids healthy meals and making them go outside and play several times a week then we wouldn't have as many issues as we currently do just with our youth. Personally, it is not always easy to purchase the healthy options due to our limited budget but it is very important to us that even if DH and I go without something we "want/need" we provide our son with lots of fruits and veggies and healthy options.

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DIANE7786 9/6/2012 1:27AM

    I agree that the answer is preventative care. I hope the California Prop to label GMO's passes because then it's likely all food with GMO's will be labeled. I want to know what I'm eating.

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Non-celiac gluten sensitivity

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Here is an article form Mark's Daily Apple (Mark Sisson):

www.marksdailyapple.com/how-common-i
s-gluten-sensitivity/#axzz25Y0Lwc21


What do you think?

  
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KEEPITUP05 9/7/2012 9:57AM

    Not sure that everyone is sensitive but I sure am. I was diagnosed gluten-intolerant 12 years ago after becoming very ill. I weighed 106 lbs, lost hair, had no energy, had digestives problems, felt sad and anxious and very weak. 3 days into eating gluten-free I felt like a new person. I was gluten-free way before it was "cool". For those without a diagnosis who say it makes them feel better that is great! By all means they should eat gluten-free. For those who think it's for weight loss ..please read more info on Celiac/gluten-intolerance. It's a treatment not a weight loss diet. I gained 100 pounds eating gluten-free. Just because it's gluten-free doesn't mean it's good for you or low in calories.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/6/2012 12:24AM

    I know I'm not celiac and I know I'm affected. I may even be sensitive enough to be affected just by breathing small wheat particles in the air. I noticed a change without eating any wheat during the two days when they were harvesting the kind of wheat that Dr. Davis describes as the worst kind in "Wheatbelly", but did not notice anything when they were harvesting the other types (triticum durum) that are used for making pasta.

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BLUE42DOWN 9/6/2012 12:19AM

    Certainly was an interesting read. I was impressed that the one study went as far as double-blind testing. I may not be at all convinced that all people are gluten sensitive, but I've never doubted that some people are clearly affected though they are non-celiac.

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NDTEACHER1 9/5/2012 10:15PM

    Thanks.

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MYLADY4 9/5/2012 9:57PM

    Does not surprise me. Especially when you look around and see so many young people with bloated belly's, makes one wonder.

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DJ4HEALTH 9/5/2012 9:48PM

    Thanks for the info!

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LILY_SPARK 9/5/2012 8:51PM

    I read a piece on the subject earlier this week on Josh...erm, Hillis' blog? Personally, I sort of don't care as I am Celiac.

I'm flabbergasted at people (including my IRL friends) who say things like, "Well, it's all the people trying to be cool who's messing it up for you."

Trying. To. Be. Cool? To not eat things? To never go out? To never eat food another person prepared? I'M THE COOLEST! I just don't get it. It's not cool. It sucks.

Also, like most people with Celiac, I GAINED weight when getting off gluten. I mean, it's not a "diet" in that sense. If you have a problem, you're going to GAIN or "thrive" as it's the opposite of "failure to thrive" from malabsorption (cos your gut healed). It's a mystery to me. I suppose the chatter about it might enlighten some people to get a diagnosis and that's GOOD. I didn't because of this. Mine was found from them poking around in my lupus. Go figure.

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JAMBABY0 9/5/2012 8:07PM

    Thanks for sharing

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Dr. Vera Tarman helps people fight their addiction to carbohydrates

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

And here is another link to an interesting looking podcast. With all this good stuff on the net I don't hardly get a chance to write anything myself, LOL.
I have not listened to this yet, so don't beat me up if you don't like it. emoticon

I am hoping for discussion on the topic.

livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/
episode 607

Birgit

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 9/4/2012 9:26PM

    Nooooooh, not that one emoticon

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NDTEACHER1 9/4/2012 9:15PM

    We'll just whip you with a wet noodle if we don't-no beatings:)

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GOPINTOS 9/4/2012 3:42PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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JSTETSER 9/4/2012 3:27PM

    emoticon

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WOUBBIE 9/4/2012 2:29PM

    Another interesting interview, it looks like! I'll put the boxing gloves away for the time being! :)

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-LINDA_S 9/4/2012 1:59PM

    Thanks! Will check it out. You can be addicted to fat? Uh oh, I might be in trouble!

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JLFISH1496 9/4/2012 1:24PM

    thanks looks interesting!

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Bariatric whistleblower

Saturday, September 01, 2012

This is from the wheatbelly blog of 9/1/2012 and speaks for itself:

www.wheatbellyblog.com/

  
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KARENA-G 9/9/2012 9:00AM

    Personally, I know that since I gave up wheat, my stomach FINALLY quit hurting after months of being in constant pain. I was unable using "modern" medicine to cure it. Three days after changing my diet to the one recommended by Dr. Davis, my acid reflux was gone, and my stomach stopped hurting. I did experience the withdrawal. It was pretty rough, but worth it.

I also read chriskresser.com and mariahealth.blogspot.com. Both these blogs are very information, more so than Dr. Davis's.

Peace,

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KENDRACARROLL 9/4/2012 10:49AM

    Thanks for the link, Birgit.
While I completely go along with the arguments against weight loss surgery (totally opposed), I'm not convinced that this "letter" is genuine. Also, I'm still on the fence about this entire wheatless thing, but always find it interesting to hear everybody's opinions on this topic.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/4/2012 10:12AM

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I did read the article that Donegirl linked. It would take a lot of time to look up all the original research articles that are quoted to see who was accurate and inaccurate in their quotations and interpretations. What Dr. Davis says about wheat and grains in general is probably not 100% right,maybe not even 75%, but based on huge amounts of anecdotal evidence that I've read about here on our wheatbelly team, many blogs and the report of Dr. Davis patients I would say that I don't want to wait for the research to be all done until I make changes to my diet and recommend for others to try it. Dr. Davis thinks as a clinician, not as a researcher, which is a good thing for his patients who can't wait for years for their health to improve.
Consider eliminating wheat and even all grains from one's diet experimental treatment if you like, it has no health hazards that I'm aware of so there is nothing to lose (except for the wheat industry that is understandably getting VERY worried, LOL) but possibly life to gain for people who are close to dying of heart disease or other common diseases, not to mention improving quality of life.


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CHRISTINASP 9/4/2012 4:38AM

    I have read Wheat Belly and I found it very interesting. I am not a scientist, and I don't have time to dig into a lot of long scientific articles. The basic outlines and conclusions of the book make sense to me though.
The message of the book to me is: "Cut out wheat and you cut out a food that may be causing major problems to your health". That's the bottom line for me. I've tried and noticed that indeed, wheat causes cravings in me and makes me want to overeat. That is enough information for me.

Some will want to cut out wheat, others won't. Each person must make their own, preferably informed choices about what to eat, why, when and how!
Rather than try to argue with those who eat in a different way that I think is right I prefer to get some insight into the different methods, then just focus on what makes sense to me and to join with people who are using the same method.


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JANNEBARN 9/3/2012 7:43PM

    All I have to say is: I am not a celiac but when I cut our wheat, it changed my life for the better. End of story and thank you Dr. Davis and my friend Tim who recommended his work to me(Tim is a scientist).

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JUSTBIRDY 9/3/2012 5:22PM

    I have also written about Davis in my other blog, and I think some of his arguments are shaky, too. But my own experience with wheat is that I am much better off without it. It bothers my stomach, increases my cravings and I always want to eat more. I don't have to have a celiac test or know that all of Dr. Davis's arguments are 100 percent airtight before removing wheat.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/3/2012 2:27PM

    Donegirl,
I just took a look at the article on "The daily lipid" that you linked. It is a long one so it will take me a while to read. I'll comment when I have done so.
Thanks for the link. If anyone gets to it before I do I'd be interested to hear comments. We could even start a thread with this topic in the "Wheatbelly" group and discuss it.
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Birgit

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DONEGIRL 9/3/2012 1:07PM

    Hound lover yes I want to know......the truth. I don't think bypass surgery is the answer either. I have read a lot of his blogs and a lot of extracts from his book. What I don't like is wheat belly misquoting people and stating theory as fact. For example in his blog about wheat opiates Dr Davis quotes a Gastroenterologist who quite reasonably says that unless you are a coeliac most people don't have a problem with wheat. But Dr Davis misquotes him claiming that he said you could eat as much wheat as you want if you're not coeliac. That's NOT what he said.


Another example highlighted in The Daily Lipid shows how Davis claims that if you "block the euphoric reward of wheat" with naloxone, "calorie intake goes down, since wheat no longer generates the favorable feelings that encourage repetitive consumption," and that the effect of naloxone "seems particularly specific to wheat" (p. 51).  In support of this argument, he cites two studies  (20, 21).

But these studies which incidentally do not mention the word wheat come to the OPPOSITE conclusion.

That blog from the daily lipid.
http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.
com/2011/10/wheat-belly-toll-of
-hubris-on-human.html
Is a quite balanced critique of wheatbelly although I don't agree with everything he says. He has one great quote which Dr Davis would do well to consider 'Science is not a war against molecules. It is a search for truth.'

The problem with Dr Davis is that he has a hypothesis and he has not proven it yet. He may be proved right eventually but the evidence is not there yet. There are other more plausible explanations for his observations and scientific evidence to support them.
When his patients remove wheat from their diets they lose weight as do most people because they remove a lot of calories. I myself have tried this recently with some success. it's that simple - calories in calories out.


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HOUNDLOVER1 9/3/2012 10:21AM

    DONEGIRL,
Dr. Davis is only quoting someone who works in a bariatric surgery unit. If you are looking for the evidence about the dangers of modern wheat maybe you should read the book, it's in a lot of libraries now, if you don't want to spend the money. Most of the content of the book is free in the form of a video that was recorded and posted in it's entirety on Jimmy Moore's blog "La Vida Low Carb" and that is also a great source for lots of other research that has been published on similar issues. This is assuming you really want to know. emoticon

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DONEGIRL 9/3/2012 10:05AM

    Yes it speaks for itself- he does exactly what he criticises the bariatric surgeons for -making money- while at the same time he is selling his own books! How naive people are! Do you really think it's that simple- that wheat is the cause of so many diseases?
Just because wheat varieties have changed over the years the amino acid composition has not. Where is the evidence???

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HANDYV 9/3/2012 3:10AM

    Thanks a lot - sure is making me think. emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 9/2/2012 11:12PM

    emoticon (I stole it)

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DEBRA0818 9/2/2012 2:52PM

    Thanks for posting -- I added his blog and Gourmet Girl's blog to my reader. Both look like great resources and support for my "no grains, no sugar" lifestyle.

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-LINDA_S 9/2/2012 5:44AM

    This was great! I also love Gourmet Girl's blog. Some of that food sounds wonderful!

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WOUBBIE 9/1/2012 10:42PM

    I don't envy the writer, or any medical professional who goes against the "common wisdom". It's truly risky to your career to step up and say something that is not "by the book."

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ROBYNLN 9/1/2012 9:54PM

    Too true!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 9/1/2012 8:58PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the link to this great blog - amazing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/1/2012 8:11PM

    Very well written. Enjoyed the link to a great series of blogs.
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HEALTHY4ME 9/1/2012 7:40PM

    HA I do hope he gests out of the system and makes a biz of teaching people how to eat right and avoid those surgeries.


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GOPINTOS 9/1/2012 7:39PM

    Wow. Thanks for sharing!

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Melinda (gopintos)
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Low-carb runner Tim Olsen wins Western States 100 mile Ultramarathon

Monday, August 27, 2012

This story speaks for itself:

www.meandmydiabetes.com/2012/08/11/w
estern-states-100-low-carber-wins-ultr
amarathon-steve-phinney-and-jeff-volek-study/


It is relevant for any endurance athlete to see that new records are set running low-carb.

  
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ALEXSMOMMYRUNS 9/6/2012 8:00AM

    Thanks for posting!! I'm trying to make my lo carb lifestyle work with my running. NIce to read a success story!

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GOPINTOS 9/5/2012 8:54PM

    DH is on the phone with his son, and he is talking about an Iron Man he is going to do, and I heard him talking about trying to figure out his carbs and what to eat and all that, so I just sent him this article :) thanks!

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BEARCLAW6 9/3/2012 8:32PM

    This ia great. My dad used to do this race back in the 1980s. He difinitely ate loads of carbs during the race. I remember him talking about having to balance the calories in with the upset stomach. Loads of runners have to quit the race due to the inability to keep things down.

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HOUNDLOVER1 8/28/2012 12:26PM

    I would not have thought it was doable either, LOL, now a marathon does not seem like such an extreme idea any more. :)
Birgit

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WOUBBIE 8/28/2012 12:15PM

    Wow. I had no idea this was even doable.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/28/2012 9:31AM

    great read-thanks

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/28/2012 7:55AM

    Amazing isn't it!

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EGALITAIRE 8/28/2012 7:31AM

    This is great - thanks for posting

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KRISZTA11 8/28/2012 3:38AM

    Thanks for sharing!
I loved the relaxed way he ran and he didn't seem to be as exhausted as one would expect after 100 miles...

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FLAMENM 8/27/2012 10:37PM

    I used to work with several ultra-marathoners. Several of them moved towards high fat low carb because of stomach issues during races. Thanks for sharing.

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UMUCGRAD 8/27/2012 9:58PM

    Amazing. High carb, low card, I find it AMAZING that anyone can do that. Wow!

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JENN03275 8/27/2012 6:52PM

    Ty for sharing.

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