David Goldhill discusses the American Healthcare system with Malcom Gladwell. He is the author of Catastrophic Care.
Dr. Doug Lisle is the author of The Pleasure Trap. In a recent article he observed:
Tragically, most people are totally unaware that they are only a few weeks of discipline away from being able to comfortably maintain healthful dietary habits, and to keep away from the products that can result in the destruction of their health. Instead, most people think that if they were to eat more healthfully, they would be condemned to a life of greatly reduced gustatory pleasure. This is an extraordinarily deceptive and problematic situation that I describe as a pleasure trap.
Dr. Lisle is 100% correct. By applying a few basic concepts, it is easy to move away from this trap. Actually, I have developed one concept and two words that works.
When was there a head-to-head comparison of an intensive program of diet and exercise against statins? Never. There was such a trial for diabetes, and guess what? Lifestyle won. - Dr. Vikas Saini
From this article: Doing The Statin Math: What The Loud Debate Could Mean For You
You probably heard: Recently, the FDA announced a ban (sometime in the future) of trans fats in our food. So, the other day, my wife brought home this Chicken Pot Pie from The Fresh Market (a Whole Foods-type store). The front packaging stated: Zero grams of trans fat per serving. To me, that is a tip-off that I better look at the ingredients.
Sure enough, in black and white, there was the trans fat ingredient (partially hydrogenate oil) - second photo, three lines above the signature.
To learn more about the shenanigans of the food industry visit PartiallyHydrogenated.com
Moral of the story: Even in "health-oriented" stores, please do not trust the label - read the ingredients.
Also: Make note of the "Home-style" health-halo marketing. I would love to know: When was the last time anyone made a homemade (anything) with trans fats?
I did communicate with Fresh Market's customer service group. I thought this was an interesting response:
Please advise the customer that we will soon have a new formulation which will be 0 trans-fat. As a result of the Government/USDA shutting down, we are delayed in getting this product to shelf.
They blamed a delay on Uncle Sam - whatever.
Study of the Day: People who eat a handful of nuts seven times per week are less likely to die young, says a large Harvard study today.
This is the type of stuff that makes me nuts. The article also states this:
People who ate more nuts were not only less likely to die during the 30-year period, but also, Drazen said, "leaner, less likely to smoke; more likely to exercise, eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink more alcohol.
Hello! Am I nuts or what? Is it possible the information that is in bold above is what leads to a healthier life and a little more life - in terms of years.
Bottomline: While I do eat a lot of nuts (raw almonds), I will ignore this study.
I can relate to this article about the new statin recommendations.
I'm 58. When I put my numbers into the calculator, the corresponding recommendation was: no statins required. I decided to change one number - my age. I bumped it up to 65. Guess what? It recommended a statin ... to a healthy person.
My reaction: Thanks, but no thanks for the recommendation.
Who designed the calculator? The same people who did healthcare.gov?
Dr. John Abramson, author of Overdosed America, writes: This may sound like good news for patients, and it would be — if statins actually offered meaningful protection from our No. 1 killer, heart disease; if they helped people live longer or better; and if they had minimal adverse side effects. However, none of these are the case.
Read the rest of the article.
Thanks to ...
The new guidelines developed jointly by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, at the behest of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a federal agency. They are based on the most up-to-date research on prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
I find this fascinating.
First, in all the articles that are being written, there's no mention of CHANGING YOUR DIET/LIFESTYLE.
Second, we already know that a change in lifestyle will reduce heart disease by 80% and type 2 diabetes by 90%.
Third, Here's the Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating Your 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack. Based on the calculation here, a determination is made if you should be on a statin. Interestingly, I did the calculation based on my numbers - no need for a statin. However, I changed one number: my age. I upped it from 58 to 65. Guess what? Based on recommendations, I would be put on a statin. Well, I'm not 65 yet, but I'll take a pass when I hit that age.
My prescription: Forget the pill and change your lifestyle ... please.
Additional good reading: Lies, Damn Lies, and Medical Science
Unfortunately, most experts make losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle very complex. Here are just two examples of thousands.
First, here's an interview that Jonathan Bailor, a lifestyle expert did. It's with a neurobiologist So, granted it could be complex. However, far into the interview, in fact, he provides the simple solution for losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle.
I must add: Jonathan is very knowledgeable and does conduct very good interviews. So, in no way, is this a "knock" against him. It's just an observation that far too many experts turn this into a complex subject.
Next ... Here's a picture of the Obesity System Influence Diagram. Well, if we choose this route, we'll be tied up like a pretzel and never get out of this endless maze.
There’s no company in the world that’s better at making complex technology simple.
That’s Apple’s primary skill and it’s a skill that’s never been more valuable. – Steve Jobs
The simple approach: To combat all the "bad" influences that are thrown at us: Our culture, our food environment, and more, just follow this simple concept: Satiety and Taste.
No details here: I go into great detail in my book and website: 101 Incredible Diet, Health and Lifestyle Tips. Here's one tip: You must be motivated. It's too easy to go in the wrong direction. So, if you are not motivated to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, it's not worth starting ... right now.
If a product label states it's "natural", it means nothing! Naturally, I expect you to watch this video.
So, I recommend listening to this interview with Dr. David Katz. He recently wrote: Disease Proof - The Skills You Need to Slash Your Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes, and More - by 80 Percent.
His subtitle reminds me of a favorite quote: Genes load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.
Welcome to my blog about diet, health, and lifestyle issues. You'll find snippets and tidbits to assist with living a healthier lifestyle. Enjoy. - Ken Leebow
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