My patients eat a lot of calories, but are actually malnourished.
Your brain doesn’t count calories–it counts nutrients. But there are few (worth absorbing), and it’s hungry for more.
Your stomach is empty and growling but you just ate. Too many calories, too few nutrients. Brain poop. (Conversely, a low starch, higher healthy fat Mediterranean diet seems to fight brain damage).
Belly fat is toxic, and sugar and starch cause its accumulation, not fat.
Belly fat lies adjacent to the liver, mainlines fat there and you end up with foie gras as a liver. Which is still illegal in my sweet home Chicago, a true paradox.
The kidneys get squeezed, and you get high blood pressure. The number one hormonal organ in your body, if you’re overweight, may well be your belly fat.
80 million Americans are diabetic, or pre-diabetic. That epidemic is going to destroy our health as a country.
Doctors treat with medicine, because those are the weapons that we were trained to offer. But they’re only band-aids, and as effective as French Fries on a heart patient’s hospital menu.
Diabetes medicines often cause more weight gain. So do some common high blood pressure medicine–beta blockers, for example, slow down your pulse and with that, y0ur metabolism.
But there is hope. Nearly 90 percent of type II diabetes are reversible. Having high cholesterol is often reversible, without statins. Controlling high blood pressure with your lifestyle and healthy self is within your reach.
The environment takes decades to change. But you can change your own habits tomorrow. One small step at a time.