Resurfacing

27 04 2011

Thanks to the slew of “Are you dead?” emails I’ve gotten recently, I’m ending my undeclared hiatus to say that… yes, I am. I got smooshed under a food pyramid last month, anvil-from-the-sky style. Tragic and bloody! Fortunately, one of my many corporate sponsors has taken over to bring you this message.

Actually, I’ve had my hands tied lately with things other than death—the biggie being a book I’m writing. (A real one, contract and all!) More details to come. And, like a frustratingly slow-to-ripen fruit, the promised “wheat and heart disease” post is nearing completion. I don’t expect anyone to believe me anymore, but it’s true. A huge thank-you to those of you who’ve had the patience to keep checking back here for that. Your page-refreshing efforts will soon be rewarded.

Other stuff:

Wise Traditions Conference 2011: I’ll be speaking at The Weston A. Price Foundation’s annual conference in Dallas this year—about the China Study, veganism, and anything else they’ll let me gush on about. I hope to see some of you there! The theme this year is “Mythbusters,” and it’s guaranteed to be a great experience.

For those of you who can’t attend that, come hang out with me at the Ancestral Health Symposium coming up in August, which I’m going to try my darnedest to attend. Check out that awesome lineup of speakers! It’s like all the coolest people from the internet will be crammed together in the same building.

Time to give up fish if you’re a dude? A new study came out this week showing that high blood levels of DHA—the omega-3 fat abundant in fish—are linked to aggressive prostate tumor growth. Check out the abstract here and a regurgitated news story here. It’s the largest prospective study so far to examine serum fatty acids and prostate tumor occurrence, so this is one to pay attention to. But as usual, there’s more to the study than the media’s reporting. Check back here tomorrow for a closer look at the full text.

Sucky Science Award of the Day goes to an article by Dr. Tim Harlan at Huffington Post, titled Low-Carb Diets Linked With Type 2 Diabetes:

I can’t imagine why anyone would follow a diet — any diet — that takes entire food groups away from you. There’s no reason to give up great foods like pasta, potatoes, beans and corn to lose weight or to be healthier. Giving up these foods is one of the main reasons that the Atkins diet is not a diet that can be sustained for the long term. Further, such diets seldom prepare people for eating real food. …

Hear that, low-carbers? Your diet doesn’t prepare you for eating real food. Time to practice for Reality with some Twinkies.

There’s been concern for years about the long term health risks of such diets. We’ve seen that those eating higher protein diets that are also high in saturated fat were more likely to develop heart disease than those whose higher protein diet came from vegetable protein sources.

No we haven’t!

The rest of the article is pretty entertaining, too. Read it and weep.

Some housekeeping. I added a subscription button to this site (was it seriously not there before? What a blogging failure I am!). That should make it easier to deal with my chaotic posting schedule. And despite dragging my feet for years, I finally woman-ed up and joined Twitter. I don’t understand it yet, and that makes me nervous. I promise I won’t post 80 million daily updates about when I blink and brush my teeth.

That’s all for now. More posts to come very soon!

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22 responses

27 04 2011
Dave G.

Glad to see you are back, Denise! Looking forward to your wheat post and details on your book.

27 04 2011
Angela Quattrano

I read that silly article on Huffpo and thought of you. I commented that there was no high carb control group, so the study couldn’t show any such thing.

27 04 2011
Sue

Yay!! She’s back!

27 04 2011
James

Yes Denise, it would be hilarious if it wouldn’t be so serious. I find it hard sometimes not to believe in complot theories. Couple of weeks ago prof dr. Frans Kok (Wageningen University) thought it was time to take down dr. Frank van Berkum MD, who has been for quite some time now curing people from their diabetes type ll with a low carb diet, a few pegs. He went on a junk food diet for two months, gained 2 kilos, then went back to a normal diet and lost it again. And thus he proved that all this low carb is just a lot of hog wash. Anyway he did not only not take down dr.Frank, he was made to look pretty silly by the rest of the scientific Dutch community.

28 04 2011
Liz GT

Yay for Denise and her book! Can’t wait. I’m not woman enough to Tweet just yet, but I’d love nothing better than to join either of the two conferences you mentioned. I’m having such a hard time quieting the raw foods cure-all-that-ails-you dialog in my head, even though I’ve never actually managed to stay raw vegan for more than a few weeks at a time (and when I fall off, I usually fall all the way to Taco Bell, alas). Thanks for keeping us informed and educated.

28 04 2011
Ravi

whew! – see told ya so – yer making the big time – good for you! get out there and kill ‘em–

28 04 2011
Birgit

We still love you!
Congrats on the book deal.
See told ya so – you’ll be a rock star in no time :)

28 04 2011
Ulla Lauridsen

Congratulations on the book deal! And I’m soooo looking forward to the wheat and heart-disease post.

28 04 2011
SkyKing

I was beginning to think my warnings to you about about those black helicopters showing up at your house at 3am actually came to fruition and were the reason for your “disappearance!” :-P

Great to see you posting again! And congrats on your book deal. Can’t wait to read it.

28 04 2011
Bob Connors

Welcome back “Denise”. Before I actually use the new subscribe button on your website, I’d like you to provide us with a long-form copy of your birth certificate.

28 04 2011
Mike

A book! Phenomenal news!

28 04 2011
Mike N

Glad to see you back!!

28 04 2011
Robin Montoya

Well, I have only just begun to read your blog, so I am happy to welcome you back, but I didn’t know you were gone! LOL! Lord knows we can’t learn to eat real food without having our daily pasta! One must wonder if he ever reads… With all the data lately on the internet and in books, Dr. Tim Harlan must live in a cave. Am I the only one who finds it unsettling that the medical community is typically (though not always) the last to embrace new data? This brings back memories of my fight to breast-feed my children in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Although my babies were good eaters from the start, the nurses kept insisting that my babies needed a bottle!

29 04 2011
Monte Diaz

I will sooo totally be at the conference in Dallas this year! Just a few minutes from where I live anyway. What an awesome event.

BTW, how do we know that your *really* back and not some semi-sentient zombie clone. I mean, even half dead you’d be smarter than most…. *sigh* the things I ponder….

29 04 2011
J. Stanton - gnolls.org

WELCOME BACK! I’m glad you’re OK…I was worrying a little.

“I can’t imagine why anyone would follow a diet — any diet — that takes entire food groups away from you.”

“Birdseed” and “diesel fuel” are not “food groups”.

29 04 2011
Tammikettu

“Time to give up fish if you’re a dude?…Check back here tomorrow for a closer look at the full text.”
That is what I would call a real teaser :-)

It is tomorrow already here but not there yet…one dude waiting anxiously whether to toss DHA capsules into compost bin ;-)

Great to hear from you again!

30 04 2011
Chippa

“There’s no reason to give up great foods like pasta, potatoes, beans and corn to lose weight or to be healthier. Giving up these foods is one of the main reasons that the Atkins diet is not a diet that can be sustained for the long term.”

“Time to practice for Reality with some Twinkies.”

I wouldn’t exactly call pasta, potatoes, beans and corn “twinkies” lol. I gotta agree with what he said, low carb ketogenic(atkins) diets are not sustainable for average people. Purposely limiting foods like potatoes will never help you lose weight or be healthier imo.

3 05 2011
Amit

Hey Denise

My wife and I will be attending the ancestral health symposium. I personally know one of the coordinators. Do you want me see if I can get you on the speaking roster?

Sincerely
Amit

1 06 2011
Lurker

Aha! So you *are* still posting after all!

And here I thought my spare time would turn into a dreary wasteland devoid of interesting statistics and witty comentary. Thank you so much for returning!

Oh, and I’ll be waiting patiently for the wheat post of course.

4 06 2011
Padraig

“Time to give up fish if you’re a dude? A new study came out this week showing that high blood levels of DHA—the omega-3 fat abundant in fish—are linked to aggressive prostate tumor growth. Check out the abstract here and a regurgitated news story here. It’s the largest prospective study so far to examine serum fatty acids and prostate tumor occurrence, so this is one to pay attention to. But as usual, there’s more to the study than the media’s reporting. Check back here tomorrow for a closer look at the full text.”

Yes but regular masturbation ameliorates it. I figure its a wash. :-) Best of both worlds.

7 07 2011
mark

Yay!!! Like the masterbation part!

31 10 2012
Shawnna Walawender

Atkins diet is great since it can really help you reduce body fats and increase muscle mass. ”

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