Sunday, September 25, 2011

Wow. Just Wow. Did I Read this Right?

Just skimming through the latest issue of Nutrition Action.  The CSPI guy is at it again, this time with an interview of the famous Dr. Willet.
Seems he advocates healthy whole grains, for health and all that.  But, he says he can't go much over 40% grains/carbs because of stomach distress!!!!
I'll have to go back and re-read that.  Didn't he just say:
"The Wonderful Omniheart diet beat out all the other diets (except for, you know, the diets we refuse to test) but I had to dial it back myself because it makes me sick!"


  1. Hell, it's simply induction flu - just fight through it and you'll feel much better in a couple of weeks. Oh wait, you said a higher grain diet - yeah, not quite. Perhaps you will adapt in several generations though.

  2. Ha Ha! I am not sure we will ever adapt to some grains that are so extensively modified.

  3. Speaking of, "Wow"; I hate to do this, but I just have to get this out - from Dr. Harris' recent comments:

    "It seems most likely that most metabolic syndrome and Type II DM is due to overnutrition or excess energy availability at the cellular level. The normal response to overnutrition is to accumulate storage fat. At some point, the fat storage meets a limit and IR sets in, insulin levels (esp basal) rise and if later yet, elevated free fatty acids and then hyperglycemia damage the pancreas and you have diabetes."

    Did he just day that we eat too much and move too little? But at the cellular level - oh, so that's a different notion.

    Then later:

    "I think the "loss of metabolic flexibility" J Stanton is writing about is most likely an acquired defect that is the result of lipotoxicity due to overnutrition at the cellular level. This explains its early appearance in the soon to be obese and formerly obese, etc. I personally am a bit skeptical of the epigenetic explanation offered by Peter, at least as an explanation for the entire obesity epidemic, but anything is possible and maybe further research will tell us."

    Mitochondria inflexibility has nothing to do with it, initially at the least??

    Am I crazy? Maybe its my own experience coupled with the experience of the many whom I have worked with over the years, but is this guy closing in on nuts, or just tunnel vision science? It seems that the Harris/Carbsane/Guyenet trio has refocused their efforts on, "your lazy - slothful and gluttonous, of course you're fat - it's your fault, you fat-ass fucker.

    I just need some time to cool down... I will return recomposed ; )


  4. Of course, then I had to directly back to his blog to read his remaining comments - just. Wow!

    Harris, K. (2001). Archevore weblog. Retrieved from:

    Just picked up the 6th ed APA style ; ) (the blog doesn't let you indent).


  5. I haven't read all the original posts yet, but I still don't see them saying why we "over-nutrate". You see lots of this stuff developing in pregnant woman, and beyond the pregnancy. I guess being a mom greatly contributes to gluttony and sloth.

  6. Listening to the podcast with Robb, Dr. Harris seems to believe the reason we over-nourish at the cellular level is multi-factorial: food reward, inflammation, liver damage, and culture (I think this is what he believes).

    He also claims that animal matter should be the cornerstone of one's nutrition, supplemented by plant matter; starchy tubers and fruit being the best, if you can tolerate them (not broken?).

    With this obvious drive towards real food AND lower carb intakes, I'm not sure why, when you read his responses and comments on other blogs, he always seems to back pedal to overeating - and not in the physiological drive to overeat, but the behavioral choice model (it's your fault!).

    For Dr Harris, this is what I meant by a "never obese researcher". I think it blinds them to the most important facets due to never having to struggle through it and learning from experience. He's too intelligent to think otherwise.


  7. Well, I have read Harris' post and one thing I will agree with, that he needs to get out of his own echo chamber. He seems to not have a clue as to what people are actually eating to lose weight and makes the (incorrect) assumption that fat people are eating tons of this "high food reward" stuff and that thin people aren't.