Friday, February 15, 2013

Don't Feed the Hand that Bites You

I'll admit, I was away so long, I didn't even know what was happening.

I used to go to [redacted]people from time to time, and it seemed like many friends weren't there anymore.  Then I caught a blogpost by a low-carb friend explaining the reason she wasn't there as much anymore.

It seems like last November, our favorite CW dietitian, Becky Hand, wrote a very damning article about a low carb diet.  You can read more about her lies here .

You will note that unlike other blog posts, this post has no comments.  That is because the comments were taken down after tons of people complained about her post.  In the comments section, members expressed their outrage.  All the comments were erased and the blog post was edited.  Now you will see low carb myths, where before, she called them low carb lies.  It looks like the list of lies has also been edited since the last time I checked.

Some of my friends started some threads about this in the main message board.  Many were erased.  This is what remains.

I wonder if there will ever be a time when registered dietitians can be considered criminally liable for refusing to offer diet advice that can really help diabetics and people with metabolic syndrome.  There is plenty of data, they can't continue to deny that, and lie about their diet advice.

So, I am doing a bit of decluttering and taking my page down.


  1. There is a low-carb registered dietitian

  2. I just checked your links. Total garbage. Why to go there at all? I was doing some senseless blog-reading myself in my very recent past due to a bad hobbit.

  3. I was keeping careful track of my food there during the leptin reset. I wanted to do a daily blog for some folks over there, but I didn't want to clutter this blog up with lots of daily details.

  4. Ugh. A few years ago my doctor made me go to the dietician in his clinic, who sent me to Sparkpeople. He's a good, caring guy, but he just doesn't know the truth about food. That was my last starvation diet that managed to get my "set point" up from about 360 pounds to about 400 pounds. When I went for my physical in November at under 300 pounds he was stunned and asked me how I did it. :-)

  5. A comment that came into our blog at the time.

    "You'll notice that the article I've linked here is very confrontational in its tone and the words Becky chose. When it was first published, "myths" was actually "lies", but that has been changed since there was a fair bit of complaining going on by some of the SparkPeople members who found it offensive. There was no apology or retraction, it was just quietly changed to "myths" after a couple days of complaining on personal blogs and the SparkPeople message boards.

    At the end of that article there is a poll. More than half the people who answered apparently restrict carbs for one reason or another, yet the site insists on pushing these outdated and just plain wrong ideas about carbohydrate intake. Low carb diets are "fad diets", "not sustainable", "unhealthy", "dangerous", you name is really tiresome and demeaning for those of us who have found out that we thrive when we limit our intake of carbohydrates. If we announce any sort of progress we've made, it's not congratulated or seen as being significant. It's always "well, that's water weight" or "that weight will all come right back as soon as you eat some carbs!" etc. The site's "experts" are very attached to the idea that one must eat "heart healthy" grains, and with every meal. If you mention that you don't eat grains and are feeling great/getting healthier because of it, posts will follow accusing you of being disordered, stupid, a liar, etc. and I mean from both the "experts" and the general membership at the site. However nobody has ever been able to explain to me how a cup of any sort of grain is healthier for me than a cup of kale.

    Another thing to mention: that article I gave you a link to originally had a comment thread at the bottom where members were respectfully sharing their views. Some were cheering for Becky, while others were complaining about the article as a whole, or about certain points. Some people politely posted links to studies for Becky Hand to read. Well, the comment thread quickly vanished. The entire thing was deleted, with no explanation from Becky or the site. I don't know if this article you linked to had comments on it as well at one time. I suspect it did, and that they too were removed.

    It's become very clear to me that SparkPeople is more concerned with their corporate sponsors than they are with providing health and diet information that is actually sane and correct. With that imbalance in mind, I can't recommend the site to friends or family members who are looking for health/weight loss community."

    Kind regards Eddie

  6. Hi Eddie, many who do low carb have known about Becky's tactics for quite some time. The difference in this case is how many others who do not follow low carb were willing to step up to the plate and speak up about it.
    However, in this case, I don't think that []people is even concerned with their corporate sponsers. I think it is just Becky's hatred. She refuses to read any opposing viewpoints, and believe me, I posted many of them.
    IMHO, the academy creates, supports and empowers, this type of behavior. I think they are killing people, and I think they should stop.
    But, I have limited time, and will just go on and live my skinny life elsewhere.

  7. NoHope Warshaw another serial killer.

    Old Dogma: People with type 2 diabetes should follow a low carbohydrate diet.

    New Reality: Nutrition recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes from the American Diabetes Association and other health authorities echo the recently unveiled U.S. 2010 Dietary Guidelines (1/31/11) for carbohydrate: about 45 to 65 percent of calories. (Americans currently eat about 45 to 50 percent of calories as carbohydrate--not a "high carb" intake.)

    Kind regards Eddie