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Promising research from a University of Newcastle team suggests that Type 2 diabetes can be cured in just eight weeks by diet alone. CURED. Their protocol is known to be effective in subjects who have had diabetes for up to 10 years, and they are optimistic about it working for some who have had the disease even longer.
The short term, very-low calorie diet was initially designed to mimic the rapid reduction of calorie intake that results from bariatric surgery—which is known to be effective in reversing diabetes very quickly. In 2011, the Newcastle researchers conducted their first study using the diet, and the results were impressive.
Participants who had diabetes for 4 years or less were placed on an 800-calorie diet. Daily food intake was limited to three liquid meal replacements (totaling 600 calories) and three servings of non-starchy vegetables (totaling 200 calories).
Have you ever wondered how many events occur within a single moment? Technically, this would encompass all of the movements, chemical processes, thoughts, and precise locations of atoms and sub-atomic particles.
We could say the answer depends on the vastness of the Universe or Multiverse.
Today’s my 42nd birthday, so I figured I’d share a bit about how this old geezer’s doing. My birthday also marks 9-½ months of practicing The Plant Paleo Diet. I won’t rehash my entire history in this article, though. To learn more about how I went from life-long obesity to where I am now, check out my previous body comp update.
In that last update—almost 6 months ago—I weighed 163 lbs. This morning, I weighed in at 161 lbs. So, it’s safe to say I’ve been in a fairly stable energy balance with Plant Paleo. My lowest measured weight in the last 6 months was 157 lbs and my highest was 163 lbs.
In Part 1 of this series, I suggested that:
(1) a single set of Paleolithic-inspired dietary rules is not only futile, but entirely misses the point of the actual Paleolithic example, which shows us vast diet diversity amongst human groups; and that (2) the Paleo paradigm includes a wide array of whole-food diets consisting of various macronutrient ratios and plant-to-animal ratios.
This article will show that a dietary approach with plenty of whole fiber-containing foods, including grains and legumes, is consistent with both the evolutionary clues and the scientific evidence.
Paleolithic Consumption of Grains & Legumes
The common Paleo narrative tells us that humans did not eat grains or legumes prior to 10,000 years ago when we suddenly started farming and cultivating them during the agricultural revolution. This, according to the narrative, marked the end of Paleo Eden and the beginning of Neolithic Toil & Suffering.
I’ve been regularly drinking strong, black coffee my entire adult life; anywhere from 1 to 3 cups a day, on average—sometimes more, rarely less.
So when I decided to give up coffee for a month, I expected to suffer from some serious withdrawals: headaches, sluggishness, lack of energy, mental fog.
Clearly, February was the perfect month for this experiment: just 28 days.
Turns out, I was totally wrong, though. And now that I’m an ex-coffee drinker with a 3-month coin, I have no plans of kneeling again before the rocket-fuel gods. I do still enjoy the very occasional cup of Joe, and I have even higher expectations of the dark elixir than ever before.
In order for the Paleo approach to make any sense at all, it can’t be a diet. Not just one diet.
A fundamental feature of human diets during the Paleolithic era was that there were several of them. The eating patterns of humans were spread across Africa and eventually most of the globe. Dietary variances hinged on the unique characteristics of local ecosystems, the dance between organisms and environments—innumerable variables all at play and changing over millennia.
Scientists have identified a gut bacterium that could provide new treatment for overweight, obesity, and diabetes. There are ways to foster the growth of these bacteria, but first a little background.
It is estimated that between 500 and 1000 species of gut bacteria make their home in the human gut. And not just a few of each—there are trillions of bacteria living your body.
In fact, for every human cell in your body, there are 10 bacteria. One way of looking at it is that we humans are, in fact, 90% bacteria. They’re small, though, so they only make up about 2% of total human-body mass.
It can be difficult for us to imagine the deeply symbiotic relationship that we share with certain bacteria, because we don’t see them. But make no mistake, our lives depend on them, and so does the quality of our lives.
In fact, a formal trial is underway in Puerto Rico to see if exposing babies born via C-section to their mothers’ vaginal fluids after birth can improve health outcomes. Michael Pollan talks about this and more in an excellent article recently published in the New York Times called, Some of My Best Friends are Germs.
Now, in a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences researchers see a potentially strong role for the Akkermansia muciniphila bacteria.
It was back in the mid 1990s — when I was young and overweight — that I first discovered the Paleo Diet.
Back then, it was called Neanderthin. At least it was for me. That was the title of Ray Audette’s book, which I read with much enthusiasm. I also read Boyd Eaton’s Paleolithic Prescription as well as the Drs. Eades’ Protein Power.
All three are excellent books, but Audette’s Neanderthin resonated with me the most. I lost my original copy of the book somewhere along the years, so I was delighted to discover that the Kindle edition is available for just 7 bucks.
Now, I’m looking forward to reading it again.
Audette tells the story of man’s transformation from hunter-gatherer to agriculturalist to industrialist — a journey from natural to technological. Along the way, he does a convincing job of blaming that transformation for modern ill-health and obesity.
All four of my daughters are smart. The government thinks at least one them is gifted.
They’re not training her to be a spy or anything — it just means her intelligence tests are consistently in the top 3%, nationally.
Once a week she leaves her Montessori classroom and buses to a different school campus with other gifted children. There, they get a chance to work together on projects that require higher-level and faster thinking than normal classroom work. They can move quickly, because that’s what these kids do…they learn fast.
The meat-will-kill-you brigade was out in full force last week. This time, the media frenzy and exaggerated headlines were the result of research being published in the journal Nature Medicine.
Translation: When gut bacteria process L-carnitine, which is found in red meat, it leads to hardening of the arteries.
Based on that title and the claims made in the article, perhaps extreme headlines are justified?
Well, let’s take a look at the headlines, the basic premise, and how some thought leaders have interpreted the research. Hopefully, this article will provide you with some insights and the proper starting point for you to continue to looking into the issue if you wish. Even if the Internet is robbing you of our ability to focus, it’s worth following along just to cut through this round of BS and in order to better recognize the next round, which is sure to come.