Sunday, July 27, 2014

7/27/20014 - Weekly Update - Back in the Saddle Again

Greetings Family and Friends, my Spirits are high and my Health is GREAT!!!

Sunday, Sunday how good it feels. Ahhh......just another GREAT DAY in the life of a Zero Carber...... or should I say in a Zero Carb Practitioner? Hahahaha!!!!

OK, just one of many "failed" attempts of trying to make a funny. So, what do ya know? So, why should you care? So......So.......OK, I lost my train of thought....or did I??? Hold on according to the Urban Dictionary I could use "lost my waffle" instead of " lost my train of thought"........hold on there Dave, is this not a Zero Carb based blog? Right....I.....just was trying to use a more hip way of saying........... OK, I give up!!! Yes, "Waffle" should not be used here I do agree. Wait a minuet are those little voices creeping up on me or what? OOOORRRR could that be my oh so ever watchful Cyber Mom coming to my rescue once again?

Yes, folks you can say that you heard it here first that, that.....Oh no not another waffle.....Oops I did not say that. What can I say? I am just a little rusty y'all. That's OK because I have yet only began to waf...... ah ha I caught that one.....see I am back in action!!! What did that whole thing mean? Not much apparently or did it???

Now on to bigger and better things. Anyway I just want to say Howdy to y'all out there and thanks for stopping by and getting a dose of my little corner in cyber space where I have decided to share my journey through Zero Carb. Also you can get a good clear explanation on the scientific side of the house from my dear friend and comrade in arms "Denis".

Today it has come more apparent to me that while some people consider this way of eating to be associated with the "Atkins" diet, it isn't or in Texas terms it ain't.  For example when I visit the doctors office and reveal my way of eating to them, yes I switch doctors all the time because of my crappy health insurance, they always refer to the way I eat as "Atkins". No matter how I try to explain the difference they go into "I'm not hearing you mode" and I just go into "whatever mode". Wow, great communication! Jeeezzz!!! All you have to do is Google Atkins Diet and you will get a ton of info that isn't anything remotely to the Zero Carb way of eating. We try to eliminate all Carbs. Sure when you get to the nitty gritty there will be trace amounts of Carbs in just about anything. BUT we do not actively try to eat Carbs. Our Mantra is to eat Meat and Fat and drink H2O aka water. Yes, I do eat some dairy and drink coffee. For the purpose of ingesting Carbs? Hell to the double no. I don't feel that intentional ingesting of Carbs are necessary for good if not GREAT Health. Denis is much more the expert in this field. I feel that we get enough Trace Carbs to satisfy what the body needs. Nature works miracles when we get out of its way. Wow, imagine that??? I feel that when we go against nature things fall apart. Case closed.

OK, I have been experimenting..........no not again!!! Yes, I will reveal all in my next post. Sounds familiar? You know I was not going to make it easy............or was I?

Yes, Dave will attempt a Weekly Update. I will fill your day with exciting yet tasteful........OK, I am sound a little too...well ya know what I mean.

Have a Healthy Day my Family and Friends. Make your choice, whatever it is. Stick to it and move on. I have made mines and reap it's rewards everyday of my life. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er A Veggie Free Zone



Cheers,

Dave

Monday, July 21, 2014

USING A ZERO CARB DIET TO TREAT DISEASES


In the last few years, we are getting in more and more studies showing a low-carbohydrate diet (AND ESPECIALLY VERY-LOW CARB DIETS) can “CURES” many common diseases. Please note I do not say it “BRINGS UNDER CONTROL DISEASES"; I am talking here about getting rid totally of pathologies.

Of course, these studies are done with low carb diet but most of them limit carbohydrate intake to fewer than 20 g per day (VLCD). And most of these 20 g are from low-carb vegetable, which are, at the end of a meal, a few leaves of lettuce and perhaps a small branch of broccoli or cauliflower. Personally, I do not consider this as a significant source of nutrients but only a way to be more “politically correct” and make folks believe if a diet contains some vegetables, it must be a good diet…

So let’s give a look to these common diseases where a LC/VLCD/ZC approach brings in a definitive treatment:

DIABETES:

Many repeated and well-done studies have documented a low-carb approach is an excellent choice to bring back blood glucose into normal limits, including normalizing glycated hemoglobin. We even have some reports of diabetes type-1 (with a lack of insulin) that had impressive results. Knowing all this, even the American Diabetic Association recommends a LC diet as an alternative choice to treat diabetes type 2. When well executed and followed, any diabetes on medication and insulin will be able to stop all treatment on a LC diet even in advance forms of the disease. I will not say more here about this as if you are reading this blog, you know well the effectiveness of a LC in this case.

-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE:

We well know any food that stimulate insulin production will also cause a decrease of production of "N.O." (nitrous oxide) which is the main relaxant for blood vessels muscles. Going on a LC diet will cause insulin level to drop and "N.O." to increase, keeping the arteries dilated and blood pressure normal.

Insulin has also an effect on the kidneys and will cause a water retention, which will also increase blood pressure. And, of course, loosing weight is a powerful tool to normalize blood pressure. These effects are well know in human physiology but as says so well Gary Taubes, “for some obscure reasons”, the message just don’t go through…

Folks are told high blood pressure in a genetic defect and they have to take pills. Except that we are observing an impossible increase of 25% EACH YEAR of the number of sufferers in "westenised countries" which clearly indicate that, even if there is a genetic predisposition (hyperinsulinism), something is wrong in the lifestyle, especially the diet.

BLOOD LIPID ANIMALITY:

Many studies have documented the most powerful tool to get high triglycerides back into normal limits is 2 weeks on a LC diet. No need for pills or supplement here. As for cholesterol, it is documented CARBOHYDRATES do cause a DECREASE of HDL and an INCREASE of atherosclerotic LDL, which are the 2 main things nobody wants in his blood lipid profile. Limits carbs and you will conteract these 2 effects.

Of course, if you add to your LC diet an INCREASE in saturated fats on a daily basis, your HDL will sky-rocket and your LDL will become larger and less atherosclerotic. This was supported by many researches but probably that with the “statin lobbying” and the related annual earnings of “3 billions USD”, many have interest not to get the message out.

RENAL INSUFFICIENCY:

About 2 years ago, a laboratory technician (with his own money) decided to put some rats affected by SEVERE renal insufficiency on a LC diet. He did this because he suspected, after working on his bosses’s projects in his laboratory, he could have such results. Of course, none of the said bosses were getting subsidies for these kinds of studies because this would not bring in the possibility of producing new medications…

His results were astonishing: not only the rats showed rapid improvement in the renal insufficiency but many were cure COMPLETELY. And as we share many common physiologic pathways with rats (and especially at the kidney level), we can surely expect the same results with human.

Sadly again, we are now seeing impossible numbers of folks with renal insufficiency, especially related to diabetes. Many of them are severely limited in their daily activities especially if under hemodialysis. I get me depress knowing they could go on a ZC diet with plenty of satisfying saturated fats and adequate proteins, and regain their life…!!!


HEART DISEASES:

One fascinating study done a few years ago demonstrated with a group of women having had a hearth event, that changing their diet toward a LC and high saturated fat intake, greatly reduce new incidence of heart problems.

Adding this to the effect of a LC diet on diabetes, blood pressure and lipid profile (3 of the common risk factor for hearth disease), we clearly have some scientific proofs here about the positive effect of limiting carbohydrate intake.

Anyway, statistical studies have clearly demonstrated there is a DIRECT correlation between diabetes and heart problems. We cannot say the same about cholesterol…

OBESITY:

Want it or not, obesity is a disease and surely a significant symptom of the metabolic syndrome. Of course, we know 20% of obese never develop health problems related to their excess weight but some new studies a beginning to show this might not be so true.

Anyway, and this was corroborated by many studies in the last decades, a LC diet is the best way to loose weight and MAINTAIN the weight loss, if compared to a low-fat or low-calorie diet. Anyone that does not succeed in loosing weight on a LC diet is doing something wrong and this is, sadly, happening more and more often. As one already said: do not think a LC diet is like eating everyday at an all-u-can-eat buffet. Just as this other one said: on a LC diet, “one must not substitute his carbohydrate overloaded diet for an overloaded butter diet…”.

INFLAMMATORY DISEASES:

Because carbohydrates are a powerful trigger for inflammation, they also improve a lot of diseases related to the said inflammation when restricted. From common arthritis and severe rheumatoid arthritis to fibromyalgia, some studies have reported improvements AND total remission of these diseases on LC diet. I think results could have been even better if the enrolled folks would have done the diet properly, which is the main reason for failure or/and bad results.

ALZHEIMER:

This disease, which is often called “diabetes type 3” have also got improvement on a LC diet. Sadly, studies have concentrated on the improvements of brain functions because of the increase of cholesterol/saturated fats in the diet (our brain contains 25 % of our total body’s cholesterol) and not the limitation of carbs.

Even the well-know pharmaceutical company PFIZER is now producing a “drink” for Alzheimer patients which contains plenty saturated coconut oil because it causes significant improvements in cognitive functions of affected patients.

But we must not forget Alzheimer is directly related to carbohydrates, as the best proof being the incidence is much higher in diabetics then in the general population. Again, here, it is the same basic pathology of “insulin resistance” (because of long period of hyperinsulinism) and so the brain gets less nourish. Do remember the role of insulin is not only to get glucose into the cells BUT ALSO protein and fats. And what do you get with a brain not well nourish? Degenerated brain diseases like Alzheimer (and also like Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis ect.)


ANOREXIA-BULIMIA:

Sadly, this is not often reported but sufferers of eating disorders have been shown to be fully and permanently treated with a LC diet AND ESPECIALLY WITH A ZERO CARB DIET. But as anorexia-bulimia THERAPISTS do not want their patients on any diet, they do not tend to go this way. It is sad because any ZC follower will tell you: our diet is not a restrictive diet and there is no place for limitation on quantities (as it regulates itself naturally) so no need to take control over the food intake, as the “control aspect” seems to be the basic origin of these eating disorders.

SCHIZOPHRENIA-DEPRESSION:

Interestingly, we see times to times some reports in the medical literature about improvement of these severe psychiatric disorders when using a LC diets. I think they are not use so often as these patients are not the best subjects to follow such diets, probably because of social reasons. It is sad because the actual treatments based on strong medications are dominating the daily life of these folks. It is one thing for a newcomer to fail on LC diet , but if you suffer from schizophrenia, to get back on the train can be long and hard process.


I am deliberately avoiding other diseases that have been report to get cured with a LC diet, from acne to asthma for example, as I wanted to concentrate on these where I have read studies confirming good results.

Sadly, I think the BIGGEST obstacle to using a LC/VLCD/ZC diet to treat diseases is the fact carbohydrates are so addictive and so anchored in all our different cultural backgrounds, aside being so cheap and thus, extremely profitable for our ecenomy.

Luckily, people that have reached “the bottom of the hell” of many health problems related to carbohydrates are now giving a try to these LC diet and are seeing incredible improvements.

But as many other things in life, just like stopping to smoke, one must do it for himself and NOT only to please others.

Success has some rules and this is one of them.

Denis





Friday, July 18, 2014

7/18/2014 RED ALERT.....RED ALERT.....RED ALERT OR NOT

Greetings Friends, Family and all that Jazz......... My Spirits are HIGH and my health is good if not GREAT!!!

Is this a keyboard I see before me? It seems that every time I give an update more time has went by. Too much time in between I do agree.I really have a vision of this blog focusing on all things Zero Carb and not me, thus the change from "The Chronicles of David" to the "Zero Carb Chronicles". My dear brother in arms Denis has been shouldering the vast majority input on this blog. I can never thank him enough. His posting are informative and spot on!!!

OH......I almost forgot..........yeah the title of this post........ummmm ...."RED ALERT".... well it has to do with this blog actually. I very nice visitor emailed me that when he clicked on the "Blog Archive" for the year "2010" he got a male-ware alert. YIKES!!! I went to check it out and he was right. So I went into that year for the month of December in "EDIT MODE" and painstakingly went from post to post day by day and found a "SMILEY" that I used from a free website was the culprit. I deleted it and VOILA the male-ware warning is now gone. WOW, I almost thought that I was going to have to delete that whole year of the Blog Archive. That would not be good, because it is the beginning of my journey through Zero Carb and is the foundation on how loss weight and gained good if not GREAT HEALTH!!! Oh by the way I did not ask his permission to use his name in this post so unless he posts a comment below he will remain a "Silent Hero".

I am going through some major transitions in my life these past couple of years. Both at home, at work and my personal life.. I get steered in oh so many directions. Most of it is all good and some of it.......well lets just say that Dave has to keep positive and work his way through it.

Have a wonderful and Healthy day my Family and Friends. Sometimes when all seems lost a glimmer of hope shines through. Grasp it  and make it yours. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!




(ZC)er Now and Forever

Cheers,

Dave


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

THE ZERO CARB HEALTH IMPACT IS MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO NOT EAT, THEN WHAT YOU DO ACTUALLY EAT




I have been writing more lately about subjects that are of interest to anyone on a ZERO CARB diet, but not directly related to this way of eating, so I decided to come back to the basic. So today, I will do the exercise to concentrate ON THE SUBJECT OF THIS BLOG and explore the virtues of this incredible carbohydrate-free diet.

What still amazes me is how a diet void of plant food items, rich of protein and high in animal fats, help folks to enjoy good health, impressive lab profiles according to today’s medical standard and, let say it loudly, all this going against today’s official nutrition recommendations…

The question I want to ask here is why is this happening? How come if someone eats a diet totally to the opposite of what we were told in the last 50 years, this same person, even if sick with many pathologies like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases or even “inflammatory related health problems” like arthritis or fibromyalgia, will RECOVER, STOP MEDICATIONS AND BEGIN TO LIVE A FULL AND ENJOYABLE LIFE?

To answer the question, it would be nice to cite specific studies but, even if they DO exist, they do not always explain WHY IS THIS PHENOMENON HAPPENING…

Of course, we know if someone suffers diabetes and cannot properly metabolize carbohydrates, cutting back on the said carbohydrates seems a logical way AND actually do help to solve the problem. It is easily understandable, even if a large group of health professionals still believe “we need carbohydrates” and still recommend to diabetes to get many g of them in their daily diet…

But this is not what interest us here, as we are must more ahead in our thinking about modified-carb diets. What we want to know is WHY a diet like Zero Carb, supposingly not providing all the essentials nutrients (if you get it analyzed by any nutritionist or any “computerized diet analyzer”), brings in so much health gain?

The only way to understand what is happening is going back to basic physiology, assemble pieces of knowledge together and understand how the human body is adjusting to a Zero Carb diet. Of course, we do already know this way of eating is the way our ancestors used to eat and enjoyed good health but why and how is it working???

After reviewing some physiology and doing some research, I understood the best way was to concentrate on how the body gets its nutrients and how it deals with the said nutrients once it incorporates them in its diverse systems.

There are 3 ways the body reacts positively to a Zero Carb diet:

1-    A diet based on animal products facilitates the absorption of nutrients compare to a plant based diet.
2-    The absence of a “diet source” of glucose in one’s daily menu pushes the body in a recycling mode of nutrients.
3-    The same absence of glucose from a “diet source” decreases the excretion of nutrients, compare to a glucose-rich diet.

It is all there; you do not have to look elsewhere. Let me explain.

For example, minerals from animal sources are fully absorbed, much better than those from plant sources. The reason beings minerals in meat are present in forms that are READILY absorbed and also because meat do NOT contain the binders founded in plant material, binders inhibiting absorption, such as phytates, lectins, ect. This is why vegans are so often lacking iron, calcium, B vitamins, vitamin D, name them.

But we must not on only consider “large nutrients” like vitamins but also “micro elements” that even if needed in small quantities, are still very important. A good example is ZINC. Diets in Middle Eastern countries are typically high in FIBER and PHYTATE, which inhibit zinc absorption and so zinc deficiencies are common in these countries. But nowadays, we are even beginning to see zinc deficiency in the United States. The same is true with COPPER. I am only talking about ZINC and COPPER because I could find studies confirming deficiencies for these two, which do not mean the same phenomenon is not happening with many others micro elements.

Talking more about “nutrient absorption”, an interesting research has recently documented the presence of increasing quantities of sugar in the small intestine PREVENTS absorption of vitamin C. So when someone drinks a big glass of sugary orange juice thinking to get some vitamin C, the larger the glass is, the smaller the absorbed quantity of vitamin C will be…

So even if a quantity of meat contains LESS of a nutrient compare to a source of this same nutrient of plant origin, the said nutrient will be better-absorbed making, meat a more nutritious food item. Adding this to the fact that refined carbs – empty calories foods – do actually provide nearly NO nutrients…

Let’s move now to what the body does when on a diet with NO diet source of glucose. First, let me say our body is excellent at recycling nutrients; it was designed this way; it is our “recommended increased intake of carbohydrate” that are changing  these recycling mechanisms, thus pushing UP even more the “daily nutrients recommendations”.

For example, we well know vitamins are recycle over and over in cells so, in reality, we only need small quantities in our diet. But again, the presence of glucose changes the rule.

Our kidneys filtrate 180 liters of plasma fluids per day and so, they have a big job to do in recycling of nutrients. The way it works is easy: it filtrate a lot of stuff in the first parts then reabsorb what it needs, including minerals, trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids, hormones, glucose and water in the last loops of the kidneys according to the body’s needs.

But again, the high intake of sugar does compete for reuptake of many nutrients. The best and most common example is MAGNESIUM. Anyone of you that ever “overdid’ sugar, must have experienced afterward cramps (especially in the legs) due to an increase excretion of magnesium. It is also documented diets high in simple sugars cause in increased urinary CHROMIUM excretion in adults.

The same happens with vitamin C: the kidney uses the same channels for reuptake of glucose and vitamin C, but it gives priority to glucose. So, again, anytime someone drink a glass of orange juice, aside slowing down absorption because of the presence of sugar in the intestine, the kidney will prefer to reabsorb glucose and flush out the vitamin C.

Sadly, other common and important situations do interact with nutrients homeostasis. These are: smoking, drinking, excessive sunlight or excessive exercise, stress, lack of sleep, many medications, as all of them do increase our needs for vitamins by interacting on nutrients absorption, excretion or recycling.

At the end, as you can see, the positive health effects of a Zero Carb diet is not always about what we do actually eat, but also about what we DO NOT EAT as many sources of one nutrient, which are considered “excellent for health” do, in fact, reduce the availability of the said nutrient in the body.

Stick to meat, as meat is what nature has created for us to nourish our body. Plant food items are for “emergencies” and even if they are “nutritionally dense”, our body does not deal so well when it comes to absorb, metabolize, recycle and excrete the nutrients of such origin.

Denis

















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