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To: rarestia
> and keeping to a keto diet was beyond simple.

Yup, but it depends on the diet strategy. The diet that "Wheat Belly" (Davis) recommends is borderline keto (although he doesn't say so outright) and is easy to stay on, and getting easier.

> With regards to TSH/T4, I will marginally disagree with you. My family's had thyroid issues for generations, and having suffered from it myself, I can say it's a very real problem.

Absolutely, my family too. The problem is that what needs to be measured (free T3, free T4 and reverse T3) are not in the standard panel, and the usual treatment excludes T3 and/or dessicated thyroid. See "Stop the Thyroid Madness" (Bowthorpe).

>I do, however, believe that diet is the primary culprit in the destruction of our thyroids and our waistlines.

Little question about it.

> Cancer only became a big health problem in the 20th century, it seems.

And very little progress since Nixon declared "war" on it, in terms of survival rates for most types. Lots of money spent, tho.

> Was it our migration to modern lifestyles of leisure?

No, but the people digging in the wrong place for a cure do like to blame the victim.

> Did our diets change so dramatically?

Yes. There are multiple near-simultaneous problems:

  1. 1960-1985: Semi-dwarf hybrid wheat, with its novel (albeit non-GMO) genetic makeup, made a cheap filler carb, took over and is now in the majority of packaged foods. See "Wheat Belly" for full indictment. Anyone not think so? Give up wheat entirely for a month. See what happens.
  2. 1975-1985: Fructose, of all things. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) made sugar cheap, took over and is now in far too many foods. Humans are not adapted to eat fructose year-round. See "The Fat Switch" (Johnson) for the full indictment.
  3. 1977-1992: Official US dietary advice goes low fat (big mistake), and thus high carb (bigger mistake).

There are further problems with trans fats, omega 6 oils, and probably GMO, but I don't think we'll have the full picture on those until the big 3 are swept away.

> Did our medical sciences finally start diagnosing cancer reliably?

What matters is what people die of, and the picture for cancer hasn't changed much.

This report got my attention:
CBN: Starving Cancer: Ketogenic Diet a Key to Recovery
Two striking things about that:

  1. Late stage cancer remissed by diet.
  2. CBN did not report it as supernatural.

Connecting the dots led me to:
"Cancer as a Metabolic Disease" (Seyfried, 2012)
Note: this is an expensive scholarly text.
It concludes that a calorie-restricted keto diet may be the most effective treatment for cancer presently available.

23 posted on 07/13/2013 6:21:14 AM PDT by Boundless (Survive Obamacare by not needing it.)
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To: Boundless

I’ve followed your posts for a while now, boundless, and we’re in general agreement across the board. You’ve done a lot more research and homework than I have into your niches, but I’ve experimented for the better part of 15 years to conquer and stave off obesity through dietary science.

One of the most insidious things with diet in this country is the outright ridiculous espousal of high-carb/grain diets by our own government! Since the 1980s, America’s obesity epidemic has become worse every year, every decade. You would think SOMEONE would step up to say, “Umm... maybe we’re giving bad advice?”

But then considering how much grain producers give the Federal government, it’s really no surprise to me that we’re forced to eat that which is making us fat and killing us.

27 posted on 07/13/2013 6:34:01 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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