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"There is no evidence to suggest that following a gluten-free diet has any significant benefits in the general population"

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Volume 112, Issue 9 , Pages 1330-1333, September 2012

Gluten-Free Diet: Imprudent Dietary Advice for the General Population?
by Glenn A. Gaesser, PhD, Siddhartha S. Angadi, PhD

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FUNDING/SUPPORT Preparation of this article was supported in part by a grant from the Grain Foods Foundation.

STATEMENT OF POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST G. A. Gaesser is chairman of the Grain Foods Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.

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Chris Kresser; objective research, clear reasoning and guidelines, and individuals taking responsibility for their own health.


I love the disclaimers man.

"Oh heavens to mercy. There's no WAY there's any conflict of interest would ever weasel its dirty little heart in here, no siree bob! Not here! Why, I'm offended at the mere suggestion. We only care about the American people after all!"


Gluten is poison

I have been off gluten for three years. I feel more focused. The gluten gets into your brain and effects your mood. Please consider going to a retreat that is sponsored by Ann Wigmore. Here is her web site: http://www.annwigmore.org/dates.html . I'll be there for a month starting this Wednesday. Hope to see you there. It would be the best gift that you could receive in a lifetime.

Happy trails to you,

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Blood work

I started a low carb diet last April. I've lost 47 pounds, and feel great. However, I went to the doctor recently, my blood pressure is good, but my blood work says I have a total cholesterol at 350. My doc wants me on Lipitor asap. My doc is a total just-throw-a-pill-at-it kind of guy, but I don't want to take statins, so ... so I've added Krill Oil, Co-Q-10, and will only cook with coconut, good olive oil and organic butter. I've decreased my egg and red meat intake. Aside from all that, (and knowing that I need to exercise regularly and quit smoking) - is there anything else I can do to lower it?

I have also read that your body takes a while to normalize after shedding so much fat, and to normalize/stabilize on a low carb diet, and to not worry about it so much, unless the cholesterol level stays high. I dunno.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Your doctor wants you sick.?

Statins according to FDA increases risk of alzheimers 100% and risk of diabetes 50%.

There is a reward out for anyone that can prove that cholesterol causes any disease. 350 is not high for something so essential to body processes.

Low cholesterol proven to promote Alzheimers, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, low libido. Cholesterol is building block for steroid hormones, adrenalin, estrogen, testosterone, and also the brain white matter is 75% cholesterol.

Lack of Copper has been linked to elevated blood cholesterol. If you have graying hair, varicose veins, hemorrhoids you have the smoker's curses caused by low copper.

Also low chromium, vanadium and Iodine trace minerals are implicated with elevated blood cholesterol.

I took One healthy bone and joint pak every 3 weeks for 90 days. As a smoker I added ultimate selenium with copper, chromium and vanadium. I bottle per 50# body weight. I'm about 150#

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Olive oil turns to trans fats. One tablespoon of olive oil needs to be balanced by 30 TBS of flax or krill oil.

No fried foods, no nitrate or nitrate meats. These do cause heart disease.

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Low carb, gluten, cholesterol

First, if you are still on a low carb diet such as the Atkins diet, your body uses the stored fat for fuel. What was your cholesterol level prior to the low carb diet? I have been told it is not the total cholesterol that is important but the breakdown and ratio of good to bad. Ask your doctor what the breakdown was. Just because your total was high does not mean your levels/ratios are bad.Also you should follow Dr David Brownstein-great info. He is also against statins plus many other things including the damage done by antidepressants.

As to gluten, my daughter was diagnosed at age 22 as diabetic. Nearly thirty years later she had, in addition, hypothyroidism, and Crohns disease. I had read articles on the slow, insidious, horrors of gluten, bromine, floride, cloride, GMO's, vaccinations and what is happening to our food supply. It is frightening and not accidental in my opinion.

We found an integrative doctor(who went back to school when she was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity) who tested her for gluten sensitivity-positive. She was put on a gluten free diet(takes a lot of getting used to if you are a pasta/bread/baked goods/sugar lover). She was also told, because of long duration and damage, that it could take 1 1/2 years to see real improvement. It did, but her Crohns is in remission, she requires much less insulin, and has regained her energy levels. The hypothyroidism is well under control. Her aches and pains are gone. It is also important to realize that going gluten free is not a 80/20 proposition. It is 100%-you slip-you'll know.

It is the inflammatory response elicited by gluten that does the damage and it effects more bodily systems than most people can believe. All readers should research this subject thoroughly and change your eating habits accordingly if you want an optimal life. I believe it effects everyone, but some are more sensitive(or aware)than others. I also suggest reading NaturalNews.com-lots of good info that you won't hear on mainstream media, but like anything else read, absorb, and discern.If you read enough articles on the subject you will get the big picture.

This integrative doctor's best advice was shop the outside walls of your grocery store-buy and cook-fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and eggs from grass fed/free range animals. Most grocery stores sell meats w/o preservatives, GMO's, added hormones and antibiotics. Processed foods even if they say gluten free are off limits. Avoid dairy but can use butter in moderation. Use non-processed organic, cold pressed virgin olive or coconut oil, apple cider(with the mother in tact), almond or coconut milk. We also only use Stevia (we use Stevia in the Raw) as a sweetner-stay away from all other artificial sweetners. She was also advised to avoid caffeine.

I wouldn't discount organic, cold pressed virgin coconut oil as it contains mostly medium chain fatty acids, not all long chain like most fats. Also unlike most other fats, including butter, it doesn't oxidize at the lower cooking temperatures.

Take all this with a grain of salt(sea salt of course) and do your own research. Also have your Vitamin D level ckd-very important

Statins are real killers.

For those interested, here is an article that gives the details of how they damage muscles and lead to heart failure, among other problems.


Here is an article which discusses how the cholesterol craze got started, and which discusses how iodine prevented the damage experiments showed occurred to rabbits that were given a diet high in cholesterol.


The implication is that iodine helps to prevent atherosclerosis, and since there is evidence of widespread iodine deficiency in the US, we all can suspect we personally are deficient unless we supplement. Women are particularly at danger because estrogen inhibits the absorption of iodine. There is an interesting relationship between fats and iodine, and in fact the way saturated, mono, and unsaturated fats are identified is by measuring how much iodine they absorb.

At 70 years old, I personally have good cholesterol numbers. I work to make sure I get as much fat, including eggs, and red meat, and as few carbs as possible. But then I have for years taken 50 mg of iodine a day, enough my friends say to make me glow in the dark, along with several other related supplements, and I think that has something to do with it.

Here is some discussion by other people involved in low carb diets who consider the possibility that it is iodine deficiency that is the cause of high blood cholesterol, and note particularly the graph depicting the experiment one person did on himself and the dramatic result he got by taking thyroid hormone:


Some things to consider.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

Thank you

I'll read all the info you provided. Thanks again.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Hypercholesterolemia (High cholesterol)

Is listed as a deficiency of
-Copper: Other symptom grey hair, varicose veins.
-Chromium. Other symptoms are anxiety, fatigue, hypoglycemia (night terrors).

Before you add something with 100% risk of causing alzheimers and increases risk of diabetes 50%. I suggest you prove nothing essential is missing.

After 90 days, retest. You will be pleased.

Throw out plant oils, including coconut and olive.

No fried food. Inflammation makes things worse.

Keep eggs and add dark chocolate, it's good for the heart. Butter is better makes betty's batter better!

I agree with other replies, don't let them scare you with the cholesterol bogyman. It's a phantom, it's nothing.

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for the info.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

As one eats less they get less nutrition.

Weight gain is a nutritional deficiency disease, pump up the nutrition to make weight loss easier.

Sweating also depletes nutrients.

I'd never steer a girlfriend wrong. ;-)

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No, please don't avoid

No, please don't avoid (natural) eggs and (grass-fed) meat in your diet. They're the best complete sources of nutrition and very satiating.

The lipid-profile blood test is one of the most badly designed tests ever in the medical industry. The total cholesterol does not matter. And many values such as total cholesterol, ldl, vldl are calculated using (genericized) formulae that don't show the true picture. What matters is the Triglycerides/HDL ratio. Normal should less than 3.5 and ideal less than 2. Some people with low-carb diets even have it less than 1. I'm pretty sure that your Triglycerides to HDL ratio has become much better and less than 3.5 and that your blood work reflects good health. Also lower TG/HDL ratio means bigger, buoyant LDL particles (which are good). Statin drugs directly interfere with liver function to inhibit (essential) cholesterol production thereby creating a false image that all is well whereas it leads to a situation where almost all cholesterol in blood becomes small, denser LDL (which are very bad).

Do you have the blood-work before low-carb to compare it with after low-carb?

TG/HDL ratio

Trigliceride is 115
HDL is 44
LDL is 268

So a 2.61 TG/HDL ratio.

Alright, hopefully my lifestyle changes will lower that ratio to under 2.0. I'll go get new bloodwork done in April. Thanks again.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

That looks good for

That looks good for now.

Eventually the triglycerides should come down in a low-carb diet. Its okay to have safe-starches such as rice/potatoes/sweet-potatoes but avoid direct sugar (and fructose) consumption to really fix the TG levels. The more usage of SFA, MUFAs instead of PUFAs and within PUFAs more omega-3 instead of omega-6 will optimize your health and show better numbers in the lipid-profile.

HDL should natually increase with exercise and with sticking to a whole-foods diet.

My total cholesterol was around 250 with TG/HDL close to 3.6 (was heavy wheat and vegetable-oil eater but not fast-food). Then changed my diet to use ghee, coconut-oil and safe-starches for 6 months. The total cholesterol came down to 129 and TG/HDL became 76/41 and then 6 months later again when I rechecked total cholesterol became 143 and TG/HDL became 61/50. The only exercise that I did in that time was a moderate 25 mile cycling per week (distributed over 5 days).

LDL levels would naturally come down but it is not bad if they seem high since we are after good high-quality big buoyant LDL particles (the nutrient carriers in the blood) rather than have low but nasty small dense LDL particles.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Science-Carbohydrate-Living/dp... is a great book that discusses this TG/HDL ratio and how this can be a better early indicator for future life-style diseases such as insulin resistance, diabetes and subsequent heart-disease risk.



When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Cholesterol isn't a risk

Cholesterol isn't a risk factor for anything; it's all propaganda. If you're worried about heart diseases, get a intima-media thickness test done. It's basically an ultrasound of your heart. Also, ask your doctor what level cholesterol "should" be to completely eliminate your risk of heart disease.

Dr Rosedale Exposing the Cholesterol Myth: Cholesterol is not the major culprit in heart disease

Should LDL be abandoned as a treatment target?

AHS12 Peter Attia, MD — The Straight Dope on Cholesterol

$TATIN NATION II - Intro Clip 1 from Justin Smith on Vimeo.

This is an intro clip for $TATIN NATION II: What Really Causes Heart Disease?
Please note that the clip is an 'in production' clip and has not yet been audio balanced or colour corrected. The film will investigate the real causes of heart disease, going way beyond the cholesterol myths.

More links:
Cholesterol and heart disease: Where is the science?
Hell hath no fury like a statinator scorned
Heart of the Matter The Cholesterol Myth: Dietary Villains and Cholesterol Drug War.
Dr Maryanne Demasi responds to The Heart of the Matter
They have now, officially, all gone mad?
The Statin Insanity
Guideline insanity
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The problem is not the gluten ... it's the hybrid gmo wheat !

I read 'Wheat belly' last year and cut out almost all wheat and I lost the belly and handles without changing my lifestyle or working out. I feel better too and have more energy.

Read the Wheat Belly Cookbook

Read the Wheat Belly Cookbook for amazing recipes.

Our sick society is just plain fat!


We have an entire generation of corpulent swine which will make health care so costly it will topple civilization.


Sorry if whover downvoted me can't push the plate

away from their overstuffed pie hole. A little common sense and discipline of sustenance intake would certainly make for a healthier population.


Believe it or not they are starving.

Many are starving for chromium and vanadium so their carbohydrate metabolism is malfunctioning.

If they have wheat belly issues they are not absorbing any nutrition only weight gain.

I hope they find better sources of nutrition before they starve to death.

It is ironic. My dad's cousin, Big Mike, starved to death by 50. He made a Cadillac look small.

Wheat belly might have helped Mike, 20 years ago. He was looking for help. I've picked up a few things along the way.

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It's the high carb diet that

It's the high carb diet that we've all been told was healthy. It's not.

And what is your basis to proclaim this idiocy?

My degree is in exercise physiology and sports nutrition. I have coached Olympic level athletes in two sports and spent my whole life researching how to optimize the homeostasis of the human organism. Please provide support for how in any way a high carb diet could possibly not be healthy.


I suggest you do a little reading

Starting with 'Letter on Corpulence...' by William Banting, first printed in 1864. Then 'Nutrition and Physical Degeneration' by Dr. Weston A. Price, first printed in 1939. Then all works by Dr. Boyd Eaton. Then 'The Paleo Diet' by Dr. Loren Cordain. Then all works by Gary Taubes. And for something light, you may want to watch 'The Perfect Human Diet' by C.J. Hunt.

You and I may be in the same camp as when you refer to high carb

to me that means a diet comprised of fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables, as close to what the human animal has consumed for thousands of years as there is simply no way the human organism has adapted to the processed and refined food that predominates our current food availability. Seasonal ripe food with occasional high quality meat and fresh seafood are optimal.


Asians pig out when they eat, not many of them are fat.

Rice is gluten free. I am no doctor, but there is probably a correlation between filling up on rice and not being a porker.

I am planning on going in with my brother on buying a quarter of a grass fed cow through craigslist. Between grass fed beef, and a few free range chickens for meat and eggs, I would be happy meat wise. I don't like pork, other than bacon.

Organic fruits and vegetables are not really that expensive either. If I can change up my diet to organic meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and rice (need to look into organic), I bet my belly will shrink.

Heineken beer might be gluten free, there is some debate.

You don't happen to know the

You don't happen to know the rate of diabetes, cancer, dementia, and other metabolic diseases besides obesity that Asians suffer from?

After a quick google search,

After a quick google search, I get the impression that rates of disease are comparable among different ethnicities. Obviously there is some variation.

People look at disease wrong in my opinion. When they say 1 in 5 will get this or that disease, it is a misleading thing. 1 in 5 in the population will get that disease, but it doesn't mean that you individually have a 1 in 5 chance. Everyone has different genetics with different predispositions.

Someone down voted my comment for some reason, however as someone that has been to Asia, I can say that you don't see fat people all over like you do the U.S. You also do not see fat people all over Europe like you do in the U.S. Nothing against fat people, I am one.

Everyone has different

Everyone has different genetics with different predispositions.

People with different genetics will express glucose intolerance differently. In the context of metabolic disorders, talking just about obesity is rather uninteresting.