Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dietitions my part in their downfall.

Many old timers, from the early days at, will remember the resident dietition. A vehement lowcarb anti who never let an opportunity pass to issue health warnings. Scurvy, osteoporosis, constipation was on the cards for us, and that was only the more mild ailments. She fooled no one other than newbie’s and a few forum moderators and their statin impaired butt licking clique. What was doubly worrying, was the fact the dietition was also a Director of BDA. The dietition had no idea how to control type two diabetes, I often wondered if she knew anything at all. It was beyond her understanding the huge difference it made as to where our 30-50 carbs per day came from.

From this excellent site

Both pictures contain 30 grams of carbs – a daily intake while eating moderately strict LCHF. Which would you choose? In other words: avoid the major sources of carbs (sweets, bread, pasta, rice and potatoes). Then you can enjoy plenty of other good food and still get a good effect on your weight and health.

Many of us lowcarbers have dropped the high starch bun, and replaced it with the foods shown in the first photograph, and dietitions wonder why we think most of them are useless and not fit for purpose.

There is a faint glimmer of hope on the horizon, from one NHS dietition who posts on the great Dr. John Briffa blog and says.

"I am a Dietitian working in the NHS. It horrifies me to think that so many people no longer trust the medical and lifestyle advice they receive from their Health Care Professionals. Have we become so blinkered that we fall for the pharmaceutical research strap lines hook, line and sinker? Why do we repeat the mantra all advice we give must be 'evidence based'  when there is so much conflicting 'evidence', lack of research on nutrition (you cant patent a natural product!), questionable outcomes, and definitely no 'one size fits all' approach to patient treatment. We actually know so little about the genetics of Type 2 Diabetes, it is becoming clear that the label 'Type 2' could cover any number of genetic differences that cause issues with glucose metabolism."

More on this post at the Briffa blog link above.


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