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Doctor insights on: An Representation And Bias On Diet Fads

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is a vegan diet really the healthiest route? So many "experts" with conflicting view points... And my family dr. Believes no one should eat wheat.

Is a vegan diet really the healthiest route?  So many "experts" with conflicting view points... And my family dr. Believes no one should eat wheat.

Investigate for you: I think that it is 'one' of the healthiest routes . It is the best for me, maybe not for you. Many people cannot eat wheat, but most can . Experts will always disagree. You have to investigate to see which 'expert' you agree with. Give whatever approach you take time to work . It may take several months ...Read more

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HOT TOPIC: in medical school nutritionist teach you that Atkins is dangerous, and low fat diet is the way to go,yet studies show otherwise. opinions?

HOT TOPIC: in medical school nutritionist teach you that Atkins is dangerous, and low fat diet is the way to go,yet studies show otherwise. opinions?

Low fat is so 1990's: Current thought is that low carbohydrate is superior to low fat for weight loss and heart health. Here is a meta-analysis: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/176/suppl_7/S44.abstract Any diet should include 7 or more servings of fruits and vegetables and adequate amounts of protein. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Are their any benefits on me being on a dairy free/gluten free non-gmo diet and taking a multi, coq10, d3, and omega (have lupus & dysautonomia)?

Are their any benefits on me being on a dairy free/gluten free non-gmo diet and taking a multi, coq10, d3, and omega (have lupus & dysautonomia)?

Lots of supplements: You must have a lot of money to spend exercise and good diet are key no alcohol or drugs is important there is no proof that gluten or dairy will be an issue for your lupus nor is the gmo food particularly bad - it is made so they use less pesticides which are bad! ...Read more

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My imagination or is the brain more clear on a low carb diet?

My imagination or is the brain more clear on a low carb diet?

See below: You are correct. The brain is much clearer on a low-carb diet. Some information you are asking back and be found on the johns hopkins ketogenic diet page. I would suggest you go there and read the latest information. Also, dr. Eric westman, a duke university has a list of reasons. The brain chemistry works better. Happy reading. ...Read more

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Why is it conventional belief that any occurrence of deviation on a low-carb results in all weight regained? I need some advice.

Why is it conventional belief that any occurrence of deviation on a low-carb results in all weight regained? I need some advice.

Bogus: That's not conventional wisdom and completely bogus. No one (and I mean NO ONE) sticks to any diet 100% of the time. No one. ...Read more

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Help docs? Why is it conventional belief that any deviation on a low-carb results in all weight regained?

Help docs? Why is it conventional belief that any deviation on a low-carb results in all weight regained?

Bogus: Well, that's simply not true. It is true that weight regain is a problem when one stops any form of diet but there's nothing special about stopping a low carb diet and if one stays on the low carb diet with occasional deviations, the weight loss can be maintained. ...Read more

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Have type 2 diabetes; and have been on a strict ketogenic low carb diet. Ques: is it safe to eat up to 8 eggs a day in terms of ldl?

Have type 2 diabetes; and have been on a strict ketogenic low carb diet. Ques: is it safe to eat up to 8 eggs a day in terms of ldl?

It does not : Need to be ketogenic in my view. Sugar is the villain and you do need a supplement of vitamin b1 + magnesium + multivitamin. It has recently been shown that diabetics excrete a lot of vitamin b1 in urine so it is important to replace it. ...Read more

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What are your thoughts on the perfect health diet? It seems to strike a balance like no other imo, between animal and plant foods, allowable starches etc. Even some dairy if tolerated. Your input?

What are your thoughts on the perfect health diet?  It seems to strike a balance like no other imo, between animal and plant foods, allowable starches etc.  Even some dairy if tolerated.  Your input?

New junk: This diet is just the latest in thousands of pseudo-scientific diets that aren't scientifically valid, but are designed to sell books, supplements, etc. And get someone on tv to scare a lot of people who don't know better. Eat a normal, well balanced diet and exercise daily. Don't get your health info from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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The best current science says that eating dietary cholesterol is not a cause of heart disease. Why do docs still insist on cutting back on eggs?

The best current science says that eating dietary cholesterol is not a cause of heart disease. Why do docs still insist on cutting back on eggs?

Defensive medicine: I've noticed over the years that some advice is evidence-based, and other advice is simply given out of fear of lawsuits. "Didn't your doctor tell you not to eat eggs?" It's taken not just the joy but even the integrity out of much of doing general preventive medicine. ...Read more

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Please recommend a prediabetes…metabolic syndrome program to lose weight that is digital, educational, and evidence based.

Please recommend a prediabetes…metabolic syndrome program to lose weight that is digital, educational, and evidence based.

Lose weight: Please have your doctor refer you to a dietitian who will help you lose weight. Digital, educational, and evidence based information will be discussed in detail with the dietitian. ...Read more

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Had there ever been a study comparing a vegan diet to a paleo or gaps diet?

Had there ever been a study comparing a vegan diet to a paleo or gaps diet?

No good ones: So many other lifestyle variables accompany food choices that to get anything other than garbage, people would have to be randomized for a few decade to different diet and followed prospectively. That's not going to happen. Your best move is to choose your food as you like, avoiding the very sugary, greasy, and salty stuff, and exercise intensively as your body was made to do. ...Read more

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What's the expert opinion, could the Atkins diet work for average BMI people?

What's the expert opinion, could the Atkins diet work for average BMI people?

Why: Why do you need a "diet" if you have a normal bmi? Don't use any diet with someone's name on it. Just eat a healthy, well balanced diet and exercise. You need something you can do for the rest of your life. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Started reading why we get fat by gary taubes. Seems unhealthy to eat so much protein. And knowledge about the books content or recommendations of another book about a healthy diet?

Started reading why we get fat by gary taubes. Seems unhealthy to eat so much protein. And knowledge about the books content or recommendations of another book about  a healthy diet?

No one best diet: There is no one best diet for everyone but i share your concern about the excessive protein that low-carb advocates advise. I've written an essay on the pros & cons of various diets including low-carb vs. Low-fat diets at http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ my favorite diet book is eat to live by joel fuhrman md. Also see http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/are-you-a-nutritarian.Aspx. ...Read more

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I'm a vegetarian and i go to the gym. Plan on going on an all egg diet for protein and less fat, is that okay? (ldl vs hdl, food vs blood cholesterol)

I'm a vegetarian and i go to the gym. Plan on going on an all egg diet for protein and less fat, is that okay? (ldl vs hdl, food vs blood cholesterol)

Not okay!: An all egg diet for less fat makes no sense at all! eggs are the highest source of cholesterol of any food.While eating up to 2 eggs a day doesn't raise cholesterol, an all egg diet is likely to be unhealthy & unbalanced.It's ok to use eggs as your main source of protein but i'd eat lots of veggies & some fruits-otherwise you'll become deficient in crucial phytonutrients.Eat foods of all colors! ...Read more

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Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship? Based on junk science again, or is it something real?

Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship?  Based on junk science again, or is it something real?

Relevant for some : Although leaky gut has in the past not been considered a legitimate condition it is slowly being recognized as a valid entity and not just in patients with autism. It is related to the disruption of the normal gut flora and balance in the gastrointestinal tract. This can be triggered by antibiotic use, steroids, and chronic stress. All of these are increased which is why we see more patients. ...Read more

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