Lose weight by not trying – free trial

We all know people that are overweight, sick and have just given up doing anything about it.  They have tried lots of diets and have eventually regained all the weight they worked so hard to lose and often even more.  No wonder they have given up.

What if these people have been given bad advice and were actually tackling the wrong problem?  Everyone tells them that they have a weight problem and they need to solve that problem by just losing weight.  However, what if excess weight is not the real problem and is just a symptom of something else?  What if you could address the root cause of weight gain rather than the excess weight itself?  You could then have a lasting solution.

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Suffer from chronic pain? Will a low carb diet help?

There are many good reasons to adopt a low carbohydrate diet and this may be another very good reason to do so.  Two doctors discuss the positive pain outcomes for patients with conditions like Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Worth watching if you suffer from chronic pain, as there is little that a traditional medical approach can do for you.

Dr. Evelyne Bourdua-Roy and Dr. Hala Lahlou are both family physicians based in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Bourdua-Roy came in contact with low carb when she was …



Letter to WA Health Minister Cook

During the process of providing my submission to the WA government inquiry, I came across their interim report of their recent “Sustainable Health Review”.


It prompted me to write to the minister and share my thoughts.  I am not really hopeful that he will even see it but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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Inquiry into the role of diet in type 2 diabetes prevention and management

I have taken the opportunity to provide a submission to the WA government “Inquiry into the role of diet in type 2 diabetes prevention and management “.  The submission is based on an earlier submission to the Queensland government.

“nothing ventured, nothing gained” comes to mind,   or maybe … “small-steps” …

Submission for Inquiry into T2DM WA Government – RW Bareis, Sept’18

Add a pinch of common sense to each meal

There are a lot of diets that all seem to make a lot of sense once you look at all the promoting “evidence”.  Some people will even take to them with religious fervor and defend them with their lives.  Every diet has so much great sounding “science” that supports it, so it must be the true diet – but how can they all be right?  Ok, they can’t – you spotted the issue!

Forget religious attachment to the type of food you put in your mouth and try to consider food as part of a ecological equation where things need to make sense biologically, biochemically, genetically and historically.

  • If you have a diet that has you squeezing 50 coconuts (or 1000 olives) each day to extract an oil that is the mainstay of your energy needs then how does that make sense?
  • If you need to chase down 100 yaks, milk them against their will, dry the milk and separate out the whey powder just so that you are able to lift a few heavy rocks, how does that make sense?
  • How did early humans ever survive without keto-sticks to guide their eating?
  • Given that our anatomy does not have the digestive system to digest much in the way of natural, raw vegetation, how does it make sense to seek to promote this as a source of food?

Think about what “pre-agriculture” humans would have predominately eaten – given that they didn’t have the digestive organs to eat a lot of vegetation.  How did we develop such a large intelligent brain with huge energy demands without energy-dense foods that we could digest?

The result of straying too far from the food that your body needs is decreasing mental and physical performance, deteriorating health, chronic diseases and an early death.  So, getting the correct food is probably important.

Your physical body does not care about ethics, animal welfare, global warming, religion.  It is a biological machine that needs the correct fuel and building materials to perform and maintain correct operation.  Sure; make your ethical or religious food choices but just be aware of the price that you are paying if it doesn’t align with what your body needs.

Use that highly intelligent, critically thinking brain to put some sense into your food choices.

Ketogenic diets and protein intake

I watched a powerful (for me) video today by Dr Benjamin Bikman where he discusses how many keto practitioners are missing the picture with regards to protein intake.  It highlights that you need to take information in the right context for it to be relevant or else you risk making bad decisions.

It is well worth watching the video though it does require you to absorb some limited technical content.

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Aluminium and your brain

A 2014 article has reignited the concerns about aluminium’s affect on your health with potential to cause neurological damage and Alzheimer’s.

Given that there do not appear to be any normal biological processes that require aluminium, consumption of aluminium should probably be strictly avoided.  It is probably worth Googling and getting your own view.

A quick summary of direct sources of aluminium ‘poisoning’ include:

  • Vaccines – many vaccines contain aluminium as an ‘adjuvant’ to help boost the immune response.
  • Antacids – Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide are antacids used together to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach [ref]
  • Food additives – many processed foods contain stabilizers such as Sodium Aluminium Phosphate and/or Sodium Aluminium Sulphate.  Salt may contain Sodium Aluminosilicate. [ref1, ref2] – Cheeses and baked goods appear particularly bad.
  • Public water supplies.  As well as a small amount of aluminium from natural sources, Aluminium Sulfate (alum) may be added to drinking water to ‘clarify’ or coagulate solids.

Indirect sources include skin-care products, moisturizers, face powders, deodorants, anti-antiperspirants and anti-fungal treatments, some ear drops [ref].




Iodine deficiency – A pitfall of low-carb diets

Many decades of farming have depleted our soils of important minerals such as Magnesium and Iodine.   Years of intensive well-meaning health advice have steered us away from table salt.  Well meaning advice to lower carbohydrate consumption  have steered us away from bread.  The end result of this is that many of us may not be getting the Iodine that we need.

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How to make sense of dietary advice

I am often perplexed at some of the dietary advice that I read about or that come from respected and/or well meaning people.  Even if you look at advice from the generally low carb advocates, you find a huge variation in what is recommended as “best for your health”.  I can well understand that readers just give up in the end and give in to the temptations of the dark side.

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