It’s Your Skinny Genes Not Your Skinny Jeans: No Zero Carb Diets




In the age of selfies, how do you prove to people that beauty and health is more than skin deep? Even more complicated: In the age of the genome, how do you describe to smart women that cancer, neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune disorders, premature aging, and heart disease begin at the level of DNA? And that environment and nutrition interact at that level in ways that can’t be seen or even felt? Disease states are the END process of something that started much before you start to feel like crap.

Zero Carb diets come up frequently in the KetoChix Group. They are hard to argue with because they work.

The problem is that there is no controversy on this note: this is not a long-term healthy diet. While you may kick ass in your skinny jeans on this diet (and I know I’ve already lost some of you who are rushing off to…

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Does treating high blood pressure do any good?

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

Although I am most interested in the medical madness surrounding cholesterol lowering and statins, I have long been interested in the parallel ‘Looking Glass’ world of blood pressure lowering. During a recent on-line discussion, someone recently sent me a link to study from two or three years ago which re-ignited my interest in this area.

‘A new review has found that lowering blood pressure below the “standard” target of 140/90 mm Hg is not beneficial in terms of reducing mortality or morbidity1.’ July 2009

It confirmed, or re-confirmed, what I have long believed to be true. Unless the blood pressure is very high, lowering it seems to be an exercise in ‘sweeping a symptom under the carpet,’ rather than doing anything remotely useful. However, before discussing the management of raised blood pressure in more detail, I need to establish a little context.

The average blood pressure of an…

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Updated with VIDEO instructions! Caramel Sauce ***Method of Serving Fat***


*** To see a video of me making this caramel sauce, please click the link! Most of my work is now featured on The Charlie Foundation website. I hope the video instructions help clear up many of the questions!

Video Instructions Click HERE

Ketogenic & caramel are not usually two words that go together…EVER!  And caramel as a method of serving fat, not sugar??? I’m really not kidding! This is a really good replacement for traditional caramel, with the added benefit of it containing essentially  ZERO carbohydrate or protein, it is almost 100% fat.  This is a “make it and eat it” kind of recipe.  It will sit at room temperature for a few hours, but will eventually break and separate.  If you store it in the fridge, it will harden like butter.  You can make candies this way if you wish.  You will not be able to re-heat…

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Wednesday Round-Up

Almonds ready for picking

Welcome to Wednesday! Here’s your weekly dose of news, from gluten-free pasta trucks to Canadian sugar studies:

The popularity of gluten-free eating continues to increase just about every day. profiled a few new faces to the gluten-free game. Take a look and try them out! Let us know how you like these books and food!

Those of you who keep up on your Washington D.C. news have likely heard of Sam Kass, the Obama’s friend and personal chef. Learn more about him and his health-focused culinary style in this New York Times profile.

We’re eating more almonds than ever these days, but that may not be a good thing. The Atlantic takes a fascinating look into the dark side of almond consumption.

Concerned about restaurant food and sustainability? Chris Ying, the co-editor of Lucky Peach, announced the launch of his new non-profit, called Zero Foodprint, at the…

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