John Saltveit wrote:There's a real conflict in modern nutrition advice among doctors specializing in nutrition. Some, like Michael Greger, Joel Fuhrman, and Neal Barnard, emphasize plants and how they can stop heart attacks, cancer and overweight. Others, like David Perlmutter, Joseph Mercola, and Josh Axe, emphasize the value of eating fat and meat for a low glycemic load, and therefore stopping diabetes, alzheimer's disease, and thereby other things. The high fat people are insistent that you should only eat pastured organic meat or meat products. People seem very excited to have permission to eat as much meat and fat as they want, and almost none of them seem to pay attention to the crucial point that they need to be organic and pastured. I think both groups of doctors have got good points. I neither eat a high carb nor a high fat diet, although most in both camps will grudgingly admit that if you eat both high carbs and high fat, it is bad for you. Many people have decided that their side is awesome and the other side is evil. I think they are actually asking different questions. All of them agree that eating lots of organic fresh and mostly raw vegetables is probably the most important thing to do.
All agree that mushrooms are key to good health. Shiitake is the most popular because it is both a delicious culinary mushroom and an outstanding medicinal mushroom. Lion's mane is great for anti-brain degeneration, according to preliminary research.
I am almost a vegetarian, but I did just buy some pastured pork and we've been cutting it up and slowly adding bits of it to meals. This is a little bit complicated because my wife is a vegan. She is on a low fat diet. I am not. I only eat pastured organic butter but I also eat vegetable spread that is set for the right omega 3's and 6's.
In other words, there is a lot of controversy surrounding the ketogenic or vegan diets, but hardly any controversy about the idea that we should be eating a lot more mushrooms and vegetables. French fries and tater tots don't count as vegetables.
Cj Sloane wrote:Kevin, I've been on a ketogenic diet for over 2 years. I have lost 30 lbs and my blood work is excellent.
I suspect if I had a particle test the LDL would be the light fluffy kind and the numbers would look even better.
I think you can be healthy on a low fat or low carb diet. If you have any sort of insulin resistance low carb is much better. Also better for any neurological issues. The brain is 70% fat BTW.
If you have no health issues, than you just have to choose - would you rather have butter and bacon or bread and bananas?
Kevin Swanson wrote:
What about walking the middle ground? Say Medium carb medium fat which is essentially what I am eating right now... all organic and pasture raised meat and dairy and all organic plants.
This is the main problem with natural medicine. Natural medicine works with the individual. You may need to try the mushroom in combination with a different food for absorption. You made need to eat more naturally produced gut supporting foods like sauerkraut, kefir etc to improve absorption. Or, as you say, you may have a type of memory loss or body that just doesn't respond. This is why so many doctors I know are negative about natural medicine - they don't appreciate that there is often much more trial and error involved. People seem to be happier taking a pill (some with horrible side effects) than learning how to listen to their own body and taking the time to help it. Hang in there and keep experimenting! Since people above say they're yummy, unless you feel eating it made you feel worse, it still fits the category, "first do no harm".
I had great hope. I bought two pounds of dried and spread them through my diet. I saw no improvement..