This site is a resource highlighting the health benefits of a nutrient dense REAL FOOD lifestyle with an emphasis on healthy-smart fats, clean proteins and higher fiber — as well as lower carb options for patients with metabolic disorders. We’ll look at all of this through the prism of ancestral health. Throughout we’ll use evidence based principles in the areas of integrative and culinary medicine.
The Tabs along the top of the website are the main sources for information and are updated as new science comes out. Scroll down here for the Basics.
What is a REAL FOOD diet? In my opinion it is eating whole foods as close to as nature intended with an emphasis on high nutrient density.
Why is a PHARMACIST talking about nutrition? Don’t we just dispense medicine? Well…for six plus years of college we study anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, therapeutics, pharmacodynamics, disease management, patient evaluation, therapeutic lifestyle education, statistics, business, scientific literature evaluation, etc…
…at the end of the day…the study of drug effects in the body and the study of nutrient effects on health and disease are incredibly similar — both are an application of biochemistry.
Or put another way: FOOD is MEDICINE.
In addition, as patients with chronic medical conditions begin to make changes in lifestyle and nutrition their doses and requirements for medications can change. Hopefully doses will be lowered and some medications may no longer be necessary. The watchful eye of a pharmacist can provide a much needed safety net for monitoring and counseling. In other circumstances disease-food or drug-nutrient interactions may be overlooked and lead to additional problems without careful review.
Reviewing all the info below is a must for people interested in learning about why the current Standard American Diet (SAD) is leading to metabolic diseases and poor health. And, in my opinion, what’s even more important; why when so many people try to “do the right thing” & eat “heart healthy” they still get fat and sick.
Learn the basics so you’ll feel comfortable and have confidence to move toward more nutrient dense REAL FOOD eating.
Toxic Sugar – this is a must watch to learn about the negative consequences of sugar and processed foods. Eating REAL FOOD is the a major step to preventing and reversing disease.
Sugar: The Bitter Truth:
A classic video (with over 6 million views) by endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance. Learn how fructose is metabolized. Here is a quick summary but I recommend the longer video first: 10 minute summary of the Bitter Truth.
Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It:
A must watch concersation with Dr. David Perlmutter and Gary Taubes discussing the role of carbohydrates and insulin.
Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines:
Can a person be “cured” of Type 2 Diabetes? Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that it can, and the solution is simpler than you might think.
Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology.
A Cure for Diabetes??
Physician Jay Wortman discusses how he reversed his own diabetes. Perhaps “cure” is not right word as one remains predisposed to diabetes, however there are certainly highly effective interventions that can be done as shown in this video. One thing for sure – sooner intervention is better than later.
Always Hungry? Author and Harvard researcher:
An interview with Dr. David Ludwig who talks in depth about his highly recommended book ALWAYS HUNGRY? He is an practicing endocrinologist and leading researcher at Harvard University. Also check out some other new books on nutrition written by well know physicians: Smart Fat as well as Eat Fat Get Thin.
“Diet 2.0” – A physicians approach to nutrition teaching:
Dr. Ted Naiman discusses the Glycemic Impact of foods. He takes a few liberties with the Glycemic Load, but I feel he overall makes excellent points and this is a must watch. Especially the first half. Here is his website: www.burnfatnotsugar.com
Learn about the root cause of metabolic diseases — INSULIN RESISTANCE
In the first 9 minutes of this video Dr. Jason Fung gives a great explanation of INSULIN RESISTANCE and that simply lowering blood sugar may not be the right approach to a patient with metabolic disease.
An Interview with Dr. Ron Rosedale:
Dr. Ron Rosedale has been talking about insulin, nutrition, and the biology of aging for over 30 years. The science supporting his approach can be found throughout this website. He explains in detail why Low Carb is not the same as High Protein and how various hormones such as Insulin and Leptin work.
Be a patient at the Duke Lifestyle Clinic:
Dr. Eric Westman is a leading researcher in the field of weight loss and nutrition. Here is a video of his group class teaching at Duke University several years ago. Currently there is a 4-6 month waiting list to attend his clinic!
MYTHS: True or False :
Mainstream Nutrition Myths…..do you agree or disagree?
1. Eggs are unhealthy.
2. Saturated fat is bad for you.
3. Everyone should be eating grains.
4. Low fat foods are good for you.
5. You should eat many small meals throughout the day.
6. Carbs should be your biggest source of calories
7. High omega-6 seed and vegetable oils are good for you
8. Low carb diets are dangerous
9. Sugar is unhealthy because it contains “empty” calories.
10. High fat foods will make you fat
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11. All soy is a “health food”.
12. Low salt diets are always the best.
13. Calorie counting is all that matters when losing weight
14. A calorie is just a calorie.
15. Exercise is important for weight loss.
16. Lowering your total cholesterol always lowers your cardiovascular risk.
Don’t settle……dive into the science under KEYWORDS on this website and the information on this Home pages. Decide for yourself.
As we start to change our ideas about “old conventional wisdom” it’s important we don’t fall into the trap of what I call “new conventional wisdom”. We must be adaptive and question what we know on an ongoing basis and not become dogmatic…that’s what led us here in the first place.