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What I’m Reading, Friday, July 12, 2013

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This Is 200 Calories

While calories are not as important as this video may have you believe it it still very interesting and worthwhile viewing.

This Is 200 Calories – YouTube

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The 2013 Tour de France Begins

The 100th Tour de France route in 3D / Le parcours du 100ème Tour en 3D – YouTube

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Two (Long) Videos featuring critical discussion of Low Carb Diets

The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?) – YouTube

Uploaded on May 22, 2008

January 17, 2008 presentation by Christopher Gardner for the Stanford School of Medicine Medcast lecture series.

The case for low-carbohydrate diets is gaining weight. Christopher Gardner, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, has completed the largest and longest-ever comparison of four popular diets using real-world conditions, which he discusses – the lowest-carbohydrate Atkins diet came out on top.

For some more information regarding Christopher Gardner the one time/ long time vegetarian and nutritionist who gave this lecture (and the study and lecture itself too):

Atkins vs China Study Diet. Who Won? You Decide – YouTube

Published on Apr 20, 2013

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., wrote “The China Study” in 2005. A professor emeritus at Cornell University, Campbell was the director of the China-Oxford-Cornell study on diet and disease in the 1980s. The book chronicles his findings about diet and health from his career in basic science. While not calling himself a vegetarian or vegan, Campbell supports a whole-food, plant-based, low protein/low fat diet.

Eric Westman, M.D., has conducted clinical trials regarding the Atkins diet, made famous by Robert Atkins in 1972. The Atkins diet, sometimes called the antithesis of the China Study, suggests that lower consumption of carbohydrate and higher consumption of fat leads to better cardiovascular health. Westman is a physician specializing in obesity medicine and associate professor of internal medicine at Duke University.

The two squared off at a public debate on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Listening to the presentations I though Dr. Campbell’s presentation was rife with logical fallacies and at time he very conveniently left out information that didn’t or wouldn’t support his position (cherry picking).

For some more information regarding the Low Carb v. China Study debate and this debate in particular:


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The Science and Practice of Low-Carb Diets — Dr. Eric Westman

The Science and Practice of Low-Carb Diets – YouTube

Duke University’s Dr. Eric Westman answers viewer questions about the Atkins diet during a live “Office Hours” webcast interview, January 19, 2012. Westman is the director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine program and co-author of “The New Atkins for a New You.” Moderating is James Todd from Duke’s Office of News and Communications.

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“But a low-carb lifestyle is soooo boring.” I don’t think so!

A short clip from an interview with FatHead movie director Tom Naughton.

The Mouth Trap: Tom Naughton – “But a low-carb lifestyle is soooo boring.” I don’t think so! (1:07) – YouTube

(I would add that the radical extreme removal of fats in a low fat diet makes it tasteless and boring.)

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The Men Who Made Us Fat

The Men Who Made Us Fat Part 1 of 12 – YouTube
(Watching the video here will play all 12 episodes within this post or click the link above to watch on YouTube)

Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits. It features many leading experts who I’ve read and follow including my favorites David A. Kessler (The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite),  Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It & Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health) and Dr. Robert Lustig (Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease).

Jacques Peretti gives us a summary of his documentary here: BBC News – What caused the obesity crisis in the West?

BBC Two – The Men Who Made Us Fat – Episode guide

Episode 1:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4
Episode 2:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4
Episode 3:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4

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