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What does lower back pain have in common with low carb eating?

What does lower back pain have in common with low carb eating?

Strange question, huh? Before you get too excited, I’m not about to tell you that a low carbohydrate diet is a remedy for back pain.  Instead, I am going to explain a remarkably parallel experience I’ve had. I never made the connection until this week when a reader asked an unrelated question about lower back pain.

The best, worst experience of my life

As my third year of medical school was winding down, and I was just about to embark on a ...

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Would you like to help me help others?

Would you like to help me help others?

Over the past 7 months, since I launched this blog, many of you have commented that you can’t believe I put all this time and effort into the blog without any attempt to monetize it.  In fact, I turn down about 3 or 4 offers per month to allow advertising on the blog because of our traffic and analytics. (The average time spent on the blog per visit is over 6 minutes, which I’m told is great for advertising.)  I’ve ...

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Welcome to The Eating Academy!

Welcome to The Eating Academy!

A little over a year ago I started sending out monthly emails to friends and family who had expressed an interest (and probably a few who didn’t but were kind enough to just silently delete the emails) in my nutritional transformation during the prior 18 months.  Within a few months, the distribution list had grown to an unmanageable one, and I spent many hours forwarding and re-forwarding old emails, at which point several friends suggested I start a blog.

My initial ...

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How do some cultures stay lean while still consuming high amounts of carbohydrates?

How do some cultures stay lean while still consuming high amounts of carbohydrates?

Many of you have asked this question over the past few months, and I’m sure many more of you have at least contemplated this question at some point.  I know I did.

 

For the sake of this discussion, let’s ignore the fact that the “historically” lean countries (e.g., France, Italy, Japan) are catching up to our levels of obesity and metabolic syndrome, especially in certain affluent subsets.  After all, we did get a 40 year head start on how to ...

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The interplay of exercise and ketosis – Part II

The interplay of exercise and ketosis – Part II

You’ll recall from last week’s post I did a self-experiment to see if I could learn something about the interplay of exercise and ketosis, at least in myself. To understand this discussion, you’ll want to have read Part I of this post.

However, before getting to this, I want to digress and briefly address two unrelated issues:

  1. Some of you (about 67 or 68 as of this writing) have sent me various links to news reports released yesterday reporting on
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The interplay of exercise and ketosis – Part I

The interplay of exercise and ketosis – Part I

I embarked on a self-experiment last weekend to see if I could better understand the interplay between the different types of exercise I do and ketone production (beta-hydroxybutyrate, or B-OHB, to be specific).  To be clear, nothing I do with a sample size of one “proves” anything, but sometimes self-experiments can help you formulate hypotheses and, if nothing else, understand how your body works.  Consider the parable of the black sheep.  If you see even a single black sheep in ...

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