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At 6:00am PDT on Wednesday, September 12 we will be officially, or least publicly, launching the Nutrition Science Initiative, or NuSI (pronounced “new see”). The timing of the launch, one day after we all pause to remember one of the worst days in our nation’s history, is not a coincidence. On September 11 we will all stop to think about what happened in the past. On the 12th, we look forward to what we hope will be one of the most transformative endeavors aimed at reducing the social and economic toll of obesity and its related diseases. Looking back to reflect on the past; looking forward to imagine and create a better world.

Many of you have been following this blog for long enough to know that I’ve been eagerly working on setting up NuSI with a great (yet very small!) team of dedicated folks, including our co-founder, science journalist Gary Taubes. I appreciate the patience you’ve had with the sacrifices I’ve made to work on NuSI, including a need to reduce the frequency of my posts and my ability to respond to all comments and questions on the blog.

I thank you for your understanding and want you to know that it will be worth it.

I’m sure there are many common questions, such as:

Why did we form NuSI?

What will NuSI do?

Who is involved?

What do we hope to accomplish?

How long will it take to achieve our goals?

How much will it cost?

All of these questions will be answered in time, and most of them will be answered on Wednesday.

A number of folks who are supporting our effort will also be writing about NuSI on their blogs this week, so please look for what others are saying, including some, by the way, who don’t even agree with some of the hypotheses that NuSI will test.  Why, you ask, would someone who doesn’t agree with me or Gary still support NuSI?  Great question.  The reason, though, is quite simple.

NuSI is not about me or Gary or low carb or low fat or even “diets,” per se. NuSI is about science.  It’s about bringing the rigors of the scientific method, just as they exist in other disciplines of science, to the field of nutrition science.  To support NuSI means just one thing: you believe the field of nutrition is at least as deserving of rigorous experimental science as any other field of science, and that our health is too important to gamble based on observations, correlations, best-guesses, or science lacking rigor.

If you agree with this assertion, you’re going to find NuSI right up your alley.

Please stay tuned…

 

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About the Author:

Peter Attia, M.D., is the co-founder and President of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), a non-profit based in San Diego, CA. He received his B.Sc. from Queen's University in Canada and his M.D. from Stanford Medical School in California. After his surgical residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins he worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He founded NuSI with scientific journalist Gary Taubes in 2012.

Discussion

  1. KevinF  September 10, 2012

    Excellent news, and good luck!

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  2. Ash Simmonds  September 10, 2012

    Many of the long-term studies to be undertaken may not have a significant impact on anything for years/decades, but here’s hoping NuSi is able to come up with some credible “fast track” experiments which are compelling enough to arrest the attention of larger nutrition circles and snowball.

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Our scientific road map will includes many types of studies, some short, some long.

  3. Randa Osman  September 10, 2012

    Congratulations, Peter! Can’t wait to read about the exciting research that NuSI will be undertaking. Best of luck to you and Gary and your team!

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  4. Mary Ann Delaney, RDH  September 10, 2012

    I am so happy to have found you and Gary. I have been turning my patients on to you both. Best to you both and am really excited about this. I know that this is really the right way to get the message out there. Thank you for sharing all of this with all of us.

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  5. Crista  September 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!! and will be cheering y’all on and reading whatever comes out. What a great statement to release the day after 9/11. It’s good to be reminded that you need the past in order to shape the future. Cheers!

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  6. Dee  September 10, 2012

    I’m curious, is NUSI mostly studying dietary intervention? I’ve been hearing about people using cannabis oil to help weight problems. Would NUSI ever look into something like this?

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  7. Azin  September 10, 2012

    I only recently started reading your blog. Simply because I hadn’t found it earlier, which I wish I had!
    Thank you for all the knowledge you spread around!
    I for one will be eagerly awaiting Wednesday and all the great things NuSi will teach me.
    Good luck and keep up the good work!

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  8. Azin  September 10, 2012

    Oh and by the way, may I use the picture in this post to use in my blog? (To link back here off course)

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Please wait until AFTER the launch to do so. Thank you.

  9. Ellen Urciola  September 10, 2012

    CONGRATULTIONS PETER and GARY,

    Aside from September 11; For me, my own personal day of remembrance is February 7, 2011. That is the day I found Gary’s blog and that led me to your blog. February 7, 2011 is the day my thinking and lifestyle about food forever dramatically changed for the better. Thank you. May the good science prevail!

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  10. Danny J Albers  September 10, 2012

    That is great news we have been waiting for.

    Best of luck to you and Mr. Taubes!

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  11. Chris  September 10, 2012

    Well done guys! I think the path you’ve decided to take in tackling this problem is brave, selfless and morally innovative. Not getting bogged down in the dogmatic views that often overshadow the facts, will hopefully lead to much needed progress in what is genuinely important; peoples health. I salute, and thank you both (and the rest of the NuSI team).

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  12. Pam  September 10, 2012

    Yea! I am sure our excitement about launch no where nears yours. Thank you so much for faithfully moving forward.

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    • Maryann  September 10, 2012

      Congratulations Peter! Thanks for including the pronunciation; I have been calling it ” New sigh”. You and Gary will change the world. I’m confident that you will achieve your goals and improve, and save, countless lives. You both have already touched so many people’s lives already. It is so amazing how your life has unfolded so far, isn’t it? You entered med school with the goal of helping people; but, you probably never imagined this. You are a great example of finding your passion and trusting your instincts. And your killer work ethic is to be greatly admired. I think you’ve done an unbelievable job balancing everything and keeping up with this blog. Thank you so much for all you have taught me, especially in the cholesterol series; that is life-saving information. My husband and I did not know we both had serious problems that needed to be treated; and we never would have known, if it had not been for your series and encouragement to get advanced (NMR) testing. I’ve thanked you before, but it could never be enough. God bless you and Gary, and your families for all of the support they give you both. maryann

    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Thank you, Maryann. We’re really excited about how novel this approach is and look forward to lifting the blinds up on Wednesday.

  13. Azin  September 10, 2012

    Ok, I’ll wait. :)
    Just wanted to share the good news with the rest of us (keto-geeks) here in Sweden, but I can off course do so without the logo. :)
    Have a lovely week!

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  14. Cindy Zautcke  September 10, 2012

    Peter,

    Are you announcing at a press conference and will it be broadcast on the web?

    Thanks–Cindy

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Probably not a press conference, especially with election fever going on. Lots of video and other content on our site, though.

  15. Licia  September 10, 2012

    This is very exciting! Congratulations! I recently found your blog through Mark Sisson and am so excited to see what NuSI brings us in the future! You’re an inspiration for us all!

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    • jw  September 10, 2012

      Going up against the iPhone5 announcement?

      Gutsy move or NTB?….

    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      C’mon…what’s more important? :)

  16. Thomas Dayspring  September 10, 2012

    Can’t wait to finally get answers to so many of our nutirtion questions with scientific facts: Go get em!

    Dr Lipid

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Thanks so much Tom! Can’t wait to see you next and start the updates.

  17. Tom Welsh  September 10, 2012

    I have a couple of suggestions.

    1. Consider taking advantage of Tom Naughton’s remarkable communication skills to help put across whatever messages NuSI wishes to. His film Fat Head and his talk are very impressive; he puts across ideas that would usually seem complex or difficult with a few jokes, a cartoon, a sketch, and what appears to be the purest common sense.

    2. Establish a two-way channel of communication with everyone who is interested in NuSI and new ideas in nutrition science. What harm could it possibly do to open a Web-based “question and suggestion box”? Often, one question leads to others. Obviously, resources are limited and you will set your own priorities. But there are a lot of us out here who would be eager to propose topics for study. For example, I have a few: (1) if eating carbs stimulates insulin production and tends to increase fat storage, does it make any difference if you eat the carbs alone or together with protein and fat? (2) Is it really true that exercise contributes little or nothing to weight loss? How come there are so many stick-thin athletes? (Many of whom were plump before they began doing sport). (3) Is it possible that different people react in different ways to various diets? Maybe some people thrive on carbs and even gluten, while others are intolerant of them. Etc., etc. etc.

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Great suggestions, Tom. Thank you.

  18. PeteJxn  September 10, 2012

    Anything that promotes good sound science has my support, so I commend, and thank, all those involved in this venture, and look forward to what is discovered.

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Make sure to donate on Wednesday!

  19. Andrew  September 10, 2012

    I am excited about NuSI and what it will achieve. I am hoping funding comes easily so that endeavors can begin asap. I for one will be donating as often as I can manage. Peter, Gary, & unbiased science rock!

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  20. Kathy  September 10, 2012

    Peter,
    Thanks to Mark Sisson and his “daily apple”, I have recently discovered your blog. I am a clinical nutrtitionist (not an RD) who has always believed in Functional Nutrition and science and physiological mechanism to inform my suggestions for my clients. I also teach at a wonderful Nutrition College in Denver, Nutrition Therapy Institute. This semester I am teaching more students than ever (75 biochemistry wide-eyed newbies) and I have turned them all on to your awesome blog. Thank you for endeavoring to undertake the scientific world of nutrition and human biochemistry. Our society is so full of the wrong people giving us nutritional advice. We need someone that is articulate (and very fun to read, btw) and knowledgable to illuminate a physiological and scientific path through the forest of dietary advice. I look forward to NuSi and all of your other posts. PS…I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on cholesterol metabolism, but was blown away by what you taught me in your 10-part series on cholesterol…amazing!

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Kathy, glad you found it and glad you enjoyed the cholesterol series. We’re very excited about what NuSI can pave for future generations.

    • Maryann  September 10, 2012

      Hi Kathy, I wanted to make sure you know about lecturepad.org. Dr. Dayspring has an amazing series you will love! Dr. Dall also has a fantastic presentation. I love it and I think you will, too.

  21. Bob S  September 10, 2012

    “When I wish to give battle, my enemy, even though protected by high walls and deep moats, cannot help but engage me for I attack a position he must succor”– Sun Tzu. An encouragement and a warning. The battle needs to be fought. The position you take attacks high walls and deep pockets. Be prepared for the counter (see the recent “study” on organics). I, for one, will do what I can to help. Thanks for being a leader in a cause you believe in.

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    • Peter Attia  September 10, 2012

      Bob, I love this quote. Thanks for both the encouragement and the warning.

  22. George Henderson  September 11, 2012

    Best wishes. I find that people who tend to support the carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis, as I do, have their own, slightly different ways of wording it. If I was to spell out what I believe most likely to be true, linoleic acid would probably come ahead of fructose as a variable modifying the response to insulin in pathogenic ways. Yet I accept that these are probably minor details when the choice is between fat or carbohydrate in a clinical setting.
    So the actual wording of any hypotheses to be tested will be interesting and maybe controversial, even before you start!
    Which will be all to the good of science.
    What I love about low-carb and paleo blogs is, that scientists and doctors will actually engage with the pig-ignorant, unjustifiably opinionated, and sometimes plain offensive rest of us. This is something rare and precious that you won’t find elsewhere and that we shouldn’t take for granted.

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    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      George, I look forward to the day when all of these hypotheses can be tested in a rigorous manner.

  23. Toni Harsh (Leaf Eating Carnivore)  September 11, 2012

    Peter, Gary –

    Thanks. You guys are making real what has been the self-evident next step. And I particularly admire your loud commitment to 1. use robust experimental design, and 2. go where the evidence leads. The prospect is really exciting.

    Tom Welsh had a good point about establishing a 2-way communication channel – I second the motion. There are many of us out here with a significant and serious interest in this area, and although the process might be noisy, we may nonetheless be able to come up with the odd valuable question, insight or connection.

    Let me suggest further that you open a way for those of us so inclined and able to contribute what $$$ we can. Even better if you are a non-profit, but I’d give anyway, just to help find the truth. Any chance?

    Gary, I and my husband owe you and the good Drs. Eades for your insights, which mapped the way for our current states of better health – thank you. And Peter, your particular energy and vision has put you also right at the top of my current Interesting Good-Guy List. Not many people make it there…

    So, from Alaska, remembering all the pioneers who saw truth, I wish you good hunting.

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    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      Thank so much, Toni. Get ready for a pretty exciting ride. It won’t be an overnight thing. It will take years to transform this landscape into one of rigorous experimental science, over opinion and best guesses.

  24. Mike  September 11, 2012

    Peter, I have been crossfitting and reading Taubes, Sisson, Robb Wolf et al for three years. Why the EFF have I never come across your site until now??!! It’s fantastic!! All the articles are a great read. Keep up the superb work.

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    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      Glad you’re diggin’ it.

  25. Damon  September 11, 2012

    Any plans to facilitate community/forum? I know they can create unwanted headaches for sites, but there’s a palpable sophistication to your site, and in the comments from readers, that makes me want to “meet” you and them in dialogue online. I would anticipate focused, problem-solving questions like “I’m doing XYZ regarding diet based on guidance obtained from website, but ABC is happening in my body, I’ve tried diagnosing and tweaking on my own but to no avail, any recommendations?” I think this could also serve as a data input stream for your work (obviously with some variance from fact compared to controlled experiments but with a higher n than controlled work) and enable segmented research by body type, gender, age, level of exercise, etc.

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    • Damon  September 11, 2012

      Oh…meant to say that you wouldn’t need to be the one answering all those questions. Methinks a team of biochemists, low carb dieticians, etc. would be glad to handle questions in their realm of expertise.

    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      Not sure. Perhaps eventually, but not at the outset. Our team is too small right now to appropriately handle this kind of interaction. More importantly, it’s not really specific to our mission.

    • Damon  September 11, 2012

      The beauty of forum is the “team” is bottom-up like wikipedia, vs. needing to be run top-down by your team. But therein lies the potential error factor.

      Regardless, best of luck with NUSI.

    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      True, but it’s a different problem, isn’t it? Wiki vs. the Manhattan Project, for example. Both vital, but not the same. Lots to think about.

  26. Megan  September 11, 2012

    Just signed up to receive information from the NuSI site.I can’t wait to get my updates. One small technical issue though. I am based in the UK, but your sign up page insists that I tell you which US state I live in…I said Alabama – because it is at the top of the list (it sounded like a nice option!).
    I am really excited about this Peter. I am sure you can achieve great things.
    It would be nice to see more women on your board however. I think that women are often under-represented when it comes to scientific research (perhaps because our bodies are more complicated?). I think a woman’s touch might help to keep things more balanced.

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    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      Fixed. Agree, look forward to diversifying our team more.

  27. Travis Koger  September 11, 2012

    Looking forward to it Peter. I bet you and Gary are excited about finally getting NuSI out there after the hard work you and your team have no doubt put in. Good Luck on the launch.

    Also looking forward to some truth being injected into the debates based on real science.

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    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      Thanks so much, Travis. Definitely excited. A bit scared, too. There’s no looking back now.

  28. Travis Koger  September 11, 2012

    What a total fail of an article. Bring on the Real Science… Please!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/whats-so-scary-about-a-vegetarian-future-8125768.html

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  29. David Ma  September 11, 2012

    I noticed on the NuSI site that you have a few people in the business industry, from venture capitalists and investors. How will they be playing a role in the non-profit organisation?

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    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      Never forgot the importance of fund-raising! To change the world by doing the type of research necessary will require nearly a billion dollars. We need an army of people out there helping us raise that money.

    • David Ma  September 12, 2012

      Hahaha! Yes of course you are right :) I guess I’ve just never viewed venture capitalists as charitable people. You’re changing the world Peter in more ways than one!

    • Peter Attia  September 12, 2012

      If every overweight or obese person in the United States gave just $7 to NuSI, we’d have enough to do all the necessary experiments. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough.

  30. Deanne  September 11, 2012

    Peter,

    I just found your blog about 2 weeks ago, and I have to say how tremendously impressed I am with your efforts to educate people about nutrition and health. The cholesterol series in particular is a tour de force.

    I read GCBC about a month ago, and, as a scientist, I was floored by the lack of rigor that is rampant in the nutrition field. I’m in the middle of changing my eating habits to do my own N=1 experiment, but I am bolstered by N=4 experiments on my cats (of all things), and the amazing transformation they underwent a few years ago when I switched them from corn-based dry cat food to meat-based wet food. Their excess weight melted away. It was really quite striking.

    I’m primarily writing to say thank you for the public service you and Gary are doing. There is such a need for an organization like NuSI, and I’m thrilled that you are spearheading it.

    I also had a couple of questions (which stem from my desire to control my N=1 experiment as best I can):

    1) Do we know how quickly blood cholesterol levels change in response to carb restriction? I implemented carb restriction (<50g/day) one day prior to having my baseline bloodwork done (VAP, which is imperfect, but all I have access to at the moment), and I'm curious whether my (elevated) LDL-C was real or confounded by this change.

    2) Since I'm new to this, I'm curious whether it is worthwhile to eat strategically to minimize fat storage (by minimizing insulin release). This is probably highly individual, but is there a minimum amount of carbohydrate that induces insulin release (in a non-IR person) or is insulin secretion linear with respect to the carb content of a meal? If you are eating <50g/day, should you be trying to spread that out (because spread-out consumption is too low to stimulate insulin release) or is it better to eat the day's carbs as a bolus in a single meal (but <50g) so that 2 out of 3 meals are not stimulating insulin release? Hopefully this question makes sense.

    Thanks for indulging my inner nerd. :) I've really enjoyed devouring your blog (pun intended).

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    • Peter Attia  September 11, 2012

      Deanne, glad you’re finding this helpful. To your questions:
      1. Probably within about 4 to 6 weeks, though, if accompanied by significant weight loss, may take considerably longer.
      2. Timing definitely makes a difference in peak levels of insulin and B-OHB, but whether this has an impact on overall changes remains to be seen. I’m investigating!

    • Deanne  September 12, 2012

      Thanks for the quick response!

      To clarify on Q1: Rather than ‘how long until cholesterol levels come down’, I was instead referring to the phenomenon of having a transient spike in cholesterol levels after implementing carb restriction. I have read other comments where people reported this, and if I understand, it seemed that liberation of stored fat can cause a transient spike in cholesterol levels. I was wondering if 24 hours of extremely low carb would be sufficient to induce such a spike, and if so, whether my “baseline” levels are not truly baseline. (I’m 33 and not overweight, but since I’m down 7lbs after 2 weeks, my body appears to be responding quickly to my dietary changes. Even so, 24 hours seems really early for a dramatic jump in cholesterol levels, but the nerd in me had to ask.)

      Thanks again for such an amazing resource.

  31. David  September 12, 2012

    Very excited for tomorrow Dr. Attia. I found your site this week and haven’t stopped reading. Im a fan of Mr. Taubes’ and have been experimenting with ULC for the last 9 months in varying degrees with some success. I’m looking to take it further and your site has really helped with rounding out my understanding a bit better. Thanks for all you’ve done. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds. I’m hoping for a fundamental shift and I’m hoping it starts right here.

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  32. Minna  September 12, 2012

    Hi Peter! I just found your blog actually, and I have some questions for you.
    I am a 17 years old girl, I am 170 cm tall and I weigh 84 kg. I have been playing ice hockey since I was 7 years old and these past 3 years I’ve been playing on elite level. And I have noticed that I’ve gained a lot of weight during these past 3 years, I’m not very surprised because I’ve gained a lot of muscles. The only concern I have is that right now my BMI is around 29 and I weigh 16 kg (I think) more than I should?
    I am wondering if I can start to use LCHF and lose weight and still be able to play ice hockey 5 times a week like I do right now? Or should I try something different? I’m not satisfied with my body and I am the only one in my team that weighs this much.

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    • Jeffrey of Troy  September 17, 2012

      Hi Minna,

      I am neither Dr. Attia nor a 17 year old girl, but I would like to suggest the following:

      High(ish) carb before intense exercise only and always, high protein immediately post exercise, LCHF all the rest of the time. The carbs will power your explosiveness, the exercise will burn off the carbs; that way you can enjoy your sport and the health benefits of low-carb too.

      I explore this issue further on my blog, in an article called “How to sync diet with exercise.”

      P.S.
      BMI is notoriously unreliable for athletes. Look at bodyfat % instead.

  33. Riolis  September 12, 2012

    Hi Peter,
    I’m sorry to disturb you but I’m kindda freaking out right now. I’m not looking for a medical advise, just an advise because I’m scared right now. I don’t know who to contact, and who to ask who have more knowledge then me in this.
    I’ve been doing Atkins low-carb for 3 weeks now. Today early morning I check in the mirror and I see yellow spot on my eyelid. When I check google I see this : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2038092/Yellow-eyelid-marks-xanthelasma-early-warning-sign-heart-disease.html
    Should I stop atkins? Please advice.

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  34. Tim  September 12, 2012

    Awesome, best of luck with the new venture.

    On a side note, trying to get my wife past the whole fat is bad thing is frustrating. She’s not science oriented at all so I was wondering if there was a cliff notes version available of the hypothesis that is written in laymen’s terms. We’re getting a freezer and buying half a grass fed cow but I know she thinks I’m crazy. Is there a post here that is simple enough for the unitiated that you would recommend?

    Best of luck, I look forward to contributing to this any way I can.

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    • Peter Attia  September 12, 2012

      Flip the tables. Ask her to explain why fat is bad. Surely there is a reason, right?

  35. T.Low  September 14, 2012

    First of all, congratulations are in order. A monumental day, indeed, on many levels. Incredible.

    I have high hopes for NuSI. One week I read Taubes. The next week I read McDonald. It’s frustrating wallowing around is this sea of contradiction. I am fortunate to have already lost the weight from 240lbs down to 185 ( I had to sign up with Dr Tran Tien Chanh).

    I’ve been keeping it off all summer (reading Attia every night for the last 4 months) .

    Q: What effect will NuSI have on EatingAcademy? I don’t see it as a replacement, rather more of a supplier of more material, so to speak.

    Thanks again, and best of luck moving forward.

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    • Peter Attia  September 15, 2012

      No real overlap. This blog is a very personal thing, sort of like coaching my daughter’s t-ball team. NuSI is my job, my professional responsibility. Obviously, NuSI is also my passion and it’s very personal, but the line is very clear in my mind.

  36. Nicole  September 18, 2012

    I read someone’s comment on Gary Taubes’ blog which suggested pitting a low carb/ketogenic diet vs the ultra low calorie/high expenditure diet of The Biggest Loser. She recanted because of concerns of sponsor wars, beef vs. corn and so forth. However, after some thought on the long drive home I got to thinking that would be an excellent test venue. You can’t possibly get more controlled than having every waking moment filmed and reviewed. And aren’t controlled experiments one of the glaring omissions in nutritional science thus far? Plus there’s the added benefit of getting your message out to those who need it most, the audience of The Biggest Loser. These are just thoughts of course. It’d be interesting to see what your other readers think.

    PS. I have every faith you could take on Jillian and Bob.

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  37. Cort  September 24, 2012

    And now, alas, we have the Dean Ornish article in today’s New York Times. I trust you or Gary or somebody is going to respond to him.

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  38. paul helman  September 24, 2012

    I read the article and it seemed his usual self serving mish mash of ill founded opinion and out and out counter factualism.
    Paul Helman,M.D. Evanston,Il

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  39. Pam  September 25, 2012

    Your fans wonder if we’ll have the pleasure of a new article before October gets here?

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    • Peter Attia  September 26, 2012

      I sure am working hard to get one out, but NuSI is taking priority at the moment. 50/50 to get one out before leaving the country for a week on Oct 1.

  40. Pam  September 27, 2012

    Kinda surprised it is a 50/50 chance with everything that you’ve got going on. I hope your international trip has a big dose of fun in it, even pure fun.

    Thanks for all you do to bring truth and reason to the science of nutrition.

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  41. Ellie McNiece  December 8, 2012

    Hi Peter – what a fantastic website! Thank you so much for this – I’ve totally enjoyed the last hour or so reading it. and confirming that I’ve been making some really good choices with my diet. I’ve been living a low carb lifestyle for the last couple of years – no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, no processed foods, no sugar, very little fruit etc. lots of meat in the form of bacon, chicken, pork, beef as well as olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, nuts, cream cheese, cream etc. If you were to come to my house you would find exactly the things that are in the photos of what you eat every day. Last weekend I attended the “What Should We Eat” seminar run by Low Carb Down Under with Jimmy Moore as a special speaker here in Brisbane, Australia. I’ve listened to many, many low carb podcasts of his and other low carbers and it all makes total sense. I love how I eat these days and could never, ever go back to the low fat, high carb diet that I’d been on for 30 years prior.

    However – here’s the big “but” – I’m putting on weight! I initially lost about 5 pounds on the Atkins diet two years ago but have put that back on plus more. Why? Could it be simply that I’m not eating enough fat? I feel as though I’m eating a lot of it because I spent so many years eating none but perhaps it’s not quite enough. At last weekend’s seminar I did get the impression from various speakers that when they upped their fat intake they lost more weight. I’m terrified that if I do eat more fat I’m going to put on even more weight. I’ve been thinking about doing a fat fast to get things moving and get me into ketosis. What do you think? Any suggestions would be very gratefully received. Cheers!

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    • Peter Attia  December 8, 2012

      Ellie, it’s impossible for me to day or troubleshoot without knowing a lot more (and even then, I may have no idea!). Hopefully some of the resources out there will help you troubleshoot.

  42. Hans Laestander  January 17, 2013

    Hi Peter!
    Great blog. You and the Diet Doctor here in Sweden are my two house gurus (as well as colleagues, I might add). Having donated to NuSI, I’m interested in how You guys are doing? The NuSI web site hasn’t changed in a while. It would be nice to have some kind of counter to see how much money You have raised so far, and how close to your goal You are.

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    • Peter Attia  January 18, 2013

      Thanks very much for your donation, Hans. Despite the lack of change on the website, we’re working faster than should be considered reasonable. Lots to update on this year.

  43. lorraine  April 16, 2013

    Congratulations on the funding!!!! How amazingly wonderful!!

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-organization-leads-charge-for-obesity-research-2013-04-15

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  44. jw  May 19, 2013

    Catching up on my reading this weekend and found this:

    The New Science of Giving
    A young Houston couple is planning to give away $4 billion—but only to projects that prove they are worth it. Can they redefine the world of philanthropy?
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323372504578466992305986654.html

    Although it is primarily about trends in philanthropy, the lead is about NuSI’s funding. I have always found it extremely interesting to learn how some ideas come together and this is an excellent example.

    Just curious, was one of the top 10 “crazies” T. Colin Campbell?

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    • Peter Attia  May 19, 2013

      It wasn’t about ‘crazies’ — more about experimental scientists who did not share hypothesis. Campbell is not really in that camp.

    • jw  May 19, 2013

      Nicely phrased…

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