Posts Tagged: Robert McCarrison

About High-Fiber Diets. Do they help with IBS or Constipation?

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Fiber.  Gotta get that fiber.  Even the cartoon South Park is inundated with fiber propaganda, as one of the characters, Mr. Hanky, a talking turd overflowing with Christmas cheer, touts the benefits of “getting a lot of fiber” in your diet. Fiber is lauded as the holy substance that can help cause weight loss, relieve constipation, prevent colorectal disorders, stave off colon cancer, lower cholesterol levels, and just about everything else shy of reupholstering your furniture for you.  But fiber won’t help you fight disease any more than it will help the appearance of your old furniture. Most of the benefits attributed to fiber are the result of research done by a man named Denis Burkitt (of Burkitt’s lymphoma fame).  Burkitt, like many doctors, researchers, travelers, scholars, and anthropologists in… Read more »

Befriending Insulin

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Make no mistake, there are some insulin haters out there. They have managed to pollute the minds of good folks like you and me into thinking that insulin is like Insulin Bin Laden – a bad dude with no redeeming qualities. Newcomers to www.180degreehealth.com are often still under the influence of low-carbism. Yeah, I know Taubes had a lot of references. I get it. I read the book multiple times as well as many of the references which provide ample refutation to the belief that carbohydrates are inherently toxic and lead to obesity and metabolic disease (like the works of T.L. Cleave and Denis Burkitt for starters). But insulin is a beautiful thing. Insulin, for starters, helps take food energy out of our bloodstream after digestion takes place and packs it… Read more »

Body Temperature in Decline

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There is really no question that average human body temperature is in decline. Even the New York Times recently wrote an article on the subject, being, as clueless as ever, about the real significance of such a thing. For well over a year now, there has been much focus on the basal body temperature at 180DegreeHealth. This came, in part, as a result of reading all of the books of Broda Barnes, Stephen Langer’s book on hypothyroidism, and perhaps my favorite book on the far-reaching impact of having a low body temperature – Type 2 Hypothyroidism: The Epidemic, by Mark Starr. I find much of my beliefs about the all-encompassing importance of the body temperature to be reinforced by the current book I’m reading – Ancel Keys 2-volume piece on… Read more »

The China Study Explained

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The China Study is considered to be one of the best and most thorough epidemiological studies on human health ever conducted. The New York Times, in typical absurdly idiotic fashion (like when they told us all about the WMD’s to help create a national panic that led to ‘Iraqi Freedom’), calls The China Study “the Grand-Prix” of nutrition/health studies. It was thorough no doubt. Way to go T. Colin Campbell! You’ve even managed to convince Michael Pollan that every man, woman, and child the world over should “eat mostly plants.” To people who study ancient diets, the work of Weston A. Price (the real grand-prix of health studies), and low-carb evangelists, The China Study is a massive cause of tummy-upset. If I were an antacid kind of guy, I might… Read more »

Swine Flew

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And so it is revealed, my girlfriend’s very clever Halloween costume idea – Swine Flew. No, you won’t catch me getting vaccinated. Sleep well, eat well, spend some time on your feet out in the sun – and you’ve got little to worry about. Then you can make fun of the paranoid mask-wearers and H1N1 vaccine-beggars  and the Pepsi-guzzling chip eaters that actually get this disease and have trouble shaking it off. “When pigeons fed on [a nutrient-deficient diet] were congregated together, the organism (bacillus suipestifer) spread to every one of them, causing polyneuritis and death… The control birds, on the other hand, similarly confined in one large cage and equally exposed to infection, almost completely escaped its effects – only one out of 24 dying in consequence of it…. Read more »

Carb Wars: Episode II

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Here’s a compelling low-carb/paleo adventure from a 180 Member and frequent blog participant (my responses in red): Hi Matt, My low-carb story starts a long time ago. Knowing what I know now from reading the research of McCarrison and Pottenger on multi-generation metabolic decline I know it started at least with my grandmother and potentially before. My grandmother was raised on margarine and jam on white bread, vegetables cooked to a mush and ice cream by the pint. She lived that way all her life and raised my Mom that way. My Mom tried better with me, but there was still a lot of baked goods at home and I was “the fat kid” by age 3. Good insights. I agree completely. I’ve come across lots of overweight people who… Read more »

Appetite for Destruction

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As sort of a follow-up to the last post, an update on some general conclusions that have been ascertained over the years of research and blogging, is this puppy – “Appetite for Destruction.” First off, it pleases me tremendously to title something after an album that debuted at the exact same moment that high levels of testosterone debuted in my gonads as a young lad. The timing was perfect, and only the Metallica “One” video conjures up greater symbolism of manhood at that time in my life, after years of eagerly playing with He-Man dolls in anticipation of my impending man juice. Anyway, here are what I’m attempting to call “The 4 Pillars of Metabolic Ruin.” 1. The first pillar of metabolic ruin is nutritional deficiency. As one of the… Read more »

Suckled by Triceratops

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Apologies kind followers for the recent raves of fellow comrade-gone-wild, Bruce K. It’s been real, and it’s been fun, but the loyal followers have had enough. Although, for whatever pains and frustration it has caused anyone, or what damage Bruce may inflict upon himself or others with his IQ of 12,000,000 – it may be worth it. Why? Because someone proposing to be a member of the Bruce K. Royal fan club posted a lengthy rant that mentioned Bruce’s superpowers and his childhood rearing, involving being suckled by Triceratops. After peeing my pants once, and then again after reading about his intergalactic breakfast of Black Holes, I realized that the pain and suffering was worth it. If you have even a mediocre sense of humor and a familiarity with what… Read more »

Hulda vs. Aajonus (HVA)

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As I was sitting in my tent the other day, backpacking in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, I was reading the most appropriate possible book for my circumstances at the moment – Hulda Clark’s The Cure for All Diseases. It was the perfect book for the moment because it touts the many dangers of bacterial, viral, and parasitic infection and the vital need for absolute sanitary perfection. “Keep those fingernails trimmed short,” says Clark, as I looked down at my long, dirt-caked hands and fingernails while sipping on unfiltered creek water that was undeniably chock full of protozoa, fecal coliform bacteria from one of the dozens of mammal and bird species in the area, and many other such pathogens. I had not used toothpaste in days. I carried no… Read more »

Bob Greene – Holy Grail of Health

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Legendary heroes of nutrition such as Weston A. Price, Robert McCarrison, Melvin Page, Denis Burkitt, T.L. Cleave, and many others were all in search of the holy grail of human health. The key word in that sentence being “search.” They ‘searched’ far and wide, but unfortunately they came up short. Thankfully, in the year 2006 the real answer to the question, “how to live a good, healthy, or ‘best’ life” was revealed. The verdict is in. Ye who speaketh the truth hath bestowed uponeth us the great answers to health and disease. That’s right. Bob Greene, anointed by Oprah Winfrey as sort of the Joseph Smith of Nutrislam (a religion based on eating less and exercising more), has revealed the great secrets to human vitality in this epic tale of… Read more »

Broda Barnes

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Recently I took a trip down to Dagobah to meet master Broda. Many think Broda to be deceased, but in actuality, in his mighty Jedi skills, he flew away to a distant, swampy planet. I’ve been there. We hung out. He showed me how to boost my thyroid while standing on my head. And yes I brought my droids with me, T2D2 and T3PO. Okay that’ll do with the Star Wars metaphors, but come on, the guy’s name was Broda for crying out loud. How was I to resist? Broda Barnes was a pioneer in the field of endocrinology, but unlike pioneers who paved the way to Oregon, few followed in the footsteps of Broda Barnes. Why? I have no idea. He was the man. He was able to reduce… Read more »

Diverticulosis

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This week is evidently digestion week. It began with an email from a friend on helping out with a digestive condition called “diverticulosis,” which she referred to, unknown of the spelling, as “diver-tickle-o-sis.” Next, some friends came over for dinner and, naturally, we talked about IBS while eating. I’m a classy dinner host no doubt. For starters, diverticulosis is a condition, an extremely common one, where pockets form in the intestines and fill with fecal matter. They are basically small blowouts in the intestinal walls, where it balloons out and gets clogged. As this mass ferments and continues to stretch out the intestinal walls, inflammation can set in, causing the development of a condition called diverticulitis. As with IBS, these conditions are both caused and exacerbated by malabsorption, and more… Read more »

Hypothyroidism

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It’s amazing to me how some of the most important realizations that I’ve come to over the past year have come from fragments of information obtained from some really misguided people. One of the biggest discoveries was differentiating between how complex starches and simple sugars affect the human body, shown to me by Terry Shintani, the author of a book touting an extremely low fat vegan diet. Through his work, he was able to show that complex starches leave sugar in the blood to be used as fuel, unlike simple sugars from fruit, cookies, breakfast cereals and the like, which causes insulin to rise higher than the level of blood sugar and induce hypoglycemia. This idea was further reinforced by Francine Kauffman of the American Diabetes Association, who discovered that… Read more »

Layla’s Pearly Whites

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“When we saw someone with really bright skin and shiny hair we used to assume that they were eating a lot of butter.”-Layla Sheikh’s remark watching me snarf up ridiculous amounts of butter Recently I crossed paths with a Somalian refugee living in political exile here in Maui. Her name is Layla Sheikh. But don’t think that she’s some poor peasant girl fresh outta the Somalian desert sand, begging for food. She sports a stylin’ fro and highly fashionable clothes. She cruises in an SUV, and has her own two-bedroom apartment 200 yards from the Pacific ocean. She works as a professional model, getting gigs like holding the round cards at the UFC fights over in Lahaina, as well as doing plenty of photo shoots and fashion shows. Basically, she’s… Read more »

Malabsorption

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First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap for all the newbies, Price directly observed a dramatic change in physical, mental, and even societal health amongst several independent groups of humans worldwide, as they were exposed to modern foods for the first time from a previously natural, nutritious, and untainted diet. Highlights include improper formation of facial structure resulting in crooked teeth, something we now just consider to be normal and “genetic”… Read more »

Fruc Fructose

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Fructose is a kind of sugar. There are many kinds of sugars: sucrose, lactose, galactose, maltose, dextrose, raffinose, glucose, and bunches more. Fructose is just one type. Fructose is famous for being the type of sugar found in fruit. Because of this association with fruit, considered to be a very nutritious and overall healthy food to be included in the daily diet of every man, woman, and child, fructose has been given unfair judgment. We might want to take a moment to investigate fructose a little further though, because there’s a legitimate possibility that it is the biggest single contributor to chronic disease. For realsies. As those who have done their homework have discovered, there is a striking correlation between the availability of refined sugar and the widespread onset of… Read more »

Hungry, Hungry Hippos

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The question I promised to answer in last week’s self-starvation experiment saga was “why are we so hungry if we’re eating more than ever before?” This is one of the biggest questions of the 21st century, and the correct answer may hold the key to unlocking the entire degenerative process that began at the dawn of carbohydrate refining. Most people agree that the cause of the Diabesity epidemic (a great term that I stumbled across, as the two, type II Diabetes and obesity, often go hand in hand) is eating too much and exercising too little. But as anyone who has read more than a few paragraphs of this blog knows, my opinions differ. I certainly see this ballooning phenomenon having far more complexity. It is clear that Americans, as… Read more »

Devitalized Food

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Modern, mainstream nutritional dogma tells us that eating a lot of fats, a lot of calories, and not exercising are the primary causes of the degenerative process leading to heart disease, Diabetes, obesity, and perhaps Cancer. People unaligned with mainstream thought on the subject of human health say that those claims are full-blown BS. Gary Taubes, who researched the subject for half a decade before writing his human health opus, Good Calories, Bad Calories, has pretty much established that it is in fact, BS. Still, on his side of the fence, carbohydrates are the root of all evil – the cause of the entire degenerative process ranging from your good ole’ heart attack to Alzheimer’s. Yet, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, whatever – have been staples of various human diets throughout history… Read more »

Robert McCarrison: Straight Nutrition Gangsta

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The integrity and insight of the old nutrition classics never ceases to amaze me when I manage to track them down. The work of Weston A. Price is groundbreaking. Francis Pottenger, Jr. had some legendary insights into human health and nutrition. Stefansson looked into human health from a much wiser and broader perspective than the authors on the shelves at your local, intellectually-crippling Barnes and Noble. However, after everything I’ve come across, I must say that Major-General Sir Robert McCarrison, C.I.E., M.A., M.D., D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.C.P., B.AO., born March 15th in 1878, is probably the greatest contributor to the understanding of human health that I have seen or can even imagine. The bulk of McCarrison’s studies were done on animals, the idea being to figure out exactly what was going… Read more »

Research Quotes 2007

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“The single greatest factor in the acquisition and maintenance of good health is perfectly constituted food.”-Sir Robert McCarrison; Nutrition and Health (1936) “The truth will always be in the minority. Always, always, always… You will never find it in the hallways of conventional institutions. You will find it in pockets, in clusters, individually. And it will not be mainstream.”-Joel Salatin; Everything I Want to Do is Illegal (2007) “Nutrition is the master healing science. All else is mere remedy at best. Nutrition necessitates lifestyle change, while other methods, effective as they may seem, are temporary if nutritional changes are neglected. We cannot hope to get well by taking medication and consuming junk food… all other therapeutic disciplines are secondary to nutrition… Nutrition is the Master Science and stands above all… Read more »