I received this comment from a Maori in New Zealand. I know this blog has a following in New Zealand, so I’m posting the comment here to ensure all you Kiwis see it.
I commented earlier in the year about how I’d started a new low carb, high fat diet after watching Fat Head on skytv in New Zealand. Anyway, an update: I’ve lost 24 kg very safely and enjoyably… but the best news is that my asthma and gout have also disappeared. I partially attribute this to inflammatory consequences of wheat.
I am a NZ Maori (we were colonised only 150 yrs ago — and existed without grains or monocotyledons) and I have a particular interest in this subject since our people (along with other pacific islanders) are over represented in metabolic syndrome mortality rates (cardio vascular, obesity, diabetes). There is also very compelling research by joint US and NZ researchers whom I have contacted who have drawn links between gout and fructose (corn syrup especially). Eliminate fructose … eliminate gout. I can tell you that prominent rheumatologists in NZ are very nterested in understanding the link between carb and gout because gout is a ’sentinel’ disease that can indicate metabolic syndrome in Maori before it becomes a problem.
Your information has sparked a movement (not-for-profit) here in Auckland and we plan to implement programmes that support the low carb truth. The good news Is that although the NZ gov’t still subscribes to the US food pyramid model, there are doctors and researchers here who support our theories.
If you could publish my email address in case other Kiwis want to support this cause or need help, I’d appeciate it.