Here are a couple of recent emails I’d like to share:
I just wanted to thank you for your works. Your presentation style is disarming, and also makes the material interesting to a wider audience.
My 10-year-old son, for example, has watched Fat Head voluntarily, and he also immensely enjoyed Science for Smart People. Not only that, he absorbed it, as evidenced by the fact that a few days later he pointed out some case in which two observations probably had a common cause, and thus likely didn’t cause each other. To me, that is even more valuable than the dietary knowledge itself.
My 22-month old son also likes the movie, though I must confess he mostly likes the music on the DVD menu. One day he put it in the player, left it for a long time, and cried if someone tried to take it out. Recently he came up to my screen where I was reading your blog and said “Fat Head! Fat Head!” I tried to record a replay, but of course, it wasn’t the same. Here it is anyway. I find it quite amusing that he has a mouth full of cold cuts.
Outstanding! A 10-year-old is already becoming a critical thinker. He’ll be an excellent college student someday … by which I mean he’ll ask questions and point out inconsistencies that will leave some of his professors sputtering.
I can’t imagine that this is the first email of this nature you have received, but I thought it important to let you know that your documentary changed a life… mine.
On the late evening of March 23rd of this year my wife and I sat down in front of our TV and scrolled through Netflix looking for something to watch. The synopsis for Fat Head caught our attention so we decided to grab a bowl of popcorn (ironic) and give it a go.
When I sat down that evening I did so at as 6’1″, 353lb, pre-diabetic man, on twice daily medication to control his high blood pressure who would stop breathing in his sleep due to obstructive sleep apnea. I knew I needed to lose weight; I have for many years. During my most recent mission trip to Haiti (January 2011) I found it very difficult, due to my total lack of physical fitness, to do my fair share of the work. I came back more than a little embarrassed and frustrated, hoping I could find a way to lose weight and get myself healthy again. Having tried many ‘diets’ with little or no success, I wasn’t optimistic. I lost only 15lb in my most successful weight loss endeavor up to that point.
Then I sat down to watch Fat Head. Among those things that made an impression on me was (what I affectionately call) the “Third-Grade Blood Video.” For some reason I needed it explained to me like I was a third-grader. I was so impressed that I rewound and watched that section regarding the relationship between sugar, insulin, and fat. I literally stopped and went through the things I had eaten that day (and was currently eating: popcorn) and was amazed to realize how much sugar I was either directly putting in my body and how much I was causing it to create.
I spent the better part of the next three days reading from your suggested list of books. I decided (hoped) that the things I was learning my be the key to my weight issues. On March 27th I began my new weight loss journey. I am happy to report that by May 17 my blood sugar was down to normal and I was deemed no longer “pre-diabetic” and my medicated blood pressure was in the normal range. By the middle of June my obstructive sleep apnea had all but vanished. And last week I was able to stop taking my blood pressure medication entirely.
As of this writing I have lost 68lb. While I still have a long way to go, I am extremely positive and have no reason to believe or think that I will not reach my goals.
I know that this was long, but I just wanted you to know that your work has made a difference. Not just in my life, but in the lives of my wife and my children.
And I thank you.
Way to go, Erin! I don’t mind admitting your email put a little lump in my throat.
Erin was kind enough to include before and after pictures, so here they are:
The “after” picture was taken when Erin had lost 55 pounds, so you can mentally subtract another 13 pounds. The vegetrollians who keep showing up here would happily snip out Erin’s “after” picture, point out that he’s not skinny, and hold it up as evidence that low-carb diets don’t work. Riiiight … the man has lost 68 pounds so far and seen some nagging health problems vanish. That’s success, folks.
Have a good weekend.