A Speech On Bad Science and Heart Disease

People started sending me links to this speech awhile back, and I meant to get around to watching it … then all the stuff hit the fan with finding out we’d need to move, buying the mini-farm, starting a full-time contract job as a programmer, etc.

Anyway, I finally watched it tonight and enjoyed it.  I covered some of the same territory Dr. Diamond covers here in Fat Head and Big Fat Fiasco, but he’s dug up some additional good study references.  I also found the improvements in his labs after he changed his diet compelling.  Enjoy.

p.s. — You may have noticed we no longer offer the U.S.-only version of Fat Head for sale. That distributor has fallen a year behind on royalty payments, offering excuses ranging from changes in corporate structure to stock market dips to sun spots. We hope to force them to cough up the money eventually, but in the meantime, we’re not going to sell their DVD. So if you live in the U.S., just order the international version we produced ourselves. It’s a couple of extra bucks, but it also includes the Big Fat Fiasco speech as an additional bonus track.

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61 thoughts on “A Speech On Bad Science and Heart Disease

  1. LaurieLM

    @Jennifer VanderKooi
    Dr Atkins’s book “Dr. Atkins’ Age-Defying Diet” also has information about Chlamydia being implicated in causing heart disease. CMV- cytomegalovirus is also mentioned.

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  2. LaurieLM

    @Jennifer VanderKooi
    Dr Atkins’s book “Dr. Atkins’ Age-Defying Diet” also has information about Chlamydia being implicated in causing heart disease. CMV- cytomegalovirus is also mentioned.

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  3. Ricardo

    Also Doesn’t High HDL level reverse plaque buildup?

    I’m not sure it’s high HDL per se. Drugs that raise HDL haven’t worked. High HDL may be a marker for something else that does work.

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  4. Ricardo

    Hi Tom I found this very interesting video. Isn’t all that meat bad for you?

    Naturally, it’s considered a “Heart Attack” grill because of the meat and cheese. Funny how now one calls Ben & Jerry’s the “Heart Attack” ice cream shop because of the sugar.

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  5. Ricardo

    Also Doesn’t High HDL level reverse plaque buildup?

    I’m not sure it’s high HDL per se. Drugs that raise HDL haven’t worked. High HDL may be a marker for something else that does work.

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  6. Patricia

    The day of your post was the day I received my copies of FH, Fiasco and Science. Felt very fortunate to have received them in time. Thank you!

    Enjoyed Dr. Diamond’s speech very much. Good to see the word is getting out on all levels. We really need to get back to the pre-60’s way of thinking about “diet” because conventional wisdom has been the ugly stepchild of health far too long.

    I may be taking this out of context from Dr. D’s speech, but there was one point he made in reference to increased rate of heart disease beginning in the 50’s that corresponded with increased smoking rates. I’m not very good at scientific research but the graphs that I was able to locate on the internet showed sharp increases in both smoking AND sugar consumption during the 50’s.

    Though smoking rates per capita have declined (as they should), heart disease has not. In fact, from what I saw on these graphs heart disease has continued to climb in direct line with sugar (or HFCS) consumption. It just struck me that though his speech included the dangers of sugars/carbs, he focused on the rise in smoking as the corresponding factor in heart disease and may have missed a valid variable that may have been more supportive of his argument.

    Is this a valid observation?

    Heart disease deaths did eventually come back down, but it’s difficult to pin that to a single variable, and we probably shouldn’t anyway. Much of the reduction in the death rate is due to advances in medical technology that have allowed doctors to save more heart-disease victims.

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  7. Patricia

    The day of your post was the day I received my copies of FH, Fiasco and Science. Felt very fortunate to have received them in time. Thank you!

    Enjoyed Dr. Diamond’s speech very much. Good to see the word is getting out on all levels. We really need to get back to the pre-60’s way of thinking about “diet” because conventional wisdom has been the ugly stepchild of health far too long.

    I may be taking this out of context from Dr. D’s speech, but there was one point he made in reference to increased rate of heart disease beginning in the 50’s that corresponded with increased smoking rates. I’m not very good at scientific research but the graphs that I was able to locate on the internet showed sharp increases in both smoking AND sugar consumption during the 50’s.

    Though smoking rates per capita have declined (as they should), heart disease has not. In fact, from what I saw on these graphs heart disease has continued to climb in direct line with sugar (or HFCS) consumption. It just struck me that though his speech included the dangers of sugars/carbs, he focused on the rise in smoking as the corresponding factor in heart disease and may have missed a valid variable that may have been more supportive of his argument.

    Is this a valid observation?

    Heart disease deaths did eventually come back down, but it’s difficult to pin that to a single variable, and we probably shouldn’t anyway. Much of the reduction in the death rate is due to advances in medical technology that have allowed doctors to save more heart-disease victims.

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  8. Ricardo

    Oh i see will Growth Hormone Testosterone and Thyroid have been shown to lower cholesterol and raise HDL. There has been research that high cholesterol is also a result of testosterone and Growth Hormone since cholesterol is made from these hormones and when there low cholesterol will naturally be high. I know that the heart has the highest receptors for Testosterone than any other organ in the brain.

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  9. Ricardo

    Oh i see will Growth Hormone Testosterone and Thyroid have been shown to lower cholesterol and raise HDL. There has been research that high cholesterol is also a result of testosterone and Growth Hormone since cholesterol is made from these hormones and when there low cholesterol will naturally be high. I know that the heart has the highest receptors for Testosterone than any other organ in the brain.

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  10. Ricardo

    Tom i found this interesting video about the health affects of sugar it seems pretty old. But it had info that even i didn’t know.

    That’s terrific. I’m going to post it.

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  11. Ricardo

    Tom i found this interesting video about the health affects of sugar it seems pretty old. But it had info that even i didn’t know.

    That’s terrific. I’m going to post it.

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